In an Outer-Sunset workshop, San Francisco-based skater George Rocha turns old skate decks into a new ride.
"If you look at the bottom," Rocha begins, pointing to the scuffs with his hands, which are strong and calloused from years of skatepark building, "It's sort of like art in itself." The graphics peek through the blemishes that lead to splintered edges, but he admires every marking for the story it tells.
Iris Skateboards, Rocha's handcrafted rainbow marked gems, are constructed entirely of used skateboards collected from S.F. skaters and shops. He salvages the materials that would normally end up in landfills and repurposes them to create new decks.
"I think that is everybody's responsibility on this planet: To reduce your waste by reusing. That's my version of giving back to the community," Rocha says.
Check out the video of turning old to new:
Video by Adrian Rodriguez
And check out the accompanying print story in our arts section.