It's every parent's hope that their kids have the best, be it in terms of education, health care, or sporting equipment that will probably result in them needing that health care. Giving his son -- and you -- a superior way to break a leg: Mark Skateboards.
Founded by a deaf former school principal dismayed at the inferior quality of his son's boards, Mark crafts stronger, more durable, seven-ply decks out of sustainably harvested North American Maple, then silkscreens graphics by hand, as opposed to methods like heat transfer, which can weaken the boards, even if the person who's transferred is the 7' freakishly athletic Chris Bosh. Some of the designs, created by local graphics-man Marc English:
Loud Deaf: This thrasher features cards that parody the ones that the deaf sell for a dollar, and sign language characters spell out "Loud and Proud", or, how one proves he's the mos def.
Kang Box: A recreation of a red and white box happened upon in NYC's Chinatown years ago, its Asian script explains the importance of poets, but the artist says it's more about look than content -- if he says that to Chris Andersen's face, you'll know he believes it.
Rebel Palm: Graced with a golden palm tree, this kick-flipper's Arabic lettering actually reads "Marc English Design", while its yellow line-backed red star shouts out The Clash, who presumably relied on skateboards after waiting for the Train in Vain.
To celebrate this weekend's launch they're throwing a bash at Industry Screenprint Studio, with a setup to print your own t-shirts with their designs, pro skaters (flown in from Washington state!?), drinks from Live Oak Brewing, and 20% off on all decks, which could save you up to...up to...okay, so maybe your parents didn't care about the education part.