How to Put on Custom Skateboard Grip Tape

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Your custom Whatever Skateboards grip tape just arrive and you are ready to apply it to your new custom skateboard deck.

What you will need:

Here are the supplies you will need to apply your new custom grip tape:
  • Your new WhateverSkateboards custom grip tape
  • Your WhateverSkateboards skateboard or longboard deck
  • A screwdriver
  • A Razor

APPLYING CUSTOM GRIP TAPE TO YOUR SKATEBOARD OR LONGBOARD DECK

Now that you have your supplies and tools ready, let’s get started applying your new custom grip tape to your skateboard or longboard deck

Step 1: Prep your Skateboard or Longboard Deck

Set your skateboard or longboard deck on a flat surface.  If you have not already done so, please remove your trucks and wheels from the deck before installing your new custom grip tape.  Please make sure to clean your deck before applying the grip tape to the top surface of your skateboard or longboard deck.

Step 2:  Position Grip Tape & Check Sizing

Position your grip tape for application by placing your custom grip tape on top of your deck to make sure it covers the deck from one end to the other end.

Step 3: Apply the Grip Tape

When you are ready, peel the backing on your grip tape and apply it to your skateboard or longboard deck slowly while pressing the griptape down into the concave areas of your deck to avoid creating any air bubbles.

Step 4: Score the Grip Tape

Using something with a blunt edge, like an old screwdriver, make a thin line on top of the grip tape around the edge of the skateboard deck

Step 5: Cut off the Excess Grip Tape

To cur the grip tape, take a razor and run it on the underside along the score line you created.  Then to finish the rough/sharp grip tape edges, use the excess grip tape to sand down the rough edges of your freshly cut grip tape.

Step 6: Truck Holes for your Grip Tape

Using an old screwdriver, poke a hole into the grip tape from the bottom through the top of the grip tape.  Then repeat from the top of the grip tape down. That’s all there is to it!  Install your trucks and wheels and you are ready to skate in style!  

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8.0 and 8.25 Park Decks Back in Stock!

Great news! We’ve got our 8 and 8.25 custom park decks back in stock and ready to rock. You may or may not have heard but there is a shortage of wood and decks across the entire skateboard industry. So, we’re happy to say that 8’s and 8.25’s are back in action finally, which means we’ve got every size from 7.8″ to 8.5″ decks ready for custom designs. Get ’em while supplies last!

Whew! Made It Thru Covid. WE’RE ALL GOOD!

Well, that was a pretty rocky time we all just went thru with COVID in 2020 and how it affected turnaround times and supply. Thanks for your patience during that tough time. We’re happy to announce that we’re done with the delays and things are going to be shipping out with normal times now. More good stuff to come, so stay tuned. – TEAM WHATEVER

Order Early for arrival before Christmas

We have been closely following the unexpected changes to shipping and deliveries as a result of COVID-19, the news media has coined this holiday shipping season as “Shipageddon” because there are expected to be delays to Holiday shipments and deliveries. We recommend ordering as early as possible (especially if you need your custom product before a certain date such as Christmas, 12/25/20).

Processing Times

Custom products take several weeks to process (processing times vary and are noted in the product description and our FAQ’s), so please order early!  (NOTE: We are currently NOT taking RUSH orders)

Griptape

To ensure that you get your Custom Griptape by or before Christmas, December 25, 2020 we recommend that you order by/before Monday 12/07/20

Skateboards

The deadline to get your Custom Skateboard before Christmas, December 25, 2020 of 11/10/20 has passed.  Our Gift Cards are a great option for those wanting to gift a custom skateboard.

Gift Cards

With a gift card, you know that special person will get exactly what they want. We offer a variety of gift card amounts. Shop Gift Cards

**NOTE: Recommended “Order By” Dates are estimates based on our current processing times which changes based on order volume and season. We cannot guarantee shipping delivery date as the shipping carrier may experience unexpected delays that are out of our control during the transport and delivery of your package.

Design Your Own Skateboard Stickers! We’ve Got Custom Stickers!

Design Your Own Skateboard Stickers on Whatever Skateboards!

One of the most popular requests we ever got was to let you design your own stickers. We listened: now you can design your own skateboard stickers and we’ll send them your way! Get awesome stickers with your own photos, images, text, and logos. Slap these on the bottom of the some of the skateboard decks in your quiver and shred your own design. Its a well known fact that no skateboard or blank skateboard deck is complete without stickers, that’s a first day lesson. We have bumper sticker sized, as well as classic circle, square, and oval custom stickers. Rep your own skateboard brand or get your artwork on our new stickers!

How Do I Design My Own Skateboard Stickers?

It’s really easy, just choose the size and shape of sticker you want to design and use our customizer. You can lay out any photos, pictures, images, or text you want. Remember that stickers are not that large, typically most skateboarding stickers feature a distinct logo or the brand name. Complicated or busy designs won’t read well on stickers because of their size, you want people to instantly be able to recognize them. Stick with designs that have large, central elements and strong continuous blocks of color. One of the nice things about our stickers is that you can design your own stickers online for free so you can try multiple designs.

How Many Custom Stickers Should I Get?

Depends on what you’re trying to do with our design your own skateboard stickers. If you’re just looking to get a few packs for your own skateboards or to put around we recommend getting 2-3 sets of various stickers, that will be ~20 stickers. If you’re looking to start your own skateboard brand or you’re looking to give out some custom stickers as prizes or giveaways then you’re looking at 100+ stickers or several packs in a few styles. If you’re a skate brand looking for wholesale stickers or a bulk sticker order please see our wholesale skateboards and bulk orders page for more information. We can help your design your own skateboard stickers and put your logo on stickers.

Are These Stickers Only for Skateboards?

LOLLLLLLL. No. Haha these stickers can be put anywhere its legal to put stickers. At the Whatever Skateboards HQ we have en entire room where the walls are covered in all the skate stickers we’ve got. We put stickers on our desks, guitar cases, amps, blank skateboards, and pretty much anything else with a reasonable flat surface. To get the best results from our design your stickers we recommend cleaning the area you’re going to apply the sticker to beforehand to make sure you’ll get a good seal. Stick ’em anywhere, stick ’em everywhere!

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Custom Skateboards as Wall Art

Custom skateboard decks make great wall art for you home, apartment, office, breweries, restaurants and more. They give such a playful, rugged and cool vibe mounted on a wall. Skateboard decks can be positioned horizontal or vertical on your wall and look cool. Here are some important tips to think about when you are designing a custom deck used for wall art:

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Choose the Traditional Heat Transfer Park Decks

Our traditional heat transfer park decks are best for wall art. Most of our Park deck sizes listed on the site are available with this method. These boards are made using the traditional heat transfer method on American Maple. The design has a glossy finish and designs on this type of board may scratch easier that the alternative method, but produce a higher quality finish. If you’re creating wall art and not a board to ride, this is the perfect option. We can also give bulk discounts for these types of boards based off of numbers of designs. These are great for promotional giveaways or wall art. We have these in 7.5″ -8.5″ in steep and mellow concave. Please note the boards with mellow concave are stained on the top.

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Use Vibrant Colors

Using vibrant colors when designing your deck will really make the deck pop. Dark colors do not transfer well and may print darker than they should. Be sure to check with our customer service if you have a logo you want to use. We will make sure the color quality matches as close as possible! Our priority is making sure you’re stoked about how your custom skateboard deck designs look.

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Have Fun with your Wall Art!

Custom skateboard wall art is such a cool way to decorate your space. Have fun with designing! Use colors, backgrounds, texts and upload photos! The possibilities are endless when it comes to designing a deck. If you’re ever unsure of resolution or color quality, you can always reach out to our customer service team and request a proof. We always have suggestions for which board to choose when designing strictly for decorating purposes. Have fun with designing your custom skateboard wall art!

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Put Your Favorite Photos on a Skateboard

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 on skateboard

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.

7 Top Skateboarding Apps

Top Skateboarding Apps We Are Stoked About

From online games to live feed, these free top skateboarding apps are here for all your skating needs. All of these apps are compatible with the iPhone, and some are also compatible with the Android. I combed through a bunch of skate apps to put together a collection of the top 7 most useful apps that can help you up your skate game. They are also all for free! top skateboarding apps Spot Digger This app is useful if you are looking for new places to shred. Locations will be marked on a map near your local area. You can also rate the run up and the run down on each spot. There is also another rating for the best time of the day to skate each spot. The only catch is that not all skaters will want to let everyone in on their secret. Those  are still only available by word of mouth. Skull Candy Skull Candy has created an app for skaters and snowboarders. This is one of the best skateboarding apps that has the information for each location such as conditions, weather, and ratings, qualifying it on the list of top skateboarding apps. You can also listen to streaming music.  This app is like a skate google map and a radio combined into one! The School of Skate If you are looking for a way to up your skills, this is the app for you. Learn tips from pros on how to do tricks. The motto of this site is “Helping the world progress one trick at a time.” We chose this one as one of the top skateboarding apps since we support their motto, and agree with what they are trying to do for the skate community. Nike SB The big name Nike has created their own skate app and we are not disappointed. This app helps you connect with skaters from around the world. Upload videos of tricks to share with everyone. Pros also post up challenges for people to respond to. If your trick is sick, you have a big chance to be featured on their app! This is a great way to put yourself out there and to be noticed. Boarder Lounge Connect with other skaters through Boarder Lounge to talk about all things related to skating. You can also post videos through this app. This app is like a live skate forum for your phone. Skatematic This app is more about entertainment. You can watch the latest and top rated skate videos through this app. Catch up on the latest tricks and contest updates through videos posted by the skate pros. Touchgrind Our list would not be complete without a skate game. Touch grind makes it on the list of top skateboarding apps since this is the best app skate game out there. This game lets you customize your board, which we are all about. You use your two fingers to skate through the virtual skate park. It is like a virtual tech deck! We are stoked about these 7 top free skateboarding apps out there that provide an outlet for creativity, community and fun. Hope you all enjoy these apps! You can also design your own personalized skateboard at Whateverkateboards.com

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Create A Custom Skateboard for Summer 2020

Summer 2020 is the season for custom skateboards. We might say that every summer (because when is it not time to skate) but this one’s different. Seriously, Minneapolis just announced it’s constructing 20 new skateparks this year, skating is confirmed as a special addition to the 2020 (now 2021) Tokyo Olympic Games, and people are desperate to get some fresh air and exercise during a pandemic. So what better way to upgrade your summer than with a custom skateboard?

Spend Your Summer Skating

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or new to the skate world, this summer is the time to get out there. Not only is it one of the more socially distanced sports, but you can use outdoor spaces exclusively and never have to set foot inside. Especially with the uncertainty of a pandemic and anxiety of being in crowded spaces, skating is really the perfect pass time to keep you active, out in the sun, and away from crowds.

Impress With a New Custom Skateboard

Custom Skateboard Examples

Custom skateboards will take your summer to the next level. Whatever Skateboards is a small company dedicated to completely customizable skate products. We know your boards are important to you– they’re a personal investment in something you love. We think you should be in complete control of that kind of purchase. From the specs to the design, you can build your board from scratch and hit the pavement with something that is one of a kind. Our products prioritize quality. You can rest assured that you’re designing something that will last. Our boards are all made with high quality Canadian maple wood and high resolution printing that create a crisp image on a sturdy board built to perform. And we don’t just know this from producing them– we ride our own Whatever skateboards almost every day.


 

Don’t wait until the season’s over and winter weather starts to hit. Make some fun memories in the sun this summer with a custom skateboard from Whatever Skateboards.

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Everyone Needs a Custom Longboard This Summer

The numbers don’t lie; Americans are spending a lot more time outdoors lately. The pressure from stay-at-home campaigns during the pandemic has roller skates selling out everywhere and people clamoring for creative ways to get some socially distanced sun. “People are fiending to skate,” According to Marshall Reid of All Together Skatepark in a recent Seattle Times article. With streets less crowded and traffic reduced, the timing couldn’t be better to buy new, custom longboards and pick up some new skills with it.

Cruising on Custom Longboards 

Whatever Skateboards is one of the only places where you can get a longboard that is entirely your own because YOU design it. You can choose to build the specs individually or pick one of our complete models and customize everything from the deck to the grip tape. Don’t just buy a board this summer; create something that is an expression of your style. Custom longboards are the perfect summer hobby and set of wheels. Whether its for fun or your go-to transportation, your longboard should be a high quality and personal purchase, something that you can love for years. Customization allows you to decide exactly what your board looks and feels like. Our platform is easy to navigate for all levels– from buying your first board to experienced skaters.
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Skating During a Pandemic

As always, we want to make sure everyone is staying safe while cruising around this summer. Make sure to give other skaters and pedestrians 10 feet of space and stay aware of your local regulations around masks and recreational spaces. Outdoor activities are one of the easiest ways to have fun this summer, even while some businesses remain closed and large gatherings pose risk. Nows the time to invest in a custom longboard so you can stay active no matter what your summer looks like this year.    

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