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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.