Jerome Byron Reflects on the Subtle Influence of a Not-So-Subtle Skateboard Deck

The Los Angeles–based architect and designer traces his current work back to his high school pastime.

What I love about this skate deck is its ambiguity. The colors blur, the shapes are undefined, but there are enough recognizable images in there to capture the eye—almost like an optical illusion. I have it hanging in my studio, and as I’m going about my day, I will usually stop and stare at it at least a couple of times. 

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