The Skateroom has teamed up with contemporary Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei as well as with artist Shepard Fairey to launch limited edition decks that exemplify their feelings about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.
100 Days Of Trump on Skate Decks
The Skateroom of Brussels is a social entrepreneurship whose main purpose is to help empower youth using art and skateboarding. They invite artists to create limited edition artworks on skateboards and use a portion of the money raised to support non-profit projects and art institutions that seek to empower children through skateboarding and creative pursuits.
These limited edition artworks are intended to be hung on a wall, like a painting. However they are capable of being used as an ordinary skateboard. Each deck measures 31″ x 8.”
Ai Weiwei 100 days of Trump Deck for The Skateroom
Ai Weiwei is a Chinese Contemporary artist and activist who resides and works in both Berlin and Beijing. He supports experimental artists by publishing underground books and curating avant-garde exhibitions.
This new limited edition is based on Ai Weiwei’s provocative artwork that was presented during a controversial art exhibition “Fuck Off” which ran alongside the Third Shanghai Biennale in 2000.
Ai Weiwei’s skate deck features his influential artwork “Study of Perspective – White House” (below):
“Study of Perspective – White House” is an iconic example of a larger body of work by Ai Weiwei that melds art and activism, and is an overt critical response to the current political climate in the United States.
Study of Perspective, a series of images shot between 1995 and 2003, shows the artist flipping the finger against different buildings across the globe, either landmarks or symbols of authority.
The gesture, captured using a snapshot aesthetic, confronts its viewer with a universal and concise statement of Ai Weiwei’s political opposition.
Ai Wewei’s set of three decks are available signed by the artist for $3000 USD or unsigned for $666 USD. The first 66 editions come with a certificate hand signed by the Artist.
In respect with the economic model defended by The Skateroom, a significant part of the profit of this edition will be used to support social initiatives making the world a better place.
Shepard Fairey 100 days of Trump Deck for The Skateroom
Shepard Fairey is an LA-based contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator. His skate deck, No Future, is a response to the election of Trump.
“I joked while Trump was campaigning that his slogan should be ‘Manifest Density’, a parody of ‘Manifest Destiny’, which was an embarrassingly egotistical pronouncement by rich white men that it was God’s desire for them to conquer ocean to ocean in the territory that would become the United States. Trump appealed to an uninformed electorate who looked for scapegoats and were driven by most likely one or more of the dark impulses listed in the image.”
Born in 1970 in Charleston (South Carolina), Shepard graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1992, where he created the ‘André the Giant Has a Posse’ sticker campaign. This later evolved into the internationally renowned ‘Obey Giant’ campaign. Shepard’s work reached international recognition during the 2008 US presidential election, when he created a series of posters supporting Barack Obama, including the iconic ‘HOPE’ poster.
Shepard is also known for his politically charged work and most recently collaborated with the non-profit organisation, Amplifier Foundation.
“The Skateroom collaboration is an evolution of the DIY silk screened skateboard I began making in the 90’s, as an art canvas that could go on four wheels or a wall. These new boards are more refined art pieces, but the spirit of skateboard culture is what drives this new collaboration. ‘No Future’ is a response to the election of Trump.” – Shepard Fairey, 2017
Fairey’s Set of three decks is produced in a Limited Edition of 450. Signed in the deck, the trio is available for $450 USD