LONDON BASED ARTIST D*FACE TURNS SKATEBOARDERS INTO HUMAN AIRBRUSHES BY ATTACHING MECHANIZED SPRAY PAINT CANS TO THE BOTTOM OF SKATEBOARDS.
D*FACE, a London-based artist, transformed Southern California's skate pool 'ridiculous' into a giant canvas by mechanizing spray paint cans and placing them on the bottom of skaters' boards. The contraption utilizes a transmitter and receiver attached to the bottom of a board where a can of spray paint is also plastered. The transmitter triggers a mechanism that pushes down on the top of the can, releasing paint onto the pool as the rider goes along their session.
The idea came about as d*face saw his previous work at the park being smudged and smeared as skaters ran over it. The lines that appeared from the wear and tear of sessions pushed the artist to think about how those lines could be created instantly. Furthermore, d*face wanted to capture the movement of each individual skater, thus each board would have its own unique color. He set the idea in motion and in about a year from conception, the following was produced:
Interestingly enough, when d*face was still dreaming up ways to kill time back when he was working Monday to Friday, his inspiration came from ways that he could create and express himself by pushing his pencil around a pad of paper until they formed characters and a world of their own. In the same way, the spray paint on the bottom of these boards reflects that process by recording the endless sessions that have taken place in the pool. As you look closer and closer at the lines, you can almost recreate each session that a line represents - this, in its own way, gives the pool its own characters and stories. Check out the video below for a full look at the project: