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First Thursday: Art Deck-O at the Olympic Venue

30 skate decks from local artists are up for auction

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The skateboard decks up for auction at The Olympic (1009 Main St.) during the Fourth Annual Art Deck-O shouldn't go anywhere near a rail, ramp or stairs.

"This is to hang on your wall, not skate on," said local artist and Art Deck-O organizer Kelly Knopp. "The artists are very good."

He's not kidding. Every year, Knopp distributes 30 blank skateboard decks to local artists like himself, Erin Cunningham, Julia Green, Erin Ruiz and Cody Rutty. He gives the artists free reign and in the past, artists have decorated the decks with metal, paint or have even chopped them up. This year, Knopp took a Dremel to his board.

"I made it into a four-eyed bearded guy with a weathered look," Knopp said. "It's tiki-ish."

Half the proceeds raised during the silent auction will go to the artists and the other half will go to Boise Hive, an all-ages rehearsal space and recording studio for local musicians. This is a 21-and-over event; bidding is open 6-10 p.m.