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Art of the Skateboard

First Day of Issue Date: March 24, 2023

First Day of Issue Location: Phoenix, AZ

About This Stamp

The bold artwork emblazoned on a skateboard deck is often as eye-catching and individualistic as a skater’s most breathtaking moves. These four stamps celebrate the Art of the Skateboard with vibrant designs that capture skateboarding’s excitement and reflect the diversity and influences of the four artists whose work is featured.

On a pane containing five rows of four stamps, each skateboard appears once per row. Each subsequent row begins by repeating the last stamp from the previous row, creating a staggered arrangement of designs.

Alaskan Crystal Worl reflects her Indigenous Tlingit/Athabascan heritage with a blue and indigo salmon rendered in formline, the striking curvilinear design style of the northern Northwest Coast.

A bold graphic abstraction embellishes a deck by self-taught Virginia artist William James Taylor Junior. His skateboard features a design of red lines and curves against an orange background.

Arizona native and expert skateboarder Di’Orr Greenwood created a skateboard design with paint, artistic woodburning, and inlaid crushed turquoise. Her Navajo culture is further reflected on a deck featuring eagle feathers and a colorful burst in hues evoking a rising or setting sun.

A black, white, and gold jaguar design is the work of muralist MasPaz (Federico Frum), a Colombian native raised in the Washington, D.C., area. The largest cat in the Americas, the jaguar symbolizes authority and power in the art and lore of Indigenous peoples.

Each of the stamps features a photograph of a skateboard held aloft by a young person, displaying the underside of the maple deck, where the artwork, wheels, and trucks all appear.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.

The Art of Skateboard stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Stamp Art Director, Stamp Designer

Antonio Alcalá

Antonio Alcalá served on the Postmaster General’s Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee from 2010 until 2011, when he left to become an art director for the U.S. Postal Service's stamp development program.

He is founder and co-owner of Studio A, a design practice working with museums and arts institutions. His clients include: the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Phillips Collection, and Smithsonian Institution. He also lectures at colleges including the Corcoran College of Art + Design, SVA, Pratt, and MICA.

In 2008, his work and contributions to the field of graphic design were recognized with his selection as an AIGA Fellow. He has judged international competitions for the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, AIGA, and Graphis. Alcalá also serves on the Smithsonian National Postal Museum and Poster House Museum’s advisory councils. His designs are represented in the AIGA Design Archives, the National Postal Museum, and the Library of Congress Permanent Collection of Graphic Design.

Alcalá graduated from Yale University with a BA in history and from the Yale School of Art with an MFA in graphic design. He lives with his wife in Alexandria, Virginia.

Stamp Artists

MasPaz (Federico Frum)

Federico Frum, who works under the name MasPaz (Spanish for “more peace”), is an artist, educator, and community activist whose murals and other artworks can be seen around the world. Born in Bogotá, Colombia, and adopted as an infant, he grew up in Arlington, Virginia. The distinctive thick lines he employs evoke Indigenous styles of the Americas, reflecting his deep affinity with these cultures.

MasPaz has created murals overseas and locally, and has collaborated with National Geographic, the Sierra Club, the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran, and the New Museum, as well as with the Smithsonian Institution. Brands including Nike, Roots, and Brooks Running have commissioned his work. He has also created large pieces for numerous schools and education centers worldwide.

MasPaz studied art and visual technology at George Mason University, where his thesis was in 3-D animation. A job “sitting in front of a computer all day” made him restless, so he quit and took up painting and silk-screening, while also selling T-shirts on the streets of New York, where he was drawn to the city’s graffiti art. “I feel very connected to humble communities,” he says. His work, which honors the Earth and its wildlife, “keeps me grounded.”

In his youth workshops, he encourages young artists to explore a variety of media. MasPaz still loves working digitally and has produced clothing designs and projection mapping events.

The jaguar artwork for Art of the Skateboard (2023) is MasPaz’s first project for the U.S. Postal Service.

Di'Orr Greenwood

Di’Orr Greenwood was born in northeastern Arizona, within the Navajo Nation. She takes pride in her tribal membership and her Diné upbringing—rooted in the cultural traditions of the Navajo people.

Greenwood learned traditional artisanship from relatives, and was encouraged, in her teen years, to pursue her artistic and entrepreneurial talents. Family members taught her skills such as beadwork and artistic wood burning and flute-making. A family friend admired Greenwood’s self-decorated skateboard and hired her to paint skateboard decks with Navajo symbols and teachings. She first sold the decks through the friend’s food stand at the local Navajo swap meet, then started a kiosk of her own.

A skilled woodworker, she passes her techniques and philosophies along to community members through her products and through instruction. She takes particular pride in implementing traditional motifs into the creation of modern devices. She turns to colors found in nature and to Navajo principles rooted in the number four: seasons, directions, elements, and four mountains considered sacred by her people.

Greenwood makes skateboards from scratch and is also a high-level competitive skateboarder and instructor, having honed her skateboarding skills on the streets; a skateboard is her primary source of transportation when in the city. She divides her time between Venice Beach, California, and her family home in the Navajo Nation. 

The sunburst artwork for Art of the Skateboard (2023) is Greenwood’s first stamp project for the U.S. Postal Service.

William James Taylor Junior

Pop culture–inspired line drawings, vivid color palettes, and kaleidoscopic psychedelia typify the artwork of William James Taylor Junior.

The mesmerizing creations of this self-taught Norfolk, Virginia, artist can be seen emblazoned on skateboards, casual clothing, and prints. Interested in “renegade, punk, outsider stuff,” he is influenced by skateboard culture, graffiti art, and trippy 1960s imagery, in addition to the cartoons and fantasy and horror movies of his youth. He describes his style as “everything and the kitchen sink . . . as long as it’s fun and looks good to me.” 

Taylor doodled obsessively as a child, was encouraged to make crafts with his creative aunt, flourished in local art exhibits, and learned experimental darkroom techniques in a high school photography class. Prismacolor pencils originally provided much of the color that Taylor employs with gusto. His doodles still often begin on paper, drawings he scans and refines digitally using a Wacom tablet and applications like Photoshop, Vector Magic, and Filter Forge. “It would be fun to get my hands dirty again with some acrylics and canvas,” he says.

Taylor prefers creating art to marketing his work, so his CORE222-branded goods are sold via online shops such as Boardpusher (skateboards) and Hoodie Lab (apparel). He finds great satisfaction seeing rappers, DJs, and comedians wearing his clothing designs, “because I know how important image is to people who perform in public.” And when he realized that his artwork could be emblazoned on skateboards for a younger generation to enjoy, “I just thought that was one of the coolest things ever.”

The “maze” artwork for Art of the Skateboard (2023) is Taylor’s first project for the U.S. Postal Service. 

Crystal Worl

Crystal Worl is a Tlingit/Athabascan designer. With her brother, Rico, she is the co-founder of Trickster Company, which promotes innovative Indigenous design. Her work explores the relationships and bonds between her people, the land, and animals.

Interested in traditional designs that come from her ancestry and modern design applications that honor her Indigenous background, Worl applies her skills to a wide array of media. These include kiln-cast glass, printmaking, painting, and silversmithing. In 2020, she completed a three-year apprenticeship with contemporary Haida artist Robert Davidson in painting and formline design, the striking curvilinear style of the northern Northwest Coast’s Indigenous people. Her artistic pursuits also extend to storytelling and dance.

Worl has exhibited widely in the United States, including solo and group exhibits in Juneau, Seattle, Santa Fe, and Washington, D.C. Her international exhibitions have included Paris, Venice, and Bristol, U.K. Worl’s public artwork has graced Juneau ambulances, Seattle buses, and she has created murals in Juneau and Anchorage. At the Trickster Company, the Worl siblings apply their designs to a variety of goods: skateboard decks, apparel, jewelry, housewares, paper goods, and more. The work mindfully respects traditions of their ancestors, keeping design ideals and cultural pride alive for new generations.

Worl earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe. She lives in Juneau where her family-owned company promotes innovative northern Northwest Coast design and themes and issues in Native culture.

The salmon artwork for Art of the Skateboard (2023) is Worl’s first stamp project for the U.S. Postal Service.

First Day of Issue Ceremony

First Day of Issue Date: March 24, 2023
First Day of Issue Location: Phoenix, AZ

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