We’re in a drought. The last time there a drought this bad in California, a new sport flowered–skate boarding. All those empty pools made for great neighborhood skate parks, legal or clandestine.
The skateboard culture of Southern California played a seminal role in the early influences of many graffiti and street artists. The growth of the sport, or anti-sport, along with its strong visual component, represented a renegade vigilante attitude, like punk and while every skater was not a criminal, the graphics on the boards often abused copyright or represented darker and more anti-authoritarian attitudes.
Jim Daichendt, author of the books Shepard Fairey Inc. Artist/Professional/Vandal and Stay Up! Los Angeles Street Art, celebrates and curates skate art with Skate & Create at Flower Pepper Gallery, opening August 30, with a reception from 6pm to 9pm.
Skate & Create August 30 – October 1, 2014, Flower Pepper Gallery, 121 East Union Street Pasadena, CA 91103.