Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece. Haroshi became infatuated with skateboarding in his early teens, and is still a passionate skater at present. He knows thoroughly all the parts of the skateboard deck, such as the shape, concave, truck, and wheels. He often feels attached to trucks with the shaft visible, goes around picking up and collecting broken skateboard parts, and feels reluctant to throw away crashed skateboards. It’s only natural that he began to make art pieces (i.e. recycling) by using skateboards. To Haroshi, his art pieces are equal to his skateboards, and that means they are his life itself. They’re his communication tool with both himself, and the outside world.
The MSA is honored once again that Haroshi has donated his incredible art to help our cause. For On Deck VIII he has given us one of his signed limited edition 100% Skateboarder Gradation decks. This deck was part of Haroshi's Virtual Reality exhibit at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in NYC, January 2013.
Jonathan Levine Gallery - His exhibition title, Virtual Reality, is a reference to the classic 1993 skate video from Plan B, in which pro-skater Rodney Mullen displayed tricks that made a lasting impression. At the time (twenty years ago), Haroshi recalls his perception of the United States as an exciting, distant place that he had not yet explored, and how the content in that video pushed his understanding of the sport that had become his passion. In the artist’s words: "It made me realize that the potential of skateboarding knows no limits."
Medium: Skate Decks