This year will be the second annual “All Hands on Deck” Launch Silent Auction. If you happen to attend this one night only event on March 1st you’ll see an amazing display of art created on or out of skateboards. This year there will be over 50 hand painted boards from both local and national artists. The whole event focusses on raising money for the local non-profit Launch, which is devoted to empowering individuals to better themselves and their community through skateboarding. On a recent chance visit to Launch’s space I got to see a little more about what they do when Executive Director, Andrew Weiss showed me around. There is an indoor ramp for people to skate year round. Volunteers keep the space in working order, clean, and safe. Anyone can use the space and they even offer lessons.
When Andrew asked me if I was interested in creating a piece for the show I was super excited to help out and couldn’t wait to get started. I thought I’d share a few in-progress photos:
At first I was super excited and then I got all nervous. I don’t know a thing about skateboarding and wasn’t sure what to create. What do people like painted on skateboards? Will people like what I do? Yep, then I spent too much time searching skateboard art on google images. After pages and pages of sketching out ideas trying to fit some idea I have about what people would like I remembered that never works. In the end I relaxed with a glass of wine, good music, and just went with what felt good. I also totally have to admit that I painted the wrong side first and had to start over! I guess I knew skateboard art was on the bottom not the top but I didn’t really think it through. Keep an eye out over the next few days – I hope to post photos of the finished board very soon.