Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Don Will (10/11/65 - 09/23/19)

Don Will will always be known as a great tattoo artist but Donny was also skating before most skaters around here were even born. Donny started coming into the shop to learn how to print on skateboards that he was shaping from uncut blank decks. Shortly after printing his first deck he quickly moved on to pressing and shaping his own decks that he would print at the shop. He could have stopped there but he even started pressing and shaping 8 Wheeler decks that were popular in the 1970’s.
One of the things that I admire most about Donny was his constant interest in learning new forms of art. The last time we saw him, a week or two ago, he was talking about his new found passion of leather work. I was thinking how awesome it must be to just pick up a new hobby, but then he started showing off his work: a coffin shaped chain wallet and phone holster that looked like a gun holster from the Wild West, and I was blown away by the craftsmanship. He said that he was making leather clothing and went on to show us more samples of his tooling and carving and it dawned on me that Donny didn’t just pick up and dabble in new hobby, he mastered any new medium that came his way.

*Some of us drone on our whole lives without ever doing things that we really have a passion for. But luckily for Donny he definitely made the most out of the time that he was here.

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