Ciro Bicudo is a Brazilian surfer and artist who creates a world with his art called Organik. Stoked both on life and surfing, his positivity is simply infectious. Ciro was kind enough to spend some time with us.
What was life like growing up?
I grew up in a big family with 5 people – my parents, a sister and a brother. We lived in the country, a city called Piracicaba. My grandma lived on the coast in a city called Peruibe and we use to pass the week between the city and the beach. My connections with skateboard and surf were made in that time. Piracicaba city used to have this cool underground scene, so the music and the DIY was absorbed in me since my youth. The art came from my mom, an interior designer, so my sister and I got it from her. Skateboarding, surfing, music and art was always a part of my day.
Who did you look up to and admire when you were a young?
Buttons and Tom Curren are my favorite surfers, also Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero, Natas Kaspas, Mark Gonzales where my favorite skateboarders. Rick Griffin, Jim Philips, John Severson, Klint, these guys were my first heroes. Later, my second team of heroes was, Rob Machado, Joel Tudor, Ben Harper, Thomas Campbell, Mike Valley, Drew Brophy, Jack Kerouack, Charles and Bukowski.
When did you get your first surfboard?
My grandmother lived in a beach town called Peruibe, and I always have a great contact with the ocean. I don’t really remember when but my first board, but I do remember my BZ bodyboard. And when I turned 14 years old, I ordered my first thruster. It was a dream come true.
What was the feeling you had when you first stood on a surfboard?
It was supreme freedom and the most energetic thing that I have ever felt. And to see a wave of another angle was one of the most beautiful things that I have seen. I remember looking to my friend and I could not stop laughing. I was so stoked.
Where did you interest in art come from?
My mother graduated from decoration and design school and she always taught my brothers and me about colors and drawing. But what really influenced me were jazz album covers, skateboard graphics, and surf graphics. Logos and T-shirts. Some of the designers and artists had side projects other than their own work, and were more focused in art and concept. Artists like, Evan Hecox, Griffin, T.Campbell, Kinsey.
What is your process when creating your art?
I try to translate it to my personal world, something similar to a trip in an organic wonderland. I love colours and organic shapes. I always paint in a free creative way. It’s a white landscape and I never known what I’m going to make. I just let my imagination flow.
Of all the places you have traveled to, what place in particular stands out? And why?
One of my favorite places, is a secret spot near my grandmother’s home. Good waves, warm weather. It’s the place that I started to surf and it’s always a good vibration when I’m there.
What is it that makes you such a nice person? What code do you live by?
I grew up in a family environment. Respect and kindness are the things that our parents taught us. I always treat people the best that I can, because I want people to treat me the same way. And everything you plant comes back to you. If you plant love, respect, friendship, it will all come back to you.
Who/what inspires you?
Aloha spirit, surf culture, art, a lot of songs, my friends, life, freedom and the power to catch waves„ and to slide down on a skateboard. A literal jazz jam session.
What is the greatest thing you have learned in your life?
Surf, skateboard, music influences my art, so everyday I try to get involved and it makes me immensely satisfied. That passion is the generator power for my life. Always persevering, being calm, and having the humility to learn in every moment. Through art I have met a lot of friends and exchanged experiences.
Do you have any regrets or wish you had done something differently?
Some regrets, but maybe I wouldn’t change. Every regret shows me the wrong acts that I need to change to be a better person.
What are you most proud of?
When I see kids and old people contemplating my art installations, they exhibit two completely different reactions. It’s always a pleasure presenting my personal fantasy world to other people.
What meaning does surfing hold for you and how has it changed your life?
When I was young I was very anxious and always acted by impulse. With surfing, I learned to be calm and think about every act. Surfing has made me better because every action has a reaction. Also, the ocean is one of the better places to think about what you need to change to live better.
What brings you the most happiness in the world?
Meeting people, sharing beers, and exchanging experiences. Cooking with my family. I could say millions of simple moments that make me happy.
Who are some of the people you feel are shaping the path for surfing today?
Felipe Siebert and David Alle. I love their boards. Kyle Lightner and Jair Bortoleto, amazing photos. Yusuke Hanai, Theo Hetherington, Tyler Warren, Emil Kozak. Ryan Heywood, High Sea Films, Simon Whitney/Mick Sowry with their Musica Surfica, Jamie & Jay Watson – all amazing friends, artists, and curators.
What is in your current quiver? What is your favorite board? Your favorite surfspot?
A shortboard 6’4, a Fish 6′. A Siebert/Bicudo handplane (a collab between us). My favorite surfspot is the secret spot by my grandma’s house, and Moçambique in South Brasil.
What’s your favorite meal?
Japanese food, my father´s barbecue, and when we made craft pasta in my family. Always an amazing vibration, wine and Italian food.
What are you currently listening to on your iPod?
Music is an important part of my life. I’d say infinite songs. Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Tommy Guerrero, Mattson 2, San Prekop, Ben Haper, Drag the River, Chuck Ragan, Chad Price, Neil Young, Dylan, ALL/Descendents, Rancid, DagNasty, Uniform Choice, Terror, Lagwagon, Nofx, Shai-hulud, OWEN, Matt Costa, Death Cab For Cutie, Garage Fuzz, Sublime, Long Beach Dub All Stars, Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Baden Powel, MCC, I could go days talking about them all…
Any upcoming projects?
I have a future project with Jamie Watson, some collabs with friends Siebert and David Alle. A project with my bother between art and good stuff (coming soon). Always spreading the love, trying to be a better person and help the good causes.
What’s next for Ciro Bicudo?
Welcome everyone to organik world. I hope everyone feels good. And always spread the love. Peace.
For more information on Ciro Bicudo, follow his blog here.