Alva model skateboard used by Bill Danforth

Alva model skateboard used by Bill Danforth

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Description (Brief)
Wooden laminated skateboard with Gordon & Smith plastic trucks and Alva urethane wheels. Two white Schmitt Stix are attached to the bottom of the board. The board artwork was designed by Tony Alva and Bill Danforth and includes green skulls in a pink circle and pink claw marks running through the top and bottom of the design. There is neon green grip tape on the surface of the board with a black spider web pattern on a pink ground on the front of the board. A black spider web design is also on the bottom of the board. Grip tape covers the original purple line design. This board was used during the 1980's by Midwestern skateboarder Bill Danforth, star of the Street Survival Video and was autographed by Danforth as well. Bill Danforth was known as the American Nomad as he used to hitchike and bum rides to get around the country to go to skate events. Bill was top 10 in the World rankings in both vert and street skating in the 1980s and was well respected for his skating skills and his disregard for the limelight and fame.
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Object Name
date made
Danforth, Bill
Alva, Tony
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
wood (overall material)
overall: 30 1/2 in x 10 1/2 in x 6 in; 77.47 cm x 26.67 cm x 15.24 cm
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accession number
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Credit Line
Bill Danforth
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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