Skateboard art meets climate action - Under the Skin of Endangered Animals
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Skateboard art meets climate action

Oct 16, 2021

Re:Ply Skateboards have been on our radar for a while now. Based in Glasgow, this small, sustainable company shares many of the values we hold at Under The Skin.

They create high-quality products from upcycled skateboards, sell directly to their customers and aim to empower creative communities through the work they do. This ranges from events and exhibitions to music, art and screenprinting workshops.

For their latest project, Re:Ply are teaming up with skate shop Route One to host For Cop’s Sake!, a showcase of skateboard artists who have produced work in response to the worlds climate crisis. As you can imagine, we were pretty stoked when we were asked to be a part of it.

The exhibition runs from 1-12 November 2021 – the full duration of COP26 – and takes place at Route One’s skate shop in Glasgow.

Titled ‘Shining a Light on Extinction’, our one-off piece for the exhibition is a Re:Ply skateboard that’s been screen printed by hand, depicting the silhouettes of land and sea creatures from across the animal kingdom.

Most of the graphic is printed using water-based ink. The only exception is a layer of phospherescent ink which reveals the skeletons of endangered species when viewed under UV light.

The curved nature of the skate deck made this screenprinting project an incredibly technical challenge, yet somehow we managed to pull it off it in time for the exhibition!

This limited edition skate deck is being auctioned off as part of For Cop’s Sake!, with all money raised being donated to the Environmental Justice Foundation. At the time of writing, our submission has already reached £240!

If you want to support the cause by purchasing a unique piece of sustainable skateboard art, you can bid for our artwork or any of the submissions on the For Cop’s Sake! auction site.

We can’t wait to see our interactive skateboard design displayed alongside the work of other talented artists at this awesome exhibition. If you’re in Glasgow for COP26, be sure to check it out. (And while you’re at it, come say hello to us at our own exhibition in Glasgow Print Studio!)

Auction Update

After the bidding rounds, our skateboard deck was sold for £650. Route One and Re:Ply raised a total of £22,000 for the Environmental Justice Foundation.

We’re so proud to have been a part of this exhibition and would like to say a special thank you to Danny at Re:Ply for reaching us to getting us involved.

Written by
James Harrison

Designer, printmaker, and co-founder of Under the Skin.

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