Skate & Destroy: New Work by Andy Howell¬


Thursday, May 30, 2024
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Virginia MOCA

Thank You Gallery presents ‘Skate & Destroy’ featuring new work from legendary skater/artist Andy Howell

Opening Night:
Thursday, May 30, 2024
5:00–8:00 pm
Refreshments provided by @naturalvbdistro

‘SKATE & DESTROY’ epitomizes the rebellious and creative spirit of 80s skateboarders, bonded by an intense passion for their “useless wooden toys with wheels.” In places like Virginia Beach, skateboarding was a criminal act associated with society’s outcasts. Skaters communicated through a secret language of surf slang and trick names like Boneless One and Fakie Ollie Smith, embodying a unique culture.

To outsiders, skateboarders were intimidating, transforming urban landscapes with their dynamic energy. Images of kids pushing a makeshift ramp down the street exemplified their daring. Immortalized by the skate punk band the Faction and Thrasher’s iconic t-shirts, ‘SKATE & DESTROY’ became a personal mantra for pushing limits and innovation.

Skateboarding united creative misfits who found inspiration outside traditional norms. It fostered a community of visual artists, musicians, writers, and other creatives. This phrase, along with 80s skate ‘zines and a strong sense of camaraderie, invites you to explore this rich heritage in our exhibition.

About the artist: 

Andy Howell’s roots lie in skateboarding, surfing, drawing, painting, punk rock, and hip hop. Growing up in the 80s punk scenes of Virginia, North Carolina, and DC, he made ‘zines to connect with other skateboarders and artists before the mobile phone era. Traveling the east coast for skate contests, Andy turned pro in 87’, influencing street skating, skate art, and fashion for the next decade. His philosophy—move fast, break rules, and contribute to the community—shaped skateboarding and streetwear.

Andy’s latest venture,, reflects his lifelong passions and is inspired by his experiences and his love for Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he currently resides.