print process dave alerted me today to all the great prints available from print process. 'i used to skate' by mark boyce is my current favourite!

Print-Process was born out of the concept of creating print in a more democratic and liberating way for our customers.

With Print-Process the idea is to give more power to the customer. We have 1 fixed price structure [depending on the size of print you order] and the artists all work democratically to the same system. The customer can choose the print they want to own, but now depending on their finances or the size of the space they live in, they can chose the same great work but now are able to specify the size and better control the price they pay. The work is all digitally made to order to the highest giclee print standard, and to keep the cost friendly for the customer, it is made to an open ended edition. Some prints by some artists, whilst open ended, may run to a limited time frame. We believe this is an interesting way of getting our unique design work out to our customers without compromising artists' individual standards. Our aim is that this will be a liberating concept and fulfilling experience for both our artists and our customers.

carbon fibre skateboards (?)

the above image is from a core77 article that talks about the use of carbon fibre in skateboards. i'm not sure about that myself but i did like the image of how you lay out plys in a mould. it reminded me of a previous post (about 2 an a half years ago now!) on how to build a skateboard.

i think a more realistic future for skating will be bamboo skateboards, it is much closer to current plywood, and much much cheaper than carbon fibre, as well as a lot more sustainable too.

damien hirst for supreme these are damien hirst's latest deck designs for new york skate brand supreme. above are 5 variations of his iconic spot series, and below are 5 decks with a more pharmaceutical theme. if i were to buy one, it would be from the latter designs i think, but they're all very nice.

this is his second range of designs for supreme, follwing his spin series from earlier in the year (below).

found via itsnicethat

link to supreme

chris jackson + northwards design

on designboom today i saw 'pythagoras' (above) by chris jackson of northwards design, who was a tutor of mine once. made from 2mm folded aluminium, the stool is constructed with 3M tapeand will be launched at the ICFF new york in may.

i then went to his site, and saw a couple of other projects that caught my eye. one of them was 'two fold' (below), which is made using flush mounted carpenty hinges.

link to designboom article

link to northwards design

heart core skateboard wheels

58e0_1 UPDATE: for those of you that might be a bit confused by this, let me try to explain. the inside hole of a skateboard wheel does not actually touch anything. it is the bearings that are pushed into the wheel that spin on the skaeboard truck axel (see below image).

hence, the shape of it (which is pretty much always circular) doesn't actually matter. the manufacturers might as well keep it circular though, because once the bearings are pushed in, no one will ever see the interior shape. and that is why i like this design: pointless but fun!


paisley griptape

i've just uploaded some photos taken today (with help from my dad) of my paisley griptape to the 'projects' section of my website.

i've always thought that being a bit creative with griptape on a skateboard is a good thing. there are millions of different graphics for the bottom of skateboards, but no one ever sees that, and it will always get ruined through use over time. so why have a plain black top, when you could have anything!

obviously the use of a laser cutter makes this example much easier than it would be by hand, but it doesn't mean its not possible. a bit of thinking, and a lot of time with scissors and a scalpel, and you're sorted!

link to paisley griptape on shootdesign projects

robs skateboard and laser cutting

over the past few weeks my housemate and i have been working on new skateboards. while in france i bought an old skool skateboard from an emmaüs (which i did a post on here) for €1, scrapped the board and kept the wheels and trucks (which were in pretty good condition!).

rob too bought the above board off ebay for about £10, and also scrapped the deck. i then made some templates for the decks on illustrator, and used a laser cutter (below) to cut out some ply.

after a lot of trial and error with different thicknesses, i got it to work, and after a lot of gluing, painting and varnishing, they are done! we also laser cut the griptape for robs deck, which is what i am going to do for mine soon, too. below are some photos of rob's...

...and mine (below). the idea for this board was to make my skateboard much more transportable. i find holding a deck in the middle on its side is quite uncomfortable, while holding it by the trucks can be dirty, cold, and also a bit awkward. you can see more at my website here!

link to [my] shootdesign home page

new projects and photos on

on tuesday and wednesday, qwin (above left) and i (above right) have been taking photos of some of the projects i've been doing this term. above are three of them; stick 'em up rings, plunger stool and the monkey deck, which we took photos of in a studio with the help of rob, little harry and chloé. there are also photos of the ratchet coffee table (also with books) which we did on tuesday.

so thanks to everyone that helped, and to everyone else, have a look!

link to shootdesign

direct-link to projects

link to qwin

bamboo skateboards (?!) bamboosk8 is a company that makes skateboards out of bamboo. standard skateboards are generally made from maple veneers, which are strong, lightweight, and easy to shape. the 'green' benefits of bamboo are well known, in that it is cheap, grows very quickly, and is very durable, but apparantly it is even better for skateboards than traditional maple too!

from the site:

Bamboo is significantly stronger than maple and has a greater strength-to-weight ratio.  According to the Wood Handbook (USDA), in a hardness comparison, the pressure to indent is 1639 lbs. versus 1450 lbs. in hard maple.  The hardest is hickory pecan which is around 1820 lbs.

Due to the bamboo fibers being small and tightly pressed, they have intense memory (rebound to its natural state) resulting in great pop.  The modulus of elasticity is much higher again comparing bamboo at 10,600 MPa to 10,450 MPa for maple with a modulus of rupture of nearly 8,000kPa in favor of bamboo.

impressive! the website has a video (below) of people snapping their maple decks to get hold of a bamboo one, which makes for strange but funny viewing. i can't find a price for individual boards but it could mean in a big change in the industry!

link to original core77 article

link to bamboosk8 website


im not sure what it is about enjoi i like so much, but i really do. a skateboard company that also has a large range of apparel, i wouldn't say enjoi is one of the 'mainstream' skateboard companies like dc, flip or element. their skateboard decks, apparel and accessories have plain and simple graphics which usually have nothing much apart from the panda logo and enjoi name. but they always look great!
link to enjoi website
link to enjoi catalogue

how to build a skateboard

after a recent post on skateboards (here), i was interested in how they make them, so have been checking out some videos on youtube. i found three good ones, each slightly different, more in their machinery than their techniques. the first, which looks at the '13 skateboards' brand, is the most basic (by which i mean using the least specialised tools). the second, looking at 'a third foot', a uk based company, uses more specialised equipment (such as an actual glue roller rather than just a paint roller). the final one is in the 'element skateboards' factory in america, where they create much larger batches and therefore have much more specialised machinery (a machine that drills all four truck holes at once for example).

skate study house

just the other day i saw a coffee table that looked a bit like a longboard, and i got thinking about how you could make a table out of skateboards. then today i saw this article on skate study house, who make all sorts of things out of old skateboards and parts.

despite not having skateboarded for a few years now, i am still very fond of them. if i had a lot of spare money i'd definitely like to buy a new deck, some wheels and some trucks. even the bearings and bolts are beautifully designed. there's nothing like buying a whole new set up. i am currently trying to hunt down some images off the net of all of the old boards i owned, and the decks themselves are now either broken or the artwork completely scratched up. then maybe i can do a post on skateboard artwork.

hopefully i'll be able to make a table out of skateboards myself one day...

link to designboom article

link to skate study house