Legendary American street artist Kenny Scharf is switching streets for waves in his latest venture with art community and environmental organisation, Parley for the Oceans. The collection consists of 12 individually spray-painted surfboards, in a variety of faces. As well as featuring Scharf’s iconic art, the boards themselves are hand-made by revered shaper Tim Bessell.
You can surf with a clear conscience, too: the proceeds from this collection will all go to Parley’s Global Clean Up Network, which will specifically focus on cleaning up the shores of Tulum, Mexico for this project.
This was an important consideration for Scharf, who is a frequent visitor to the Yucatán Peninsula. Speaking about the collaboration, Scharf placed emphasis and accolades on working with like-minded individuals who shared an “obsession” with preventing the harm plastic poses to our oceans, having been collecting waste along shorelines since the 1980s himself. With this waste, the artist created unique sculptural pieces that aim to both raise awareness to the ecological concerns plastic poses to society and upcycle sustainably.
“Parley was born in the art community and wouldn’t exist without the enormous support of artists, curators, collectors, galleries and museums,” said Parley’s founder and CEO, Cyrill Gutsch. “Kenny Scharf’s contribution to Parley is a wonderful example of how an artist can use his work to create impact, his voice to encourage thousands of us to move forward and to believe that we can invent our way out of this global plastic crisis with creativity, ingenuity and passion.”
Will you be copping for your next beach escape? Shop the boards on Parley’s website.