Ride On PDX

 

The Workshop

Megabolt formed as a group of creative people who wanted to better kids’ lives through art. Returning for it's second year, Ride On PDX was a skatedeck artshow that donates 100% of its proceeds to art education in the Pacific Northwest. For 2014, we teamed up with Megabolt to design the event and produce this year's signature deck. The show raised over $6,000 for Union High School in Vancouver, Washington for arts education!


Ride On PDX is made out of three parts. The first being the workshop, followed by the art show itself, and then an online raffle to help raise as much money as possible for our cause. We reached out to 23 amazing artists who each received a blank Goldcoast Skateboards longboard and were given a month to turn it into an art piece. Earlier in the year, we facilitated a workshop with an amazing girl named Darian who’s art program at her High School was lacking supplies and support. We were told about her program by her art teacher, Addy, who has been a good friend of ours. We believe in arts education and supporting people with a passion for it.


So, our goal became to raise money for Darian’s school’s art program (Union High School in Vancouver, WA) and to collaborate with her on a skateboard of our own. We took her through a workshop of the various art forms in our studio and used each piece to concept the board with her. We finished the piece and presented it to her at the show.

The Event

The art show was a one-night-only event that took place at Sincerely Truman in Portland, OR. We took over their space, set up mobile walls to hang the decks, coffee was provided by Good Coffee, and beer by Hopworks. A handful of great volunteers helped us capture raffle ticket purchases from iPads and iPhones throughout the day and night.

The Artists

Aaron Draplin, Always With Honor, Beeteeth, Blaine Fontana, Brian Flynn, Brent Couchman, Dustin Ortiz, Erik Marinovich, Geoffrey Holstad, Ilovedust, Jake Hollomon, James Douglas, Josh Boston, Justin Pervose, Little Friends of Printmaking, Lonny Hurley, Richard Perez, Rory Philips, Sasha Barr, Seth Gale, Steve Green, and Thor Drake.

Online Raffle

After the show was taken down, we kept the boards online for one more week to keep pushing our goal. The site ran on Big Cartel.

Our Amazing Sponsors

This event could not have happened without the support of our amazing sponsors who were so generous to us.

Credits

  • Creative & Art Direction 
    • Jolby & Friends
    • Megabolt
  • Design & Illustration
    • Jolby & Friends
  • Skate Graphics
    • Various Artists
  • Web Development
    • Matt Pensworth
  • Printed Materials
    • Forge
  • Show Walls
    • MC Laser Labs