One Way or Another

An open call for a skateboard-art exhibit aiming to give disadvantaged youths their own decks


To support its program giving skateboards to Canadian kids in need, Contributor teamed with Society6 and Club Mumble to curate a second collection of skateboard art.

The first show, “Smile On Your Brother,” featured a talented group of artists—Thomas Campbell, Andy Jenkins, Matt Irving and Parra, to name a few. This year’s show, “One Way or Another,” looks at the skateboard as an object of personal significance.

A group of judges—our friends at Furni Creations, Color Magazine and Bend Press—will pick an international set of 25 artists and collectives to design the boards. They’ll sell through Contributor, and all proceeds will go to providing skateboards to youths in Canada. Instead of buying completed works, supporters will commission artists to customize their boards.

Artists chosen from the open call can design up to ten decks. Along with a stipend of $50 per board, they’ll have four weeks to complete the designs. Selected artwork will go to the “One Way Or Another”; collection on Society6 and will also be available for purchase as prints, t-shirts and laptop and iPhone covers. For each product sold in the collection, artists will receive royalties and Society6 will donate $3 to Contributor for its skateboard program.

Interested artists have the next couple days to sign up for the open call on the Society6 site, with artists selected to participate in the show announced in the next several months.