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Psychedelic Artist Rick Griffin Mapped Surfing’s Slide into Counterculture

Psychedelic Artist Rick Griffin Mapped Surfing’s Slide into Counterculture

It’s hard to measure the impact of a single individual on the sprawling mass of a surfing culture. Like any good work of art, Murphy was a reflection of both the culture he was part of and of his creator. Drawn toward the burgeoning counterculture in San Francisco, Griffin was making regular trips north, expanding his horizons, his mind and his art. In the mid-to-late ‘60s, Griffin had moved to San Francisco and cannonballed into the spaced-out hippie scene. His legacy is one of expansion—both of his own mind and what surfing, surf art and surf culture could be.

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