Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 8:46 a.m.
Todd Francis’ work goes from the skatepark to the gallery.
Courtesy Todd Francis
You may not know Todd Francis by name, but you’ve probably seen his artwork. For the last quarter-century, the L.A.-bred artist has been spreading his darkly funny, often political work across the country and around the world on the backs of the skateboards he’s designed for major companies like Antihero, Vans and Element, and in the pages of prominent publications such as Penthouse, Complex and Thrasher. Now he’s getting more personal with “Worst of the Worst,” a retrospective of some of his favorite work, on display at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects beginning Saturday, Aug. 5.
“Hopefully people will be entertained and get some laughs out of the deal,” Francis says. “Maybe people who are fans of my work with Antihero and with Penthouse will get a reminder of how long I’ve been doing this stuff for. … Mostly I just hope people come on out and have some laughs.”
Entertainment value aside, the new retrospective has given Francis a chance to look back at everything he’s created over the past few decades. Some of his designs have become ubiquitous to the point of being iconic, but as he’s continued to create art for personal projects and long-standing contracts, he’s never really taken the time to survey his career.
“Other than being proud of how well some of the stuff has lasted and how far it’s spread, I’m not really good at looking back on my work,” Francis says. “I don’t have a whole lot of perspective on my work because I’m always just…
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