by Ben Haworth
September 3, 2009
For 2010 Bell have teamed up with reknowned Californian skate and surf artist, Jimbo Phillips, for a design collaboration on no-less-than 7 separate helmets. Jimbo is an artist from Santa Cruz California that was literally raised on eye popping graphics. His father, Jim Phillips, designed all the Artwork for Santa Cruz Skateboards in the 70’s and 80’s and was the creator of the iconic “Screaming Hand” logo.
“Jimbo has worked closely with the Bell graphics team for years for years,” explained Creative Director Eli Atkins. “It’s all been so well received, we worked with Jimbo to do a proper collection for this year.”
The Jimbo Phillips Collection includes two graphics on the new Sequence helmet, two on the Variant, two on the Faction skate-style lid and one on the Drop full face helmet. Included in the collection are a pair of coordinated graphics—one on the Faction and one on the Drop—that actually create a scene when viewed together.
“Generally, people are drawn to Jimbo’s work,” said Atkins. “But skeletons choking each other might be a little too in-your-face for some, so we had Jimbo do a few of illustrations in a little more abstract and subtle way. On the whole I think there’s something for everyone.”