skateboard art

New DIY Grip Tape Design I Created by Steven Galekovic

Here are a few photos of the new grip design I created on top of my DIY Obscene Blowfish board. I still feel that I personally get psyched to skate even more whenever I customize my grip. Never gets old and always fun as fuck!!!!!!!!!

BAM!!!

BAM!!!

Anotha 1

Anotha 1

Process of placing grip and drawing designs with multi colored paint pens

Process of placing grip and drawing designs with multi colored paint pens

Completion 

Completion 

Crispy setup :)

Crispy setup :)

New DIY Board Graphic I Designed & Illustrated by Steven Galekovic

I created an illustration of a Blowfish, which was intended to be used as a graphic to be put on a skateboard. Here is the final execution of the Blowfish graphic silkscreened onto a deck. This was all done DIY.

It is definitely so gratifying and so much goddamn fun creating your own graphics and being able to ride them too!! It's something that I always wanted to do since I was a very little skate rat!! 

Time to set this thing up!!!!!!!

Obscene Blowfish Skateboard Graphic

Obscene Blowfish Skateboard Graphic

The Obscene Blowfish Graphic

The Obscene Blowfish Graphic

Close up on some fine - lined detail of the fish and op art background

Close up on some fine - lined detail of the fish and op art background

Griptape Art - Vital Component In Getting Psyched To Go Skate by Steven Galekovic

The absolute, best part about skateboarding, (other than riding the piece of wood, and going fast, and bombing hills, and slappying red curbs, and ollie-ing super high over everything,) is constructing the board. More importantly, customizing the sheeit out of it! 

For the past bunch of boards I've ridden throughout this year and last, I have put time into creating different designs onto the top of each board, i.e. on the griptape.

Griptape - one of the most vital parts of a skateboard. It keeps your feet stable in serious times, such as while you get speed wobbles skating down a mountain pass and allows you to perform the necessities, such as a simple ollie over a dead possum in the road. The griptape is not only a vital part of a skateboard, it is the one thing skaters unwillingly look down at maybe 300 times during a single skate session. Setting up your feet in order to try whatever flip trick hours upon end is something that is very, very common for anyone. The majority of the average skate kids tend to settle with taking hardly any time to think thoroughly about how they would like to make their board look visually pleasing. Instead, many kids go the unoriginal route and end up buy/set up their boards with boring, all black sheets of grip. I myself have always thought it was kind of stupid. Why do exactly what everybody else does? Life is more fun, especially in skateboarding, when it is lived through the unconventional, different way of the people surrounding you. 

When I want to look down at my griptape, I want to get fuckin psyched to go skate hard, & not think about anything other than whatever ledge I want to frontside grind onto next. For me, that means at least adding some kind of interesting, eye popping, bold, colorful, crazed design all over my grip to get me hyped up. So thats exactly what I have at least been trying to do.

Placement is key

Placement is key

First off, I try to get a mixture of clear and black griptape. I use an exact-o-blade and cut various pieces of each grip, making all different types of shapes and sizes to mix and match & stick on the board. I then choose to either spray paint specific pieces of the grip (mainly the solid black,) or spray portions of the top of the board, in order to stick the other pieces of clear grip over. 

At the same time, I try to look for interesting pictures or make specific graphics/drawings to stick on top of the board as well. It's fun to look down at your board and see a sick image on the grip. For example, on two of my past boards I made a collage graphic consisting of a pen and ink abstract design and a found photo of Scarlett Johansson with her tit hanging out ;) !  

Scarlett with her boob ;)

Scarlett with her boob ;)

Process of sticking on griptape, photos, and creating designs with paint pens

Process of sticking on griptape, photos, and creating designs with paint pens

Once I've stuck all the grip on the board, I then start to paint over portions of it. I've been using big, multi colored paint pens to design wavy, intricate lines, as well as any other painting technique I feel like doing during the moment of constructing the board. I try to use vibrant, bright colors - anything that catches my eyes and gets me feeling energetic and excited. 

Finished product

Finished product

My current grip design

My current grip design

Thats pretty much it!

The important part about customizing griptape is having fun! Don't take yourself too serious and create something that you truly would love to look down at while you skate. Go crazy with it! Who cares - its skateboarding and nobody tells you how to ride your board, let alone what to put on your griptape!