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Monday, March 30, 2015
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Monday, March 23, 2015
Hi this is my first semester at OSF. My brand is Demewnic which a play on the word Demonic with a feline twist. My brand exists to take all things cute and turn them into you worst nightmares. My graphic on my first board is an image of a human wearing a severed cathead mask leaning against a tree in a moody environment.
My brand is based off my YouTube team. We make creative skateboarding edits and gaming. My brand exists to show that skateboarding can be more than just a rebellious crime; skateboarding is creative. I feel like the word “age” references the past and how time moves forward; skateboarding grew out of surfing but changed through time to be more of a whole culture with technical elements and opportunities for a career. At my “age” I see younger kids getting super good at younger and younger ages, so as time goes the standards improve. In the future I think people will see skateboarding more than as a sport but as a whole creative lifestyle and form of art. Skateboard is my favorite form of creative expression.
This is my first skateboard I made myself. I made it out of Canadian maple which stronger because Canada is cold! I made my graphic by transferring my drawing with carbon paper onto tape and cut out stencils. I used spraypaint and faded the flames with orange to give my graphic texture rather than just a flat image. My logo is an “A” chopped up to make it look more futuristic; this is appropriate for my brand because my brand is based around how skateboarding traveling through time.
Next time I will improve in my ability to incorporate more details into my graphics. Since I’m more of a computer person, I challenged myself to get back into drawing. OSF is improving my art skills and workflow; I’ve always been a slacker but now I want to keep my head in the game because it will help me in my future goal of running my own company.
My brand is LGFU Skateboards. We exist to bring skateboarding back to its home roots: Punk Rock, pool skating, and destruction.
Ever since I got into skateboarding I’ve been influenced by the Zboys and all the Thrasher guys; I’d rather ride a bowl or a pool instead of a ledge or stair set. My graphic is a dude’s fists tattooed and a bottle and tattoo gun. If you are living that lifestyle and make some bad decisions (chances are you are going to), at least you can tell your own story. This graphic is appropriate for my brand theme of destruction and havoc.
I started making this board with 7 street veneers, which I glued and pressed with a vacuum bag. I woodworked the board to get it to its final shape. I painted the whole board a solid red and then I made stencils. I finished the board graphic and outlines with paint marker.
In terms of woodworking I think the board turned out fairly well considering it’s my first project at OSF. In terms of the graphic I pulled off the fists but I didn’t get the other components on the sides; next time I would practice more with the paint markers. Hopefully I will get better doing stencils as well. Overall, I am satisfied with the work I’ve done, but there is a lot of room for improvement and now I know the techniques to pull it off. This was quite a learning experience and I learned how to manufacture something from nothing which is something I haven’t done in school before.
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Looking forward to our upcoming art show at the Gladstone Hotel April 2, 7pm when we will be auctioning off boards like this collab we did with ROCK. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Hi my name is Ryan and my brand is AHK which stands for "All Hour Killaz". My brands exists to "Crush, Create & Collaborate" with local artists from the graffiti world. My first board is a mini for cruising through Toronto's streets. The graphic shows a guy in a ski mask holding a spraypaint can behind his back as if he's hiding it. I designed the character as an expression of my art style which is inspired by old Looney Toons cartoons.
To make this board I pressed 7 layers of Canadian maple in a Roarockit vacuum bag. I shaped it with scrapers and sandpaper. I applied the graphic using stencils and spraypaint. I used paint marker for the outline. I spraypainted the bottom of the board blue with drips to balance the placement of the graphic.
I'm happy with how this board turned out as my first board. I learned not to press as hard when cutting out the stencil because it leaves deep cuts on the board. I'm looking forward to coming up with more designs for AHK future projects. I came to OSF this semester from a regular highschool and this projects was my first successful school project this year! I'm excited to continue making artwork at OSF.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Hey I’m Johnny, I’m new here at the Oasis Skateboard Factory. The brand I created is called Bedlam. My brand statement is: ‘Bedlam exists to turn turmoil and distress into art you can ride’. By my brand statement I’m trying describe my creative process, which is taking a messed up situation I’ve been in and making a caricature of what it feels like to be in one of those situations.
For my personal board here, I wanted it to follow the death of my friend a couple of years ago. In a Toronto festival my friend was mob rushed and stabbed to death. I made this board while thinking about how much one life is worth and the carelessness of mob mentality. The large baby represents an innocent person’s soul and the bodies in the upper background represent a careless mob, fueling the fire that burns the soul.
The board is made up of seven maple veneers pressed in a ROARROCKIT compression bag. I used tape stencils and spray paint for the larger bulk of the color. I chose contrasting hots and colds for my palette because I feel like it helps define the conflict between the calm and hectic elements. The composition was inspired by tattoo style of fitting forms into existing shapes. I used paint markers to take care of the line work and this was all sealed up with a gloss coat.
I plan to make my brand continue to follow things like mob mentality and balance between chaos and innocence.
The biggest lessons that I learned from making this board is that planning ten steps ahead and staying patient will help a board look more professional.