Handcrafted Skateboard Script by Simon Ålander

March 6, 2012

Handcrafted Skateboard Script by Simon Ålander

Simon Ålander had a black skateboard lying around and decided he needed to do something about it. The Swedish designer has a talent for hand-lettering and enjoys using a combination of analog and digital techniques to create his typographic designs. He knew lettering was the answer, and his New York hand-drawn script combines skate culture with contrasting letterforms and flourishes.

To create this piece, Simon started by using a projector to trace his design and then used a white marker to enhance the outlines. He applied three layers of white ink to form the foundation and then used a stippling technique to add the depth and texture you see in the script.

Simon is inspired by "music, streetwear, graffiti and the sneaker culture." He also likes "coffee (a lot), beer and [walking] around cities" solo while listening to music.

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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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