15 Skateboards You’d Feel Terrible Using To Actually Skateboard (Because They’re #Art)
Once upon a time, skateboards were made for skateboarding, but once customized skateboards started bringing in big money for skate companies, artists and high end designers decided they wanted to get in on the action.
Now, uber-expensive, not-ok-to-actually-skate-on skate decks are a thing, and whether you see them as awesome or not, everyone is making them.
Here are 15 pieces of skateboard art you’d feel terrible skating on.
Ai Weiwei X Sk8room
Belgian imprint Sk8room are masters of the Skate Deck As Art thing; they’ve partnered with a whole mess of famous artists to create the most wild, expensive, and/or beautiful boards in the world.
Their three-piece run with Ai Weiwei looked great, but scraping off slogans about the freedom of a nation’s people when you’re 50-50 grinding on the stairs outside your local 7 Eleven just feels wrong.
Todd Bratrud X Chocolate Skateboards “Chocolate Girls” Series
There’s nothing better than the classic skateboard porn deck. But, there’s nothing creeper than a cartoon girl on your skateboard who’s face has been scratched off.
Like, if you want to ruin a piece from a big deal, up-and-coming NYC artist, go ahead. But you’re an idiot.
Tate Britain X Palace Skateboards Inspired by John Martin
Skating these collaborative decks from one of Britain’s most respected cultural institutions X skateboarding’s most respected companies is kind of like licking a piece of fine art.
George Condo X Sk8room
Ed Banger Records x Girl Skateboards 2013 Collection
So the Ed Banger Records X Girl Skateboards collection is a little ’90s grungy, so they actually might look even more killer with a little dirt and grime on them, but go easy, if you ruin them, you won’t be able to re-up — colette has been fresh out since basically right after they dropped.
Buscemi Leather Skateboards
A leather skateboard is like every other thing made of leather: it has to be treated with respect. But in this instance, that means never touching it, using it, or doing anything besides put it on display.
Harmony Korine for Supreme Skateboards
Keith Hering X Sk8room
Jimbo Phillips vs. Jeremy Scott
Don’t skate on these ghoulish designs from legendary skateboard designer Jimbo Phillips, but do pick up one of the pieces that Jeremy Scott plagiarized him on and use it as your post-session sweat towel. What a dick.
Greg Gossel X Sk8room
For the comic/pop art lover, Greg Gossel has the deck for you… to not use.
Ace Hotel x Shut Skateboards Excelsior Skate Deck
If you’re a fan of typography and/or the Ace Hotel and/or red, you’ll be leaving this collaboration deck at home.
Would you really take such intricate, layered abstract art out for a spin?
WRG? x Series Skateboards Black History Month Deck
If you’re going to spend the hours completing the Black History Month-themed crossword puzzle that WRG? put on their Series Skateboards deck, you really can’t then turn around and ruin your work by grinding the deck up.