This Skate Deck Museum Exists in a Bushwick Apartment
The history of skateboarding isn't chronicled as well as it should be. There are documentaries and books that touch on the evolution of the sport, but where are the college courses? How about youth programs to teach children skate culture and offer lessons? Skateboarding has become so relevant in modern culture, it really deserves its own museum at this point. Thanks to Bushwick resident Eric Pinto, this may actually become a reality.
Although Eric Pinto doesn't have autographed posters of Tony Hawk and Steve Caballero throughout his apartment, the skateboard fanatic has covered every single inch of his small living space with skate decks from various eras, essentially creating a skate deck museum. Pinto has flat wooden planks with metal wheels, a skateboard Sean Sheffey used at the Brooklyn Banks, and a board from the 1960s with wheels that don't even turn. It would be a slight to refer to Pinto as just a deck collector, though: with all of the decks he has, representing an array of styles and eras, Pinto is more of a historian than anything.
Don't think Pinto has these just to appear to be hip, either. This man knows his stuff. In a short interview with Jenkem mag, he's able to give detailed information about each deck, even providing funny insights into how he was able to get his hands on some of the rarer ones.
After listening to Pinto talk, I'm not sure there's a more qualified individual to create a skateboard museum. At the very least, Eric Pinto should be one of its main curators.
Images: Jenkem mag