Escape Rentals New Zealand was established in 2003 by 3 good friends, Peter, Mike and Andrew who saw an opportunity to offer a product with a difference.
We figured that not all people wanted to hire a Motorhome and effectively take away their living room on holiday, but would instead prefer to get away from everyday life and enjoy the great outdoors. Hence the name 'Escape' was created.
We also realized that people wanted to go away, enjoy the culture, sights and delights of a country without having to sell body parts to pay for their Campervan holiday.
We developed a product that seemingly offered the bare essentials, but at the same time delivered absolutely everything you needed to travel and explore a country safely, comfortably, cheaply and uniquely.
We not only wanted to offer a high quality product with excellent customer service and support, but also wanted our clients to embrace the Escape spirit by converting a boring white van into a work of art.
The decision to sand all the clear coat off a new van and then have artists cover them in paint was not a decision we took lightly.
It was a frightening thing to be trying this concept that had not been tested before...our mates thought we were crazy. The artwork on the Campers goes a lot further than just making the Camper look great, it acts as an interaction piece for our clients when they are travelling and allows them to mix not only with other travellers, but also more closely with Locals and other travelers.
Most people assume the Camper is your own and that you have painted it yourself. The feedback our clients gave us after their Campervan trip reinforced the initial crazy idea as being a pretty good one.
In 2009, with the help of Rob (Our good friend from NZ Surfing Days), we collectively set up Escape Campervans USA and applied all the same great things that make the NZ operation a success.
We have looked after tens of thousands of Happy Campers from New Zealand to the USA since 2003.
We look forward to seeing you in America.
We first met Drew, Maria and son Dylan when they travelled NZ in an Escape Campervan in 2008. We kept in touch and when we decided to launch in Los Angeles in 2009, Drew painted our very first Campervan at our humble depot in Lawndale.
Drew continues to create amazing pieces for Escape today.
Drew has been a professional surf artist for over 25 years. He says of his profession, “It’s my job to make things look cool.”
An avid big wave surfer and world traveler, Brophy’s career exploded in the late 1990’s when he began painting his edgy artwork onto surfboards. Now his art is printed on hundreds of products and his original artwork is collected worldwide.
An early adopter of standup paddle surfing, Brophy helped spread the sport through his adventure travels. He and Seth Warren were the first to standup paddle the entire 225 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.
Drew’s mission is “to inspire generations of people to live the life of their dreams.” He strives to be an example and show the world the good life through his artwork.
Visit Brophy’s online gallery at http://www.drewbrophy.com - See more at: http://drewbrophy.com/about-drew-brophy/#sthash.r7F5BsI8.dpuf
Graffiti Artist/Muralist Haste returned to Los Angeles, California in 1988 after living a large part of his childhood in Santiago, Chile.
Today he is recognized for working in a plethora of styles and mediums while still holding true to his graffiti/self-taught roots. His love
for graffiti and typography has matured into a graphic design approach to his letter style, bringing in different elements and genres into
each individual composition. His artwork has shown in multiple galleries and outdoor structures throughout the United States, in such
cities as Seattle, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago, Austin, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, as well as Europe and South America.
In 2011, Haste was exhibited at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. He has recently participated in an exhibition at the Montana Gallery in Barcelona along with an art book for the Getty Research Institute.
A designer and visual artist living in Venice, California who practices at his studio CHALK.
My background is in graffiti art, graphic design, art history, and advertising. While working at some of the worlds top agencies, I have had the pleasure of learning all I know about making brands famous from the very best in the business.
I am a huge believer in do-it-yourself. I love the unfamiliar, figuring out how things work, taking them apart, studying and reassembling them. I feel most of my work has this inquisitive spirit in its exploration of techniques, materials, and concepts.
Ultimately I solve problems in a creative and beautiful way. I am fast and effective and have been working with brands for a decade to help solve their troubles as well. If i'm not doing that I am having fun, painting, biking, or somehow getting dirt under my fingernails.
- See more at: http://www.neffink.com/about/#sthash.LmZ4gk5q.dpuf
Guy Ellis (Dcypher)
Another Escape NZ artist that has an amazing talent and range of styles.
Guy Ellis aka Dcypher is a native New Zealander living in Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Art and Design in Christchurch New Zealand, majoring in Illustration and Graphic Design.
Now working freelance, primarily as a Mural Artist his artwork ranges from large scale custom art works, advertisement murals, signage and on set painting to digital illustration, logo design and aerosol on canvas. Combining his background in graffiti art and graphic design into every creative process.
Guy had his first solo art show in Los Angeles displaying a range of architectural city scape's that were inspired by the complexity of inner city infrastructure.
As well as painting large scale advertisement murals for companies such as Converse and Microsoft he has also developed mural art work specifically for the TV shows, Sons of Anarchy, Silicon Valley and NCIS and was recently invited to Dubai to participate in painting the Worlds Largest Graffiti Wall for the Guinness Book of World Records.
- Check out his Gallery: http://www.dcypherart.com/#!/citr
Dan Tippett (DT)
Dan has been painting Escape Campervans since 2004 in New Zealand and is our resident artist there.
When we decided to launch in Los Angeles in 2009, we lured Dan over to LA to help paint the first 20 Campervans with the implications of the Bright lights and Hollywood lifestyle..get out of Auckland for a while. He was unimpressed to be sleeping on a single airbed (with a slow leak) in our small house/Depot which was under the 405 Freeway in Lawndale (Next door to Compton)
He still hasn't forgiven us.
DT is a truly talented artist with a style that covers all Genres.
More info here: http://www.thebigidea.co.nz/connect/media-releases/2011/nov/111320-taupo-rulz-daniel-tippett-exhibition
Augustine Kofie (Kofie)
We love Kofies art and hope to get him back for the 2015 build to create some more masterpieces.
Augustine Kofie was born in 1973 and has been active in the West Los Angeles graffiti scene since the mid-90s. He is primarily self-taught.
From a deep interest in architecture, typography, 1960s iconography, contemporary music and street culture, Kofie constructs barely perceptible dialogues that hold meaning for himself. Intense skill and technique reflect a certain reliance upon structure in the creative process. His collages and assemblages consist of many layers—a mix of intentional and unintentional order.
There is a distinct contrast between his mechanic line work, and organic structures, all of which culminating in a heavy earth-toned and a multi-layered not subject to gravity. Kofie aims to create images that leap off the canvas at the viewer but at the same time invite him to join a conversation.
His work has been exhibited across Los Angeles and in New York.
Eric Walker (CRE8)
For any self respecting L.A. native graffiti writer King Cre8 needs no introduction. Cre8 is one of Los Angeles most consistent writers always painting never resting unlike the countless old school writers that always point to history as their claim to fame.
Cre8 prides himself by remaining true to his career as a graffiti artist, muralist, illustrator, graphic designer and art instructor.
Cre8 is heavily influenced by all elements of hip hop and has been extremely passionate about his artwork since a young kid.
Jason Hailey (Chor Boogie)
Chor Boogie is an artist, a conceptual genius, a street romantic, a master of illusion and technique, Chor Boogie is an original. His works can be described as having healing effects by his unique and unmatched use of color, which brings greater meaning and understanding to his works. Every vibrant piece has a story attached to it. Chor Boogie's colorful paintings are attracting A-list celebrities, art galleries and museums. Originally from San Diego, the artist known as Chor Boogie currently resides in San Francisco but is an internationally known artist and has traveled extensively to exhibit his work around the world.
Originally from New Jersey, grew up skateboarding and surfing along the Jersey shore. It seemed he was a bit of a free spirit from the beginning. Born of artistic parents, his dreams were always supported from the start. Mark is a talented Tatoo artist, inking locals and Celebs from his Cocoa Beach Endless Summer Tattoo studio. It's located right on A1A across from the beach. When you walk in it feels like a mixture of a Tiki Bar,Surf Shop and a Skateboarding Museum. Mark has made himself a fixture of the Cocoa Beach community, donating his time and art to many local charity events and fundraisers.
Other talented Artists who have contributed to the Escape Campervans Gallery
Hector Rios (Hex)
Max Ehrman (Eon75)
Eriberto Oriol (Sinner)
Just want to drop a line to let you know that we really had a great time with your "Tree Hugger Van".