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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Site Of The Week: Art Of Skateboarding

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The following is an excerpt from TheArtOfSkateboarding:
For many years now, I have been collecting skateboards for their artistic merits and nostalgic value. A friend that I grew up skating with and fellow Team Ping member, Phil "Smithgrind" Hosey, tipped me off one day to all the many web sites that sold old school decks as well as eBay auctions. I could not believe that not only had so many survived in mint condition through the years, but that there was actually a community of collectors deeply involved and active in it all. I began as most...lurking here and there...bidding on the occassional auction... learning that "RARE" on an eBay description almost never actually means "rare" as I know the term...and generally getting a lay of the land, so to speak. Soon thereafter, the collecting bug bit me.
As I am an avid artist (as a hobby, not a career) as well as art collector, this new "addiction" fit quite nicely into my life. I do consider decks as works of art......fine examples of graphic art......fine pieces of contemporary art. However, as my collection grew, I found no proper way to display them as such without paying a framing shop for a high-priced, custom-made frame that really did not do the pieces the justice they deserved. Therefore, I began to make my own specialized frames and fine tuned our design. That's how this idea a way to sell my displays to others. As my collecting continued, I looked for various other web sites with features I would like to have but again found nothing. At the same time, collecting was gaining even more popularity as well, but there seemed to be no good resource of information. The "collective knowledge" seemed to be spread out over various web sites, among more experienced collectors who frequented many different forums, and/or not available online at all. The true spark ,however, was my disappointment in the rise of fake/fraud decks and goods that were proliferating the collecting community due in large part to no tracking of such activity and no easily available source of information on what to look for, what were variations vs. fakes, and the more detailed information that seemed to come and go so rapidly on forums. Nothing pissed me off more than the thought of someone ripping off skaters and taking their hard earned money...especially if it was possibly other skaters doing it! So, as with my display frames, I decided to build my own site! But at the same time, the idea was (is) that it is not "my" grows as the community grows...the community dictates new features and functions....the community runs the site....I am just the lucky "code monkey" that gets tasked with making all the "visions" become a reality. What you are about to enter is what I think is the most complete and comprehensive set of tools and resources that any collector of skateboards and related accessories could ever need. More than that, I hope it serves as a hub for the collecting community...a virtual meeting do your part, join today and be a part of our new home here on the web!


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posted by Xavier Lannes @ Sunday, May 15, 2011 


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