Denver company shines a light into the skater world with their cool Catholic skateboards and snowboards.
The story of salvation is as old as humanity, but in the skateboard world, it feels new. In a market crowded with “anti-authoritarian” and sometimes disturbing visual art, one small company is putting gorgeous Catholic art and themes on skateboards—and filling a real need for many skaters.
Aleteia had a chance to talk with Lisa Fixler, founder and president of Motherboards. A Catholic mom who lives in Denver, Fixler vividly remembers the moment that inspired her to start the company:
My youngest son’s best friend was over at our house with his skateboard. I looked down at his board on my kitchen floor and felt truly appalled that it was in my house! I was struck by two things in particular: the horrible Satanic art on the board, and that both my son and his friend actually claimed they liked it. It was “cool” to them. That the designs seemed to celebrate something clearly nefarious was one thing. But the fact my son thought it was cool hit me like a brick.
Fixler decided to spend some more time exploring the world of skateboard art, and what she saw appalled her:
I took a trip to the mall to peruse the skate stores. Here were some of the design choices I saw: A Hail Satan deck (that actually said “Hail Satan”) with a goat’s head with red eyes, a board with marijuana leaves, a board covered with topless women. There HAD to be a way to counter this … The subtle, almost subconscious impact art like this could have on an impressionable kid frankly made my blood boil.
Most Catholic parents would be concerned about the impact of such images on their children, but Fixler took things a step further. She began to wonder if there was a way for their Catholic faith to be a part of her sons’ beloved skateboarding hobby.