Dersu Rhodes
Design + Creative + Art Director, Filmmaker, DJ


Direct yet conceptual. Provocative and engaging. Design & illustration for brands, publications, and people.


Who —

         is Dersu?


I am a Creative and Art Director.

I am a Filmmaker and DJ.

I direct music videos, short films and main show titles.

I am currently the Design Director at VICE in Los Angeles


My story.


2013 — 2016


venice beach — 

           los angeles


I live by the beach in Venice and ride my bike to work. I collaborate with photographers, filmmakers, creatives and writers. I run a blog called Witness This and throw deep house parties with Peace in Noise. 


2012 — 2013

berlin — 



I move to Berlin in search of a glamorous creative life. I get lost, smoke cigarettes and don't sleep for days at a time.

I make friends and fall in love with deep house.

I gain perspective. The people who inspire me are driven and focused and not partying as much as I am.

Berlin I love you but you're bringing me down.


I work in the action sports industry for 6 years. I work for Reef, DC, Volcom, RVCA, Billabong, Quiksilver and Surfline.

I design boardshorts, tees, fleece, shoes, sandals. I do tech packs, create prints, visit factories, art direct photoshoots, design catalogs, design in store and attend sales meetings. I go on factory trips, inspiration trips and surf trips. I get drunk, sun-burned, barreled and inspired. 



2007 — 2012

san diego — 



2005 — 2007

world — 


I set off solo to see as much of the world as I can. I backpack through Europe and Asia, work as a camp facilitator in Singapore and Malaysia, live in El Salvador and hitch-hike for seven months through Central America. I miss nine trains, meet three shaman, lose two cameras, barter for one live chicken and come home with five journals filled with sketches and stories from my adventures.


2000 — 2005

british — 




I move to Canada to attend the University of Victoria on Vancouver Island. I study fine arts, art history and film. I learn how to surf in very cold water and grow very fond of hockey.


1983 — 2005

whitefish — 



I've lived in a Volkswagon van, a school bus, a trailer and now my families first one bedroom home. We don't own a TV so instead I draw, read and daydream. I am six and have already been to the moon twice.