Artist's Portfolio -- Todd Bratrud
Meet Todd Bratrud
Bratrud's been in the skateboard-industry graphics game since his days at Consolidated in the '90s. Over the years, he's branched out to do work for all kinds of people and companies, including this Lion of Judah for The Skateboard Mag. Click through the gallery for a random sampling of pieces Bratrud's put together over the years.
Angel of THIS
"[This artwork was] based on a statue in Fargo, N.D.; skaters always placed their boards in the angel's arms," says Bratrud. "I made this for my good friends at THIS Skateboard Shop in Fargo; [it was] used on shirts and screen prints."
Converse Coastal Carnage
Bratrud designed the graphics for the Converse Costal Carnage contest and also built a trophy replica of the art.
"My friend David Gonzalez was voted Skater of the Year by Thrasher; I think this art also doubled as some form of birthday thing," says Bratrud. "Whatever the case, David has a band called Rat Black. This is sort of a band-shirt kinda deal."
Familia MN Nice
"Maybe you have heard people use the phrase 'Minnesota Nice' in reference to the general attitude of people in Minnesota," says Bratrud. "Well, this is [kind of a] play on that phrase. It was used as a shirt and stickers for Familia skateboard shop in Minneapolis."
"My good friend Doug does a podcast called 'The Poundcast,'" explains Bratrud. "I drew his face for the podcast image. Doug does all kinds of cool stuff. Most importantly, he is a ripping skater, so I was honored to be able to do a little something with him."
"I illustrate a column for The Skateboard Mag where Dave Carnie answers the letters that the readers send in," says Bratrud. "This was drawn from a letter supposing [former pro skater and convicted felon Mark] Gator [Rogowski] has a private vert ramp in prison."
Creature "Babes" Logo
"This is the logo for an ongoing board series I have been doing with Creature Skateboards," shares Bratrud. "The basic idea is that I ask my female friends if I can illustrate them up as sexy green zombies. It's a pretty enjoyable series of graphics to work on -- kind of weaving in some personality from the real girl depicted in the graphic."
"Board graphic [for Flip Skateboards] based on the idea that [pro skater] Rune [Glifberg] is a destroyer -- a Danish destroyer," says Bratrud. "Not sure if this really translates to that, but that was the inspiration."
"This was made to be animated for the intro of a Web short show about [skate photographer] Bart Jones," says Bratrud. "As far as I know, nothing really became of the show. But I did spend some time on this logo and I love Bart."