Friday, May 1, 2009

Weekend arts agenda: Skate show promises Young Blood

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2009 at 7:25 PM

click to enlarge ZOMBIE SURVIVAL? Young Blood's gallery staff prepare for Saturday's onslaught ...
  • ZOMBIE SURVIVAL? Young Blood's gallery staff prepare for Saturday's onslaught ...

Saturday's the fourth biannual SK8 or DIE show at Young Blood Gallery on North Highland Avenue. The last one took place at YB's Grant Park location, where grungy youth (along with die-hard skaters now in their 30s) joined your typical smartly dressed gallery hoppers (of all ages) to haggle over a room full of skateboards-turned-artwork by local and national artists.

I've had a chance to preview the show and have been informed that there will be no more unfair speculation — in years past, the over-enthused have taken to buying the hottest designs the minute doors open. Each work will be auctioned from the same base price ($100) starting Saturday from 3-9 p.m.

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Throughout the day, Thomas Taylor and friends from Stratosphere Skateboards will have a skate area set up at Atlanta's new skateboard spot called The Foundation. They have worked hard to bring a legal park to Atlanta and have invited us to use the space for SK8 or Die. Feel free to go back and forth throughout the afternoon and evening! When we close up around 9:30, we plan on heading down to continue the good times.

I know there's a bit of fatigue out there ("Oh no, not another skateboard show!") … but the works represented should cover a range of tastes, from the purely illustrative to designs that involve wood cutting (to reveal mysterious empty spaces) and sculptural add-ons (e.g., antlers, faces, etc.). You never know: You might score some nice art for a very reasonable price … .

For more local arts events, visit or, check today's visual arts To Do List at

(Photo courtesy Young Blood Gallery)

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