FRENCH FRED MORTAGNE

Fred Mortagne, better known as ‘French Fred’, is a filmmaker and photographer based in Lyon, France.

If you grew up skating around the 2000 era, you will have definitely heard of French Fred. Fred Mortagne is the creative genius behind the first Flip Sorry video. With skaters like Arto Saari, Tom Penny and Geoff Rowley this was for sure a milestone within the skateboarding video days.

Fred grew up skating mainly at the famous Hotel de Ville plaza in Lyon which is where in 1993 he started filming his friends. His main motivation to start filming was to help some of the locals to get sponsors. Only later in 1996 did he decide to start taking pictures with his fathers Nikon camera. He soon realised that taking pictures was quite challenging and that his main interest was still videography. He didn't take any photographs for some years and turned his focus back to creating movies. Only later while filming for the Flip Sorry movies did he get himself a camera to shoot with. He developed a certain connection to architecture which brought a different perspective to skateboarding.

He quickly realised that he noticed things that other people didn't, which gave him the opportunity to create some of the most unique shots in skateboarding photography. Fred believes his love for shooting black and white photos come from his childhood. When he watched the black and white Charlie Chaplin movies on TV, he believed that colours did not actually exist in reality in the early 1900s.

French Fred says: "Everyone has the potential to be a photographer, because we all see the world from our own unique perspective". After 30 years of traveling the world and capturing some of the greatest skateboarders, he decided to go back to his hometown of Lyon. To this day, he still shoots photos down at the HDV plaza!

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SEBO WALKER

Sebo Walker is a professional skateboarder and artist who skates for a brand called Krooked Skateboards. This is a perfect match as Krooked was founded by Mark Gonzales and is well known for its focus on art. Sebo was born in 1988 in a city called Salem, Oregon but he later moved to Venice, California. He started skating when he was just 13 years old, but his career really took off after he was noticed by a local skateshop called ‘Exit Real World’ in 2004.

He began drawing at a very young age in elementary school, yet the moment he started skating with his friends was when his art began to really evolve. He decided to paint on griptape sheets which he later sold out of the back of his van where he lived for four years at the famous skatepark ‘Stoner Plaza’.

Sebo's work is visually incredibly pleasing and abstract with lots of vibrant colours. You can find a lot of references to the skate style throughout, such as the streets but also some skateboarding characters he calls "Pushers". Some of his favourite artists are of course the Gonz, but also Keith Haring and the Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher. If you look closely at Sebo's work, you can definitely see some of these influences.
Sebo Walker is a professional skateboarder and artist who skates for a brand called Krooked Skateboards. This is a perfect match as Krooked was founded by Mark Gonzales and is well known for its focus on art. Sebo was born in 1988 in a city called Salem, Oregon but he later moved to Venice, California. He started skating when he was just 13 years old, but his career really took off after he was noticed by a local skateshop called ‘Exit Real World’ in 2004.

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NORA MABROUKI

Nora Mabrouki is a Dutch artist who is born and raised in the capital Amsterdam, but is currently living in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

She developed her love for art at a very young age. Her father used to bring her colouring pages from the local supermarket where she would draw them in and send them back to enter a drawing contest. Nora really put in the effort and actually won some prizes with it. It is surprising that most of her work is in black and white these days looking back where it all started with filling in the colours. Nora's interest in creating illustrations only happened after getting a degree in Graphic Design at the Willem De Kooning Academy.

Her inspiration comes from numerous things including staring in the distance and zoning out to be taken over by random thoughts. Next to drawing Nora is a passionate dancer and likes to participate in dancing battles and jams. For her this is a great way to escape the daily routine.

The work Nora did for Tucknee is from a series of 'hand' drawings. She does these sketches besides her more detailed and more time consuming work. She calls them "My brain farts in an illusive world with the hand as a main character". 

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ALONSO CHUNGA

Alonso Chunga aka ACR, is a graphic designer from Lima, Peru, who currently lives in The Hague, Holland. Some of his biggest inspirations for his work are music, nature and deck graphics. When he’s not designing, he loves to skateboard, listen to music and even plays several instruments himself!

The design Alonso created for this Tucknee case was his own take on the famous painting; ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ by the Dutch artist Vermeer. His design is a great mix of combining fine arts with skateboarding graphics. If you look closely you can see that Alonso paid close attention to detail by adding traditional Dutch houses to the illustration.

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GLEN FOX

Glen Fox aka Gfox aka quick feet is a well known skater from the Jersey Channel Islands. This is a beautiful and historical island situated in between the UK and France.

He really got into making illustrations when he started designing board graphics for brands like Magenta. Not only does he design board graphics, but he also knows how to properly destroy them.

His inspiration for these illustrations come from his everyday life like, still life and plants. When you look closely at some of his designs you'll notice there are a lot of plants involved in his work. Just like you see in his video parts and his art, he likes to produce things in a freestyle manner.

Next to skateboarding some of Glen's passions are painting, drawing and not to forget making sushi! When you check out the design he made for Tucknee you will obviously see his love for skateboarding. The design on this phone case is based on the legendary Philly spot called LOVE PARK. But you can also find the streets, skateboards and even some people in this illustration
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JUSTIN GHIJSEN

Justin Ghijsen was born and raised in the Cheese capital of the world, Gouda! He was that lonely guy in elementary school who absolutely loved punk music and skateboarding. Luckily by the time high school came around, he found more people who shared this passion with him. Later in his music career, he ended up touring around Europe with a band and had an absolute blast playing at festivals!

Justin taught himself how to illustrate because the bands he was in did not have the money to hire fancy illustrators. After a bit of designing for his own band at the time; Tusky, people started to notice his work and began approaching him for illustration jobs. His Tucknee design is based on everything Tucknee stands for; the love for surfing, skateboarding and just in general having a good time with a drink and a great burger! As Justin says himself “Just keep Shredding”!!!

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XAVIERA ALTENA

Xaviera is an illustrator, born and raised in Rotterdam, The Netherlands and absolutely loving it! She knew from the young age of 10 that drawing was a big passion for her. After her graduation from a University of Media, Arts and Design, she went into the corporate world, but over time felt this path did not fulfil her. She then made the brave decision to go freelance and become a fulltime illustrator.

Xaviera has a very recognizable style with lots of colors and bold lines. Her inspiration comes from many different sources, some of these are; modern arts, vintage comicshops and the 80’s & 90’s pop culture. As Tucknee is inspired by the surf/skate/snow world, there is a common theme in most designs. However, Xaviera wanted to create something unique and friendlier than the typical skulls and flames. 

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LUCAS BEAUFORT

French artist Lucas Beaufort was born in 1981 in the beautiful French Riviera town called Cannes. His work is very recognisable by the colourful and kind looking monsters he paints. His specialty is using acrylic paint on basically everything where paint sticks, the world is his canvas.

The Frenchman mainly gets his inspiration from his love for skateboarding. But next to that he finds his creativity by traveling the world. Lucas tries not to be at the same place for longer than one month!

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FREEK HAKVOORT

Freek Hakvoort aka Blue fingertips, is a Dutch artist who lives near Utrecht, the Netherlands.

In Freek's spare time he loves to create line illustrations and drawings by using ballpoint pens. Next to that, his passions are surfing and creating videos. He started drawing as a child and continued consistently throughout his life. After high school, he decided to study graphic design in a city called Zwolle.

During his two hour daily commute, he spent his time (very wisely) practicing his skills by drawing his fellow commuters. The last year of his study he began an internship at a creative agency where he later ended up working. After some years of working for this company, he decided to start for himself as a video editor whilst also creating illustrations for companies.

Not only is his work beautiful, but he aims to make people happy, inspired and even surprised.

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JAN-JAAP POOT

Jan-Jaap Poot aka JJ, is a Dutch artist from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. His love for art started at a very young age when he observed the large drawings of Tom & Jerry, Sesame Street and other characters on his elementary school windows. Pretty soon he was putting more effort into copying the window drawings than paying attention in class. Soon JJ’s art became more complex by replacing drawings of Tom & Jerry for Spiderman, Spiderman for Escher and so on.

After graduating the Academy of Arts in Rotterdam, JJ started working in the local skate shop and at the same time working as an independent artists/graphic designer. His Tucknee design is “all about the lines”, the inspiration he gets for his designs comes from walking through the city, noticing some kind of light exposure or even just some geometric shapes. Next to painting and creating other types of art, Jan-Jaap loves to skateboard and play guitar.

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