Tim H. Clark
Riviera Board Designs by Tim:
Duke of Shaka, Grand Poobah, Berserker, Catalina Island Classic, Los Muertos Aurora Drop Thru, Los Muertos Sunset Drop Thru, Los Muertos Aurora Cruiser, Los Muertos Sunset Cruiser, Big Bang, The Oracle Drop Thru, The Oracle, Alien Ark Drop Thru, Alien Ark, Mayan Myth, Mayan Myth Drop Thru, Conjured Spirits Lg, Field of Dreams, Tiki Totem Sm, Tiki Totem Lg, King of Kings, Mini Slayer, Street Slayer, Cherry Blossom
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Questions and Answers with in house Art Director Tim Clark:
Years in the game? I count 7 years working as a commercial artist. But I think I was 6 or 7 years old when I decided that’s what I wanted to do for a living.
In your opinion, the most influential or culturally significant artist(s) of the last 75 years? Jack Davis, Sergio Aragones, Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Jim Phillips, R. Crumb, Sailor Jerry Collins, J.C Lyendecker, Maxfield Parish, N.C. Wyeth, Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta, Boris Vallejo, Robert Williams, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Wes Wilson, Frank Kozic, Coop, Art Chantry, Chuck Close, James Jean, Chris Ware, Joe Forkan, Big Toe, Aaron Horkey, Todd Bratrud, Guy Burwell, Jay Ryan, Johnny Crap, Rob Jones, Thomas Campbell, Barry McGee and Bob Ross, just to name a few.
Oil, acrylic, aerosols, ink, lead? Yes please! I’m not afraid to use anything, but my most used media are pen & ink, screen-printing, colored pencil and digital. My process always begins with a pencil sketch and a good record playing.
Do you ride a skateboard? If so, for how long? From the time I was about 12 to 16 I was always on a skateboard. I had rad zits and a wallet chain too. When I got my license to drive along with an ’87 El Camino I lost interest in skating pretty quick. My board became a creeper to change my oil and stuff.
Do you ride a surfboard? If so, for how long? I was born at the beach, and although I was in the water constantly growing up, I didn’t try surfing until I was 15 or so. Truth be told, I sucked hard at it – and still do. I’ll occasionally get on a longboard when I have access to one, but I’m just as happy bodysurfing, swimming out past the breakers or sailing a harbor 20 around the bay. I also enjoy the shallows of a pool with a cold drink in my hand.
How did your involvement with Riviera Skateboards develop? After doing some posters for the Black Angels, Dead Meadow and the Black Keys I got a call about doing a few board graphics. It was a no-brainer, as creating a board graphic was a life-long dream – that, and contributing art for a beer label. We worked really well together from the start, and we were on the same cosmic level creatively. After 3 years it blossomed into more work to include logos and icons, tee graphics and more board art. Now, I’m onboard fulltime as Art Director/Principal Artist. It’s the best gig EVER! Anybody who dreams of having my job will have to pry it from my cold, dead fingers.
If you had to choose between starring on a reality TV show or being married to a reality TV show star, which would you choose? Why? Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey or COPS. Either way, there would be drunken mischief and pepper spray involved.
Budweiser, Dos Equis, Corona, Stella, Pabst? Guiness Extra Stout. THE END
What’s on the horizon with your art? I’ll keep on keepin’ on with creating and printing gigposters @ Black Irish Press. I’m also working on a series of robot themed religious paintings for a solo-show.