Why be bored in school? Go to a Skateboard School!
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 SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...
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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Already in OSF ART withdrawal after our big event last night? Well you can check out some other collabs we have on display in Toronto right now: Here is a preview of an installation with @betojanz of upcycled broken skateboards adressing deforestation & consumption that will be on view @youngplaceto April 14-25, also this wall of coffee-themed tattoo flash woodburning with @champstiles is on permanent display @craftedcoffee !
OSF is so lucky to work in a community of artists/designers who mentor and expand opportunities for success for our students (thank you @dawnkwe , @andyslatertho , @farrows and over 30 others for volunteering their talents and time #boardsofeducation2018 )
OEM is a student in her last sem at OSF. Her brand is Often Extremley Mad and they exist to express anger through illustration. For her first personal board this semester she created a classic street deck with a spray painted image. She decided to use colours from her brand (Gold, Black, White) to make a bold picture. The clouds in her brand represent a storm cloud that follows her around and is forsay her anger, in this image you can see a boy tearing open his head and releasing the golden storm cloud from his mind. She chose to mist the clouds with gold to show how powerful the storm can be and the golden lighting bolt eyes tie in her logos teeth also creating a nice reflective pop to his face. This board was made out of Canadian maple, pressed, shaved and sanded down to create a smooth and rideable deck.
The theme for my skateboard has to do with “deface”, and also native Canadian issues. Although I am not native myself, I wanted to incorporate an aspect of it into my board. The middle graphic is a painting hanging saying “manifest destiny”, and the word “deface” sprayed over top of it, and under it says “is a lie”. My opinion on the issue is pretty clear. The crime scene tape is too add an interesting graphic aspect over the whole board. My inspiration came from hearing some grim news about the treatment of native Canadians, to this day and age.
The board was pressed and painted by me. I used spray paint to do the bottom graphic, and a bit of a paint marker. The elements of design I used was line and colour. I used the lines to create an “Z” shape to hold the consumers eyes. The message I’m trying to communicate with this board is that the concept of manifest destiny is a fallacy, and that they can’t protect it forever.
My first skateboard turned out better then I had thought. What I learned during the time making it, is that the woodwork and painting should be done a bit faster, and that you should go into the first stage of board construction with a template already finished. My next steps are to develop my brand aesthetic and work on gaining client boards.