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Boards: Art and Design of Skateboards: The Art and Design of the Skateboard (MTV Overground) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Universe Publishing (Incorporated, Div. of Rizzoli (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789309777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789309778
  • Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 15.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Examines skateboard design from an artistic perspective, covering in a detailed photographic fan's tour the work of such companies as Tony Hawk's Birdhouse, Spike Jonze's Girl, and Enjoi.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Be sure, before buy this book! 3 Mar 2004
This book is poor with a lot of bad images (pixelized), so u have to be sure of what are u doing!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars definitely worth more than 2 stars! 4 Jan 2007
By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE
I recently bought this book having had a flick through before doing so and I have to disagree with the previous reviewer's comments. Perhaps he has an earlier edition, but I wasn't disappointed in any of the images this book contains.

Included here are some classic designs from Chocolate, Girl, and of course the inimitable Hook-Ups. In some cases, these images are accompanied by a few words by the designers themselves, talking about their ideas and inspiration for some of the now-legendary graphics they've created.

In short, this is a rad little book for aspiring graphic artists, or any "armchair" fan of skateboard graphics.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A limited view of skateboard art 26 Nov 2003
By Clockmilk - Published on Amazon.com
A great idea for a book, but this one suffers from being too trendy and not comprehensive enough. Maybe being published by MTV has something to do with it. But as a result, a lot of the skateboard graphics shown in here already look a bit played out.
There are only a few companies represented, Girl being the best of them. I have a suspicion that the author only displayed decks from companies that he could get image sources from. All the boards are only from the last couple of years, some of it good, some of it rather insignificant.
There is another book out there with the same theme that I would rather recommend, it's called "Board: Surf/Skate/Snow Graphics". It's a bit more comprehensive and well rounded, featuring pics from different eras of skateboarding.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 28 Nov 2003
By R. A. Vigh - Published on Amazon.com
31 year old skater(skating for 17 years)/graphic designer/illustrator here and I have to say this is a cool book. I was reluctant to purchase it since I am very anti-MTV, but I am glad I did. Although I will agree with other reviews that it is not very comprehensive (how could they forget Mark Gonzalez one of the greatest skaters and artists ever?) Makes a nice "coffee table" book, and it really is pretty cheap in the grand scheme of things
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Non-Skater's View of Skateboard Art 27 Oct 2004
By Geo - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book not because I am a huge fan of skateboarding but because I find the art interesting. This is defintely a good overview of skateboard art. The book includes a large number of skateboard designs, including a number of series by notable companies like Zoo York and Birdhouse. Even curious non-skateboarders will enjoy just paging through. The book authors also worked very hard on the graphic design; the pages have a sleek, embellished look that adds to the book's style but does not detract from the featured artwork. A few comments from a select few skateboard artists are also included, but they add little to the book; the book's strength is definitely in its artwork.

Overall, the book is a good introduction to skateboard art. However, I did notice that some skateboard companies (Zoo York, for example) were featured much more prominently than others, and it seemed as though some companies' artwork were missing. While this is a good book for casual fans, it may disappoint some skateboard enthusiasts a little.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the Real Deal 21 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As some one who knows as a fact, Spike Jonze is and always has been a co-owner of Girl Skateboards. This book is great. Great little interviews with some of the best deck designer's out there. Jenkins, Cliver, Larson, Abeyta, Johnson, on and on. Great images too!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decked Out 8 Mar 2007
By Christopher Maddocks - Published on Amazon.com
Good coverage of the art of skateboard decks with most of the major designers included. Excellent interviews with the designers themselves and their approach to their work.Recommended reading to any collector of this art form.
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