I was asked to produce a skateboard for Third Man Records earlier this year. I immediately thought of a local handmade skateboard manufacturer called Salemtown Board Co. They were kind enough to collaborate with us on this project and everything from the shape, design, to the selection of the right wheels was decided on by a strong team of passionate individuals. I really pushed for something simple, classic, and a skateboard that anyone could get on and ride at any level. I also wanted to make something that my friends would be proud of and something that they would actually want to spend money on. This was a true collaboration on every single level and I can't even begin to thank everyone involved enough for all of their hard work and dedication to this project. Here's a short sequence of the skateboard being made at their shop here in Nashville…enjoy!
"Lawrence Watson was born in Hammersmith, London, in 1963. In 1979, he left school at age 16 and took an apprenticeship at a darkroom in Old Street. He then graduated to a darkroom at London Weekend Television, and while there developed his portfolio in the evenings and weekends, and began contributing to the New Musical Express. In the early 1980's, Lawrence was commissioned to document the emerging New York hip-hop scene and his portraits of legendary artists from that era, include Run DMC, Eric B, Rakim, and Public Enemy. Lawrence's interest in music has led him to work with such legendary bands and musicians as Paul Weller, Morrissey, Oasis, Pulp, Snoop Dogg, Orbital, Isaac Hayes, Ian Brown, Grace Jones, New Order among many others." -Morrison Hotel Gallery