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Salad Days Magazine | May 25, 2024

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Volcom x Don Pendleton Collabo

Volcom x Don Pendleton Collabo
Salad Days

Volcom is proud to announce its collaboration with a legend in the skate-art world Don Pendleton who designed a few pieces for Spring 2016.

To promote this capsule collection, the Volcom skate team has been personally invited up to Jeff Ament’s (Pearl Jam bass player) house in Montana to skate his private concrete bowl, hang with Don and the team and talk music, art and skateboarding. The purpose of this piece is to highlight the connection between punk-rock roots and the modern creative world.

Raised in rural West Virginia or as he calls it, “the middle of nowhere”, Don Pendleton’s introduction to art came in his early years from his dad. But then skateboarding came along. “Skateboarding was all I cared about,” he says, “more than art, more than anything.” So he chased it: got sponsored, competed, he even skated in demos with Matt Hensley. But as a backup plan, Don pursued a degree in Graphic Design. Don answered a classified ad from an Ohio-based skateboard company looking for a graphic designer. That company turned out to be Alien Workshop, one of the most visually innovative and influential brands of the era. It changed everything. “I think I did five or six hundred board graphics while I was at Alien,” he says. And it’s through this work that Don Pendleton’s unmistakable style developed. “It was constant output,” he says. And this output brought his art to eyeballs all over the world. And while many artists have made their contributions to the pantheon of skateboard art, few have produced as much as Don for as long, and with such a singular and recognizable aesthetic. Today, Don lives in Dayton, Ohio, a place where he manages a steady influx of projects and commissions that come to him from places like New York and Los Angeles. With more time for painting, Don has enjoyed numerous gallery showings, a solo museum show, and all the while continues to produce commercial work for clients ranging from Mountain Dew to Oakley to Pearl Jam – for which his album artwork won a 2014 Grammy Award.
(Adapted from a Joel Muzzey article)

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“I wanted to do everything in this collection by hand because when I think of Volcom, I think of the early days—the DIY stuff: photocopied, handcut, paste-up stuff, half-tones … so I wanted it to be organic and kind of a tribute to the way I started. We were talking about the origins of skateboarding for me and art and music—so I wanted to take it back and it sorta just felt like that’s what needed to be done.” “I just sat down with my notebook and did page after page of patterns and puzzle pieces—I sent them a lot of really rough sketches, I did some linoleum cuts, and they took everything, played with the colors, figured out the applications—Volcom is really good that stuff. It’s nice to work with people who really have a vision and when they sent samples back and I saw what they were doing with the stuff, it felt really good. At that point it was clear that this was a true collaboration. There’s nothing in this collection that I wouldn’t wear and that’s the way it should be. You know, when I put my name on stuff, I want it to be good.” — Don Pendleton

Volcom’s Don Pendleton collection includes nine pieces: 3 T-shirts, 2 woven tops, a sweatshirt, boardshorts, a bucket hat and a wallet, all featuring exclusive artwork and Don’s unique Volcom Stone owl logo.


Volcom was founded in 1991 on the belief that there is a higher level of consciousness to be found within one’s self through the internal and external journeys that board-sports, music, art and film provide. The company prides itself on making quality apparel, outerwear, footwear and accessories that not only exemplify the lifestyle, but also enhance the ability to live it. By being the first to com-bine surfing, skating and snowboarding under one brand from inception a new future was forged and a generation of liberation was born. For over two decades Volcom has been TRUE TO THIS… the quest for Spiritual Intoxication. For more information, please visit Volcom is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories which develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands.

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