My friend Jim Muir is being inducted into The National Skateboarding Hall of Fame alongside legends Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, and Natas Kaupas. I started skateboarding and listening to punk rock almost 30 years ago. I’ve been a Dogtown fan for a long time and I vividly remember the Muir brothers featured together in Thrasher Magazine in the 80’s. In 2009 my friend Glen E. Friedman let me know about Jim’s accident and neck injury and asked if I’d collaborate with him on a portrait of Jim to raise money for his medical expenses. Jim later asked if I’d be interested in putting the art I’d made based on Glen’s photo on a run of boards and of course I loved the idea. Jim did an amazing job selecting the wood, building the shapes, airbrushing, hand screening, and lacquering the boards. The boards are all signed by Jim, Glen, and me. I’m very proud and grateful to be a part of this project. Congrats to Jim and the entire 2014 class of Skateboard Hall of Famers!
“Skateboarding opened the world up to me. Through it I have enjoyed a world of community and relationships that continue today. It is a great honor to be recognized by your peers and be Inducted into The Skateboarding Hall Of Fame 2014 class. To be included with my friends Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, and Natas Kaupas in the 2014 Induction is a recognition to celebrate and give homage to my fellow 2014 Hall of Famers!”
- Jim “Red Dog” Muir
We will be releasing our remaining stock of Collaboration Skate Decks along with a few new colorways and they will all be available in Collectibles on Thursday May 15th at 10am. Click below for details.
On November 21st at 10am PST, a Limited Release of 75 Natural Maple Boards (Edition of 90) and 75 Custom Airbrushed Color Fade Boards (Edition of 90) will be on sale at OBEYGIANT.com. All boards are HANDMADE , SHAPED, and SCREEN PRINTED by Jim Muir. Signed and Numbered by Shepard Fairey, Glen E. Friedman, and Jim “Red Dog” Muir.
On March 09, 2009 I broke my neck surfing at Westwards Zuma Beach. Shortly thereafter the Skate and Art communities began to organize a benefit for me. Glen E. Friedman called to say that Shepard Fairey was going to create a limited edition poster stylizing one of Glen’s photographs of me. The image was a Frontside Air at the Endless Wave Skate Park in Oxnard, CA in 1977. When the posters came out I framed one and hung it in my office. While looking at the poster one day I began to reminisce about the significance of the board I was riding. I thought to myself that Shepard’s artwork would fit nicely on that board shape.
Starting in 1976 these boards were handmade by Wes Humpston and me. Wes would illustrate the boards with Marks-a-Lot pens making each board a unique art piece. The board from Glen’s photo was one of the last handmade boards I rode. The shape evolved into the original Jim Muir “Red Dog Design” production board when Dogtown Skateboards debuted in 1978. The original 1978 “Red Dog Design” shape and graphic are still available today.
About a year and a half ago I made a sample run of 14 handmade replica “1977” backyard pool boards. I showed the boards to Shepard and suggested that he resize the poster art to the shape of the “1977” board for collaboration. Shepard agreed and I made a sample run of the 14 boards with the screen printed first generation art. When we showed Glen the work samples he added his input and Shepard finalized the second generation art which I then screen printed on this limited edition collaboration. During the production of the 14 artist samples, the “1977” board I rode in Glen’s photo resurfaced and was given the name “The Lost Board”.
Here are the details of the collaboration run. All the boards are handmade, true to detail of the 1977 “Lost Board”, silk screened and finished by me. All of the boards are signed and numbered by Shepard Fairey, Glen E. Friedman, and me.
-Jim “Red Dog” Muir
Don’t be confused with the Darkside! Come into the Light with The original money bumps side cut Aaron “Fingers” Murray DogTown Models. There will be Four “Fingers” models released this month. First up will be the Original 1987 “Fingers” Model black dip 10.5″ X 30.75″ with a 15.875″ wheel base. This model can be collected or ridden, it’s your choice! Working together with Aaron we came up with a modern Pool Skool Rider version “Fingers” Model white dip 10.5″ X 33.25″ with a 15.75″ wheel base for laying down soulful style lines in your favorite pool, bowl or park!
We will also have New Skool decks available in 7.75″, 8″, 8.25″, and 8.5″ for the modern crew. The next release is for true collectors looking for a wall hanger! This will be a White Pearlescent Silk Screened and signed limited edition of Fifty 1987 “Fingers” Models to be released at the end of the month! Stay tuned for future releases and re-issues at all of our social media outlets!