I was super stoked when the guys at Switch skate shop contacted me about doing a painting for a shop board graphic. I go way back with co-owner Joey Simpers – we grew up skating together in the late 80’s, and continued to stay in touch as our paths crossed over the years in the DE music scene (some may remember Joey as the dreadlocked bass player in Walleye, one of my favorites back in their heyday). Although I slowed down on skating shortly before they opened, I’ve always dug Switch and what they’ve done for the local skate scene. And my old band, Obese Pharaohs of Funk, which later became Nero, was featured on the Switchstance music compliation that the shop put out back in 1994, so there’s some history there for sure. Anyway, the decks are available 8″, 8.125″, 8.25″ as well as a really cool old school shape so grab one before the holiday shopping rush hits. You can pick one up at their new location, 54 East Main Street, Newark Delaware. And be sure to stop by Rainbow Records around back and grab some new and used vinyl. That’s a win-win set-up right there.
Thanks again to Tyler and Joey for making this happen.