Skateboards get hip with beards

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Is your skateboard this hip?
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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of the wind blowing through your skateboard’s bristling beard. That’s right, decks now have their very own underside board bush. The wispy “Weird Beard Cruzer” is the first of a three-part collaboration between Santa Cruz Skateboards of California and artist-illustrator Jeremy Fish. Fish tells Metro why a hairy ride is the only way to get around.

Have you had any hairy moments with the beard getting tangled in the wheels?

I haven’t had any trouble with hair in the bearings yet, but I’m sure it will happen.

What’s the point of a bearded board?

It’s skateboarding – not everything needs a purpose but who wouldn’t want a f–ing hairy skateboard. Its function is just to have fun: Has anyone ever made a hairy cricket bat or perhaps a hairy football? Probably not …

Is this a nod to the hipster trend for beards?

I live in San Francisco where beards have been on trend since the 1960s. I have been wearing a very large beard off and on for almost a decade now and I thought riding around on my facial hair would be fun.

Are you expecting people to tweak and trim the hair into different styles?

I personally don’t think trimming and grooming makes any sense. Just let it flow in the wind – keep it natural.

Is the cheeky-looking long-eared creature at the bottom of the board a kind of rabbit or genitalia?

It is a “cheeky” rabbit hiding in the beard. Do people have dicks growing out of their beards? That’s so progressive!


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