Rick Griffin

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Rick griffin was an American artist and one of the lead designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960’s. Psychedelic art was inspired by psychedelic experiences and hallucinations usually caused by psychoactive drugs such as LSD. These psychedelic posters were a counter-part to psychedelic rock music.

Rick Griffin was a contributor to the underground comic movement which were most popular in the United States between 1968 and 1975, These comic books were all self-published. They differ from mainstream comics depicting content that was forbidden to mainstream publications by the comics code of authority, including explicit drug use, sexuality and violence.

His work regularly appeared in zap commix, which was apart of the underground commix series. Soon after its release it became the model for the commix movement even though there were comics printed before this.

Rick griffin was closely identified with the famous American rock band grateful dead that formed in 1965. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, psychedelia, improvisational jazz, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, and space rock, for live performances.

During his younger years when he attended high school he was taught to surf by Randy Nauert who would later introduce him to John Severson at a screening of “surf fever” at his high school, telling John he should hire him. Soon after leaving Palos Verdes High School, Rick became a staff artist at Surfer Magazine. During his time as a Surfer, Rick created the character of Murphy who had a pretty big impact on the surf scene.








1 thought on “Rick Griffin”

  1. Rick Griffin’s work is awesome! His Psychedelic, comic art intrigues me, it catches my eye and draws me in to look closely and read what the posters about. The bright colours and cartoon vibes make me happy and portrays a fun time, which is what his message is getting across (live music and events).

    His posters are so detailed and interesting. I love it!


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