Whether you’re looking for an alternative way to get to around or the perfect addition to a wall devoted to artwork, Derek Williamson may have the solution. After seeing Ben Harper in concert at the Ryman several years ago, Williamson was inspired to create a work of art, using the blank bottom of his skateboard as a canvas. Upon putting his new masterpiece to good use on the streets, Williamson’s friends began requesting their own custom skateboards and soon Deez Decks was born.
As an artisan based here in Music City, it is no wonder that much of Williamson’s inspiration comes from, as he puts it, “good tunes and/or pop culture mash-ups…think Andy Warhol meets The Clash.” His love for music is also evident in his working environment. Williamson tells us that you will most often find him in his garage—the lab, as he calls it—working alone with the volume set at 11.
The beauty of living in Nashville is that it is the perfect market for skateboards painted in our local artisan’s favorite theme—music. One of his favorite pieces created to date is a 3-piece Nashville skyline set. Another favorite that stands out in Williamson’s mind is a custom board painted for ?uestlove, the drummer for The Roots.
Deez Decks is currently headquartered just Southeast of Nashville, but Williamson hopes to relocate to East Nashville soon, as he feels that neighborhood most reflects him and his work.
However, regardless of where Williamson is living, he always makes time for a trip to Broadway Brewhouse, home of his favorite mojo wings and a “rockin’ jukebox.” He also gave a shout out to 5 Points Pizza and made a sarcastic comment regarding his not-so-strict diet regimen. We completely understand though, how can you diet when you’re surrounded by so many amazing local restaurants?
Although Williamson’s favorite food choices may seem conventional, his skateboards are anything but. His art is done entirely by hand using 100% spray paint, and he welcomes the creativity of custom orders. Essentially, you can get any graphic you want with trucks and wheels (or without if you are hanging it as artwork) for a very reasonable price. And though Williamson has shipped his work all over the country, he is especially fond of working with his local Nashville community.
If you’re in the market for a new skateboard or art piece stop by Wake and Skate in Hendersonville, where Williamson’s boards are on display. Deez Decks can also be found from time to time at local art shows with the Untitled organization or in the Octane Gallery at Kustom Thrills Tattoos. In East Nashville, his boards are hanging at Beyond the Edge and Family Wash.