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Divine Decks, Tampa

Zakriya Rabani, MFA


Divine Decks, Tampa incorporates skateboards donated to the Boards for Bros Headquarters: The Skate Park of Tampa (SPoT), which attracts skaters from around the world.  This project has a book published that incorporates 100 skateboards that have been at least twice donated. Once to Boards for Bros, who in turn donated to me. What kind of information would surface if all the “dead” skateboards could be collected and reused?

I believe that skateboards can be a model or reference, that they have the ability to show us symbols created by their owners, representing human or social behavior. Each deck has an abundance of information, there have been marks made, gouges, scratches, cracks, splinters, water damage and more. Even the griptape(top) and graphics(bottom) are covered with carefully placed stickers, drawings and graffiti, making every deck more unique. We as people all have our own marks, scars, fears, memories, experiences that we can learn from. Skaters are people from all walks of life, they want to feel real moments. 

Holding the essences of over 300 souls, these skateboards are much more than just shaped wooden objects. It is a collective constructed at a monumental scale, a scale that helps convey the significance of these skateboards and their connection with people from all over the world, letting them know that, “Real liberation comes not from glossing over or repressing painful states of feeling, but only from experiencing them to the full.”-C.G. Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

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