At the early age, Tim Bessell was exposed to the world of art by his mother. As a result, he gained an interest and appreciation for the subculture that would shape his future to come. By the age of thirteen, Bessell was making a name for himself as a surfer and as a shaper in his hometown in La Jolla, California. Later on, he opened Bessell Surfboards, and by 1987, the company had grown into one of the largest surfboard manufacturers in Southern California. Tim Bessell also made a name for himself as an artist, with exhibitions as far away as Japan. In the Artist Series, he created surfboards that combine graphics inspired by famous artists and Bessell’s most popular board shapes. His first Artist Series were released in limited editions in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, and were recently on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.