London-based artist and core Motherlan member SOLDIER is dropping a set of hand-printed skate decks in support of the WAFFLESNCREAM Skatepark Project, an organisation which supports the building of skateparks in Nigeria.
The boards, titled “Ozioma (with a white rabbit”), feature an iteration of one of the artist’s most sought-after pieces. The original combines acrylics and pigments on cotton canvas whilst depicting SOLDIER’s eldest sister, aged just three years old at the time. For SOLDIER, art is a means of disruption which entertains the non-conformation of objects that can be found hidden in the background of everyday life. Portraiture features throughout his work, and serves as a powerful vehicle for introspection and social critique.
Set against a painted white backdrop, mirroring a canvas, the board presents an appreciation and admiration for youth with a Nigerian nuance. For each deck sold, a percentage of profits will be donated towards the WAFFLESNCREAM Skatepark Project – building spaces that will inspire and nurture the next generation of Nigerian youth.
WAFFLESNCREAM was founded in 2012 and is Nigeria’s first skateboarding company, providing a hub for skate culture and extreme sports in the West Africa region. SOLDIER discovered WAFFLESNCREAM when he discovered skateboarding, helping paint their first physical store and cementing himself in the Lagos skate scene.
The SOLDIER x WAFFLESNCREAM boards will be released exclusively at Dover Street Market on February 3.
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