Story by TheInertia.com
Hawaii’s most beloved surf artist, Clark Takashima, passed away due to a heart attack. I found out late this morning after a morning scope of my Instagram feed led me to Sunny Garcia’s page who dedicated a post to Clark. He was far too young, passionate and bright, and he will be missed by all who knew him and/or his artwork.
Clark was known for both his impressive artwork, based mainly around waves and his surroundings on Hawaii, and his infectiously positive personality. In the short time I knew Clark, he couldn’t have been a more enthusiastic, generous and positive person. He radiated positive vibes and seemed to embody the aloha spirit. This is the way I’ll remember him.
He was more than a great guy. He was a very talented artist, too, originally from Pearl City but lived on the North Shore. When we corresponded, he occasionally gave me a little update on how the waves were by him and always asked, in a most genuine way, “How are you?” That was Clark. Happy to share the stoke. This generosity was also exemplified in his project called “The Plant to Pupukea,” which was established with the support of the 9th Wave Gallery. Clark decided to dedicate himself to help other artists to aspire to their potential. Early in 2011, Clark and fellow artist Patrick Parker joined forces to one day maintain a large, working studio to be a creative hotspot for artists.
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