INTRODUCING the SKATE CRATE
UPDATE: Legendary pro skateboarder and artist Jason Adams paints a one-of-a-kind custom Skate Crate and then bombs through the streets of Oceanside with Matt Hensley, Kristian Svitak and Aly Moore. Also, vintage inspired shoe company PF Flyers is now on board to help raise awareness for Skate Crate! http://www.pfflyers.com/
Hi I’m Dave Bergthold, I’ve been skateboarding for 40 years and been involved in the skateboard industry off and on since starting Blockhead Skateboards in 1985 in my parents garage. I took a break from making skateboards to do some DIY projects, have a kid, and work on TV shows including Built to Shred where I got to design some really crazy and fun things...and now I get to do it again!
It’s an honor for me to bring back the one thing that is so important to the history of skateboarding and also a great example of American culture and ingenuity. The first documented example I’ve seen of kids riding the classic skate crate is a photo dated 1910 from New York City. I’m blown away that the roots of skateboarding date back over 100 years!
What is a Skate Crate? It's a retro-cool cruiser designed for fun and creative expression. It's for families and friends of all ages. It’s for those of us who wouldn’t be caught dead on one of those folding metal scooters. A Skate Crate is easier to ride than a skateboard, it’s even a perfect vehicle for mom and dad to keep up with the kids while they ride their bikes or skateboards. It's also the one piece of sporting equipment that you'll want to leave on display in your living room instead of stashing it in your garage!
1. The FLYING TIGER: A vintage fruit crate label inspired graphic on a traditional squared box featuring side cuts and grooves on the sides for an authentic look. Flying Tiger brand Blood Oranges!
2. The RACEWAY: A classic racing inspired graphic on a traditional squared box featuring side cuts. The checkered flag awaits you! All Skate Crate graphics are applied with good old fashioned screen printing!
3. SIDEWALK SCREAMER: This is the black sheep of the Skate Crate family. This “Land Pirate” design is sure to make people tremble in fear. It features an “aged” paint job with green trim and green dyed laminates in the handle bars.
Unleash your creativity and skills and make a one-of-a-kind custom creation!
4. D.I.Y. DESIGN: For those who want to design their own graphics on a pre-built and pre-finished box. Spray paint, paint brush, stencils, wood-burn, pinstripes, racing stripes, illustration....use your imagination! Blank front with hot branded Skate Crate logos on the sides of a traditional squared box.
5. D.I.Y. BUILD: For those who want to build their own box AND design their own graphics. This kit comes completely unassembled and unfinished (5 panels pre-cut, pre-drilled and routed) and requires some basic tools and supplies to build it: Hammer, nails, glue, sandpaper, stain or paint, screwdriver, wrench etc. Bare wood gives you the opportunity to use wood stain or do a photo transfer. Kit comes with everything you see in this picture.
6. RACING STICKER KIT: Easily decorate your DIY crate with a unique racing number (or even use on the sides of your Raceway crate!). The kit features a 6.5” diameter Skate Crate logo circle and a sheet with numbers 0-9 and a few more Skate Crate logos.
We set out to make a modern version of the classic. After building some replica crates with metal roller skates it was obvious why they tapered off in popularity (though they did have a good 50 + year run!). The metal wheels are insanely loud and rough and the vintage fruit crates were rickety, splintery and quickly started falling apart. We’ve fixed all of the shortcomings of the Skate Crates of yesteryear with our awesome design upgrades!
For a durable box we chose Baltic Birch plywood using “lock rabbet” joints for strength and then nailed and glued them for durability.
Unlike the originals, we wanted the crates to easily detach/ reattach from the skateboard so with that in mind, we used clamping knobs and threaded inserts.
We wanted something stylish and unique for the handle bars so we custom laminated American maple with dyed veneer in the same manner that skateboards are manufactured. Skate Crates feature a high quality lacquer finish on box, deck and handle bars.
The natural wood decks are also made from American maple, the painted ones are made from Baltic Birch. The decks are a little thicker and more stiff then traditional skateboard decks because of the added torque while the rider is pulling on the handle bars.
Check out the front detail on the Sidewalk Screamer which features a wider 2 panel face that is angled to give it a pirate ship/coffin vibe!
With the box design you have enough room to stash your backpack, a 12-pack, groceries, your rock collection etc. You can’t do that on one of those aluminum scooter things! There’s 4 stainless steel cargo hooks to use bungees or straps to secure your cargo.
For the Blockhead E-Z Rollers wheels, we wanted a classic shape that resembled an old clay or metal wheel. They are available in silver “steelies” or orange “clay”. They are a smooth riding 78a urethane and are 57mm tall. We’ve chosen Tracker “mid track” Trucks, a solid great turning truck made in the USA since 1975.
We set out to make timeless designs on the crates and enlisted legendary skate artist Ben Horton and also Ron Cameron who inked most of the iconic Blockhead Skateboard graphics from 1986-1990. For inspiration we’ve used vintage fruit crate labels, classic auto/motorcycle racing and club designs and even artwork from actual vintage “kid made” skate crates.
Sizing: The height difference between Small and Large Crates is about four inches. The small crate is recommended for riders 56” tall or under and then the large for riders taller than 57”.
Sidewalk Screamer - Small: 26.5” total height, 32” board. Large 30.5” total height, 35.75” board.
Raceway, Flying Tiger and DIY crates- Small: 28” total height, 32” board. Large 32” total height, 33.75” board. Note: After building a wider box for the Sidewalk Screamer prototypes we have also decided to make the boxes for the other models slightly wider than you see in the photos.
Additional Rewards: Tee shirts - Flying Tiger, SIdewalk Screamers, Raceway. And for you Blockhead fans here's two new designs that have never, ever been available! "Just Another" by Dave Bergthold from 1986 and "Nothing is Cool (Party!)" a rework of Ron Cameron's iconic design from 1988. Also the "Nothing is Cool (Party!) deck or complete skateboard, a 7.5 x 33.75" kicktail cruiser (MFG. by PS Stix).
Risks and challenges
Though the skate crate has a history that dates back over 100 years it was never a commercially sold product. This makes it a challenge to build a demand for a product that has never existed. It’s weakness can be a great strength since it is a completely untapped niche market for consumers looking for something different, creative and fun.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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