Posted by:on June 25th, 2010
A few weekends ago I got a bee in my bonnet that resulted in wasting a lot of my time trying to duplicate the artwork on this Brand X Weirdo board. I’m pretty sure Bernie Tostenson is my favorite skateboard artist. I loved those mid 80’s Weirdo boards, as well as the late 70’s and early 80’s Sims boards he did. I decided to try and replicate the Weirdo.
I’ve looked at this board a thousand times. Near as I can tell there is a very minimum of eight colors on this board, probably nine. I got as far as seven colors. I still need to tweak the green waves at the bottom quite a bit and add the red plate. That makes eight colors. I think there might have been a ninth color in the blend in the blue background. Here’s my source material, courtesy of House of Neil.
Here’s the replicated artwork. I say replicated because it’s not a completely accurate reproduction. The hardest part, even with all the computer aided technology was making the spiral. The rest of it was just so much mechanical motion. I spent… way too much time on this. I can’t imagine how much time it took Bernie do this by hand with an exacto blade and 8-10 sheets of rubylith.
Here’s an animation of all the layers. It’s not in the order it was likely printed, just the one that looks best animated. I have no plans to print this on anything, I sure as hell couldn’t actually print it on an actual skateboard without making one big ugly mess. But now that I’ve gone through all the trouble I might print it on some flatwork, just for closure. Yes, the yellow should be the board color, but it’s presented out of order to show the colors overlaying an actual board. Also, my green wavy lines are not very good, and need to be fixed.
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