Launched in 2004, the small design shop Art of Board recycles colorful skateboard decks into “skate tile.”

Typically made from seven-ply maple, skateboard decks are often colorful and edgy, leading to dramatic tiles that can be combined in endless ways.

Owners Bruce Boul and Rich Moorhead also make a ceramic tile onto which high-resolution images of skate tiles are imprinted, as well as peel-and-stick wall graphics.

“Every scratch, scrape and gouge is kept intact, making each piece unique and just as original as the skaters who destroyed these decks,” Moorhead says.

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The partners also launched a skate-deck recycling effort — I Ride I Recycle — to get broken decks into their hands and out of landfills.

By Jennifer Forker / The Associated Press