Shag’s Pirate Boy – Sepia Edition
Shag, whose real name is Josh Agle (he took the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last name to create his artist moniker), is a Southern California-based artist whose work reflects his love for tikis, primitive art, and vintage movie and television themes. His vivid and colorful paintings often display characters who lavishly partake in consumerism and are often in the middle of a situation that the viewer can interpret as well as enjoy visually.
With his sophisticated and upbeat style, Disney naturally took keen interest in a collaboration with Shag. His presence in the Disney resort world began with creating merchandise for the Enchanted Tiki Room’s 40th anniversary in 2003 and also led to his participation in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Disneyland park in 2005. For the 50th anniversary, Shag created pieces of art that depicted each of Disneyland’s five lands, as well as a comprehensive “Shag-style” map of the park and other celebratory collectibles that are lauded and cherished by Disney and, of course, its legions of fans. Shag’s next work for Disney, a vinyl toy called “Pirateboy”, is set to be released on November 1, 2006.
Span of Sunset, Inc., located in Los Angeles, began making art-based toys in 2000. The company’s cultural influence in the Los Angeles area grew immediately and their products have become important collectibles for individuals with progressive style and a taste for the exclusive. Besides Shag, Span of Sunset, Inc. has produced toys with notable artists such as Bill McMullen, Camille Rose Garcia and Daniel Clowes.