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Skateboard art exhibit gets rolling in Arizona musuem

January 26, 2011 Leave a comment

Skateboard art exhibit gets rolling at Arizona museum
Written by Associated Press
Tuesday, 25 January 2011 09:19

Jeff Koons titled the skateboard deck he did for Supreme in 2006 ‘Monkey Train.’ The work is silkscreen on wood. Image courtesy of LiveAuctioneers Archive and Treadway Gallery.
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) – As long as skateboards have been around, kids have been covering them in stickers and drawing on them with markers.

Maybe that’s why a Chandler art show full of skate decks seems to strike a chord with all ages.

“People are excited about it. People have fond memories of skateboarding as kids, and it just kind of brings back that childhood joy we’d all like to tap back into,” said Eric Faulhaber, visual arts coordinator at Vision Gallery where patrons dropping by this week have been eager to see the gallery’s next show.

Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art opened last week at Vision. An anthology of skate art from the 1960s to the present, the show includes almost 300 decks borrowed from pro skaters, skateboarding companies and artists across the country.

Skate art graphics “tend to be extremely vivid and extremely personal, and many of them have some strong social, political or economic component,” Faulhaber told the East Valley Tribune. “(Skateboards) have always been a really good mode of self expression for the person using them.”

Among the decks, you’ll see the usual skulls, dragons and monsters, but there are also some unexpected faces: Johnny Cash, Sitting Bull, Batman and Hillary Clinton. Elmo, with his arm in a sling, the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz, and a half-octopus pirate baby coddled by a mermaid mother also make appearances.

On other boards, peaceful nature scenes recall vintage national parks posters.

Full Deck also includes a display of about 25 early wood and aluminum boards circa 1960 and a 1920s or 1930s-era rudimentary skateboard prototype.

Lenders to the show include pro skaters Corey Duffel, Mark Gonzales, Obi Kaufman, John Lucero and Lance Mountain, and Skip Engblom, the Zephyr skate shop co-founder profiled in the movie Lords of Dogtown.

The exhibition was curated at the Bedford Gallery at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif. It is traveling to museums, galleries and universities across North America.


Information from: East Valley Tribune,

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Smithsonian launches skate collection

January 21, 2011 1 comment

With a vintage 1980s-era skateboard belonging to Tony Hawk, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History has begun a collection of artifacts focusing on skateboarding and skate culture.

“Skateboarding is a sport that highlights the inventive and entrepreneurial spirit of our nation,” said Brent D. Glass, director of the Washington, D.C.-based museum. “Tony Hawk strongly embodies this spirit, and for this reason I am pleased that his deck launches our collecting initiative.”


Smithsonian press releaseTony Hawk donated a 1980s pro model skateboard by Powell-Peralta to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Hawk, 42, donated the pro model by Powell-Peralta after skating on it at the Quiksilver All ’80s All Day Vert Jam, held at Surf Expo in Orlando earlier this month. Wearing 80s-era garb, including a flyaway helmet, fluorescent Jams and knee high-socks, Hawk performed inverts, McTwists, and Madonnas. And just like the old days, he won against a field that included some former competitive rivals such as Christian Hosoi, Mike McGill and Kevin Staab.

“It is one of my personally used signature decks that I saved from 1987,” Hawk said by e-mail, referring to the donated board. “I rode it briefly back then but dismantled it for some unknown reason and kept it through the years. The trucks are original Tracker magnesiums and the Lapper is one of few still in existence. The wheels, however, are relatively new.”

Adapting to the old board was not easy though. “It was challenging because the tail is much wider than anything I’ve ridden in the last 15 years, the wheel base is shorter, and it has no nose,” Hawk said. “My front foot came off many times during practice because I would slide it too far forward.”

Hawk said the Smithsonian inquired through his foundation about acquiring one of his boards.”I was excited, but confused as to why they wanted a retro board instead of a modern one,” he said. “But now I understand; it is a time capsule that represents a significant era in skating.”

Hawk’s board is the first artifact in a broader collection focusing on skateboarding and skate culture by the museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, according to spokesperson Kate Wiley. The museum is interested in the material culture of skateboarding, including archival items, equipment, technology, tricks and other paraphernalia such as video games.

Wiley said interest in skateboarding grew out of an exhibition from 2009 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian called Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America. The Lemelson Center already has a collection dedicated to snowboarding.

The graphics on Hawk’s deck feature a familiar image from the 1980s, with the skull of a hawk superimposed on an iron cross. It was designed by Powell’s in-house artist, Vernon Courtland Johnson (VCJ), who helped create the skull and bones imagery common in skateboarding.

“Skaters have always been known to be unique and artistic, so the lifestyle encompasses much more than the physical act,” Hawk said. “It has influenced art, music and fashion, and helped to redefine sports in our country.”

Hawk’s board will join a 1978 Honeycomb Pool Board donated by Stacy Peralta, and another Powell board in the museum’s permanent sports collection.

Wiley said the museum has no plans to display the boards yet.

Dirtball Quick Facts

January 21, 2011 2 comments

Quick Facts on Dirtball Material

  • Each Dirtball T-shirt contains 2 ½ 16oz. water bottles.
  • Dirtball’s current short “The Dirt Short” – is made out of 10 16-ounce bottles, which have been repurposed to create a high-quality polyester fabric. The shorts are not only recycled, but recyclable. Once a pair is worn out it can be returned to Dirtball Fashion where it gets sent back to their North Carolina headquarters to be re-spun back into polyester fiber. To thank the customer for their environmental friendliness, the customer will receive 20% off a future on-line purchase. No other clothing company has a recyclable short.
  • All shirts printed with water based ink.
  • 2 million plastic bottles are used in the U.S. every 10 minutes.
  • 51 billion plastic bottles go into U.S. landfills every year.
  • 3 billion plastic bottles recycled is the equivalent of saving over half a million barrels of oil and eliminating 400,000 tons of harmful air emissions which contribute to acid rain, global warming and smog.
  • Recycling pre-consumer cotton helps to keep 5 billion pounds of waste from going into U.S. landfills.
  • Buy buying fabric made with recycled cotton, you are helping to reduce the effects of insecticides and other chemicals have on our soil, air and water tables.
  • It takes 1/3 lb of agricultural chemicals to produce 1 cotton t-shirt.
  • Cotton requires 22,000 liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of cotton lint making it the most fresh water intensive crop in the world.
  • Cotton uses some 25% of the world’s insecticides, even though it is grown on 2.4% of the world’s land. Cotton consumes 60% of the insecticides applied in the U.S.
  • Recycled cotton doesn’t take the manual labor or land use that is required for conventionally grown cotton. It takes twice as much land usage to produce the same amount of organic cotton as conventionally grown cotton.
  • The majority of the organic cotton is produced in Asia and shipped to the U.S. offsetting any environmental benefits due to the transportation resulting carbon footprint.

Van’s Pro Tec Pool Party

Just a reminder that the Van’s Pro Tec Pool Party will be held this weekend and broadcast live on Fuel TV and online at @ 12pm. Make sure you check Dirtball “Airmeister” John Harsma as he competes against Cabelero, Steadman, Nogoho, Alba, Kasai and other legends wearing my gear and skating my deck!!!!!!!


April 8, 2009 1 comment


– U.S.-made Earth Day shirt to join new eco-friendly clothing line –

HICKORY, N.C. (April 7, 2009) – Most people don’t think about what happens after their 16-ounce plastic bottle goes into the recycle bin, but Dirtball Fashion does. Their product line focuses on keeping those bottles out of American landfills – “The Earth Day Shirt” – is made out of 65% recycled cotton fiber and 35% recycled post consumer polyester or 2 ½ 16 ounce plastic water bottles, which have been repurposed to create a high-quality polyester blend fabric making the shirt as close a zero waste product as currently possible. The shirt is available in men’s, women’s and youth sizes and proceeds will go to the purchaser’s charity of choice.

“Dirtball Fashion is active, eco, outdoor and American. When you wear Dirtball you make that statement and what better statement can someone make,” said Joe Fox, president, Dirtball Fashion. “There’s no reason not to ‘go green’ with our eco-friendly clothing and products.”

This is merely another product in Dirtball Fashion’s product lineup, which includes T-shirts, hats, knits, moisture management, skate decks and shorts. Coming in fall 2009 is a “water bottle-based” jacket, backpack an organic cotton canvas pant and green manufactured snowboards.

About Dirtball Fashion

Founded in 2008 by Joe Fox, race car driver, entrepreneur and North Carolina native, Dirtball strives to make fashionable, eco-friendly clothing for active individuals – cutting across age and gender lines.

Dirtball only uses recycled or organic domestic produced materials in their products when available and all products are designed and produced in the United States the majority within a 250 mile radius of headquarters. Not only does the recycled content add to the ecological-friendliness of the company, but the U.S.-based manufacturing arm adds to the local economy and shortens shipping distances, thereby reducing Dirtball Fashion’s carbon footprint. Please visit for more information and an on-line catalog.

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