Late last year I was commissioned by Vagabond Co. to paint a custom skate deck which is now up for grabs in their Beneath the Skin magazine! To enter, all you need to do is visit their website here, pay the princely sum of $2 to download the mag, and then you’re free to enter the competition. The comp is open for worldwide entries so get reading!
You can even check out a movie of the making of it here:
I was also lucky enough to be granted an extensive interview for the mag, so keep your eyes peeled for some more Fieldey madness inside!
So you’ve turned your skate deck into a veritable work of art and you wanna hang it on your wall… how do you do this? Here’s my handy guide, starting with the cheapest and quickest method to the more professional approaches.
El cheapo – fishing line
The easiest and cheapest way to hang your deck is to simply thread a piece of fishing line through the holes, tie it with a granny knot and sling that baby up on the wall.
- Like I say, hella cheap and quick to do
- Pretty much invisible
- Looks as cheap as it is
- The line can start to rub against your artwork and chafe the paint
- The deck can rock in a breeze as the nose and tail sit against the wall.
This is a step up from the first option – buy yourself some drywall anchors/star plugs, screw eyes, and picture hanging wire from the hardware store and have your pliers ready. Drywall anchors are little plastic plugs that are used for drilling screws into walls, but in this case they’re going to fill out the hole in the deck so you can screw your eyelet into it.
You’ll need to find a drywall anchor that fits your board and still allows you to screw the eyelet in. I use a 25mm red one, but you might need to play around to find the right size. Trim the anchor to the approximate length (thickness of the wood) using pliers. Jam the round end of the anchor into the hole and use the pliers to force it in – you need a tight fit so that it stays in when the board is on the wall. Grab your eyelet of choice (I like a fairly small one) and screw it into the anchor. Check that everything is nice and firmly in place, then cut yourself a length of metal picture wire and attach it to each eyelet and tie it nice and tight. You’ll need to allow a bit of slack in the wire so that the board can hang – don’t make it too tight.
- It looks more pro than the first option and is more suitable for an art exhibition or other non-permanent display
- There’s a fair bit of shagging around and guess work in there
- You’ll have the same problem with the nose and the tail touching the wall, the board will be more likely to rock
- If you don’t achieve a tight enough fit the anchors can slip out of the holes.
Floating wall mount
Want one? Buy the product on Amazon here: Sk8ology Skateboard Display Kit (Tube) – No Drill Bit
The guys at Sk8ology sent me some of their products the other day to try out, and I was impressed! Essentially it’s an ingenious product that is drilled into the wall to hang your deck in a more pro and permanent way. Check out the video below to see how it works:
- It’s a totally permanent floating solution so the nose and tail aren’t touching on the wall which means they won’t move in a breeze or if they get knocked
- You also get the choice as to whether you want to lock the board on the wall so it can’t be lifted up, or be able to easily take it off when required
- It looks more professional and presents your decks as the serious pieces of art that they are.
- Costs a little bit more than the others at $9.99 for the deck display without the drill bit, but it’s hardly likely to break the bank now is it?
Check out www.sk8ology.com to find out more!
So there you have it, different strokes for different folks! If you’ve got a different method for hanging your board feel free to share it in the comments below.
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Well friends, it’s almost that time again… when you have to start looking for smashingly tasteful Xmas gifts for your loved ones. If you’re after something for the person that’s got it all or something for your good self, consider ordering a Fieldey commission! The following boards have all been commissioned from yours truly and I can paint:
- Surfboards (for surfing or for the wall)
- Murals and walls
- International postage is AOK.
I’ve only got like two arms and hands so spaces are limited, but if you’ve got an idea or a question please contact me or check out my Commissions page: http://www.fieldey.com/commissions.html
“Spirit Animals” 2012 – Skateboard Commission
Davy Jones surfboard commission for Ryan. 2014
Custom surfboard commission for Karen, 2014
Wall mural commission for Santa Fe Restaurant, Subiaco Perth. 2014
“Don’t Drink and Drown” 2014 surfboard commission for The Royal Life Saving Society of WA
‘Xander the Panda’ 2013. Skatedeck commission
2013 Skatedeck commission for The Wild Girls
‘Baik dan Jahat (Good and Evil)’ custom made surfboard and inlay commission 2013
‘Count Sexula’ 2013. Skatedeck commission for Michelle
2012 ‘Such is Life’ Bowling pin commission
2013 – Board for Sea Shepherd
‘Sensei Polar Bear’ 2013 Skatedeck commissioned for Pete.
Finally got around to processing the final photos of Ryan’s Davy Jones surfboard that I painted a few weeks ago. It was one of my most challenging commissions, but it was awesome to have the opportunity and scope and really give my painting skills a workout.
If you’re interested in having a board custom painted, visit http://www.fieldey.com/commissions.html and fill in the form and I’ll get back to you with a quote.
The inaugural Gidgets Go Picasso Surfboard Art Workshop was held last Saturday at the Bondi Pavilion and despite the crappy weather it went off! I was so stoked with the response that we got from this, everyone was super lovely, and it was great to hear silence in the room as everyone was in deep creative concentration painting their surfboard artworks.
I led eight workshoppers through a four step cleaning process to prepare their boards for painting and demonstrated some of my favourite old-school spray techniques using Molotow spray paint and a handy palm frond and then let them loose on the supplies.
At the end of the day we ended up with nine completely different artworks, each one a unique expression of creativeness and ready to hit the waves.
The workshop was held in conjunction with Venus Goes Gidget and hosted by myself. Molotow Australia sponsored the paints and more workshops are in the pipeline for August 2015 – so sign up to my blog if you want to come along to the next one! Big thanks also to Matt Fieldes Photography for these lovely photos.
I’ve been having a blast doing a surfboard painting workshop at Balcatta Senior High for the past 3 weeks. It’s for the Gifted and Talented Arts Program and I’m stoked with the progress these guys are making! How lucky are they to go to a school that offers these kinds of programs… the best we used to get was still-life painting and Lino cutting!
More Fieldey workshops are going to be coming to Sydney and Perth this year – if you’re interested in participating or want to suggest a location please contact me with the details.
Students preparing their boards for painting – we’re using second hand boards so they need a fair amount of cleaning.
This is one of my favourite boards and colour combos – clever use of the ol’ liquid soap effect
Rinsing off a liquid soap number
Awesome concept sketches being drawn up
Board in progress being painted up with Molotow One4All inks
Another board in progress – it’s starting to come together
This is my board that I’m painting. I’m using Molotow™ One4All inks for this one.
Old school tattoo koi being drawn up ready for painting
Sketching up their designs with chalk
We have the coolest space to work in – lots of old tables, lots of walls to paint on and lots of space to get messy!
Some crazy creative backgrounds ready to go
It’s all happening in camp Fieldey folks! In two and a half weeks I’m heading over to Sydney to run two special surfboard painting workshops in collaboration with Venus Goes Gidget. They’re both going to be held at the Amphitheatre garage at the Bondi Pavilion, so we’re right on the beach.
23rd Aug – All-girl workshop
This is a first time all-girl workshop, organised by the lovely Claudia from Venus Goes Gidget. Bring your board along and together we’ll prepare them for painting and I will divulge some awesome top secret retro spray techniques. No experience is necessary and your board will be ready to ride with it’s new sexy look.
Click here for more info and to sign up >>
24th Aug – Pimp your board!
Everyone from 12 – 102 is welcome at this workshop. Bring along your board and we’ll go through the process of preparing them for painting, then we have some fun with spray paint and learn easy retro spray paint techniques to make your stick look the sh!t. Of course we’ll also clear coat your artwork so you can take it out in the surf and rip in style!
Click here for more info and to sign up >>
Sydney surf, skate and mural commissions
While I’m in Sydney I’ll also be picking up some surfboard, skateboard and wall commissions, so if you have a surfboard, skateboard or wall that needs the Fieldey treatment please fill in the form here. If you’re needing some inspiration view the gallery of past commissions here.