Scott Richards is a man of many hats: creative director, artist, world traveler, beach-goer extraordinaire, and father of two of Newport Beach's raddest aspiring surf groms. When not working at Stance Socks, he can be found tirelessly sewing flags of all of California's surf spots, a passion project that's quickly taken over every free minute of his hectic lifestyle.
1. Who are you?
Hello… My name is Scott Richards. I’m 45 years old and living in Newport Beach, CA on the Balboa Peninsula.
2. Describe your medium & process for your flags...
i am a painter, maker & Creative Director… Constantly juggling between work, painting, surfing, making stuff, family and finally sleeping. I’ve had to learn to find inspiration around my surroundings – books, boats, boards and my boys… I’m a hunter and gatherer of stuff that inspires me. Lately I’ve been making some hand-crafted, vintage-like flags based on local surf spots that are in my hood. From the Wedge to Blackies, 54th Street to the Point. They’re all hand-made, stitched, painted and taken through an aging process, so they’re good and salty when complete.
3. How did you find your passion? Who/what influences your work?
I’ve always been tinkering around in my studio collaging scraps of paper or prints, painting and stitching things together. It started with photo prints, then onto wood and now it’s on canvas, linen and other textiles. I love the creative process and I’m inspired by seeing artist’s spaces and all their do-dads laying around. It’s like when you see a Jackson Pollack painting with a cigarette butt in it or the sneaker prints on a Basquiat, you almost imagine the work environment, hear the music playing…you can almost smell or sense what’s happening during the act of making the piece.
4. What excites you about your work? What do you struggle with?
What I like most about my work is that I can touch it, beautify or destroy it. Color and texture is so important and can easily go bad and I’m a stickler for it. I hate letting something go that just isn’t right. Usually I’ll just repaint, or re-dye or even tea stain the hell out of something. I like to age things. New things are so boring. I like there to be a history and a bit of patina in everything I do. These flags become products of their environment
5. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself going?
My ultimate goal in my life is to get my work and my craft to become one single focus.