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'Boxes Of Death'

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Steve Olson

Photograph By Courtesy Boxes of Death

My initial reaction to the show was simple: In the life of a skateboarder, I related it to going over a death box [the opening to the water filter, under the coping] in an empty swimming pool, Olson shares. When you didn't make it over, you slammed, and sometimes you didn't walk away so quickly. About this particular piece, he jokes, I love rap, so I just rapped at it for a couple of weeks, you know, throwing out some words. Then I 'rapped' it in pleather, which I work with all the time, put some letters on it -- a little play on words: R.I.P., Rapped in Pleather. Holla!