Skateboard Stamps? Yup, the U.S. Postal Service is tapping into the “fiercely independent and often rebellious” skateboarding subculture with the release of four stamps.
These stamps celebrate the Art of the Skateboard with vibrant designs that capture skateboarding’s excitement and reflect the diversity and influences of the four artists whose work is featured:
Crystal Worl: an Alaskan artist used a blue and indigo salmon formline design to express her Tlingit/Athabascan heritage.
William James Taylor Jr: a self-taught Virginia artist created an energetic red and orange graphic abstraction.
Federico “MasPaz” Frum: a Colombian-born, Washington, D.C.-raised muralist painted a stylized jaguar.
Di’Orr Greenwood: of Arizona represented her Navajo culture with a turquoise-inlaid skateboard that features eagle feathers and colors of the rising or setting sun.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp issuance, using photographs of skateboards created for these stamps.
The Art of the Skateboard stamps are denominated as Forever stamps and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.
The U.S. Postal Service will hold a dedication ceremony for the new stamps at Cowtown’s 21st annual Phoenix Am contest.
The first-day-of-issue event is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtag #ArtoftheSkateboardStamps.
Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to rsvp at:usps.com/artoftheskateboard.