Check em out and enjoy. The Humpston sketches deck is limited to a run of 400 and the 70s Crosses deck will be a limited run of 300.
N 2004, Natas Kaupas started a new board company, Designarium under the manufacturing and distribution of NHS. Natas' art background led him to focus Designarium on artists rather than pro skaters. He has commissioned artists to interpret his original Santa Monica Airlines Panther graphic into their own vision. Each board is produced in limited edition, single production runs. Brand new and still in the shrink wrap.
These are hard to find and sell for much more than asked here online, even when they are used. Kaupas began skating during his childhood years. In 1983 Kaupas won a local Santa Monica surfing contest and received a Santa Monica Airlines.
(SMA) skateboard as a first place prize. SMA was operated out of the back of a surfshop owned by Skip Engblom.
Kaupas approached Engblom about becoming a member of his skate team, which did not exist. However, Engblom was impressed with Kaupas's skating ability and offered to sponsor him. Kaupas by his own admission remained clueless and uninterested in the mainstream skateboard subculture. He honed his street skateboarding skills by utilizing his surroundings, preferring not to ride ramps or parks. By the mid 1980s, Kaupas had discovered riding walls where he would throw his skateboard up against a wall and ride off it.He then perfected this trick by riding up the side of walls without using his hands. Photographer and skating commentator Craig Stecyk. Took a photo of Kaupas riding off a wall which featured on the cover of Thrasher Magazine's September 1984 issue. With this cover photo, Kaupas began to receive more magazine coverage and recognition from professional skaters. Also in 1984, SMA released Kaupas's first pro-model skateboard, which infamously featured a panther image drawn by Santa Monica artist Kevin Ancell. At this point, Kaupas was regularly skating with such notables as Mark Gonzales. Julien Stranger and Jim Thiebaud. And pioneering what would be known as'street skating'. Kaupas and Gonzales innovated many new skateboarding tricks and ideas, the first of which was transferring Rodney Mullen. In 1991 fellow pro skater Steve Rocco. Skateboards, approached Kaupas about starting his own line of skateboards.
Kaupas left SMA and began 101 Skateboards. The company would become an outlet for Kaupas to employ his graphic and artistic talents. By 1992, 101 had become a major brand, however a broken ankle meant Kaupas' skating career was halted.
While convalescing, Kapaus explored his artistic talents more and began to use computer graphics programs. He was soon asked to assist with the first issue of the Big Brother skateboarding magazine, which was also owned by World Industries.
As World Industries and 101 Skateboards became more successful, scooping up many well-established pro skaters and new emerging amateurs, Kaupas lost interest. Kaupas received a call from Larry Flynt Publications who were interested in launching a new magazine entitled Rage and needed an art director. Kaupas left shortly afterwards however, again losing interest after a change in tone of the magazine. In 1998 Kaupas along with longtime friend Mark Oblow formed Vita Shoes, which was short lived.
Kaupas then found work in design and art with clothing companies Quiksilver. Both companies also sponsored him for their skateboarding team.
Quiksilver soon promoted Kaupas to the role of graphic director and then vice president of marketing. In 2004, Natas started a new board company, Designarium. Under the manufacturing and distribution of NHS. Each board is produced in limited edition runs. The item "SANTA CRUZ NATAS KAUPAS PANTHER Designarium Skateboards Natas Kupas Wes Humpston" is in sale since Sunday, February 04, 2018.
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