Shortly after delivering one of the boldest and most interesting collabs of the year with Nike SB, California artist Neckface has teamed up with eBay for an auction skaters would love.
Neckface – whose real name is Alex Montijo – and eBay held an auction from November 11 that ended today with five pairs of his Nike SB Dunks, which dropped in October. The coveted look came with a custom, one-of-a-kind metal shoebox exclusive to the auction. Proceeds from the auction benefited The Skatepark Project, a non-profit organization founded by skateboarding icon Tony Hawk dedicated to creating safe, quality places to skate.
The artist confirmed on his Instagram account today that the auction raised $18,100.
Here, Neckface shares what a skatepark of his design would look like with FN and what made partnering with eBay desirable.
Why was eBay the ideal partner for you?
“Because eBay is the sickest website in the world. And I’m not even kidding. I don’t get bonuses or anything we say. eBay is super sick. I use eBay for a lot of from my inspiration for my artwork I’m a flea market and thrift store guy so whenever I look for weird stuff I write it down either in a sketchbook or on my phone and then more late when I have time, I say to myself, ‘Let’s see what’s happening on eBay.’ I look and research. It’s like a library to me of all the cool stuff I’m interested in. When this opportunity came up, I had a mate there who works at eBay and they had mentioned that they were working with The Skatepark Project. I had already talked to Tony Hawk about doing these skateable sculptures, and my [Nike Dunk SB] the shoe was coming out at the same time and I was thinking of making these metal boxes anyway, so I was like, ‘Let’s tie this all together. Let’s make these boxes that I’m going to do no matter what and all the money I make from these boxes will go into my personal research to try to build these skateparks. The money officially goes to skateparks.
What makes this metal shoe box unique and personalized in the eBay auction?
“What makes it so special is that I cut them all by hand and they are works of art. I make all these metal masks, I do a lot of metal work and there is a big heavy theme metal on the shoes. One of my main inspirations was seeing people make a special box when they drop cool shoes. I was like, ‘OK, this is my take on a special box.’
What was the inspiration behind your recent Nike SB Dunk release?
“The inspiration was a pair of sandals I had that were really ugly. They were so ugly that I put patches all over them and made them tough, just like everyone puts patches all over their vests, their metal jackets and stuff before I go to a gig. And I’ve been doing this stuff for years. I made these sandals look super sick, and when I was approached to do these shoes, I was like, ‘Hey, I want to do this, but I want to create the artwork for each patch on these things.’ Nike got on top of it, they let me go crazy and do whatever I wanted to do.
What are your favorite metal bands?
“My obvious answer is King Diamond and Mercyful Fate, but for now I’m going to say Metallica because Kirk [Hammett] of Metallica, the leader, posted a photo [recently] with the OG Gibson guitar and he has my shoes on.
Why did you choose to support The Skatepark Project with your eBay partnership?
“I’m a skateboarder, 100% skateboarder, and I always tell people that I’m going to take the board before I take the brush. What I mean by that is, there’s been a lot of times where I’m on the deadline to turn in some artwork, and someone’s like, ‘Hey, you wanna go skate? Let’s go skating. I’m like, ‘Man, I have to give this back but I’m going to go skating.’ If I turned in work late, it’s because I was skating. So first and foremost, I’m a skater and skate parks connect the community. This is where a skateboarder goes and finds that there are people who are like him or anyone else. Everyone gets along and has fun in skateparks, and when I first went to a skatepark that was concrete, I looked at it and first I was blown away that someone knew even what we wanted to skate, and also who built that? Who made these parts? My mind, just being an artist and a skateboarder has been going crazy for years. I’ve been creating all these skateable sculptures for 10 years. I have like a sketchbook full of these ideas. I got the shoe out and my buddy started working at eBay. EBay has always worked with The Skatepark Project, which is Tony Hawk’s foundation to build skateparks in underserved communities and I was going to make these boxes, so we tied it all together. We’re just trying to get these skateable sculptures built for all these kids just to keep inspiring young people and showing kids that skateboarding is a great creative thing.
What would your first skatepark look like? And where would he be?
“If you look at the Nike SB ad for my shoe, there’s actually a skate-able object in there, and this is the first time the world has seen one of those objects. This is what they would look like, and it’s is why it would stand out. If you go and watch it, you’ll see how crazy it looks compared to a regular cookie-cutter skatepark. Where would it be? I’m trying to get these things flowing in the world, but I would like to start in my backyard, which is California, and then hopefully conquer the world.
When do you plan to build your first skatepark?
“Man, it depends on how many offers we get on these boxes.”
What did skateboarding give you growing up, and what does it still give you today?
“It’s the same question, what did it get me when I was younger and as an adult, because I wouldn’t be anywhere if it wasn’t for skateboarding and the attitude that goes My art style is a little different from other people and different from what people are used to, and there’s been a lot of people like, ‘Hey man, your art sucks, you should Stop.’ Me, being a skateboarder and having the attitude of a skateboarder is just like, ‘Man, I don’t care what you think. I’m having fun and I’m going to do it no matter what. Every skateboarder knows he’ll skate no matter what, you know what I mean? If you go to a skate park and someone says to you, ‘Hey, your tricks suck, you’re pushing the wrong way.’ If you’re a real depressed skater, you’re like, ‘I don’t care what you think of my tricks or the way I skate. I’m always going to skate and have fun. That’s how my whole life has been. career. I’ll do what I want as long as I have fun.
Do you have other collaborations in preparation?
“I would like to work a little more with Nike. I’ll just say Nike because I don’t want to lock myself into a silhouette that’s on my wishlist. We will therefore opt for a wide Nike. Everything Nike does, let’s do it.