On July 20, HI Sk8 Films Shorts Showcase backslides right into the museum for its seventh year! To help kick(flip) it off, the Museum Shop is selling skateboard deck grip tape made by local artist and skateboarder Conor McGivern.
Born and raised on O‘ahu, McGivern has been skating for over 20 years. If you don’t catch him cruising around the island then you can probably find him downtown at APB Skateshop, where he’s been working since 2007.
Under the alias “TreeVisions,” he’s been creating skateboard videos and stenciled grip tape for quite some time now. “As a kid, skateboarding videos influenced my music taste,” he says. “I always wondered what sort of music I’d be into if these videos didn’t point me in the right direction.”
His graffiti-style grip tape is recognizable for its eye-popping iconography of music artists, such as Stevie Wonder and MF Doom.
“The reason why I choose to stencil musical artists is because I feel a sense of gratification when a kid comes in and ask who this person is on their grip tape,” he says. “I like to think that I may have steered them into something they would not have discovered on their own.”
Recently, McGivern created a custom grip tape especially for the museum, featuring none other than our very special Penelope. (We bet Bourdelle never thought she’d be replicated on this medium.) This grip tape along with grip tapes featuring MF Doom, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye are now available in the Shop for $30.