The Art Dump Collective Celebrated Eight Iconic LA Skate Spots in Oakley’s Newest Pop-Up Space, “Oakley in Residence: LA”
"Growing up skating in LA, it was nice to pay homage to eight iconic spots." So says Andy Jenkins of skate art collective The Art Dump, last Thursday evening at Oakley's new creative hangout space and pop-up skate park, "Oakley in Residence: Los Angeles."
To help launch the space, Oakley invited Art Dump members Jenkins, Andy Mueller, Jeremy Carnahan, Eric Anthony, Chris Waycott, Carlos Gutierrez, Nate Hooper, and Nick Zegel, to celebrate eight seminal skate spots, from Pink Motel to LA High.
Each artist designed a custom deck and flag representing their assigned skate location. "The idea was to create a sort of nationality for each spot by making a flag that reflected each respective skatetopia. Some dangerous, some illegal, and all challenging," Jenkins explained.
The artists also collaborated on a poster zine mapping out each location using photos, illustrations, and graphics.
The project is the first of three "Oakley in Residence" hubs designed to provide community spaces for people "obsessed with their sports." The Melrose Ave space is free to the public, and will host several workshops, exhibitions, skate sessions, and film screenings through May 10.
We chatted with Art Dumpers Andy Jenkins and Nick Zegel about their designs and what makes LA a unique city for skating.
Andy Jenkins on LA and the Wilshire Rail:
“It’s so spread out here and streets are the complex matrix that get you around this giant mess. A lot of the city is pretty flat and low to the ground, which makes for a lot of architectural anomalies that only skaters can see. Banks, walls, ditches, rails. If you have a car, or skate buddies who do, all of these things are assessable within an hour. Thank goodness for Google Maps.”
“The Wilshire rail has been beaten silly by some of the raddest skaters in the world. But it’s also broken off even more guys. It’s a challenge to say the least, and it’s drawn a lot of skate blood. So in my flag/identity I used the graphic of the iconic rail in the color red to represent the blood that’s been spilled there.”
Nick Zegel on LA and the Pink Motel:
“California's surf culture inspired the very beginnings of skateboarding and cements Los Angeles as skateboarding's birthplace. The city is so massive and sprawling that there are seemingly endless possibilities for pushing wood. Every neighborhood has its own unique personality and landscape. The near perfect weather year-round, and the city's mid-century architectural history promote and inspire contemporary skateboarding.”
“The Pink Motel is home to one of the most well known empty swimming pools. Seen for the first time by many in the 1987 skateboard film The Search for Animal Chin, the Pink Motel has played host to skateboarding's best. The pool continues to sit empty, baking in the sun, waiting for the next great session. The motel’s hay day, its architectural features and mid-century roots inspired my minimalist and colorful approach towards the project.”