Black Tigers become mobile as part of longboard

May 20th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General, Products

Man, I wish I had a skateboard like this. Of course, who am I kidding. I’d fall on my keester so many times that my skin would look like I’ve done Stigmata for five weeks straight. Still, mad props to “Dead Man’s Hand,” a longboard creation of Dave Nolan.

The 26-year-old used a beat-up deck of Black Tigers on this Kisiwa longboard, which stands 5 feet five inches tall and is 10 inches wide at its widest point. At first, he was going to give it a snakeskin paint job. While painting the texture, he added a bloody ace to the bottom. But the top was black, grip-tapey and boring.

So dude got to work.

“I decided that it needed one more thing to make it fully mine, so I tore off the black griptape that was on the top for my feet. After a long process and using a deck of Black Tigers that was getting a bit tired, I finally completed the deck, combining my two favorite things, longboarding and magic.”

The cards were glued directly to the wood, then the entire board was coated with six layers of sealant. After that, he used transparent grip tape and compressed it. The process took about a month. (What you can’t see in these pics are the UV lights he attached to the underbody.)

Nolan, who lives in the U.K., has been into magic for three years, and he credits it for giving him confidence. He has also written and published two fiction books under the pseudonym David Black: “The Illusionist” and “Il Demonio Dentro: The Demon Within.” When he performs magic for people, he goes for mentalism, non-gimmicked card tricks and geek magic. Not bad for someone who is diagnosed with autism, cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus.

“I’ve also used magic to help overcome being disabled … It’s a great feeling to know I can do the same kind of tricks (or even better ones) that the pros can do, even if I’mm not fully fit.”

More pictures of Dead Man’s Hand are after the jump.

A shot of the board by itself.

A closeup of some of the Tigers at the front of the board.

Another closeup of the cards.

A shot of the underside, including the bloody ace.

The lights of "Dead Man's Hand" give it a tricked-out glow.

Nolan taking a nighttime ride.


  1. Ellusionist on:

    New blog post: Black Tigers become mobile as part of longboard

  2. Clayton Anthony on:

    Thats pretty rad Dave!

  3. Thats awesome dude! Looks great!

  4. What type of sealant did he use? This game the idea to do it to my skateboard too.