Counterculture used to be defined as outsiders who looked at the “American dream” – white picket fence, 2.5 kids – and rejected it in favor of individuality outside the bubble of preppy normalcy. Today, the evolution of counterculture has turned the tables so that those who found themselves on the fringes of society looking for a place now seek solitude from the masses by expressing themselves in creative endeavors. One of the biggest movements in the visual arts world that’s remained totally counterculture is the influential progression of skateboard art.
Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art is a traveling exhibition spanning from the 1960’s through today and explores the DIY aesthetic that has been developed by individuals fascinated by alternatives to society. Pure individualism and personal taste dictate the visuals and with influences ranging from graffiti to fashion, skateboard art has spanned the clannish cultures of the streets to become an influencer back onto society!
The exhibition is currently on display at the South Bend Museum of Art, and the upcoming locations for this un-missable show include San Bernadino, CA; Springfield, OH; and Carlsbad, CA. Artists and contributors include Skip Engblom (of Zephyr/Dogtown fame), Pushead, Corey Duffel, Ed Templeton, along with loans from Thrasher, Skateworks (Santa Cruz), StreetCorner Skate (San Francisco). Head to your local skate shop today and start shredding!