Why be bored in school? Go to a Skateboard School!

This Toronto District School Board alternative school design program, where students earn high school credits by creating their own brand and running a skateboard business / professional design studio, now offers even more SK8 Entrepreneurship Opportunities & New Courses including SK8 & Art Co-ops, Native SK8 Studies, Physical Arts & Mindful Living...APPLY NOW!!! (*Info Sessions are held every Wednesday at 9AM in the OSF Classroom during the school year.)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Put this in your calendar: OSF Open House...see you there!

Burnin' up a storm in the OSF studio with @champstiles for an upcoming installation for @craftedcoffee

OSF checking out the Bare Decks show


I'm a 17 year old student in Oasis Skateboard Factory. I'm the creator and designer of my personal skateboard brand called Jokesmith.
The theme of this skateboard design is sneaky and sinister. I portrayed that by illustrating a creepy looking jester with a similar colour scheme to the Joker. I also added vertical black lines to the board similar to a circus pattern or Beetlejuice.
My inspiration came from the name of my brand. I worked from the idea of how Jokesmith sounded. Initially I thought of a evil, clown, jester type creature and the idea stuck. I added on more small ideas from there, like his snake like body.
To create my design, I used a stencilling technique. I started by covering the surface of the board with tape and cutting out the shapes of my design. Layer by layer, I used every different colour in my design to differentiate the shapes and create the whole image.
What I aimed to communicate with this design is a sinister jester who can take risks. He has no hesitation to do what he pleases. I tried to communicate that by giving him a smug expression and have him holding cards to show his risk taking in gambling.
Overall, I'm very pleased about my first skateboard. It shows me I'm ready to take my next design further!

Preview of our Tkaronto series of custom boards all set up & ready to ride: @oasisskateboardfactory X @longboard_living fundraiser in support of Aboriginal education TBA!

@longboard_living helping students write copy for the Tkaronto: OSF Native SK8 Studies product catalogue

Setting up our Tkaronto series in preparation for a launch with @longboard_living

Putting finishing touches on our Tkaronto series: 6 custom shapes and graphics representing indigenous traditional territories

ZIM Skateboards

I'm 17 years old and a first year student at OSF. My brand is Zim skateboards. The theme of Zim Skateboards is a retro feeling style to remind us that skateboarding is all about fun. Zim Skateboards exists to remind us the root of skateboarding is fun. Big influences on my boards are definitely Alva, Bones and Powell Peralta. I also worked all summer with Evolve Skate Camp and was influenced alot by the kids and parents I worked with. I am super stoked to be building and working with skate boards.
The materials that I used are Canadian hard rock maple, Montana black spray paint, painter's tape, and a vacuum press to press my board to the perfect shape. I only skate the best of the best. I'm trying to communicate that skateboarding is about having fun and in doing so I'm going with a retro theme. I use bright colors and loud graphics to grab people's attention and get them interested in the art and culture of skateboarding, while trying to include more people in the culture I love.

My first board turned out pretty good. I think I rushed it a bit because I was so excited to get other people on a board for the first time or to get them back on a board. I feel that on my next board I want to focus more on my lines in my graphic by vectoring the image and taking more time to focus on the stencil, when I cut it out. Even though this board is a 9/10 in my books I had a good time making it. Now I know how the process works so my next board will be easily 12/10. Now let's go skate!


Rain can't stop a Maker Monday at OSF!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Day 2 @drsk8board action science workshop: A skateboard kick and truck is a simple machine lever and fulcrum so we are extending our learning making catapults!

Our Rad Grads: OSF VIP always got our backs when we have to pull off huge jobs in no time! Thanks @roarockit for their support!


I'm 17 years old and I'm a first year OSF student and long time graphic artist and character designer.

My skateboard is a modern, cuter callback to Japanese kaiju (large monster) movies. I took inspiration from monsters like Godzilla and Gamera. I specifically took inspiration from the design of Shin Godzilla for the monster. I also took inspiration from comic books in regards to the shading style I used.
The materials I used for this board were spray paint, tape and paint marker. I used a tape stencilling technique to paint it, putting tape on the board and cutting out the shapes I wanted to build the layers of the image. The elements and principles of design I focused on were space, colour and dominance. I used space by placing buildings in the foreground and background as well as clouds to create a sense of distance and a 3D environment. I used colour by making my board have a dominant bright green colour to give the image an eerie feel. I incorporated a bit of pink to contrast the green and catch the viewer's eye. This also ties in to how I used dominance, by making green the dominating colour. I also used dominance by making the monster have an organic shape compared to the rigid shapes of the buildings in the foreground and background as well as having it in the middle distance-wise to make it the focus of the picture.
Overall, I wanted to communicate to the viewer a feeling of otherworldliness with the entire image, but still have a hint of cuteness with the monster itself.
It was difficult doing this for the first time, but it was much more fun than I originally thought it would be. I even learned quite a lot in doing this, creating a graphic for a unique shape instead of a square and learning the stencilling method. For the image I created, I'd say I could do better, but for my first board, I am satisfied with the result.
Next time I'd try to be more careful in the cutting of the tape because it didn't end up exactly how i wanted it, but it's still okay. I am super excited to create a tonne more monsters who will terrify and charm.

Demo by @drsk8board at DUNBAT today: Physical science concepts in action!

Exploring different Graphic Application Techniques: Applying a vinyl sticker with a Metis inspired graphic

Some of our OSF GRADS helping our current students pull off a line of decks in the @roarockit warehouse

Screenprinting deck veneers for our upcoming OSF X Longboard Living launch...

Research on Traditional Territories in Skateboard Form: Pressing our TKARONTO Downhill Board using @roarockit vacuum technology

Getting ready to press our Tkaronto downhill board that @roarockit generously helped laser

@champstiles in the house talking about wood burning art & business

El Paso Proud on this week's OSF project with @drsk8board

Exploring our Digital Footprint with Digital Growth Labs

Pool Deck in Process...