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.
Amp up your Board and Design Your Own Grip TapeIf you’re looking to amp up your ride, design your own grip tape for your skateboard for a cool and fun board. Whatever Skateboards allows you to create grip tape using your own designs or free graphics and text on the site. We make it easy and fun to design your own quality Jessup grip. Now when you’re cruising down down the street or riding the pipe, your design will be visible on both sides of your board. Attracting attention to your skating just got so much easier.
Pick a DesignPersonalizing your board with grip tape that incorporate your own uniquely personal features will not only add to the aesthetic appeal, it also allows you to personalize for a purpose. Whatever design you have in mind, it will look great on your very own grip tape. Company logo? Team name? Pizza? You can do it all on when you design your own grip tape. Let your creativity run wild and express yourself when creating your masterpiece. If you’re not sure what design to use, you can browse through our library of images and graphics to find inspiration and use on your grip tape.
Design for all LevelsWhether you are a pro or just getting started skating, an awesome set of wheels will set the stage for easy riding and killer tricks. A personalized grip tape design will make your board look cool, no matter what your level of skating is. Drawing attention to your skating will help you to grow in the skate world, so even if you are just starting out, having a rad board will help you move up.
Ready to get started? Head over to our site and get designing!Design Your Own Grip Tape
We know what if feels like to want to design your own old school skateboard so we made the very best old school skateboard decks and old school longboards around. Here are some of our best deck shapes to custom design with a timeless appeal. At Whatever Skateboards we’re all about designing your own old school skateboard, from the pinnacle of the park popsicle to the laziest longboard cruiser. Like any silver screen masterpiece the test of time has even improved of the classics with modern science, (read: fiberglass). Old school skateboarding style without riding like something from history class (Editor: *groan*). We’ve taken the time to break down some of the best “design your own” old school skateboards and old school longboards we have on our site.
Design Your Own Old School Skateboard – Skateboarding 101
If there is one old school skateboard that took over to defined skateboarding and solidified itself as the official “skateboard” shape is it this iconic textbook shape. Nothing says old school quite like… well… a classic skateboard. One of the best formats to design your own this pro model also is made of top quality wood so you’ll be able to shred in steez. Gripped up with Jessup and ready to roll nothing says gourmet like a classic popsicle deck.
The Oversized Skateboard – Skateboarding 201
Some people insist bigger is better and in a nod to the early days we’ve gone ahead and carved this massive hunk of old school wood pushing madness. Shaped in an older style with modern cuts the actual size of the board is much bigger than the old school style street decks. Built for ancient beasts and those who need a little more canvas for their graphics this is one of the decks we’ve finally grown up enough to mash around.
The Dart – Your Friendly Old School Longboard
No trip down old school skateboard lane is complete without longboarding and no old school longboarding sesh is complete without a Dart pintail style. The original beach shape and preferred throughout Southern California for ages the surf style pintail give you that uplifting bouncy ride you remember. Pop up and down to some tunes on your Walkman and throwback to when when tails were out of fashion. Cooler than a skinny tie in a class picture this amazing old school beach style cruiser looks great with custom beach themed designs.
Official Whatever Skateboard Old Skool Skateboard
This is our official slice of old school skateboarding and this shape is sweeter than summer vacation with a deck shape shimmering somewhere between cruiser, shortboard, and fishtail. When you tell your grandkids on their hoverboards about skateboarding this is the shape you are talking about. We took inspiration from all of our favorites so you feel like you’re riding every style of old school skate at once. Fishing for that monster fin in back? You’ll catch it. Want to get groovy with the sweeps? Jack up on some risers or use the carved wheel wells to snap in some reverse kingpins and throw peace signs on the boardwalk. Need to pop? The tail catches. Monster hill? Use the extra length we threw in with a slightly wider pocket in back. This is a go to daily driver and a dependable skate. The wide shape is awesome for custom old school designs and graphics and is the definitive upgrade for all old school skates.
Ready to Design Your Old School Skateboard?
Even though the name WhateverSkateboards.com suggests Skateboards are our main-jams, and even though yes, our street style skateboards (shortboards) are top quality, it’s our Custom Longboards that are really where the decks are even more unique.
Choosing a Longboard to Customize
Our Longboard selection is awesome, we’ve got TOP quality boards with perfect concave decks that grip your feet, 9-ply hard Canadian maple with bi-axial fiberglass layers that keep the boards super strong and responsive and always snapping right back into perfect shape without warping. The construction of these boards is the best there is and with 14 years of experience our manufacturing team is second to none. Our selection runs the gamut, whether it be a cruiser for casual riding, downhill decks for shredding the gnar gnar, slide boards for rippin steez like butter, or combinations of different styles, we’ve got decks for you that you’ll love. Don’t over-think it, because once you’ve designed a deck, it’s easy to save it and on the next page you can load it onto ANY of our other boards with a single click!
How a Dope Ride Gets Doper: You Design It.
But of course, these dope rides only get more amazing as you CUSTOMIZE them with your own style and design whatever the F you want! If you haven’t tried it yet, click “Create” at the top of this website and choose the Longboard category. Check out the awesome decks there and choose the one that you think is right for your style of riding. If you click into each board you can look at the “specs” tab and see the exact details of the boards size and what style of riding it’s best for. Click “Create Your Own” and start designing your own with your own colors, text, images, and steez :)
Make Your Custom Longboard a Complete!
Recently we’ve added a TON of awesome gear to the site, including Paris Trucks and Grindhouse Wheels! Now you can pick out trucks and wheels to go with your board and make it a complete! If you’re not sure which trucks and wheels will be best for your board, select the “Make it a Complete Longboard” and add that to your cart with your custom longboard deck and our experts will set it up with our recommended trucks and wheels that will be best for your sweet new custom board :)
There’s just nothing quite like that new custom skateboard smell. Today we got one of our own designs printed on a Perfecto 39 for some serious downhill cruising, and I have to say it came out COMPLETELY AWESOME. Snapped a couple photos of this beauty before and after putting the trucks on.
How to Create This Custom Skateboard (With Our Whatever Skateboard Design App):
This deck was designed here on the site a couple weeks ago with our board designer app. It took about 15 minutes playing around with settings and effects. Here’s the steps I used:
- Backgound (Step 1): using the circuitry background from the stock library in the design app
- Upload Images (step 2): uploaded a color paint splatter image found online and the One Giant Media “OG” logo in black and white
- Set Some Blend Modes (Optional, While Adjusting any Image): setting the blend mode in the “cool effects” panel on the OG logo and splatter to different options until it looked like this. Blend modes allow the images to be similar to transparent, but with different modes that make the colors mix in interesting ways.
- Added Text (Step 3): “Whatever” Text at bottom
I have to say the pictures don’t do the super crisp and vibrant print justice but it is SO clean with such good resolution the whole image really pops and the board looks amazing.
Here’s a link to this OG skateboard design if you’d like to try to customize it, change it (edit the text to your own or whatever), add to it, or just buy this sweet deck as is – WHATEVER!