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Skate Art Master Coming to SBMA for SKATE DAY!

Don Pendleton and his iconic graphic art

If you’re a skater, you probably already know Don Pendleton.  Maybe not by name, but definitely by his iconic skate art, which has been displayed on thousands of skate decks in the past decade.  Pendleton, a true graphic master who has been the visual force behind Alien Workshop and Element Skateboards, was also a sponsored skater himself by the time he graduated high school.   On October 16, Pendleton comes to SBMA for Skate Day to lead a hands-on workshop in skate deck design as well as skate demonstrations.

The first 50 participants who register (pre-registration is required!! email: will have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from and design with Don.  If you can’t make it to the Design-A-Deck workshop from 12-2, there will be plenty of other Skate Day events throughout the afternoon that you won’t want to miss:

From 2-4 p.m.: Skate Demos/Tricks – Don, along with another pro skater area, will lead all skaters through a very hands-on workshop in which he’ll teach them some cool tricks with their skateboards. This will take place in our front circle, and kids are encouraged to bring their boards and skate.

ALL DAY: We are creating a MONSTER deck; a skate deck so monumental it will blow everyone’s mind. This activity is going to perfect for all ages, and everyone is welcome. Here, kids/families/friends/etc can add their own personal touch to our deck via paint//markers/stickers/whatever we have on hand. This is a community-wide art project, and we want all hands on deck!!!

Noon -5 p.m.: SBMA’s American Series exhibit, “Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art” will also be open for viewing from noon until 5 p.m. that day.

Don Pendleton, skateboard artist


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