On January 23rd, 2009, Powell-Peralta hosted the Rip The Ripper Art Show at the ASR trade show. Fifty eight artists had pieces on display. The reason for the show was to celebrate The Ripper graphic. So many skaters and artists have been influenced by VCJ’s image over the years, they wanted to do something that would pay respect to VCJ and get skaters stoked. Powell invited a group of artists and asked them to interpret The Ripper in their own style.
Shown above: Original version by VCJ, and new versions by Shepard Fairey, Jimbo Phillips and Lance Mountain.