Used skateboards are getting to be quite a commodity. It used to be you were a poser if you just carried your skateboard instead of riding it. Now I feel like poser because I’m not making stuff out of old skateboards. Art of Board recycles skateboards for furniture and a bunch of other vague things that they don’t really explain, other than to say that they provide commercial/residential interiors, retail environments, display and design, furniture and artwork. They are launching a program called I Ride. I Recycle. to collect boards for recycling at skateshops across the country. UPDATE: Art of Board answers some of your questions:
- Thanks to Rick MacDonald for the tip.
I got an email from Bruce Boul at ART OF BOARD/I RIDE I RECYCLE. He responded to some of the questions and concerns from our comments.
First, we are all skaters ourselves and have been skating since the late 1980s. We’re not just some trendy company cashing in on skateboard culture because we think it’s cool.
Second, we only use BROKEN decks. We would never cut something up that could still be skated. We saw a lot of skaters and shop owners just throwing the broken decks away and figured we could make things out of them. The cool thing is that we leave every scratch in tact, so every piece we create is a tribute to the many skaters who used the decks.
Thirdly, we create wall tile surfaces, kitchen backsplashes, display design for retail stores and skate shops and furniture.
Lastly, we give back to every skateshop and skater that donates a broken deck. Skaters receive gift certificates to their local shops and we give product to the shop owners. We also donate a portion of our proceeds to the Tony Hawk Foundation, Reid Menzer Memorial Skatepark, Skatepark of Tampa and many others, as well as other charities.
I hope this clears things up. If you’re interested in getting involved, please hit us up!