Surfboard Gyotaku revisited


Gyotaku (pronounced GHEE-OH-TAH-KOO) is the art and technique of Japanese Fish Printing. Gyo means ‘Fish’ and Taku means ‘Rubbing’ or ‘Impression’. The earliest known gyotaku were made in the 1860’s to preserve a true record of the size and species of fish caught by Japanese anglers. It later evolved into an art form… Where my work differs from all other gyotaku artists is in my subject matter. The fish I print do not have eyes, they do not eat, and don’t have gills that help them breathe underwater. They are surfboards, seemingly simple fiberglass wrapped pieces of foam, and fins, that attach to that fiberglass and foam… Most commonly, surfboards that have a cutout in the tail section or swallowtail are referred to as FISH SURFBOARDS… I consider each print of the boards as a fingerprint, and living proof that these shapes did exist, and seeing as surfboards are ONLY foam and fiberglass, they might not be here forever, or might be broken the very next swell. – Scott Szegeski