Product Spotlight - Polar Spring '22 Decks
Pontus Alv is back with another tasty selection of skateboard decks in a variety of shapes and sizes to satisfy all your wooden needs.
Polar's first collection of 2022 features graphics by countless different artists including Polar OG, Jacob Ovgren, and Pontus' father, Torsten Alv, as well as artwork from some of the Polar team, like manual magician, Hjalte Halberg. With new pro boards in a variety of shapes for all your favourite Polar heads including Shin Sanbongi, Oskar Rozenberg, Aaron Herrington, and newest pro, Roman Gonzalez, these bangers will look just as good on your wall as they will under your feet.
Both Aaron Herrington and the elusive Dane Brady have been blessed with decks featuring artwork from Jacob Ovgren. It's safe to say Ovgren's art is pretty synonymous with Polar at this point - it's up there with their iconic no comply mascot - and these latest graphics are up there with some of his best. With bold colours and cartoony illustrations, the 'Planet Herrington' and 'Fish Bowl' decks are absolutely textbook Ovgren, but he also did a slightly different graphic for Oski with the 'Rock & Roll' deck. The sketchy illustration and hand-written text looks more like something Gonz would do for Krooked than a Jacob Ovgren Polar deck, but the AC-DC/School of Rock reference makes this one an instant classic.
All three decks come in a variety of shapes and wheel well options, including standard popsicles and funky cruiser shapes, with the 'Fish Bowl' deck coming in the Surf Jr. and Dane 1 shapes, the 'Planet Herrington' deck in the 1991 Jr. shape, and Oski's 'Rock & Roll' deck in a classic Football shape.
Another double whammy from the collection, Shin Sanbongi and Roman Gonzalez both have the honour of having artwork by Pontus' father, Torsten Alv, on the bottom of their decks. Torsten's artwork has a child-like innocence to it with simple shapes and bold colours that's almost reminiscent of a brighter, more primitive Lowry - particularly the 'Hunters' deck. Both are available in traditional popsicle shapes as well as the 1991 Jr. shape for the 'Soldier' deck and the P9 shape for the 'Hunters' deck.
Pontus himself also supplies some of the artwork in this drop, including the 'Heaven' team deck - which has some serious Keith Haring vibes - and Nick Boserio's 'Double Head' deck featuring Pontus' classic surreal style. The 'Heaven' deck comes in a 7.875" popsicle so it's only really suitable for kids, old heads, or people trying to learn quad flips, while the 'Double Head' deck comes in at the other end of the scale in an 8.75" Surf Jr. shape which is perfect for a pub cruiser or a slappy curb destroyer.
Last but not least, both Hjalte Halberg and Paul Grund supplied their own graphics for their new decks with Paul's deck featuring his photography, and Hjalte's featuring his bold and colourful artwork. Paul Grund's 'Man With Window' deck features a split between two of his photographs with a lovely contrast between the blue and green tones. The deck comes in a standard 8" popsicle shape as well as a chunky 9.25" 1992 shape to suit any style of skating.
In keeping with the majority of his recent graphics, Hjalte's 'Burning Sink' deck features a plain white background with Hjalte's artwork in the center for a clean and simple aesthetic. The artwork features a drawing of a skyscraper with a bathroom sink on top - in which there's a strange cartoon character wearing boxing gloves being burnt alive like Joan of Arc - and a funnel coming out of the bottom which is presumably emitting the gooey, cooked residue of the unfortunate creature being burnt alive. Not really sure if it has any deeper meaning, but it looks pretty cool so I guess we can overlook that. Plus, Hjalte's a legend so anything he does instantly gets a pass in our book. I just want to know what the poor yellow bugger did to deserve such a spectacular and agonising death.
That's enough chit-chat though. Head to the shop to browse Polar's latest collection in full and buy now from CSC, or find out more about our latest product with more Product Spotlights on the CSC Blog. Safe.