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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Ricky Basnett

"I finally feel like I'm in a place where I am comfortable in myself and what I am doing with my life. I I often have to pinch myself, being a paid freesurfer (thank you RVCA) and getting to shape some rad Shaka Sleds out my garage on the side seems too good to be true. I have an amazing wife, the most beautiful daughter and have somehow managed to lay down roots in picturesque St Francis Bay, surfers heaven...

I constantly have to remind myself, and be grateful for these things, because I know how fast it can all be taken away. I know very well that I have demons inside that are never going to leave me, that would love to come back and say hi and watch everything crumble again. The cool thing is I'm learning each day how to make peace with those demons. Meditation has played a massive role in that, and although I still suck at it I'm trying to get better. I'm living as much as I can in the present, trying to be the best father and husband I can be, and being ok with all the mistakes I'm making along the way.

I think more than anything else though I just want to create. Every day I'm trying to think of something new I can fill my time with.. Whether it be dreaming up an interesting new surfboard design, drawing a different line on a wave, making a piece of furniture or even cooking something badass in the kitchen, I'm happiest when trying a fresh take on things. 

I don't actually have any real goals, I have no idea where I'm going to be in 5 years time, let alone 5 days time, and I'm happy with that. The only thing I know for sure is that life is gonna give me the experience I need to grow as a person, that if I am able to stay on a good path then everything will work out just fine, and that nothing lasts forever so I better enjoy it while I can.. I'm almost two years sober now, f#$k yeah!"

Shred till ya Dead

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