"She still wears Vans" (2014). Lisa lived in Riverside Calif during the 70s and now lives in Las Vegas.
I'll be hanging out with some big time street artists. Well, my skateboard design is. I was invited to design a deck for "Skate & Create" at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, curated by G. James "Professor Street Art" Daichendt. The exhibition includes artists like Plastic Jesus, Homo Riot, Teacher, 2wenty, David Flores, Kenny Scharf, Sand One, Sek, Septerhed, and Shepard Fairey. From the curator:
The skateboard culture of Southern California played a seminal role in the early influences of many graffiti and street artists. The growth of the sport, or anti-sport, along with its strong visual component, represented a renegade vigilante attitude, like punk and while every skater was not a criminal, the graphics on the boards often abused copyright or represented darker and more anti-authoritarian attitudes. This exhibition of street art and street inspired graphics symbolizes these rich origins and pushes forward a new generation of sleek, cool, fun, and taboo imagery on skate decks that epitomizes both sub-cultures.” – G. James Daichendt
The photo on my board was taken in 1974 and I consider it anti-retro since its origins reflect an authenticity of the time. In Riverside Calif, during the 70s (my high school years) many pools were drained and skaters took over. It was a few years before radical political graphics graced skateboard decks and punk aesthetic reached the West Coast. While I have no sentiment for the decade, because it wasn't a simple era, there was time spent at dry poolsides for sport and sun, and whomever it may attract (see above). Many focus on the kitsch of that decade, but there's also recall of dude and dudette elegance at the pools and beaches.
Skate & Create opens Saturday, August 30, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena, California, and runs through Oct 1.
James Daichendt at Flower Pepper Gallery
NOTE: As a commentary that even this kind of skateboard art can be as accessible as using a Sharpie, the print and application was executed by Sign-A-Rama on Eastern.
EXTRA: By chance timing "Midlife crisis? Time to get a skateboard, gentlemen" is a new post at The Telegraph:
Evidence that skating is for dads rather than lads comes from the House of Vans. This is a new, highly impressive, skatepark in the tunnels beneath Waterloo station in London, which opened this month. In the last two weeks, 15,000 people have tried out the ramps, bowls and grinding poles in the 30,000-sq ft subterranean venue. More than a third are over 30, says the management.
Above: "Blue Angel: Between Heaven and Earth" at The Neon Museum's Ne10studio.