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, October 21, 2009

Planting roots with Tyler Kline



Months ago I was asked to put something together for the zine Jeremiah was publishing in Atlanta. I decided to interview a long time friend and former rider for raped inc. skateboards Tyler Kline. Tyler is currently attending the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art for a masters in sculpture and lives in Philadelphia with his wife and son.
Looking back at the time you spent in Savanah and living on Seaboard Ave, did you ever see yourself living the family life with a garden in Philadelphia?

Honestly, my foresight did not include my present circumstances. It never crossed my mind to settle down until I met my wife Anna in Portland. In my green grass of youth, I spent most of my time traveling and gathering life experiences. I kept a couple of central bases, traversing the North American Continent from the East Coast to the West Coast 17 times between 1998 and 2003, by plane, train, and automobile. I glad I made those choices when I was younger. Now, I enjoy growing roots. I take pride in the sacrifices one must make to cultivate a mature life.


For as long as I've known you, you've always been tied to the art scene where ever you've lived. I know that in Portland, you had a gallery downtown. What are you doing these days to stay connected with Philadelphia?

I work at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts as a conservation technician. I also do volunteer work for Inliquid.com. Recently I joined an the Art Collective of Little Berlin. I am very excited to be a part of this talented team of local Artists. Philadelphia is in a unique position to further and deepen or understanding of art and the role it plays in building communities. With the decline of this recent Gilded Age, and as all around us is seems as if the center is not holding it becomes dire that the margins and fringes of society hold fast, and lead as examples toward a more sustainable solution to the general collapse we are experiencing at home and abroad. Art groups, charities, historical societies and other non-profit orginizations, and ordinary citizens have the power to maintain and transform their neighborhoods. By being involved with the arts in the various places were I have lived is a small token toward trying to leave things in better shape than you found them.

How important is it to have something in your life apart from skateboarding?

It is very important to cultivate things in your life other than skateboarding, skateboarding in finite and the skateboarding industry is based on bankable trends that come out of Southern California. At best, skateboarding can be seen as a type of performance art, a dance. The marketed image of skateboarding is ever straying from this view point. Luckly I have gained the wisdom to no longer concern myself with the trends put forth in most skateboard media.

How has skateboarding changed for you now that you've got so many things on your plate?

I simply do not skateboard as much as I used to. I still find time to skateboard, and I am teaching my three year old son Max to skateboard. I do these things when the time comes, skateboarding does not dictate how I use my time.

Would you say that you have a mild obsession with the eye ball?

None of my obsessions are mild. Since the time of the Syrians the eye is seen as a window into the soul. However, I try to be playful with these flights of fancy,

Could you sum up each place that you've lived in two words each?

Victoria, Texas= No Recall
Milwaukie, Wisconsin= Stained Glass
Stone Mountain, GA= White Quartz
Savannah, GA= Live Oaks
Athens, GA= Gravel Pitt
Atlanta, GA= Fourty Yard
Portland, OR= Heavy Mist
Philadelphia, Pa= Fresh Crop

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