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Omo Bob | rissman_at_pacbell.net
Many years ago I believe Rick Griffin did a t-shirt (for Surfer magazine?) that said 'Save OMO' (our mother ocean), yet on all the online resources I have never seen an image of it. The only image I recall ever seeing was an ad for the t-shirt. Has anyone ever heard of it or know where an image of it may be?
Tom Marvel | captmarvel737_at_msn.com
have enjoyed Rick's work since my friend and class mate Denis Wheary turned me on to him.
rich boyle | blindboyboyle_at_hotmail.co.uk
been a long time admirer of rick's sinch...about 1970 wrote to him once..no reply..guess he did not get muh letter..he is the hendrix of posters aint he? the only other person who comes close is the polish poster maker franciszek starowieyski..check him out..blow ya mind! love rich ps GREAT site thankyou!
Sam Seligman | seijisage_at_gmail.com
I was talking to a friend at work about cartoonists. I thought of Rick Griffin and googled him. This amazing website popped up. I was pleasantly surprised to see my favorite album cover included: Jackson Browne's "Late for the Sky" which, apparently, Rick did the lettering for. My favorite work of Rick's is from "The Gospel of John" comic. When I lived in the Philippines, "Praise, Inc." reprinted thousands of these for Calvary Chapel of Manila, or the Robert Case Band. There's an amazing image that begins chapter 5, where the lame man is healed, and walks away a whole man. The lame man in Rick's image is a young Bob Dylan. It is so cool.
Stephen Sharpe | Sharpe666_at_bigpond.com.au
Collecting Zap comics in the early 70's (kept them all!!) I always looked for the installments by RG. Outstanding visual impact which influenced my interest in graphic arts not to mention surfing the tube...great site! All the best Stephen
Kathryn Rose | Poosette1_at_msn.com
Wonderful site...is there any way to contact Ida for David Cooks (an old friend) Have a black, white & silver airbrush (#1) of tribute to John Cippolina, signed....was wondering what its value is today....thanking you....kathy
sal paradise | rhlang11_at_yahoo.com
the last drawing the pen and ink was sold by Alan Cohen sometime around 2003.
nathaniel mctaggart | n8mct13_at_yahoo.com
i lived across the street from calvary chapel when rick and ida lived there, i was friends with miles and my sister was friends with katie. i miss them and wonder what they are up to now. i remember ricks back room filled with wonderfull and intense artwork. i remember the day that miles set the christmas tree on fire and burned down the apartment they lived in. i remember the whole neighborhood coming out to try and help put the fire out. miles if you are out there, please contact me.
jason howell | jay_howell_at_hotmail.co.uk
Just a huge thank you for keeping Mr Griffin's legacy going, nothing more inspirational than listening to great bands, looking at Rick's art work.
Pat Cathell | patc_at_jerrysmarine.com
one of the best ever!
Phil Salomone | dxtr1222_at_sbcglobal.net
I met Rick and Gordon at the san Diego Comic convention in the early 70's. He was very Christ like. Can't wait for his show in Laguna 2007. What a master. Chordially, Phil salomone
PAT CATHELL | billfish417_at_hotmail.com
one off the best.
Brad Griffin | bradgriffin9_at_msn.com
Cheers to Rick's family, from another Griffin in Australia! Excellent website and fascinating reading. I can't believe I've only just learnt about such a great artist, 15yrs after his passing (I'm ashamed to call myself an art lover!). Yet most of his work is very familiar, I know I've admired his art before. Rick was about 15 years my senior, but his taste and stlye is timeless and of a quality that will ensure his immortality without a doubt! Good to see someone doing the name proud! All the Very Best! Sincerely, Brad.
Ozzie Osborne | rosborne_at_lacofd.org
When I worked at Calvary Chapel as a youth pastor Rick painted a mural on an old bus that we used to go around to High School campuses and do Bible Studies during lunch. Has anyone ever seen a photo of it. I would love a copy. Like many on this site I loved Ricks art as a psychadlic artist and then was so stoked when he started doing the Murph the Surf cartoons for surfer mag. It was so cool that he put his faith before his fame. His Gospel of John art is absolutely stunning thanks again for this site it was fun to look over the every page. He wasn't perfect but he was a really cool guy.
daniel loggins | dsloggins_at_optonline.net
As a long-ago Fillmore Records-and bay-area veteran, I have many of Rick's posters and post cards-Fillmore and Avalon, etc. it is a joy to find your website!! Thanx, DanL.
Mark | undersealab_at_zipcon.com
Rick was my first real cartooning influence in the early '60s. I was ten years old in '63 and raised in southern California.Nice site.
Bob Edelmayer | bob_at_mclube.com
I owned a Surf Shop in the late sixty's and early seventy's. We sold t-shirts with Rick Griffin's art work. believe the t-shirt company was called Artists at Large. Could anyone tell me if these t-shirts are still available, they were absolutely beautiful.
Malcolm | zeta1reticuli_at_yahoo.com
I'd like to get another crow poster from Wake of the Flood, was ripped off from me, came from junk mail, original, thanks anyway.
Jez Rogers | jezrogers_at_googlemail.com
remember well his 'Motorskill' - the van he painted for a Surfer piece in 1969-70, a trip to the Ranch led by editor Drew Kampion. Around the same time was Surfer's first annual end of the world special - rich with his artwork. Lives in the memory. Thanks, Rick.
dolores | dwyman57_at_msn.com
Beautiful! Thank you for doing such an excellent tribute to a phenomenal artist. I especially enjoyed the poster page and the biography. I've been mesmerized by his work since I first saw it as a kid in the late sixties.
Fred | schultefred_at_yahoo.com
I really enjoyed the site. I've been a fan of Rick Griffin and the other great San Francisco based poster and comic artists of the era since I became familiar with their work through Greatful Dead album covers, vintage concert poster art, as well as the various work of R. Crumb. I'm interested in finding some Rick Griffin surf poster art. If anyone reviewing this section might know of any place where I might find such work I'd appreciate the information. Thanks again, Fred
mahola | http://www.mahola.net/
Nice to meet you. I am Japanese of 37 years. My work is a graphic designer. Then, picture is drawn, sometimes. It is GRATEFUL DEAD's big fan from 20 years old. It knew RICK with the record jacket of "AOXOMOXOA". It was influenced from the picture of RICK. On this occasion, I want to thank Rick Griffin. Thank you for big love Rick Griffin.
Jerry Werner | jw4art2go_at_bendcable.com
Rick was a major influence in my life in triple form as an artist, a surfer and a Christian...even though he didn't know it (maybe does now). I grew up in Oregon AND LOVED READING THE ADVENTURES OF MURPHY THE SURFY, about the time Endless Summer the movie came out, MURPHY was going on adventures to Australia also, so I decided that's where I was going to go. But I got drafted (flunked my physical) in 1969 got married and immigrated to Australia. I was airbrushing surf boards for a living...when I read an interview in wave magazine on Rick it was so cool to see the artist from back home, who's work I loved. When I started reading the interview... it like turned into a prayer by the time I was done reading it, I was bawling my head off. He had touched my life in such a profound way, in that exact space in time, exactly what I need to hear in Australia, when I look back, that prayer changed my life and became TRUE in my life. Some fifteen years later I was going to school at Art Center in LA. I looked Ricks phone number up and was going to call him and just say THANKS...but chickened out. A few years later I found out he had died... I felt SO BAD... I just wanted to tell him what a profound influence he was, first SPIRITUALY then artistically, I still find myself looking at his work for INSIRATION...THANKS RICK... I KNOW I WILL SEE YOU ONE DAY AND WILL TELL YOU MYSELF WITH COURAGE. GOD BLESS YOU RICK Jerry D. Werner
Red | sanchezart_at_earthlink.net
Thank you for the site and a chance to see how his work continues to touch me and other people after so much time. As high schooler in San Francisco in the mid 70's Mr. Griffin's art propeled me and others to be better artist with wonderful lines those graceful, sweet ink lines and his orginal use of typography, wow! My father riped up my "Bullseye" poster and others I got from the Fillmore West back when (he thought I was on the wrong track) but I still have them and the great memories. And yes I forgave him for that. God bless Rick Griffin.
Ben Staton | firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Rick Keep On Truckin!!!!!
I saw the R.G. episode of Longboard TV and was flooded with memories of my own youth. My friends and I were 'Lakesurfers' on southern Lake Michigan in the late '60s, which made Surfer Magazine a daily part of our existance. Of course, as the youngest, I was the gremmie of the group, and felt something of an affinity with Murphy. Later, as a sailor stationed in SD/LB, I purchased a 6'2" G&S twin-fin, and mostly carried it around in my car. I went on during that time, to 'identify' with the drug scene, and then, like Rick, became a 'born-again' Christian, regularly attending Saturday night concerts at Calvary Chapel, first in the tent, and then for a short while, in the auditorium. All the while, I was totally unaware that the art I'd favored through those years was produced by the great Rick, who may even have been sitting near me as we listened to Love Song, and The Road Home, and The Way, and .... Real, lasting PEACE to ya, Rick!
Keith Bates | keith_at_k-type.com
What a beautiful website, a worthy tribute to a great artist. I love Victor Moscoso's top-notch typography and his canny colour schemes, but if you have to pick THE artwork which sums up Psychedelia, it's got to be Rick Griffin's iconic masterpieces!
Rowan Whitfiled | email@example.com
What an experience. I have loved this man's work since I was a grom back in the '60's. Thank you for making this creative and talented soul to once again become a reality of wonderous imagination.
John Curran | jjcurran3_at_comcast.net
Awesome! Are there prints of the artwork from"monster" album cover available to purchase?
Chris Locke | clocke_at_gmail.com
Excellent site. I was glad to run across it recently via some near-random google search. I remember first seeing Rick Griffin's work when I visited a friend in California in 1969. I'd never seen underground comics, and this guy had a huge pile of them. For about two days, all I did was smoke hash and turn the pages, stunned, utterly amazed. Griffin's work captured something I hadn't thought could be communicated about the experience of being totally ripped on good acid. It was an epiphany for me. I'm a long way from those days -- aren't we all -- but I am no less amazed and delighted by the guy's art. I was sad to learn he'd died. At one of my sites, I recently put up a screen grab of one of his frames from The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17 with a link to the book on Amazon (by way of attribution). It's at the very bottom right of http://mysticbourgeoisie.blogspot.com/ -- grab a copy if you like. I think it speaks volumes about Griffin's amazing intelligence and humor. Again, thanks for creating this wonderful site.
I'm a budding artist, I found Ricks site whilst researching for my next project, I love his style, it's exactly what I was looking for! bright, bold and vivid unafraid of what others think yet pushing boundries.perfect.
John Sage | jsage_at_finchhaven.com
I grew up in SoCal and started surfing at Palos Verdes cove and Torrance beach about 1960. (San Pedro High School class of '65) I still have a few old Surfer Magazines with Rick's Murphy cartoons. I was graduate assistant in the Art Galleries at Cal State Long Beach when we did a show on Rick's work. Don't remember the exact year, must have been '69 or '70? You have the mailer for the show down toward the bottom in Miscellaneous: it's in a very uncharacteristic style (a griffin and Olde English font) and I don't remember if Rick himself did it or we did it in-house. Rick did paint a full-sized wall mural on one of the gallery walls that was a backdrop for the show. Took him several days to paint it. He insisted that it be painted over when the show ended and actually came out to the Art Galleries to make sure we did. I also was a fan of Rick's concert art for years in my travels during the late '60s and early '70s back and forth between the Bay Area and Berkeley, and SoCal. Wonderful memories of an absolutely fantastic artist! Rick is missed. A wonderful site with fantastic coverage of Rick's work!
Jerome Coleman | jeromecoleman_at_charter.net
I remember reading surfer magazine as a kid in Hermosa Beach, I loved the cartoons. Then late at night watching Rick draw posters in a coffee shop on Haight St. in about 1966, 67.
buckwheat florida jr. | buckleebell_at_hotmail.com
I regret that I never met Rick Griffin,although I was priveleged to be in some of the same Yellow Dog comics as Rick. 100 years when the androids that replace us look back to the Psychedelic 60's Rick's artwork will help explain it all.
Tom Hopkins | tkh50_at_cox.net
My picture is a pen on sketch board of Murf looking at a surf break with a crane operator. The title might have been How do we get down? It's black and white and is the pure essence of Griffin. Is this art worth anything other that the memories of him giving it to me when I was a gremmie? Are their Rick Griffin Auctions yearly?? I need to share this with the public after all these years of having it to myself. A gift is just that but when you share that gift it becomes a ledged. Tom P.K. Hopkins Swami's Surfing Association Pres. 97-99
simone from Italy | supernaut_simo_at_yahoo.it
I saw some Rick's works in Frankfurt at the Summer Of Love Exihibition, I like his style!Wonderful Rick, I have the most famous Dead's records Aoxomoxoa and I like the cover so much!!!God Bless you wherever u are in the Universe!
Gaetan St-Pierre | koquerelle_at_canada.com
Very nice website. Been a fan of Griffin for a while and loved your site. Hope you will make people discover the incredible art of Griffin. Great job.
Miguel Johnson | miguel_at_senorpescado.com
Since I started the long strange trip of surfing in '64, Rick's art has driven me, even having a board with one of his pieces screened on it a 5'2" 3 fin I rode hurricanes in 1970 with great site, great remembrances see you in Salvador or Colombia surfing of course!
Steven Cerio | cerio_at_happyhomeland.com
The site is wonderful!! Rick's work has inspired me since I stole a ZAP from my brother in law when I was 10. His work led me to multitudes of wonderful things in my life. Including the inspiration to become an artist myself. We miss you Rick. Love, Steven Cerio.
Randy Hampton | j.randolph.hampton_at_us.army.mil
One of the milestones of the 60's surf era and the early days was Rick's "Murphy". Former Pier Avenue School/PV guy. Thanks for the flashback.
REShay | surfrron_at_yahoo.com
terrific to see all the pics and posters.i read my first murphy in a 62 surfer quarterly. its hard to imagine ow influential Rick was to me and the sixties SoCal surf culture. we grew up surfing with Rick's Murphy mirroring the experience. started high school lookin like wally cleaver did the vietnam thing and finished the decade looking like the grateful dead and what a long strange trip that was WHEW!!!!! thanks for the memories
Kat | kathrynshaw16_at_hotmail.com
i love this guys work really inspiring
Travis Lyle | hedmekani_at_hotmail.com
Always been an admirer, very glad I found this site. Well done.
Jim Roache | jamesroache_at_alumni.USC.edu
Just found the site....awesome!! Rick and I attended Palos Verdes High School back in the early 60's. Both of us worked on the yearbook staff together. The center cartoons on gallery 16 are from our first yearbook. A great example of some of his earliest work. Probably the first "Murph." We all sure miss that guy.....
johnnybfriendly | j.brownson_at_att.com
growing up in England and 'coming of age'in the 60's I remember Mr Griffin's work magically embodying the visual psychedelic day-glo wonder of that age. Griffin Lives!
David Munroe | dmunroe_at_ucn.mb.ca
thoroughly excellent site...i've been a big fan of Rick Griffin's artwork since the '60's...i even bought record albums not because of the music but because of Rick Griffin's unique and captivating artwork...'nuff said!
Mathieu Brunelle | stinkymat_at_hotmail.com
I'm a big young french fan of yours,thank you Rick for these master pieces that passed through the years and came to the new generations,as a legacy of that psychedelic touch and state of mind that influenced my vision of arts...special thanks to the website's team who keeps hime alive on the web too.
Kevin Dunn | sfposterart_at_sbcglobal.net
There are times and places we never forget. I was a green 1985 high school grad.bent on following the Grateful Dead until I had to start university in Jan. 1986. On 1985 fall Grateful Dead tour. the boy`s were tuning up for the scond set 11/08/85 Rochester War Memorial, NY. Jerry started belting the Beatles "Revolution " and Ricks "Twenty Years So Far " was unfurled as a huge stage back drop. Amazing. I also had the pleasure of meeting Rick at a signing at the Psychedelic Shop in SF. I worked there from 1990 - 1992. On that day Rick and Jerry signed some of their artwork. Good times. I think of Rick and Jerry every time I go to the ocean. Rick... is the waves. Jerry ... is the deep sea and all it`s life. Thank you for your artwork , Rick .You will always touch us.
Uno dei grandi artisti del travolgente movimento hippie della California. La sua grafica ha rinnovato drasticamente il messaggio visivo, come lo fece a suo tempo il surrealismo. Non posso che sinceramente rimpiangere quel periodo, avrei voluto essere là. Antonio Gentile 1957
mauricio quijano | mquijano_at_ninosycrias.org.mx
one word: excellent!
gone but not forgotten,ink for life
Gijs van der Schoot | gijs_at_studiocsk.com
somewhat younger than most, i still find rick griffin one of the most inspiring artists.
Houston S Wimberly | hwimberly_at_comcast.net
Rick was one of the best and he made an impact on me when I was a kid. Today, he is still an influence in my own style of works. I am proud to own some of his art to include the Flying Eyeball. Fly on Golden Wings, Rick. You live on.
kevin keiser | the keiser family_at_comcast.net
rick griffin. i grew up with his drawings a long with big daddy roth were and are still my best artists.
Here is the age gap which hits evey few years. I had a favorite cartoon but i counld not get it on the tv, or every saturday morning with my breakfast. i got mine every month. While I already blessed for having a stepfather who had a ocean front home one back from the sea wall. Happy at nine to have a Weber Performer to ride ( it was 10'6" ) with a clear hot orange pop out skigg that matched my same bright orange trunks Britches". All of this was grand fun, great living for all who lived in the sea..this was me....Just think the Lord blessed me with the talent to ride a skate board , he also gave me a band of friends through my stepfather who would ride anyones beach cruiser to get beer so stay out of it!!
ken hunter | khunter_at_vaqueroenergy.com
i have been collecting rick griffin art (surf and psychedellic) for about 5 years. To me, he was the quintessential California 60's artist that embodied and channeled the cultural tsnami's that occured in those days.
Greg Hinemeyer | ghinemeyer_at_hotmail.com
i still hear his name in the sf area, thanks for the beautiful images and a peaceful easy feeling.
Kent Reeves | kengewa_at_hotmail.com
I grew up in the 1960's and 1970's reading Surfer Magazine and SurfToons. I have all the original SurfToons and 2 posters of Rick Griffin's (Jook Savage and a Quicksilver Messenger Service/Avalon Ballroom one). I still surf even though I live in Sacramento (a great town, but the surfing sucks). Surfing influenced my life and career as a wildlife biologist and world traveler. Rick Griffin was a part of that influence.
Steve Oldham | soldham56_at_yahoo.com
I've been a fan of Rick's detailed designs since I first saw his style as a jr. high student. I attended San Clemente HS in the early 70's and Rick's work was all around me. Although I never met him, I felt a kinship with him and lived a few blocks away on Escalones St. at the same time he lived in SC. I found myself copying and emulating his style which was balanced, detailed and thought-provoking-all at the same time. As a computer graphic design teacher now for LAUSD, I am introducing a new generation of inner-city chicanos to his work and others I admire. You know what? They love it! His is a universal language and it still lives in all of us who knew or appreciated his quiet presence and inimitable style. Everyone is wearing the Von Dutch gear now, but we know who took the eyeball to the next level-it was Rick Griffin. Sail on Sailor will always be my favorite album cover and Murph still lives in me-"be at peace w/ our Creator Rick, and know I love you like the brother you are..."I'll see you in eternity.
John A. Noble | john.noble_at_sbcglobal.net
Jimi Hendrix & the Grateful Dead are my favorites which highlight Rick's work so well
Garth Robinson | garth_at_billabong.co.za
From Jeffreys bay South Africa I would just like to say that Rick's work has been my greatest inspiration in my career as a surf industry graphic designer, and the same goes for all my surfing friends over here. Every ride I have at Supers I wanna dedicate to you my man!
diana williford | mdyourwalls_at_yahoo.com
Been awhile, still in style, would walk that mile with my camel to chill while the cool beans were fillin' my head with reasons why...I'm not dead...
Claudia Wilson | imissyoumom2001_at_centurytel.net
I have loved Rick since I was a girl of 14 buying his surfing cartoons..now I am 55 !!
George Hiatt | ghiatt_at_sbcglobal.net
Just wanted to say I loved Rick's work, almost on a visceral leval, long before I came to understand why his work was so valuable or anything about poster art. Wish I could have met him.
David Hartigan | davidhartigan_at_cox.net
Thank you so much for sharing the art that Rick created. He was a huge part of a seminal period of a new renaissance and his images will forever be a part of the fabric of the 1960's. As Hendrix pushed the envelope and re-invented the sound of the era, Rick's genius did the same for the graphic arts. What a gift his presence was to us all!
Man Oh Man, the memories! Go with God, Rick. Don't worry 'bout us.
Paul Domsalla | pauldomsalla_at_wolftraxrecords.com
From his early work with Greg Noll and Surfer Magazine to his incredible poster work over the years Rick Griffin is one of the brave new world's best known Renaissance men, a true classic. I would imagine now he is enjoying his time with the Lord and sketching on the beach of some sea in heaven. God Bless you Rick Griffin.
John Morgan Davies | jmdstudios_at_charter.net
I Went to PV High with Rick. We graduated together in '62. We had a great time in Art Class. I saw him only once more at our 20 year reunion. We talked for hours about Art & Philosophy. At the end he said "Well met." Indeed, my friend. I hope your wife is doing well. JMD
Robert Hancock | tom_at_hancock2997.fsworld.co.uk
one word rick griffin legendary artist thanks for some ex art work!
kurt caudle | weelitzo_at_pacbell.net
thanks to those who put this site together and, most importantly thanks, Rick, for daily inspiration through your work! i wonder what heaven must look like, now that you've been there a while!!
Mark Hummel | mhummel_at_su.edu
Always a huge fan.... I had no idea Rick had passed into the great inkpot in the sky. His work touched me deeply. Thanks Rick....
It is only through tremendous gifts and blazing vision that anyone can make such art over such a short period. No one will passs that way again. And beyond all the art, Rick's kelp wave Rasta hair flying remains the ultimate statement of surfing or me. His image itself is art. God bless him and his family. m
Rob Buckner | robert.buckner_at_cox.net
Thanks for Murph
Bill Peters | peters_w_at_msn.com
great site, dedicated to an even greater man...
Clay Clemmons | clemmons_at_wt.net
Loved Murphy, inspired me as a beginning surfer in 1971. Rick found Jesus and he found the true Light.
Roberto Caddeo | roberto_caddeo_at_hotmail.com
he's gone but not forgotten.
Nemo | nemo_at_nemo.org
Thank you for archiving these! He was a great genius and this is very inspiring material! I particularly love his use of esoteric symbolism... This is common to my art as well. No doubt, Rick Griffin's inspiring art and genius will stay with us forever.
Ed Cassidy | ed_at_cs-consult.homeunix.net
I liked the early stuff particularly. Amazing talent. Reminds me of my lost youth. Thanx for the nice site.
Jarrod Bray | dakinexcom_at_yahoo.com
I saw his art work in "the history of surfing" and have been captivated by it especially since i have found the love of christ, what a talented man.
DONNA GRAMMER KINNEY | MIDWAYDIST_at_MSN.COM
I REMEMBER RICK WHILE WE WERE BOTH ATTENDING NARBONNE HIGH SCHOOL. HE DID A FABULOUS JOB ON BEOWOLF THAT I REALLY ADMIRED AND HE GAVE IT TO ME. I USED IT FOR MANY YEARS TO EXPLAIN THE STORY TO MY STUDENTS. HE WAS A VERY GENEROUS PERSON.
Ben Miller | calben99_at_yahoo.com
Awesome illustrations! I love the site because I'm an artist too!
Bobby Taylor | welderonwheels_at_aol.com
I met Rick in 1979 at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa through Tim Barella an artist friend of mine who rode with me and a hand full of Christian bikers. Rick liked our Harleys and told me he wanted to get one some day. I told him to learn on a dirt bike first because of the need to know how to avoid danger on the street. After we spoke those few words my friend Tim asked me if I knew who I just met, I said no, and when he told me it was Rick Griffin I felt so stoked that I had met the guy who created the art that I admired so deeply both before & after my commitment to Jesus Christ. His posters of the Easter sunrise service are as clear in my mind as the first day I saw them over 20 yrs ago. Today in my Blacksmith shop in Laguna Canyon I have a copy of the Oracle magazine cover and His flying & surfing Eye balls overlooking all my work. His work reflects the omniscence and wonder of the Lord. God bless you for allowing us to recognize & honor our brother Rick.
Howard White | hwhite22_at_hotmail.com
For many like mself who would love to be able to "draw" , but can't , he is the master !
Dave Smith | davefoursmiles_at_aol.com
A wizard a true star...i bought one of his posters many many years ago...still has a pride of place in my home...many girlfriends wanted it gone...they have gone and guess what?..............
Meki Steimle | mvsteimle1_at_juno.com
I've followed Griffin from his beginning with Greg Noll, my first board, to about '76. My '63 Aviation High School has one of his drawings for Greg as a book sponser. If interested, let me know.
Lee Bulfin | leebulfin_at_aol.com
I knew Rick at Narbonne and Palos Verdes High School where we graduated in 1962. He and I were on the yearbook staff and I was always amazed at his talent. In August 2002 at our 40th high school reunion, I asked someone if he knew of Rick's whereabouts and was told about his tragic motorcycle accident. Tonight while watching Antiques Roadshow from San Francisco, his name was mentioned as a prominent artist of psychodelic posters and I was again amazed at the depth of his talent and pleased to know of his life after high school. He was always generous with his artistry and drew for anyone who asked. The yearbook is full of his gifts.
Blake Ostrosser | gfootbo_at_cflrr.com
Rick Griffin continues to amaze and inspire me as a fellow Christian and surfer who traveled similar realms. May God continue to bless him and his family as he rests in the loving arms of Christ.
Will Johnson | wgj711_at_earthlink.net
In 1970 I was a confused Marine stationed at El Toro, California. At a friends house in Laguna Beach, I found a Steppenwolf album with Rick's skull and cross bones mandala on the cover. Looking deeply into the illustration, I had an epiphany. I "saw" how he had drawn it and was inspired to begin making my own pen and ink drawings. When I look over the galleries of his work, I see how many of his ideas I incorporated in my own work. The squiggly lines, the use of vintage product logos, the spiritual iconography, and even the bilateral symmetry - it's all there, making me understand that I am an inheritor and continuation of his line. I am grateful to you for preserving his memory and his beautiful art. Thank you for this opportunity to praise the work of Rick Griffin and acknowledge my debt to him. Will Johnson, Dallas, Texas
STEVE GUARNACCIA | hbsurfer_at_socal.rr.com
AS AN OLD SURFER AND SURF MOVIE ENTHUSIAST I HAVE YET TO FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN SELL ME A GOOD COPY OF PACIFIC VIBRATIONS, THER MUST BE A RICK GRIFFIN CULT FAN OUT THERE SOME WHERE WITH A GOOD COPY OF THIS SURF CLASSIC THEY CAN SELL ME. COME ON!
Stephen Fleming | rswelair_at_dfn.com
I surfed in So Cal in the early sixties and loved the Murph the Surf strip in "Surfer" mag. Where can find reprints of those strips or any of the "Murph" images??
Mafufa | mike_at_mafufa.com
I know the surfers were the first long hairs and surf music was the first metal music. Rick is a testamony to that fact with his tremendouus art. I hear Dick Dale music everytime I look his art. Long live Rick Griffin.
david griffin | david_at_mobiletel.com
never knew the guy but very interesting im 53 years old just picked on this site because im a griffin from louisiana coonass country have a nice day peel out
Monday England | englandf_at_monroe.k12.fl.us
The best dog friend I ever had, I named after Omo Bob! Long live Omo in several pieces.
Shanna Howarth | shanna_at_theguild.co.za
I was born in Johannesburg South Africa in 1981 - as far away for everything that Rick Griffins art work stood for as possible, yet I found him on a dusty book shelf when I must have been about all of nine years old. And I took him with me through all my years of art school, working as a graphic artist, clutched in the memory of his art. So when I was asked to do a poster for a friends band I went looking for inspiration, I went looking for Rick, and I found your website... And I felt the need to tell you , although I know very little about Ricks life beyond his art, that his work knows now boundaries of time nor space as it found me...through the years in the heart of Africa. I wanted to tell you that one didn't have to know him to know that he will last FOREVER.
Neil Resnick | Neil.Resnick_at_Grubb-Ellis.com
Several years ago I was in a frame section of a budget department store here in Los Angeles. Laying on the ground was a framed poster that was quite worn and dusty. I asked the salesperson if I could have a closer look. To my amazement it was a signed Rick Griffin 'Big Brother, Santana, CTA' poster from the Fillmore West. When I asked the clerk what the story was he told me that several years ago someone had brought it to him to frame but never picked it up. I asked him if I could buy it. After a short deliberation the clerk determined that the person who was the original owner, who had left it a few years back, didn't care enough about the piece to ever pick it up. He asked how much I was prepared to give him. I suggested $50 and the salesclerk immediately said "sold." That signed Rick Griffin, which I had reframed, has proudly hung in my home for the last ten years. I love looking at it and I love sharing the story of how I acquired it!
Fredy | List.Manager_at_BraveSurf.com
Cool site! Keep up the good work! FREDY
Dan | dan_at_crystalrangemusic.com
Since the early 60's there has been a wonderful image of Murph along the east shore of Lake Tahoe. Most people never realized who this was, most thought Flintstones or something. Along comes a self proclaimed artist to help beautify and destroys our beloved surfer, causing a fury of discontent among many. I have tried through the paper Tahoe Daily Tribune to educate, since, like I said most didn't know. An era truly gone at Tahoe. Everyone, contact this paper and help me educate this town.
Victor Serrano | ramy-alicante_at_telefonica.net
a los 13 años vi una ilustracion de rick en la movida del skateboard y desde entonces alucino con este tipo y mi estilo al dibujar dio un giro hacia la psicodelia , hay que agradecer mucho a rick, hey ho let's go.
Keith Folk | k.folk_at_comcast.net
Rick's work can't help be inspiring. I was familar with his work over the years. But I didn't really know Rick's story until I picked up the bio book before he passed on. As a fan and an artist I appreciate this site and the time and energies that went into making it. Rick's work has shown up in my work in small pieces, even subconsciously. Probably like previous artists works that showed up in Ricks. The inspiration continues. God Bless Him!
Jason Waschkowski | thewaschkowskis_at_hotmail.com
I was first introduced to Rick in 1986 and my life has never been the same since. My best friend, Craig Todd introduced me to his unspeakable talent in the beginning and I have watched as Rick's influence and touch with the airbrush etc. had influenced Craig's work. Now we have been working on an animated feature for the past eight years. Thankyou for working hard Rick, and inspiring so many people you never knew. Perhaps there are more Tales from the Tube yet to be told - God bless.
Mario Insenga | iam_at_insengainc.com
I have one of two leather motorcycle Jackets that Rick Griffen hand painted . It is In perfect condition , I am interested in it,s value . If anyone may have aditionial info please contact me. Thanks.
Claudia | stokedinSC_at_aol.com
Rick Griffin's art has always been around my house when I was growing up, thanks to my Dad. His art influenced mine in so many ways. His fonts, the characters, his "fill-the-page" style, and his surf cultured style. Imagine my excitement when I came to learn that my friend Miles was his son, and Ida his wife! What a creative life all of you live, it is very inspiring. And it was fun living with Ida too. She has a lot of great stories of her and Rick, the era they lived in. Truly beautiful people living an artful life.
Glenn Sexton | jabez3day_at_earthlink.net
I had the pleasure of living down the street and attending Palos Verdes High with Rick. Even though I was an under classman, he treated me like a friend and fellow surfer. One great guy.
James Walker | jww_at_hotmail.com
as a 60's & 70's east coast surfer, griffin's influence was tremendous on our local scene. it's no wonder that my first tattoo - at age 49- features a flying eyeball. great web-tribute!
Mark Berrier | info_at_artbeat.com
I have been an admirer of Rick's work since I was 15...I'm now 50...I've always held a special place in my heart for him and his work. No one has before or since appealed to my eye as much as his style of drawing. I've learned so much from his work, I can never repay him...he was a teacher to so many he never met. Thanks for a great site.
Moon | michael.daniel_at_telewest.co.uk
MY HOUSE IS A HAPPIER PLACE DUE TO RICK GRIFFINS ARTWORK. THANKS RICK.
I wasnt inspired untill ida showed me Ricks Portfolio. His work will always be viewed next to awesome
Terri Wallin | TerriWallin_at_earthlink.net
the most professional website I have ever reviewed. It made Rick come alive.
guacamole | formenteralady_at_hotmail.com
unico, que envidia mas sana provoca contemplar sus obras, sin duda el mejor ilustrador que ha habido. paz
Tony DeLuca | tony23d_at_aol.com
great stuff...thanks !!!
Gorilla | g_gorilla_at_hotmail.com
Rick rules! Full-on eye candy!!!!
Tony Tipps | tonytipps_at_aol.com
I bought a "my eyes have seen the glory" Rick Griffin poster at a antique show. It has a Zig Zag man, Indian and Catapillar smoking a hooka. Any info on this please e-mail. Thanks - Tony
David Noel | bigdnoel_at_attbi.com
As a young teenager back in the 70's I was introduced to Rick's work thruough his poster work and of course Zap comics,as a fellow artist and surfer Rick's work influenced me and inspired me in my own creations. Rick's memory lives on in all who have been touched by his lifes work. Thanks Rick.
John Zitzer | johnzitzer_at_yahoo.com
Rick Griffin was a very special man, also his wife Ida and his children. Rick could make me see so many different views on certain things to what most people thought that there was only one view. This world is less without him.
rip amontea | rsamontea_at_attbi.com
my first exposure to his artwork was thru surfer magazine in the mid sixties, it always stood apart from other's graphics because of his distinct style. i always was amazed at his abilty to put so many intricate details in his graphics, but yet maintain a almost calming effect with his images, needless to say he is missed along with others from that incredible period of time.
steve guarnaccia | hbsurfer_at_socal.rr.com
I want pacific vibrations on dvd or vhs. HOW?
Ernie McCracken | mukraken_at_hotmail.com
I am an old fan from Memphis. Rick Griffin's art has always stuck in my mind, elusive messages on the logic side but clear as Tibetan bells on the more sensing/perceiving side. Much inspiration there, influencing my own writing. Bravo to him for his work, bravo and thanks, wherever he may be.
I saw Rick Griffin's artwork as a kid on a cousin's grateful Dead poster...and loved it ever since. He's a real inspiration to me...his soul really comes through in his work...that's a rare thing these days, it seems. Thank you Rick for the amazing artwork!
Thank you, friends, for this site. I'm 51 (saw that Doors concert in Denver, New Years '68 & even remember some of it) and work today as an artist BECAUSE of Rick's example.
Molly | west_112_at_hotmail.com
I admit it...I stole Murpheys wave...it's now located on the front of my album cover for Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album w/ my flamingo. If you like I'll send a picture...other wise, thanks for putting up this great site.
Mark | melbournebeachfla_at_netscape.net
awesome! nuf sed.
LEBO | LEBOstudios_at_aol.com
God worked through Rick and the world is a brighter place because of it.
sixis9 | lipfib_at_yahoo.fr
The greatest visual artist to come out of the Frisco scene! I am definitively one of his fans.
COMING FROM ENGLANDHIS STUFF IS THE STRANGEST BEUTIFUL THEIR IS RIP
john frankel | frankel_at_alamedanet.net
i would like to say that he had a influence on alot of up incoming artists. i do like the way he did his calligraphy
John Egan | kachinajoe_at_hotmail.com
Man!... I'm back on the beach... Thanks!... and may the spirit live on!
I love Murphy! If anyone knows where I can buy t-shirts with him on them (vintage preferably!),or other 'Murphy' items, please write. I'd also love to find a 'Tales from the Tube' comic book. Thanks!
Mark Bennett Murray | mmurray_at_lagunacollege.edu
In 1975 I attended classes at Saddleback College and had a life drawing class with Rick and his wife,Ida. Rick was kind enough to sign a copy of "Tales From the Tube" #1 that I already owned which I have framed in a floating frame. Unfortunately it was signed in marker which has faded dramatically but is still decernable. I also have a flyer or hand bill for "Five Summer Stories" that I got in 1972 while living in Lahaina Maui.I have no idea of their value And would welcome any information on that score.
Greg Schell | gregoryschell_at_yahoo.com
I just finished making "The Far Shore," a surfing documentary about the '70s and in the opening montage, I have some rare super8 footage of Rick Griffin's painted bus, "Motorskil." It was parked in Seal Beach for a week when my doc's subject filmed it and thankfully, it wound up in my film. I thought some of you might be interested. The film's web site is at www.thefarshore.com. I have nothing but respect and awe for this artist and his connection to surfing culture...
Bill Oetinger | srcc_at_ap.net
I never met Rick--that I'm aware of--but I feel like our paths have been crossing since the early 60's. I slavishly copied Murph the Surf images into my school books and sketch books. Years later, I hung out with the Jook Savages (where I may have shared a bowl with Rick and not known it was him). But his biggest influence on my life was the SF poster art and the comix art. I'm a commercial artist, and I learned half of what I know about pen-&-ink by studying his technique. Even now I will pull out an old Zap! or Man from Utopia to refresh my memory on how to shade and highlight in ink. He was a master...a true genius. We are all richer for his passage through our lives.Thanks for putting together such a great site where we can visit with Rick.
Fritz Peters | frtzptrs_at_aol.com
Humbled in the presence of true genius.
John T. Wierzbicki | jtwcustomline_at_yahoo.com
A fan since the Zap Comix of 60's just found the site. Wow!
joe cangelosi | jcdc2000_at_optonline.net
great site but how can i purchase some of the goods
Lonnie Argabright (Murphy) | largabri_at_pacbell.net
Great site, it brought back some wonderful memories. Thanx
tim | tim_at_glidespace.com
pacific vibrations. anyone know where to get a copy over in the states?
Josh Gestring | gridescfl_at_hotmail.com
Most unbelievable artist. Can't say enough, just love it. Very inspiring.
Samantha Williams | willsamantha4_at_yahoo.com
Excellent website, very informative. Keep up the excellent work. Samantha Williams
Raphael Bushell-Embling | bite_me_boy_at_hotmail.com
I am 13 and my dad showed me his book and now he is my favourite artist. He has opened my mind to a whole new form of art
guy jeff | job_at_southie.com
nice website,tis been done.
Sarah | haras1975_at_earthlink.net
I was familiar with griffin's work back before I was even in high school. I am 27 now and he's still the ***. Rock on!
Jeff | jbalfoort_at_houston.rr.com
surfing in the 60's = Rick Griffin artwork. Just the best!Still the Best!!
Kyle Swanson | kylethoughts_at_yahoo.com
Yayyy!!! Looking at Rick's stuff is such a treat. Heartfelt thanks for creating this site. Very nicely done. What a seriously stoked vibe Griffin conveys--his best Zap strips are almost religious in quality. The man was a genius. Man, he just hit it so dead on sometimes, didn't he? His crisp flow and vision tap right into the Zone that we all love so much, surfers, heads, and joytrippers in general. Easiest flashback I know: just look at a classic Rick piece for a couple of minutes, and I'm out in the water waiting for the next set or back at a primo Dead show, and it's all just us once again. Love to all, and thanks, Rick.
buck short | campbell4_at_cox.net
Thanks so much for providing this site to help keep the memory of the man and his art alive. Rick's work has influenced and inspired my own work since my teenage years, and that was aa long time back...
Richard Michaels | richardmichaels_at_comcast.net
I grew up in PV in the 50,s and 60,s. My sister went to both Narbonne and PV High with Rick. We used to pester him to draw on shirts or anything else around. Everything I know about drawing I learned from copying Rick's stuff. I can still remember all of us hanging out at Ratt Beach around a fire. Malaga Cove, Haggerty's. That was paradise!
Rick was a great influence to me when I descovered his work when I was at college. Even now, 15 years after i first found him, I see his influence in my work and the work of others. His contribution to the illustration world is epic. Even though he is no longer with us, his work more than lives on. Long live Rick Griffin.
Rob | Rob.WIlbraham_at_St-Mary's.nhs.uk
Just got back from an exhibition of 60's rock art in London. Featured heavily the original works of Griffin. It was great to actualy get up close and see the detail of his paintings. A fantastic artist and a great website.
i have loved Rich griffin's work ever since my step father showed me some.i am about to do my art gcse and all my work is based on him!thank you for this site it has helped me so much. x x x
randy phillips | rphillips303_at_charter.net
Ever since I first saw Rich Griffin Family Dog posters in 1975, I have loved his work. Of all the wonderful 60s San Francisco poster artists, Rich Griffin is the greatest, and appreciation for his (and their) work will grow over the centuries. They are future "old masters", and by all accounts Rick Griffin the individual was as outstanding as Rick Griffin the artist. For more than a decade now, we have all been diminished by his passing.
dink thomas | dink_at_myplace.net.au
What a wonderful web site, showing the wonderful art that Rick created. His influence lives on in so many peoples hearts and minds. Thank you!
Richard Jahn | vincentvanjahn_at_aol.com
Wow!! these bring back a lot of memories of the 60's and the mood of the era. I love it. It's influenced my own art.
Dennis Woodley | dennis_woodley_at_hotmail.com
Thanks for the site and the memories. I started copying Murph the Surf as a teenager in 1963 in Australia. I still do a cartoon for a rural newspaper(a conservative rancher that "lefties" laugh at). I was/am a fan of The G. Dead so my admiration of Rick only increased during those heady days. Thank you again for keeping the Spirit alive
B.Racy | greenll_at_televar.com
David Dominy | d6292_at_pacbell.net
Rick was a friend of mine. I had no idea how much I'd miss him and was taught to keep in more frequent touch with friends, as I hadn't seen him for about a year befor he died. We had a special, unique bond in surfing, skateboarding and art I am, and will remain one of his biggest fans of his art. Truely a cool mind!
Byron Williams | Webmaster_at_tbirdhq.com
Unfortunately, I was only 8 years old when Rick left us, and never got to meet him. I live with his widow's brother Robert Pfefferle in the East S.F. Bay Area. I have known Robert for my whole life. He is like an uncle to me. My father and him went to High School together. I was exposed to Rick's work at a very young age, and being 19 now, I truly understand what talent he had. I have met Ida a few times. I love to visit her house near the beach in Santa Cruz. The fireworks there on 4th of July are amazing. I'll never forget Rick's work.
BRETT SUTHERLAND | CAPTAINFLANNEL_at_MSN.COM
HI TO ALL WHO HELPED ON THIS SITE REALLY GOOD JOB,BASICALLY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT ITS A SHAME RICK ISNT ABOUT NOWADAYS AS HE WOULDVE BROUGHT SO MUCH COLOUR TO THE MUSIC, SURF,AND SKATEBOARDING SCENE OH YEAH AND IT WOULDVE BEEN COOL IF HE COULDVE CREATED SOME ARTWORK FOR MY BANDS FIRST ALBUM "EIGHTFOLD"- Art VS Science. I RECKON HE MIGHT HAVE LIKED OUR SOUND AND LOVED OUR VIBE, ANY WAY PEACE TO YOU ALL,BRETT.PS WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO SEND ME INFO ON WHERE TO BUY SOME OF HIS WORK? CHEERS. PS ENGLAND IS FREEZING, WHATS IT LIKE WHERE YOU ARE
agingsurfer ( Steve Toth ) | aginsurfr_at_attbi.com
Rick was and is my favorite artist. Ida, you may find a copy of his "Eternal Life Through Jesus The Redeemer" t-shirt design in one of the late 60's or early seventies Surfer mags. That's where I first saw it and have been hoping to find it again. Steve Toth
Rob Kravitz | robsfractional_at_aol.com
Rick lives on thuogh his GREAT art work . thank you I am luck to have met him backstage at the greek during a DEAD show.I have many of his posters on my walls.
Adelia Rose Griffin-Harris | buttery_at_cruzio.com
As one of Rick's children there are few others who can claim to have experienced his influence as deeply as I have. Not a day goes by that I don't think or dream of him. As alive as he is in my heart and mind, my memories are heightened by the richness of the words offered by everyone who knew or knew of him. With the deepest sincerity I thank you.
Paul Grushkin | rockmus_at_attbi.com
I think of Rick often and and with the greatest respect.
Chris Yeamans | Taurus0481_at_aol.com
I am only a young man, 21 years of age and a native of Colorado, but I am none the less a great fan of Rick's work. I am proud to have his famous Flying Eye Ball tattooed upon my right shoulder as a continuing tribute to his legacy as a great artistic genius.
Dave Evans | davidmevans925_at_yahoo.com
I'm an old San Clemente local who had the great pleasure of knowing Rick. To say the least, it was a privlege. My best wishes to his family, nicer people you couldn't find. Thanks for all the memories you've put on these pages.
MORGAN AND GORDoN | morgandunzer_at_yahoo.com
i'd just like to say that Griffin's art is unbelievable... ITS INSANE... i just tripped out on your art and it was very cool... thanks for the good times.
jeff larkin | jeff_larkin_at_spe.sony.com
Some say "why are all the greatest people dead" I say some never die like Rick the garbage man........your all ways in my soul buddy thanks for living.
gene clemetson | papaned24_at_hotmail.com
thanks for this site. I have been a fan of rick's since high school, when i was an avid art student. He and Peter Max were my 2 biggest inspirations.
Kevin Kingrey | crashking82_at_yahoo.com
I understand Rick's "Gospel of John" is out of print. If this message add's to the weight that gets things done, then let it be said: This needs to be printed and sent out into circulation again. Kingdom Come!
kpaint | keithncocoa_at_yahoo.com
great site. griffin was inspirational in my younger days starting out in art. it still surfaces in my later works on foam and paper.and yeah,im still in the water surfing as much as possible!
russ milenbach | milobender_at_cs.com
was searching for info on the mine eyes have seen the glory poster(bonaparte press)How many done,just bought one numbered 101 and was curious.
Brian D. Fitzgerald ''BONES'' | FITZ 99 .com
You are with my DAD BILL U.S.M.C.He,as are his Marine buddies guarding the halls of HEAVEN. You are the creator of my favorite works of art,GOD willing I will see you,and my DAD,Jimi,Jerry and all the SKATEBOARDERS and SURFERS out there that have passed.Thanks Rick.....BONES....................
Buddy X | -
Rick...you blow my mind like a heffer in a bible belt twister!
mick white | mickeyw20_at_yahoo.com
Hi, I'm writing a book about British rock band Family - did Rick ever design any posters for them? Cheers, Mick White
Pete Cope | us_at_mapcope.freeserve.co.uk
Web perfection...thanks Rick for the beautiful fluid liquidity of your art and thanks to all involved in this site for the opportunity to appreciate it again and again...Pete. Northern England.
luke brown | lukebrown_at_cox.net
Yowza! Thank you for this labor of love...Rick....you rock! I'm sorry I didn't get to meet you...the hard work you put into your work has encouraged and inspired me and also your personal quest for answers...from surfer to something much larger. Palos Verdes to Pluto (ha,ha-yowza) Just thanks...Tim...you rock...REALLY!!! Everybody, Gordon to Pez to Sev & especially the Griffin Family-muchas gracias, Y-O-+W+-Z-A! L.B. San Clemente
Greg Maple | trashridebikes_at_mac.com
My eyes are just begining to open to Rick Griffin...
MAX MARLOWE | ADVIL2468
GREAT SITE BUT YOU NEED "LADY LUCK" IN THE GALLARIE
david frantzis | dvdfrantzis_at_aol.com
What media were most of Rick's works in? Oil on canvas, airbrush or acrylics?
jason reidelbach | shess_at_columbus.rr.com
thanks for the inspriation,rick will live in my subconscience with presence of magical colors and smooth flowing lines, thanks again,and by the way rick griffin was right there is a GOD AND christ is KING. GOD BLESS
Francis Hannaway | francish7_at_yahoo.com
I bought the Rick Griffiths biography in about 1980 an based a lot of my artwork on his - especially the way he did shadows with light reflected back into it. I remember doing a birthday party invitation for a friend (I still have a copy if any one wants to see) based on a Zap! Comix cover. I was sad to hear he'd died. This is a really a really good site to introduce people to Rick Griffin and as a way to remember him.
"Brother" John Wooldridge | cryptozoo_at_angelfire.com
At the tender age of 16, I had a life-changing spiritual experience induced by the sacrament LSD. Ever since that day, for almost 12 years, every aspect of my life has recolced around psychedelia; among many other facets, I collect psychedelic art. Rick Griffin is probably my favorite of all - and I've seen the works of many. I only wish he were alive today so that I could meet him, even thank him just for being himself. If you're reading this, then we probably already have quite a bit in common. Maybe we could trade artwork, maybe we could discuss how to produce liquid-light shows, maybe anything. Write me!!
Clark Merritt | clarkmerritt_at_earthlink.net
Among all the people who had a postive influence on who I am creatively, Rick Griffin & John Severson are heavy standouts. I never met Rick Griffin in person...only his great work. I was very sad when Rick died, among the reasons -I never had a chance to thank him for all the enjoyment & inspiration his artwork gave me....after Rick's death I made sure that I told John Severson face to face and publicly thanked Rick posthumously. May he live on through his art.
Randi N Lar | thurlo_at_thurlopolis.net
i met griff the first time i saw that viking surfing eyeball. he was a mentor for me tho' we never crossed paths, and even have a dawg named griff and an homage tattoo to prove it. i included this site as a link in honor... sincerely
Sam Hallmark | sidestreetsam_at_netscape.net
I was fortunate enough to meet Rick many years ago (mid-70's) in Encinitas down San Diego way. He was a solid dude and a beautiful person. His advice to a young artist still rings true ... "Foreget everything else, and draw, draw, draw..." Thanks for such a great site!
Daniel Delgado | ddelgado2_at_satx.rr.com
a beautiful tribite for a wonderful family man, super surfer and of course fantastic artist!!thanks
Dubart-julie | tarabiscot1_at_caramail.com
what about his very last one?.this work blows my mind , waow,as said my dad ,far out,other side,of the wall
Stephen Ainsworth | wildstallion10_at_hotmail.com
Great site and excellent pictures! Does anyone know where I can get a print of "WRENCHBOY", I saw a copy of it once in a comic book shop down at fishermans warf in San Francisco and have always wanted a copy! Keep up the tribute to the great man!!
Sam Sade | samsade_at_northnet.org
Enjoyed visit very much. I remember Astor Place shop in 1970 New York with some of the Zap covers in the window... the work is obviously memorable!
john dauss | shamanjon1_at_cox.net
Nice site. Rick lived a few streets away in San Clemente. My brother Mike studied at his side and I was able to collect some nice prints from them both. He was such a cool person. His spirit lives on. john
francesco bocciardi | bluesbox_at_tin.it
in the late 80's I played guitar in an Italian neo-psych band called "Birdmen of Alkatraz". We had the great honour to receive the cover art made by Rick (maybe the only european band togheter with the Cult).It was something that filled us with pride cause we were (and still are) longtime admirer of Rick's work and deeply involved with thing and music that Rick loved. Thanks Rick
Lisa Nielsen Smith |
I stumbled onto this site quite by accident, and was startled by the beauty of Rick's work. There was a show locally not too long ago, but the variety and imagery in these works is far superior and is staggering. What afabulous time and spirit he was able to capture, like no one else did.I met Rick once or twice at Torrance Beach and attended his "going away" party in Hermosa Beach, in 1962 or 1963, but never saw him again. I was friends with several of his high school and college friends, Jim Mikkelsen,Tom Sawyer, Scott Kyne, and my ex-husband Tom Williams. What a group they all were, and too many of them, like Rick, now gone. Bless you Rick, and all the other ex-PV surfers.
Bethany | bethy59456_at_aol.com
I found pacific vibrations in a surfer book, and looked him up here I had no idea he had sooooo much awsome stuff
David | nil
Excellent site!!!! Beautiful artwork.
Jim "Mick" McDaid | jimmcdaid_at_earthlink.net
Longtime admirer of Rick's work. I acquired one of the last original copies from "Artrock" of the Quicksilver/Kaleidoscope Avalon Ballroom poster. I plan to collest more of his stuff.
NoMe | nomearts_at_earthlink.net
Thank you for keeping Rick's art alive and available forpeople to see. I'm so happy that you did another run of thebook. I've been looking for a copy for many years after seeing a friend's. I really started hunting again recently and shortly after, walked into Virgin Megastore in San Fran. (to use the restroom of all things) and there it was sitting on the display table!!! Oh, how happy I was!Rick's art has really been an inspiration and has influencedmy own art greatly. I hope to someday meet him. Thank you.-NoMe.
Ron Margole | mrgol2_at_juno.com
I don't know who I met first, Rick or Ida. I believe it was Ida, at Choinard Art Institute, she was looking for a place to live for awhile, hung out with me a couple blocks from Chouinard, while she was in school, and working for the telephone co. not far from our place, can't remember the street,but we did get to share a room. I used to sit with Rick outside the classroom while he finished his Murf the Surf strips for the Surfer Magazine. I don't remember him being around to long, this was in 1962 or '63, and I think Rick and Ida connected there at some point. I graduated in 1964, and headed to New York , and I think Rick and Ida were already in S.F. Ida I hope your life has been rich and full with the memories and the legacy that Rick left us all who spent a small amount of time with him. Thank you, Ron Margole
Steve Wimer | missionimp_at_msn.com
Rick's house near T-Street in San Clemente contained a 3 part masterpiece. One of the pieces was the Mustard Seed Faith album cover, and another was an entire psychedelic wall of man going through life through death. But my favorite Griffin piece was the Malibu that was photographed by Art Brewer and published in SURFER magazine. I have some one-of-a-kind unique pieces I will try to share with this site. One is a poignant self-portrait, another a Hopi-Indian poster for my surfing book (published article instead) that I will probably use for a surfing video someday, and Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" record cover. Oh, "Pacific Vibrations" the movie is for sale on ebay from time to time (Australian version).
John | jm63612000_at_yahoo.com
wonderful for the eyes and mind to see...thanks john
Walter Medeiros | waltermedeirosacca_at_earthlink.net
Hello Tim, It's been months since I last browsed your extraordinary site. What a delight to be able to see so many artworks rarely seen or entirely new to me. Your commitment to maintain and develop this site is greatly appreciated, I hope you know. Thanks to your contributors, and thanks a lot to you.
Nyle Schafhauser ll | surfcar1_at_aol.com
Great story and history on Rick !!Ment him with Ron Stoner a long time a go.I was good frind with him and went to school with him early on in life.Aloha Nyle
Steve Mooney | ooneymoo_at_yahoo.com
I still have several postcards stored away somewhere but the posters are long gone, sad to say. But alas, here they are for good! The art as much as the music and the people changed me and my generation for the better. What a long strange trip it's been!
Billy Jack Hagerman | william.j.hagerman_at_intel.com
I love this site. I have been a fan since I was a little kid. My Dad was a fan so I grew up with an appreciation. Thank you for sharing info and pictures of the greatest american artist ever. God bless.~Billy
K. ARVANITOPOULOS | arvas_at_artech.gr
THE GREATEST OF ALL PSYCHEDELIC ARTISTS
Bill Burns | wt_burns_at_swbell.net
Thanks for this site. I was one of those who was exposed to Rick's art both from his album covers for rock and roll bands and his illustrations in Christian publications like the Maranatha! Gospel of John. I still have a copy of the Gospel he illustrated. It's in storage somewhere. It was nice to have his illustrations when I came to Christ back in the mid-eighties. It was like seeing an old friend. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet him in person one of these days. In the interim, like Frederick Buechner puts it in his book 'Wishful Thinking,' "Sometimes the truth is what sets us wishing for it." Peace -wtb
Curt Honingford | curthon_at_juno.com
Great site. Brings back a lot memories. As a teenager living in Hawaii during the early 70's, Ricks' work was everywhere. The Pacific Vibrations Movie poster was probably one of the most amazing pieces of artwork that I had seen...... Rick, thanks for sharing your genius with us. Rest easy, bra
Brittany Keith | yogo11_at_msn.com
rad stuff, enjoy it greatly.
Luca Ferraris | dr.feelgood_at_tin.it
great pics from a great artist!Cowabunga.
gregg trubee | bbqblue_at_qwest.net
Thanks for the site!!!! I have collected Rick's work for a while. There are many artists out there but none turn me on like Ricks work. Period!!
nils pokel | ziahtamatiti_at_yahoo.com
hi there! from the day on my dad gave me his collection of zap comics which he read when he was my age i was thrilled by griffins works in them. he was THE one... now, a couple years later, i finally got my whole back from the neck to the but tattooed with a motive by him (and, boy, it sure IS cool!). guess i'll have a special relationship to this guy for the rest of my life from now on ;-).anyway, thank you so much for giving me a deeper insight to his life by your great site! strangely, it was a very intense feeling to look at his picture and read his bio. i feel that i had to know this stuff about him...
henry alvarez | alvarezwax_at_yahoo.com
Really enjoyed this website on Rick. It brought back many memorys of the brief time we spent together At Harbor Junior College in california. Rick was well into his cartoons for the Surfer magazine and had introduced myself and Dwight Shundo to the guys at the Hot rod Cartoon magazine. After becoming good friends, Rick told me that he thought we were going to have to fight, as he was a surfer and I was a "ho-Daddy". We both had a great laugh over that.Rick's style as a cartoonist was way ahead of anybody else in those art classes, but I used to try and have competitions with him and that is how I aquired a great drawing of a "Ho-Daddy" from him. A cherished treasure.I recall another occasion when Dwight and I were in a second hand store looking for costumes for my wax figures,when we heard a voice from another aisle, "Shundo! Is that you?" Dwight and looked at each other with a big question, but Dwight immediately recognized Rick's voice and we stood and talked about old times for quite awhile. I immediately approached Rick about creating a wax version of Murphy, which he thought was interesting, but we never got together at that. Rick had the "Magic" and it was my pleasure to have my life circles mingle with his.
Finlo Hughes | unearthlyone_at_ganja.com
Ever since i was tiny i remember being allowed to look at my dads copy of the Rick Griffin book. I am now 17 and he has been my greatest inspiration for as long as i can remember. It's brilliant to see these pieces again on your site. Cheers!
Robert Kefauver | rkefauver_at_comcast.net
Oh the memories...........
Leland | atowngraphics_at_yahoo.com
I've been following Rick's work from Surftoons and throughout the underground comix scene. Too bad he is no longer with us. I really admired his pen and ink work and his unique cross hatching style. Especially his freehand typography. His style influenced mine. Too bad he is no longer in this world.
Basil Bibi | basilbibi_at_hotmail.com
Far out.Great to see so much of the great man's work in one place.
Mark Bugden "Bugs" | bugs_at_design972.fsnet.co.uk
Rick Griffin has inspired me to get my finger out my ass and put paint+pen to paper again! A Great artist and great website. Newquay England
murray walding | nakedflame_at_iprimus.com.au
It was Murphy that got me going. So much so that Ive got him tattooed on my arm. I used to show surf movies in Melbourne (Vic, Aust.) and Ive still got a selection of Rick's surf movie posters...plus a handful of the Rick Griffin tees that turned up a few years ago, but are nolonger in production...anyone interested in trades?
lance | lance_day2002_at_yahoo.com
theres some f**kin good pics here
KalicoKahlia | tcede_at_yahoo.com
I just got the censer from the aoxomoxoa album cover tattooed on my right arm. as soon as i get a decent digital shot of it i will send you a copy. long live rick and jerry.
josh birrell |
very nice site :) both me and my step dad are big fans an it good to see this site up an running ;)
Bob Morrison | bob7954_at_aol.com
Too cool..I knew Randy Nurert went to Narbonee, but I didnt know Rick had gone to Fleming and Narbonne. I went to both and saw a lot of Ricks work but didnt realize he had been a student there. Rick was Murph and will always hold a special place in our hearts from the 60s.
Bryan Edwards | Turbobryan_at_aol.com
San Diego, CA, USA I first saw Griffin's work featured in Surfer mag as a young and stoked gremmie in the early '70's. His art keeps me in touch with my younger self.
Mary Van Hamersveld | crazyworldaintit_at_hotmail.com
thanks, this is a nice way to find people to talk to
Psychedelic Solution NYC | info_at_psychedelicsolution.com
hey. nice to see someone take a stab at it! Keep working on it though.. but congrats for the effort & heart. The more Rick Griffin the better!!
Jacaeber Kastor |
very nice lil' site.. look forward to seeing it flesh out a bit.. & please keep workin' on the bio.. but i do salute the effort & heart, so god bless..
Walter Medeiros | waltermedeirosacca_at_earthlink.net
Greetings Tim, I got your name from the D. Wheary Griffinhead Exchange & thought I 'd check your site & say hello. I'm a a historian of the SF rock poster art/culture, and one who has long been delighted and fascinated by Rick's protean art. I'm not very active in the Exchange (not an active collector now), but as one of the Irregulars, I think I can say it's nice to have a link across the pond, and welcome aboard. Cordially, Walter of Berkeley.
Chris Young |
LEBO | Lebostudios_at_aol.com
Thanks for putting together such a great site. I've loved Rick's work since as far back as I can remember and it's still a big influence on my own work. His combination of craftsmanship along with his intense sense of spirituality is unrivaled.
Vince Dugar | vdugar_at_sbcglobal.net
Thanks for taking the time to do such a great web page, and for providing insight/history into Rick's life. All the best!
Jammin Jack |
I met Rick while he was venturing through Florida back in the 70s. Then later in the Caribbean. He gave me several of his artwork for payment of work for me. To this day I feel the impact and influence of his artwork as a Graphic Designer myself. Thanks Rick!
Tom H. | Drsidtripsworth_at_rcn.com
The "museum" was wonderful. I have a couple of original postcards of his work that came as a collection in a "zig-zag" papers package and used to have many of the posters until they were damaged in flood when our washing machine spewed all over our basement. Hopefully I'll be able to find them again. Unfortunately they wont be inexpensive. oh well. Thanks again for the sight.
Mike cole | pacificeye_at_here327fsnet.com
Nice sight.. If there were any justice the man's work/play would be on show in every gallery in the world. Maybe in the next one? The world is a much finer place for you having shared it with us. You changed my life. Love
jimmy Abrams | jrabrams_at_bestweb.net
Rick Griffin,Surf Artist Extraordinare,I Like Seeing & Reading:MURPHY Cartoons,In SURFER Magazines,And All Of Rick Griffin's SURF-Art In General!!
Harris Lenowitz | kwhl_at_uofu.net
What a fine site! A pleasure to visit and revisit all these plendid works!
Timo Toiviainen | timt50_at_yahoo.com
Fantastic! Thank you for a great site. Quality!
Jaime Noia | jaimenoia_at_hotmail.com
Great site! I especially like the fact that you included all of his works, from the Dead to the Gospel of John you guys covered it all. I'm sure Rick would be really happy with this site. I also am a surfer artist and have been scoring great surf in the Central Cal area. I think what Rick must have experienced twenty or so years prior to our current development.
ted mayes | jessicamayes_at_waitrose.com
phew glad to find you - my daughters doing a college essay on mouse and kelly typography - ho hum dig out those dead albums.....
matt fontain |
thanks for providing a good gallery
chris pedersen | foreverstoked_at_hotmail.com
thank you! from another surfer/artist inspired by rick griffin! it has been a while since i have searched for griffin stuff on the web. usually not finding enough images or info to satisfy. but today i found this site! yes!im so stoked! great job. keep up the good work. its great to have this stuff so well put together for all the world to see!
Robert Sommers | blheron_at_pacbell.net
I had the privilege of being Rick's friend. Sometimes it is a drag to meet your idols and it wasn't always easy with Rick but he was one of the three most influential figures in my life. At times I thought he was a knuckle dragging neanderthal and other times a truly god blessed genious who left the rest of us behind on the other shore... A.M.F. brother...
Jack | jreeves5_at_gte.net
I've been a fan ever since I saw Zap #3 back in the early '70's. I long ago threw away my collection of underground comix (to my undying regret!). Oh man, if I could just get my hands on "Tales From the Tube" again! I used to have a T-shirt with a pretty Hawaiian girl and the word "Aloha" on it.It was a Rick Griffin design that I've never seen before or since. Anybody have any ideas where I could find another one? (Or any Griffin T's for that matter) thanx!
Bodhimojo | Bodhimojo_at_hotmail.com
found quite a few rock albums in the gallery that I didn't know Rick did! I also have a red Surfing Eyeball shirt that I've had for years and still looks great. Matter of fact, I'd like to find some more Griffin shirts if they're available. and, uh, reprints of Tales of the Tube...
Tom | tomgoober68_at_hotmail.com
A recent fan of his work,very shocked that he is no longer around;love all the grateful dead artwork and thrilled to discover more.Would've loved him to design cover art for my band;he's a great influence.
woodpeeker | lenfestc_at_hotmail.com
to me, you're one of the greatest artists of our time, rick. I still have my surfing eyeball t shirt, it's my favorite! I too was an early surfer mag. fan.
steve briggs | rotmsandman_at_att.net
Rick work fills in a part of my life that otherwise would be void. had a blast- thanks
Piebiter | mc3905_at_aol.com
I never met Rick, however I can honestly say that his workranks as the best to come out of the SF art poster scene. Itstill is as fresh today as it was back then. He is a major influence on my work even today.
Hal Bowers | hbowers_at_schaferalb.com
I was one of the many people who knew of Rick from the Surfer mag. days and met him at his place in SF while visiting there with my friend Bob Schnepf. I remember a conversation that took place about the tortured underground comic artist Rory Hayes, and that Rick was sympathetic and showed a lot of understanding about the torment that this young man was going through. Always great to see such a good site for such a strong and creative artist, thanks.
Paul Isaacs | paulisaacs_at_aol.com
excellent site - I'm a great lover of Rick Griffin's work - and your gallery does it justice - itdsgood to see so much of it in one place
dennis roberts | svenis_at_coastalnet.com
still as big a fan as the day i saw his work with john severson on the bus in california.....long live his work and creativity.....
Sean | sean_at_aofd.zzn.com
Rick's artwork is a huge influence on mine, he will be remember forever as a legend.
dan the surferman | ddelgado2_at_satx.rr.com
happy holidays to all of ricks fine family & friends & to all who love ricks wonderful images and & portraits! thanks rg!
Kevin | kvitale_at_cyberedge.net
Whoa, I accidently ran across this site, but it hit me like a ton of bricks. I forgot about some of the great artist that influenced my art and font design. Rick was the top inspiration for me. Orginal, thought-provoking and just plain beautiful. Thanks Rick
Ron Van Dyck | rnvandyck_at_prodigy.net
Rick had one of the warmest hearts. We first met at Narbonne high school as juniors. I remember bumping into him in the library at Saddleback College in the mid 1970's. We just started talking like we'd just seen each the other day when it had really been almost 10 years. A friend sent me a clipping from the Petaluma newspaper soon after Rick was killed. Seems like just yesterday. Cowabunga!
alex krastev | alexkrs_at_mail.com
Thanx a lot for this incredible site, Rick's art will be for ever the most powerfull inspiration ever existing for me as an artist Tim great job
John Mason | jsmason_at_earthlink.net
Far out, thanks for posting these images from our collective past. Wish some of the scans could be high enough res to read the black and white frames. But that's not a complaint!
Larry Willis | realtysign_at_inficad.com
Thanks for this site where the art of Rick Griffin can be seen. Griffin and the other S.F. Poster artists have long been an influence on my own art.
Chris K | wrinkledmonkey_at_yahoo.com
Before today, I had never heard of Rick Griffin. He created some awesome drawings. Cool site.
Daniel Delgado | DDELGADO2_at_satx.rr.com
surfers never die they ride the crystal waves forever, rick will always be remembered for his outstanding work and style. ride on bro, thanks again
Bruce Gliniors | bgliniors_at_ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us
Great stuff! Thank You!
Justin Scheller | JScheller_at_honda.hra.com
Great job with the site. Rick's work has had a wonderful influence on me.
Ida Griffin | Tanzaku_at_aol.com
Thank you for comments about my late husband Rick Griffin, brings a joy to my heart. God Bless.
Virginia Valentine Coles | studiovalentine_at_earthlink.ne
Bonjour Tim - Thank you for providing the most in-depth Rick Griffin site I have seen to date. His loss is still felt today, especially in view of the fact that the anniversary of his death is close upon us. I was acquainted with Rick; a long art talk in the old pizza parlor next to the Inverness Park Store, West Marin County, not far from Petaluma, is a fond memory. A fellow surrealist, Rick, l'il magique!
Tim Wellington | wellington3_at_msn.com
Rick's art is almost beyond description. His influence on other artists can be equated to Hendrix with guitarists/musicians. When it's my time to leave the planet I hope I am lucky enough to be riding in the tube of time with Rick. Thanks for sharing this with everyone else.
Brian Haines | brian_haines_at_daihen-ac.com
My friend Mark recently re-introduced me to Ricks art. I never knew the artist behind the art, however everything in your gallery is instantly recognizable from my childhood and teen years. Talk about a nostalgia flashback. Cowabunga indeed.
Gordon T. McClelland | hillcrestpi_at_earthlink.net
Tim, you have done a nice job of setting up this site. The visuals look great and the information seems quite accurate. Thank you for doing this. It's a great way to honor Rick and to present the art he produced. Adios.
Gregg Hinlicky | BOHEMIAC1_at_aol.com
Great sight! Rick Griffin was such an influence to me back in the 60's & 70's, when I was a surfer that wanted to be an artist. And now it's nice to look back at his work, now that I'm an artist wishing I could be a surfer.
Don Nuzzo | tape_at_flash.net
Nice Sight! I first saw Rick's stuff in Surfer when I was a kid..It wow'd me then and continues to do so! I had the pleasure some years back to purchase some of Rick's art here in So Cal and it is definately the pinnacle of my art collection. He was a great artist and I wish he was still with us because he just kept getting better and better! Some of my favorites are from the "Gospel of John" project. I think there are still printings of that available to those interested. Cowabunga!
Roger Katz | manx47857_at_cs.com
Yes, I'm totally stoked! I grew up loving "Murphy" and Rick's work for the "Surfer." Your Bio, brought back many pleasant memories of my mis spent youth, surfing and enjoying Rick's work. Your site is truly a wonderful experience! Thanks!
John Ladd | john.ladd_at_uk.clientlogic.com
A fitting and accurate tribute to an inspired and badly missed artist. Out in bare feet? No! He was made of paint.
Norm Daniels | norm_at_humelake.org
Wonderful website. As an graphic artist myself, the greatest complement I ever receive is that my work reminds someone of Rick's work. Of all the artwork on the walls of my office my most prized is "Cat-a-log Number 1" (original pen and ink) by Griffin. (pg. 74 in McClelland's book) Youza, I'm Stoked! Thanks!!
Clint Bryer | clint.bryer_at_northgate-is.com
Crackin' stuff. I'll show you some work by the Man that ain't here.
Wayne Roten | jtroten_at_aol.com
An absolutely Fantastic site Tim. The early images of "Murphy" brought back some great memories. Rick Griffin inspired me to pick up a pen and paintbrush when I was 12 years old and because of that, I'm a professional artist today. Even though Rick passed away a while back, I feel he is still with us because of his art, which is so dynamic and ahead of it's time. He was a true genius and his art will continue to inspire not only the people who admired his work back in the 60's, but future generations of young people.