Japanese skateboarder and self-taught artist Haroshi that has creatively made sculptures out of skateboard decks. He combined his two passions by creating stunning and cool pop-culture images out of the trashed skateboards, a three-dimensional, wooden modern sculpture.
As a passionate skater from his early teens to present, Haroshi possesses a thorough knowledge of the anatomy of a skateboard and all of its parts including the deck, trucks, and wheels. He often scavenges, collecting broken skateboards to recycle the parts and use in his work.
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With no formal modern art training, Haroshi has adapted the determined perseverance and DIY ethos of skate culture, into creating works of contemporary art. Haroshi’s relationship with his artwork is the same with his skateboards—they are his life, his vehicle for communication and expression.
The unique appearance of his modern sculptures is all thanks to the composition of the skateboards he uses, which are created from multiple layers of processed wood. These layers are sometimes dyed as well, which gives his sculpture art their distinctive striped appearance. The skateboards are then glued together and carved into various pop-art forms like hearts, skulls, and even sneakers.
As an enthusiastic skateboarder, Haroshi often recycles his own skateboards into his contemporary sculptures. As he writes on his site, “To Haroshi, his art pieces are equal to his skateboards, and that means they are his life itself. They’re his communication tool with both himself and the outside world.”