The Origins of Skateable Art

Skateboarding is beautiful.  It allows us to express ourselves by moving through space and interacting with our environment – creating dynamic and awe-inspiring masterpieces that can be shared with anyone.  If you watch a group of kids skating on a schoolyard bank, you’ll be able to see each skater’s unique personality and creativity reflected in the way they skate.

THE GREAT PETITION: This amazing public art sculpture in Melbourne, Australia is a huge hit with skaters.

The majority of spaces cities allocate for skating do not fully reflect the artistic nature of the activity though.  Rather than viewing skateboarding as an amazing display of what the human body is capable of, they see skateboarding as a problem that needs to be fixed.  They drop a few ramps on a fenced-in concrete slab and assume the skaters will be content, not realizing that they are preventing skateboarders from really letting their creativity shine.  When this happens, the skaters head back out to their natural environment – the streets, in search of new and interesting obstacles that can challenge their abilities and force them to think imaginatively.

With Skateable Art we wanted to recreate the feeling of skating through the streets and finding spots that are challenging to skate and require a creative perspective.  While roaming on the streets, skaters are constantly stumbling upon artistic structures that appear as if they were meant for skating.  Skaters congregate at these places – expressing themselves through their skating and the subsequent videos and photographs that are created.  The only problem is that it is usually illegal to be skating on these obstacles because most artists don’t want skaters riding and grinding on their work.

With Skateable Art we strive to recreate that same Skatetopian dreamscape, full of beautiful architecture that serves as the perfect backdrop for skaters to film videos and shoot photographs.  By making art that is actually meant for skating, we are decriminalizing skateboarding and allowing it to really flourish.  As opposed to the standard skatepark funbox, where it’s been made clear what can be done, we hope our Skateable Art pieces can present skaters with a challenge.  When skaters meet this challenge through their interaction with the environment it is an amazing form of self-expression.

For millions of kids across the world, skateboarding is a way to break free from everything else in their lives.  With Skateable Art we feel like we are also breaking free – free from the fenced-in skateparks that skateboarders have been relegated to for way too long.