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Jamie Browne - The Rulingest Ruler

Volcom Artist Jamie Browne is the best human on the planet. Talent in bucket loads and actually just the coolest dude you will ever be lucky enough to meet. Completely humble, full of time for everyone and the kind of sunny disposition and exceptional music taste that all comes together to make him the people's hero. Jamie started working in the Volcom Australia office as a Graphic Artist and soon progressed to the Global Art Team working from Volcom mothership HQ in Costa Mesa, California ~ in the lead up to their creative research trip to Austin Texas together next month; Volcom Oz Head Creative Kimmy Reynolds and Jamie sat down for a chat about all things that combine to make him the rulingest ruler that ever was, creating art for Volcom and where the hell all those puns come from….


KR: Could you tell us the story of your Volcom life? How you started to where you are now in a little nut shell?

JB: After college, I was trying to figure out to get a job that combined my love for skating  and drawing - not even sure if such a job actually existed.  I managed to get a week in the Australian Volcom office helping out with tee art and odd jobs. It was super stimulating, the people were rad and it was something I could see myself doing. It started out as two weeks, then a month and then turned into a full time gig. After a few radical years with Volcom Aus, I set my sights on the USA. Since I was born there, the idea of living and working in the states had always appealed to me. Eventually something opened up in the infamous Volcom art loft and I was on a plane over shortly after!



KR: You work out of the US office just outside of L.A now, could you tell us about that?

JB: It’s Chill dude. I'm down in the Costa Mesa Newport Beach area which has a nice laid back vibe. My house mates are legends, I live close to work and the beach so I just cruise on my bike or shredder to get around. The office is huge but I'm lucky enough to work up in the art loft which has a vibe of its own – there's a massive record collection, guitars, walls to paint on, beers in the fridge and most importantly a cool group of rad, like minded people. Going to work is never a bummer.


KR: Things you love about living in the USA?

JB: Tacos, travelling, cheap drinks, there's always rad bands or art shows, lazy Sundays watching football in bars and did I say cheap drinks?

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KR: Things you miss about OZ? 

JB: I miss Aussie breakfasts, nature, rain, the beaches, playing music with my bros, the vibe – Australia is paradise.


KR:  Music and skateboarding are a big ingredient in your creative perspective, can you tell us about your passion for both?

JB: I’ve been skating most of my life and for a long while it was the be all and end all. I was still drawing but skating just consumed me and I was constantly spitting out skate inspired art. Once I discovered Jim Phillips I was lost forever. I knew I was never gonna be some pro skater but art is a way for me to contribute to the skate world I love so dearly. Skateboarding is a consistently present force in my life, I never wanna stop – it feels too damn good. Music is super important to me too, from the days of wild abandon rocking out to Maiden and Mercyfull Fate to discovering new sounds and a diversity of bands along the way, playing music with buds - It's an addictive journey where you never know what will pull you in next. I feel like skating is my outside world, music my inner and drawing is the bridge between them. Sorry, that was so cheesy haha.



KR: Top 5 songs your killing right now?

JB: Zig Zag Wanderer by Captain Beefheart

The Garden of Earthly Delights by The United States of America

Move On Sweet Flower by July

Birds In Perspex (acoustic) by Robyn Hitchcock And The Egyptians

Pale Shades of Grey by Ant Trip Ceremony

Hanging out for the new King Gizzy album too!


KR: Fave places to skate?

JB: Cammeray, Manly bowl, The Volcom HQ park, a friends mini ramp with beers or just when you're skating from A to B with a few mates hamming it up – so good.


KR: Where do all the puns come from? This is now synonymous with the JB do you keep them coming? (maybe you could talk a bit about starting on post its and coasters? Developing your style)..

JB: I don’t know man, I just have to mentally be in the right place at the right time, I make a connection with a random phrase and image in my mind then I scribble em' down on a scrap of paper or coaster. They usually stem from my experiences and dumb conversations I'm having or overhearing. A few sneaky beers never hurt the process either ;) One thing I try not to do is force them, if I'm having a dry spell or block I just try to acknowledge that and chill, knowing that more ideas will present themselves when the timing's right – its cosmic stuff man ha. At the moment I'm creating less wordplay doodles and drawing more esoteric things that communicate their message without words but still inhabit this same tropical realm of swaying palms, hot sand, booze and cool dead dudes.

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KR: So for a night settled in a the literal ‘drawing board’ or a day on the board whats your general picks to go from drawing to rolling?

JB: comfort is key for sure, I’m always a jeans or chinos kinda guy and you can’t go past a flanno. Volcom denim is the best there is and I’ve been rocking the ‘Oregon’ Flanno pretty solidly.


KR: Alrighty Jamie Browne you soggy clown, thanks for the chat and catch you in a few week in Austin Texas!

JB: Cheers Chimmy catch ya there Dude!


Check back for a run down on the creative research trip to Austin, Texas – touted as the new creative hub of the USA Jamie Browne & Kimmy Reynolds will embark on next month. We look forward to seeing what they find in the buzzing art centric home of physcadellic rock!




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