Laser Engraved Skateboards
Each and every skateboarder creates and develops their own unique riding style and choosing an appropriate skateboard deck is an important part of expressing that unique style. These custom laser engraved skateboard decks give the skateboarder an opportunity to create and express their own design, rather than choosing from a catalogue of mass produced decks.
Utilising a laser cutter to etch the underside (and option of the top side) of the deck, allows for single run manufacture here in Derbyshire, UK and opportunity to freely share designs with like minded skaters around the world.
There is some very cool about the Day of the Dead skulls and I knew it would work well on a skate deck. I found the below Sugar Skull on Openclicpart.org and with a little manipulation I was able to adapt it for the laser engraving process.
Full credit to my partner who initiated this concept design. I started this design with a vector Fist uploaded to openclipart.org by Elpedro. After tweaking it a little, I then added the letters to the fist, applying some outset so the letters were not as crisp, more like a tattoo. I then created the SK […]
I’ve made full use of the red stained skateboard deck by engraving a STOP sign into the underside of the deck.
Creative Commons is an important organisation, creating a legal framework using copyright laws for the greater good, encouraging free culture. As all of my designs are licensed under Creative Commons, I wanted to celebrate that, so I modified the CC-BY-SA logo to include a skateboard next to the Attribution symbol. The components were taken from […]
After meeting the artists of The Greys from Pepper Top Comics at Oggcamp14 , we decided to experiment printing their comics on the unusual medium of laser engraved skateboard decks. We were very pleased with the outcome…
I was recently commissioned to work directly with a 14 year old skateboarder, here in Derbyshire, UK, for his birthday, in laser engraving his own skateboard, with his own design. After a few iterations he finalised his design and presented me with this sketch below. We scanned in the sketch and converted it to vectors, […]
This was the perfect design to overcome the out of focus issue
Inspired by the Blue Pill & Red Pill scene from the film Matrix, I created this concept deck with blank blue stained skateboard deck and red griptape. After laser engraving the design, I applied some brilliant white matt emulsion with a paint brush. The white paint took easily to the engraved design and wiped off […]
“Japanese Water” is one of 4 designs created by Gareth Hollis as a part of his final year design project. This skateboard was the first full bleed I engraved, using a custom made lens with a 250mm focal distance. The lens spot size was considerably bigger that the 100mm lens I have been previously been […]
This Yin Yang design is one of four designs Gareth Hollis created as a part of his final year design project. This skateboard deck was engraved using a lens with 250mm focal distance, allowing for a full bleed edge to edge consistent etch. Below is a action shot of the Yin Yang design being laser […]
Another 720 design…
Raster Engraving Raster engraving enables the laser cutter to work more like a printer, going from left to right, right to left, moving down the deck, turning the laser on and off, until the graphic is complete. This type of engraving is idea for engraving solid blocks of the design. Most of the designs on […]
A custom laser engraved skateboard decks give the skateboarder an opportunity to create and express their own design, rather than choosing from a catalogue of mass produced decks. Utilising a laser cutter to etch the underside (and option of the top side) of the deck, allows for single run manufacture here in Derbyshire, UK and […]