We’re shining the spotlight on one of our original collaborators: the legendary Jimbo Phillips! Jimbo hails from Santa Cruz, California (like us!) with bold, eye-catching illustrations that have long saturated the skate, surf and rock worlds. Jimbo was one of the first artists to join MERGE4 as a collaborator and his socks are some of our best selling styles. Read on to learn more about this amazing graphic artist and his collab collection with MERGE4!
The Jimbo Story
Born and raised in the art world, Jimbo’s father, Jim Phillips, designed all the artwork for Santa Cruz Skateboards in the 70’s and 80’s and was the creator of the iconic “Screaming Hand” logo.
Jimbo began working for his father at an early age, helping design graphics for skate decks, t-shirts, decals, and magazine ads. In the early 90’s, Jimbo started his own graphic design business, where he worked with major brands including Toyota, Nike, Snickers, Volcom and more. Jimbo’s work has been featured in international art shows throughout Europe, South America and Canada, Tony Hawk video games, and in collaborations with Bell helmets, Electric visuals, Volcom clothing, and Puma shoes.
If you want art that stands out, is highly recognizable, very collectable and is a great conversation piece, then Jimbo Phillips is your guy. As an artist, Jimbo pushes the envelope of what is possible on a skateboard, t-shirt, poster, or sticker. Keep your eyes peeled for Jimbo’s graphic assault!
Jimbo’s iconic cycloptopus graphic is one of our best selling crew socks for men. This slimy cyclops-meets-octopus oozes Jimbo’s signature artistic style. We love the vibrant contrast between the deep purple tentacles and the light blue background on these socks. They really POP when you’re cruising out and about in the world!
“Hidden deep in the shadows, under a cloud-covered moon. Creeping quietly around comes the Creature from the Black Lagoon…” Our Jimbo Creature crew socks have a vintage vibe with a surfboard-toting monster creeping on a sun bathing babe. Waves pumping in the background, floating skulls and shark fins in the foreground – this is one epic pair of socks!
This shaka-throwing, eyeball-popping surf freak is one of the raddest graphics from our man Jimbo. Get some Jimbo magic on your feets with these Surf Freak socks - now available in no show-style as well. Don't forget to peep the 'fortune cookie quote' on the inner cuff! You can even match with your kiddo with our new Surf Freak socks for kids! (Read more about our awesome new kids socks below)
New to the MERGE4 lineup are these Slime Lite socks from Jimbo Phillips. Dripping with lime green slime, these cool socks add the perfect amount of ooey gooey to your getup. MERGE4 Lite socks feature elastic arch support, a self-adjusting welt cuff, reinforced heel and toe, and moisture-wicking sole with a lighter, more breathable fabric.
Another one of our new skate socks from Jimbo – these Eye Lite socks are perfect for skating bowls or simply stomping around town. Brown and green eyeballs on a vibrant red graphic background make these crew socks stand out among the crowd.
“Even in your motorcycle boots, with your pretty spiked helmet, extra-long cow-like tongue hangin' out while out and about performing such fabulous disruptions are so much better with these socks on.” Jimbo’s Chopper Freak men’s crew socks will have you going full-throttle.
“Through the darkness no light is shone. Just an avalanche of skulls and bones.” These skull socks by Jimbo Phillips are truly badass. One of the more subdued styles in Jimbo’s lineup of MERGE4 socks, you’ll have to look closely to see the ‘avalanche’ of skulls and bones on these awesome skate socks.
“Flying high on a midnight ride, knuckles tight and bugged-out eyes. Adrenaline pumping, it doesn't matter. When in doubt, just go FASTER!!!” All you bike freaks will love this one. Eyes popping out and tongue in the wind – is there any other way to ride a bike?!
No Time To Waste
“There's no time like the present, sands slipping faster it seems. Procrastination leads to exasperation, time to chase down your dreams...” Skate socks don’t get much better than a skeleton face engulfed in flames! These awesome crew socks also come in our below-the-ankle no show style.
No Show Socks
Good news… all of our best selling socks by Jimbo Phillips also come in a no show style! These below-ankle socks for men have everything you’ve come to expect from MERGE4 socks with ‘just a little off the top’. These ultra-comfortable, non-slip no show socks for men feature silicone grips to prevent slippage, arch support to keep the sock in place, and are designed for a seamless fit and superior comfort. These ankle socks also feature technically advanced yarns specifically knitted to uphold vibrant and detailed graphics – perfect for Jimbo Phillips’ intricate designs! The ankle socks also feature a moisture-wicking dual layer terry cotton padded sole, and a soft and flexible cuff for easy entry.
We have these below-the-ankle socks in four classic Jimbo styles: Cycloptopus, Surf Freak, Chopper Freak, and No Time To Waste.
Jimbo Socks for Kids
Groms can now get on the Jimbo skate sock hype with our Jimbo youth styles! We have our Cyloptopus and Surf Freak crew socks available in kids sizes. Designed with the future generation of shredders in mind, our kids socks embody everything you've come to know and love about MERGE4 socks, scaled down for the feet of littles. These cool socks for kids come in three sizes: small, medium and large. Check out our size chart to find the perfect fit for your kid: https://merge4.com/pages/size-chart
Thanks for checking out this collaborator spotlight! We love Jimbo Phillips’ awesome artwork and are truly honored to work with him on his signature no show and crew socks. Click the button below to shop all of Jimbo Phillips socks for men, women and kids:
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