I've long wanted to see my work on skateboard decks but have never had much success accessing that industry. A few near hits here and there, but nothing worked out in the end. It was always in the back of my mind though, so when I found out Steamwhistle Brewery had a yearly contest to bring art, skateboarding and beer together in one room, I figured "why not". If my design (above) didn't get in, at least I had an image to promote if I wanted to hit up various skate companies. Lucky for me my design was chosen and will be showcased along with over a dozen other designs at a wrap party on Friday (Nov. 12) at the Baitshop, a gallery/skateboard shop in Toronto.
I based my idea on the above sketch which was something I'd doodled around a year or so ago. I'd worked with no success on some more conceptual ideas that just caused me nothing but frustration. As is often the case, simpler is better and it was true this time.
My next step was doing a pencil sketch to scale (above) and then working everything out in illustrator. After it was chosen by the Steamwhistle folks, I took the board to the Baitshop for printing and the end result is as follows (complete with handy beer ad on the back):
The link to the event is here. If you're in the Toronto area and can make it you can RSVP via an email on that page. My personal thanks go out to Mike Arlotto at Steamwhistle for having me and Ken at the Baitshop for the great print job....