The Fish 30 takes your classic Retro Twin Fins roots and turns it into a modernized street cruising machine.
What Is This Shape?
Your traditional Retro Fish surfboard and skateboards tend to have fatter/wider outlines. But here at Flexdex…we are all about progression and maneuverability.
So we took that classic Fish outline and simply pulled the rails in. Thus, creating a more maneuverable deck that still offers the stability and style of a Fish.
Whose It For
This deck is made for those who like to mix style with functionality. When you pick up this sled - you won’t be afraid to rip, hack, and slide your way through any concrete slab that comes your way. Plus, the Fish tail naturally adds additional steez points.
The board is engineered UNLAMINATED fiberglass composite. Meaning, your board will never delaminate, break, or die. EVER.
With your traditional wooden skateboard - when you tilt it to turn - energy is lost. This means you end up slowing down in the turn. With this deck, you send more energy directly to the wheels when carving. This allows you to generate more speed...not lose it.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
What’s your background?
I’m a tattooed, biker dad of two and I’ve been a freelance artist for over 20 years with a fine art & sculpture degree. I also run an art gallery, represent a collective of published artists and manage a portfolio of collectors, which I’ve been doing for the last 16 years. I have an art studio at the end of my garden and I’m currently building a workshop to get back into metal sculpting.
Did life experiences prompt a specific reference point within your work? Is your work informed by certain concepts or themes from your childhood, background, where you lived or were raised? How does this impact how you see the world and create art?
For as long as I can remember, I have always had a fascination with Natural History, anatomy, skulls and bones, and the culture of such imagery found in tattoos, motorcycles and rock music. The same kid in me that saw his first dinosaur skeleton in the Museum of Natural History in London is still there and that’s led on to a keen understanding of the engineering side of anatomy.
What does your work aim to say?
That’s one I leave up to the viewer! Ultimately it's the visual references I make that address the deeper concerns of our animal kingdom; there are over 40 thousand endangered animals and over 16 thousand of those are threatened with extinction. The species I choose to illustrate are the ones most at risk of only ever being viewed as museum exhibits in the years to come.
I’ve always worked to my aesthetics whilst striving to carve out an identity as an artist; my complex monochrome line works against strong bold colours and references to popular culture, which I believe set me aside as a unique artist. I approach my work from a multidiscipline perspective and like to adapt to the project; utilising the best medium or using the brief as a means to explore new methods while staying true to my style.
How did your winning piece “Kong” come to be?
I wanted to create something light-hearted and fun, so I decided to draw a hand gesture from a skeleton arm of a gorilla. A lot of my work is either based on full skeletal figures or a focus on the skulls of animals, so I also wanted to do something different and focus on a limb and thought a ‘rock’ gesture would suit my gorilla arm. I’ve skateboarded since I was a kid and I have a collection of rare 80’s boards on display in my garage and I’ve always wanted to have one of my designs professionally made; so it’s pretty awesome that I’ve managed to do that without going Pro!