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OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY (OSF) "ON THE GRIND": TDSB's ART & ENTREPRENEURSHIP O.G.s since 2006!
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Friday, October 25, 2019
Hi, I’m a returning student to OSF and I’m starting a new brand called EXTINCT… it still incorporates monkeys (my first brand was Monkey Boss). EXTINCT exists to be a blueprint of the future. My first graphic for my new brand is about how similar moneys are to us; it’s not out of this world to see a monkey dressed and acting like us. An inspiration for this graphic is the band Gorillaz. I like how they tell a story with their art which is a comic-book style done in a dystopian future. On my deck you see a monkey soldier holding a baseball bat with my brand name on it. The background looks like the Canadian flag colours, so that makes it feel like it’s aimed more at us here in Toronto. In my brand story, chimps are battling extinction and the chimp with the bat makes it so that it’s battling us for making them go extinct.
This board is a new shape from Roarockit called the Replay. The Replay is a classic surf-shaped board. The board feature rocker to give you a stable cruise around the city. The board is pretty small compared to a regular street deck, so it’s a good size to maneuver and turn in traffic. I’m really looking forward to trying this new shape.
The next time I use this shape I want to flip the board so it has camber to see how that rides. It should be fun to ride on a board like that featuring a similar style of graphic. Watch out for EXTINCT Worldwide! @extinctworldwide
Friday, October 18, 2019
If you would like to learn more about the process of making a board please search up @roarockit as they are who I bought the materials from. @crymsoncrypt
Learning about the research step of the design process with clients: Since 2015 we’ve been doing an awesome design challenge with @tucanacoffee Look for OSF student-designed Tucana-branded coffee mugs prototyped with @peaceandcotton in Tenille’s shop next month...
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Hi, my brand is Lurn Skateboards. My brand exists to promote inclusion in skateboarding and respond to the over-commercialization of the subculture. As a regular skateboarder, I feel it is important to fight divisions in the sport. The theme of my board is Outlandish Nature. The Ostrich is skateboarding in go-go boots in a surreal manner. The theme is minimal as I want it to appeal to all audiences. The Ostrich represents the feeling I have while skateboarding as the bird has a similar body type to me. The inspiration for my board design comes from brands like Krooked and Frog skateboards, which are known for their simplistic styles which convey fun, along with rebellious undertones. I like nature and the bird represents nature and freedom. I used wooden pre-cut veneers and Titebond wood glue, along with Montana Black spray paints. To create the shape, I used a scraper along with multiple grades of sandpaper to achieve a smooth surface. For the principles and elements of design, I incorporated Balance by creating a flowing shape in the neck which evenly divided the left and right sides of the board. I used movement by creating an eye-catching neck which guides viewer’s from the top of the board to the bottom. Contrast was kept by not coloring in the wood grain. A playful vibe was created by using light pastel colours. I am trying to communicate the inclusive nature of skateboarding by having a simplistic, hand-drawn design. A unique style is created by having a somewhat unfinished product which is totally opposite to what is being mass produced. I learned how to be careful using tools and got some carpentry skills along the way. It was satisfying to learn how to create a skateboard from scratch and customize it to showcase my ideas. I am excited for future projects where I can use different colour veneers and incorporate more details in the finished product. @lurn2skate
Hi, my brand is Miigwich longboards. My brand is made to reflect my beliefs in celebrating urban indigenous culture. The theme of my skateboard follows indigenous roots with graphics of topography and the turtle. The turtle symbolizes movement and nature. The topography represents level and depths seen from a bird’s eye view. My inspiration comes from my fellow classmates at Oasis Skateboard Factory where we can bounce ideas off each other and critique our designs. My material includes 100% maple wood which provides a lightweight yet strong foundation. I went against traditional board creation methods by glossing the wood before painting. This created a semi-reflective surface which allows the viewer to appreciate indigenous culture. Ample space was used to show the wood-grain and focus on the turtle. The curved lines are different with some being thicker than others. This signifies the landscape view from above. The texture is smooth. Minimal colours are used to contrast the black silhouette of the turtle. The topography lines show rhythm and movement by following a “river-like” pattern throughout the board. I am trying to communicate a sense of calm, peace, and harmony with the turtle spreading its flippers and accepting all people. I am proud of my first skateboard of the year and would show it off to everyone by riding it. I learned how to make curved lines and animal forms. I improved my stencil and taping techniques. My future projects would include more colours as I would experiment with different artistic styles. @miigwichlongboards
Hello, my brand is Hystericesoteric. My brand exists to open the minds of people, to celebrate everyone’s differences, and to inspire people to help each other. The theme of my skateboard is Nature, showcased by the swamp and its various creatures. The swamp shows nature in its most creepy state. My inspiration comes from artists like: Craola, Vexx, 10hundred, and Steven Rhodes. These artists are fantastic as they use whacky colours, characters, and concepts. For this board, I used East-coast hard-rock Canadian Maple wood @roarockit . For the graphics, I used painter’s tape, stencils, exacto knives, and spray paint. The lines are made using posca pens which give mostly thick outlines. There are many colours and certain areas are shinier than others conveying a look that pops out through a comic format. The texture is smooth and glossy. There is very little empty space which gives the viewer a sense of excitement and confusion. These are the emotions you would get in a swamp. I am very proud of my first skateboard, and learned a lot about the long hours and effort it takes into making art. Through the process, I learned practical carpentry and painting skills. I am already excited about my next skateboard idea and am having a lot of fun at school. @hystericesoteric