Music and Skateboarding have been intertwined since the surf-rock days in the 70's, with music culture influencing skate culture and vice-versa. These limited deck series were released in collaboration with various skateboarding brands including Powell Peralta, Zero, Girl, Zorlac, and many more.
In 1986, a thrasher ad popped up promoting the "deadliest thing on wheels", this ad was from the brand Plan 9 (The misfits record label at the time). This ad with the accompanying boards have only been released one time, featuring designs from the artist known as Pushead. The skateboard decks were of mediocre quality but they are still very sought after by collectors.
The Misfits has done a couple collaborations with Zero Skateboards, featuring artwork from the bands album covers and art by Pushead.
Zero was a perfect brand for music collaborations as Zero is well known for its love of music. These misfits boards are rare but very sought after by fans of Zero and the band itself.
These Zero Boards sold out within the hour when we had them in store, so if you see another one in the future make sure you don't sleep on these decks.
ZERO X IRON MAIDEN:
Speaking of rare decks that flew off the shelf, Zero has also done an awesome collaboration with Iron Maiden, featuring artwork from some of their best album covers like Piece of Mind, Power slave, Number of the beast, and more!
ZERO X ORVILLE PECK:
Zero Skateboards has also done some limited autographed Orville Peck collaboration decks.
METALLICA AND ZORLAC:
The Texas brand Zorlac Skateboards and Metallica have a long history of collaborations, with much of the artwork being done by Pushead. Pushead is the primary reason these collabs happened, because he had done artwork for both brands in the past.
METALLICA X POWELL PERALTA:
Just recently, Metallica branched out and did a collaboration with Powell Peralta, Making multiple Flight Decks and old school decks with artwork done by the legendary skateboard artist VCJ, who is responsible for the original series of Powell Peralta graphics.
PRIMITIVE X BIGGIE & TUPAC:
Primitive Skateboards is well known for their many (and sometimes questionable) Collaborations with many brands, people, ip's, and musicians. One of the best Music related collaborations done by Primitive is their original Tupac and Biggie Collection.
More recently, Primitive has released another Tupac Collection including decks and various kinds of clothing featuring the iconic rapper.
PRIMITIVE X BOB MARLEY:
Primitive has also done a collaboration with the legendary musician Bob Marley:
DAVID BOWIE SKATEBOARDS:
If you have watched a few skate videos you may hear a lot of David Bowie songs, as Bowie is used a lot. The first time David Bowie appeared on a skateboard was the unofficial Jason Lee Decks from Blind Skateboards.
After the Blind decks, the New York Based Brand Colour Bars released some decks with the photographer of the original Bowie image that the blind decks were based off of.
Colorbars has also done a collaboration with the artist Brittney Spears in a super popular collection of decks.
Colour Bars had also done a Cam'ron collaboration:
Most Recently, Colour Bars Released a collection with the legendary rapper Ice Cube.
BEASTIE BOYS SKATEBOARDS:
Vision has had many collaborations in their long history, with a notable band being the Beastie Boys. In 1987 Vision released the Licence to ill Deck, this was really cool because the Beastie Boys were known skateboarders and have quite a connection to skateboarding.
The Oscar winning director Spike Jonze is super involved in both the music and skateboarding world, he directed Girl Skateboards "Yeah Right" video and the famous music video for Beastie Boys "Sabatoge". Spike Jonze and his connections to the band lead to the Girl X Beastie Boys decks, featuring some images from Sabatoge.
Airborne Skateboards did a collaboration with the Rolling Stones to accompany one of their tours in 1989, these decks are very valuable and hard to find.
Black flag has done a collection of decks with rip city skates.
Blag Flag has always had a deep connection to skateboarding, even having the legendary Mike V as the vocalist for the band. Black Flag most recently did some decks with focus skateboards.
No skateboarding brand has done music collaborations like the Canadian brand Skull Skates, having done collabs with the likes of Social Distortion, Vandals, DOA, Wasted Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Wasted Youth, Gang Green, The Hives, and more.
Dogtown Skateboards has always done suicidal tendencies skateboard graphics, this is because a band member is a brother of one of dogtowns founders.
Santa Cruz Skateboards has made a collection of boards with the band Descendents.
HABITAT X PINK FLOYD:
Habitat skateboards recently did a Pink Floyd Collection, featuring some of the bands iconic art.
Pocket Pistols Skateboards has done a ton of collaborations, including Johnny Cash, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, MF Doom, and more.
HUF X SMASHING PUMKINS:
THANK YOU SKATEBOARDS X LIL WAYNE:
Thank You Skateboards recently had turned the rapper Lil Wayne pro for the brand.
REAL SKATEBOARDS X GREEN DAY:
Manik Skateboards has made decks with huge artists including Slick Rick, Method Man, High Life, Bad Brains, Gwar, Ghostface, and many more.
Supreme is one of the best known brands for collaborations, they have done clothing and skateboards with many artists including Lou Reed, Al Green, John Coltrane, Marvin Gaye, 2Pac, Ol Dirty Bastard, Miles Davis, Joy Division, Ghost Face Killah, James Brown, and many more.
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