Custom skateboard graphics?

Anyone know a printing method, professional or at home, that could produce a print for a custom deck on a skateboard? I would have to be hard wearing but i am stuck on what to do. I want to build a Matell Hoverboard look a like skateboard.
any ideas are most welcome!

thanks

hellrider757 years ago
Anyone can get a skateboard. But not just anyone can have a skateboard with awesome graphics. It takes a little effort. Whether you're designing for yourself or someone else, you want the graphics to be fluid, fun and match the personality of the skateboard’s user. You can design skateboard graphics with a little imagination, a lot of flair and a few simple steps. Difficulty: Moderate Instructions Things You'll Need: * Skateboard * Pen and paper 1. 1 Examine the skateboard. Make sure you are familiar with the shape and size of the skateboard for which you are designing your graphics. Your designs will work best if you physically have the skateboard in front of you so you can analyze what would look best and refer to it often. 2. 2 Follow the skateboard’s contours. Perhaps you can envision the shape of a wave rolling up around the sides of the skateboard. Maybe you view the elongated shape as a very tall face. Figure out what type of design will work with the elongated, rounded and slightly uplifted edges of the skateboard. Create a design that fills the skateboard and has an overall theme. 3. 3 Keep it long and lean. As alluded to in Step 2, if you are creating graphics to cover the entire top or bottom of the deck, you’ll need to make sure your design fits well into an oblong shape. Tall faces, vines, storks or other tall animals work well with this shape. 4. 4 Think motion and color. Imagine the skateboard in action to help further decide your design. Long, lean lines in fluorescent paint around the board’s perimeter, for example, will really stand out while riding. You may also want the lines to have some swirly adornments, jagged edges or bold stripes that will also result in an eye-catching display when in motion. 5. 5 Be as original as possible. For example, flames are cliché. If possible, choose something meaningful to the skateboard's owner (or yourself, as the case may be). Think of it as designing a skateboard tattoo. 6. 6 Remember the wheels and the bottom. Once you have the designs created for the topside of the main portion of the skateboard, also called the deck, create something to match the theme for the wheels. Wheel graphics will look best if you pick something small to go around the outer edge of the wheel--again, consider how flashy it will look when spinning around. You can also create a design for the bottom of the board, which will be visible when you do tricks that involve flipping the skateboard in mid-air or running up the side of a steep slope.
joearkay (author) 7 years ago
Great answer cheers!
bgepp1 joearkay5 years ago
an easy way to copy cool images to your board is to chose an image that covers the board (you might have to go to Kinkos and blow it up). Then put a few sheets of carbon paper directly on the wood. Secure them to the board with tape (you don't want it to shift.) Then lay the image you want to transfer onto the board. Tape the image down so it doesn't move. Then firmly trace all the lines of the image. Take the carbon paper off the board and Batta-Boom-Bata-Bing you will have a nearly exact image transfered onto the board. Now take a fine tip Sharpie pen and color it in. Or better yet, apply acrylic paint for color. Final step is to seal it in with Varathane or any other clear wood laquer. I did this back in the 80s and made several boards for my friends this way.
hellrider757 years ago
Anyone can get a skateboard. But not just anyone can have a skateboard with awesome graphics. It takes a little effort. Whether you're designing for yourself or someone else, you want the graphics to be fluid, fun and match the personality of the skateboard’s user. You can design skateboard graphics with a little imagination, a lot of flair and a few simple steps. Difficulty: Moderate Instructions Things You'll Need: * Skateboard * Pen and paper 1>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Examine the skateboard. Make sure you are familiar with the shape and size of the skateboard for which you are designing your graphics. Your designs will work best if you physically have the skateboard in front of you so you can analyze what would look best and refer to it often. 2>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Follow the skateboard’s contours. Perhaps you can envision the shape of a wave rolling up around the sides of the skateboard. Maybe you view the elongated shape as a very tall face. Figure out what type of design will work with the elongated, rounded and slightly uplifted edges of the skateboard. Create a design that fills the skateboard and has an overall theme. 3>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Keep it long and lean. As alluded to in Step 2, if you are creating graphics to cover the entire top or bottom of the deck, you’ll need to make sure your design fits well into an oblong shape. Tall faces, vines, storks or other tall animals work well with this shape. 4.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Think motion and color. Imagine the skateboard in action to help further decide your design. Long, lean lines in fluorescent paint around the board’s perimeter, for example, will really stand out while riding. You may also want the lines to have some swirly adornments, jagged edges or bold stripes that will also result in an eye-catching display when in motion. 5>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Be as original as possible. For example, flames are cliché. If possible, choose something meaningful to the skateboard's owner (or yourself, as the case may be). Think of it as designing a skateboard tattoo. 6>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Remember the wheels and the bottom. Once you have the designs created for the topside of the main portion of the skateboard, also called the deck, create something to match the theme for the wheels. Wheel graphics will look best if you pick something small to go around the outer edge of the wheel--again, consider how flashy it will look when spinning around. You can also create a design for the bottom of the board, which will be visible when you do tricks that involve flipping the skateboard in mid-air or running up the side of a steep slope.