The Michael Richardson Skateboard Art Experience
The world as subscribed by Michael Richardson’s art is full of full of Southern-fried funk, eye popping graphics, face melting illustrations, metal-flake designs, screamin’ guitars, and fast vixens.
By Jeff Najar, Co-Producer
I got to know Michael Richardson through his Instagram presence before I met him. And when I saw his art work, it just blew me away. And then when I saw the David Mann inspired skateboard, I decided to buy it at our own “Art on Deck” silent auction and use it for promotional purposes.
You can tell by Michael Richardson skateboard art he is a multidisciplinary visual artist. I met the creative one while producing the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast in Sturgis and found his art captivating.
We use his deck to engage people at the charity breakfast to hold, comment, or as a tug of war. Auction attendees just love it.
Quite a bit of action on Mike’s skateboard
This skateboard art is a psychedelic tribute to Easyriders’ artist, David Mann. The bull skull represents Sturgis and is poking up through the pavement and ripped the tire. The chopper is coming down the highway and the rider will rescue her and load her up for the run to Sturgis. And you also see a set of eyeballs of an animal that’s hiding with the chopper flying over his head.
Mike is a guitar player and grew up around family members that were really big into music. What captured his imagination and had a big impact on him was the crazy illustration located in the inside sleeve of the Guns and Roses album, Appetite for Destruction.
It turns out it was underground West Coast artist Robert Williams’ controversial painting that that depicts the interruption of a robot rape by an avenging metal angel.
As Mike looks back on his early work he can see Williams as a big influence even though he didn’t really know him or his work for many years. It turns out Williams worked for Ed “Big Daddy” Roth in the ‘60s and was big in motorcycles and Hot Rods.
Another influence was skateboarding. One cultural icon that he leaned into was Jimbo Phillips out of Santa Cruz. The old illustration design combined with that crazy Hot Rod monster style provided a lot of room for Mike to create innovative designs.
411 on the Flying Monkey
His 2nd board for the Flying Piston Benefit is a space theme one. The astro-monkey has his honey on his space chopper and it looks like he is flying away from the moon. He’s cruising out in front of this little alien dude who is super surprised that there’s somebody else floating through his galaxy.
When Mike isn’t helping out the Flying Piston Benefit, he does logos, branding campaigns, illustrations for apparel companies and illustrations for bands. Significant amount of work goes into designs that get merchandised through t-shits, cups, stickers and the like. In addition, he illustrates kids books.
Rebel Soul Studio Work
Currently, Mike is the creative force behind Rebel Soul Studio, where he uses his unique illustration style to create poster prints, apparel, stickers, skateboards, hand-painted custom shoes, and original paintings. Mike lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife Jennilee and their two amazing children, Olivia and Hendrix.
Also, here are a couple links where his work is available online:
Good Times at the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast
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The 2023 Sturgis edition of the Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast is produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Green Forest Brand. Our work raises awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the motorcycle community, vets, and kindergarteners. Our funds are directed to All Kids Bike and Motorcycle Missions.
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