Behind the Graphic: Ephka on 09-10 Capita Snowboards

19 Mar, 2009

Behind each snowboard graphic is someone’s ideas. A graphic can be born from a long car ride with friends, a silly design they walk by, in a dream they have…the list goes on. Each year there are thousands of graphics created, around an image, idea, story. Behind the Graphic is a series of interviews that I’ll be collecting over time with various artists/designers from companies who have designed graphics.

Shay:  What snowboard is your artwork featured on?

Ephka:  For CAPiTA 09/10 I did 40 decks. The Green Machine, Black Death, Inc., Indoor Survival, Horrorscope FK, Space Metal Fantasy FK, Stairmaster, Saturnia, and the Late Release Super Special – ULTRAFEAR FK.

Shay:  Did you approach Capita with an idea or did they approach you with an idea for a graphic?

Ephka:  I’m pretty much given free reign. Since I’ve been working with CAPiTA for almost 10 years, there’s a lot of trust in the relationship and I have a good idea what is needed. The process is not clearly defined. Sometimes I come up with a bunch of ideas and we will talk about what might work where. Sometimes it’s a specific series and Blue will brief me on what type of image or general mood he wants to go for. Ie. For The Green Machine, he wanted an eco board that didn’t have cheesy hippy graphics on it.
Shay:  Describe yourself as an artist?

Ephka:  Hahah. I’m not an artist most of the time. I’m a designer/illustrator. I do what needs to be done to solve the problem. When I am an “artist” I like to paint pictures of vaginas and build hairy paper maché vagina monsters. So to answer your question… As an artist, I’m a creepy perv.
Shay:  What are your tools for creating art? 
Ephka:  Pen and ink, watercolour, gauche, scanner, Wacom tablet, Illustrator, Photoshop. Basically whatever it takes. 

Shay:  What was the process like for turning a piece of art into a board graphic?

Ephka:  I think I draw a line between art and illustration. When I make art, I make it for myself. I don’t think about anyone else but myself. It’s masturbation. And if someone wants to buy a painting, that’s coo. Eventually I end up just giving it away to my friends.
With illustration, designing a board graphic, no matter how much freedom I get, it’s still WORK. Which doesn’t take away from it at all. Having rules, having boundaries, is another type of challenge and it’s a lot of fun. Without rules, any game would get tired really quickly. 

So… for a board graphic, it’s like custom building something for that specific problem.

As for handling other people’s art to use as board graphics, we make sure they know in advance that this is work. So we might have to tweak it here and there to make it right. We try to change as little as possible and most of the time we’re happy with the original anyway. But we make sure that the artist is stoked with the end result, if we can’t get 100% solid hi-5’s from the artist, we won’t go ahead.

Shay:  What was your inspiration for the graphics?

Ephka:  The inspiration is always PANIC.

Shay:  What are you working on now?

Ephka:  10/11!

Shay:  Huge thanks to Ephka for taking the time to do the interview!

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From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. Shralp
    March 20, 2009

    “When I am an “artist” I like to paint pictures of vaginas and build hairy paper maché vagina monsters.”

    WTF? Hahaha. I love the Green Machine and Horrorscope for ’10. Rad interview Shay.

  2. DC
    March 20, 2009

    Awesome interview Shay, this series is so rocking already. Hope you get many more interviews with artists!

  3. BigNolDogg
    March 22, 2009

    Great article Shay. I really like the art on Capita so interesting to see this. Of course most of the graphics I like are on the boards that don’t fit my style/size. I have the catalog though. Lots of nice art in there.

  4. Shayboarder
    March 22, 2009

    Thanks! I’ve got a couple lined up and some in the works!

  5. Saturday
    March 23, 2009

    marvelous idea shay. looking forward to the next one.

  6. Zoë
    March 25, 2009

    Stoked! I like this interview, I look forward to any more artist interviews you do!

    I adore the 08/09 & 09/10 CAPiTA graphics <3 mmm