Skateboarding and music have always gone hand-in-hand, really. I mean, sure, both could absolutely exist independently from each other, but a big part of skateboarding culture does involve music – usually punk rock. Conversely, skateboarding is a big part of punk rock culture. In fact, there’s a whole genre called “Skate punk.” As a teenager, I discovered some of the bands I have come to enjoy the most by hearing one of their songs in a Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater game. For example, Primus:
And System Of A Down:
But how better to combine the worlds of music and skateboarding than by combining a guitar and a skateboard?
And I don’t mean like this (though it’s still pretty damn entertaining):
That’s all well and good, but while that guitar now works as a skateboard, it’ll likely never work as a guitar again. Nick Pourfard, the founder of Prisma Guitars, does pretty much exactly the opposite: He takes old skateboards and turns them into guitars. More than guitars, they’re pieces of art. And while you might think it’s a gimmicky thing that looks cool but sounds awful, you’ll see here that they’re actually pretty good instruments on their own, and even get approval from seasoned and experienced session musicians. Have a look:
If, like me, you’re looking at these guitars and thinking how cool it would be to own one… Well, you can! You just better have deep pockets, because of the available guitars on the website, the least expensive starts at over $2,300 – which really is pretty standard for a high-quality hand-built guitar. A good chunk of change, but I can guarantee that guitar will start up a lot of conversations!