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.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Slapstik Retrospective

#1 The Human Horseshoe Peg

#2 Bears Love Honey

#3 The Human Lawn Dart

#4 Human Shark Bait

#5 The Human Spare, and Flat Tires

Later this year Apple Jacks Studio in Philadelphia will be hosting a Slapstik Skateboards Retrospective exhibiting the original series of Slapstik skateboards, and selected drawings from 2001 to 2006. It's a lot of work to display, and only a few graphics can be made available for sale. Over the next few weeks I will be posting all of the original graphics for those who never got the opportunity to see them. Vote on the ones you like best, and the top 9 will be reproduced as signed and numbered prints in manageable sizes for framing. If you see one you like, simply send your comments to More images and details on the show will be posted soon.

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