WBM august 2020
“I COULD go back into Photoshop and
change it more to that coastal color pal-ette,”
he says. “But just because you can do
something, doesn’t mean you should.”
Skateboards and skateboard art are a
“I’ve always loved the way each layer of
maple wood is stacked on top of the next. It
creates a cool visual effect,” he says.
That visual effect is echoed in the three-quarter-
inch birch plywood each print is
applied to, adding new energy to the already
gorgeous drawings. The rough and visible
grooves in the woodwork give the pieces
depth and character.
As a final step, Golden paints on a layer of
clear coat water-based sealer. This creates
brush strokes over the prints that help the
colors catch the light.
The final result is a piece of digital art you
can hold in your hand, a physical artifact with
character and personality. The pieces are
made to order and vary in size from a three-foot-
wide board to a “fish stick” that will fit
right in the palm of your hand.
Golden’s works undergo a long and time-
consuming metamorphosis between their
conception on his computer to his clients’ wall