The SK8room is an online platform to promote and create fine art skateboards around the world. The company’s first launch is a collaboration with ROA.
He created 3 versions of one of his animals exclusively for The SK8room. The decks are now on sale through the site as a limited edition run. 20% of all proceeds from these decks, as well as any other purchases, will be given to Skateistan, an NGO that works with impoverished youth to empower them through skateboarding around the world.
Roa: “I skateboarded as a kid. I grew up in the 80’s so skateboarding for me was one of the most important things as a teenager and it came together for me with graffiti and hip-hop culture. So it was really important and you see now it still influences me. Early Skateboard graphics of Powell and Santa Cruz had such a special meaning for me as a teenager to begin with and it is still a big part of my life.”
As part of the ongoing project, ROA and The SK8room traveled to Cambodia to visit Skateistan, a global nonprofit that works with youths from various socioeconomic backgrounds to build trust and skills through skateboarding, in order to leave a lasting impression on the country through their combined passions of street art and skateboarding.