Heres a thought for the ready made part of my project.
I wish I though of this! recycled skateboards that make products that actually look good? blasphemy! No really stop reading and look.
Maple XO have been doing just that. They specialise in the recycling of skateboard parts. but whats most surprising about this is that these are products you may actually want.
Skateboards are doomed to a life of rough use, smashing, crashing and eventually snapping. They will end up under your bed, or the back of the garage, or if they are really unlucky, in a skip. I can certainly attest to the fact that I have thrown away all of my old skate decks, and like my old Pokemon games and gameboy colour from my childhood, hold a piece of my life in them, and they are now gone, because I am really stupid.
Maybe these appeal to me so much because I feel like I may be able to recapture what I lost, in a sense.
I still skate today, but on a casual level and not in the way I would skate till the sun goes down with my friends having a laugh.
I suppose recycling these skateboards allow them to live in ‘use’ in some capacity, definitely better than living under your bed.
In a collaboration with portland phone case manufacturer Grove, Maple XO created these ultra sexy iPhone cases. I found an article on the process of how these were made, they stuck the pieces together and then milled it out on a CMC machine.
An artist named Haroshi has been using this idea of recycling skateboards to create sculptural pieces, his art is mind blowing and all made with skateboards. What I like most about his art is this sense of attitude, I really feel like he’s not just an artist, but a skater at heart conversing with me through his craft, his work is something I can really connect with as a skater myself.
Haroshi’s art is born through various techniques and styles such as wooden mosaic, dots and pixels, these pieces are stuck together then shaved down to create the desired form. Techniques such as this are what I’m looking to employ in wood making, I think it could be great way to allow the character of a material such as wood to really shine.
Im feeling really inspired by this work, and it speaks to me as someone who skates and as an artist, that has grown up in the skating culture since I was nine.
so whats next?