Bob Hickman is a prolific and creative skate artist from Ohio. Here’s how he describes his background in skating, music and with H-Street;
“I started skating in 86'when I was 13, my favorite skater from day 1 was Ron Allen, first time I saw him was in "Sick Boys" I liked his style a ton, but that was all I saw of him until H-Street came to light. The first H-Street board I had was Ron’s, the one with the straight jacket. The tail was huge! It was a no comply machine.
There was a thin line with hip-hop and skateboarding, I DJ'd for a minute, but I could always rap and make beats so when the opportunity came and Ron asked me to make some beats for his album that just released I was hyped on that. I made him 3 tracks and he put them on his album. I've worked with a lot of big artists in the music industry but for some reason doing this for him meant the most. When it was done we talked on the phone about Hip-Hop for at least an hour, he's just a good and humble guy and I’d do anything for him. So when the opportunity came from Tony and H-Street to work on Ron’s 30 year graphic a few years ago, I jumped all over it.”
Since then, Bob’s made a number of tribute oriented graphics for H-Street, along with some original art. Lately, he’s been commissioned to do hand painted originals for different people and Mag suggested he do a series of decks we could offer to our friends. Being a 90’s kid that also worked in the Hip-Hop music community, Bob thought he’d hand paint 4 of the most influential recording artist of that era.
“I was drawing a new idea for a Puppet deck and I stopped and said this guy kinda looks like Biggie so I finished him and it was my version of a Puppet Biggie. I didn’t think much of it and I posted it and a lot of people said to do a legends series of rappers who have passed. Ok, so the next one was simple, it was Tupac, he turned out pretty good. Had to do Pac because I did Biggie.
Next was Eazy E but he always wore LOCS sunglasses so it was really basic until I found a photo of him with a lens popped out of them so I used that idea… Eazy was done and I still had one last blank deck left. I was going to do Jam Master Jay or MCA from the Beastie Boys but then I knew I’d do a Beastie Boys set and still need to do this. I was watching the Wu-Tang series on Hulu and said “Old Dirty” and he turned out pretty good too.
There’s no hidden reason or meaning for these boards and anybody who knows early 90’s know exactly the impact these 4 had on music as a whole so out of respect I painted them.. enjoy and thanks!”
This series of four decks are hand painted on new blanks, with a bit of a personal inscription and Bob’s Puppet signature on the top. They are only available this one time as original pieces of artwork.