Hi, my name is Andy.

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Southern California Surfer Andy Davis is one of the most stoked and passionate people you will ever encounter. And his art is an extension of the electric enthusiasm he has for wave riding and the culture that surrounds it.
 
When asked to describe his work he doesn’t have anything cryptic or lofty to say about it, he keeps it mellow as always: “There isn’t any attitude, and it’s not confrontational,” says Andy. “It makes people smile, or laugh, but mostly I hope it just makes them feel good. Surfing and the culture of cool around it can get too serious sometimes. That’s the last place we need that kind of attitude. It’s our sanctuary.”
 
Over the past two decades Andy was the driving force behind several successful surf brands like Free, Byrd and Ando & Friends, all of which featured his art. Today he has a brand that embodies the spirit of his art called Andy Davis Designs.
 
During the late 90s, Andy began to hang out a lot with cultural icon and world champion longboard surfer Joel Tudor, which ultimately had a big impact on Andy and his perspectives on surfing.  “Hanging out with Joel Tudor exposed me to so many amazing things I never would have been turned on to, like riding old-style single-fins, twin-fins, and logs,” he says. “Meeting people from his world like Matt [Howard], Britt [Leonard], Jimmy [Gamboa], Dane [Peterson], and more—all had a huge impact on me."
 
The simple, clean line surfing those kids were doing during the late 90s shifted Andy’s perspective and interests in surfing toward new direction and meaning. Having already traded his potato chip thrusters for heavy logs, eggs, and fish boards, his imagery began to embody the lines of traditional surfing, as opposed to the fins-free, WCT aesthetic.
 
“He does a lot with what appears to be very little—mostly just lines,” explained writer Matt Warshaw, who coached Andy and Andrew Kidman on their book project, Way of the Bird. “But really, that’s the hardest thing, like hitting one perfect sustained guitar note to create a mood, instead of jamming out three dozen notes, which basically says nothing except, ‘Look at me and how fast I’m playing.’”
 
The often faceless subjects in Andy’s work represent a universal interpretation of the basic moments and clean lines (no matter what board you’re on) found in our collective surfing experiences: waxing up, paddling out, hooting at a buddy’s ride, being locked in the pocket. The surfers in his art could be me, or you, or Andy, and that’s what makes his work a wonderful shared experience for viewers.
 
“Andy’s art exemplifies surf stoke more clearly than anyone else’s,” says artist Thomas Campbell. “I think that’s why people identify with his work. Looking at a lineup from the top of a hill or observing some faceless humanoid simply getting tubed from a cool, non-invasive perspective. That’s what surfing is about, not all banners and bullshit.” —DEVON HOWARD

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  • ABC Studios, Red Band Society
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  • Vans
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  • Captain Fin
  • Heavenly Restaurant
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