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.
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
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2016 Skateboarding Events and 2016 Skateboard Competitions
2016 year is shaping up to be one of the most important years ever in skateboarding history with more skateboard competitions and huge skating events than ever before. Lets take a look at the some of the largest 2016 skateboarding events and what’s in tour. Spoiler alert: this year is crazy packed with events.
X Games 2016
X Games 2016 Location: Austin, TX
X Games 2016 Dates: June 2nd, 2016 – June 5th, 2016
Everyone knows the 2016 X Games is going to be one of the largest 2016 skateboarding competitions. With a focus on multiple forms of multiple sports the X Games are an amazing place to catch both street skateboarding and vert skating. As far as star power expect the 2016 X Games to have a huge presence, megawatt name skaters will be crawling all over the place given the venue and the huge global coverage from ESPN and ABC. Austin is an awesome and skater-friendly city and the major air events are sure to be a spectacle.
Dew Tour 2016
Dew Tour 2016 Location: TBA
Dew Tour 2016 Dates: TBA
It wouldn’t be right to go without mentioning the Dew Tour. Like the X Games on wheels the 2016 Dew Tour will likely be packed to the brim with star power. Dew Tour is often an easier set of skateboard events to attend as, you guessed it, they roam on tour. They haven’t announced their 2016 tour locations yet but if the past is any indication they’ll have about three stops throughout the year with at least one tour date in Los Angeles. As far as 2016 skateboard events go the Dew Tour is definitely one of the bigger events though its not strictly a skateboarding competition.
SLS 2016 Location: TBA
SLS 2016 Dates: TBA
The 2016 Street League Skating Season is going to have some of the most important skateboarding events of 2016. Of course everyone is going to be tuned in to the Super Crown at the end of the season towards September/October, but before that we’ll all be watching the new minted Ams turned Pro through the SPoT / Dam Am / SLS farm system . Look for the usual arrangement of superstars and global locations. SLS 2016 season will likely continue to be the premiere skateboarding competitions in 2016 with major TV coverage and an international presence. If you’re in another country or aren’t near some of the larger events the SLS Season is an easier tour to get on location for a pro skateboarding event in 2016. No tickets to SLS 2016? No big deal. Even without tickets to any SLS event you can still catch the entire 2016 season streaming online.
Skate Park of Tampa – 22nd Annual Tampa Pro
2016 Tampa Pro Location: Tampa, FL
2016 Tampa Pro Dates: March 4th, 2016 – March 6th, 2016
Speaking of SLS skateboarding events… the 22nd Annual Tampa Pro is THE skateboarding event. This is the event where pros can come up and make the official SLS pro roster. As far as 2016 skateboarding events goes this is the ONE. The SPoT Dam Am event that leads to a Pro spot and a chance to get the SLS Golden Ticket is actually in 2015 in November so look for some fresh faces. If you want a 2016 skateboarding competition this is your jamz. Be sure to catch the exclusive live stream on the SLS website if its not one of the 2016 skateboard competitions you’ll have tickets for. Skate Park of Tampa Pro 2016
Woodward Camp – Skateboarding Camp 2016
Woodward 2016 Registration: Click here!
Woodward West 2016 Registration: Click here!
Not strictly an event but for all the groms, ams, and pros out there the ultimate summer 2016 skateboarding event is going to be summer skateboarding camp. From a family run camp in Pennsylvania to the #1 skateboard training destination worldwide the Woodward Camps have always been the gold standard for action sports summer camps. Pros and ams alike roll through camp all summer and thrown down on impromptu skate comps. 2016 summer registration has opened so if you want to get some training in for later 2016 skateboard events, you’re eyeing up 2017, you just want a week grom free then Woodward is a must-do. Remember, they now have Woodward West if you’re on the Best Coast!
Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon 2016
Skateboarding Marathon 2016 Date: November 2016
Skateboarding Marathon 2016 Location: San Diego, CA
There’s only one major endurance skateboarding event and its the Adrenalina Skateboard Marathon held yearly in San Diego. A grueling 26.2 miles of non-stop woodpushing this is not a skateboarding event for the faint of heart (literally). The world record is set around the 1hr 30min mark, for a normal skater expect to be pushing for 3 to 4 hours. Longboards and big wheels are a must for this event though there are standard park & street decks making the rounds. Like most skateboarding competitions this one has a party at a local brew pub after then event. If you’re looking for a destination skateboarding event in 2016 San Diego is a beautiful city. Plus the skateboard marathon is for all ages making it about the only 2016 pro skateboard event everyone can enter. Click here to check out the Skateboard Marathon.
Go Skateboarding Day 2016
Go Skateboarding Day 2016 Date: June 21, 2016
Go Skateboarding Day is the skateboarding event for everyone! Doesn’t matter if you’re a pro or an am or where you live on June 21st 2016 is the day you drop everything and go skateboard. Get out and roll. Its not a skate competition, its just fun. Born in Southern California, the unofficial home of skateboarding, International Go Skateboarding Day is sponsored by the skateboarding industry itself and celebrated by pretty much every skate. When it comes to 2016 skateboarding events, this is one that everyone MUST do. 2016 Go Skateboarding Day!
International Olympic Committee Vote – Skateboarding in the 2020 Olympics
Not really a skateboarding event in the classic sense its important to remember that 2016 is a landmark year for skateboarding. During the August 2016 meeting of the IOC they’ll vote to decide if skateboarding makes the 2020 Olympics as a official sport! You can probably catch the vote online the day after, no real need to watch it live.
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?
That’s the general feeling around the office now that we can deck-out all of our own skateboards and longboards with new custom griptape and design it all online. We’ve been working on getting this for a long time, and we’re proud to say it’s finally here and live on the site as we speak!
Why Custom Griptape is Awesome
Getting a new board is awesome, too! Don’t get me wrong, I’d take a new deck over new grip any day. Especially when it can come with custom griptape already installed on it (also an option now for the boards you’re designing on our website). But, new boards can be expensive to buy a lot of, and sometimes you want a custom deck look without spending as much cash as you would for a custom board. For a lot of us, brand new complete setups are once or twice a year kind of deal – plus however many decks we snap or break along the way, but that’s not too often. Because of money, it’s a shame, but it’s just tough to step up your skateboard or longboard collection very frequently – especially if you’re a kid, or you got no job, or you just broke like a lot of us skaters out here in the streets! We feel you! The main reason it’s awesome is because you get to rock your personal style on your deck and get creative or rep your crew, but it’s awesome that you can grip up any deck with your own sweet new custom grip tape design that will turn any deck of any age into a fresh new deck from the top! You don’t have to buy a full new deck just to deck it out with your own style. Just design some custom grip and you’re fresh as hell at half the cost (or less). If you’re the type of skater that snaps a lot of decks and picks up blanks for cheap, then this is the custom grip option for you!
But Is It Good Grip Tape?
Are you kidding? How about some of the BEST grip tape? This isn’t some home grown grip, we’ve got Jessup brand griptape ready for your custom grip artwork and we can say from experience that this grip tape is great. A lot of people these days are hot to trot on Grizzly Grip Tape, Mob Grip, Shake Junt, and a few others, and those are cool too! But, when we had to choose which brand to rep we went with Jessup because it’s the most OG of them all! I mean how OG are you when your website domain name is literally GripTape.com? You don’t snag a name like that unless you get it from the very beginning, and that’s what they did, as the true original grip tape company that was the first to bring silicon carbide griptape to the skateboard industry, starting all the way back in 1975. Right now for Custom we have fine/regular grip tape, not coarse yet (if you’re doing slides and hard downhill, you may want to wait for coarse) but otherwise we recommend the fine grip for most park, street, freestyle, commuter, casual, and definitely the only choice for cruisers. Unless you’re doing aggressive skating where you really need a ton of grip (which you can also get on our site, but not custom yet), then the finer grip tape will actually be more comfortable and won’t tear up your clothes or shoes as easily.
Design Your Custom Griptape
Whew! We’ve been away from the blog for a bit there but we’re back with some great updates! We’ve been in the lab making the site better every day, including getting our new board models for 2015 ready to launch.
New 2015 Custom Longboard Models!
Alas, the wait is over! We’re starting the new boards out right this year with some real killer custom decks, some mods and improvements on old deck shapes, and some brand new shapes! The new improvements are awesome, making the boards even more fun to ride in all the right ways. The new shapes are dope, and some that have been previously reserved for only team riders are now available for everyone – w00t!
The 2015 Dart (Cruiser / Pin Tail)
After our 2014 Dart sold out we knew this deck would be a popular one again in 2015, and we’ve modified the shape to be longer and wider. This makes the deck an obvious choice for cruising the boardwalk or doing some casual downhill. The added length makes it even more stable and fun to carve, and the more symmetrical shape makes it less top heavy and a better all around balance to the board. At 44 inches long you’ll have enough room to comfortably walk around on the board and rock different stances or toe hangs. The classic lengthy pin tail longboard shape is timeless and stylish, perfect for cruising to the beach. check it out »
The Bullet (Freeride / Downhill)
This was previously only a team board, and is now available for custom design for anyone and everyone. This deck has a real unique shape, wide and short with a flat medium concave in front and W concave in back, letting your back foot really get a solid grip for freeride thrashing. This deck looks like a bullet in shape with a blunt back end and pointed nose, and flies like a bullet, with only 8 ply making is a lighter hill bomber than the Bomber, or Perfecto. The beastly wide style adds a lot of control for balance and powering hard carves, but the relatively shorter 36 inch height keeps it light and agile, and also is great for riders with big feet. All in all this free ride beast surprises you with it’s downhill abilities making it an awesome all around mountain shredder.
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The Bomber (Downhill / Freeride)
This is by far the most responsive downhill board we have. The Bomber was also an exclusive team rider board until this year, and we’re excited to have the custom print ability ready to rock for 2015 so now anyone can design their own custom Bomber longboard. This deck is topmount but has underflush truck spots and mircrodrops at each end to lower the center of gravity, and a deep concave (W in back). All combined that gets your feet locking in deep right on the trucks for amazing control and maximum leverage. The 9 ply hard maple construction is super stiff, for high speeds and tight turns. If you’re bombing hills and trying to get to the bottom as fast as possible with the control to shred the tight turns, this is a great choice.
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More Custom Longboard Decks on the Way!
These are 3 really exciting boards that we can’t wait for you to get your hands on them. And, for even more stoke, stay tuned as we release a whole new series of custom longboards and more new upgrades on past models soon!