This past Sunday I was playing with my kids at Pier 62 when we all ended up watching the skaters do crazy stunts and pirouettes at the Hudson River skate park. Skating is a very integral part of street culture, particularly in big cities like New York, and as underground culture it has always supported individual expression. Skaters love their boards as if they were extensions of themselves; each deck can be quite artistic and a reflection of its owner's personality. While watching the skaters, it dawned on me how many contemporary artists have forged collaborations with skateboard brands like Supreme and Alien Workshop, not to mention all other artists who have imprinted their art on boards just for the sake of experimenting with something new. Limited edition decks usually sell pretty quickly and become coveted objects that collectors salivate after - even more so once the editions are sold out. I have used many of these decks in my projects -as accents and never as the focal point- because my clients like the idea of a fun and informal object that conveys a statement from an established artist without the price tag that usually accompanies blue-chip art. Although my favorite collaboration is the three-deck series that Supreme did with Marilyn Minter in 2008, I also love the skateboards that were produced in partnership between Alien Workshop and the Andy Warhol Foundation (which has been releasing several rounds of decks since 2010).