BigToe - Art
BigToe, aka artist Tom Laura, was raised in SoCal on a steady beach-rat diet of Ed Roth, Mad Magazine and Surfer Magazine's Rick Griffin.
After over 20 years in the Southern California surfing and apparel industry, BigToe started painting for public exhibition in 2006. Tom creates art with a casual, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and playful eroticism that offers a nostalgic escape in our fast-paced and ever-changing world. Big Toe’s art is inspired by the confluence of Tiki, Kustom and Surf culture.
Tom creates art with a casual, tongue-in-cheek sense of humour and playful eroticism that offers a nostalgic escape in our fast-paced and ever-changing world.
Big Toe’s art is inspired by the confluence of Tiki, Kustom and Surf culture.
The fusion of these seemingly disparate lifestyles has always been an obvious one to the artist: all 3 are outsider ways of life. The last vestiges of wild west renegades.
Big Toe's artwork lives in collections all over the world with collectors as varied as Sex Pistol Steve Jones, Blondie’s Debbie Harry and Google’s Googolplex. The art of Big Toe has been exhibited at Gallery worldwide including La Luz de Jesus, Copro Nason in Los Angeles, as well as US galleries from Hawaii, San Diego, Orange County, New York, Detroit and Florida, and worldwide in galleries in Canada Japan, France, England, Germany, Switzerland and Australia.
BigToe's artwork has been featured in books such as Korero Publishing's Kustom Graphics, Surf Story and Burlesque Posters books and in magazines such as Longboard Magazine, Car Kulture Deluxe, Bachelor Pad, Rockabilly Magazine, Varla Magazine, Tattoo Life Magazine, Campout Magazine, Tiki Magazine, Ol Skool Rods and MAD magazine, as well as Smokin' Shutdown/Germany, Burnout Magazine/ Japan, Pinstripe and Kustom Graphics magazine in England and Deadbeat Magazine/ Australia.
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