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Real Color Design creates one-of-a-kind pop culture art on skateboards.

Print Shop: Real Color Design | realcolordesign.com
Location: Torrance, California
Tools + Supplies: Epson SureColor P20000 64-inch large-format inkjet printer, Epson SureColor R5070 64-inch Roll-to-Roll Resin Signage printer, and 7-ply Canadian Maple Skate skateboard decks.

SKATEBOARDERS HAVE BEEN customizing their skate decks since the sport was first invented in the 1950s in California. Skateboarding involves extreme amounts of ingenuity, so it comes as no surprise that Real Color Design was able to create these gnarly pieces of art. The custom decks were created for the Sideshow Collectibles’ Art Print Program, dedicated to creating premium fine art prints for pop culture enthusiasts. For this event, Real Color Design developed a new way of printing on skate decks using aqueous and resin printers, as opposed to traditional methods like screen printing or UV transfers.

The shop used their Epson SureColor P20000 large-format inkjet printer to print the limited-edition art on their desired media: 7-ply Canadian Maple Street Skateboard Decks. The most difficult element of the install involved the Real Color Design team finding the ideal ink balance to not over saturate the material but still produce consistent, reliable color. After some trial sessions and brainstorming, Real Color Design figured out the minimum amount of ink necessary to achieve the details and vibrancy required to produce fine art skate decks.

After that, things started rolling and the premium art made the jump to the event.

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