The Youth Shelter Supply, a local skateboard and snowboard shop who sponsors the event every year, continued SKATE UNITY this spring to help different charities and organizations in the local community. SKATE UNITY is a skateboard art show that was originally created to bring together some of the Midwest’s best artists to raise money to build the St. Cloud Skate Plaza on 33rd Ave. S.–which has been successfully completed.
Now in their nineth year, Skate Unity is featuring 24 local artists, who gave their talent and time to create pieces of art on skateboards. For the past few years the proceeds went to buying new skateboards for the Boys & Girls club in St. Cloud, but this year the earnings will help fund Skate Camp–a free skateboard camp this summer for local kids who want to try out skateboarding at the St. Cloud Skate Plaza.
The display and silent auction opened up at The White Horse on March 20 during the St. Cloud Art Crawl. All bids on the skate decks start at $50 and the final bidding will end at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. The top 3 skateboards will be awarded a $150 gift card to The Youth Shelter Supply, with judging coming from a combination of online voting and the boards with the highest ending bid.
“It’s very inspiring to see what our featured artists come up with each year,” said Mike Thienes, co-owner of The Youth Shelter Supply. “SKATE UNITY is a great way to showcase their skills and raise money for good things in our community.”
Some of the 24 artists featured this year include: Anthony John Elliot II, co-owner and tattoo artist at Elliotts Tattoo in Little Falls, Minn.; Josh Johnson, The Youth Shelter Supply employee and graphic designer; Eli Bauman, tattoo artist at Olde Town Tattoo; and SCSU students Michael Phillips and Lane Kloskowski, to name a few.