First Black Woman Skateboard Artist

First Black Woman Skateboard Artist Latosha Stone-Keagy Makes History with Debut Solo Museum Exhibit

Pioneering Exhibit Celebrates Skate Culture and Fine Art

Latosha Stone-Keagy, the pioneering Black woman owner of Proper Gnar skateboard company, is making history with her debut solo art exhibition at the Richmond Art Museum in Indiana.

The exhibit, which ran from February 10 to March 30, 2024, celebrated the intersection of skate culture and fine art through Stone-Keagy’s original skateboard deck designs, oil paintings, and digital art prints.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have my first solo art show at the Richmond Art Museum,” Stone-Keagy told “It’s a dream come true to see my artwork displayed alongside such talented artists.”

Art and Skateboarding Passion Fueling Innovation

Stone-Keagy’s journey began at a young age, fostering a love for both art and skateboarding. As one of the few Black girls involved in skating during her youth, she felt underrepresented in the sport’s fashion and artwork.

This fueled her determination to launch Proper Gnar in 2013 as the first Black woman-owned skateboard company.

“As a skateboarder and artist, this exhibition is a celebration of both passions, bridging the gap between skate culture and fine art,” she expressed.

Overcoming Challenges and Gaining Recognition

Despite facing challenges as a Black woman in a predominantly male sport, Stone-Keagy’s art and brand have gained widespread recognition.

Her skateboard designs have been featured on HBO’s Betty series and Beyoncé’s Black Parade website, while partnering with brands like Pop-Tarts and DC Comics.

“The most rewarding part is the people I connect with,” Stone-Keagy said of her creative pursuits. “Through skateboarding, I’ve got to meet so many women who were into the same stuff as me.”

Inspiring the Next Generation

In addition to her artistic achievements, Stone-Keagy hopes to inspire the next generation of women and girls in skateboarding through her work and sponsorships.

“Representation is key to having more young girls interested in skating,” she affirmed. “Genuinely loving skateboarding means you have to advocate and support it.”