Over the last week we had a chat with Karl Mackie, our awesome TONK logo designer.
What projects are you working on?
In the studio this year we have been involved in some really cool and inspiring design projects, which although I can’t reveal them at this point, are super exciting brands. Recently I have been working with The Inertia on new portfolio work, making progress on my book Shaping thru the Lens as well as finishing up my own line of surfboards and new handplanes due out later this year.
As well as a designer and photographer, you also shape boards, right? What’s interesting you from a board design perspective at the moment?
I shape on average 10-12 boards a year but don’t take much notice on what’s really happening right now on a performance surfing level, my boards are all a nod to the past masters so you’re more likely to find me studying Morning of the Earth or Bob Simmons than anything else. In terms of what interests me, I’ve been experimenting with fin materials a lot lately and length verses volume.
What’s your favourite board at the minute? And why?
I don’t really get sentimental on my stix, I’ve always rotated boards a lot to ride as much as I can, but I did keep the first one I shaped back in 2006, a 6’6 Pin tail single fin based on Michael Peterson’s board in Morning of the Earth and that is the only board I have ridden this winter, so right now I’d say that’s my favourite board!
What are your thoughts on the UK surf scene today?
I would say it’s a golden time, there’s so much going on and pockets of creativity are happening all across the country, it’s a thriving community spirit that’s driving a lot of what’s coming out of the UK right now, add to that the new wave of sharing information via social media and you can see it’s a really fun and expressive time to be a surfer.
What’s your favourite UK spot?
I get asked this question a lot, in the past I’ve travelled around the UK surfing but there’s no place like home and the spot I miss and return to most is the break by my house, a fairly consistent left near Watergate Bay.
Your based in Newquay, have you got any local tips you don’t mind sharing?
Watch out for Sharks !
What was your inspiration for the tonk logo design?
I was immediately drawn to the name of the brand, it resonates strength and stands tall, I went with my initial thoughts to create a solid typeface that needed no more than the name, it’s a brand that shouts impact.
For more of Karl’s work, please check out his site: