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Saturday, November 28, 2015
I got a skateboard for a birthday present at 12 and I rode it almost every day yet I could barely ollie, it was more fun than walking. At 16 I got a longboard, a cheap Globe prowler. I learned how to power slide on it in a week and discovered a skate shop about 10 minutes down the road from my house. I became close with the shop owner and later began hosting longboarding events in my area. which happened to have plenty of interesting spots to skate that allowed me to develop my skills and fuelled my passion. By the time I was 19, I didn’t have a board at all. Going back to walking everywhere, my life felt like it slowed to a dull crawl. I met my fiancé and she discovered my skater past. She also wanted to learn how to ride a longboard. I bought a used board of from old friend and we’ve been known as the longboarding couple ever since. The board graphic is my brand “Thane Library”, the question mark-shaped, tuck logo, and the words "Presenting Old School Night Shred". It advertises a gathering of skaters every Wednesday night to ride together across the garages and streets of Toronto. My inspiration came from a Toronto Board Meeting where I realized that while there is this grand yearly celebration bringing together people from across the Earth to ride together, there are still longboarders (beginners and experienced riders) who don’t have any knowledge about these events. With my brand, I hope to grow the community and promote a positive image for skaters.
On this board, I used a dark border with gold specks on a wood background to have more of a mature feel, and to suggest night time. The main focus of the graphic is my the text, inviting riders to this long standing skate community event. I used hardwood maple for this deck so it is strong, yet easily shaped and simple to work with. Using maple alone felt primitive though. Using the Roarockit kit, building a basic board is something that anyone can pick up. I look forward to advancing my ability and knowledge in board design and construction.
My brand is called QualiTY. QualiTY exists to reintroduce quality and creativity into skateboarding culture.
This first board is called the Raw and Uncut. Its theme is just to have imperfect, weird lines and ripped lines. It’s not the usual pattern and is just all-around raw looking. I really had no specific inspiration for this. I just wanted to make something original and different from most boards out there. I used ripped tape to create the effect of something tearing through the board and made a tape stencil for the logo and spray painted in the lines and then the logo afterwards. I used black, red and white for the logo and left some grain visible.
With this board I’m trying to prove that being raw and uncut looks good. I really enjoyed designing this board and bringing it to life. I learned many things, like how to make paint and design a board to make one from scratch. I just loved this experience and hope it never ends!