DESIGN A BOARD Competition

DESIGN A BOARD Competition

The Competition

As lovers of skateboarding, plus designing and creating art, we here at DAF Apparel thought we would open up the doors to the public and give you all the chance to have your artwork printed on the bottom of a skate deck.

The winning design will be printed in a small run of skateboard decks and put up for sale to the public.


We all want to know what the prize is going to be … that’s one of the big reasons we enter competitions.
Well, here you go!

The major prize is:
• Your artwork printed on the bottom of a limited run of skateboard decks
• One free deck with your artwork
• A DAF Apparel T-shirt*
• A DAF Apparel Beanie or Cap of choice*

All entrants:
• 20% off skateboard decks with the winning design
• 20% off all DAF Apparel goods

*Major prize winners DAF Apparel garments will be subject to size and colour availability. Final choice can be left up to the discretion of DAF Apparel.

How to Enter

Entries are open to anyone, any age, any gender. So long as you have some way of drawing, colouring, painting, using Photoshop or Illustrator or even Microsoft Paint … if you can create it, you can enter. And it’s really simple…

Just download the template files (Adobe Illustrator EPS or JPEG) from this link > Skateboard Templates and then get to work. If you need to print out the template, go right ahead. Each person can enter up to two designs… but it’s more important to focus on one really good design and submit that.

To submit your design(s), simply email your final version to with the Subject Line “Design A Board” and tell us your name, where you’re from, what exactly your design is, why you chose that for your design or what inspired you and how you found out about the contest, the boom…. you’re entered!

If you’ve painted or hand drawn your design, you can either take a photo or scan of it and send that in. If you’re a Photoshop or Illustrator whizz, then go ahead and supply your high resolution files.


*All designs entered will remain the property of the entrant. Copyright of winning design will be signed over to DAF Apparel and can be used at anytime, not exclusively for this skateboard design.

Rules & Guidelines

Although we don’t have any particular theme, we do however have some parameters that need to be met … and some guidelines to keep this a family friendly competition. So here they are.

All submissions are to:
• Be of a PG rating or similar. No swear words or vulgar imagery. (special characters in place of letters MAY be accepted).
• Incorporate the words DAF Apparel somewhere within it.
• Only 2 designs maximum per person
• Be original artwork only – all entrants must agree that their artwork is original*.
• Be in before 11:59pm on Sunday 24th of June. Any late submissions will not be accepted.


*Before final production commences of printed deck, a waiver form will be sent to winner to sign and confirm that artwork is their own and that any breech of copyright is the responsibility of the entrant.

Contest is open to anyone, however only Australian residents will be considered for winners due to our shipping limits.

DAF Apparel reserves to right to adjust or alter the artwork if deemed it enhances the overall look and feel of the brand.



Throughout our early years, we always get asked ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ It starts out as a fireman, police officer, doctor or even the more exciting SuperHero. But as we grow older, it becomes harder and harder. And although those answers may stay the same for some people, it’s not like that for everyone.

For me, I still had no real idea what exactly I wanted to do, even when Year 10 was over, Year 11 was just around the corner and it’s about time you realise what it is you want to be doing, and choose the school subjects that are going to point you in that direction. But heck, I was 15 and didn’t know what I wanted to eat for lunch, let alone what job I wanted to do for the rest of my life! So I just half heartedly picked some subjects that seemed cool, and that I thought would be fun. I knew a couple of things that tickled my fancy… but the one thing that stood out was Visual Communication. Marketing, drawing, designing, that was what I found myself doing in my spare time, and this is what I really liked.

The time for putting in Uni preferences seemingly snuck up on me, and although I had figured out what I wanted to do roughly, I still wasn’t 100% sure, and leaving my preference choices to the last minute was not the ideal scenario. Luckily, I managed to get myself into a Cert. IV in Graphic Design which then lead on to doing a Diploma. During this time, there was numerous tasks of coming up with a brand or company, designing the logo, creating advertising and promotional material plus anything else necessary. It’s exactly what I wanted to be doing. I was so into designing and wanting to learn lots and go out of my way to take everything on board, so I asked my favourite magazine if they would take me on as a ‘work experience’ kid? Wake Magazine took me on for a couple of weeks, where I learnt a shit tonne and it helped with my studies. As luck would have it, I was coming to the end of my Diploma, and it was coming to the pointy end, a super nervous time when it was hard to find work, but luck was in my favour and Wake Mag (Pepper Publishing) asked me to come join their team full time!

What a dream job… get to look at dope pictures on the daily, watch videos of my favourite sport for work, meet pro riders, free slabs of Red Bull delivered to the office, this was awesome! But even though this job was so damn dope, I still found myself sitting and dreaming and designing my own little logos. Ever since a local guy that was a few years above me in high school had started up his own clothing label (while I was still in high school), I knew that I wanted to do it. I would sit and draw T-shirt designs for him in my spare time, study breaks at school became time to draw, so it was bound to happen, surely!

But I never did!

DAF Apparel came to implementation in 2012. The name DAF came to me and it stuck. It struck a nerve. So I sat down after work one night, sketching out some logos and ideas. This went on for weeks until I came up with something simple that I liked. The next progression was to make the digital version. Originally it started out as DAF Threads and the logo was finalised. I was happy. I was ready. Until I wasn’t!

To be continued…!



They say that Melbourne has four seasons in one day, well not on the day we decided to head out and explore, and of course take some photos.

As luck would have it, the day before we set out it was awesome. A bright blue sky with the sun shining, it felt like spring, not a cold winters day. But of course the next day, when we had organised a model to take some photos of, scouted locations for the shoot and had everything else sorted out, mother nature provides us with a wet and miserable day. And it seems that every day since has been perfect weather also. Not to worry though, being long-time Melbournians, we were all pretty used to it.

The crappy consistent rain actually made for some quite cool photos (as you can see) with the umbrella just adding a touch of flare to what can otherwise be seen as a stock standard photoshoot. The rain also provided some laughs with the wet and slippery ground causing a few slips and falls (unfortunately we didn’t capture those funny moments for you), which just lightened up the mood exponentially.

All in all it was a really fun day spent adventuring some cool little parts of East Melbourne and the hills area. From the cool bridge that Puffing Billy chugs over to the small lakes of the Alfred Nicholas Gardens. Any day that you can get out into the fresh air and wander around is a pretty darn good day if you ask us.



Salt in the air and sand in the hair. Heading down to the beach is an adventure that many take for granted. Not everyone get’s to check out Australia’s beautiful coastline, but we were lucky enough to head down to Cape Schanck and snap some nice shots.

The fresh salt air is fantastic, and just sitting on the beach watching and listening to the waves roll in is relaxing, calming and can clear the mind. We urge you to head down to the coast any chance you can and just take it all in. A blessing in disguise about Cape Schanck was the lack of mobile reception. It meant not sitting on emails, or Facebook, or Instagram. The only reason the phone was out was to take photos. A brief step away from one thing that seems to have a grip on a large part of our lives.



After a long time, we finally built up the courage to step out, order some hoodies and start making sales. It’s been exciting, nerve racking but so good, specially when we get to go out and take photos like these.