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!