Archive for the ‘Skatedecks’ Category

Today I am 28. So I’ve picked 28 images from over the past few years.

I’ve started with earlier images that you would normally have to look up in the archives, or scroll pages and pages back to get to; More recent ones are down the bottom of the post.  I’ve tried to pick a range of different work, plus some of my favorites – It actually took a bit of effort to weed it down to just 28…. Hmmm, where has all this work come from, I don’t think I realised how much has accumulated over the past few years!  Enjoy.

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So these are the latest pieces I’ve been working on, that are currently searching for the perfect home –  could this be at your place?!

I am in the process of setting up a page on the New Zealand website felt.co.nz from which I can sell my original works a bit more easily …wishing I had time to create exhibition work, but with Tui it would take suck a long time to accumulate enough that this is probably a better bet.

In the meantime, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at  mightymouselikescheese@gmail.com if you are interested in any of it.

“Stick up” soon to be available in giclee print.

Some of my older work is also still available, though on loan in New Zealand… I couldn’t take it all with me on our move over to Melbourne, so it is happily residing at a lucky friends place – Check out  my older post  ‘Available work, currently in Wellington, on loan to Pauly’  here : https://vincenteknight.wordpress.com/2008/12/13/some-unsold-work-currently-on-loan-to-pauly-as-a-favour-to-us-both/

I am happy to be contacted about this work too, if you are interested and we can work something out.

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So this is my latest finished skate deck  which I scored from Empire skate shop in Wgtn – a 7.75″ this time, so a wee bit wider. Board is a beautiful natural wood finish on the reverse side w no grip tape, so keeping in this colour theme w this I did her up in warm, chocolate browns.

Built up in layers, Starting w a vintage embossed wallpaper as background ( This paper was rescued from an old brothel in Wellington that has since been bought and transformed into student housing for Vic Uni ) – paper has been over-painted in multi layers in Gouache;  The girl sitting on top is hand cut in 600gsm watercolour paper and hand painted in Gouache. The whole board has then been coated in a hard gloss resin that resembles clear toffee – Delicious!

I usually like to work with a lower gsm paper for resin pours as this one took three layers…. it kept being soaked up by the heavy as paper, though this particular Saunders paper is a dream to work on with Gouache – its a really smooth hot-press and gives a beautiful even finish…. yeah I actually enjoy watching the paint dry with this stuff!  You may have noticed the girl I used is from an earlier painting I did which sold through Pop Up Gallery in Wellington, which I did in an edition of colours, the others being as gifts.

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So up in Auckland on the 11th November 2009,  DC Shoes and Loaded presented the Asia-Pacific launch of the newDC x Royalefam collection designed by renowned Singaporean sneaker artist SBTG .

In conjunction with the event and to celebrate the role of collaboration in culture, DC selected 20 artists from around NZ and Australia to participate in an art competition.  The selected artists used a blank skateboard deck as their canvas to create their own unique artworks for the show, and I was one of em.

Here are some shots from the night!

My board placed third, which was pretty cool – but the best part was being part of a collaborative exhibition with the likes of  Component and Enforce 1 from Cut collective, Teva Chonen, Gene Kirkpatrick and Liam Gerrard.  Decks were all of really high quality.

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So I submitted five images chosen from each of my categories in ‘Grouped work’  for an upcoming competition in Auckland put on by Loaded store for DC Shoes… Low and behold I was picked as one of 20 artists  to participate in the competition with the end result being a group show in Auckland for the launch of a new sneaker DC have put out.

The support I have been given to work with is a skate deck… a beautiful board by Plan B.

I have about 3 1/2 weeks to complete this project –  inc. travel back and fourth of  the boards from New Zealand to Melbourne and back to New Zealand again. ….Luckily for me I have a friend coming to visit who I have managed to weasel into becoming a mule for my board to travel over here with!

This is the step by step process I have gone through to create this deck :

Board to start with… 7 1/2 deck from fast times in Melbourne.

All taped up waiting for glue to dry w initial layer vintage wallpaper

W all the tape off and trimmed
Mask on, ready to start painting
First layer of paint… just applied, so is shiny, will dull down to matt once dried
Lightened it up heaps w another layer of soft duck egg blue/ grey + layers of a dove grey, cream and white as highlights.
Checking out w mock up to see if the top image/ background look alright togetherSexy sexy finished board w  super-shiny resin topcoat poured on and dry.
Close up of detailing in top layer + highlights on vintage paper also showing through.… I found it generated a lot of interest in people viewing it, they all wanted to touch and stroke it, my friend Ana even commented that the glossy resin made her want to lick it – it has a kind of lolly look to it, like clear toffee!

Below are Loaded’s posters advertising the opening of the art show in conjunction w the release of the sneakers – Wednesday 11th November at Loaded store in Auckland on High st.

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