Well, if you google him or look up on Wikipedia, you will find more info. We just think Rick Griffin is rad and respect him for his style. Rick Griffin (1944-1991) first reveled in the art and politics of the counterculture as a surfer. A teenager in Southern California during the late 1950s and early 1960s, he developed the seminal cartoon-strip character, Murphy, published in Surfer magazine. Griffin's rebellious and prankish cartoon character initiated the surf cartoon genre and helped define the look and voice of the incipient surf culture. Griffin, a pioneer of surf cartoons and psychedelic album-cover art, lived in San Clemente during the 1970s. He died in a 1991 motorcycle accident.