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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!"