My illustrations have a story behind them or a healthy dose of social commentary, designed to “disturb the comfortable, and comfort the disturbed”. The art is intended to create an emotion with like-minded people; the lurkers, the crass, the hellraisers, the class clowns, the weirdos and the disturbed. Essentially, it's for people who don't take things seriously and aren't trying to be cool. I never thought it would turn into “a brand” and I still don't think of it like that. This art was meant for a community of people, it was about them, so I eventually created an apparel and accessories line called Lurking Class by Sketchy Tank. I am the artist behind the line and together we are the Lurking Class.
I have been wearing Vans since I could walk. Still to this day, I get a euphoric feeling of nostalgia as a young skateboarder, when I see those checkered Sk8-Hi’s. I had been contacted by other shoe brands to work with but I always held out for Vans, the one that meant the most to me. This Sketchy Tank x Vans collaboration has been a straight dream come true.
Last year, we designed a full capsule with 3 shoes, 2 shirts, and a button up! This year we ramped up even more...I am honored to say that we have 2 shirts, a button up, a hat, a pair of boardshorts, a pair of slides and 3 shoes.
"The art is intended to create an emotion with like-minded people; the lurkers, the crass, the hellraisers, the class clowns, the weirdos and the disturbed."