Hawaii Skateboard Co. pops up in Waikiki
BY GARY CHUN / firstname.lastname@example.org
Local artist Heather Brown has made a name for herself with her strongly delineated paintings and prints of the nature and landscape surrounding the North Shore home she shares with her husband, Chris Viverito.
Viverito recently started a new business venture called Hawaii Skateboard Co. Working out of their Pupukea studio, Brown said that since “Chris manages my art business, and since we’ve always worked together, it was only natural that I would help with this new company of his.”
The couple, both 40, will be debuting Hawaii Skateboard Co. merchandise — both decks and handmade skateboards, as well as T-shirts and caps — from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Greenroom Hawaii gallery in Waikiki.
“He designs all of the skateboard decks,” Brown said. “Some are etched by laser that are similar to my style of art, and others mix in different colors of wood with inlays of fiberglass resin.”
The company tries to use reclaimed wood when it can, although the bulk of the skateboard decks are made with oak or laminated plywood. Decks start at $50 and assembled skateboards at $150.
Saturday’s gallery showing is at a familiar venue for Brown.
“I’ve had art there since it opened. The same owners run my galleries in Tokyo and Osaka,” she said. “Before the company’s official launch, we found out that the skateboards sold well there in Japan. That was the confirmation we needed to do this product and create Hawaii Skateboard Co. two months ago.”
Greenroom Hawaii is at 2350 Kalakaua Ave., No. A6. For more information, visit hawaiiskateboardcompany.com.