Skateboards as Rendered in the Woodcarving Tradition of Mumbai

Tobias Megerle asked woodcarvers from Mumbai who use traditional forms to try their hands at making skateboards. He explained:

“The very first time I drove past I was magically attracted to the carved wooden objects in Mahim, all the open workshops, the woodcarvers sitting on the floor with their traditional tools, working on their items, the whole atmosphere," says Megerle.

"As an artist I wa driven to do something with these woodcarvers and their work. I visited the workshops several times to study their craft and always thought to myself: 'Wonderful, but a bit dowdy, a bit frumpy.' All the nice ornamented chairs, divan beds, frames and what else I know not... some in the typical colonial style.

"After a series of thoughts I hit upon the object to be combined with the traditional woodwork -- the good old skateboard. In Mumbai -- though almost completely unknown -- the skateboard is, in many places, more than just a piece of sports equipment. It's an entire lifestyle that's created around it, a unique music style, special clothes, whole skater-parks.

You can see eight more photos of the results at the link. An exhibition of the skateboards opens tomorrow at The Loft, a gallery in Mumbai.

Link via NotCot | Gallery Website | Photo: The Loft

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