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Issue Five
// TREEDOM // CAPTURING THE WILD // HAPPY TO BE INDIGENOUS // OFFLINING // RYAN LOVELACE // OYSTER REVOLUTION // OPERATION RELENTLESS // WITH WHATEVER I COULD FIT ON A BICYCLE // GOOD BREW CO // LYNCH PINS // WASHED ASHORE // SCIENCE UNDER SAIL // NORTHERN GREASE // NUDE YOUR FOOD // SWIMMING HOLE // NIGHTLIFE // WALK THE PLANK // IMMUNE SYSTEM TRAVEL ESSENTIALS // RECIPE FOR CHANGE // GOOD GRITS // »
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Issue Four
// The Latitude Project // There's More To The Picture // Not One To Be Singled Out // Submerged Serenity // Salt Water Medicine // Jolly Rogers // Ode To The Reef // From Hendonesia With Love // Sea Changer // Lines Of Wisdom // Arc Of Visibility // The Wave With Undies // Good Grits // The Sea And Me // »
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Issue Three
// Conrad Comer // Beyond The Veil // Jean Paul Molyneux // 3 Faces of Shea // Smile // Coral Reefs And Fishing in Kenya // Megan Palmer // A Faith Beyond Ability // Board Men // What The Sea Gives Me // A Liquid Future // Sorry // Unlock Your Body // Nut Balls // The Sea And Me // »
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Issue Two
Daniela Garreton // The Evangeline Trail // Forever Grom // Riders of the Storm // Painting Puerto // Further Farther // Clouds and Clarity Abundant // 1000 Surfboard Graveyard // Sea Changes // My Art Kills Monsters // Good Grits // Hello Sailor! // Tribute to the King // The Sea and Me »
Issue One
Issue One
BEN ROSS - THE HUMBLE HELL-MAN // CREATURES OF THE DEEP // ESCAPE FROM PARADISE // FLEETING BEAUTY // GOOD GRITS // HAND SHAPED WITH LOVE // JON FRANK - WALKING TO THE SHOP FOR BREAD // LONE SAILOR // MERIMBULA'S OLD MAN AND THE SEA // SHARING THE STOKE // THE BASQUE CONQUISTADOR // THE COAST POET // THE PLIGHT OF SHARKS // THE SEA AND ME - ALI DEANE // »
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Feb 21, 2015

We are nowhere, and it’s now is one of the most inspiring films by our friends at Desillusion we have come across in a while.  Fergal Smith is an Irish born and raised surfer who grew up in the country with his family on an organic vegetable farm.  A simple life, that educated him about some of the important things in  life, family, good food, health and enjoying whats around him.  As a well travelled surfer, Fergal chooses to stick to his roots and the way of life he learnt calling the Irish country home, not choosing surf as a way to make money, but rather something he simply loves to do.  He gives us a humble insight into the importance of living a self sustaining and happy life, and the importance of being a part of a community.

Feb 7, 2015

If you’re an artist living in a place called ‘Squalor Harbor’, it seems fitting for nautical themes to seep into your work at some stage or another. But for artist Derek Nobbs, his homage to the sea runs deep and his artwork is heavily influenced by a genuine affinity with the ocean. Working with watercolour, gouache and ink, Derek’s pieces have an old-world aesthetic that capture the mystique of the ocean and the living creatures that dwell within.

We caught up for a chat with Derek, who gave us some insight behind his work, while maintaining a sense of elusiveness that left us even more intrigued about the man and his work.

All images are property and courtesy of Derek Nobbs.

Where are you based out of and what does your studio space look like at the moment?

The official answer to where I’m located is Squalor Harbor. My studio space currently looks like an old longshoreman’s garage, but with windows, and two cats to throw the fish heads to.

derek_nobbs_sea_stokeWhat does an average day for you entail?

I usually seek out coffee, maybe some food depending on how I feel, then I get to work on painting or whatever needs to be done. Then lunch, then painting. Then most days I go for a walk, drive, hike, or some combination of the three. Then get back to work until dinner or late into the evening. Not very eventful. 

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Can you summarise your work for us in one sentence?

No. I wouldn’t even know how. So much thought goes into my work that if I was to summarise my work in one sentence I would be leaving something vital out.

Your artwork is heavily centered around nautical themes. Why do you find yourself gravitating towards the ocean for inspiration?

The ocean has endless history, folklore, superstition, and mystery that keeps bringing me back. It’s beautiful, brutal, and mysterious; it’s natural that I love it. The theme was inevitable as I’ve always lived near the water, up and down the west coast, and there have been more than a few sailors going back through my family line. I’m also concerned with the fragility of the ocean and I try to speak to that in my work as well.

derek_nobbs_sea_stokeFrom where else do you draw inspiration?

Mainly nature and history in some form or another. Whether it comes from a walk in the woods, old photos and ephemera, or stories of man taking on nature—true or mythical.

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What are you listening to right now?

At this moment, Bob Dylan.

When do you find yourself to be most creative?

I don’t really know. I suppose that depends on how I define my own creativity and honestly creativity is such an intangible, encompassing, and fleeting word that I never give it much thought.

When was the last time you were truly stoked by what you’d created?

Right now! I’m totally stoked on this piece I’m working on!

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What keeps you sane?

Am I sane? I’m not sure if I’m qualified to say that I am. But for the sake of argument here are some things that keep the gun out of my mouth; painting, being in nature, being with friends, my family, Jessica McCourt, my cats, whiskey, being surrounded with objects that inspire me, and Tom Waits.

What was the last artwork you saw that blew your hair back?

Whatever it was it was by Peter Ferguson, Walton Ford, Andrew Wyeth, or Rockwell Kent.

What sort of stuff do you get up to when you’re not making art?

Pursuing all the other things that keep me sane.  

What are some of your plans for 2015? 

More fires, more exploration, more inspiration and less stress.

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If you want to get your hands on some of Derek’s artwork, drop him a line at dereknobbs@gmail.com or check out his Squalor Harbor Co wares over here.

Feb 7, 2015

Stu Gibson Photography has been exploring the wonderful world of aerial cinematography AKA Drones!! Wouldn’t have expected anything less from this amazing photographer – definitely some of the best footage we have seen in a while – enjoy! We like to fly too!

Jan 30, 2015

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Ahoy there! You may have noticed we’ve been pretty absent on Facebook and the website of late, so we thought we’d better let you know what’s been happening with the Sea Stoke crew.

Heeding the call of the wild, we’ve embarked on project at the last-minute called The Howling Sea, where off-road motorcycles, surf and desert landscapes of the Baja peninsula collide for an epic adventure into the unknown. The journey has at times been challenging, but overall rewarding and laden with the sort of stoke we wish everyone could encounter at some stage during their lives. We feel so privileged to be riding amongst vast cacti forests, stargazing at night skies that dazzle us with a shooting star nearly every minute and most importantly, getting to share such wondrous times with good mates.

All of the stories that we have featured throughout Sea Stoke over the last 2 years have inspired us immensely, and we hope that perhaps our little adventure will spark a desire for all of you to venture out on some crazy journey that you’ve been dreaming about, or simply just take the time to enjoy the beauty of the natural world.

It’s our mission to continue sharing the sorts of stories that inspire others, so if you have a story or imagery to share that will fan the flames of our readers, please submit your goods our way! We’re currently working on the next issue and when we get settle back into civilisation, we’ll get it fired up and out there as soon as possible.

We want to wish you all a belated Happy New year and we hope that 2015 has been good to you so far. Stay salty and we’ll hopefully bunker down somewhere soon and inject some proper love into Sea Stoke for the coming year.

Until then, buena onda amigos!

 

Dec 11, 2014

Phlegm for PangeaSeed

We’re massive fans of the work behind PangeaSeed who collaborate with internationally renowned artists to employ ‘artivism’ as a means to raise awareness and educate the masses about the current issues that are negatively impacting the world’s oceans.

Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is an ongoing artistic campaign that uses large-scale public murals in combination with community-based educational efforts that focus attention on major environmental issues the oceans are currently facing and promote the importance of long-term sustainability of natural resources.

They’ve recently released several new works that make up the San Diego addition to this epic project. With some well respected artists such as Phlegm, Exist, DALeast, Fintan Magee, Nosego, Tatiana Suarez and Zio Ziegler, the San Diego chapter once again showcases an impressive collection of murals for a valuable cause that we’re always stoked to support.

To learn more about PangeaSeed and ways to get behind the cause, head over to their website.

All photos courtesy of PangeaSeed founder and director, Tre Packard.

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Phlegm for PangeaSeed

DALeast for PangeaSeed

Fintan Magee for PangeaSeed

Nosego for PangeaSeed

Tatiana Suarez for PangeaSeed

Zio Ziegler for PangeaSeed

Zio Ziegler for PangeaSeed