With 30 plus years under it’s belt, the sport of snowboarding has churned out plenty of classic graphics. Ranging from handmade gems to Craig Kelly’s game-changing input and down into the ever-present artist series with the likes of Phil Frost, Ryan McGinness, and more, the history of snowboard graphics traces an attitude of rebellion and innovation––the two qualities that attracted millions to the sport.
Some board graphics only exist in memories of wanting them so bad that we stole them off somebody’s car only to have them stolen off our car weeks later. Some board graphics fetch hundreds of dollars in internet forums and on eBay.
This is in no way a definitive list. Ask us tomorrow, and we’ll rattle off 50 more for you. Ask us again the next day, and you’ll get a completely different list. Limited by a destroyed brain cells from too many beers and bong hits and plenty of failed Google image searches, these are the classics (new and old) that we could remember and/or find.
For now though, these are The 50 Coolest Snowboard Graphics Of All Time.
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50. Morrow Lunch Tray
Elementary school lunches were the shit, and when Morrow put them on a board, we got nothing but nostalgic (and kind of hungry). More so than the graphics, this board was wide as shit with a kick nose and tail.
49. Nitro MFM Pro Model
Known for having some of the butteriest style around, Marc Frank Montoya has been riding for a hell of a long time and has been pro for just as long. When he wasn’t stealing gas or sleeping on a floor in Vail, he was out shredding. His pro-model for Nitro in 2007 captures the steez of Marc by brining in his heritage and his love for tattooing.
48. Ride DH2 Artist Series – Barry McGee
While artist series always have that aura of “been done, seen that,” Ride did it the absolute right way by bringing in talented cats like Coop and their big gun, Barry McGee. With his artwork never being seen on a snowboard before, McGee dropped his signature shapes and faces on the topsheet and base.
47. GNU B-Pro By Hannah Stouffer
The super-talented Hannah Stouffer has always lent her hand to GNU Snowboards, and in 2010, she created one the best graphics we’ve ever seen come from the brand for the B-Pro. With a full snakeskin topsheet in a great colorway and the brand’s name on black for the bottom, this boards is perfect.
46. Santa Cruz Asymmetrical Revert 1991
More so than any graphic, the Santa Cruz Asymmetrical Revert made a huge splash in 1991 when it they did something nobody has ever done before —they cut out a part of the nose on the snowboard.
45. Ride Russell Windfield Pro Model
From Russel Windfield himself “Being the first black pro, I felt that I needed to do something good. What better then using your name sake from the most recognizable black cartoon show ever? I wasn’t sure how it would be received by the public. Luckily for me everybody liked it besides the people in Bill Cosby’s camp.”
44. GNU Antigravity
Back in ’87, GNU launched the Antigravity, the first board with a side cut and camber for performance. Also back in ’87, the brand was rocking plenty of super bright colors. Incorporating the line into the graphics made this board truly stand out as it worked perfectly as a visual element.
43. Burton Performer
This board is straight up classic all around. From the black and red color way to the mountain graphic at the top. It’s our understanding that the mountain shown was the view from Jake Burton’s garage. No other words can describe this board other than primary and iconic.
42. Type A Roan Rogers
Type A’s aesthetic was always clean and timeless. And they had a strong team to boot with Danny Way coming to them after a trip to Big Bear. The Roan Rogers board from the late 90s had those super simple graphic touches that helped the brand makes its mark at a time when new snowboard brands were popping up daily.
41. Burton Cruzer
Inspired by pop-art, the Burton Cruzer made waves in the mid-80s. Toned dow, even during the neon days, the color palette was reminiscent of surf graphics. Also, that super deep V on the swallow tail gave a ton more responsiveness in the powder. Later Burton would rehash the one Cruzer graphic for a Jeff Brushie board.
40. Nectar Don Szabo
Long gone from the game, Nectar had some straight up sick graphics back in the day. And the Don Szabo boards were always on point with an illustration or graphic reminiscent of some of our favorite skateboards. Szabo rode Nectar before making the switch to Lamar.
39. Burton Michi Albin Pro Model
The skate and snow realms crossed again, this time brining in artist Mark Gonzales for the Michi Albin pro model from Burton. Gonzales lends his signature characters to the base of the board while the topsheet gets some of his humorous treatment as he purposely misspells the brand as “Burtin.”
38. Burton Jeff Brushie Pro Model
Jeff Brushie was the first pro snowboarder to bring the urban hip-hop lifestyle into snowboarding. The graffiti graphic was Brushie personified. From the flake green topsheet to the character on the tail. Brushie nailed this graphic, and it is still one of everybody’s personal favorites.
37. Barfoot John Boyer Boy Air
Once again laced with the signature paw print, the Boy Air, a pro-model for John Boyer from Barfoot shows classic 90s snowboard graphics. And the model name name rings true as Boyer was known for his huge airs. Prior to a pro-model, Boyer tried his hand at making his own snowboard after he saw a handmade one by Neil Daffern called “The Slayer.”
36. YES Great Dudes Of History Series
Started by a group of revolutionary riders, YES has some of the greatest snowboarders in history behind the brand with Romain De Marchi, JP Solberg, and David Carrier Porcheron. Then, they went ahead and put some of the Great Dudes Of History on their boards––Lincoln, Lennon, MLK, and JFK.
35. Sims Shawn Farmer Pro Model
Bringing rap, metal, and a whole lot of personality and style to the snowboard game, Shawn Farmer’s had that fuck-you attitude that got all of us snowboarding in the first place. Plus, have you seen his video part in the “Critical Condition” video? Holy shit, is right. To this day, Farmer is still making music and hitting the hills.
34. MIA Alexei Garick Lets Rock
Small and short-lived, East Coast brand MIA had a strong staple of riders like Doug Byrnes and the man behind the famed (for those of us that remember) Lets Rock graphic, Alexei Garick. David Lynch fans are sure to get the reference as it comes from his Twin Peaks series.
33. Burton Craig Kelly Air (1991/1992)
Along with the Mystery Air, the Craig Kelly Air was another signature board from the pioneering rider. The action shot you see above made this board famous along with its revolutionary design that helped the rest of the snowboard industry take notice, leading to an immense amount of momentum.
32. Sims Switch Blade
A first board for a number of riders, the Sims Switch Blade was so on-point with neon graphics and a perfect shape for riding. Couple in the gradient and the distressing of the graphics, and it’s no wonder that Sims rehashed the same graphics many years later to pay homage.
31. Lib Tech Emma Peel
Once again, the graphics on this one varied significantly during the 90s, Lib Tech brought something interesting to the table with the Emma Peel. Paying homage to the ferocious, and feminine star of The Avengers, the board measures the same height as the famed character.
30. Sims Noah Salasneck Noah’s Ark
Another great graphic from Sims and Salasneck, this time representing Noah’s passions for video games. Used in a unique fashion, the graphics feature a boatload of Nintendo characters such as Yoshi kicking it on Noah’s Ark. Great concept and great execution all around.
29. Stepchild Scotty Wittlake
Scotty Wittlake joined StepChild as a guest pro. And for his pro-model, the elusive rider brought punk rock back into snowboarding with Black Flag inspired graphics. Most people bought this board based on the graphics alone, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.
28. Burton UnInc Jeff Anderson
UnInc was the first snowboard line of it’s kind from Burton, giving complete control of creating the board to a small team of riders. Each rider was giving the power over graphics, ride, and feel of the board. Jeff Anderson’s stands out from the bunch graphically thanks to artwork from Ryan McGinness.
27. Burton Se7en Series Trevor Andrew
The Burton Se7en series has definitely evolved over the years, but the graphic concepts remain the same, touching on the seven deadly sins of greed, pride, lust, sloth, envy, wrath, and gluttony. And the gold-heavy Trevor Andrew fits perfectly in the bunch.
26. Division 23 Peter Line Pink Rainbow
While the Peter Line Gwar graphic gets a lot more credit, we just have to give it up to Division 23 Peter Line pro-model. The top sheet shows off a set of balls by featuring a muted pink color with a rainbow at the top. This twisted style matches the fact that Peter was one of the main inventors of corks.
25. K2 Daniel Franck
In 94/95, K2 was rocking a team that consisted of Shawn Farmer Kevin Young, Adam Merriman, and the shortest of the bunch in Daniel Franck. His short stature put him on a smaller board that turned out to be perfect for butter tricks. And probably in some Freudian way to compensate, they gave it a graphic featuring the biggest thing on the planet.
24. Atlantis Ingemar Backman
While the graphics on this board are incredibly simple and somewhat forgettable, this board goes down in history for the sole reason that it turned up on numerous magazine covers and the pages inside sheerly based on the massive airs Backman was capable of producing. That much exposure made it a classic.
23. Burton Balance
First birthed in 1995, Terje Haakonsen got his first signature model, the Balance. While the technology behind this board led to numerous championships for Terje, the graphics have remained on point over the years, with the first model featuring art by Jim Anfuso and stellar graphics coming each year after.
22. Lamar John Cardiel
From skate to snow, Cardiel has pro-models in both sports. However, an accident in 2003 that gave him little chance of ever walking again gives the graphics from his Lamar snowboard a whole new meaning. Some sort of faith intervened as in 2008, Cardiel showed up, this time on two-wheels, in fixed gear cycling film “Macaframa.”
21. Lib Tech Jamie Lynn Buddha Cat
An incredibly rare board, the Lib Tech Jamie Lynn pro-model from 1994 features, of all things, a Buddha Cat. What’s more awesome than the graphic itself is the fact that a number of Lynn boards feature artwork that he custom created.
20. Burton Jeff Brushie Craps Table
The original snowboarding DJ, bar-spitter, and graffiti-writer, Jeff not only dropped rhymes but also dollars and dice. The original advert for Brushie’s pro model featured him and his bros rolling dice on a craps table made of this pro model, of course. This one continues a long line of classic Brushie snowboard graphics.
19. Santa Cruz Chris Roach Allstar
Chris Roach has been banned from just as many contests as he’s won. That fact alone makes the graphics on his boards all the more awesome. On a shred stick since ’85, Roach is known for having style for days, owing much of it to his roots in skateboarding. Linking up with Santa Cruz is only a natural fit.
18. Original Sin Thomas Campbell
Another from O-Sin and their artist series, which was led up by the brand’s art director Herb George, the Thomas Campbell board reminds us of riding pow in the Vail backcountry. The shape was perfect for the deep snow, and we didn’t even realize we were riding with a true work of art under our feet. Nearly 10 years after these boards came out, Burton started working with a number of the same artists.
17. Shorty’s Pro Model Series
Shorty’s? Really? Damn right. While mostly known for their role in the skate game, Shorty’s always classic graphics moved into snow with a team of riders like Kevin Young, Devin Walsh, and Chris Brown. Long bowed out of the snow game, Shorty’s definitely gave snowboarding some extra steez.
16. Kemper Freestyle
Before being bought by an in-line skate company, Kemper was riding high in the early 90s, That’s mostly due to the fact that neon was one of their staples. These boards were impossible to miss on the slopes, and if your homie was caught in an avalanche, these boards were brighter than any flare.
15. Sims Noah Salasneck Skate Graphic
The Sims Noah Salasneck skate graphic embodied the reason that most of us started shredding in the first place––what the fuck else were us skaters supposed to do during the winter? Complete with slide marks and ground in trucks, Noah’s pro model was another instant classic.
14. Lamar Don Szabo
Getting thrown in jail for riding without a lift ticket in 1990 didn’t stop Don Szabo from being a king. While his Trucker snowboard graphic for Lamar may be more popular, this one is definitely rarer. 007 Szabo (and his always bald head) was known for being at the top of both the skate and snowboard worlds.
13. K2 Gyrator
The graphics on the K2 Gyrator were loud and proud. But, what do you expect when they’re adopted from the brand’s ski line? That was their game, and there ain’t no shame in it. The brush strokes making up the logo were classic and the loud neon color splatters make it look like a bad 80s pop video that everybody still loves.
12. Original Sin Phil Frost
Original Sin was one of the most underrated brands back in the day. Always willing to task a risk, they linked up with Phil Frost in the mid 90s for this board. Looking like one of the earliest relics of street art varnished and shined up, this board set the standard for many artists to get their graphics on a snowboard. The color palette was entirely different from anything in the industry back then.
11. Lib Tech Temple Cummins Radical Rick
By the time this board hit, Lib Tech already had the dope texture top sheets and triple kinked nose and tail features, but the addition of Radical Rick to the base made this board an instant classic. With so many riders making their mark in multiple action sports, Radical Rick brought BMX to the snowboard game.
10. Burton Terje Haakonsen Haakon Air
1994 saw Terje Haakonsen turn into a viking for the topsheet of his very first pro-model, showing the Norwegian Wonder’s heritage with a classic illustration. The base features a gory blood-red color with the infamous “Wooden Sword” graphic stealing the show. For a rider’s very first pro-model, it doesn’t get more iconic than this.
9. Avalanche Kick
Multiple colorways and type-driven graphics made the Avalanche Kick a sought after board. Oh, and this was Damian Sanders pro model. Look for Sanders going big off of just about everything on this board in “Snowboarders In Exile.” And check out the tons of neon he wore.
Side-note: Sanders was the first pro snowboarder to have a porn star girlfriend.
8. Lamar Snowboards Mike Ranquet Heineken
With an attitude that has gotten him kicked out of numerous places and in a ton of trouble, it’s no wonder Mike Ranquet completely changed the game with snowboard graphics. While riding for Lamar Snowboards, Ranquet was one of the first to ride on a board with a base graphic that was a logo knock-off.
7. Sims Terry Kidwell Pro-Model
“The Father Of Freestyle” Terry Kidwell pioneered bringing skate style to snowboarding. One of the first snowboarders to ever have a pro-model, Kidwell and Sims introduced the rounded tail to the snowboard design world, which he used to shred the famed Tahoe city pipe––basically a couple one hitters in the city dump.
6. Barfoot Twin Tip Freestyle
One of the first twin tip boards on the market. Progressive shape and florescent top sheets made this one of the most coveted shred sticks of it time. Covered with a signature paw, Barfoot left a large footprint on the world of snowboarding with their innovative design and graphics.
5. Look Bert Lamar Trick Stick
One of the first to ever do it loud and funky, European brand Look changed the game with the Bert Lamar Trick Stick pro-model. The first twin-tip freestyle board of it’s kind, Lamar used the Trick Stick to win the ’87 world halfpipe championship, making him one of the first to crossover to snowboarding from skating.
4. Sims Shaun Palmer Disco Pimp
Nothing says the good ol’ red, white, and blue than an American pimp. And down to his clown suits and balling-ass caddy’s, Shaun Palmer was a straight-up pimp. This model from Sims, and Shaun’s early days building his own boards, would set the stage for Palm Daddy’s own Palmer Snowboards.
3. Burton Jeff Brushie Pro-Model
Offering up his input to Burlington-based design firm JDK, who have created many graphics for Burton over the years, Jeff Brushie took in his surroundings for his first pro-model in 1993. Hailing from VT, Brushie was surrounding by hunting, fishing, and rednecks. Thus, the infamous fish graphic was born.
2. Burton Craig Kelly Mystery Air
In 1990, the Burton Factory was a barn. And in 1990 they sold the Craig Kelly Mystery Air snowboard. Designed and developed by Kelly himself, the Mystery Air set the standard for snowboard design and graphics as Jake Burton himself credits the success of his company from listening to Craig Kelly.
This is where it all started. Sherman Poppen popped two skis together to create the very first snowboard. Sold by the Brunswick Corporation up into the 80s, the Snurfer kept it simple, with limited graphics, leaving only the namesake to carry the torch and lead to all other snowboard graphics that were to come.