Art / Design, England

Haroshi 心月輪

With precision and crazy skill, Haroshi selects, stacks and bonds old broken skateboards to create timber layers that he uses to unbelievable effects. The variety of colour found naturally in the laminated construction of discarded skateboard decks overlap to make beautiful and very unique ply art-works once carved.

Perhaps the most interesting of Haroshi’s techniques is the detailed mosaic of skateboard ply block-work. Coincidentally, this method has been used throughout Japanese history to create most of Japan’s wooden Great Buddha statues (of course not using skateboards). One particular Buddhist craftsman from the 12th century, Unkei (運慶) would place a crystal ball, called shin gachi rin (心月輪), at the heart of each of his carved buddha forms to give his sculptures their ‘soul’. Haroshi uses a metallic object from one of the broken skateboards; buried deep in the centre of each of his art-works, again giving the objects a heart, and a ‘soul’.

A friend of ours, Brandon Shigeta, a photographer based in LA was lucky enough to shoot Haroshi’s Tokyo studio for Hypebeast in 2010 and I have been waiting since then to see his works in London. Check out PAIN, at StolenSpace Gallery, on Brick Lane, until 3rd November.

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England

Undercroft

The Southbank is a wonderful place to take photos; there’s always something going on. No matter how many times I return, I always find something challenging to shoot and get the chance to learn my camera a little better. For me this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. I watched as long as my hands could withstand the cold, I don’t know how this guy was wearing just a t-shirt!

A small team were filming the skateboarders at the undercroft and actually although there weren’t many people there, the few that were there were really good. It’s rare to see so many stunts actually executed and I started to understand better how rewarding it must be to actually pull off some of those complex tricks. They were jumping from a great height, much to the admiration of the younger skaters. Oh, and the skateboards that do get snapped, they get thrown onto the pillar of the Hungerford Bridge.

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Art / Design

Open Skateboard

Ian Lynam, our dear graphic designer friend in Tokyo, designed a skateboard recently with all proceeds going to Red Cross Japan. Mine arrived in the mail yesterday and takes pride of place in our lounge now. Love the graphics and love the black stained maple top…

When told a colleague that I had ordered a skateboard as I opened the parcel, she asked “..are you having some kind of a mid-life crisis?”… Ha-ha.

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EDIT: The deck has now found a home…

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