Isle: Summer 2014 Graphics (Curiosities Series)
Images of our new sets of Isle board graphics are just starting to show up online, so we thought we'd give you a little insight into the thoughts behind them.
The Curiosities series might look like a simple set of shelves – which it is – but there's more going on than first meets the eye. We had a set of custom shelves made up, which worked to the same dimensions/ratio of a regular board shape and size. We then hit up each of our pros and collated objects that related to each of them for their individual graphic.
Paul Shier's board features many things that are personal to him. Longtime friends of Paul will immediately notice a few things, such as the Coca-Cola can ("Got 50p for a can of Coke, mate?" being a regular request from his days skating Fairfields, Barcelona and other locations) or his faithful dog Bernard's collar, but there are a few other personal items on there too. The San Francisco fridge magnet relates to Paul's years spent living in SF, the well-travelled passport is self explanatory and the sugared goodies at the top corner reference his sweet tooth. The Leatherman tool (also at the top) was a gift from his grandfather, the anchovies and clementines are part of his well-managed diet - and the original cassettes refer to his love of early-mid '90s hip-hop. Each rider's name is represented by a set of cards with their initials on.
Nick Jensen's board features a number of personal favourite objects – a vase, a favourite fruit, a money plant – and also refers to his artist background with a set of paints that were used in some of his latest paintings. Books scattered throughout indicate other interests, and an appreciation of Morrisey and The Smiths is represented by a promotional postcard at the top. The phrenology ornament was a recent eBay purchase – and fitted perfectly into the space on the shelving unit.
Sylvain's graphic has a number of things to represent his heritage and background: the French mustard, the blue cheese and the grapes are a tongue-in-cheek stereotypical nod to France (as is the purple iris), while the Sylvanian Families frog character refers to an in-joke amongst Sylvain's friends! The placement of foreign legion soldiers are inspired by Sylvain's semi-nomadic lifestyle and love of exploring foreign places – and the chess pieces are a self-explanatory addition. And to round it all off, you can wash that lot down with a glug from his Pernod bottle stuffed in the corner!
The Curiosities series should be hitting all good shops in the next few weeks, alongside our other set of boards, the Editions series. More on those shortly...