HUF has partnered with Japanese artist Haroshi and Bay Area-based skateboard distributor DLX Distribution on a collaboration that incorporates the clean design aesthetic of HUF, the raw, street-skating principles of DLX, and a combination of both elements represented through the artwork of Haroshi.
Haroshi is a self-taught artist born in 1978 and currently based out of Tokyo, Japan. Combining years of experience as a jewelry craftsman with his long-time passion for skateboarding, Haroshi has developed a unique ability to salvage and hand-carve stacks of used skateboard decks into extraordinary three-dimensional wooden sculptures. Juxtaposing the rough, worn rails of the used decks with the polished forms of their finished product, Haroshi demonstrates an uncanny capability to create ‘beauty out of destruction.’
A professional skateboarder for DLX brands since 1992, HUF-founder Keith Hufnagel sees a very relevant connection between the way both DLX approaches skateboarding and Haroshi approaches his art: seek out material of raw potential and refine it into its finished form.
In honor of this collaboration, HUF and DLX sent Haroshi hundreds of used skateboard decks skated by specific DLX team riders. Drawing upon his philosophy that there is a significant relationship between the skateboarder and his skateboard, Haroshi has transformed the very decks skated by these DLX team riders into one-of-a-kind sculptures representative of the skaters themselves.
Huf x Haroshi Colab – Ramondetta Arm Deck 8.38
Huf x Haroshi x Krooked – HufZinger