The bold artwork emblazoned on a skateboard deck is often as eye-catching and individualistic as a skater’s most breathtaking moves. These four stamps celebrate the Art of the Skateboard with vibrant designs that capture skateboarding’s excitement and reflect the diversity and influences of the four artists whose work is featured.
On a pane containing five rows of four stamps, each skateboard appears once per row. Each subsequent row begins by repeating the last stamp from the previous row, creating a staggered arrangement of designs.
Alaskan Crystal Worl reflects her Indigenous Tlingit/Athabascan heritage with a blue and indigo salmon rendered in formline, the striking curvilinear design style of the northern Northwest Coast.
A bold graphic abstraction embellishes a deck by self-taught Virginia artist William James Taylor Junior. His skateboard features a design of red lines and curves against an orange background.
Arizona native and expert skateboarder Di’Orr Greenwood created a skateboard design with paint, artistic woodburning, and inlaid crushed turquoise. Her Navajo culture is further reflected on a deck featuring eagle feathers and a colorful burst in hues evoking a rising or setting sun.
A black, white, and gold jaguar design is the work of muralist MasPaz (Federico Frum), a Colombian native raised in the Washington, D.C., area. The largest cat in the Americas, the jaguar symbolizes authority and power in the art and lore of Indigenous peoples.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps.
The Art of Skateboards stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.
|Issue:||Art of the Skateboard Stamps|
|Denomination &||First-Class Mail Forever|
|Type of Issue:|
|Format:||Pane of 20 (4 designs)|
|Issue Date & City:||March 24, 2023, Phoenix, AZ 85026|
|Art Director:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA|
|Designer:||Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA|
|Artist:||William James Taylor Junior|
|Artist:||MasPaz (Frederico Frum)|
|Modeler:||Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Gallus RCS|
|Stamps per Pane:||20|
|Print Quantity:||18,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block|
|Colors:||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Cool Gray 5C, Pantone 7688C, Pantone 172C, Pantone 715C, Pantone 7684C|
|Image Area (w x h):||1.42 x 0.84 in / 36.068 x 21.336 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||1.56 x 0.98 in / 39.624 x 24.892 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||7.24 x 5.92 in / 183.896 x 150.368 mm|
|Press Sheets Size (w x h):||21.72 x 11.84 in./ 551.688 x 300.736 mm|
|Plate Size:||120 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Number:||“B” followed by nine (9) single digits|
|Front:||Plate number in four corners of the pane|
|Back:||©2022 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (483400) • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text|