Darkstar Skateboards is a skate brand founded in 1997 in El Segundo, California by two brothers: Chet and Matt Thomas. It was named after the song of the same name by the rock band Grateful Dead. Firstly, Darkstar was a skateshop that soon became the Darkstar Wheels brand. As soon as they started creating boards, they renamed themselves Darkstar Skateboards.

Who owns the brand?

Long independent, Dwindle bought the brand after a few years. It then joined the group with Enjoi, Blind skateboards, Almost skateboards, Tensor Trucks, and Dusters. Then, the latter is under the ownership of Globe International since 2002. Since 2019, Highline Industries Corporations/Bravo Sport (Sector 9, Pro-tec, Nutcase helmets, and Six Six One) has owned Dwindle Distribution.

The brand has assembled a team of quality pro-riders, consisting of 12 skaters. To name them: Ryan Decenzo, PLG, Greg Lutzka, Dave Bachinsky, Cameo Wilson, Manolo Robles, Ke’Chaud Johnson, Adam Dyet, Reemo Pearson, Santana Saldana, Jeo Hinson and Mike Berdis.

Skateboard graphics

Known for its iconic black knight’s helmet logo, it stands out for its dark and highly detailed illustrations. For the past ten years, it has called upon the Portland creative agency, Oregon Lincoln Design, to create its graphics. The agency has already created more than 100 designs for the brand.

Always in line with their DNA, she also created with labels outside the skate industry. For instance, collabs with the manufacturer Harley Davidson, Biltwell or the cartoon Felix the Cat.

Like many other brands, Darkstar Skateboards regularly collaborates with artists for one-offs or on a regular basis. The artist Luke Pelletier, Patrick Nagel have already designed several beautiful series, the Canadian artist Meka, James Kerr aka Scorpion Dagger, Erik Foss and many others are also at the origin of beautiful graphics that you can discover below.

Celtic Pro Series By Darkstar Skateboards 2
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Celtic Pro series by Darkstar Skateboards

The Thomas brothers’ brand, Darkstar Skateboards has just released a new series called ‘Celtic Pro’. Once again, the Lincoln design studio was responsible for creating these impressive illustrations. Cheerful skeletons armed to the teeth are represented and surrounded by Celtic…
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Erik Foss Darkstar Skateboards 5
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Erik Foss x Darkstar Skateboards

Darkstar Skateboards has released a new Guest Artist series with Erik Foss. This New York artist is also known to co-manage one of NYC’s hottest bars, the Lit Lounge. His universe is both very colorful and very dark matches perfectly…
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Nagel Darkstar Skateboards
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Nagel x Darkstar Skateboards 2

The success of the first Patrick Nagel x Darkstar Skateboards capsule collection led the brand to renew the operation with a 2 series of 3 boards for Ryan Decenzo, Greg Lutzka and Ke’Chaud. Women remain at the heart of this…
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Nagel x Darkstar Skateboards

For its new capsule collection, Darkstar Skateboards offered one of the greatest American illustrators of the 20th century: Patrick Nagel. His obsession with the representation of women will lead the artist to see his work published in Playboy. This tribute series…
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Scorpion Dagger X Darkstar Skateboards
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Scorpion Dagger x Darkstar Skateboards

The Medial Helmet brand collaborates once again with one of the most interesting artists: James Kerr aka Scorpion Dagger. Since 2012, the artist has been creating animated GIFs by creating digital collages based on Renaissance paintings. He created hilarious collages…
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