The Skateroom collaborated with Berlin-based South African artist Robin Rhodes to create five skate-board designs based on his sequential photographs, depicting masked figures engaging with wall-drawn graffiti.
“Robin Rhode is famed for creating artwork that is informed and formed by urbanism, the city, the streets and its inhabitants. Rhode’s first Skateroom collection is inspired by a number of his outdoor wall artworks created over the past few years. Many of these pieces relate specifically to urban culture – incorporating aspects of modern music or dance. Rhode’s influences also extend beyond this, ranging from his Cape Town upbringing to the cultural act of storytelling within South Africa. Rhode’s collection comprises of five decks, each taking influence from different elements.”
Skateroom is a Belgian charity founded in 2012 by social entrepreneur Charles-Antoine Bodson, and is famously known for commissioning artist-designed skateboards to support education initiatives in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Johannesburg. Individually priced at R5,000 and limited to an edition of 100 for each design, the skateboards can be ordered online from Skateroom.