On 4th April 2015, Converse CONS held a design and build a deck event as part of the CONS Project Los Angeles with the support of Create A Skate and Active. Create A Skate’s Chuck Hults, the brothers Cody and Jared Hager were on hand to guide participants on how to design and shape their own decks, along with Slave’s Ben Horton and Lurkville‘s Dolan Stearns giving insights into the the process of designing and making deck graphics. It was an all around amazing day for everyone!
The morning started off with an introduction into deck technologies and a brief overview into the correct design steps to make sure everyone got their deck dimensions exactly the way they wanted.
The introduction with Jared, Chuck and Codi.
With the help of Create A Skate template builders, this latter part of the process was made really easy, and the only real challenge was in deciding what kind of shape we each wanted, we were definitely spoiled for choice.
Active’s Eric is hyped for sure (Check his instagram for the sick Coffin Cruiser shape he designed. Heck yeah Eric!!).
The design template.
With a short break for lunch, we were back busily getting our decks cut and belt sanded. Chuck Hults and the Hager brothers really took care of us with this, patiently guiding us and showing us the proper technique. Definitely learned a lot, and hopefully we weren’t too terrible with the jigsaw.
Codi explaining how to cut our decks.
Chuck demonstrating the proper technique to get those complicated curves cut nicely. Thanks Chuck!
Jared helping round out the edges. Thanks Jared!
The afternoon session consisted of a talk by Slave’s Ben Horton on the process of designing deck graphics as well as him sharing some personal anecdotes on some of his favorite graphics. It was really cool to hear what inspires him, and to gain some insight into the whole artistic process. Lurkville’s Dolan Stearns was also on hand to share his artistic influences and also to craft a deck of his own design. Not only is Dolan a ripper(he nollied and then impossibled over a trash can at the event) but he’s a super talented artist in his own right. To see him go through the whole process in person was totally rad!
Dolan sharing the stoke with Josh.
Dolan with his finished deck. So friggin’ rad!!
Got to see so many amazing shapes and graphics that day. We loved what we saw for sure!! Thank you Converse CONS for organizing this, and to Create A Skate and Active for making this such a memorable day for everyone. Dreams do come true!!
Salvador’s sick board, check out his art here.