It all started with a couple of ‘borrowed’ CD’s… When Philip Liljenberg was a mere nine years old, he and his friends decided to steal some Millencolin albums – yes, those nine year olds were old souls with impeccable taste – and start a skate punk band. The rest is pretty much history, as, from that day on, Philip discovered the world of music. He started writing songs and has played in various skate, punk, pop and hard-core bands ever since.
Then, in 2001, he found a second love: photography. His dad’s old analog Yashica had been laying around, so he grabbed it and just began shooting. A few years later, he bought his first DSLR on a trip to Canada, and from then on, he never left home without his camera again.
But it was in 2013 that Philip knew for sure, he wasn’t a man of monogamy: his passion for music and photography was as strong as ever, but at the same time, he realized he must give his heart to painting too. He collaborated with the fashion retailer Street Files, and that same year, had his first art exhibition “Scandinavian Fishes” in Zürich, Switzerland, which sold out in one night. Since then, he has not only been selling limited prints and other paintings on his website, but he has been approached by various brands to design for them -his latest work being several skateboard designs for the American brand MADRID and the Swedish skate / streetwear chain HOLLYWOOD.
But like most superheroes – and you should know, he so wishes he could be one – Philip may be a multi-artist by night, but by day he has a 9to5 job just like the rest of us. In 2014 he left his job as Marketing Manager for the headphone company Skullcandy, moved back to Sweden and now works full time for his own creative agency This is Scandinavia. This is Scandinavia is also the name of an online magazine he started with some friends from around the world.
Nov 2013 – Exhibition, Street Files, Zürich – Switzerland
June 2014 – Exhibition, Sandqvist, Gothenburg – Sweden.
Dec 2014 – Skate deck designs + Photo exhibition for the This is Scandinavia x Hollywood.se collab boards. Gothenburg – Sweden.
Nov 2015 – Exhibition, ONE Innsbruck, Innsbruck – Austria
May 2016 – Grandpa, Stockholm – Sweden
July/Aug 2016 – The Bite, Zürich – Switzerland
What I do:
I take photos, paint, play the guitar, camp, travel, snowboard and skate.
I work here:
This is Scandinavia
What inspires me:
Adobe, Alkaline Trio, Analog photography, Apple, Beer, Bitchslap Magazine, Bob Dylan, Burton, Camping, Canon, Carhartt, Co11ectif, Coffee, Copenhagen, Desillusion, Ed Templeton, Electric, Element, Evert Taube, ES-335s, Fender, Fujifilm, Gothenburg, Greco guitars, Håkan Hellström, Jaguar E-types, Knotan, Larry Clark, Line 6 pedals, Nationalteatern, Nick Drake, Nikon, NOFX, Norse Projects, Maybe Canada, Paul McCartney, Peter LeMarc, Photography, Photoshop, Posca Pens, Red wine, Ripcurl, Sandqvist, Skateboarding, Snowboarding, Snus, Spotify, Stratocasters, Telecasters, Toy Machine, Vans, Voigtländer, VOX amplifiers, VW, Wacom, Water, WWW.