Today’s Stoked on Spring Spotlight features the collaborative skate deck by Tim Young and Stoker Brittany. This deck, as well as 14 others that were also made by professional artist and youth pairs, will be available for bidding at the event’s silent auction along with several fine art pieces on May 16th at the Scholastic Greenhouse. All proceeds from the event will directly support our after-school program, Stoked Plus: Skateboard Build, in which students make a skateboard deck from scratch, completely by hand.
Tim Young is a renowned iPhoneographer recognized for his signature black-and-white shots celebrating the often overlooked details of day-to-day life in New York City, and in particular, Brooklyn, his home base. Recently, two of his images of the Brooklyn Bridge were among the 200 (out of 10,000 submissions) selected for exhibit in the first-ever International iPhoneography Show at the Soho Gallery of Digital Art. The exhibit was sponsored by MacPhun LLC and FX Photo Studio. An artist, illustrator and graphic designer with 20+ years of experience, Tim has lent his expertise to such national and international clients as Disney Resorts, Inter-Continental Hotels, Lowes Home Improvement, Michelin Tire and Combi Juvenile Products.
Brittany attends the Institute for Collaborative Education, where she participated in the Stoked Plus: Skateboard Build program. She also learned to snowboard this winter through the Snow Mentor program. She said that making this board with Tim makes her feel extremely proud because she would “love to see Stoked after-school programs in many more schools because teenagers in high school should have the experience that I had. Being a part of Stoked made me feel a part of a big community where everyone can count on one another.”
For this collaborative deck, Brittany and Tim looked through a variety of photographs to decide on the imagery for the board. They also utilized song lyrics to come up with a word or phrase to use with the imagery. Brittany conceptualized having colorful paint dripping down the board as part of the design, and Tim showed Brittany his iPhonography for more design ideas to come up with bird imagery. After bouncing ideas off each other, Tim sketched out the design on the board and they both painted the colorful drips of paint and white birds on the deck together.
Buy tickets to Stoked on Spring to bid on this deck. If you’re not able to attend, please consider making a donation to Stoked to support its youth development programs. Don’t forget to check in on Monday for the next Stoked on Spring Spotlight!