Wall of Skulls


Drew's "Wall of Skulls " High resolution prints


The Wall of Skulls is a real place on the Polynesian Island of Tahiti and there's a gnarly story behind it!  One of the most deadly surfing waves in the world is called Teahupo'o (pronounced "cho-poo"). 

It's located on the south west coast of Tahiti, literally at the end of the road.In ancient times, as the population of Tahiti grew, people had to travel further and further to find food.  The inhabitants of the end of the road at Teahupo'o got angry at all of the uninvited visitors that would come and pilfer the food from their mango and breadfruit trees.And so, they decided to put a stop to it.  They severed the heads of anyone caught stealing their food.  Then, as a warning to new visitors, they built an actual wall made of skulls along the shoreline.  This was their way of screaming "don't come here."  Teahupo'o is translated to mean "severed head" or "wall of skulls" and that is why the world famous surf break is named Teahupo'o.

In September of 2015, Drew almost lost his own head at Teahupo'o - during one of his surfing trips to Tahiti, he took off on a giant wave and didn't make it.  His head hit the razor sharp reef and he was "scalped" and severely injured, all while having to get himself safely to the boat where his friends waited, not knowing what had happened.  Luckily, he was able to get to the hospital quickly and get surgery, and he's fully recovered now, except for a little bald spot and a scar.  He's lucky to be back at surfing.The original WALL OF SKULLS painting was part of a series of paintings that were commissioned by Hinano Tahiti, an awesome clothing company that came from Tahiti and now is in Southern California.  

It's funny how every painting truly does have a story behind it.  We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried.  Thanks for being on this journey with us.  We are glad to share the stories!


Satin prints are created using a durable 300g heavyweight photo paper. This print is an open-edition, superior quality with a 1 inch border ready to frame.


We use the best quality archival canvas, stretcher bars and archival inks.

Our "COLLECTOR'S EDITION" prints enjoy hand-applied UV resistant coating, so that your artwork will last more than 100 years.  All of our Collector's Edition prints meet the standards set forth by the Fine Art Trade Guild for pH and light-fastness. MADE IN THE USA:  Everything is printed, coated and hand stretched in the USA by trained professionals. Ships completely assembled with hanging hardware ready for wall mounting. 

NOTE: Logo Watermarks shown in photos will NOT be printed on your canvas or satin print.

*Stretched Canvas are only available for domestic shipping.  International orders please select rolled canvas or satin paper option.  Please allow 8-10 days for your order to be hand crafted and packaged*  

*COPYRIGHTS:  All artwork is (c) Drew Brophy.  Please note that Drew Brophy retains the copyrights to all of his works.  Commercial duplication of Drew Brophy's art must be licensed by Drew in a formal Licensing Agreement.  

However, feel free to share photos of your art online, via social media, in non-commercial usage, anytime.  Tag @drewbrophy when you do!

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