Wheeled Art: Unique, Handcarved Skateboards
I'd hardly be comfortable picking one of these skateboards up, let alone trying to grind a rail with it. They look more like an antique that I'd see behind inch-thick glass at my grandma's house than sports equipment.
And, as it turns out, they are indeed designed to be seen not ridden.
Under direction of German Tobias Megerle, 12 Mahim woodcarvers in Mumbai each whittled their own intricately detailed board. Though the project aimed to create boards that are properly shaped and potentially functional, each unique board will serve as a piece of art as opposed to an actual functioning skateboard.
Megerle describes the inspiration behind the project:
"The very first time I drove past I was magically attracted to the carved wooden objects in Mahim, all the open workshops, the woodcarvers sitting on the floor with their traditional tools, working on their items, the whole atmosphere...After a series of thoughts I hit upon the object to be combined with the traditional woodwork -- the good old skateboard. In Mumbai -- though almost completely unknown -- the skateboard is, in many places, more than just a piece of sports equipment. It's an entire lifestyle that's created around it, a unique music style, special clothes, whole skater-parks."
What resulted is a series of one-of-a-kind, ornate, wooden boards. The skateboard project known as "Final Cut" was on display earlier this month at The Loft at the Lower Parel in Mumbai.