Iconic surfwear icon, Thrilla Gorilla, is back from the 80's and bringing the whole Thrilla Krew with him.
It all started with a tiki cartoon sticker inspired by the surfer’s battle cry of the day: Pray for Surf. Tak Kawahara, legendary surfboard shaper and “father of surf” in Japan, was working in surf apparel when he created the sticker that was so different from the simplicity of surfwear at that time.
To build beyond Pray for Surf, Tak found a partner with a similar sense of humor in artist Steve Nazar who designed the 'Da' Boys' collection of surfing cartoon characters for longtime surfboard manufacturers, Town & Country Surf Designs of Pearl City, Hawai'i. Together, they created the iconic Thrilla Gorilla and Da Boys, pioneering a new wave of surfwear that helped define 1980s surf and skate style.
The most famous of their designs was Thrilla Gorilla, a surfing gorilla who inspired an NES game produced by LJN called Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage. After its initial release in 1988, a sequel was released in 1992 focusing on Thrilla Gorilla - Town & Country II: Thrilla's Surfari.
Now, after being gone for almost 30 years, Da Boys are back. Thrilla Krew is the latest efforts from the original team bringing you the same humor since 1984.
Preview some pieces and designs below and find the entire collection on TheDrop.com.