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 Dandy Skateboarders


Item#: 2017SYR02

Purchase Details

11x17-inches, printed on heavy weight (100-pound) Hammermill cover paper. We package each print with a piece of chipboard in a clear plastic sleeve.

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An information page with photos of the artist and poet, and hand-written comments from each.

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Poem Inspiration Location

Dandy Skateboarders

poster information


Dandy skateboarders
fly to school—soon the trees will
flaunt their new clothes, too.

I wrote this poem while I was in Syracuse pursuing my MFA in Creative Writing. The images in this poem—the skateboarders and the trees—came from my experience walking to campus in the morning at the beginning of fall. I remember seeing students on skateboards, and so many were impeccably dressed—a nice button-down or printed shirt, a great jacket, fresh haircut. I was struck by how they were using the skateboard as a real mode of transportation while also looking so well dressed—as impressive as they could be at the start of the semester.

As for the trees, the leaves turning, I was just thinking about their change during fall as a change of dress, too. The two images came together on the page as I was writing.

(Photo of Chen courtesy of Jess Chen.)

I really enjoyed this haiku. When I was younger, I used to watch a lot of skateboarding on TV. I've also been snowboarding for most of my life which is why I have always been into skate culture and the designs of skateboard decks. Ever since I have been an art student, it has always been a dream of mine to design decks. I feel as if my style fits that category.

For the poster, I started off with a skateboard shape border, but it didn't end up working out the way I had planned which is why I ended up with the rectangle shape. Overall, the poster took a couple trials but I am happy with the result.