If you grew up in Los Angeles in the 90s, it’s likely you either grew up surfing or skating. Whether you were raised near the beach, in the city, or the suburbs, surfing and skateboarding probably had a hand in raising you. For my friend Teague Muir, he was born right into it.
Born and raised in Venice, California, Teague grew up surfing and street skating. As the son of Jim Muir, legendary skateboarder and founding member of Zephyr Surf Shop and skate team, the Z-Boys, and nephew of Mike Muir, lead vocalist for Suicidal Tendencies, Teague’s childhood involved cruising around on boards, with or without wheels, swimming in the ocean, landing new tricks and drawing. Although Teague grew up with the pressure of living up to his father’s reputation as one of Venice’s OG skaters, he’s managed to create his own style in the water, on the concrete and in the studio.
“Lately, I’ve been making mostly digital work because I don’t have enough room at my place to set up a studio and spread out. I’m working on a couple smaller paintings that I haven’t fully figured out yet. Right now, my paintings are just close-ups of my digital work. I want to start painting more. I’m moving out of my apartment and moving into a studio apartment above my Dad’s house. I’ll be saving money and I’ll have a place to paint, which is awesome. And then, ideally within six months, I want to move to New York.”
Teague doesn’t claim he’s the best surfer, the best skater, or the best artist, but he manages to stay consistent and committed to all his interests, giving each discipline a shit ton of tender loving care. “Sometimes I start something and forget about it, or give up on it, but I just need to keep working, stay on it, and not back down,” says Teague.
Read our full feature on Teague in upcoming issue 12 out September 30th. Pre-order the new issue here.
Portrait by Samantha Grad.