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FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:27 pm

I thought i´d start a new thread for my fin painting project. I´ve amassed a fair few fins (still looking for more- cheap or free) and am going to paint them up/upcycle them.

They will be available to buy (unless i like them to much and decide to keep them).

I´m also available for custom bespoke commissions on your fins based on your ideas or my designs.

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First skeg-scribble: "STAY SICK" 2 sides

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FCS G5 Centre fin "DAWN PATROL" (1 side done so far....)
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 7:34 pm

and a few older ones::

set for my 2+1 (2 big sides and a trailer)

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Set of Big Lokbox twinfins for my ROYAL fish (stiil 4 sale in N.Devon)

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby wigsy » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:45 pm

ha, very cool. Had I a spare set I'd commission you to doodle on them!

Do you lacquer over the paint at all? How hard-wearing are they once dry?
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:01 am

hi, yeah i add a fair few coats of lacquer and leave it to harden properly for a couple of weeks before releasing them into the wild. So, they´re fully waterproof and hardwearing.
i also now sand and prime the raw fins first to give a good key for whatever goes on top.
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby skimmer2 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:07 pm

Great stuff
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:56 pm

"ENJOY Y´SELF "
Another new custom fin -- inspired by the song made famous (to me at least) by The Specials.
Here´s a good ska version of the tune by Prince Buster: http://youtu.be/iibpewIA_ik

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This is on an FCS G5 centre BTW.
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby baggins » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:32 pm

Great tune droog and well groovy fins

What do you use to lacquer them? Clear varnish or summit else?
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:44 am

i´m just using car spray lacquer at the moment.
I did investigate glassing them or top coating them with resin but a bit beyond my resources and skills at the mo´. need to find a friendly shaper who´ll do me a favour...
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:58 am

By the way- if any weeders have suggestions of good quotes or lyrics for me to illustrate, let me know. (keep em short n clean mind!)
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby Poo Stance » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:27 am

Toombies classic...?

"Keep the scene clean"
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby danny1 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:34 am

I love these mate. I know you aren't in it for the money but long term, if you could get one of the pros or big wave riders using em they could get massive! If I was being v honest I love the style and content but they could be a bit neater and sharper. For now get the technique and preservation down and build it up. These are far more accessible than your prints and I could see them getting really popular

Have you approached royal- that's a good route for wider appeal.

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:22 pm

hi danny thanks for the comments. Yes, it would be good if they went big. it´d be nice to make a living from the art thing one day. Not sure if i should market them as usable fins or art objects that could be framed (?)
i like to make things that can be used, i hate the idea of classic cars in a museum- what a waste! but...How much would people pay for a set of fins at the end of the day? 3 fins=6 sides= a helluva lot of work. Maybe better as a one-off wallhanger. what are your thoughts?

i disagree they need to be sharper and cleaner myself, they´re not vector graphics designed on a computer (that could be a different avenue to explore..), they are bespoke hand drawn/painted and i think they should look that way., for me, and i think buyers, that´s the appeal- i´ve sat down and drawn these from my own ideas with my own hands, they aren´t meant to be perfect ´products´. i think they land somewhere between commercial fins with a cool design (like those nineplus ones) and that kind of punky/DIY look of just attacking yer stuff with marker pens. Again i´m open to feedback on this....(edit...saying that, the 2+1 set was done v.sketchily and not to selling standard as it was my 1st go and done just for my own board for a laugh)

Fins can be sent to me here in Spain or order some to be sent to me if new. I´ve just done a sweet log fin for a guy in holland but am waiting for him to get it before showing as it´s better as a surprise.

BTW what do you mean by "more accessible"?-i´m always interested in how ´normal´people perceive ´art´ and the idea of buying art- whether it has anything to do with their lives or not. do you mean by putting it on something familiar it makes it more appealing -less ´a piece of art´?
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:24 pm

poo stance- i cant top that- he´s nailed it good n proper!
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:24 pm

Sick new Big Log fin for a Dutch surfer. Really pleased with this one............


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The writing, in Dutch means "Den Helder dream". Den Helder is the beach where the guy who commissioned it lives and the fin depicts the iconic red lighthouse there. The "dream" refers to the giant blue waves that probably don´t occur all that often in the North Sea....

TURN OFF/ TUNE OUT/ DROP IN, the reverse side of the fin ...a little 21st century boardrider´s take on the classic Timothy Leary quote.

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A bit of the work in progress based on the commissioner´s ideas....

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby bakers » Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:49 am

big fan of all these fins but currently on the poor side so wont be investing. what paints do you use? can you get away with using juost standard acrylic paints?
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby henryg » Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:25 am

It would be good if you could sell the original painted fins as wall art and somehow make prints (like the inlayz things) to (reasonably) cheaply create usable fins. Maybe FCS could do a Droog79 line :-D
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:14 pm

bakers...i use POSCA pens which are a kind of paint pen like they use on windows or chalkboards in pubs. theyre expensive but great to use.
as you can see it produces a kind of crackled effect when the lacquer is sprayed on where the paint is thick but i quite like the look.

I also use spray paints and am going to try some acrylics this week. i think you could use poster paints or even watercolour as long as you lacquer or varnish after.
Some pens like sharpies run when you spray on the lacquer so always test first. i imagine oil and enamel paints might react badly with the lacquer but i havent tested these.

henryG- i like the idea of making a print, i am working on using decal paper to draw on then send to shapers as board or fins graphics. unfortunately i cant glass them myself at the moment.
i dont know what the inlayz things are i will investigate.....
Would love to do a collab with a fin company.... it´s all about who you know tho! anyone got any inside contacts??
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:11 pm

sketch of the next one to be done, based on a neil halstead lyric..............

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby watourmann » Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:28 am

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby bakers » Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:35 am

cheers droog.
im gona try some spray designs. ive done a few on canvas, non surf related. ill invest in some of them pens when i get the cash aswell.
keep up the good work bruv!
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:16 pm

good stuff, post em up here when done 8) 8)
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:46 pm

Hey, thanks for the heads up on Inlayz, i´ve been in contact with them and I´m going to produce a few designs for them.

here´s a cartoony wood effect fin on a G5

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and a couple of shots of the log fin in its rightful place, ready to get wet.....you can see the crackly effect of the layers of lacquer:

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby lefty » Thu Aug 23, 2012 7:54 pm

quality man, real nice 8)
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:52 pm

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Work in progress on Side 2 of my SPECIALS fin: based on a lyric from the song Enjoy Yourself...

i´ll be lacquering this up tomorrow so it´ll be available soon to buy. Quick Q: Would you prefer to buy a single fin or a whole set to sex-up your stick?
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby Philshoz » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:58 am

Nice work Ed................looks like a G5?................... :wink:
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:29 am

yep FCS G5 centre. trying out a few ideas on smaller, cheaper fins before tackling the bigger glass ones. i´m pleased with the gradient spray on this one.
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby JayP » Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:33 am

Loving these. Very nice. You tried wacking one on ebay and seeing what you get for it?
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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 10:25 am

Update on my current project: some board designs for INLAYZ: anyone used them before?

(BTW i´m still painting some new fins when i get sick of staring at the screen- will be posting them up soon)

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:04 pm

got wood? the other side of the DAWN PATROL G5 centre fin

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Re: FIN-FEST 2012

Postby droog79 » Sun Sep 09, 2012 5:02 pm

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NO GUTS- new sickness on some cutaway fibreglass- kindly donated by a weeder. no prizes for guessing what´s gonna be on the other side......
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