The city of Carlsbad has a great wealth of skateboarding history and The Carlsbad Village Association wants to capitalize on this by creating the city’s very first skateboard museum. I can’t give you an exact number as to how many official skateboarding museums there are in the world but if you ask me, I feel like every skateshop is like a skateboarding museum. The amount different artworks displayed on a shop’s wall of decks can challenge any MOMA, MOCA, etc etc. I’ll even go as far to say that most skateshops display art that is much more interesting than the majority of classical museums. Instead of gawking at DAN HAGGERTY’S JESUS, younger generations might be able to relate more to Antwuan Dixon’s rendition of BLACK JESUS. Seeing these works on a skateboard is great, but can you imagine seeing an original piece of art from which the deck was made? People from all over the world would come to see this.
I’m sure that a skateboard art museum would have many old RELICS from the hay day of skateboarding, but the continuous additions to the museum is what would make it great in my opinion. Sure they can include used vintage decks from Jay Adams or the Gonz. But they could also include interesting pieces like Pat Channita’s shoes from the H-Street video. Or the Marie Calendars pie Danny Way threw at an innocent bystander in the beginning of Questionable Video (sorry no reference photos). I would definitely flock to this museum if it was the permanent home of such items.
While Carlsbad is internationally known for coining the phrase “skate park” in the 1970s, this new development could bring even more attention to the history of skateboarding in North County. Four buildings at the Oak Street maintenance yard serve as the ideal location for this facility, which would feature an art gallery, media center and small-scale street skate park.
“It’s a really good usage of this property,” said Robin Young, executive director of the CVA. “There’s not a whole lot of work involved to get (the buildings) looking really cool and urban.”
Two of the main buildings would become a museum and gallery with curated shows and traveling exhibitions. These displays would mainly focus on the history and culture of skateboarding, Young said.
Check out the press release over at THE COAST NEWS