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Youth and Education News
May, 2013
Arizona Highways: Flying high on Apache Skateboards, designed by Arizona artist
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Arizona: The sound of skateboards is sweeping the San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation. One skateboarder, Douglas Miles Jr., has a special connection to the man who created the boards he rides.

It's his dad.

“I’m a painter, I’m an artist, I design skateboards, I started the first Native American skateboard company called Apache Skateboards,” says his father, Douglas Miles.

Miles has been an artist for about 15 years. For 3 years, he's designed skateboards after his son came home and said he needed one.

Douglas has turned his art into booming business He mixes traditional and contemporary styles in his designs.  One board even features an image of Marlon Brando as Don Corleone in “The Godfather.”

“For me to have my art and watch a kid ride it and use it and have fun with  it and become one with it … it’s a big kick and an honor for me,” Miles says.

Miles said if the kids scuff it up or break it, that's ok. He'd rather the kids were using his artwork than “doing something out there illegal.”

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