The Forty-Sixth Skateboard Donation
Skateboarding and fashion are intrinsically entwined, almost to the point where they’re indistinguishable, and while each skater is on a quest for individual style the collective prides itself on a certain look which separates it from the rest of the population. Whether clothes or shoes or hairdos (depicted below), skateboarding has always been in a class of its own.
The 80’s and 90’s were a heyday for skateboarding and one of the premiere brands during that time was Vision Street Wear. As a very impressionable middle schooler, I remember how cool donning VSW garb made me feel. The fact that I could hardly skate was irrelevant. What was important was that I was aligned with a movement that included all my friends…and excluded my parents.
In reflection, Vision Street Wear was part of a coming of age tale, and while the forty-sixth skateboard sponsor, Keith Dery, and I attended different middle schools our influences were largely the same. Thus, when Keith mentioned that he wanted to do a Vision Street Wear board I understood exactly where he was coming from.
The VSW board is Keith’s third skateboard donation and it’s always a pleasure to design his boards. With our congruent upbringings I’m aligned with the essence of his vision and appreciate the trip down memory lane. Thank you so much, Keith, for the opportunity to re-introduce our style to these distinguished kids.