The Art of Skateboarding
A monochromatic exhibition
With our roots lying in subcultures, one of which is skateboarding, we pay homage to a culture that spawned a generation of creatives by asking leading artists and designers to contribute to the creation of a series of skateboards.
Bidding has now closed on all skateboards. We will contact the winners of each to arrange paymemts. Thank you to everyone who shared and to everyone who bidded. Good luck.
Jake & Dinos Chapman
Jake & Dinos Chapman are visual artists who’s work can be described as intentionally shocking, often encorporating life size human figurines and models that partake in violent or sexual situations. After attending the Royal College of Art together, they spent time assisting renowned London artists Gilbert & George, and were shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2003.
Sweeney is a London based artist and illustrator who specializes in comics, T-Shirt graphics, music packaging and animated videos and has collaborated with revered names such as Undercover and Stussy, as well as producing his own ongoing comic, Tales From Greenfuzz, and accompanying vinyl toys.
Jarvis began his career at clothing label Silas, started by Sofia Prantera of Aries fame. Alongside illustrating for an impressive collection of brands and companies including Converse, Nike and Norse Projects, he ran his own company, Amos Toys, between 2001 and 2012, designing over one hundred soft vinyl toys, each with unique stories and backgrounds. He continues to freelance, alongside his ongoing comic strip, Spheric Dialogues.
As well as heading up The Heavy Mental and Doomsday Store, Davis is a graphic artist renowned for his typically lo-fi style of graphics, often channeling a healthy dose of heavy metal, skate and surf inspiration and reference points. This is also true of his newest venture; clothing line SOH, for people who dig a little deeper, who don’t think the same and don’t belong. For punks, weirdos, metal heads and outsiders.
Most known for his work as Gasius, Russell Maurice began painting T-Shirts in the early 90’s, in turn becoming one of the first people to explore putting graffiti onto clothing. Alongside this, Maurice’s illustration and sculptural work is rooted more in the spiritual world, with ghosts and theories contemplating the afterlife, attempting to objectify the non-solid and unseen.
Sparkes inhabits the space between reality and illusion, between popular culture and scientific investigation, and creates a landscape where everything is spliced, butchered and dissected. To an extent he also plays with the idea of our disconnection with nature through, for example, portraying animal butchery as an idealistic cartoon scenario. In a world so preoccupied with superficial banality, Sparkes’ work, although initially appearing tongue-in-cheek, brings with it a more robust message of the conflict between the natural and mechanical worlds.
Ged first became well-known as an artist in the mid-1980s while competing internationally in skateboarding, writing for skateboard magazine R.A.D and founding the Insane clothing brand. He has exhibited in London and Tokyo, exhibitions include ‘Insane Birds’, ‘Bears of Paradise’ and ‘Cats Lick Sinners’. He designed the Idler magazine snail logo and one hundred of his illustrations can also be found in The Book of Idle Pleasures, published by Ebury Press.
London based Jiro sites inspirations from Japanese anime to Prog rock. His work is wild, bold and references pop culture. He is as at home drawing naked witches as anything more sober and it’s this thematic approach that makes Jiro’s work visually stimulating and always funny.
French is a freelance Artist & Illustrator based in London. His illustration style is often black and white, with incredible detailing, and a distinct heavy metal attitude. A great deal of the illustration he has created has been for the skateboard industry, as well as Music (Heavy Metal mainly) Advertising, Print, Fashion and Publishing.
Nicolai Sclater is a traditional signwriter offering an original approach to commercial art. Nico’s passion for custom and vintage motorcycles has lead him and his close friends to establish Kingdom of Kicks, a new generation of motorcyclists made up of creatives. Sclater exercises an interplay between art, fashion and traditional biker roots, calling references from local surroundings, traditional navajo prints and nostalgic phrases.
Trevor Jackson has been working at the forefront of audio and visual culture for over twenty years. The London based Art Director, Designer, Moving-Image maker and Producer’s work has been exhibited at the ICA, Baltic, Guggenheim and Barbican, as well as on countless, seminal record covers. With its emphasis on visual as much as musical artistry and innovation, Jackson’s iconic Output Recordings label set a new aesthetic standard that prompted critics to declare it this decade’s equivalent to Factory.
About this board: Sedetionaries to Starbucks, Cultural fascists are destroying london, Burn the surface, Raise the foundations, Subvert the future.