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

About

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 — 

           germany

 

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 — 

           california

 
 
 
 
 

2005 — 2007

world — 

           tour

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 — 

           columbia

 

 

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 — 

           montana

 

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.