Build me a Longboard – from scratch do design

Last week I made my first complete longboard. It was a long term wish on my to-do list as I consider skateboarding as an integral facet of urban culture and the decks being an artistic medium of it’s own kind. An object, a canvas, something useful being further modified by the marks of the urban playground.

My starting point was a blank uncut deck. The designs were spontaneous ideas. I wanted to use the griptape in a designful way. Therefore I cut it out partially and made an underlying colour fading first. The second element is the triangle with the rounded corners. This icon is a reminiscence of the ‘play’-button on tape decks.

The bottom design was a result of a few thoughts coming together: I wanted to honour the material of the deck and leave part of the deck free so one can see the structure of the fabric – wood. I also wanted to paint a picture and include the message of sustainability. Therefore the idea of a cosmic tree was born.

Here are some shots of the progress and the final design.

On a sidenote, the sharkwheels are awesome!

DIY Longboards 2020 in Kamp-Lintfort (Workshop)

From blank uncuts to self-designed finished boards.

Additionally this workshop was done under the star of sustainability, which was a guiding aspect alongside being an integrative workshop where refugees and established kids came together for this successful project.

With almost 40 degrees we had a seriously hot time. The kids were very keen and worked hard to achieve their own board, including shaping, cutting, grinding, coating, developing own designs and applying them, the final coating, attaching griptape and the final assemble of the trucks, bearings and wheels.

Without further ado, here are some impressions:


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Brick Art_digital

New times offer new paths. This one leading to developing educational content online. Actually I am concentrating on a specific technique of making pictures with bricks.

There has been a cooperation with the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, showing how to easily make abstract art with simple plates.


Right now there is another tutorial online. This one was developed in cooperation with the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss in Neuss. It’s a two-part tutorial and further explains and demonstrates an approach to pictoral expressions with an extended palette of elements, exemplified by adapting a painting of the German painter Heinrich Hoerle. Hoerle is influenced by Expressionism and Constructivism.

Brick Art – Built pictures (part 1)

Brick Art – Built pictures (part 2)

And here’s the built picture of Heinrich Hoerle’s ‘Rheinische Landschaft’ from 1932. The original painting is part of the collection of the Clemens Sels Museum Neuss, all image rights of that picture belong to them.

There is also a radio article at News 89.4 covering the project.

the broken One

Breaking bricks on a broken board

Spraypaint and Acrylic marker on board, 2018