Ray Troll

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Ray Troll is a Ketchikan, Alaska-based artist.[1]

Troll attended high school in Witchita, Kansas.[2] He has a bachelors degree in printmaking and a MFA degree in printmaking in drawing[1] from Washington State University.[3] He came to Alaska in 1983 at age 29.[2] He is a guitar player and vocalist in the Ketchikan band called The Ratfish Wranglers.[1] His arguably most prominent and controversial work is titled SPAWN TILL YOU DIE.[4] The design has been printed onto hoodies and is very popular with the citizens of Ketchikan and Southeast Alaska.

Spawning sockeye salmon

Artwork Quotes[edit]

  • Alaska for the Halibut
  • Bassackwards
  • Careful What You Fish For
  • Cod in the Act
  • Cowasockeye
  • Cutthroat Businessmen
  • The Da Vinci Cod
  • Family that Preys Together
  • Fishful Thinking
  • Flaming Basshole
  • Have a Crappy Day
  • Hook Me, Beat Me, Cook Me, Eat Me
  • Let's Spawn
  • Nullum Gratuitum Prandium - There is No Free Lunch
  • There's No Ho Like Coho
  • Ain't No Nookie Like Chinookie
  • Octopi Wall Street
  • One Fish, Two Fish, Dead Fish, Blue Fish
  • One Line at Time
  • Return of the Sockeye
  • Rock and Roe
  • If you must smoke, smoke salmon
  • The Stream
  • Thin Line between Love and Bait
  • Time's Fun When You're Having Flies
  • Twist and Trout
  • Walk Softly and Carry a Big Fish
  • Weapons of Bass Destruction
  • A Woman Needs a Man Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle


  • Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway: An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-Mile Paleo Road Trip
  • Planet Ocean : A Story of Life, the Sea and Dancing to the Fossil Record
  • Raptors, Fossils, Fins & Fangs: A Prehistoric Creature Feature
  • Rapture of the Deep: The Art of Ray Troll
  • Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z
  • Shocking Fish Tales: Fish, Romance and Death in Pictures
  • Something Fishy This Way Comes: The Artwork of Ray Troll


  1. ^ a b c Woolsey, Robert (12 November 2010). "Troll's latest book has 'just the funny stuff'". Raven Radio, KCAW (Sitka). Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Ray Troll: A story of fish, fossils, and funky art". Washington State Magazine. Spring 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Lyke, M.L. (22 October 1991). "Artist Ray Troll's Creations Are Filled To The Gills". Seattle Post Intelligencer (Seattle). Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Open Thread – "Spawn Till You Die.", The Mudflat Forum

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