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Old Skateboards Become Magnificent Peruvian Art!

6 Years Ago By Richard Darell

Sometimes I wish I had continued riding that second-hand skateboard of mine when I was a bit younger. Maybe I could have become the Tony Hawk of geeks or something. I hardly doubt it, but it would have been fun to do a 360 just to impress the girls. Now, instead, I am flaunting my geekiness with words and visuals and trying to push those words in a cool fashion. But, as you all know, I tend to fail more than I succeed. I guess we all can’t be as cool as we want to be. At least I am trying, right? So what can I do with that dusty skateboard now when I am no longer using it? If I had any crafting experience I would of course make something useful out of it yet again, maybe even nail it to the wall and call it art. However, even that seems to be beyond my measures of cool and besides, what would I tell people if they asked me why it was nailed to the wall? That I was once the coolest skateboarder within a hundred miles and it deserved to be on display in my humble pad? No, that just doesn’t cut it.

Instead, I think I will leave the artistic crafting to the Peruvian artist Chris Dyer who has an eye for the extremely brilliant in the most uncommon things. He seems to be a much better skater than I ever was, and he even has a mind for environmental thinking. For the last 10 years, he’s been saving his broken and battered skateboards and turning them into brilliant Peruvian art. And don’t fool yourself, he’s done hundreds by now so he really knows his stuff.

So where does that leave me? Well, nowhere really. I am stuck here with my second-hand skateboard in hopes that I will someday pull it out of hiding only to show my grandkids that I at least know how to stand securely with a touch of pride. But then again, before that happens, them kids will probably have their own hoverboards already. Times change.

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