Skateboarding To Scale: The Fine Art Of Fingerboarding


One92! They’ll purchase it off my website. Some people message me and ask beforehand and then pay for the custom. Once they’ve paid I’ll say okay, well, you can pick the ply colors. the woods, the graphic, the shape and which mold you want and anything… special you want wheel wells or you know they can tell me the details whatever they want. Even if it’s something they think oh well this might be hard to make or I don’t know if you can make this. Just tell me and I can do it I can do it (Narrator) – Over the past few years, fingerboarding has spiked in interest all over the world. Evolving from what were once considered toys, Fingerboards has become professional and intricate miniature replica skateboards having everything from pressed wood decks to ball bearings in the wheels. Unsatisfied with the plastic fingerboards found at the store some people have found ways to mold, shape, and customize their own boards. One of those people is Trent Witcher. (Trent) – I was into fingerboarding, Way before I started skating. early 4th, 5th grade, when I was 9, or 10 years old. (Narrator) – I was able to find trend through Instagram where I found the account for his company which he called Brutal Fingerboards. Having been skater myself. Naturally. I played with Tech Decks, so when I saw brutal finger boards Instagram account I was instantly blown away by the level of detail and craftsmanship that went into the boards. Starts off like everybody you buy a toy tech deck from the store, and you start getting in to it, and then a there’s a lot of do-it-yourself stuff. So I started getting into making my own stuff, tuning my boards and eventually it turned into making better and better and better boards. (Narrator) – I quickly realized that you know these were no toys, these finger boards are created with style and for maximum playability. Not to mention, they’re also works of art. I was watching like, old state tapes like, old VHS skateboarding tapes and um, I don’t know, it was just really interesting seeing all the old boards and old skaters and all the style. And it wasn’t a lot of tricks, it was just more like style and people riding and then I ended up finding an old skateboard in the trash and I started writing that around a lot and it really caught my interest. The first board that I made got a lot of attention from the older skateboarders the dudes who knew what they were. They were like, “Oh Iknow what that is, I used to have that,” (Narrator) – The more I got to see Trent’s board’s up close the more I wanted to see how they were made. So I put in an order for a custom One92 vintage deck. Trent was more than happy to show us his garage. Which he transformed into a full-blown fingerboard factory. This is in my workshop my garage, and where I make everything that I do Starts off with veneer, which is just wood sliced really really thin and It’s mostly maple, same used in skateboards same type of wood. And then sliced up into the proper fly sizes to put in the mold and it’s dyed and that takes a couple days to dye it and it’s taken out of the dye, dried, and then we put glue between the plies and press it in the mold sets in the mold for at least 24 hours and then it’s taken out of the mold, holes are drilled. The shape is traced onto it. It’s cut into shape. It’s fine sanded, polished, clear coated, graphics applied and that’s pretty much it. (Narrator) – So now that we have our own deck. I went online and I ordered griptape, trucks and wheels to complete the board. but while I wait for those to arrive in the mail, I give Trent a call and ask him if he’ll join me in an event called the Build A Board Mixer. This boozy charity event calls for skateboard enthusiasts to come together and race to build a complete skateboard, with each final board being donated the kids who are unable to afford their own. (Announcer) – Just a quick announcement guys, were setting up teams to build the boards outside, so if you wanna head over there and sign up with one of the two guys with the GetABoard shirts. (Narrator) – With Trent being a master skateboard builder both big and small. I thought we had a chance at winning. So we recruited our other teammates and prepared to face off head to head, with Orlando’s skate community. (Narrator) – I really enjoyed this event because we could all use our talents – Trent’s really good at building skateboards, and I’m really good at drinking! No wonder we won. But wait, what did we win exactly? You guessed it. (Announcer) – You guy’s all get a free shot on my tab. (Narrator) – More alcohol! So after a few days of waiting, this morning, I finally received the rest of the parts to complete our board. so Kitten and I present to you the first ever One92 vintage fingerboard. What’s really exciting about this board is Trent did a really good job. I think this is one of the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m ready to skate this. When I started I didn’t really see it too much as art and Then this past year I realized it. Like, I really realized that it is an art. I’m just trying to go in that direction more. Having a chance to meet Trent and being able to watch him work has really shown me that Fingerboarding is leveling up to become a serious and lucrative profession. Just like how skateboards have shaken their kids toy origin, Fingerboarding is appearing on that level as well and has even become an art form. I can only see from your boarding growing into something bigger. A collective subculture that will not only attract skaters, but others, like Trent, people who are craftsmen and artists. Just like how Trent uses his skills as a financial and artistic outlet, others will come along and put their visions on the board, literally, and figuratively.

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47 thoughts on “Skateboarding To Scale: The Fine Art Of Fingerboarding

  1. I loved this vid, greats from Mexico, here we have a big movement around the fingerboarding, I hope one day film about that.

  2. that isnt a dokumentary in my eyes,
    its more or less a 12minute long advertisment for brutal fingerboads, lol?
    you not even giving back to the fingerboard scene! Buy china trucks and China wheels wtf?
    And wtf? What are those Shoes Trent? are you kidding us?

  3. I'm sorry but this isn't a documentary. This is a long YouTube video advertising Brutal Fingerboards. This video was over advertised and overestimated. I understand that it's hard to get something really professional, but it isn't that hard. Software nowadays and even cameras are constantly improving. If you had taken a bit more time with this it would've turned out better. I also get the image you're trying to portray in this, but it wasn't executed well. You only provided one point of view. A documentary needs to throughly go through the history and composition of its topic. You can't have only one point of view. Just look at the Skating Fingers movie. He is taking his time with this and providing a thorough story. That's another thing your video lacks, a story. There's no story involved.
    Believe it or not, I'm not trying to diss you or roast you. This has potential but you haven't executed it right.
    The way this was filmed doesn't complement the story and message of this video. If you were to work on these, it would be much better.

  4. I like those old school decks a lot but I think this guy might be fuckin gay for wearing toe shoes while skating

  5. Trent built 3 custom boards for me, two Santa Cruz 80’s boards (Roskopp face and Corey O’Brien Reaper, the Roskopp face prototype is in the thumbnail for this video in the pink finish), and an early 80’s pig shape with wheel wells, seriously quality pieces.

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