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Custom grip tape work

Postby rollercoaster_jim » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:06 pm

i do this work myself for fun. a couple of the jobs have been as presents but mainly to give my personal equiptment that personal edge.

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Postby teapot » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:11 pm

very,very,cool. 8)
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Postby rollercoaster_jim » Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:44 pm

drop us your deck in with a design an ill work my magic.
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Postby TonyB » Sun Dec 14, 2008 3:19 am

I've had loads of fun with grip tape.

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Matt Sefton has done some pretty cool stuff as well
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Postby HarryR » Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:53 am

TonyB wrote:I've had loads of fun with grip tape.

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Tony, did you paint the deck before applying the grip tape? If so, what did you use and is it durable?

The reason I ask that I want to create an old-school Alva logo for my new Alva deck I want to apply a colour fade like you've done with the BDS and then apply the cut out grip tape on top, like this:

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I'm wondering what the best way to get the colour on the deck is.
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Postby rollercoaster_jim » Sun Dec 14, 2008 10:55 am

love it, nice decks to.
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Postby Dave the Bass » Sun Dec 14, 2008 11:40 am

Oooh yes, I've done some griptape 'art' in my time...

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It's a rare talent y'know :)

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Postby TonyB » Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:02 pm

Harry Ramsden wrote:
Tony, did you paint the deck before applying the grip tape? If so, what did you use and is it durable?

The reason I ask that I want to create an old-school Alva logo for my new Alva deck I want to apply a colour fade like you've done with the BDS and then apply the cut out grip tape on top, like this:

I'm wondering what the best way to get the colour on the deck is.


Air brushed acrylic paints and then shot some clear urethane varnish on top.

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Its pretty durable, hasn't come off except the edges of the deck where its been bashed, but any paint will do that.
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Postby HarryR » Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:31 pm

TonyB wrote:[Air brushed acrylic paints and then shot some clear urethane varnish on top.

Its pretty durable, hasn't come off except the edges of the deck where its been bashed, but any paint will do that.


Cheers, just what I needed to know. :)
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Re: Custom grip tape work

Postby southcoastshredder » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:25 am

rollercoaster_jim wrote:
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You could do with cleaning unde those cupboards there, its asking for a rodent infestation. :roll:
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Postby Dave the Bass » Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:52 am

And there's a towel or dishcloth caught in the bottom drawer, thats why it wont close properly.

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Postby Captain Beardy » Mon Dec 15, 2008 2:32 pm

Nice work, chaps,...

Adds a nice element to what is generally a very boring looking
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Postby wayne-ur » Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:57 pm

Captain Beardy wrote:Nice work, chaps,...

Adds a nice element to what is generally a very boring looking
aspect of skateboarding,... 8)


Are you talking about the griptape or Aggie an Kims household hints an tips?
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Postby ChrisK » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:00 pm

Some really sweet stuff going down there. Here's two of my recent efforts based on Celtic designs.

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Postby Smiler » Mon Dec 15, 2008 10:54 pm

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cut in the tape, not stencilled
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Postby PhilC » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:01 am

That stuff is fantastic. Do you use a stanley knife? How do you mark the grip tape before cutting?

I'm trying to ask how do you do this? without looking stupid, but am failing miserably. :oops:
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Postby TonyB » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:10 pm

PhilC wrote:That stuff is fantastic. Do you use a stanley knife? How do you mark the grip tape before cutting?

I'm trying to ask how do you do this? without looking stupid, but am failing miserably. :oops:


Modelling knife is usually better. Grip tape blunts blades really quickly, its easy to go through 3 or 4 blades on 1 sheet of grip tape depending on the intricacy of the design. The secret is to make sure your blade is always sharp. Design's are usually (when I do them) traced or drawn on to the backing paper of the grip tape (remember to reverse them) and then cut from the back. Always cut through the backing paper not from the top of the grip tape.
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Postby Alec » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:38 pm

And if you can get a cutting mat all the better.
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Postby Smiler » Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:29 pm

^^ what they both said, I usually use a surgical scalpel and change the blades regularly, great for intricate stuff like the lettering as they're ultra sharp and have a very fine point...
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Postby rollercoaster_jim » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:50 pm

i find the snap off craft knives the best. it allows you to constantly start with a fresh blade. they dont last to long when your cutting grip tape. all of what the other guys have said is very true also. setting up with a few different knives before you start is often a good plan. also try to intergrate some colour as it really sets your deck apart. whether you do this through paint on the deck or the grip tape itself its always worth the time.

i have also found that an inlay can look really sweet. take a look at the 50 on the Steve Olson black label deck. i cut a square of reflective stick on vinal and slapped it on underneath.

hope thats helpful. good luck man and post us the results.
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Postby yellowsierra » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:11 pm

Harry Ramsden wrote:
TonyB wrote:I've had loads of fun with grip tape.

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Tony, did you paint the deck before applying the grip tape? If so, what did you use and is it durable?

The reason I ask that I want to create an old-school Alva logo for my new Alva deck I want to apply a colour fade like you've done with the BDS and then apply the cut out grip tape on top, like this:

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I'm wondering what the best way to get the colour on the deck is.


I done the Alva Flame thing on the top of my Alva Leopard
East peasy mate
Got yourself doewn to Halfrauds and get a couple of cans of spray
1 x Ford Red
1 x Mazda Yellow
You only need two colours as the fade will come with the two clours mixed
Mask of the area were the Logo is going to be. I just masked the deck and left a square area unmasked thats to be done.
Spray the Yellow first and let it go off
Then spray a line over the yellow and the middle will show as an orange and give the whole flame affect
I used a 77 Alva Reissue deck to get a stencil and swapped it onto a length on 10" grip
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Looks factory and its only the fact that Alva didnt make the Leopard with die cut flame grip that gives it away but you would have to be a cork sniffer to know that
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Postby teapot » Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:18 am

Halfrauds!!! :lol: :lol: i foookin love that. :lol:
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Postby HarryR » Wed Dec 17, 2008 1:38 am

yellowsierra wrote:I done the Alva Flame thing on the top of my Alva Leopard
East peasy mate
Got yourself doewn to Halfrauds and get a couple of cans of spray
1 x Ford Red
1 x Mazda Yellow
You only need two colours as the fade will come with the two clours mixed
Mask of the area were the Logo is going to be. I just masked the deck and left a square area unmasked thats to be done.
Spray the Yellow first and let it go off
Then spray a line over the yellow and the middle will show as an orange and give the whole flame affect
I used a 77 Alva Reissue deck to get a stencil and swapped it onto a length on 10" grip
Job Jobed
Looks factory and its only the fact that Alva didnt make the Leopard with die cut flame grip that gives it away but you would have to be a cork sniffer to know that


Cheers. Good info.

I created the logo I'm gonna use to cut the griptape from a photo of Andy's '77 reissue board. I'll scale it down and put across the width of the deck.

Got any pics of the Leopard?

P.S. you got any of those Alva flame T-shirts in large?
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Postby RussH » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:25 am

I am the PROUD owner of the "50 DECK"
I was pretty much speechless when Jim gave it to me for my birthday back in June. (clue is 50)
He had asked to borrow the board to take a template, then secretly did the custom on it.
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Postby PhilC » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:05 am

Thanks, guys! I may try that in the New Year.
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Postby yellowsierra » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:19 pm

Harry Ramsden wrote:
yellowsierra wrote:I done the Alva Flame thing on the top of my Alva Leopard
East peasy mate
Got yourself doewn to Halfrauds and get a couple of cans of spray
1 x Ford Red
1 x Mazda Yellow
You only need two colours as the fade will come with the two clours mixed
Mask of the area were the Logo is going to be. I just masked the deck and left a square area unmasked thats to be done.
Spray the Yellow first and let it go off
Then spray a line over the yellow and the middle will show as an orange and give the whole flame affect
I used a 77 Alva Reissue deck to get a stencil and swapped it onto a length on 10" grip
Job Jobed
Looks factory and its only the fact that Alva didnt make the Leopard with die cut flame grip that gives it away but you would have to be a cork sniffer to know that


Cheers. Good info.

I created the logo I'm gonna use to cut the griptape from a photo of Andy's '77 reissue board. I'll scale it down and put across the width of the deck.

Got any pics of the Leopard?

P.S. you got any of those Alva flame T-shirts in large?


Got a pic of the Deck today for you :lol:
Its actually quite good but the Photo portrays a different story
The colours are infact very close to those on the t shirts which are like rocking horse shit again due to T/A and his crew not running his store as well as it could be.
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Postby HarryR » Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:31 am

yellowsierra wrote:Got a pic of the Deck today for you :lol:
Its actually quite good but the Photo portrays a different story
The colours are infact very close to those on the t shirts which are like rocking horse shit again due to T/A and his crew not running his store as well as it could be.
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Cool 8)

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Postby rosco » Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:26 am

RussH wrote:I am the PROUD owner of the "50 DECK"
I was pretty much speechless when Jim gave it to me for my birthday back in June. (clue is 50)
He had asked to borrow the board to take a template, then secretly did the custom on it.
Of course everyone knew about it, except me.....der.
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Postby rosco » Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:27 am

RussH wrote:I am the PROUD owner of the "50 DECK"
I was pretty much speechless when Jim gave it to me for my birthday back in June. (clue is 50)
He had asked to borrow the board to take a template, then secretly did the custom on it.
Of course everyone knew about it, except me.....der.
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Postby ChrisK » Sat Dec 27, 2008 7:26 pm

Just push the SUBMIT button once Rosco. :wink:

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Postby HarryR » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:14 pm

Finished gripping my Alva today.

It's not perfect and nowhere near as intricate as some of the other works here but I'm happy with my first effort.

Thanks to TonyB and yellowsierra for the tips.

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Postby yellowsierra » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:16 pm

That looks cool dude
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Postby HarryR » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:19 pm

yellowsierra wrote:That looks cool dude
Well done


christ that was quick!
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Postby yellowsierra » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:56 pm

Harry Ramsden wrote:
yellowsierra wrote:That looks cool dude
Well done


christ that was quick!


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Postby rosco » Sun Dec 28, 2008 3:19 am

it may not be intricate bro but it looks awesome, good job!
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Postby TonyB » Mon Dec 29, 2008 12:14 am

Good effort...Well done
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Postby ellios » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:08 am

I've been meaning to post a reply to this for a while but haven't got round to it , the stuff you guys are doing with griptape is amazing. I thought I was being clever when I did this

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but what you guys are doing is in another league.

You have inspired me though to do something with a NOS Schmitt Stick I brought about 5 years ago and nearly sold at one point. But now I'm going to try to my hand at some more "fancy cutting" and set it up with some original OJIIs.

Any ideas on designs gratefully received, I did think of kind of a green and black sun ray design eminating from the centre.

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Postby ellios » Sat Jan 10, 2009 12:11 am

I'll try those images again

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Postby overboard_mike » Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:04 pm

custom grip job on my new hosoi deck:

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Postby Zach Friendly » Fri Jan 16, 2009 8:26 pm

overboard_mike wrote:custom grip job on my new hosoi deck:

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Thats my favorite one so far! Tooooooooo Rad fella! Too Fartin' rad!

I have a few other decks I have done, but I gotta dig em' out! Heres waht I have online!
I'm currently riding this one!
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Postby Twellsy » Sat Jan 17, 2009 12:48 am

I like that Guitar Zach......!
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Postby Zach Friendly » Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:36 am

Twellsy wrote:I like that Guitar Zach......!

Thats actually the work of my Hetro Life mate. Rusty. He also has done a bunch of griptape with that or a simular design! I know the grip has a skull in it somewhere... I'll find pictures
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Postby Zach Friendly » Sun Jan 18, 2009 2:16 am

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Postby ChrisK » Sun Jan 18, 2009 12:24 pm

Rusty's stuff is very cool. Me likey! 8)
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Postby Zach Friendly » Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:54 pm

ChrisK wrote:Rusty's stuff is very cool. Me likey! 8)

The guitar is his... all the grip tape is mine... Just in case that was confusing...
I'll get some of Rustys grip tape together, it'll blow my shit out of the water!
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Postby ChrisK » Sun Jan 18, 2009 6:05 pm

Apologies Zach, I like your grip tape masterpieces.
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Postby rollercoaster_jim » Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:57 am

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Postby James Davies » Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:45 pm

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Postby StevieG » Sun May 24, 2009 11:51 pm

I'm starting to deliberately attempt get through them quickly these days, due to the fact I can't wait to do a new grip job! So far I've managed to resist buying two so I can spend a lot of time on one, but the last few I've knocked up have given me a lot of satisfaction.

Thankfully I've got a good few mates who are always in need of a good used board, and I like having the graphics skated.

Really started to buy boards purely on the basis of their graphics and colour lately.

Here are a few recent creations:

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Postby TonyB » Mon May 25, 2009 3:26 am

StevieG - are you deliberately leaving some of the deck showing at the edges or did you have grief getting the grip to go on straight?
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Postby StevieG » Mon May 25, 2009 12:16 pm

On the two boards with the smaller cutaways the squint grip is intentional

On the last one I made the design a bit wider than I should have so the piece of grip round the edge couldn't be continuous.

Going to get it's first skate at Stoke today!
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Postby DINO » Sun Jun 07, 2009 9:46 pm

luckily my cameras up the spout,so i can't inflict upon you all the complete abortion job i made of gripping my new deck :lol:
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Postby arieltt » Sun Jun 07, 2009 10:38 pm

yellowsierra wrote:
Got a pic of the Deck today for you :lol:
Its actually quite good but the Photo portrays a different story
The colours are infact very close to those on the t shirts which are like rocking horse shit again due to T/A and his crew not running his store as well as it could be.
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Some nice work. I have a question. When did the Alva logo with the wobbly edges come in? I have an original Tri-Logo deck and the edges of the Alva logo are smooth not wobbly. I bought grip tape with the Alva logo die cut into it from SoCal thinking it would be an easy replacement but the logo is nowt like the original. I asked Mike Hirsch and he said its the same as the re-issues but its definately different.

This is what mine looks like:-

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Postby TonyB » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:04 am

The Alva on all the re-issue decks has been short and fat. I think the grip in the picture is hand cut and that's why it looks wobbly.

Yours is the original. If you want to replace it (I wouldn't) make a template using tracing paper that can then be transferred to a new piece of grip tape. You will have to hand cut it.
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Postby StevieG » Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:09 am

New work in progress...

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Postby Twellsy » Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:49 am

^...cooooor!

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Postby StevieG » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:43 pm

Another new piece...

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Postby HarryR » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:53 pm

That is amazing!

How on earth do you do that?

Great Job.
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Postby StevieG » Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:39 pm

Some geometrics, some freehand, a scalpel... and a lot of time!

Loving it though. Sketching another now.

Anybody got a recommendation for a decent airbrush setup?
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