Hank Willis Thomas Love Over Rules
Set of 3 Skateboard Decks With Prints "LOVE" "OVER" "RULES"
Size: Each skateboard deck measures 8.25"
100% Wood-American Maple
Made in USA
This set of 3 skateboard decks feature Hank Willis Thomas' 2018 work LOVE RULES, which is in the Brooklyn Museum collection.
The piece is an homage to the artist's cousin, Songha Willis, who was murdered in Philadelphia in 2000. The words represent the last message Willis left his cousin before his death.
"A month after he died, I found a recording of the incident, and his last words were 'love over rules.' When I received the opportunity to create a public art installation, I thought about him and how his last words could inspire people everyday, reminding them to be generous…Love is a verb of action. Its meaning goes beyond the romantic idea of it. Love is an invitation to people to stand up and be generous every day of their lives. It is not an action of receiving, but rather an action of giving. My question is what you do to give love? How love is breaking the rules you have in your life?” —Hank Willis Thomas.
Hank Willis Thomas (American, born 1976). LOVE RULES, 2018. Neon tubing, transformers, and electrical wires, 69 × 367 7/16 in. (175.3 × 933.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Contemporary Art Committee and William K. Jacobs, Jr. Fund, 2019.10.
© Hank Willis Thomas