Donated by Spoke Art Gallery

Before Mankind Could Ollie #23

Found vintage skateboard from the 1950s  

23.5″ x 5″

Retail Value: $500

Minimum Bid: $175




Oakland, CA-based street artist GATS (Graffiti Against the System) is an international graffiti legend, creating outdoor art in places that reach as far as Palestine, the Philippines, and Rome. For GATS, graffiti is the most direct way to speak to people. By making the streets a conversation, city dwellers are given a political voice and the ability to reclaim space within their own urban environment. GATS is predominately known for the iconic mask that appears in his work. This face of GATS can often be spotted peering out from an alleyway or stretched across a rooftop, greeting passersby with its all-seeing gaze. Representing a sense of duality, GATS’s iconic totem has been filled with intricate insignia over the years, speaking to the artist’s personal reflections. This specific piece has been created on a found vintage skateboard from the 1950s and uses the artist’s signature iconography.

GATS is represented by Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco.


GATS art in San Francisco and Portland:

GATS in context

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