We first started seeing the link to a blog about cars with surfboards popping up on Facebook. So we tracked down the artist. Turns out his name is Kevin Butler and he is a surfer and an advertising copywriter. We sat him down and asked him a few questions.
Where are you from?
Well, I am originally from Santa Cruz, Ca. I moved down to LA (specifically Venice) about 6 years ago.
What gave you the inspiration to begin this series?
Growing up, my dad was constantly flipping old cars. Primarily 1950’s Chevys. He’d buy some old POS on a Tuesday for a grand, strip it, paint it, the whole family would fall in love with it, then he’d sell it for waaaay more than he bought it for. So, there’s always been a constant rotation of neat old cars in my life. At any given time we’d have something rad under a tarp on the side of the house, something rad being painted in the garage, and something rad to drive on the weekend. I mean, my carseat was in the back of a 1956 2-door hardtop. So… that explains the car part i guess.
As far as the surf part goes… I was fortunate enough to grow up a few blocks from the beach in Santa Cruz. In high school a few friends of mine started to shape boards (Travis Reynolds, Carl Olsen) I even shaped a few boards myself. So, being in that environment forced me to have a respect for the the craft. That’s the long answer. The short answer is they are my two favorite things on earth, It just made sense to put them together.
What kind of car/board set up do you drive?
I am currently rocking a Mustard Yellow 1983 Volvo 240 DL wagon. I have 7 boards… but most of the time, you’ll find a 9’9 Carl Olsen Noserider on the roof, and a 5’4 Keel fin fish, my friend Anthony Sherman made, in the back.
What is your background in art/design?
I have always made things. Growing up there was always weird stuff on our fridge. When it was time to get serious, I left Santa Cruz and went to the Academy of Art in SF. I majored in Illustration for about a week. Realizing that I didn’t want to starve, I switched over to Graphic Design. That lasted about a semester. Then I switched to Art Direction for advertising. That almost stuck, but I switched one last time to Copywriting for Advertising about a month before I graduated. I never stopped drawing, designing, painting etc… I just kept doing it all because I loved it.
What has been the reaction to your drawings?
It’s neat how these two inanimate object can evoke such strong emotion. I mean, I feel a really strong emotional connection to certain cars and boards because of memories I have in, on and around them. But It’s just neat to see that other people feel the same way. It’s especially cool when people send me photos, because you can feel the love the way they talk about the car and/or board. They get into weird details about which year, model or which fin was glassed on. It’s great for me because I love nerding out on that stuff too.
To see more of Kevin Butler’s blog Rad Cars with Rad Surfboards, click here.