Some of the most talented and creative artists choose not to put their work in a frame and don’t get to have velvet-roped shows. Their pieces are unlikely to make it into any museum exhibit. Your parents probably wouldn’t approve of their content, and these artists probably don’t care. We’re talking about tattoo artists, graffiti artists and, finally, skateboard deck designers.
The skateboard deck designer must marry functionality and creativity on their curved and oblong oval-shaped rolling canvas. Some deck designers, like David Habben, stick with old-school, hand-drawn and painted masterpieces, while others, like Digital Oatmeal, make statements with humorous pop-culture references.
From the wacky, to the refined, with a ‘Bear vs. Shark’ board thrown in between, we’ve put together 25 of the best skateboard deck designs. Click through the gallery and follow the links in the captions to check out each artists’ portfolio. Maybe you’ll find the right designer for your next board project.