An avid ocean dweller from a young age, MVRK Founder, Chris Bishop is leading the charge of bringing the design and surf worlds together.
"Growing up in Coolum beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, I've always had a passion for the water. From a young age, I can still remember getting up early, putting on the sunscreen and zinc, then harassing Mum and Dad to hurry up so I could hit the water first thing in the morning. Not much has changed from those times, and fortunately I still get the same enjoyment from hitting the beach all these years later. Whether it be surfing, swimming or kayaking, I feel lucky my hobbies include getting me out in the ocean," says Chris.
So where did the idea to have the design and surf world's collide come from? "Growing up in a small town with a strong beach culture, it almost becomes a part of your DNA. I recall as a young teen, always adding artwork (stencils) to my surfboards and boardies. What started out as a blank canvas, never stayed that way for long. To me, it's always seemed like a good fit to mix the two.
When I think about surfing, I instantly think of boardshorts. When you go back to the golden days of surfing ( 50's / 60's) boardshorts to me really personified those eras. From the cuts, styles and colours. I've always associated the soul of surfing to boardshorts.MVRK Founder - Chris Bishop
MVRK - an unorthodox or independent minded person.
MVRK is short for Maverick which can mean - an unorthodox or independent-minded person. "I would say I'm not one to follow a crowd, and I do like to do things a little different. Having a different perspective/independent mind is a good thing and I wanted the brand to be a little unorthodox in its operation and concept."
MVRK is different in the fact that this brand allows artists, surfers, enthusiasts of beach culture to all be contributors. And essentially help shape, build and define the brand. How do we do this? By involving you, our community to be apart of MVRK by providing designs, input and feedback into our product range. Unlike most other brands, I want the designs to come from the people!
Submit a Design
If you’re a designer or an artist and want to submit a design, this is the place to do it. If we like your design and want to use it on one of our featured boardshorts, we’ll make you one of the featured artists and buy your design from you.