Haroshi is an avid skateboarder who translates his love of the sport into hand crafted sculptures made from recycled skateboards. His website describes his method which is similar to the mosaic style used to create wooden Japanese Buddhas:
90% of Buddha statues in Japan are carved from wood, and built using the method of wooden mosaic; in order to save expense of materials, and also to minimize the weight of the statue. So this also goes hand in hand with Haroshi’s style of using skateboards as a means of recycling.
Haroshi merges his love of skateboarding with his art by burying a skateboard part inside each sculpture. Here are a few of Haroshi's colorful and tactile artworks, with several photographs courtesy of Brandon Shigeta