Art on the Move: Damon Counard Creates Custom Painted Skateboards
Damon Counard displays one of his latest custom boards, “Sharkbait”. Photo by Tom Groenfeldt.
Damon Counard first bought a skateboard in 2013. Now, eight years later, he combines his favorite hobby with a blossoming talent in painting to create designer skateboards through his own business. , Burnout Skateboards.
Counard is a carpenter in Portside, and although he hasn’t had much formal training outside of an art class at Southern Door with Ernest Beutel – painter and staff member of the Artists Guild in Sturgeon Bay – Beutel was very encouraging for the young skateboarder. .
“Damon already has a good eye,” said Beutel, “and I’m very happy that he has a renewed will to make art. I think he has some good ideas. He takes steps not only to grow his business, but also to refine his aesthetic. He contacted me for some ideas and I am extremely happy to have the chance to work with him a second time.
Counard buys blank boards online, then gets to work. He said skateboards can range from $ 25 for a single platform to $ 125 or more for the full outfit with wheels.
“I buy my entire setup for around $ 120, maybe a little more,” Counard said, “but that’s because I tend to go for the good quality products.”
High-quality panels are strong – made of seven-layer glued plywood. The latest designs are concave, with curved sides and turned lips and back. Higher end versions can be carbon fiber which costs more.
Summer should be good for business, Counard said, as the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark attracts many visitors who appreciate the fact that it is an attractive and free park. He’s there almost every day and promotes Burnout Skateboards through word of mouth and Instagram.
Until now, Counard has depended on personal contact, but business grows as more people request custom designs. One of her latest designs was for a young woman who adopted a dog named SharkBait, so the name and accompanying graphic of a shark now adorns her new skateboard.
When Counard’s ideas don’t come from clients, he said the images often came from musical references.
“Listening to jazz, maybe I could draw something pretty, like a few flowers on a skateboard,” Counard said. “But listening to punk or death metal, then I might get a little weird.”
Or he’ll build on the things he’s most comfortable drawing.
“I like to draw anatomy,” he says. “I draw a lot of faces and hands. I am told that I have a natural artistic talent.
Part of that could have come from her father, who was a professional tattoo artist for 20 years. He got a tattoo – on his father’s leg – but he much prefers skateboards.
“Tattoos give you a chance,” Counard said. “Unlike skateboards, you can’t sand it down and re-do it. This unique offer is too perfect for me.