I first spotted these incredible painted skateboards in a holiday meeting back in summer, and they stopped me dead in my tracks. I couldn’t believe my eyes… a Free People skateboard? My dreams had come true. After months of patiently waiting, they are now up online and I can’t wait to get my hands on one. They’re so beautiful I don’t know if I’ll even have the heart to use it, I might just hang it on my wall as the work of art that it is! These would make amazing gifts for the holiday season, too. I caught up with the artist behind these beautiful limited edition boards, our color and print designer, to find out where she got her inspiration.
Designer Inspiration: an old Italian Vogue spread, and initial designs.
“It was great to be able to work on a new product. I love apparel but since the boards had no limitations I just collaged together some of my favorite paintings and sketches that never made it into the FP collection. A lot of the drawings were based on traditional artwork from different places I have traveled, like the carved wooden doors in Bali, henna in Morocco, and suzani embroidery. I wanted to update these traditional ideas in a Free People way!”
Which of these beauties is your favorite? I’ve got my eye on the one in the middle :).