THE COSMIC CONNECTION - SEEKING THE SOURCE WITH RICK GRIFFIN

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What a time it was. And what an artist to capture it. By 1970 the shortboard revolution had taken us to places on waves we could never have imagined. And, due to the prevalent drug culture of the times, to places in our minds as well. And it took a surfer/artist like Rick Griffin to manifest the cosmic vision. Famous for his flying eyeball Jimi Hendrix posters and putting the Grateful Dead on the map with his electro skulls, when Griffin turned his mind to his first love of surfing, it became ours. Let us never forget the “Murphy: cartoons of Surfer Magazine either. All said, Rick Griffin captured an era in ink.



An era that still resonates today in Bali, especially in Canggu. Take good look at these pieces. One a spectacular naivety in comic cold water form and the other a reflection of the mother ocean (Which was also the poster for a seminal surf movie by John Severson). All told, an inner vision of the times from an surfer who was deeply connected to the sublime beyond the edges of our imaginations of the times. In honor of Rick Griffin, who is no longer with us, Surftime will dedicate a double page spread in our next issue to any artist that can capture the cosmic connection of our current times here in Bali. Open your minds and blow our minds. Send all submissions to: Surftimemagazine@gmail.com. We look forward to your vision.

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