Girl's 20-Year Show
GIRL'S 20-YEAR SHOW
Last friday a Girl Skateboards celebrates 20 years in Known Gallery, Hollywood, Calif. The exhibition was to highlight shapes, photos and original works of company files. The original team, comprised of Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Sean Sheffey, Eric Koston, Jovante Turner, Tony Ferguson, Tim Gavin and Jeron Wilson signed with the new generation, Mike Mo Capaldi, Sean Malto, Raven Tershy, Elijah Berle, Stevie Perez and more.
Founded in 1993, Girl Skateboards remained relevant, respected and worthy of celebrating constant news in terms of appearance and graphics. Some of the best skateboard designers worked on "Art Dump" the art department at Girl Skateboards.
From left to right: Hershel Baltrotsky, Christoph Sarah, Andy Jenkins, Christian Morin. They are the brains behind thousands of graphics, advertisements, posters, etc..
There were more than 175 images on display from 1993 to the present. Girl co-founder Rick Howard said, "It's like a sensory overload's Very emotional," look as he looked around and saw the 20-year history and the many team riders.
Lance Mountain's art in the Eric Koston model
Lakai Footwear's Kelly Bird made a rare appearance, and contrary to popular belief, he was not intentionally dressed as Bart Simpson -- that was purely coincidental.
"The board graphics, the history, seeing the different fads and styles come and go. Some of the old board graphics don't even have a rider's name or logo -- it's just like art. That's really rad that they did that," said Christian Morin. For Rick Howard, Girl's co-founder, putting the show together was a trip down memory lane: "We were going through the archives and it was fun -- just the shapes even bring you back to a certain place in your life."
Anderson, Hosoi, Castillo
With so many skateboarding legends in the room it wasn't hard to find a photo opp like this Kenny Anderson, Christian Hosoi and Daniel Castillo pose.
(Left to right) Thrasher's Michael Burnett, Girl's Rudy Johnson and staff lensman Ben Colen took in the photos of Skin Phillips, Mike Blabac, Gabe Morford, Spike Jonze, Mike O'Meally and more from the best in the business.
Rick Howard Day
Andy Jenkins, Girl's visual director, estimates the 500 boards on display at the party represent only 35 percent of their archive. "We pump out so many graphics it's insane," Jenkins explained. "Two weeks from now it's going to be in Vancouver, but we had to curate a separate show because this show will still be up. The reason it's in Vancouver is because it's Rick Howard Day. One of our former Art Dump guys works in Vancouver and he knows the mayor and he got the mayor to proclaim September 29th Rick Howard Day."
Pro skater Jeron Wilson was all smiles while surrounded by friends and memories from the past 20 years of skating for Girl.
Members of the Art Dump and Girl co-founder and filmmaker Spike Jonze (second from right) hug it out.