2009
11.16

FBBB

I was invited by FBBB (For Boarders By Boarders) to check out their board art exhibition featuring some new up and coming artists, as well as established board artists.

Therefore, I set off on my travels to Old Street in London to the Reebok Lounge, battling the wind and driving rain on this dark, dank, and dreadful Thursday night in Old London Town.

I have not experienced wind and rain like this in London for a few years now; it gave the streets an eerie and foreboding impression; I could imagine Jack the Ripper lurking in a side street, having decided to come back for one night only, to find and despatch an unsuspecting snowboarder or two… plus he would have known where to find us, because he would have found all the info on the FBBB facebook page.

On a serious note, if London had its own mountain or two, it would have been dumping on my imaginary mountain range, because as they say: “when it rains in the village, it is puking on the hill”. I am sure every London snowboarder or skier here has wished for some mountains once or twice; I personally would have the mountain range placed where Colindale and Cricklewood are now, who’s going to miss those places????

So, through the bleak night I arrived at the FBBB event at the Reebok Lounge: the contrast between the dark gloomy night outside and the light and cheerful atmosphere inside, with music pumping and cold beer flowing. The atmosphere and energy at the event was electric; my heart and spirits were lifted instantly, especially when one of those perfectly chilled beer was placed in my cold and slightly soggy hand; it was then that my eyes adjusted to the various skateboards, snowboards and paintings positioned through out the venue and the immaculate art these assorted boards contained was mind blowing.

Amar Stewart

The first artwork to catch my eye was a set of skate boards by Amar Stewart. I found these three boards to have supernatural and ghostlike qualities to them, and reminded me of the cruel night outside.

Mr Penfold (1) Mr Penfold (2)

Furthermore, one of the nicest and smartest pieces of work was being produced by Mr. Penfold, an extremely gifted artist, and as the event was taking place, every person in the room was eager to see his finished piece and it did not disappoint. This work was given to a very lucky winner via the raffle, later in the evening, along with another piece of original artwork, plus a one-off limited edition snow and skate helmet all in aid of the very worth while snow-camp charity.

Don't Care Bears

Rizla BoardUgly Kids Club (rock) I then came across the always fun and original designs of Ugly Kids Club. This included the inspired “don’t care bears” skateboard, the Ugly kids Rizla snowboard and last but not least, the rock influenced skull snowboards

Blue dude (1) Blue dude (2) Fish Bowl man

Two of my favourite pieces were by the artist Two-Pence, the first being a skateboard with a weird little blue coloured dude on it, with a cuckoo clock in his massive hair (I particularly liked this one because I have always tended to gravitate towards the strange and wonderful things in life). The second piece by Two-Pence I really liked was a small but one of the most original in style and design at the show; I think it was a man or a robot with a fishbowl for a head… I will have to ask Two-Pence when I see him next?

Or let me know what you all think (Third pic above) email me thomas@cosmicbongo.com

Saia

The last two artists I especially liked were skateboards by Saia and Julian Kimmings. The Saia boards were two very beautiful boards featuring a woman and a rabbit, with each board depicting the opposite of the other, giving a strange sense of melancholy which emanated from both.

Julian Kimmings

The Julian Kimmings skateboard had a haunting and tragic air around it; I found myself continually drawn towards it throughout the night to gaze at her heartbreaking and tortured eyes.

I really did enjoy every element of this exhibition from the stunning artworks to the skilful DJ’s and free beer. I cannot wait until the 2010 board art exhibition next year and suggest you book a place there too.

To my surprise by the time I left the show the wind had stopped and the rain ceased revealing a beautiful London night.

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So with my mind in overdrive the next day with ideas of designing my own board, I stumbled across the website Grafik Armor and in particular the Grafik Lab. This highly original and ultra simple graphic design tool allows those of us not blessed in the art of drawing and painting to design our very own full size vinyl top sheet stickers, using up to 10 different design elements from a menu of 35; have a go and let me know what you come up with.

I do hope they add more design elements in the future, plus the ability to upload your own designs to further customise that one off limited edition snowboard you have always dreamt of.

They do mainly deliver in the USA and Canada, but  they do ship to us over here in the UK.

Until next time, bring on the snow!!!!

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