It's not exactly the age-old Chicken v. Egg quandary, but it is something that's actually considered nowadays. I mean, you didn't hear it at all in the '60s (okay, give or take the random OCD lunatic that inhabits the fringe of every subculture). And maybe someone somewhere in a Venice bungalow pondered it briefly in the late '70s (and possibly even tripped out on it with a blacklight experiment or two). There is documented proof that a smattering of synapses around the globe definitely sparked in the late '80s (*cough* OCDs *cough*), but it wasn't really until the '90s that eyebrows started to be roundly and openly arched in actual arty appreciation.
And with that, the skateboard transitioned from a relatively short, hard, and abusive life on the streets and ramps to a pristine existence of boundless years as unconventional interior wall decor.
Ever since this circle of life was broken and the age of skart was entered, the art world has openly embraced skate culture with entire gallery and museum shows dedicated to the art and artists responsible for shaping its visual mythology*. This summer, the Museum of Design in Atlanta, Georgia, explores the evolution of skateboard art with "Skate It or Hang It?!" The exhibition opens Saturday, June 16, 2012, with a number of artists in attendance that day, including Andy Howell, Steve Olson, Lance Mountain, Wes Humpston, Michael Sieben, and, if you could kindly excuse the third person break, Sean Cliver.
For a timetable of special events, appearances, and information in general, please visit: museumofdesign.org
* Nostalgic inside joke.