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Ai Weiwei Skateboards Play On  His Greatest Works [Pics]

Limited edition custom skate decks feature wise words from famous Chinese artist

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on September 30, 2013. @greenidealism

SK8room are a company dedicated solely to the production of art, promotion and sales on skateboards, with an impressive list of collaborating artists such as Banksy, Damien Hirst and Takashi Murakami. Following in these impressive footsteps, Ai Weiwei is the latest artist to join forces with the Belgian brand in creating a range of skate decks.

Each of the decks features imagery from some of the artist’s most well-known installations, including porcelain sunflower seeds and porcelain crabs, as well as insightful words from the artist himself. Limited to 150 production pieces, each of the decks has been printed with Weiwei’s signature on the back. Normally, the company has the artists hand sign each deck, but in the case of Weiwei’s volatile relationship with the Chinese government, they made an exception to avoid confiscation in China. The first 25 boards of each visual however, will come with a certificate hand-signed by the Artist for a princely sum of €750 EUR (approx. $1,013).

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The remaining decks are available online while stocks last. 20% of each sale also go towards Skateistan, a non-profit NGO that empowers youth through a combination of education and skateboarding.

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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