In a relatively short period of time, Japanese artist HAROSHI has earned worldwide respectability for his beautiful 3D wooden sculptures. Based off of broken skateboard decks, he’s managed to breath new life into something that was most likely destined for the trash bin. Counting much of his creativity thanks to a background in skateboarding, he embodies the vision and mentality that has produced so many talented skateboarding artists. Among the pieces that will inevitably stick in the minds of many was his Nike SB Dunk sculpture. Not only was it mind-numbingly accurate, it was further enhanced by the fact that the decks used were all taken from respective Nike SB riders.
In this interview, HAROSHI’s strong belief in the special vision instilled by skateboarding becomes an overarching theme to his work. It’s been approximately ten years since HAROSHI’s first sculpture, however as the world catches wind and his opportunities expand, we look forward to seeing what the relatively secretive artist has in store.