Made to Skate: ECU Students design, build custom skateboards. Photograph by Rhett Butler.

Camille Young’s four cousins will receive skateboards as Christmas presents – all made by her in a Summer Session 1 class in East Carolina University’s School of Art and Design.

Young also is making skateboards for her roommates, her mother, brother and herself – 11 total.

“They are standard street deck style unique to each of them,” she said. “I wanted to make them as unique as possible and put as much time and effort into it so it looks really good.”

Last week, Young still needed to attach wheels for the boards already completed and was waiting on wood to arrive for the others. She matched her friends and family interests, ranging from a yellow and black Hufflepuff Harry Potter-themed board to a marbled green one that will be painted with a varsity letter and mascot for Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, where her mom teaches. Her mother plans to hang it in her classroom.

Young, an art major concentrating in photography and journalism, prefers roller skates but will try riding her skateboard. “I don’t really skateboard,” she said. “I’m really clumsy.”

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Originally published June 20, 2018. Written by Crystal Baity. Photography by Rhett Butler.

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