All posts tagged: skateboards

Steve Duque Skate Art

Interview: Steve Duque | Duque Skate Art

  It’s no secret I’m a fan of upcycled skateboard creations, having interviewed pro-deck upcycler and artist Haroshi and, closer to home, selling skateboard jewellery created by forest-dwellers Ellie and Sam on the store. So when I came across Steve Duque of Duque Skate Art, I was keen to learn about his craft and how he started. And it will come as no surprise that the common thread is an obsession with skateboarding!Please tell us about yourself – where are you from, what is your background and how have you ended up where you are today? I was born and raised in Rhode Island and have lived there my whole life. My parents moved there from Colombia in 1975 to provide our family with a better opportunity at an education and overall quality of life.I grew up in Cumberland, Rhode Island and am now living in Downcity Providence. About four years ago I applied for residency at the Mercantile Block, a live/work studio building for artists run by AS220. I have lived here since then and it is …

Interview: Haroshi | Skateboard Sculptor

I just love what Japanese artist Haroshi does with old skateboards! A self-taught artist but experienced jewellery maker, he turns unwanted decks into wooden mosaics, layering the decks, then cutting, shaping and polishing them into three-dimensional sculptures. It can be a painstaking process but as an avid skateboarder, Haroshi knows the ins and outs of all the different skateboard brands and how they are made. Amazingly, he is able to differentiate from thousands of used deck stocks and work out which deck fits with which when stacked! He very kindly took some time out from stacking decks to answer a few questions … Please tell us about yourself – where are you from, what is your background and how have you ended up where you are today? As a child, I was raised in the centre of Tokyo. When I was in middle school, I was really into skateboarding. Before I started making things with skateboards, I was doing work like mass-producing rings. I wanted to do more creative work, so I quit that job. When …

Interview: Ellie Beck & Sam Messina| Skateboard Jewellery

Today I’d like to introduce you to a very creative husband and wife team who have done what I’m sure many of us would like to do – to run a business according to one’s passion. Sam Messina and Ellie Beck never intended to start a business together but with Sam already tinkering with old skateboard decks destined for the bin and turning them into shelves, jewellery and accessories, they very quickly realised that he was on to something. But turning a creative idea into a profitable business isn’t always easy. It’s hard yakka. But that didn’t stop them. Nor did it stop them embarking on other endeavours. For while Sam’s getting creative and covered in sawdust, Ellie not only does the business side of things but also runs her own creative workshops and events involving screen-printing and textiles. Oh yeah, and they have two small children and are in the process of building their own house and studio! Literally. Here, Ellie offers a real insight in the realities of setting up and running your own …