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Skateboarders paint with remote-control spray cans

Remote-control spray cans mounted on the bottom of skateboards make for a one-of-a-kind art project by street artist D*Face. His canvas: a Southern California pool.

Skateboard spraypainting
Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

Some cool new gadgets aren't sold in stores. The D*Face Spray Paint Skateboard Interface took a year to create and won't be found on the shelves of your local skate shop.

Let's break down the D*Face Spray Paint Skateboard Interface. D*Face is a London-based street artist. Spray paint and skateboards are self-evident. The interface part refers to a remote control system that can trigger paints cans attached to the underside of skateboards.

This technology could easily be used for less-than-noble purposes, but D*Face created and harnessed the devices in the name of art. The canvas was a skateboarding pool in Southern California. The pool had previously been a site for a D*Face project that covered it with piles of painted skulls.

Paint can mounted to skateboard
Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

According to a behind-the-scenes look in Concrete Disciples skateboarding magazine, the chosen spray paint was a very fast-drying enamel. The cans are strapped under the deck with Velcro and are controlled by wireless remote.

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Different skaters took turns running through and looping around the bowl, leaving behind brightly-colored lines to mark their trails. The result looks like a massive concrete Spirograph gone wild. This adds a lot of visual spice to the usual gray surfaces that skateboarders roll on.