Pat Perry
for
Loveme Co.
Story.

Words by Dennis Pohl, September 2013

There was this one moment where it became clear that we had to do something together. Pat and me were sitting in this bar in Kreuzberg, it was saturday night. For the lapse of some drinks we were talking about this and that and ended up discussing Pat‘s reasons to produce art the way he does. Pat is an artist of his own kind. He sees himself more as a writer whose vocabulary is images ins- tead of words. Storytelling is important to him. When looking at his imagery you‘ll find all these motives of everyday life. Houses and fences. Normal, working people. You get a pretty clear impression of what Pat is looking at on his extensive travels, in his everyday rou- tine. His pictures and foremost his sketchbooks seem to work best when regarded as visual diaries.

For him, using these „common“ images as he puts it, is also a way to pick who his audience is. Pat doesn‘t want to make high art.

He wants to make art for normal people. Workers, more or less uneducated people who can realte to the things shown in his work. You can tell what a pure kind of person Pat is when he insists on how important it was for him, that his working uncle could somehow find himself and his sur- roundings in his art. That it shouldn‘t be too accessible to the (rich) art crowd. Asked about why he wouldn‘t want to be part of that, he replies that those circles „are getting taken care of enough already. In every aspect of life.“ So why make elitist art, which only an inner circle of higly educated people could possibly un- derstad?

“We decided to make pretty
skateboards with oil paintings on
them. I hope thats ok with you.“

FULL BOARDSERIES HERE

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But by using this certain kind of imagery, metaphors and symbols he not only aims to include certain demo- graphics in that are usually outsiders to the microcosm of the art world. He also aims to exclude certain ob- jects and cherish others. This is his very subtile way of critiqueing the state of modern society. Consume- rism, urban sprawl and monoculture are the topics you‘ll never directly find in his work, but initially it is all about these problems. Because by excluding these things he tries to show that there‘s a life without them. This life without, the pure and simple life, he romantisizes in return. He animates you to look closer, to find beauty in the ordinary, the divine in this dark world that we live in, as he calls it. That‘s his way of critique. To find beauty in the most common things.

America is a good example for that. Pat‘s palette of motives is very American. Wooden cabins, long railro- ads, American cars. Themes of the countryside and their real people that is similar to topics of Country and Folk music. The list goes on. When asked about his view on today‘s America, Pat admits that a lot of the common stereotypes about America are certainly true. On the surface it is a country with a lot of problems and a weird bias. But he keeps on digging for the beautiful things underneath this surface, which are very few and far between, Pat says. The real people, this thing which people call the American spirit, that‘s what he is interested in. And his pictures show it.

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A PICTURE DOCUMENTATION BY PAT PERRY

This summer an American co-
vered in dirt and paint showed up
at their doorstep…spend a month
wandering through Berlin, pain-
ting, and whooping their ass at
bicycle races.“

FULL GALLERY HERE

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But back to that Kreuzberg bar. Somewhere around our third beer Pat told me that he was aiming to be just a very small part of something good. You need to know that Pat is very opinonated. When something feels right to his high moral standarts, he does it with all of his heart. If not, he won‘t. No matter what. So he continued, that he was perfectly content with not playing a major role in making the world a better place. He feels right in his little spot and just wants to inspire others in doing the same. Doing good stuff.

And isn‘t that close to what Love Me Skateboards wants to do in the small world of skateboarding? Just making good products, cherishing old traditions in

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craftsmanship? We certainly don‘t want to be a big player either. We just want to make some stuff that people (and our- selves) can enjoy. So now you‘re looking at said collaboration of Pat Perry and Love Me Skateboards. We‘re utterly thankful for those great three weeks we got to spend with him and are looking forward to do some more stuff with this inspiring human being in the future. We hope you enjoy!


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