You don’t have to grow up, but maybe your skateboard should. With that in mind, we’ve sourced some of the finest shred sticks money can buy (yeah, you’ll have to shell out for some of them). For a classy commute to work, the gym or the bar—or some spectacular wall art—grab one of these decks today.
INR X Arbor 29" Pannier Skateboard ($299, Iron and Resin): Arbor Skateboards has long been synonymous with gorgeous decks. They’ve teamed up with Iron and Resin to make just 100 of these beautiful babies that come with either an orange or blue tint, as well as a skateboard pannier (sold separately) that converts into a backpack.
Whip 32" ($179, Sanford Shapes): Yes, they’re beautiful. But Sanford Shapes’ boards are not showpieces. They’re real skateboards meant for ripping your local bowl, vert ramp, park or handrail. Check out the whole line—each of their designs made with hardwoods like maple, mahogany and poplar look sublime with lightning bolts and other simple graphics.
True Classic 28" ($175, DL Skateboards): Handmade in California from solid oak, DL Skateboards possess a surfy style that harkens back to the early days of skateboarding. With its racing stripe and smooth curves, the True Classic is a prime example.
The Weekender 85cm ($229 AUD, Worthy Skateboards): Each of these decks is handmade from “eco-salvaged and recycled” hardwood timbers from Down Under in Gold Coast, Australia. Sustainability is nice. So is the weathered and unique look of these decks.
The Brava Complete 23.5" ($195, Potaito Boards): Lots of mini cruisers and retro skateboards sacrifice performance for looks. Not the whale-shaped Brava. Adding to its inimitable outline, it employs a wide tail to improve maneuverability. The gentle concave and camber of the deck help make it highly shreddable, too.
Cruiser 25" ($235, Pioneer Board Co.): Central Valley-based Pioneer knows cruisers. And California walnut plus gentle curves plus a bold color scheme add up to killer looks in this hand-painted, fishtailed mini offering.
Rajasthani “Goods Carrier” Truck Sign Longboard ($660, Nudie Boards): Nudie Boards makes plenty of street-worthy cruisers, mini cruisers and longboards. This eye-catching design is not one of them. It’s strictly a piece of art especially because of the wood salvaged for the deck: a sign from a freight truck in the Northern Indian state of Rajasthan. It won’t get you to work and back, but it’s already done its fair share of traveling.
Utrecht Elm CNC Cruiser 79cm ($305, Woody Skateboards): With each skateboard, this Dutch company also gives you a document showing exactly where the tree from which it emerged was felled. This particular handmade elm deck with a striking inlaid machine-cut design comes from the city of Utrecht in the central Netherlands.
Gold Plated Skateboard ($15,000, Shut): At fifteen grand, you’ll be glad this gold-plated board designed by Matthew Willet (who runs Epner Technologies, which constructs gold-plated elements for NASA) is out of stock. Although it’s fully functional, every grind and slide would cost a pretty penny. She’d be plenty sick on the wall, though.
Fast Flowing Cruiser ($550, Evin): Made by hand in an Italian workshop, this mahogany and maple board’s hefty price stems from immaculate craftsmanship—note the inlaid details on the bottom of the deck. Riding this in Rome while wearing a bespoke Italian suit would seem perfectly normal. There’s something to be said for that.