Good Wood

by mikekarnj on July 28, 2008

What if someone told you you could change the world by skateboarding? Would you be Stoked? That’s the idea behind Stoked Mentoring, a non-profit action sports organization to benefit at risk youth through mentoring, coaching, and action sports. Paired with positive role models, teens learn life skills such as communication, responsibility, how to overcome their fears through sports like skate boarding, snowboarding, and surfing.

Good Wood, a Detroit based art show, has packed up and headed east, to Williamsburg’s 3rd Ward art gallery. Teaming up with alldaybuffet for the July 26th premiere, they’ll be adding a second layer of “good” to the show with an auction-cum-party, creating a collision of cultures and mediums for the greater good. 50 artists will be auctioning off one-of-a-kind custom skate decks to support Stoked Mentoring, an organization that mentors teens through action sports.

Good Wood features 40 decks from the Detroit show, plus additional works by New York artists: Mike Perry, Fernanda Cohen, Nathan Fox, Keetra Dixon, Jeremy Traum, John Breiner, and Unplate. Many of the participating artists are not skateboarders themselves, making their contribution a contrast to those artists who are renowned in the skate community. The show’s balance of notable artists from across the country including Donald Kilpatrick III, Leo Espinosa, Serge Gay Jr., Matt Gordon and international talent (Jakob Printzlau, aka “Plastic Kid” and the front man of The Fashion) from as far as Copenhagen, Denmark makes it a standout from other deck shows. Decks from graphic artists Chuck Anderson (No Pattern) and Ryan Katrina (Neuarmy) round out the stellar cast of artists brought together by Detroit artist/curator, Andrew Davis for Good Wood.

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With some decks priced at under $500, these single edition pieces make a great addition to a budding collection and will go towards proving that “one teen at a time, counterculture WILL change the world.”

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