It’s time to get back to business. I feel honored to have fans, clients, and supporters for my art work, and I’d greatly like to thank all of you for that! So much so, that I’ve had multiple people contacting about some Less Than Jake Skateboard art I created years ago. One fan showed me a picture of an Ebay post with my work being resold for considerably more then the original price, another fan just found my work on the internet, and other via social media, but all of them sought me out for the same thing; Less Than Jake Skateboard Art! The idea had been on my mind for sometime to produce some new LTJ work, but I just didn’t have the time or space to to what I wanted to do until now. So let’s see what all the fuss is about.
I’ve recently knocked out 10 new stencils with 5 new color pallets for the Evo Kid on a Pez dispenser concept I had originally done for an LTJ tour. What I’m the most proud of is the comparison to my last pull of this image. My stencils are getting tighter and more technical then in years past, and I’ve changed up my process and paint supplier. They might not look that technical, but there are a few hurdles involved with when it comes to the shape of a board and the all of textures it has from being used.
These are painted on 100% used and mangled skateboards from my friends at West Side Skates. Yes, I’ve washed them off, but the essence is in the scrapes, the torn off stickers, and countless hours of riding on the streets and sidewalks. I’ve said it a hundred times, I love painting on found objects. I like to play off existing color pallets and narratives found on the skateboards. I try to make my paintings seem like they were always a part of the skateboard.
My process in a nutshell is systematic. It is very difficult to paint directly on a board with stencils. Skateboards have contours in both directions which make for uneven surfaces and “pops” or “blowouts” with spraypaint. So I often paint on paper, then die-cut the paper and apply it to the board. In this case, I used a metallic silver paper…. a Silver Lining if you will 😉 The paper is applied then torn off and feathered in to the board to look like it’s part of the original board. Then I seal them in with a clear matte finish.
I have created 3 different tiers of boards. There are the 1/3 sksboards that are only the paintings and are essentially the top third of a skateboard. I have 2/3 boards which are paintings and partial lights where the trucks and wheels would go. And then I have full boards with full wheel light sets that replace the trucks and wheels. Some might think the lights are gimmicky, but I think they fit the Punk/Ska theme and play a valuable role in these particular pieces. To purchase these works, or other works of mine please check out my Etsy Store.