April 20, 2010 No Comments

When we were 15, Lizzie and I used to go to Sheffield, with this boy from school, Joe, and he tried to teach us to ‘ollie’.

It didn’t work. Being snowboarders we thought we’d be able to do it. We couldn’t. Not even a little bit.

We also thought boys that skateboarded were the hottest type of boys in the world. So we’d walk around town and sit on the town hall steps with our decks, trying to look cool. Me in my DC’s and Liz in her Sheep trainers. I don’t think that work either.

I maybe still have a little place in my heart for skaters. So when I stumbled across this new Howies initiative, Deckades, I had to share.

Here is what their blog says about the project;

The howies shop on Queens Road, Bristol will be holding an exhibition of rare, original vintage skateboards through the ages, from the private collection of Shiner Distribution.
Also, we asked a bunch of our favourite artists to create some one-off hand decorated boards that could be auctioned off to raise funds for Unicef.
We gave each of them an original 1980s blank deck from Shiners’ private collection and let them
do their thing.
The results are a showcase of their unique take on what the skateboard and skateboarding means to them.
Nobody got paid for the work they did. They all gave up their time, sweat, paint and ink voluntarily for the cause, so hats off to them for that.
You can bid for the boards
on eBay when the auction begins on 16th April 2010 at 6pm.
All proceeds go to Unicef.

And I love the shape of these old school decks.

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