Chocolate Skateboards brings you Chocolate Girls, a series of eight skateboards and T-shirts with artist Todd Bratrud. A long-time skater, Bratrud has conjured up many memorable graphics over the past decade working in-house and on projects for some of skateboarding's most creative companies. Vincent Alvarez, Elijah Berle, Justin Eldridge, Kenny Anderson, Marc Johnson, Raven Tershy, Stevie Perez and Gino Ianucci each get a their own beauty in the series.
The Chocolate Skateboards Chocolate Girls skateboards and t-shirts are available now at your local skate shop and at Crailstore.com, Chocolate Skateboard's online shop. Learn more about Chocolate Skateboards at chocolateskateboards.com.
Todd took a couple minutes away from his artwork to tell us how the Chocolate Girls project went down:
How did you meet the Chocolate crew and get involved with this project?
I have been a fan and friend of Andy Jenkins for a long time and known Malto forever as well. I did a recurring graphic for Sean Malto based on his bike gang. There were 4 graphics in total over a year or something like that. I think that turned out kinda cool. Andy hit me up with this idea and it sounded like fun.
What was the inspiration for the Chocolate Girls project?
We wanted to recreate the feel of classic spy novel covers from the ’60s. The guys at Chocolate gave me some sketches and asked if I could do a more illustrated, line-work based rendition.
Anything special to mention about the artwork?
I had a few friends of mine posed for some of these.
Why were you drawn to work with Chocolate?
It's Girl/Chocolate! Like all skaters, I have paid attention to most everything they have done from the start and I've been a fan forever. Any chance to work with these guys is always a trip, an honor for sure.
What do you have on the horizon?
I'm working on a pretty in-depth series of pro graphics for Girl at the moment. [stay tuned]
Any final words of wisdom?
I gotta get back to drawing …