This past week I shared a scan of an old Town & Country Surf and Skate corporate Christmas card that was illustrated by the awesome Steve Nazar back in 1988. Well, Steve saw my post (over on my Instagram account) and in response he posted another couple from that same series of cards! I’ve been looking for these two for awhile!
Too freaking cool. I love the one Tiki guy taking aim at Santa with a freaking bazooka!
I love this second one too. Santa rocking out with the T&C gang is so much fun, and this just feels sooo late 80s. Caveman pounding on the drums with a hammer is great. Also, he included the rad pink Kool Kat character (on piano) that you tend not to see a lot in his non-T-shirt art!
There’s at least one more in this T&C Christmas card series, so here’s hoping that one get’s unearthed before the month is over! Again, head on over to Mr. Nazar’s instagram account and check out his supremely radical artwork!
It seems like the older I get the more my collecting urges tend to focus on some weirder things. For instance, you can file this under obscure ephemera, but one of my favorite 80s era treasures in my collection is this lone Christmas card released back in the winter of 1988 by T&C (Town & Country Surf & Skate company.)
I’ve mentioned before that I practically lived in T&C shirts as a boy growing up in central Florida between 1980-1989. I was such a huge fan of the design of the characters Thrilla Gorilla, Joe Cool, the Caveman, the little Tiki guys, Cool Cat, and the weirdo, green 3-eyed alien with the huge head. So back in ’88 my head nearly exploded when I received an NES and the T&C Surf and Skate game cartridge for Christmas. Even though that game was stupidly impossible to play I loved it and would stick it in before school each morning in an attempt to master the ability to surf for more than four straight seconds, or to ollie without stumbling over cracked pavement.
It wasn’t until almost 20 years later that I would finally learn that Steve Nazar was the artist responsible for bringing these rad characters to life, and only in the past year did I stumble upon the above piece of amazing holiday-themed artwork. If I had found this card back in the 80s it would have unlocked the mystery of the artist as this one is attributed with his signature right under the worktable where the Caveman is assembling skateboards.
If you’re a fan of Nazar’s work for T&C and want to check out what he’s up to these days, head on over to his Instagram profile and check out the fun pieces he’s been sharing recently. And tell him Branded sent ya!