"I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport." -Tony Hawk
Well said Tony, it's also a watch, chair clock, purse, shoe... Skateboarding has inspired an entire generation and now it is inspiring designers and artists. Here are 20 cool things that are made from skateboards and skateboard parts. Most of them are made from recycled and salvaged boards, but unfortunately not all of them are. I will say for the inspired and crafty among just about all of these would make great DIYs...
Here's a cool creation we've featured back in September is Kris Lovett's RePly sandals made from used skateboard decks. The layering of the decks makes a pretty cool color pattern, plus the curve naturally found in skateboard deck design plays perfectly into the sweeping shape of women’s sandals.
Here is a collaboration between Nixon Watches and Lovett. Strips of reclaimed skateboard decks adorn this special edition Nixon Rotolog RePly watch. Unfortunately this colorfully cool watch is not for sale yet. You could get a regular Rotolog, but it's just not the same
Focused bags, by designer Sophie Mason are hand made from recycled skateboard decks and leather belts.
"The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason." - John Cage
The idea of finding beauty in the most unexpected places has brought about the use of skateboards and other recycled products in what Sophie considers to be a beautiful outcome.
Here another cool creation we've covered, the MapleXO recycled skateboard jewelry. As they say...
"So wear something that has feeble grinded a park bench, or board slid a handrail… and save landfill space in style."
Beck Hicky combines a love for skateboarding and art to create her collections of recycled skateboard fashions. Above is the Skate Buckle and pictured below are bags from her aptly named Sk8bags collection.
To keep old skate decks coming in and to give back to the community she loves, Beck established the Boards 4 Bowls program . For every deck she receives she donates to non-profit organizations that build and maintain skate parks across the country.
The next eight designs are all from Skate Study House, a design concept created by Gil Le Bon De Plante and Pierre Andre Senizergues, to recreate popular furniture through the vision of a skateboarder. They state...
"Consious of the environment, we use recycled / second hand products mixed with custom parts."
Unfortunately there is very little information about their sustainable practices so for now I'll just share the cool designs with you...