Black books + Strikers

Years ago, I would spend countless hours writing and drawing in black books. I remember getting my first one when I was 17 and the possibilities were endless. It was also very important to have a good quantity of pencils, sketching markers, colored pencils and pens to make sure the pieces I put in looked sick.  These days, I still keep sketchbooks going, they mostly hold my thoughts as I jot them down messy and quickly in order not to lose them. It’s the idea that I am trying to capture and its funny but the tools are still the same and just as important. These black books prepared me for painting walls and canvases. They prepared me for laying out t-shirt graphics and rock posters. I still look through my old piece books as time capsules to where my head was at in my younger days and compare them with what I am drawing now. I will always value that first book though, it set me onto the path that I am on today.

Photo by  Brent Broza   CRAOLA  With  2SHAE ,  7SEAS , &  PLEK  Redondo Beach, CA, 2014

Photo by Brent Broza
Redondo Beach, CA, 2014


Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins has collaborated with Denik and Juxtapoz Magazine to create two limited edition notebooks featuring his artwork titled "Finding Home".  Pick up a 5x8 notebook to doodle or write your random, witty thoughts in. Or snatch one of these gorgeous 8x10 spiral sketchbooks to create masterpieces on the inside as great as the one on the cover.  

Help these journals find a home and purchase one for yourself and everyone you know while supplies last! Once these babies are gone, they are gone for good! 

Juxtapoz x Craola Notebook



Juxtapoz x Craola Sketchbook