With a far-from-auspicious skateboarding career that involved no small amount of scraped knees and embarrassing misuses of the word ‘gnarly’ I find myself both intrigued and slightly intimidated by the Decked exhibition, showing at London’s Conigsby Gallery from 16-28 August.

The show is now in its second year, and will see a collection of designers, illustrators, photographers, graffiti artists and tattoo artists create bespoke designs on individual skateboards.

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Dave Bain

Dave Bain has created the ‘pinball head’ design, described as ‘a compendium of typography and imagery’, while Camellie, who designed the flyer for the event, also contributes a painted deck.


Seb Burnett’s deck features a rather concerned-looking iteration of his Harold T Littlecock character.

Seb Burnett
Seb Burnett

Meanwhile Jake Blanchard and Tom Forsyth have teamed up to create a hand-carved board which boasts a carved crest with the creators’ initials on it.

Jake Blanchard and Tom Forsyth
Jake Blanchard and Tom Forsyth

Sarah King
Sarah King

Sponsor Vans has provided 16 pairs of its Chukka boots for the artists to work on, which will be hung by their laces throughout the show. Sarah King has hand-painted a sea-themed pair, and Docvek has painted a pair based on the theme of Adam and Eve.

Gnarly (ahem).


Decked runs from 15-29 August at The Conigsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T.

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  • Vicky Newman November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Great descriptions! the show looks great

  • Lisa Hassell November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Ace pics!

    NB: The name on the last pic should be DOCVEK!

  • Norman Crumb November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    The first Decked exhibition was incredible and this one appears to be shaping up to be even better. Definitely going to get myself down to this one!

  • Docvek November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Haha well spotted Lisa!

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