Subculture Visual Codes In Skateboard Deck Art
I examined the visual culture behind the skateboarding community. Various brands represent different visual identity. The imagery includes photography, illustrations, paintings, and typography. Each artwork would represent the style of a particular artist, used as a canvas, or convey a message. The messages would generally represent the subculture movement. Skating is often associated with the anti-establishment movement, for its free nature acts as a revolution against the confines of our societally expected conformity. Artists such a Shepard Fairey who’s politically and socially driven messages have gained commercial and critical success. The use of messages gives the skateboard more of a purpose than just to skate, but also as a way to express your ideals, your identity, and what you represent. Using skate decks as a canvas for a counter- culture narrative makes perfect sense. Skating is one of the most abstract methods of transportation through a city, it allows you to experience the rough and tear of the streets while observing people in motion, the colors, the sounds, and the smell. In Cairo, this experience has yet to be expressed in that form. Skateboard decks are moving canvas for artist to represent their ideas, whether they are political, religious, controvertial or fine art. Skateboards are a medium of communication in urban culture..
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Effat, Tarek, "Subculture Visual Codes In Skateboard Deck Art" (2018). Capstone and Graduation Projects. 60.
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