About Tom

Tom Laura aka Big ToeBigToe, aka artist Tom Laura, was raised in SoCal on a steady beach-rat diet of Ed Roth, Mad Magazine and Surfer Magazine’s Rick Griffin. After over 20 years in the Southern California surfing and apparel industry, Tom started painting for public exhibition under his nickname “BigToe” in 2006.Tom creates art with a casual, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor and playful eroticism that offers a nostalgic escape in our fast-paced and ever-changing world.

BigToe’s art is inspired by the confluence of Tiki, Kustom and Surf culture. The fusion of these seemingly disparate lifestyles has always been an obvious one to the artist: all 3 are outsider ways of life. The last vestiges of wild west renegades.

The art of BigToe has been exhibited at Gasoline Gallery in El Segundo, The Hive in Los Angeles, M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs, Distinction Gallery in San Diego, The Light Gallery in Costa Mesa, The Gallery in Atlanta, The Tattoo Gallery in Detroit, Kustom Kulture and Gallery in New York, Crybaby Gallery in New Jersey and Kustom Lane Gallery in Australia.

BigToe’s artwork has been featured in Korero Publishing’s Kustom Graphics and Burlesque Posters books and in magazines such as Car Kulture Deluxe, Bachelor Pad, Tiki Magazine, Ol Skool Rods and MAD magazine, as well as Smokin’ Shutdown/Germany, Burnout Magazine/Japan and Deadbeat Magazine/Australia.

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