Skateboarding and art have always had a symbiotic relationship. Ever since the first graphics were screen printed on the bottoms of skate decks, art has been used to communicate ideals, encrypt messages, and differentiate between sub sections of skate culture. Art and skateboarding both draw inspiration from the streets. Both feed off of angst. And, are both the result of channeling something super personal into a creative outlet.
In keeping with the art/skateboarding love affair, Ambush Skateboarding partnered with ABV Gallery to create a night-cap art show opening on Go Skateboarding Day titled Decked Out. The goal was to gather 30 artists from Atlanta, as well as nationally and internationally recognized creators, to produce one-of-a-kind, hand-painted decks to commemorate the relationship between art and skateboarding on skateboarding’s international day of observance.
“To me, Go Skateboarding Day is all about immersing yourself in skateboarding and its culture from sun up to well past sun down,” opines Ambush’s Lee Elliott. “The idea was for everyone to skate all day and finish with a night of enjoying a few complimentary cold beers and take in come incredible pieces from some of the world’s best artists on skateboarding’s most iconic canvas.”
The artist lineup for the AS x ABV show is a heavy list of established artistic visionaries, including famed designers Greg Mike, Chris Noosh!, Tiny Doors, Tallboy, Nikki Zarrabi, Lucas Beaufort, and two dozen other esteemed creators.
“It was truly remarkable to see so many artists from different backgrounds create incredible pieces on skate decks,” said Decked Out curator and ABV Gallery Manager, Nate Frost. “Some utilized paint and others created sculptures and collages. Combining art and skateboarding under one roof brought a unique and inspirational experience for everyone.”
As part of the collab, Ambush crafted a limited edition, collectors run of printed decks from show participants Denial, ASVP, Palehorse, and Steiner.
The Decked Out exhibition runs through August 24th at ABV Gallery. Drop by ABV to experience the incredible pieces in person or view the works online here.
Much gratitude and respect for all the artists that came together to create such an epic show. Extra special thanks to ABV Gallery, Greg Mike, Nate Frost, Hilary Miller, and everyone who helped curate this exceptional event.
All photos courtesy of Forrest Smith/DV Photo Video