December 9, 2012

Deck the Halls

It’s hard being good all the time. It’s like, say you begin a diet which forbids potato chips. You could live without them for a short while, but the moment would soon come where you’d race through fire to get your hands on a bag of Lay’s. Turns out, the same goes for sticking to a budget, especially in recessionary times. According to consumer psychologists, you quickly get tired of all the austerity and feel overwhelmed with the need to splurge on some indulgences.*

So as the December 1st launch date of the Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collection was approaching, I didn’t pay too much attention. After all, I had responsibly been packing my lunches for weeks and deleting tempting emails from J.Crew. But last Saturday, I happened to be online around 9:30 am. One thing led to another and before you could say “fiscal cliff,” I found myself feverishly scrolling through the affordable designer products on And what did I end up adding to my cart?

Bull’s-eyes and exclamation points: the logo of the Target by Neiman Marcus designer collaboration.

Something completely useless and unnecessary. Something that when I laid eyes on it, I had to have.

A skateboard. Designed by Derek Lam.

Don’t ask me why. Or, actually, I can answer that question! You see, in my mind, skateboarding–along with surfing and hip-hop–has long been the epitome of effortless and untouchable cool. I’ve secretly coveted brands like Supreme and Stussy that feel hopelessly out of my league.

The other reason is that ever since I saw the Novogratz design duo on HGTV use skis as wall decoration in renovating Tony Hawk’s vacation house, I’ve always wanted a skateboard as a piece of art.

My inspiration: skis as design element chez Tony Hawk.

Rationalizations aside, here’s my board!

7-ply Canadian Maple Pro concave deck. Grip tape branded with 10 Crosby Derek Lam.

I’m debating how to hang the skateboard, perhaps suspended like a mobile from our townhouse ceiling since the underside of the deck is colorful:

The geometric design of the deck’s underbelly.

The heat-treated aluminum trucks and premium polyurethane wheels. (I had to learn some of the lingo.)

The wheels and bearings.

The skateboard currently lives under my beloved yellow cb2 console table in our main hallway. I kind of like it there.

Honestly? I love my impulse buy. For $99 plus tax and free shipping, it makes me smile! Now excuse me while I pack some more PB&J sandwiches for the coming week.  In the meantime, check out these infinitely more artistic skateboard creations.

Haroshi recycles old skateboards for his sculptures. He “carves stacks of old…decks, cuts them into wooden mosaics [and] then assembles the mosaics…in which the exposed layers reveal various patterns.”

“Dunk 2010.”

And this Eames-esque chair is pretty rad.

Eight secondhand decks screwed into a metal frame with neoprene sprayed on top.


Images via apartment therapy, haroshi and flavorwire.

*Update on Dec. 18, 2012: I came across an article in the Washington Post about a related phenomenon called “gift conversion.”

*Update on July 19, 2013: Check out the latest MoMA PS1 pavilion made from a “weaving pattern of skateboard cut-offs.”


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