“Black Metal Chicks” skate decks (art by Ben Horton)
Pro skateboarders Jon Allie, Jon Goemann, Matt Mumford and Anthony Schultz are a few of the masterminds behind a series of skateboard decks decorated with in-your-face dystopian commentary and images. And I can’t get enough of them.
Working with Slave Skateboards (styled as $LAVE, a division of Black Box Distribution), each of the pro skaters contributed designs, to different collections over the last few years, and they are really something to behold in all their antisocial glory. In an interview with Thrasher Magazine back in 2010, Allie was asked about his widely perceived “negativity” and had this to say in response:
Yeah. I get that, but I guess I’m too straightforward. There was a time when I was probably a little too negative, but that was when I was younger. Fuck. I’m tough on myself, too. The negative comes out and I probably look like I’m being too negative. I have a really dry sense of humor. I laugh. All my friends know. But people who don’t know me are probably thinking, “What the fuck’s wrong with this guy?
Looking at the decks that follow, it’s not hard to conceive that a bit of negative energy was expressed during the creative process. But that is what makes them so fucking great. So strap on your helmet, it’s going to be a bumpy, slightly NSFW, ride.
“Pet Peeve” skate deck series (art by Ben Horton)
“End of the World” skate deck
“Warmonger” skate deck (featuring the infamous mug of Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld)
“Sharing is Caring” skate deck (from the “Helping Hand” series)
“Always try to make new friends” skate deck (from the “Helping Hand” series)
“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” skate deck (from the “Helping Hand” series)
“A Good Citizen pays his debts” skate deck (from the “Helping Hand” series)
“Works well with others” skate deck (from the “Helping Hand” series)