Hippie Steve’s Skateboard Art Coming to the Firehouse Gallery in Phoenix – Phoenix New Times (blog)
Double Death Box. Chips of skateboard, griptape, oil pastels and acrylics.
Some would say skateboarding is an art form in and of itself. The way skateboarding enthusiasts, both young and old, figure out how to roll, and sometimes float, over wood and concrete has become something that challenges both gravity and logic. Like artists who work in other media, skateboarders look at the world through unique eyes, seeing possibility where the rest of us see a wall, a curb, or a ditch. The world is their canvas and the tools of their trade — skateboards, trucks, wheels, and, in the case of Hippie Steve, some acrylic paint — become their greatest form of expression.
TIE Fighter. Acrylic on used skateboard, a used truck hanger, and a used wheel.
Every once in a while, an artist comes along that combines multiple mediums with style and grace that, like the most exceptional skateboarders, defies normal convention and captures the true essence of what he or she believes with pure honesty. Phoenix artist Hippie Steve has discovered a way to merge his love of art and skateboarding, while not wasting a single piece of each his passions in the process. Whether he’s on his board, painting on canvas or discarded skateboards or equipment, sculpting with pieces of skateboards, photographing his fellow skateboarders, or writing about his multiple interests on his iSkateboard.com blog, Hippie’s Corner, he is always portraying his singular vision.
“Acrylics is my favorite thing to paint with, but my favorite thing to work with is just the skateboards,” he says. “I’m a skateboarder myself, and the idea of using the used skateboards and the fact that they had been all around town before I actually made it a piece of art is really cool to me. It’s like giving it a second life.”
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