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ta b le o f contents

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an introduction

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the process

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how it works

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the goods

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final thoughts

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credits

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a n in tro duction

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I n a wo rl d whe re mo st b r o ke n skateb o ards g e t e i t he r t o s s e d i n t h e

t r a s h or s t o w e d a w a y fo r o l d ti me’s sake

we want ed t o provi de

a p lace w her e t ha t

doesn’t have to happen. 5


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T h a t ’s w h a t r e p l a y i s a l l a b o u t :

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Instead of adding t o overcrowde d b ack ya r ds,

landfills,

an d

d u st y garage s, we co l l ect

beat-up,

splint er ed,

mauled, f r i e d , shr edded,

s n a p p e d , wor n, abused, and ot her w ise u n u s a b l e

skateboards

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put them to good use. and

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H ere’s o u r

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m i s sio n state men t:


“replay

i s an imaginat ive

prog ram devo ted t o keeping th e p l ane t

c l e an er.

Thr ough

p o sitive

use of discar ded skat eboar ds and ot her dumpst er t r easur es,

Replay also pr ov i des a venue for t ea chi ng va l ua bl e

skills 11

to k i ds

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th e process

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t h e s to ry Replay is a creative program at The Skateboard School (TSS) in Denver, Colorado.

already there instead of letting it sit for a few thousand years?

The founders, mostly skateboard coaches and seasoned ex-hippies, saw a need for more constructive uses for old skateboards.

Furniture, shelving , clocks, jewelr y, artistic sculptures, lamps, shutters, and door handles are just a few examples of ways old skateboards & their parts can be used.

Over the years they saw that decks too worn to give to a rookie skater are usually either stuck away in some forgotten place, added to a trophy row of well-loved skateboards, or simply thrown out. They figured the planet is fragile enough as it is and doesn’t need more stuff in landfills, so why not do something with what’s

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Plent y of companies out there sell furniture inspired by skateboard culture for wealthier enthusiasts, and most skate shops have at least one bench made out of old decks, but that’s not all Replay does. It’s not just about skateboards. It’s place where kids can come and feel


ultimate freedom to build whatever they want out of, well, trash.

is often especially difficult to get them interested in a new idea of fun.

After all, decks aren’t the only cool things in dumpsters: tires, broken motors, baskets, egg cartons, fabric, and much, much more are all waiting to be repurposed. Even stuff that’s supposed to be sent to recycling pl ants can be reused in cool er ways.

Replay fills that void perfectly. It’s a place to get artistic energy out in a safe (but not too safe) environment without someone dict ating what to do or think, while still teaching kids how to think creatively when it comes to recycling instead of learning to throw ever ything away.

Kids are thrown so much negativit y in today’s culture and a lot of parents are tr ying to get their children involved in popular activities that are fun while still being a valuable, educational experience. A lot of times that’s hard to come by, and it

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Building skills, junk no one else wants, free thought, artistic freedom, crazy fun, and of course, a skate park. What could be better? Come check it out, dude.


why re p l ay? So what’s a good name for a program that makes cool new stuff out of old skateboards? Here were some words of inspiration that identified what the company was all about: • • • • • • •

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skateboarding recycling trash-to-treasure creativit y fun freedom building skills

These led to: • re-build • recycle • reuse • refurbish • ...and finally, replay. People hit the replay button for skate videos and awesome songs, so why not for trash? Instead of just the old play (use) and stop (throw out) options, there’s a new possibilit y. The life of the skateboard can now replay.


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pe rs o n a s C o r e a g e g r o u p : 7-13 W h o : K i ds enr olled in TS S, o r on e s t hat just want a coo l pl ace t o go hang out and make stuff.

Th e i r p aren t s pr obably wan t th e m t o get involved i n a safe , const ruct ive envi ro n me n t and feel t hat i f i t wi l l be f un for t heir ki d s an d h e lp keep t he pl ane t cl e an, even bett er !

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Trevor Silvey is a quiet, creative 13-year-old who is either out skating or tinkering in the garage on one of his several art projects. His favorites are the ones made entirely from stuff his

OCD mom threw out. Jack’s parents want him to continue pursuing his artistic t alent and suggested finding a way to integrate it into a more social setting to help him become more outgoing .

Marni Jones is involved in prett y much ever y afterschool activit y possible, including leading the “green is extreme” club; impressive for an 11-year-old. She’s learning how to skateboard

at TSS and wants to get into the culture more, but her dad

Jack Donaldson is a fearless 7-year-old always getting into trouble at school. While she loves his intense energy,

help steer him in the right direction. All he seems to be interested in these days however, is skateboarding , and she’s not sure how to get him interested in making art, not just destroying things.

Trevor ’s hippie-at-heart mom thinks getting him involved in a kind of art program might

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doesn’t really like her hanging out at the teenage-guys-only parks. A place to both skate and hang out with other cool kids her age would be ideal.


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c o l o rs I n s p i r e d b y skat e par ks an d skateb oar d magaz ines, sh o p s, an d websit es, a p h o to co l l age of clippings p rod u ce d this palett e:

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g ri d F l e x i b l e gr ids are p o p u l ar in skat e mag azi n e s, so a basic 1 x1 se e me d appr opr iat e si nce i t would allow for b o th cl ean lines and mo re creati ve t w ist s.

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t yp e

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B l o c k s , bold lett er ing ,

U n i v e r s e was us ed

an d l i n e s are all t ypical.

because of it s vast

A n asso rtment of phot os

usage and adapt ab i l i t y,

fro m p o p u l ar skat e

and because san

mag azi n e s l ed t o t he

ser if s ar e used alm os t

o rgan i zati o n al syst em

exclusively in t he

se e n i n Re p lay.

skat eboar ding cultur e.


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ve c to rs

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m a rk G i l l S a n s , set in all cap s, was chosen for the mark be cause of i ts b o l d b l ock lett er s e asy to i ncor por at e int o t ypo g raph i c patt er ns.

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The replay symbol

Once t he idea was t her e,

sp awne d from an

t he line weight of t he

attemp t to br ing t he

symbol was mat ch ed

recycl e l og o and a VCR

w it h t he t ype t o pr ov i de

p l ay bu tton t oget her.

a f luid f inal mar k.


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h ow it works

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s ka te b o a rd s D o n a t i o n s : The skateb o ard supply at Re p l ay i s most ly donat ion b ase d , b u t buying old d e cks from people or co mp an i es is possible also to e n su re availabilit y.

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H o w : H ere ar e

pick up decks f r om

so me ways donat ions

near by par ks.

are co l l e cted: • For mor e dist ant pa r k s i n • Lo cked recept acles at D enve r skat e par ks

t he surr ounding a r ea s , hybr ids or equall y l owf uel vehicles wo ul d be

• A l o cked donat ion box at

used for pick up s .

Rep l ay’s l ocat ion • Post er s ar ound The • B i cycl es w it h a lar ge

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Skat eboar d School (TS S )

carr yi ng cont ainer ar e

and ar ound t he c i t y a s k

provi de d for employees

for donat ions


pe o p l e H o w : A co mpany can’t su r vi ve o n w heels alone. H ere’s h ow it wor ks:

• A smal l fee cover s st aff, e q u i pme nt , and ut ilit ies, an d “scholar ships” are avai l able for t he u n d e rpri vileged.

• S up e r vi sor s ar e available to h e l p o ut w it h t ools an d b rai n st or ming

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to o l s H o w : To o l s , mat er ials, i de as, an d equipment ar e

• All t he basic t ool s , na i l s , nut s, and bol t s

al l n e e d e d along w it h t he skateb o ards. Her e’s w hat i s provi de d :

• Power t ools a nd ot her f un dest ruc t i ve dev i c es (t hanks t o the s t a ff )

• St encils, ma r ker s , fa br i c , and non-t ox i c pa i nt

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m a te ri a l s J u n k : S i n ce t he over all p o i nt i s to teach cr eat ivit y i n recycl i n g , mat er ials t hat mi gh t add o n well t o t he skateb o ard element s ar e al so i ncl ud e d.

Th e se co n sist of var ious recycl ed , d umpst er-doven o b j ects l i ke old t ir es, b o o ks, chai rs, chains, mo tors, etc.

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c re a ti ve th in kin g I d e a s : Whi l e Replay is a g reat pl ace t o come and b e fre e to make anyt hing , l earni ng b u i lding skills is al so i mpo rt ant .

Id e a b o o ks, highly cr eat ive st aff, and p ost er s ar e all avai l ab l e for inspir at ion an d to h e l p pr ovide an u n d e rst an d ing of w hat materi al s are available for ki ds to work w it h.

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l o c a ti o n Re p l ay i s l ocated at Th e S k ate b o ard S ch o o l (TS S) in D e nve r, C o l orado .

I t i s i n a g arage stud i o at t h e scho o l ’s l o cati o n , and i s i de al l y si tu ated n ext t o t h e i r skate p ark.

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the building Th e stud i o i s const ruct ed

cont r ibut e t o bot h i nt er i or

o f re cycl ed mat er ials like

and ext er ior env i r onm ent s .

ti res an d e g g cr at es w it h exce l l e n t i n sulat ion t o cut

Two sides of t he bui l di ng

d own o n h e at ing cost s, and

ar e gar age door s w hi ch

so l ar p an e l s inst alled on

open complet el y t o a l l ow

roo f are u sed t o pr ovide

easy access i nt o t he

so me e l ectricit y.

skat e par k and out door wor kspace, e l i m i na t i ng

G raffi ti an d mur als add

t he need for day l i ght i ng

to the g run gy feel, and

and pr oviding pr oper a i r

p rovi de d p aint s ar e

cir culat ion for f um es .

avai l ab l e for kids t o

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th e goods

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po s te r Th e se wou l d be plast er ed prett y much ever yw her e po ssi bl e. S k at e par ks, bus sto p s, scho ols, and light po l es are some examples.

Th ey are d e signed t o cat ch th e eye o f k ids int er est ed i n skateb o ar ding .

A broke n skat eboar d is shown wi th a smaller pi ctu re o f somet hing t hat can b e mad e at Replay.

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bro ch u re Acco rdi on st yle br ochur es wou l d b e d i s t r ibut ed at scho o l s, etc , for par ent s an d teache rs t o become aware o f Replay.

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fl ye r C D -st yl e fl yer s would be l eft at scho ols and handed o u t at skate par ks for kids to t ake a l ook at .

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we b s i te Myspace , Facebook, and F l i ckr are al l good venues for Rep l ay’s wor k.

H ere are so me websit e i nterface o pt ions:

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tags S ti cke rs and paint ed sten ci l s would be stuck i n any i maginable place, i ncl ud i ng p ar ks and skateb o ard decks.

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fin al thoughts

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mission Re p l ay i s an imaginat ive p rog ram devot ed t o ke e p i ng the planet cleaner.

Th rou g h p o sit ive use of d i scard e d skat eboar ds and o the r du mp st er t r easur es, Re p l ay al so pr ovides a ve n u e for teaching valuable ski l l s to ki ds.

It’s abo u t:

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t h e f u tu re Th e

vision of

Rep l ay i s to not only con ti n u e i nspir ing kids t o t ake a mo re c r e a t i v e

a p p r o a c h t o car ing for

but t o also pr ovide

the e nvi ro n ment ,

upcoming y o u n g e r

g e n e r a t i o n s with a place w her e it ’s ok ay t o be bot h cultur ally c ool a nd

socially active.

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Replay i s a g i a n t s t e p toward s s t r en g the n i ng the e arth a n d t h e c o m m u n i t y.

take that step w i t h We invit e you t o

us. Who know s w h er e i t could e n d u p ?

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credits

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s o u rc e s S p ecia l th a nks t o Flicker and it s many gener ous p h o to u p l oader s such as: h ttp://w w w.f lickr.com/phot os/jasont henino/ h ttp://w w w.f lickr.com/phot os/_satur nine/ h ttp://w w w.f lickr.com/phot os/r ebelliousf lame/ h ttp://w w w.f lickr.com/phot os/chudaev/ h ttp://w w w.f lickr.com/phot os/blackmt nsnow / h ttp://w w w.f lickr.com/phot os/dloko/

S kate b o arder M agaz ine Th rashe r Magaz ine

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“S kate b o arder M agaz ine Online.” Skat eboar der. 8 Ma r

20 0 9 <htt p://w w w.skat eboar der mag .com/>.

“S ector9.” Sect or Nine Skat eboar ds. 8 M ar 20 09 < h ttps://w w w.sect or 9.com/>.

“ C u stom S k at eboar d Gr aphics.” Boar d Pusher Skat eboa r ds . 8

Mar 20 09 <htt p://w w w.boar dpusher.com/Bp/>.

“C o l orado Skat e Univer sit y.” The Skat eboar d School . TS S.

8 Mar 20 09 <htt p://w w w.t heskat eboar dschool .c om /

i n d ex.ht ml>.

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co l o p h o n Typ eface : Univer s LT St d by Adr ian Frut iger Wo rd ma rk t ypef ace: Gill Sans by Er ic Gill

D esi gn e r: Š 20 09 Hannah Br agg

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