California. The land of surf, sun, skateboards, hula hoops , frisbees and generally all things cool and good looking. Sitting here in England I thought that perhaps this was all just cliche and exaggeration but then I met Scott Starr. With his long blond hair and good looks he is the personification of "Cali cool". He surfs, snowboards , plays freestyle frisbee, once had a weed farm in the mountains, frequently travels down to his land in Mexico and has the biggest and best collection of surf skate and frisbee imagery on the planet.
He also invented the Tail Devil" and ran a short lived phone sex buisness but you can read more about that in the final printed article in FSM 4!
Perfectly poised at the epicenter of 80s California Scott Starr action sports photographer was shooting Tony Hawk a long time before he was jumping over fire hydrants on the play station. As the skate scene flourished he also turned his lens on the world of professional frisbee, surfing and snowboarding and it wasn't long before his photographs were a regular feature on the cover of Thrasher magazine.
Scott Starr's work has never been curated up until now because like most retiring and reluctant artists, he doesn't realize how good he is and like most real artists he doesn't crave backslapping flattery and glory - he just does it and does it well and with passion. Our motto is "Freestyle magazine- for creative people who like to play." Scott Starr seems to be a manifestation of this slogan. He is the personification of freestyle. In fact he is so freestyle that he even coined his own phrase (much lamented since then) "freekstyle" where he emblazoned the now obsolete all wood snowboards with his artwork before they were laminated by Chuck Barfoot of Barfoot snowboards. When you look at pictures of boards before that time you won't see artwork on them and so Starr should rightly claim credit as the first to use a snowboards as a canvas for artwork. He could take the credit but he won't.
Like a story an artists career should have a beginning, a middle and end. Their work should naturally flourish. An organic development. By cataloging Starr's work we can see this evolution of his art and the development of his ideas as he photographs and paints the gregarious world that is his. Starting from his raw action shots, moving to atmospheric surf pictures where he stands back from the throng of photographers to capture the mood and onto the wild neon 80s moments with rotating plastic and flying sand. Perhaps now we have a glimpse of where his work is going when we look at some of his still life studies of movie reels. Over the years he has amassed an archive of vintage advertisements and movies that he is starting to arrange into compositions to arouse the attentions of pop art aficionados and film buffs alike.
An artist's life colors their work and Starr's story is as colorful as his 80s trousers. He has got the better of a debilitating medical condition that he has had to deal with and now he has slapped it into place. Let's see where his work will take us next. I imagine it will be somewhere sunny, sexy and sandy and ultimately Scott Starr!
If you want to learn more of this man and see his work on nice thick quality paper in our next FSM then go to our kickstarter page and order your magazine. Don't forget we only have 20 days to get at least 500 orders otherwise we can't print it. So don't wait to buy a copy in the shop because they won't be any there. If we don't take enough orders then we won't take your money so if you like it then order it now. If we get orders in quickly then we have more of a chance to be a featured project by kickstarter. At the moment it is hard to find the project on their website. If you are strapped for cash then pledge a pound and that also helps us to get on the kickstarter radar. You can always order a mag at a later stage and every penny helps us to get the money to print mags and buy frisbees (issue 4 will be a wham-o fastback).
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