October 25, 2014

Sean Cliver's Disposable 1 Now Ready for Order

For those of you who don't already own a copy, the 10th Anniversary reprint of Sean Cliver's book, Disposable: A History of Skateboard Art, is now in stock and available for order from the publishers, Gingko Press. You can purchase the book either in a softcover or hardcover edition. ($29.95 USD nad $39.95 USD respectively.)

For those who are not familiar with this book (which is not to be confused with Cliver's second "Disposable" skateboard bible book), it is considered the standard on the subject of skateboard art. It was first published in 2004 and then reprinted in 2007. Having been unavailable for many years now, second hand copies have been fetching well over $100 USD.

Get yourself a copy before they sell out yet again!

October 20, 2014

Rarely Seen Red SMA Natas Kaupas Deck

Recently, this rarely seen red Santa Monica Airlines Natas Kaupas deck (from the pre-Santa Cruz era) came up via the good folks at the Skateboard Museum in Switzerland.

One more commonly sees this particular deck in either a black or white dip and, as such, I couldn't resist sharing this image here for your enjoyment as well.

Do head on over to the Skateboard Museum to check out their site.

October 15, 2014

"Ah, Venice!" (Or: Venice O.G.)

"Ah, Venice!" Most of the time, when people talk about the sights and wonders of Venice, their thoughts will most likely turn to gondolas and water-filled canals walled in by gothic and Italianate architecture. I think of that too, of course, but I also think of another Venice filled with different kinds of sights and wonders; namely, Venice, California -- Dogtown.

Here is a great historical grouping of Venice skate legends posted recently on the Facebook page of another place of legend in the skate world, the Venice Originals Skateboard Shop.

As the caption on the photo notes, it shows a grouping of four Venice legends; Jesse Martinze, Natas Kaupas, Cesario "Block" Montano, and Jay Adams. "Ah, Venice" indeed!

October 13, 2014

Claus Grabke's Custom Topside

While most of the attention for skateboard art is focused on what is on the bottom of the deck, occasionally you are really "wow-ed" by what some skaters personally did on their topsides.

I am not referring here to the silk-screened art that is often on the top of the board (though that can indeed be interesting in its own right), instead I am thinking of the way some have customized their decks with paint markers, stickers and the like. One of the skaters who is perhaps best known for doing this is, of course, street skating legend Natas Kaupas -- however this particular post is not about him.

Instead, our attention today turns to Claus Grabke and the topside art of one of his personal riders (the board is now, I believe, found in the Skateboard Museum in Stuttgart, Germany). The combination of the colours with the text, alongisde the way the whole is integrated with the screaming hand stickers is most impressive.