Editor’s Note: This episode of CREATORS is presented by our friends at RAEN.
JJ Wessels describes himself as a contractor. He’s aware that the term is a catch-all. More specifically, he’s a merchant of surf-inspired creativity. A quick tour of his home in Orange County reveals as much.
The new RAEN ambassador builds Murph-inspired surf action figures on a 3D printer on his deck, designing them on a sophisticated program on a tablet he brings to the beach to maximize inspiration. Then, he prints, and paints. Initially, he just wanted to create a toy for his one-and-a-half-year-old baby boy, but other kids might like the figures, too. So why not? He’s also working on a small-batch t-shirt brand called Surftoons featuring throwback surfy sketches. He’s got a collection of surf photos and lightboxes downstairs and a shaping bay in the basement. He moves from project to project quickly, and his pride in each is palpable. I can see how each of his creations inevitably inspires a new one. The man radiates creativity.