Charity Surf & Skate Auction kicks off Venice Art Walk on Friday
The 34th annual Venice Art Walk & Auctions kicks off Friday with a free community event that includes an exhibition and silent auction of custom skate decks and surfboards embellished by local tattoo artists.
Presented by Quiksilver’s new 585 Boardriders concept store, the second annual Surf & Skate Auction event will include live music, refreshments and meet-and-greets with various artists.
Attendees will also have the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind creations designed from used, recycled and re-created skate decks and custom-shaped and “tatted” surfboards by more than 70 artists, including surfboard shapers Jeffrey Sudzin, Dan Cobley and Jose Barahona; surfboard tattoo artists (we honestly didn't know this even existed) Charly Reynoso, Big Boy, Juan "Ente" Gollaz, Show, Justin Jakus and Tyoni Aragon; Quiksilver surfboard artist Kristi McKnight; DC Shoes skate designer Mark Winn and DC Shoes photographer and video producer Tobin Yelland.
And don't feel bad opening your wallet for that one-of-a-kind skate or tatted board, the event raises funds for the Venice Family Clinic (as the Venice Art Walk has done for more than three decades), which provides free medical care to approximately 25,000 low-income men, women, children, teens, and seniors who lack private health insurance.
Venice Art Walk & Auctions' kickoff Surf & Skate Auction to benefit the Venice Family Clinic, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at 2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. C1, Santa Monica.
-- Adam Tschorn
Photo: Attendees at last year's inaugural Surf & Skate Auction browse a display of custom-decorated skate decks. Proceeds from the event, which kicks off the annual Venice Art Walk, will fund the Venice Family Clinic. Credit: Surf & Skate Auction