Skateboards as a print medium

  • August 17th, 2006

Happy - BoardPusher

Update: Follow-up – BoardPusher custom board arrives.

Anticipating an upcoming birthday, and realizing that the most memorable gifts are of the personalized type, I set out to find a service which would allow me to convert something created in Photoshop into a physical object. In this particular scenario, I discovered a custom skateboard design service known as BoardPusher.

For a small startup fee, skateboard artists can open up shop and sell their own unique designs to the public. Boardpusher’s will collect a small commission off of boards sold, and the rest is available for use as purchasing credit or profit. Check out the catalogue comprised of individual board artists or opt to create your own board. A few tips for anyone anticipating a quick board creation session:

  • Make use the available templates and opt for 600 dpi.
  • Mask off the edges of the board and keep in mind that the printing may bleed off the edges.
  • If you’re going to give the board to someone as a gift, don’t ruin the surprise. No this post didn’t ruin the surprise.

The service experience in itself was positive enough to retain my customer loyalty. I may very well come back and convert a few other designs into something worth hanging on the wall. Props to Jason Gaylor for the help.