Founded in 2004, Pennsylvania-based Art of Board is dedicated to transforming broken skateboards into wall and surface art to be used in commercial and residential spaces. So far the company has worked on a variety of different projects, ranging from designing a tiled wall and counter top surface for the Life Rolls On Foundation headquarters in Culver City, California to crafting an entire wall surface inside Ocean City, Maryland’s K-Coast Surf Shop. Company founder Rich Moorhead, along with business partners Bruce Boul and Shaun Noon, have been skateboarding the majority of their lives and wanted to make more of a lasting contribution to the industry. With that concept in mind, the three launched I Ride I Recycle, a program that calls on skaters, as well as skate shops, parks, and manufacturers to recycle broken or unwanted decks to be used by Art of Board.
“Art of Board and I Ride I Recycle are all about giving back,” says Moorhead. “As passionate skaters ourselves, it’s important to us to support skateboarding, actions sports charities, local skateshops and parks, and create an eco-friendly world. The skaters help create the art, too – every scratch, scrape and gouge is kept in tact – making each piece unique and just as original as the skaters who destroyed these decks.”
As part of I Ride I Recycle, Art of Board is working with more than 40 shops throughout the U.S., and will continue its campaign to recruit shops as I Ride I Recycle drop off sites, providing each shop with pre-paid shipping labels to send broken decks to the company at no additional costs.