Artist Spotlight: Andy Howell


Zazzle says: Andy Howell’s roots are simple: skateboarding, surfing, drawing, painting, punk rock, hip-hop. He grew up immersed in the 80’s Virginia and DC punk scenes, making ‘zines, traveling up and down the east coast for skate contests and building ramps with his friends in every place they could find. Late nights of snaking wood and nails and mornings of cutting transitions were among his first forays into alternative DIY creativity. An adrenaline junkie from the word go, he just wanted to move fast, whether on board, with brush, or spraycan. Skateboarding and art became addictions, and soon everything else fell victim. Howell turned pro as a skateboarder in1989, and became an influence in the style of street skating that would set the tone for the next 10 years. His skateboarding philosophy was like that of his artwork: do something different, stretch the boundaries, and make a statement.

I say: I’ve been a fan of Andy Howell for years now, not just in the skate scene, but for his incredible artwork. I remember when he was getting all over under the monicker “HBOMB43”. His book, “Art, Skateboarding and Life,” is filled with skate punk culture and tons of his artworks, available for purchase ($35) at Amazon. His website is dope, his commercial work is rad, and he’s got a bunch of cool stuff for you to buy on Zazzle. Stay up to date on twitter @andyhowell43. You’re welcome.


One Comment

  1. Lucy
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

    Love Andy’s work. Just bought the iphone case off zazzle.

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