If you haven’t yet heard about surf artist Koji Toyoda, you’re far from alone. However you’ve probably already seen his work, as he’s been a major force in the surf art world for the past several seasons. Having earned tremendous notoriety at last year’s international The Happening art, music and film festival, Koji has been deemed “the one to watch” within numerous influential art circles. Originally from Osaka, Japan, Koji began surfing as a young teen and developed a deep fascination with the variety of beach cultures and lifestyles. More recently, Koji has partnered with several surf brands who were eager to feature his clever blend of nostalgic surf whimsy and iconic Japanese imagery into their 2009 campaigns.
As a favorite and regularly featured artist at Laguna Beach’s The Surf Gallery, Swell was quick to see how well his creations would translate to a t-shirt. His two limited edition tees, Jogi Enjoy and Asahi are exclusive only to Swell.Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.