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Rome SDS Snowboards

Addictive collection artist-designed snowboards for 2010/11

by Josh Rubin in Design on 15 February 2010

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Rome SDS, the Waterbury, Vermont-based snowboard company, recently unveiled next year's installment of the annual Addictive Collection: a series of three boards designed by a trio of artists. Whereas virtually every other board is a composite of many people's input, these boards benefit from the complete control of Rome photographer and art director Mike Paddock.

The first of the series (above) is Paddock's own, the 155 Agent Rocker, is based loosely on an H. L. Mencken quote: "There comes a time when a man must spit on his hands, hoist the black flag and begin slitting throats.” To that particularly macabre end, it opts for a red and black palate and copious blood-like drips. And like the 157 below, it features the new Rocker shape with camber tips and a rocker mid-section for the most all-mountain fun.

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The 156 Agent is the brainchild of former Rome employee Al Engleheart, and features a summer's worth of Polaroids taken of his food. The meat-heavy fare sits on a pink checkered pattern in what they've dubbed a "smorgasbord of shred."

And finally, the 157 Agent Rocker is Mike Forester's blunt comment on our celebrity-fueled tabloid culture. It's a dark spin on Da Vinci's Last Supper with Michael Jackson supplanting JC and surrounded by a flock of celebrities who all passed away in the last year.

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Visit the Rome site for more info on the generally hard-to-find Addictive Collection.

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