This "Dog Deck" - made in the USA with street-tested Canadian Maple -- is Eighth Generation's very first skateboard deck offering. Each deck is signed by Louie Gong. Please use the drop-down menu above to select deck width. If you are buying this as a gift, 8'' is the most commonly-used width.
About the "Rez Dog" Design
This is a "rez dog" design. "Rez dog" is a tongue-in-cheek term used to reference dogs that survive in tribal communities without any one particular owner. By highlighting the much maligned "rez dog" on a skateboard deck, Louie intends to highlight to the overlooked, positive characteristics exhibited by these creatures (i.e. resilience, self-reliance and toughness). After all, it's these same characteristics that enable people to succeed despite difficult circumstances.
In Louie Gong's workshops and presentations, the "Dog Deck" is used as a teaching tool to model how individuals can re-frame personal narratives to focus on strengths.
The original hand-painted version of this skate deck was featured on the cover of Native Peoples Magazine (March 2013).