The Matt Hensley Stained Glass model was his last and perhaps most notorious H-Street graphic, as it transitioned the classic 80’s shape into the more modern kick nose and symmetrical shapes.
Matt had come into the H-Street office and worked with T-Mag on a “double tailed” design for a shape, which a few of the more modern street skaters at the time were also working on. A few years later, that turned into the modern and rather basic “popsicle shape”, which has been ubiquitous in skateboarding ever since its introduction.
In last few years, Old School shapes and other non-popsicle shapes have made a huge comeback and Matt’s Stained Glass shape is very much a good mix between retro and the more modern Old School shape.
The graphic is of course one of the most legendary of the entire H-Street collection. Here’s what Matt had to say about its original origin;
“I was in a hotel room in Colorado with Steve Ortega and this local artist gave me a rough sketch of me in the sitting-on-the-stairs pose. Jeff Klindt redid it and is credited with the final version, as he’s the one who added the stained-glass backdrop, but the first sketch came from a skater in Colorado.
The idea behind it came a bit from a Minor Threat cover. It had a melancholy feeling surrounding it, which is kind of the way I was feeling at the time.”
The board is made in California at Watson Lam and constructed with high quality maple wood and available in a variety of natural, stained and full dips, they are hand silk screened by Damon, who also does the fade screening on an individual basis, so they are all somewhat individually unique. The B Series is a limited run of decks and laser marked as such, including the series number and comes with an Old School hole pattern.
You can pre-order now and your card will not be charged until we actually ship the deck, expected around November. Pre-ordering will really help us coordinate production and by pre-ordering, we’re also offering a free Hensley Decal and a pre-order price of 69.00, which is less than when the deck is actually available in the store. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this.
32.25 X 9.1 / NOSE 6 / TAIL 6.25 / WHEELBASE 15