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This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio, now offers even more Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops...APPLY NOW!!! (*Info Sessions held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom during the school year.)

*The Final Due Date for any completed Application Packages to start school in February (Semester 2) is WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7 at 3:30PM. Completed Application Packages received by this time will be considered for an interview/design experience required to apply for any remaining spaces on this year's OSF Student Design Team!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Uneasy


























Hi, I am a returning OSF student.  I have been working on my brand, which is focussed on two different things.  It's called Uneasy.  I want to embrace two things that are at the opposite of the spectrum. It is bringing together the idea of pretty, but I hate that word and the idea of darkness.  It is sort of like me, people call me "Hippy-Punk".  It is changing people's perception of what pretty is, that pretty can also be dark and disturbing.

The theme of my board intertwines with my brand.  It includes a skull with horns that I drew by hand surrounded by flowers. My inspiration was my grandmother's garden: her flowers were beautiful and I really wanted to put them on a skateboard, with one of my own images to add some darkness.

I pressed the board using 7 sheets of Canadian Maple veneer; two of the veneers were colour infused red using Roar Rocket technology.  I cut out a custom pool deck shape then I rounded the edges.  I wood-burned the graphic and the logo, and water coloured the flowers red.  I incorporated balance into the design to make a more symmetrical design.  I also used line, which is emphasized with the wood-burning technique.

I am trying to change people's perception of pretty or beautiful with the board.  Making this board, I learned it is a lot more difficult trying to make a custom shape but it was worth it. I love my board!

Ramp Tramp


























Yo what’s up I’m a new student at OSF and I find myself liking the art and skateboarding world and this classroom is the perfect place to be in for the fact that you are surrounded by upcoming artists and teachers that will open your mind up to those worlds. This is my first board that I imagined and executed myself. My brand “Ramp Tramp” exists to empower people to skate anywhere without the fear of stereotyping. I believe everyone, bros and broads, are equal in the culture of skateboarding. This graphic represent two characters: the male character is rockin’ a hot pink bikini; the female character is killin’ it in some sick skater gear. I purposefully swapped what they stereotypically would be seen wearing to show how as women are still treated as objects and ornaments in the skate world.

This board was made with 7 maple veneers. The bottom layer was spraypainted with a limited colour palette that represents an old style pop/punk feeling that I’m trying to reflect in my Ramp Tramps brand. The graphic was designed as a mirror image of the two characters to represent leveling out the playing field. I wanted to make my logo look like a sticker, so I made the background a bit bigger to give the contour more pop and contrast. The style of my graphic is inspired by Bikini Kill (a riot grrrl band) and cartoons including Family Guy and Rick & Morty animations. I applied my graphic using a tape stencil and aligned each layer using carbon paper tracings. Cutting stencils can really suck sometimes and probably causes carpet Tunnel Syndrome (ha), but it’s a really effective and easy way to get an image on a board.

I am happy with how this board  turned out. Through the process I found that you really need to follow each step and spend extra time to align everything. You also need to be aware of cut marks being too deep; next time I will have less of a heavy hand! My next board will be 500 times better as I learned a lot about the process. I am super stoked to start to develop a logo and get input from my mentors at Anomaly.

Graphics & Woodworking partially done on OSF x MOVEMBER boards...wait till you see the completed boards...you'll definitely want to bid on one of these babies at Wednesday's auction to support men's health (Mo Decks event at Gladstone Hotel Wednesday 7pm)!


Photo: Graphics & Woodworking partially done on OSF x MOVEMBER boards...wait till you see the completed boards...you'll definitely want to bid on one of these babies at Wednesday's auction to support men's health (Mo Decks event at Gladstone Hotel Wednesday 7pm)!

Siiick OSF x ANDREW POMMIER collab shop deck in the works for January 2015 launch...students are Stoooked!


Photo: Siiick OSF x ANDREW POMMIER collab shop deck in the works for January 2015 launch...students are Stoooked!

Event: OSFxMOVEMBER Toronto skateboards auctioned as a fundraiser for men's physical & mental health this Wednesday!


Photo: Event: OSFxMOVEMBER Toronto skateboards auctioned as a fundraiser for men's physical & mental health this Wednesday!

National Post online has another photo of OSF student work for sale at the new SPACING store:

























http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/11/20/spacings-new-retail-store-has-everything-a-person-of-the-ur-toronto-type-would-ever-need/#

@CraigOSF: Proud TDSB Students celebrating with their Toronto themed products included in the SPACING Store Launch today! http://t.co/1BIKi8cXOJ


Photo: @CraigOSF: Proud TDSB Students celebrating with their Toronto themed products included in the SPACING Store Launch today! http://t.co/1BIKi8cXOJ

OSF student designed boards for $120 in the new SPACING store at 401 Richmond as promoted by National Post




Photo: OSF student designed boards for $120 in the new SPACING store at 401 Richmond as promoted by National Post

TDSB's Oasis Skateboard Factory products for the new SPACING Magazine Toronto Store featured in National Post (Friday, Nov. 21, 2014)


Photo: TDSB's Oasis Skateboard Factory products for the new SPACING Magazine Toronto Store featured in National Post today!

Building a composite sculpture of 6 skaters doing 1 trick (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...next step: morphing into Rats!


Photo: Building a composite sculpture of 6 skaters doing 1 trick (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...next step: morphing into Rats!

Full body scan of a casper-flip (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...


Photo: Full body scan of a casper-flip (OSF x SCULPTRAITS 3D printing)...

Gr12 OSF Art Students visualizing 3D printing collab sculpture at SCULPTRAITS


Photo: Gr12 OSF Art Students visualizing 3D printing collab sculpture at SCULPTRAITS

Check out OSF Toronto themed boards on sale at the new SPACING Store


Photo: Check out OSF Toronto themed boards on sale at the new SPACING Store opening tomorrow!

OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards being pressed...


Photo: OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards being pressed...

OSF designer demonstrates the stool she made out of old skate parts at CONS PROJECT last week...


Photo: OSF designer demonstrates the stool she made out of old skate parts at CONS PROJECT last week...

Detail of OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards in process for the fundraiser Nov. 26 at the Gladstone Hotel


Photo: Detail of OSF x MOVEMBER skateboards in process for the fundraiser Nov. 26 at the Gladstone Hotel

OSF (Toronto) x ROADSWORTH (Montreal) boards in process...


Photo: OSF (Toronto) x ROADSWORTH (Montreal) boards in process...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Toronto Reference Library has TDSB's Oasis Skateboard Factory & West End Alternative School student made zines in their collection

http://torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com/arts_culture/2014/11/canzine-2014.html

Gladstone Hotel documents OSF Crew's afternoon hanging with Shepard Fairey/OBEY






OSF crew in the new OBEY IN TORONTO video:

Photo: OSF crew in the OBEY IN TORONTO video: http://vimeo.com/108507687

Watch video here http://vimeo.com/108507687

SCUM LOVE


I'm a student at Oasis Skateboard Factory school and this is a board I made for my brand Scum Love. Scum Love is something for people who have been told in life that they are worthless scum. A person who won't amount to anything. With punk undertones through out the artwork of SL, we take those negatives and make them positives. Because we are all worth something, we have the ability to make something amazing. Embrace your title as Scum!

On the deck I have the SL mascot, an unnamed punker. His censored eyes shows anonymity; it is not just him but all of us. Dressed head to toe in raggedy clothes he stitched together himself, he presents the DIY motive that SL wants to celebrate. The main colours of army greens, earth browns, black and white were put on the board with spraypaint and paint markers. The board was hand pressed together on a form to make the awesome board you see in front of you!



Sunday, November 16, 2014

No Worries

No Worries is about spreading positive vibes through skateboarding and sacred geometry. Sacred geometry can be found all throughout the universe, in all sizes and scales, and in most religions and ancient texts. It has been said that people that have, and understand, a piece of sacred geometry in their everyday life are more positive, and just feel all around better about life. The particular geometry used in this piece, consists of the seed of life, which is the essential form of the flower of life, and the Star Tetrahedron, or Merkahbah. The seed of life represents the creation of life, and the further progression of life. The star tetrahedron, represents the "chariot of assention" or in ancient and Jewish texts it was referred to as the Merkahbah. The graphic itself as a whole represents the progression from birth, to enlightenment, and assention into the next dimension as a spiritual being. It exists to inspire the realization that you are a spirit (or whatever you want to call it) having a human experience, and that you, as an energy, are not limited by anything. Unlimited potential. 

I hope to inspire skateboarders to push their limits, and to amplify their creativity, positivity, and confidence. The logo you find (NW) by the back truck holes, is actually an unfolded iscosahedron, one of the sacred platonic solids. The iscosahedron is a twenty triangular sided three dimensional polygon, that represents water, going with the flow, in other words trusting and having faith within the universe. On top you find the full Flower of Life, so even when the graphic wears off you still have your grip tape to remind you the universe has got your back ;)

To make this graphic I used left over frozen pizza boxes to make three stencils: The Seed of Life, the star tetrahedron (incorporating the Vesica Pisces, and the ratio of Phi) and the unfolded icosahedron that is the No Worries logo. The graphic was lined up by eye and spray painted by hand. The board itself consists of 7 layers of Canadian Maple and is 32” long and 8.6” wide. Sounds like a boat but this board rides like a dream!




Ninety Nines

Hey there! This is my second year at Oasis Skateboard Factory School. My brand is Ninety Nines. It's a graffiti based brand that exists to spread knowledge and history of the graffiti subculture itself. The theme of my graphic is illustration. I used the quote "All you see is crime in the city" by graff writer Skeme, (which he had also painted) in the graffiti documentary 'Style Wars'.

To make this mini I used 100% Canadian Maple veneers, which included one blue-dyed veneer. Using wood glue, I glued the veneers together and put it into a mold. From there I put the mold with the veneers on it into a Roarockit vacuum bag, pumped the air out and left it overnight. The next step was woodworking. With a surform shaving tool I scraped my edges down so they become flush. After that I hit the edges at a 45 degree angle so I could move on to rounding my edges. To round my edges I used a sanding belt and rounded the edges around the entire board. Next I used sandpaper to sand the faces of the board. I started with 80 grit on both sides, to 180, to 220. The final woodworking step was wet sanding. I took a damp paper towel and went over the board in sections to raise any leftover splinters from the veneer and sanded it down with 220 to get a nice smooth surface. Finally I did my graphic. Instead of doing a tape stencil graphic I wanted to try engraving the board. I resized my original design so it would fit nicely with the shape of the board. From there I took a pencil to scribble the back so I could mimic carbon paper and transfer my design without getting the veneer dirty. I used a dremmel tool to engrave my design. To make it pop I went in with a white sharpie paint marker so the quote would be more visible.

I'm trying to communicate that graffiti can sometimes send messages and to also show how constantly sketching letters can branch out to doing other things, such as creating hand done illustrations, sign painting, etc. I'm quite content with the outcome of my board this year. I originally did not want to use any paint or paint marker in this design but to keep it strictly engraved. While engraving the board I noticed the veneer was completely dyed through, making the design quite hard to read. My classmate recommended that I go in it with paint marker so I tried it out and it looked pretty good. Hopefully I get another opportunity to engrave boards, I really enjoyed doing it and would love to continue using this method.

Gnarwhal Skate Co.


Yo, wassup?! I'm a first semester student at OSF. My brand that I have created is Gnarwhal Skate Co.. For my first board I stencilled the word gnarwhal in a graff font that is also known as a throwie or throw-up. The colour scheme that I chose for my board is yellow, blue and miscellaneous colours that I splattered onto my board. I chose these colours because they're vibrant and nice on the eyes. I used the splatter affect to give it some pop.

The way this board was made was with Roarockit technology. We took 7 wood veneers, glued them, and then pressed them in a vacuum seal bag. After the board was pressed I had to do a lot of sanding. After that I taped up the whole board to create the stencil of my throwie. To get the splatter effect I had to press the cap down really lightly so that it would spit.

My brand is about having a good time and bringing people together; this relates to me because that's what I'm all about, just chillin' and having a good time. I like to skate with my homies at skateparks and random skate spots. I also like graffiti a lot which is why I decide to make the throwie stencil. Some of my favourite graffiti artist in toronto are Kwest, Poser ABM, Agens ABM, WC crew, BA crew, BSM crew, LSD crew, KPS crew, and HSA crew. LOL, I guess almost all crews in Toronto inspire me!

I was pretty happy with the outcome of my board, even though it didn't come out the way it was planned. I ended up doing the stencil backwards and improvised the the whole board from there.
It was kinda stressful, but in the end it was really fun and a good experience.