Tony Alva Original Skate Deck

Tony Alva Original Skate Deck

This board is the very first one that came out on Alva.

People thought the logo was my signature but it wasn’t. I had a friend who was a designer, he did a lot of music album covers for The Weirdos, for Devo, his name is Eric Monson. He is an amazing artist, and he came up with this logo.

Besides it being my first board, the die-cut griptape was a significant part of why it sold so much, cause back then griptape didn’t really exist. Some guys who skated barefoot would glue weird stuff on their boards, sand paper, carpet, bathroom tiles, whatever they could get on their boards to try to grip. It was the first laminated board, it had the kicktail, it had the griptape : we sold probably millions of it.

Tony Alva talks about his original painted skateboard decks as told to Seb Carayol

Tony Alva talks about his original painted skateboard decks as told to Seb Carayol


Tony Alva

This post is an extract from SkateBoarder magazine. If you want to know more about the history of Decks, Seb Carayol has an excellent website at: memoryscreened.wordpress.com

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