The Once Ridden Art Show was curated and organized by Joey Knuckles. The event took place at Art Machine Productions back in September, and seemed like a good time. Since the event, we’ve been in touch with Joey and we were waiting for the perfect time to have him answer a couple questions. With the word of the event traveling, and Joey not working due to Hurricane Sandy – the perfect time is now.
Joey Knuckles: Once Ridden is an art show unique in and of itself because original paintings done on skateboard decks are fitted with trucks and wheels and given to skaters to thrash, while our top notch photographers capture the moments on film. The scratches, dents and dings become a part of the original artwork. I first had the idea while working at High Street Tattoo 8 years ago, and I’ve been cultivating the idea ever since. I had spoken with many galleries and numerous people about putting on the show and finally things came together this year at Art Machine Productions in Philadelphia. Some of the biggest names in the industry, great photographers and awesome skaters came together for this one of a kind skateboard art show.
Being my first show, and having worked with so many amazing artists, it was hard to decide and keep the list under 1,000. So I went with artists who I’ve worked with, know personally as friends, and who have inspired me. I’m honored so many people participated, we could barely fit the show on the walls of the gallery. I’m also extremely honored to have so many of the artists I looked up to from early on in my career participate in a show that I was putting on.
JK: On December 1st, Once Ridden will be on display at Memento Tattoo in Columbus, Ohio.
JK: My favorite board was Patt Whelan’s board. It just really reminds me of being 16, and picking out boards in the back of Thrasher Magazine.