The Art of the Deal

I’ve added this post from contributor and South Jersey fishmeister Chris Boyd. Looking forward to much more from Chris in the future.

When Andy asked me to write a blog for his new website I was really stoked. Then I remembered I don’t write, so bear with me.

There’s two things that I really love to do. Fishing and make art. It just so happens I can combine the two, literally. Gyotaku, translated means fish rubbing in Japanese. It’s a method of painting and pressing paper onto a fish. Centuries ago, Japanese fishermen brought paper and ink with them. This was a way to record and keep records of there catch. Today it has become a popular art form. Go to any art gallery on the coast and you might see a Gyotako artist work displayed there.

I want to start out by saying I have no training in art. I watched a fishing show and a father and son bought home a couple of Tuna’s. They made a few fish prints and I was blown away.

So, I went out and bought paper, ink and brushes. I forgot to buy the trashcan. For every 10 prints I made I threw out 8, and the 2 I kept weren’t that great. This was three years ago. I know what the words persistent and patience mean now. So, the garage got cleaned out, shelves and work benches were constructed. My drafting table was reassembled, sink at the ready (for washing off the fish). Oh, I forgot. I live with my fiancĂ© and her two girls. They sometimes prefer that I’m out there. “In Depth” Fish Prints was born.

I’ll call this part one of trying to make it as an artist. I’ll always try to add a picture that pertains. Next time I’ll write about selling, art shows , and galleries.

Thanks for reading,

Fish Prints

Fishmeister Chris Boyd makes art out of the fish he catches. He is a practitioner of gyotaku: the art of printing fish. EleutheraSurf hopes to have Chris guest blog about fishing Eleuthera and South Jersey, about fish prints, and about whatever else he comes up with.