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.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

"My dad makes heads explode."

When you spend a couple years of your life studying the undead, and how to kill them...again, you're bound to come across the work of Tom Savini. Tom's break through into film occurred when George Romero called him up and asked him to start thinking of ways to kill people. Not real people, but special effects for the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead.  One of Dawn's most famous scenes occurs in the opening 20 minutes when the police storm a housing project infested with zombies and one of them gets shot, you guessed the head causing it to explode. I never thought I would meet the guy responsible for this, and how I have at of all places a comic book convention in Philadelphia. Thanks for all the hard work Mr. Savini.

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