Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Too Kewl For School
In an earlier entry, I wrote about a skatebaord, a 4' 10" Sector 9 cruiser, I was asked to paint for an exhibition and charity auction in New York City. Several people emailed to ask to see a photograph of it. So here it is.I remember being hesitant about taking on this project. I kept telling myself that a so-called serious artist didn't waste her talents on painting decks. The truth was, I was still just a little too close to a time when street culture – which, for me, was skating, graffiti, music, and speed (in no particular order) – distracted me from my ambition to be a painter. As it turned out, working on the board was one of the best things I ever did, not just because of the opportunities that flowed from it but because it opened my mind to the idea that I didn't have to turn my back on my past to be successful.