Jay Croft is a humble dude whose illustrations and writing are always honest and heartfelt; and his love for skateboarding shines brightly through his work. For those not familiar with his work, Jay independently publishes his zine, Street Canoe, in Ohio, and has done art for countless brands over the years; including Vans, Element, and Alien Workshop, to name a few.
Being a skateboarder from Ohio myself and growing up nearby & skating in the Akron area, I have been familiar with Jay’s legacy and a fan of his work for several years, so I was stoked to get to check out some of his art in person once again and to catch up with the man himself.
Jay was recently invited to participate in a group exhibition at the Akron Art Museum, “Please Touch”, in which each artist creates a completely interactive exhibit which actually encourages touching of the actual art itself. I met up with Jay in his hometown of Akron, Ohio where he was kind enough to guide me through his exhibit and explain the creative process behind his work for this particular show. Jay ends off the segment on a positive note, offering inspiring words for those wishing pursue their dreams in the art world.
The exhibit will be on display at the Akron Art Museum until July 16th, get there and have some fun!
Check out a few images from the exhibition below and watch the video above for the full scoop on his exhibition, “Please Touch”!
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A little background info on the show to get you started.
Jay always has time for the kids.
The exhibition allows the observer to make their own skateboard graphic incorporating some of Jay’s signature characters and font. Here Jay cooks up a graphic of his own.
If you’ve been following Jay’s work, you’ll recognize some of the characters in the exhibition from some of his previous illustrations.
Moveable skateboard wheels lace out this dude’s sled.
Plenty of room to get creative.
Fun for those of all ages, even those who aren’t old enough to spell yet.