40 Beautiful Skateboard Designs

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The skateboard has been a favorite medium of artists for decades. Not only does it provide a sturdy surface to paint on, but it offers a great way to have your artwork be seen in the community. Skateboarding culture, which was once looked on as a short-term fad for rebellious teens, has established itself in society.

A wide range of artists have opted to put the canvas aside and go with the unique shape of the skateboard as a way to get their artwork out. In this article, we showcase 40 amazing skateboard designs that blend various design styles. Whether you used to skateboard, currently skateboard or have never stepped on one, these skateboard designs will surely lend inspiration.

Beautiful Skateboard Designs and Resources

BRC
The Black Rock Collective is a design collective of over 40 artists. By letting each person contribute a different style, they come up with a great variety of designs.

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Drez
Impressive skateboard designs by the freelance designer and illustrator Drez were brought to life by exporting his vector artwork for creation as plotted vinyl graphics. His other deck designs feature a collection of fantastic illustrations with heavy textures and a variety of graphics.

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Andrew Graves
Andrew Groves is an illustrator, artist, maker of small things and creator of beasts. His designs are always unique and recognizable, with original illustrated characters and motifs.

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Calavera
Calavera exhibits a great comic-book style in its designs. They use great illustrations, and a lot of their designs feature a vintage look and style.

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J3 Concepts
The skateboard designs below exhibit a brilliant, playful style. Each design uses great colors to achieve a fun style.

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DolceQ
No one said design couldn’t have a little edge to it. These designs show that even edgy designs can be turned into beautiful artwork.

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Electrik Suicide
Electrik Suicide uses great mixed-media designs to create a unique style. His designs feature images that really let the mind penetrate the depths of the board.

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Mike7
Mike uses a brilliant array of colors to make his designs really pop. His blending of colors gives his artwork a unique style.

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No Pattern
Artist Chuck Anderson sharply mixes together everyday photographic realism and colorful, fantasy-tinged surrealism, creating a rich and vivid portrait of a world only imagined.

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Go Media
Go Media is a design group that creates mind-numbing designs. Having a large body of experience designing in different media, they’re able to easily turn the skateboard into an amazing work of art while keeping its purpose and culture at the forefront.

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MWM Graphics
MWM uses a vivid mix of colors, shapes and patterns to create some truly awesome and unusual boards. With mixtures of colors rarely seen together, his skateboards have an altogether distinct feel.

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Further Resources

You can find more beautiful skateboard designs in these showcases:

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  1. 1

    cool designs! My fav: Andrew Graves illustrations.

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    Nice one. My favs are the ones from Chuck Anderson..
    The first design from the last set (MWM Graphics) kinda reminds me of the Webdesignersdepot theme.

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    Very nice designs. I really like the last one of No pattern.
    Almost to pretty to screw some wheels on to and start riding :D

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    Haha! Awesome! Original post. I’m in with Andrew Graves, I love those figures.

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  5. 5

    so inspiring…
    the last one is very nice color….
    keep move SM !!

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  6. 6

    Some of them are really good for design inspiration… Thanks Parker for your effort in putting this all together.

    DKumar M.

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  7. 7

    Awesonme selection.
    I’d love to have them all on a wall….

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  8. 8

    cool design, some of them are fantastic indeed.

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    I have seen the last no pattern one as a wallpaper before.

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    justin heideman

    April 12, 2009 7:41 am

    Reminds me a lot of the book New Skateboard Graphics [link] that came out recently.

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    Some of them are awful, some awesome. Lawl.

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    Where is the “svidetel” design, the winner of the first tour of Burton challenge? It was awesome, the incarnation of great russian internet mem about funny wedding witness (sounds in russian like “svidetel”).

    skateboard
    original funny image

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  15. 15

    I really miss skool deck graphics

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  16. 16

    sweet article, a snowboard or surf board article would be sick

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    Webdesigner Depot

    April 12, 2009 3:31 pm

    Very cool round up. We also put something similar up a few weeks ago about snowboards, check it out: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/02/50-beautiful-snowboard-designs/

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    Emil Kozak’s stuff is amazing too: http://www.emilkozak.com/studio/

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    http://sirjskateboarding.blogspot.com – interesting but honestly, these decks don’t hit the skate shop because they don’t sell through very well. They are nice to look at, but alas…no one buys.

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  20. 20

    I think the last three were done by Lisa Frank, just missing a mystical pony

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  21. 21

    Great post, guys. I could use more of this…

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    Hmmm, seems Smashing Magazine has really jumped the shark this time.

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    Thank you SM for bringing a small piece of the art world to light. This medium has been used as an outlet for artists for almost 10 years and it is refreshing to finally see it hit such design circles. I used to only see this type of work in tattoo shops and conventions. I’ll always remember 13 years ago, flipping through the CSS catalog only for the art of the boards, not who sponsored it. Keep it the amazing work SM, and thanks again.

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    Lovin’ the decks! (theloveofsport)com

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    Robert (InToGraphics @ the forum)

    April 12, 2009 9:44 pm

    Like a kid in a candy store.

    All the links to deckpeck.com seem broken.

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  26. 26

    Nice design..

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    Beautiful !
    But I prefer the skateboard of USUGROW design.
    http://www.usugrow.com/gallery/deck.html

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    I would never made grinds, slide or so (except perhaps the dark slide) with those decks… By the way, I always thought that skateboards and snowboards and LPs covers design are the best jobs a graphic designer may have to do.

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    Skateboards? Lol.

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    Paul Harrington

    April 13, 2009 2:58 am

    Wish I was out skating instead of sitting in the office watching 925ing.com …Roll on the summer!

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    Some good, some not. how the drez design i.e got on the list kind of boggles me. Totally generic, not interesting at all. The other ones are OK, but this looks a lot like bad blog-recycling to me – there’s a vast selection of far better designs than this out there.

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  33. 33

    awesome designs! i just wish i know how to skate.

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  34. 34

    es muy buenoooo

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    Those are kinda cool too (unique pieces) amkashop

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  36. 36

    Cool designs, I like the retro designs myself

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    I like the decks Dalek designed before : http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c345/buschrj/DalekDecks.jpg – of course these will be too nice to actually bust on it though haha

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  38. 38

    gr8 inspiration!!!! even though i dnt skate :P:P but the designs are simply gr8!

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  39. 39

    You missed Don Pendleton amongst many others.

    http://www.elephont.com/1.html

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    Awesome stuff! Really nice to see some un-web articles. You can go directly to http://www.deckpeck.com to view all the boards.

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    Hey Smashing, thanks for featuring the GO Media decks!

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  42. 42

    very cool, these are pretty nice too

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    Great Illustrations.. Great Job!

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  44. 44

    i can see where this would be somewhat inspirational.. but, for a monday.. it didn’t really do it’s motivating job…

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  45. 45

    oh~ cool~~but some I dislike~:)

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  46. 46

    Living in Southern California, I see that skateboard design has changed quite a bit over the years. As a young teen, I skated quite a bit. Regardless of what generation of skaters you may consider, some of these designs are hideous.

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  47. 47

    You can’t have a list like this without some of Michael Sieben’s work included.

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    my god. 90% of those are complete crap. who ever compiled this list obviously has no grasp on the history of skateboard graphics. i’m guessing that most of the boards shown were not part of an actual skateboard company’s line, except the Foundation boards. please try again and do some research.

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    isaac:
    Afraid of change? Your attitude tells me you are working for either GM or Chrysler. Oh wait, I meant WERE working.

    I have looked at a whole lot of board designs the past years and I can’t really see what’s so wrong about those in the list, unless nude women, dices, bling and other half-heartedly clichéd designs drawn from the 80s are what floats your boat.

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    The last ones were like…usj, didn’t like them. But alot of those on the top to the middle were pretty good. But the graphics will not help without a pretty good board for a skater.

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    LULUuwanderlust

    April 14, 2009 7:29 am

    oh my goodness. I want to start skateboarding now!!!

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  52. 52

    Beautiful artwork. Thanks for sharing!

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  53. 53

    i agree with isaac. most of these boards look like they come out of video games or toy ‘r us skateboards. the foundation ones are great. but what about actual graphics like the vision ones back then or nowadays with what real & krooked are doing. or the black label boards done by jason adams. great graphics by actual companies & awesome artists. that’s what this list is missing.

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  54. 54

    Muito foda todos eles, sk8 na veia para sempre!!!!

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    isaac:
    Afraid of change? Your attitude tells me you are working for either GM or Chrysler. Oh wait, I meant WERE working.

    I have looked at a whole lot of board designs the past years and I can’t really see what’s so wrong about those in the list, unless nude women, dices, bling and other half-heartedly clichéd designs drawn from the 80s are what floats your boat.

    Change is great, but most of those would have little to no appeal for most skaters. similar graphics have been used on different products for “kids” toys for a long time. all i’m saying is that if you are going to change something, do it with the quality of the work. not just applying bright colors with perceived hip content on the shape of a skateboard deck.

    aside from the Andrew Graves Foundation decks and have any of the graphics been produced on boards, or are these in production? couldn’t tell that from the article.

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  56. 56

    So kids aren’t allowed to skate anymore?

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    U forgot emil kozak , and me , emil rydberg.

    check my skateboard deck haha

    http://coke.dumfan.net/~flask/images/work/skate.png

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    A lot of these graphics do NOT, I repeat do NOT, represent skateboarding and skateboard graphics as of 2009 and if you think otherwise, you are wrong. Period.

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    MAO:
    Then what DOES represent 2009 in skateboarding?

    Remember that we don’t have enough toilet paper for you so please be considerate when taking your next shit.

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    ‘Feeling the DolceQ designs the most…baadazz ;)
    Thanks for sharing

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    Quakeulf:
    Nice approach. I love you too.

    If you don’t know what represents skateboarding, then you’re probably not a skateboarder and should stay out of discussions like this. Unless you want to look like a kook.

    http://www.wallridecatalog.com/

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    MAO:
    Hey, it worked, after putting an immense amount of goodwill into it and driving my forehead through my desk I must admit defeat. Those boards look 101,1 jillion % different than those posted. Great find!!! Your mother must be real proud of you.

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    Quakeulf:
    Excellent sarcasm. A+

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    Hating this, most of them are vector packs masked in a deck shape, they are not designs thought to be in a skateboard, they´re just cool graphics that could be applied anywhere (paper, posters, web, wallpapers), none of the designs dares to take the deck as an unique piece and work conceptually with that in mind.
    I´m getting pretty bored to see the same applied everyewhere.

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    Great!
    Maybe you like the Borja Bonaque designs.

    http://borjabonaque.com/portfolio/gallery-2/

    ;)
    Miquel.

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    Radical Dude! I like alot of them and makes me wanna go get a skate and ride. Skate or Die, Dude!!! Haters, go complain in a closet where you can listen to your gripes all by yourself, ha!!!

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  67. 67

    Awesome Designs…

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  68. 68

    God dag! Kan jag ladda ner en bild fran din blogg. Av sak med hanvisning till din webbplats!

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  69. 69

    i love you, theyre all sick

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    What about these? I love them!
    http://www.highsnobiety.com/news/2009/01/08/doodah-supermodel-skateboards/

    Although, great collection overall!

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    Wow,Thanks
    Link

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    I love Andrew Graves’ work. Skateboard art is such an interesting niche of product design.
    I try to combine my love for for vector art and skating, if you’ve got some time check my latest piece on Deckpeck out!

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    As far as popular culture is concerned, skateboarding is a recent phenomenon but one that has taken society by storm. Since its invention, skateboarding has spread throughout the world, and there are skaters in most countries of the world, on every continent (except perhaps Antarctica). You can find more stuff on the history and evolution of skateboarding, skater gear, skateboarding tricks, and the skateboarding community, as well as skateboard shops at http://skateboards.eu/

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    Great post! Cool sk8board design…

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    Markus Koljonen

    April 23, 2009 1:45 am

    Nice graphic design, I could hang some on my wall, but all these (as most board designs) are super extravagant and noisy. Where are the pure, delicate designs that emphasize the human being using the board? Skateboarding and snowboarding should be about the beauty of body, movement and skill, not about how flashy a board you got.

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  76. 76

    those are nice but you forgot about one artist. Mark Gonzales.

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    I’m the only one in this world. Can please someone join me in this life? Or maybe death…

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  78. 78

    nice boards check out my boards

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  79. 79

    Hi, I found your site using Laive, does your site support Firefox?

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    I really thought that was an interesting topic it certainly needs a little more thought , i will get back later with my thoughts.

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    Jason Schwartz

    May 6, 2009 7:17 am

    Great collection! I love the Calavera decks! Deckpeck is pretty awesome. I love how they let everyone create skate decks.

    +
    I tried my hand at skateboards lately as well.
    Check em out!

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  82. 83

    there are some nice stuff… but not the best collection … i have seen much better stuff… only if you understand skateboarding culture will u be able to design it…

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    Josh desjardins

    June 17, 2009 3:48 am

    I think it is cool i’m not a big skater but i’ll sometimes just go out and skate alittle. I liked the ones that were like techno…ish. All of them were cool though

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    Just found this sweet Barack Obama Deck. Great graphics on all the decks on this site. http://invasionskates.com/store/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=26

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    my favourites are Go Media & No Pattern…
    especially the 2nd one in no pattern & 3rd one in Go media.
    goodwork. :)

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    The best information i have found exactly here. Keep going Thank you

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  87. 88

    Very nice application. i can get starting re-designing my website.

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    these are really good but, they could use EXCILENT!!!! LOL
    I THINK U HAVE DONE A REAL GOOD JOB AND IM SURE YOUR DESIGNS WILL IMPROVE!!
    kind regards marni papalii .p.s. im 11 and can u make me one??

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    this skate site sucks!

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    skater4twentyyears

    November 5, 2009 10:05 am

    Thankfully, this list doesn’t represent the actual skateboarding art world (boards skated on or collected for wall display). Skate graphics have always been more folk art, for lack of a better term, than what is displayed here. By folk, I refer to original art made by skaters for skaters, not pretty imagery pulled from a design tutorial book or from a slick 3d vector opener to a crappy reality tv show – which is what several of the designs here resemble. Some posted here are interesting to look at, sure, but most are soul-less and have nothing to do with actual skateboard culture. The Foundation ones are actual production boards, not my taste, but representative of one faction of the skateboard industry. While skateboarding has “established itself in society”, it is still illegal in most places and it’s aesthetic will remain true to the roots it’s been built upon, skater-created art.

    For an overview of some of the successful skateboard designs from this misunderstood culture’s history, see here: http://www.skateanddestroy.net/

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    Leah of pakky high in VC

    February 10, 2010 6:11 pm

    i love john bacon (L)

    - i love john bacon so much more than any1

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    does board are cool i want does board plesssssssss

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    is all deferent but all the best.The blue skates is fantastic.

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    Hello I am currently out of work in Fresno, California. I have searched all the job boards more times than thousand times and applied to 100s of positions. However, i have not been able to find a single good response to my resumes. If anyone knows about any particular place where i can look for a good job, please reply me with the location details. I will be thankful to you for your early response.

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    Hi I am currently out of work in Cincinnati, Ohio. I have applied to most of the job sites more times than I’d care to recall and sent off hundreds of resumes. However, i have not been able to find a single good response to my applications. If anyone knows about any particular place where i can look for a good job, please reply me with the location details. I will be thankful to you for your early response.

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    Hi, I’m skateboard designer.
    The beautiful skateboarding decorates the wall of the room for the present age. The street corner lets you overflow with power to be filled with.
    The energy can be crowded and makes a work having you feel something just to appreciate it. I make much of security and support the growth of the board park heartily, and there is a dream of the art museum establishment that can appreciate skateboarding as art.

    Visit@ http://www.zazzle.com/avrelic

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    Hello I just lost my job in USA. I have searched all the job boards more times than thousand times and applied to 100s of positions. However, i have not been able to find a single good response to my resumes. If anyone knows about particular job site where i can look for a good job, please reply me with the location details. I will be thankful to you for your early response.

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  99. 101

    pretty nice skatebords

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  100. 102

    also, me rike art rots and rots. you have take ten dollar for trade yes?

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    This is my first time visiting this site and, I found it by accident. But I must say that these are some of the best boards I’ve ever seen in my life, and we’ve all seen many-a-boards. I would love to be a free-lance board designer but I don’t have any previous experience. I would love to know how I could be set in the right direction. Again these are some of the best boards I have ever seen…Great job to all of these amazing designers. I would love to see more where these came from..

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    Great articles and those designs are all wicked as! I do a few skate deck designs myself here http://buddhaartskates.com.au Smashing should keep doing more articles on skateboarding and skater art…it rocks!

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  104. 107

    how come some skateboard graphics have a certain micro geometric pattern that makes up the graphics? looks pixelated but not. what do you call this type of graphic printing or style.

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