Up-cycled Skateboards: The Dunk

December 12, 2010
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Up-cycled Skateboards: The Dunk

Artist and avid skateboarder Haroshi, stacks, cuts and shines old skate decks into interesting and colorful recycled sculptures.

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He created The Dunk with with some of his own boards as well as used skateboards from Nike pro riders, including P-ROD, Lance Mountain, Eric Koston, Elissa Steamer, Chet Childress, and others.

Design, sculpture, dunk, show, skateboard, haroshi
Design, sculpture, dunk, show, skateboard, haroshi

The right-foot Dunk was modeled after Haroshi's own pair. He tried to replicate every detail of the worn sneaker to show that the kicks aren't meant to be collected—they're intended to be used and worn-down.

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Design, sculpture, dunk, show, skateboard, haroshi

He also hid some details and humor within the shoe:

"The hidden humor of “kick X kick” came from the fact that the kick of the deck, the shape of it, for some amazing reasons, matches perfectly to the outsole of The Dunk. Another hidden message “sole in soul” , is only revealed when placing The Dunk under X-ray scanning. By coincident, this parallels the recent NIKE commercial, a NIKE Swish will be visible. Furthermore, the insole, medial, namely the whole inner parts of The Dunk was meticulously sculpted even though it is not readily visible."

Jessica Patterson

Jessica Patterson

Hi, I'm Jessica. I'm a Designer and Writer at Drawbackwards and write for the Design Blog at Design.org. I enjoy vintage things, letterpress, publication design, and long walks around the Cesar Chavez Park pond. You can follow me on twitter at @jessdoodled for lots of fun randomness.

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