As skateboarding has gained more and more popularity over the years, the design of decks has gotten increasingly more creative. There are plenty of ways to be creative when it comes to your skateboard deck, and we make it easy with our online customizer. Since you are able to fully customize your skateboard on our website, the possibilities really are endless. One rad way to customize that we have been digging lately is putting photos on your board. You can place a single photo, multiple photos, or create a collage of photos to put on a deck. Not sure what type of photo to use? We share some of our favorite ideas and ways to have photos on a skateboard.
Personal Photos on a Skateboard
Photo-adorned skateboard make great gifts as well. Order a board with photos of the birthday boy and he will be stoked on his birthday present. Friends tying the knot? Have a few of their favorite photos as a couple transformed into a keepsake that they can either display or ride down the street. Skateboards with photos of you also make a great holiday gift for your parents. Even if they don’t ride, having something you made for them that you enjoy with your favorite photos is sure to please.
Photos as Keepsakes
If you don’t want to use photos of yourself or others, consider the endless other possibilities. If you are a photographer, placing on of your original photos on a skateboard is the perfect way to attract attention to your work while creating the perfect way to get around while you are taking photos. Or perhaps you have some old photos laying around that hold sentimental value. Putting them on a skateboard is a great way to preserve the memories in a fun and creative way.
Skateboard Art comes to Life
Whether you are an established artist, a beginner, or just a creative person, you will likely love the idea of getting your creations out there. Every artist enjoys sharing their work, and what better way to do it than cruising around on it? Enter: skateboard art. At Whatever Skateboards, you can take any of your art and put it on a skateboard or longboard deck. Not only will you get to ride around on your very own creation, you’ll get to show off your skills both on your board and creatively.
The Creative Process
The process is quick, fun, and easy. First, create your design. Draw, paint, or create a masterpiece of the computer. Already have a favorite work of art? Even better! Once you’ve picked out the winner, you’re ready to upload it to our online customizer. To do this, simply scan your hand-drawn design and transfer it to your computer or convert your graphic design to a jpg. Then go to our site, select the board you’d like, click “create your own”. Our decks come in a variety of different sizes, so whatever your preference, you can customize it. This will take you to our customizer. Once you get to step two you will have the option to upload your own photo. From there you can play around with sizing and placement, and even add other graphics or text. There are no rules when it comes to designing your own skateboard so have fun with it and go crazy!
Options for Everyone
Our decks come in a variety of different sizes, so whatever your preference, you can customize it. Worried about scratching up your art? You also have the option to create custom grip tape in addition to custom decks. That way while you shred your design is still visible and if kept in good shape.
Longboards are awesome for getting you where you need to go as well as riding for sport. Any longboard is good for cruising around town, and most are perfect for downhill and distance riding as well. If you are looking for a custom longboard from Whatever Skateboards we have plenty of great options from classic old school pintail longboards to modern downhill symmetrical top mounts and drop throughs and every type of cruiser to choose from.
Experience the speed and thrill of a longboard on your own custom creation! Choose from hundreds of different graphics or upload your own into our customizer to create your perfect design. As if cruising down the street on a brand new board isn’t cool enough, imagine cruising on your very own creation. Having a custom longboard is the perfect way to not only ride in style, but also to attract attention to your riding skills. Post a photo of your fresh new custom design to your social media and draw in even more attention and compliments.
Create a Custom Longboard with Your Favorite Pattern
One of our personal favorite type of custom longboard is a patterned deck. With our online customizer you can choose from a variety of cool patterns. Whether your style is classic, bold, tropical, or eclectic, we can guarantee you’ll find pattern that you will dig on a custom longboard. If you’re feeling extra creative, you also have the option to upload your own patterns to use on your board. Create a pattern then see it come to life on your very own longboard! In tune with your geometric patterns, crystals, and fractals? Create a crazy design that will blow your mind :-O Spirals, hearts, tiger stripes, leopard print, and polka dots can add some spice any longboard. You can even pattern your name so everyone knows who that is your next clip. Having a custom longboard design you love is part of the creativity behind the perfect cruise.
These days, some of the best skateboarders in the world are below the age of 20. Kids are stepping on their first boards at 5 and getting sponsors at the young age of 12. What better way to introduce your young one to skating than with a board designed especially for him or her. With Whatever you can design and order skateboards for kids for their next birthday, special occasion, or just because. We offer street and longboards in a variety of different sizes as well as trucks, wheels, and grip tape to complete your board. What better surprise for a kid than receiving a brand new board customized just how they want it.
Benefits of Skateboards for Kids
There are endless benefits to skateboards for kids. Introducing your child to skating means introducing them to a whole new world. The main benefit of skateboarding for kids is that it gets them outside and active. When they’re stoked about boarding, they’ll want to get out and skate as much as possible. This is good not only for their physical health but also their mental health. Another awesome benefit of getting your kid on a skateboard is the close-knit community that comes with the sport. Friendships are a key part of a young person’s life, from childhood to teenage years, and by encouraging your kid to join in on the skating community you are helping to cultivate many friendships to come.
The coolest part about the skateboards we offer for kids at Whatever is that they can choose their own graphic or text to put on the deck. Whether they have their own design or photo in mind or want to browse our extensive online library of free premium options, they’ll be sure to end up with a board they can’t wait to show off at the skate park.
Head over to our website to see all the skateboards we have to offer!
Make Your Skateboard Smile
Every skateboard deserves to be characterized and with an emoji skateboard your personality can match perfectly with your ride. With the thousands of faces, shapes, and iconic symbols used in the technology world everyone recognizes those distinct silly faces instantly. Words are catalysts for creating meaning but so are symbols and facial expressions. On any skateboard, longboard, or grip tape change those boring words into something creative that everyone knows. Design an emoji skateboard to ripen the character of your board.
Create Your Own Skateboard Story
Remember your first half pipe or when your friends dared you to try a huge ramp and you caught mad air? Well those memories are part of your skateboard journey and even your board wants to be a part of it. With an emoji skateboard, tell the tale of those electric feelings you had landing your first kickflip! With the personal customizer uploading an emoji is simple while you can add colorful effects to the background. Fades, wall paper backgrounds, personal designs can be the cherry on top to your character board.
Emoji Skateboard Classics
We all know the kissy face, poop man, and those crazy cat eyes all too well. Those are the classics but with new emojis coming out every year the more creative you can get with your board. When designing your own emoji skateboard you already might have a favorite emoji in mind. Make sure to search before you create because you might have missed a new addition. With emoji skateboards vibrant colors attract lots of attention so when using the customizer check out contrasting colors to your icon. Make a funny story with emojis and add multiple faces to provoke your own skateboarding story. Emojis also act really well as gag gifts to skater friends. Try designing your own emoji skateboard with those thoughts in mind and see what your creative side brings you.Design an Emoji Skateboard
Ray’s Pool A San Diego Legend
Ray’s pool has been a hot spot for local San Diego skaters for the past 15 years. While skaters shred, spectators can watch from the sides of the pool or from the top of the roof that over looks the pool. Ray’s house and pool is a pretty sweet spot that is at a high vantage point of San Diego. Back in the day, before there were skate spots, this was where locals would gather to skate. Ray is putting the home on the market, marking an ending to a San Diego skating era. To celebrate the past decade and a half, Ray hosted a birthday party for local skate legend Old Man Andy. It has been the last big skate gathering at the pool since the beginning.
A Bit About Ray
Ray was born and raised in San Diego. He is a bit of a local legend himself. Along with skating, Ray is into surfing and fishing. Currently, he is working on a new big project. He is the owner of the Pacific Beach restaurant Izakaya PB. This is a great spot for good eats and the freshest sushi in town. You can often find Old Man Andy and other local skaters having lunch and dinner at this spot near the beach. Not only can Ray shred the surf, he can also craft a really mean roll and cook up some soulful ramen. He keeps true to his Japanese roots through his craft of food.
Custom Skateboard Pool Theme
We put together a collection of custom skateboard designs to share with you. These custom skateboards are inspired by Ray and his pool. As you can see by the theme, the fusion of California and Japanese culture has fuzed together for these designs. You can find this collection of custom skateboard designs along with others at WhateverSkateboards.com’s browse section.
Pick The Ultimate Skateboard Quote
Skateboarding is a lifestyle. It has transcended the concrete bowls into its own culture with fashion, entertainment, and super stars. A lot of inspiration as risen out of the world of skateboarding, and we can learn some things from the big skate stars that have helped skateboarding evolve over the years. Here are some inspirational skateboard quotes to feed your need to skate, and to help you get started on creating a custom skateboard with your own skateboarding quotes!
Classic Skateboard Quotes
Here is a collection of some memorable skateboarding quotes from some skaters.“Life is a lot like skateboarding.” – lil Wayne “I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport. ‘Action sport’ would be the least offensive categorization.” – Tony Hawk “Skateboarding teaches you how to take a fall properly. If you try to kickflip down some stairs, it might take you thirty tries – and you just learn how to take a tumble out of it without getting hurt.” – Bam Margera “My whole life has been the skate life. I don’t really remember doing anything besides skateboarding.” – Ryan Sheckler “When I was a kid, everywhere I went people said I should be a model, but I was more into skateboarding.” – Daria Werbowy
Custom Skateboard Quote Designing Tips
So when designing your custom skateboard, there are a few things to keep in mind. When you design the board, always keep in mind the trucks on the bottom side of the board. The trucks will be a part of the design once it is installed, unless this is a board that will hang on your wall. So… if you are putting a skateboarding quotes on the board, make sure it is on either sides of the trucks or in-between the four indicated dots on the template. Or else, you may get a board that looks funked up.
Some Short Skateboard Quotes
You could always put a long skateboard quote on the board, but sometimes a shorter one will do. Shorter skateboard quotes are easier to incorporate in to the design when creating a custom skateboard. With less words, you can play with the text size and placement of the text. This makes it easier to add style to your design and helps with creating a bold impact. Here are some short skateboarding quotes that are good for this type of custom skateboard design. “Skate or Die”, “Keep on Rolling”, “Go Skate Day”.
Whatever Skateboards is stoked to announce a real hoverboard skateboard that skaters can actually shred. The limited edition hoverboard skateboard launched today, just in time for October 21st, 2015. The Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard has every detail perfected to pay homage to the original hoverboard and one of the greatest skateboarding scenes in pop culture. Get ready to shred through time on this hot pink neon speed demon with a custom grip design so rad it might get zapped back to the 80’s. But don’t worry; this hoverboard can always get back to the future. The magnets on the bottom graphic are lined up with the truck mounts to get 1.21 gigawatts of steez. This is a gourmet, limited edition, hoverboard skateboard only by Whatever Skateboards.
This hoverboard skateboard doesn’t hover but it is in the original shape and is one crazy skateboard deck. Clocking in with a 32″ length and 8.5″ width this is sized to ride. The nose is flat, wide, and round like a true old school 80s skateboard and the tail has that distinctly “vintage future” appeal with a hard square cut tail. The hoverboard deck is made from pro quality maple for a legit ride. The grip is Whatever Skateboards custom printed Jessup grip tape. It all comes together with the hot pink deck and the top graphic on the grip. The bottom graphic has strategically placed hoverboard magnets so the trucks line up perfectly. A complete setup comes with matching green Paris 180mm Trucks. The final tip of the hat from this glorious unicorn of a skateboard is in the wheels: of course hoverboard skateboards roll around on Cult Classics 66mm skateboard wheels. For those strict to canon there are no footstraps or handlebars.
The new hoverboard skateboard is at Whatever Skateboards but hurry up, the supplies are limited and this is a special edition skateboard. And while this may be back from the future the hoverboard skateboard makes the perfect present for any skater. This is one of the best new skateboarding gifts for the holidays and this is the hoverboard skateboard that skateboarders have always wanted. No road trip through skateboarding time and space is complete without the new Whatever Skateboards hoverboard skateboard. It is always recommended to wear a helmet and protective gear even when riding a hoverboard. Please take safety seriously and always be aware of DeLoreans on the road.
Design Your Own Penny Board Style Skateboard Deck!
We’ve got the short cruiser skateboard shape that you want and we even let you design your own penny board on our world-famous Green Tail Skateboard and our 2016 skateboard models (no spoilers)! One shred sesh on this penny style skateboard equipped with cruiser style wheels and trucks and you’ll be hooked on the mini skateboard craze. We popped out the tail on ours to give a little more action than a traditional short cruiser and we also widened the deck overall for larger riders. But don’t worry, we have both a 25″ and an even shorter 22″ if you’re looking to go ultra mini. Mob alley cracks with impunity and surf the concrete sea like a salty old sailor on these little penny board style decks.
What Does a Penny Board Style Skateboard Ride Like?
Besides being under 28 to 30 inches with a fishtail shape one of the primary defining characteristics of this skateboard deck shape is the type of gear typically mounted on it. Most short cruisers, including our Green Tail series, come equipped with gear you’d expect to find on a slightly different style skateboard based on the size. Most penny style skateboards use large wheels than you’ll find on a traditional skateboard and often have gear that’s more commonly found on longboards or cruisers. Its no wonder penny boards ride different than most other skateboards: with that kind of control on that small of a skateboard deck you can get an awesome ride. You get the control and grip from a larger longboard but the zippy maneuverability you’d expect from a classic fishtail shape. Our penny board style short cruiser skateboard Green Tail are an improvement on some of our older mini shapes and this size remains one of our favorites, particularly with the ability to slide and pump on flatland.
Plastic Skateboard VS Wood Skateboard?
Until we find a better way to make truly quality skateboard we make all of our penny boards out of wood, none of our boards are made out of plastic. We use traditional or fine grain grip on the top so you can get more control as you skate without the intense coarse grip for a downhill skateboard. While we do like formed skateboard tops we’re not huge fans of the way plastic skateboards have less grip than wood skateboards. Another downside to plastic skateboards that caused us to choose wood for our mini skateboards was the overall deck feel. At that tiny size the bounce is great but too much bounce can be intense even on the boardwalk when riding one of these. Plastic skateboards are fun but in our opinion if you’re getting a professional skateboard deck you should get wood.
Shortboards Are Perfect For Designing Your Own
Unlike a longboard a penny skateboard style skateboard deck gives a smaller space for the graphic design so the actual graphics on the smaller boards create a great focal point. This cat skateboard, (Editor: technically a laser cat skateboard bro), gives focused and clear graphic able to be seen at a glance. Longboard designs frequently require the eye to travel up and down the board but if you design your own penny board the graphic can be focused and centered.
Our Finest Short Cruisers, Just For You!
Of all the skateboards in the office fleet the penny board style skateboards is one of the ones we’ve checked out the most. If you’re interested in being able to design your own penny board the Green Tail series was engineered to be the perfect choice! If you like the look of the 25 inch Green Tail series but want something even tinier we have a 22″ model that’s smaller and lighter. Our 22″ Green Tail is also made out of wood for extra durability, no plastic cruisers here! Want to design other shapes? Take a look at our other custom shortboard skateboards and custom mini skateboards! Be on a lookout for our new skateboards, some of the newest shapes will be penny board style!