Check out the interview with Thomas Broquet aka Brokovich, illustrator of the Endzone 500 board.
Brokovich is the artist behind the mask.
We had the opportunity to enter his world, check out his workshop and his sources of inspiration. He told us about his childhood, shared his passions, explained his style and his relationship with street art and board culture.
CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEW!
I’m an illustrator, designer, miniature painter, graffiti artist and enameller, I’m plugged into board culture and street art.
Even when I was really little, I loved design! My hobby was painting and modelling clay. I loved making up stories and telling them to my mates. It was also a way to shape my personality and come across as a cool guy!
Aged 8, I moved to a small ski resort called Les Rousses. I grew up with skiing, snow sports and nature and these have always been a source of inspiration to me.
There was a factory that made snowboards in my childhood village. My mates and I enjoyed going through the skips to recover old board prototypes that were going to scrap. It was really to convert them into longboards, but what struck me the most were the board designs. That’s when I said to myself: “Actually, there are people whose job is to create artwork for boards”. That seemed great to me and I admit it was always in a corner of my mind... The job I have today is a childhood dream!
Up until my high school graduation, I got lost in the board culture but I was way off the graffiti artists. It was when I moved to Metz for my first year’s study of fine arts that I met guys who did graffiti. Then I joined their crew and began to tag. At the beginning, I enjoyed creating little characters that passers-by would discover one after the other.
It's crazy what you can find in a flea market. I generally go with no real purpose and I come away with so many ideas! What I particularly like are the discussions with the sellers. I like to learn about the history of each item to be able to then create new stories for them.
I remember, I met a guy at a flea market who was selling 3 enormous shopping bags covered in buttons. He explained to me that his mother and grandmother ran a haberdashery previously. Finally, I left with the 3 bags that have hung around my workshop for a good 2 years. Then one day I said to myself, I could use them as paint and I created an entire range with mother-of-pearl buttons!
It's thanks to all these hunted items at flea markets that I was able to design what I call my curiosities cabinet.
For a rider, as for an artist, the value of style really depends on the surroundings in which you express yourself.
A snowboarder expresses their style with a slope edge, a slide bar or a kick that a snowboarder expresses their style. And it's the same with art, it's through the material you work on that you express yourself. For me, it can be a bowl, a skateboard or snowboard, a canvas, a street corner, masks, pistachio shells, etc.
Going beyond the limits of our forms of expression is a challenge that motivates us on a daily basis. I also think it's a driver that will keep me going until I’m doing wheelies in my wheelchair at my nursing home!