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Some Santa Monica Localism: The Rip City Skates Board

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At any rate, many of you will know how much I enjoy board art, and especially board art which is not seen as often, so I had to show you this really cool bit of Rip City localism in the form of a Rip City Santa Monica board with its classic and distinctive Wes Humpston art. I seem to recall that, quite fittingly, Rip City Skates has one of these boards hanging up in their skate shop (which also seconds as a kind of skateboarding museum with all the really legendary stuff hanging on its walls!); this particular one was picked up by a lucky skate collector by way of a local Venice skate swap.

Having watched skate collector forums for years, I can’t say that I’ve ever seen this particular board come up. As I say, the only place I have seen it is on the walls of Rip City Skates and also in Bulldog’s Art — Wes Humpston’s skate art book.

At any rate, I don’t have much any more history than that, other than to tell you that Rip City Skates had a little trouble with vandalism back in the day — that is, until Wes Humpston teamed up with them to produce some Rip City Art. As the owner Jim Bob put it, their collaboration with Wes was a bit like getting a papal blessing of sorts and, coincidentally or not, the vandalism stopped.

At any rate, check out this board.

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