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

BRC1
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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Drez4
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 Graves7
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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Calavera11
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 Concepts18
The skateboard designs below exhibit a brilliant, playful style. Each design uses great colors to achieve a fun style.

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DolceQ28
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 Suicide32
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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Mike736
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 Pattern40
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 Media44
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 Graphics48
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:

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://blackrockcollective.deckpeck.com/
  2. 2 http://blackrockcollective.deckpeck.com/products/Whistle-in-Champagne
  3. 3 http://blackrockcollective.deckpeck.com/products/Bite
  4. 4 http://vector.tutsplus.com/designing/30-cool-vector-illustrated-skateboard-decks/
  5. 5 http://vector.tutsplus.com/designing/30-cool-vector-illustrated-skateboard-decks/
  6. 6 http://vector.tutsplus.com/designing/30-cool-vector-illustrated-skateboard-decks/
  7. 7 http://www.imakethings.co.uk/
  8. 8 http://www.imakethings.co.uk/
  9. 9 http://www.imakethings.co.uk/
  10. 10 http://www.imakethings.co.uk/
  11. 11 http://calavera.deckpeck.com/
  12. 12 http://calavera.deckpeck.com/products/Gorilla-Monsoon
  13. 13 http://calavera.deckpeck.com/products/Revenge-of-the-Calavera
  14. 14 http://calavera.deckpeck.com/products/Las-Momias-de-Guanajuato
  15. 15 http://calavera.deckpeck.com/products/3-Luchadores
  16. 16 http://calavera.deckpeck.com/products/Rudo-vs-Zombies-Part-1
  17. 17 http://calavera.deckpeck.com/products/Rudo-vs-Zombies-Part-2
  18. 18 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/
  19. 19 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/Country-Club-Nouveau
  20. 20 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/Comfy-Coma
  21. 21 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/Pseudo-Mechanics
  22. 22 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/Wonderful-Colour
  23. 23 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/For-All-the-Dust-in-the-World
  24. 24 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/And
  25. 25 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/Apples-n-Oranges
  26. 26 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/Helping-Hands
  27. 27 http://j3concepts.deckpeck.com/products/Doin-Good,-Thanks
  28. 28 http://dolceq.deckpeck.com/
  29. 29 http://dolceq.deckpeck.com/products/Q3
  30. 30 http://dolceq.deckpeck.com/products/Q4
  31. 31 http://dolceq.deckpeck.com/products/Q1
  32. 32 http://electriksuicide.deckpeck.com/
  33. 33 http://electriksuicide.deckpeck.com/products/Black-Lipse
  34. 34 http://electriksuicide.deckpeck.com/products/Night-Terrors
  35. 35 http://electriksuicide.deckpeck.com/products/Cubed-Evil
  36. 36 http://mike7.deckpeck.com/
  37. 37 http://mike7.deckpeck.com/products/Tri-Bird
  38. 38 http://mike7.deckpeck.com/products/Color-Line
  39. 39 http://mike7.deckpeck.com/products/Diamond-light!
  40. 40 http://nopattern.deckpeck.com/
  41. 41 http://nopattern.deckpeck.com/products/The-Exact-Moment
  42. 42 http://nopattern.deckpeck.com/products/Anarchrysanthemum
  43. 43 http://nopattern.deckpeck.com/products/Places-You-Can%27t-Imagine
  44. 44 http://gomedia.deckpeck.com/
  45. 45 http://gomedia.deckpeck.com/products/Usonia
  46. 46 http://gomedia.deckpeck.com/products/Bold-is-Beautiful
  47. 47 http://gomedia.deckpeck.com/products/Close-Your-Eyes
  48. 48 http://mwmgraphics.deckpeck.com/
  49. 49 http://mwmgraphics.deckpeck.com/products/MWM-20%2F20---Hot
  50. 50 http://mwmgraphics.deckpeck.com/products/MWM-20%2F20---Cold
  51. 51 http://mwmgraphics.deckpeck.com/products/MWM-20%2F20---Spectrum
  52. 52 http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/articles/over-220-stunning-creative-skateboard-graphics
  53. 53 http://vector.tutsplus.com/designing/30-cool-vector-illustrated-skateboard-decks/

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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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  4. 4

    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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    now wanna see sexy girls… http://www.watchcelebrity.com

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    Some of them are awful, some awesome. Lawl.

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    Niceeeee

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  14. 14

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

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

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  22. 22

    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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    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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    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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  48. 48

    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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