Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Art Sold and Ian gets some

So it has been flat the past 2 days and getting caught up on everything..

Here is a commissioned piece I did for my friend Rob.
He will be sending me another copy of the full piece here shortly but you get the point.
Except for the end part of the switchblade! ;)

Ian Simmons enjoying some work days in Ecuador

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Lot can Happen in a week

sometime nothing happens for quite some time... sometimes alot happens all at once...

surf cranked for a day or two then went flat.. rained for 8 hours last nite and took out the power and water..
powers back up... so is the water... whew....

had a gas stove literally blow up and surround me in blue flames.. total concussion grenade... All is ok besides missing feet and leg hair...
Rocks fell on me as I was shooting under the cliff... gnarly...
My riders are gettin some clips done and some photos in the can.... stoked...
Hope you are gettin waves... its been hot...

Alora Ashlie took these photos of me and many more cool ones to come!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

LA Punta and Beachies

I like to get high at the point... photo by Alora Ashlie.

I know for a fact my friend would LOVE to slide the hell outta this place on his pig....just saying...

These buggas are all over the place in our front yard!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Photo and Art Questions

Kinda personal I guess, but is there a particular way that you find helps express yourself in your art?
Like a certain way of painting or drawing? Or a technique-ish thing that helps bring you into your art?

Jon's Reply:
Thanks Jared for you interest in my work and great questions. Please feel free to continue hitting me up with inquiries because if you don't ask personal questions, you wont get personal answers.
Its no so much personal question as it is I don't really know how to answer it.. I think any piece of art you create is an extension of oneself... or unless it is totally for a commissioned piece and you have no connection to it and treat it as a job.... Alot of my photographic art, just happens.. I just act as a photojournalist and it comes out as best it can within the moments notice of it happening.... the art is in your subconcious and pops out in the image during the process of taking it...
To sound a little cliche, yes life inspires me to create. Especially the "feel good" happy pieces / paintings I have been creating... I love drawing skulls, death, spider webs and the likes... but unfortunately a lot of people don't buy those pieces. So i kinda steered away from them. I don't consider it selling out or not doing what i want to do artistically. I usually just do the more hardcore pieces for those types of clients or put them on my surfboards as that is the frame of mind I get into when I surf. . It does make me happy to do the smiling suns and fun waves because that is what surfing is to me after a session. It seems by my latest sales, that is what surfing is to others as well..
I think just practicing different styles and approaches to art will bring you into your art as per your question. It's just a constant pursue of finding yourself and your medium. I don't think artists wake up one day and say "I want to be an artist." I feel that it is something that drives you and it just starts to come out. Something that is constantly in the back of your mind and won't stop until the person puts it down on paper, takes the shot, sings the note, or does the action that ceases that feeling. Then the feeling of needing to improve it kicks in and that is a whole 'nother ball of wax!!!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Secret Spot for Sunday

Alora shot these photos of me at a recent secret spot...
I will stay far away from the internet for the next day or so chasing more waves and ingesting life.....
I had a blast surfing this point with one other friend..... Even when the tide exposed rocks it was hard to come in...

SO FUN!!!! wish you were here... but not all of you! :)


HUGE THANKS to my sponsors who make it all happen!!
Nation MFG.
Sector 9
Republik of California
Future Fins.

La Punta

Good day at the point!!!
photos by Alora Ashlie.... Got really really sunburned!!! hahah...
all the boys are nice and ripping!!!

show up with a good attitude and do your time and you will get waves....
had another fun day today and more ripping to come!!!

Friday, February 17, 2012


Good day surfin the point yesturday... My lady is working on the photos now.. stoked.. :)
here are some recent photos of Laguna to give ya some eye candy..

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A very happy birthday

THe groms are stoked on the work I did for them for their birthdays....
Glad to help out!!!!
Shakas all up in this joint!! hahaha

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waves are GOOD

Waves are GOOD

tons of waves and broken boards... flamigos and pink clouds...
feeling better and stoked on all the new friends..
electricity went out.. update soon.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Healing up in Ecuador

Healing up my body and soul down here in Ecuador!! Blessed to have my girl shooting photos of me..

This is in front of my house.. LITERALLY!!!

it is the Puerto Escondido of Ecuador...
and this is what it looks like when its FLAT!!!!!

I can't wait til its 6-8 ft with this shape!!!

Waves coming this week!!! and more spots to explore!!!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Beehive Bicycles

Beehive Bikes..

My brother has just opened up his bike shop recently in Salt Lake City and I am super proud of him.. What a fitting match.. He LOVES all of the technical stuff of bike as well as just working on bikes..
here are a few photos from the party he threw.. It was a great turnout and an even better response to the shop opening up..

It is in a great part of SLC and super stoked for him...
All of the family came out to help prepare the shop and get it fixed up right for the grand opening..


Here is a link to his website for more information if you are in that area. You know where to go! ;)

Here is a link to his Facebook

Dave Rastovich

A taste of some of the work I did this year with Dave Rastovich for Futures Fins...
Dave Rips and its great to work with him again!!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Skateboarding is NOT a Crime

Skateboarding is NOT a Crime in ANY LANGUAGE!!!


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Josh Buran Survival story

Thanks to Jackson Isaacs for contacting me.. The internet can be an amazing tool at times..
here is a story that he helped with and I am stoked that it didn't take a turn for the worse.. I love hangin out with Josh and he is good people... I'm grateful he is still around to enjoy more good times and waves together..

Be nice to your fellow surfers.. they might just save your life!
LINK: Josh Buran Survival Story

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Life Is Good....

Keep on Keepin' on! Doin time in Ecuador
Getting better and barrels

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Healthy again!!! whew.. dodged a bullet on that one!!!

Update soon!!!!
Ecuador is RAD!!!

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Been travelin....
Will update here soon...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

German and Texans

The Board painting is for a Houston girl I taught how to surf this past summer..
now she is fired up and wanted this painted.. Stoked.. ( Its' lyric is from a German song about Sirens calling sailors to their death ) ..

(Just give me an address brother and I'm shipping em out today on the way to the airport..

Texas Surf History revised

More from the Texas Surf History..

I will be traveling tonite into tomorrow and for the next 2 months with little internet access..
Please keep checkin in. .