slapstik skateboards mission statement

Slapstik Skateboards arose from a series of drawings called 101 Alternate Uses for the Human Body. Slapstik's graphics were originally composed of violent acts centered on floating pastel backgrounds. As time went on, short stories and ramblings related to the drawings began to fill the backgrounds leading to more words than pictures, ultimately ending the 30 deck run. The success of Slapstik suspended the company's scheduled end in 2006, and resulted in Slapstik of the Living Dead. SSLD's concept was to recreate the original Slapstik series with a George Romero living dead twist, which ran from 2006 to 2009. The Living Dead series was soon followed by the fairy tales and fables of Mother Goose and the Brothers Grimm which illustrated classic fables and tales in a modern setting. In 2010, Slapstik returned to the pastel back drops and absurd visuals started in 2001, with animals engaging in foolish human acts in a series simply called Animals. The mission of Slapstik Skateboards is very simple. We will make fun of you.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Humpty Dumpty

Slapstik announces it's second return with contemporary visual interpretations of Mother Goose. Starting off the series is Humpty Dumpty, pictured above, with building jumper in a suit, plunging to his death. In this particular case, Humpty represents capitalism free of regulations, and supervision. The United States suffered an economic "great fall" in 1929 with the crash of the market, followed by the great depression of the 30's. Bear with me, I've been listening to NPR and AM talk radio to get both sides of the story, but as far as I can tell, the fall is a result of bankers playing hot potato with bad loans. Here's how it works. If I loan you $5 without proof of employment, or assets from you, I can then sell you're loan balance, with interest, to a third party, thus making a profit with minimal risk. The third party can then sell your loan to a fourth party, hopefully before you default on your loan, to continue making money from nothing. This continues until either the loan goes  into default, or the system collapses because there's no real money to prop it up.  That was the thinking behind this graphic. You can expect this kind of description for every Slapstik graphic, along with detailed analysis of the concepts and production. By the way, if you search images of people jumping off buildings, they all fall the same way. 

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