Original: Acrylic on Wood
This was a snowboard graphic that I did for Ross Powers' first Burton pro model, which came out in 2000.
I grew up riding at Bromley Mountain in Vermont, which is a pretty small spot, but with very cool terrain. Ross' mom ran (and still runs, I think) the cafeteria there. We rode together many days, and I was always impressed with his determination to dial the perfect run. Even just riding the trails he would hit the same jumps and do the same tricks, all day, until he perfected it. You could bet on seeing a frontside melon off of the kicker by lift tower 17, and a backside three off of the knoll by the weird tree on Twister.
We got together to brainstorm, and I showed him pictures of a mural that I had just completed for a private home. He liked the way the water in the painting turned into the land, so we took that and went from there.
I really like this graphic. Not only because it was located mainly on the nose of the board (a big no no for TV sponsorship placement), but because it started what would be one of my favorite collaborations to date. Ross and I worked together on five more signature models after this, including the board he rode to win Olympic gold the first year snowboarding was allowed in. That was a big one for me to see. It made my parents very proud.
15" x 60"
100 limited-edition signed and numbered prints