SHOW OPENING - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 5PM- 10PM
The Athletic Community - 2416 NW Thurman Street, PDX 97210
We're pleased to officially open our new space with a collection of skateboard decks. Boneless - a Skateboard Show will open this Saturday, October 13th at 5pm. A great portion of the decks on display will be for sale. Brian Antosz has been collecting skate decks for a number of years and his collection is representative of a few eras of skate all pushed into one. All told there will be something close to 200 decks on display. Here are a few examples.
1987 — Ronald Reagan urged Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, a pack of cigarettes was $.94, gas was $.89 a gallon, and Kanye West was 10 years old.
While my classmates were listening to Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet and planning their next purchase from the Gap... Public Enemy's Yo! Bum Rush The Show blew my mind (and ears) away, I lusted for a pair of made in Italy Nike Air Jordans (II), watched a bootleg copy of Powell Peralta's The Search For Animal Chin and bought my first "real" skateboard (on layaway) from AT Nault & Sons, a bike shop in Manchester, New Hampshire. I never expected these cultural influences to resonate and guide my life for the next thirty+ years.
Sure... the bold skateboard graphics and colors were eye candy but it was the people/skaters who welcomed me with open arms that ignited my love for skateboarding.
Life at home and in school was fucked but our crew of misfits got me through. Skateboarding was my physical and creative outlet but more importantly... my tribe.
It's these memories that led me to start collecting skateboards in my adult life. The deck is a physical reminder of some of the best years of my life.
Why sell something that means so much to me? I have a feeling these planks of wood are past and future memories in the making and I'd love to share the stoke.
A very sincere thank you to skateboarding and all the weirdos and independent thinkers who shaped my life.
BOARDS FOR SALE
A good portion of the decks on display will be available for sale. These boards are first-come-first-serve and as soon as a sale is completed it will be taken off the wall and handed to its proud owner. Sales will start as soon as the doors open at 5pm on Saturday.
Prices are as follows:
Brian is donating a portion of his collection to Skaters for Portland Skate Parks.
photo by Bryce Kanights
Photographer Bryce Kanights and Artist Nathan Mckee will also have selected works on hand. Bryce has been shooting the skate world since forever, and his photography has become synonymous with the heart of the sport. The paper cuts of Nathan Mckee depict various events and folks from skating and culture over the years.
Gonz by Nathan Mckee