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Fun in the Sun: Paintings by Surf Artist Drew Brophy

Lifestyle Artist Drew Brophy has been a professional artist for over 25 years. He says that “It’s my job to make things look cool.” A longtime provider of art for SKINIT, Drew creates over 100 new art pieces a year, many of which make it into the Skinit catalog.

Brophy is best known for surfing big waves and painting surfboards. He is often credited with being the artist that changed the way surfboards were painted in the late 1990’s and has influenced an entire generation of artists with his distinct style. But there’s another side to him and that’s one of being in love with nature and gardening.

Drew Brophy’s newest Skinit designs are bright and cheerful and come from paintings he created in his San Clemente, California studio. Drew’s inspiration for the “Sun and Fun” collection was drawn from his lush backyard, which he has grown into a mini-jungle.

We caught up with Drew and asked him a few questions about being a surf artist, his life of travel and the “Sun and Fun” collection of paintings:

Drew Brophy Paintings

As a surf artist, many of your paintings depict the surf and beach life. But the six new paintings in your “Sun and Fun” collection are more playful and childlike. Why?

Most adults are oblivious to the fun that’s found in nature. If you really take the time to watch a ladybug, you’ll see a little personality that’s cruising around your garden in its own little universe. Kids see things that most adults miss. They are fascinated by any little thing that moves; a firefly, a stick bug blending into a tree trunk and bumble bees.

This art was painted from what I think is a child’s point of view, with the wonder of what’s unique about plants and little creatures that make you happy when you look at them. Reminds me of when I was a little kid.

Most of your paintings are big. Your “Sun and Fun” paintings are on 45″ x 24″ birch wood. Why do you prefer to paint big paintings over smaller ones?

I just like the way they look! And, it’s easier for me to get more detail on a big surface.

Drew Brophy working on one of his paintings

What medium did you use for these paintings?

Uni Posca paint pens and acrylics. I use Poscas for most of my art.

Do most of your paintings have some deep meaning?

No, I paint what I love, which is surfing, nature and simplicity. What can be simpler than a little shack on the beach in a warm place with great waves? It’s an idea that anyone who enjoys the coastline can relate to.

You often will paint an entire collection of large paintings in a week that would take some artists 6 months to do. How do you pull that off?

Sometimes I carry around ideas with me for years, and then I get the chance to paint them. I’m extremely focused and efficient. Once I get started on a painting, I keep going until it’s finished, often forgetting to stop to eat or go home.

Drew Brophy Painting

You recently took a five month trip across country. How do you leave your studio and your business for that long?

My family and I take 2-3 months off every year to travel the world. This time, we decided to see the U.S. and took five months to explore 26 states and visit family on the East Coast. Though we were having fun, we also found business everywhere we went. Some of it was pre-planned, such as me painting a 61′ wall mural in South Carolina, and giving a painting workshop in Florida. But, with most of my work being licensed, as long as I have wifi, I can work from anywhere.

Gandhi said “My life is my message.” What’s the message you want to give the world with your art and your life?

I want to show people that they can live a great life making art. What I’ve been doing for the past 25 years is all pretty selfish – I want to surf and travel and make art, using the one thing that I’m good at.

My message is to take your strengths and passions and meld them together to make a nice life. That’s all.

Drew Brophy’s designs are available in a variety of skins. Check them out HERE.

Want to know more? You can view Drew Brophy’s artwork and biography at


Skinit to Preview New Line of Electronics Cases at NFL Consumer Products Summit

Skinit, Inc., the global leader in on-demand personalization technology, today announced it will preview the company’s new line of National Football League electronics cases at the 10th Annual National Football League Consumer Products Summit, taking place March 5-6 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
The NFL Retail Summit provides an opportunity for retail buyers to learn more about NFL licensee products. Featuring various NFL teams and players, Skinit’s new line of NFL electronics cases offer state of the art design and protection that is unrivaled within the industry. The cases will be available for major phone models and tablets and will be available in Spring 2012.
The NFL Consumer Products Summit provides an opportunity for NFL licensees to display new products, existing products and make retail connections with the attending NFL retail buyers. The summit consists of presentations about NFL licensing process and products as well as networking receptions. This event is not open to the public.
To learn more about Skinit’s newest line of NFL electronics cases and receive a free customized skin from Skinit, attendees can visit the Skinit booth #160-161.

Skinit Named to the 2012 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100

Skinit, the global leader in on-demand personalization technology, today announced that the company has been named to the 2012 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100. Skinit was recognized for providing their enterprise customers with the ability to leverage on-demand customization to eliminate inventory risk, drive brand value, and increase margins.

This year’s Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 highlighted supply chain transformation projects that have had a significant impact on the implementing companies. Through an online submission process, information was collected about Skinit’s supply chain transformation projects, including information on the objectives, scope, timeline and results of the project.

Skinit was featured on the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 list because of their work with Fortune 500 original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to drive sales velocity and increase margins for mass market and limited edition projects. Skinit has developed innovative on-demand technology that can support multiple materials and pass stringent commercial environmental testing. Skinit has been able to integrate their partners into a complex supply chain to minimize delays and costs while optimizing turn around time.

“We are thrilled to be featured in the 2012 Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100,”  said Billy Crotty, the Executive Vice President of global operations at Skinit.  “The work our team has put in to implementing the Skinit on-demand platform has allowed us to manage a new proprietary print and paint technology that supports rapid turnaround of personalized product for our partners consumer electronics. We’re very excited that hard work is being recognized.”

The Supply & Demand Chain Executive editorial staff selected the Executive 100 based on scope of the project, creative application of technologies/solutions/services used, extent of the business results/impact and clarity of submission.

About Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage. Visit us on the Web at

The Hunger Games Are Here!

No matter what district you’re from, The Hunger Games skins are the ultimate way to show support for your favorite competitor while protecting your electronics at the same time.

While the skins are only displayed here on the iPhone 4S and iPad, don’t fret, we have The Hunger Games skins available for thousands of different devices. Get yours today, and “May the odds be ever in your favor.” 😉

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

Gregg Visintainer, aka Viz, is a self taught artist. At age 18, after a pretty severe car accident that required 2 back surgerys, Viz moved from the Bay area to San Diego to be near his family. Following the accident, Visintainer stopped creating art for nearly six years as he struggled to overcome his own personal demons, which included drug and alcohol abuse, and getting kicked out of community college. Around age 24, a sequence of unfortunate events occurred that inspired him to turn his life around and really focus on his passion, drawing.

Viz’s artwork is hand drawn, using only pen and ink. His style is incredibly unique and meticulously detailed. Every drawing is made up of various hidden pictures, words, and messages – giving each piece their own distinctive meaning. Viz is inspired by his own personal life experiences, and by individuals who make a difference and are willing to take risks.

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Forbes Magazine lists Skinit as one of America’s Most Promising Companies

San Diego, CASkinit, the leader in personalization and mass customization of consumer electronic products, has been named one of America’s Most Promising Companies by Forbes Magazine. The company ranks amid the top honorees on the magazine’s annual list of high-performing organizations, coming in 25th among 100 privately held companies. Forbes judged Skinit on their management team, strong business model, strategic enterprise partners, investment capital and aggressive annual growth results. Read More…

Skinit selected as one of Internet Retailer’s Hot 100 e-Retailers for 2012

San Diego, CA – Skinit, the leader in mass customization and personalization of consumer electronic products, has been selected as one of Internet Retailer’s Hot 100 e-Retailers for 2012.  This is the second award the company has received in Q4, as Skinit was recently ranked amid the top honorees in Forbes magazine‘s annual list of America’s Most Promising Companies, coming in 25th of 100 privately held companies. Read More…

12 Days of Deals

We are closing out our last special for ‘Skinit‘s 12 Days of Deals,’ with a fan favorite…


It’s BACK! You asked for it, so we are bringing back our hottest deal of the year: Buy One, Get One FREE! Wrap up your holiday shopping with this final deal of the day!
Use coupon code: FBBOGO

Designing and Dreaming

We were honored to get a sneak peek inside the fresh, modern, and classic world of designer Robin Zingone, and couldn’t resist sharing what we learned with all of you! Enjoy!

You’ve had quite the journey, and your personal story is quite inspiring. What has kept you continually inspired and always positive throughout all of life’s ordeals?

Every life has chapters. One night I went to sleep normal and woke up abnormal. My brain started to bleed from a lesion unbeknownst to me. I lost my sense of balance, my eyes crossed, I lost hearing in my left side, I got lockjaw and the left side of my face was numb. Basically, happy hour without the happy.

The neurosurgeon told me I was at risk of blindness, paralysis, coma and death, but the little voice in my head said “oh, no no no no no!” From the time I came out of surgery to today, I told myself I could beat the odds. Luckily with therapy, my first fix was getting the cross eyes to go back in place since I was not digging that look. And I’ve been working with a personal trainer to get my balance back. My hearing returned and I can get a fork in my mouth now. And the silver lining…I was able to work 2 months after surgery. Sitting in front of my computer designing and dreaming, leaving the world of ugly; hospitals, medicine and sadness and entering my world of beauty, art and happy. If I had had any other career I would probably still be laying in bed. My work brought me back to life and now I’m ready for the next chapter. Read More…

Surf, Sun, and Brush Strokes

You’ve been painting for most of your life. Growing up, were there any particular artists that inspired you or whose style you sought to emulate?

I grew up surfing in South Carolina as a young kid in the late 70’s and early 80’s. The art that I saw in surf magazines back then was really cool. Though I didn’t know who the artists were at the time, they were a strong influence on me; guys like Rick Griffin and Bill Ogden. Read More…