What Paint Means to Skate


[embed]https://youtu.be/a9Fg6wLyXmk[/embed] The creative mind behind 20 years of skate deck imagery, Andy Jenkins is an impactful yet quiet contributor to skateboard history. He got his start in the early 1980s with working for Blind, 101 and World Industries. When Jenkins began contributing as a comic artist to Transworld Skateboard Magazine, his iconic imagery influenced a new generation of skateboarders. Eric Koston, in particular, gravitated to Jenkins work. “That was before I was sponsored; I was just a kid. I remember seeing that stuff and thinking how cool it was, a comic just about skateboarding”, Koston recalls.

In 1993, Jenkins and Koston’s paths would cross as they both helped to launch Girl Skateboards. For more than two decades these two skate innovators have helped each other push the creative path of the sport. For their most recent project, Koston asked Jenkins to cover a 40-foot wall span inside the Berrics, an iconic indoor skatepark owned by Koston and Steve Berra. “Eric’s cool… he kinda lets me go where I wanna go with it and then he’ll take a look at what I’ve got cooking, and he’ll tell me [the direction] he digs”, says Jenkins. For Koston, there were no limits for Jenkins’ vision for the wall: “I didn’t really want to tell him what to do; it’s more like, ‘here’s this giant wall, this giant canvas, what do you feel like doing with it?” The final piece represents Jenkins’ signature style, the same style that once inspired a young Koston to skate, and one that eventually brought these two together: a fitting project for two of the sport’s greatest creators.

via Gear Patrol