Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Skateboarding is a relatively new past time, when you compare it to the history of some activities. But because of the speed of progression, in those 60 some years, there are tons of events and progression that fit into the 60 some years since a load of surfers took the wheels off of skates and nailed them to a piece of wood. Last night, the California Heritage Museum opened a show of skateboards from the 40s until now. On the walls, you can see how boards have become a sort of symbol of the state where they originated and witness the evolution of art, from standard logos to the point that boards have reached today—veritable works of art. The collection is a consolidation of various separate collections and has amazing sites to see.
Our contributor, Micah Abrams, was able to snap some photos of the walls at the event, before being told that no photos are allowed. It's not much, but it's a taste of some of the history. If you are around Santa Monica, take a stroll through the walls and walls of history, at 2612 Main Street in Santa Monica.
The show also features work by C.R. Stecyk III, Glen E. Friedman, Craig Fineman, Wynn Miller, Kevin Ancell, Wes Humpston and more.
The beginnings of a cultish past time. I doubt anyone who made these boards back in the days could imagine what people are doing on skateboards today.
The seventies brought some innovation from the boards of the 40s. Weird shapes became the norm.