Retna X BTS Skate Deck 5


The limited edition maplewood skateboard deck by street art artist Retna was published in 2018 by Beyond the Streets. Accompanied by an embossed, hand-signed COA by Retna.

·  RETNA Beyond the Streets Skateboard Deck
·  Silkscreen on maple wood skateboard deck
·  20,3 x 78,7 cm (8 x 31 inch)
·  Limited edition of 250
·  Sealed, unopened
·  Released in 2018 by Beyond the Streets
·  Accompanied by an artist signed, exhibit stamped COA

In the early 1970s, skate culture and street art became deeply intertwined, and a new medium for artists was born: the skate deck. In earlier days, when skateboarding was a still a subculture on the fringe, simply being a skater was enough to set oneself apart from the crowd. However, the growing popularity of the sport pushed many creative skaters to find ways to individualize their boards. Borrowing from motifs and styles popularized by graffiti artists, skaters designed the undersides of their boards an extension of themselves. In the decades since, fine art, street art, and skate culture have become inseparable, with renowned artists like Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Yayoi Kusama, and Yoshitomo Nara reproducing some of their most famous works on the decks of skateboards.

About Retna

The street and studio artist Retna, born Marquis Lewis, picked his moniker from the lyrics of a Wu Tang song that resonated with him in his youth. Retna explains that he was inspired to pursue art after seeing graffiti on the freeway, and his practice now includes street art and painting on canvas. Retna has become known for his long and geometric script, which he developed while looking towards Egyptian and Native American traditional symbols. Though his marks resemble the calligraphy of multiple cultures (and he maintains that he composes his works in English and Spanish), the writing does not belong to a particular language. Retna explains, “I want my text to feel universal. I want people from different cultures to all find some similarity in it—whether they can read it or not.”

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