maandag 16 januari 2012

My own skateboard

From left: Classic Bolt, Cali Wave, Lover, Giselle, Rising Sun
Photo: Gorman Studio

When I was young (really, really young) I loved riding my skateboard, right now I changed it for surfing :). But everytime I see some kids riding their boards I get the jitters. I haven't got a board anymore, probably got lost during the years from moving from one house to another. But this morning when browsing the Vogue US website, I read the following article and I am now seriously thinking of getting one of these great looking boards... If I do, I'll probably start practicing after dark ... when all my neighbourhood kids have gone to sleep, so I won't look that rediculous trying to pick up my skateboard skills again ;)

“In the 1960s, if you wanted a skateboard, you carved and painted it yourself, and that is what we make, a classic skateboard with a modern twist,” explains Lauren Andino of DL Skateboards, the company she started last spring with her partner, furniture designer Derek Mabra. Indeed, each and every DL skateboard is made by hand in the living room of the couple’s one bedroom apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “We clear off the coffee table, sketch them, and then Derek shapes and carves the wood and I paint them,” says Andino of their process. Not surprisingly, their charming, artisanal boards have been garnering quite a cult following in New York and Europe. As Andino explains, “They almost look like surfboards—the Lightning Bolt, the Cali Wave, the Rising Sun—all of our motifs are inspired by classic surfboard designs from the 1960s and 70s.”

Handmade DL skateboard decks, $125 each


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