Paul McCarthy, ‘Donald’, The Skateroom
Paul McCarthy, ‘Donald’, The Skateroom
Paul McCarthy, ‘Donald’, The Skateroom

“If our boards pay for the park, well that’s a good reason to make skateboards!”
Paul McCarthy – 2015
When we got a phone call from Paul and Damon McCarthy, we were nervous at first…But Paul’s generosity and enthusiasm for the project quickly put our minds at ease.

The project took an unexpected turn when we learnt that Oliver Percovich was opening a new Skateistan facility in Johannesburg!

Paul’s generosity took over and our new mission was now to help entirely finance the construction of the skate park and school: an ambitious goal to reach!
Thanks to Paul McCarthy’s enthusiasm for our project, we managed to raise close to $ 250,000 to finance the construction of Skateistan’s new skate school in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Paul McCarthy additionally donated a bronze statue for the skate school, taken from the mannequins he set up in the MoMA Design store for the official launch of our collaboration!

Signature: Hand numbered Signed in the deck

Manufacturer: The Skateroom

About Paul McCarthy

Paul McCarthy is recognized for his provocative, some would say tasteless, performances, multi-media installations, and sculptures that irreverently fuse high and low culture in their biting but humorous critique of American mythology and accepted societal norms. Santa Claus porn videos, Hummel figurine parodies, and chocolate butt plugs are among McCarthy’s most well known pieces. For Train, Mechanical (2003-09), McCarthy created a pair of larger-than-life animated sculptures of George W. Bush mounting pigs from behind. “I'm interested in caricatures—from Miss Piggy to Popeye to Santa Claus—that are cultural fabrications,” McCarthy explains. “Santa is one that I've hung on to longer, that I repeat more. There's the whole thing of Christmas and consumption and commodity, and its relationship to capitalism and Western culture and Americana. The character itself is this roly-poly patriarch with a beard—almost a godlike figure.”

American, b. 1945, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States