After many many years of collecting skateboard decks, I finally got around to getting them up on the wall. This was not an easy task… even with single-deck floating displays from Sk8tology. The problem hanging this many decks is that they all variate in size (width, specifically).
To make things easier, I took a wall measurement and created a document in Illustrator to scale. I laid out all the decks how I wanted them arranged, and measured them individually – creating a corresponding rectangle in Illustrator (also to scale). Once this was all done, I distributed spacing horizontally using the align palette. This gave me a precise figure to which I used a micrometer to translate spacing between decks as I hung them.
Why go through all that trouble? Feng shui is important – especially when I spend over 90% of the time in my office. Besides, a peril of being a designer is such that if they weren\’t perfectly spaced, it would drive me nuts.
I still have about 12-15 more decks to hang on the opposing wall… so stay tuned for more!
The night started out with some words about the film from a legend. I was very surprised to see New York\’s Zephyr there to set the stage. The documentary was great. It touched on classic graf history, and then sets sail around the globe, connecting with writers and street artists. It really goes in depth about the rights of public space, and how a lot of street art is in a sense waging war agains advertising and other public space infringements. The editing was fantastic… and even had some good (and some not-so-good) motion graphics in it. My favorite part was when an artist who paints in the rotted sewers beneath Sao Paolo talks to a family he knows that lives in the sewers, and they call him a hero… their hero – not a vandal. Very touching. The one part I could have lived without was definitely DJ Lady Tribe\’s interview. Get serious.
Overall, this documentary was great… and I\’m a tough critic. It is a must see for any present, past, or future writers.
Anyone remotely into street culture at all will not be dissapointed.