David Rankin

(Artist - Effigy Skateboards)

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David Rankin


A graduate and former instructor at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Dave combines multiple styles, genres and media to create a body of work focused on texture, mood, surreal places, and above all, the human being.

He started his professional career as a commercial illustrator, working for such clients as Time, Penthouse and Philadelphia Magazines. He has also created cover art for bands including: Hurt Process, All Else Failed, Zao, Within, Turmoil, and Further Seems Forever. His graphic novel work includes The Fallen: Cold Religion, from NBM Publishing.

About Effigy - Dave set out to create something different for himself.

By combining the two things he loves, skating and art, he started a skateboard company in 2010 that he runs and creates the art for. His goal is to tell a story through the successive releases of deck graphics and paintings, and to make the most artful decks in the industry. His boards are not just wall art, though they can certainly be treated that way. They are fully functional and meant to be ridden as hard as any pro level deck. Effigy currently sponsors two teamriders with plans to expand to five within the next year.

Dave is very excited to be a part of the Wizard World community. Drop by his booth, check out his skate decks and paintings and give him a high five.