Prisoners Paint Skateboards to Raise Money for Kids in Need | All Good

Prisoners Paint Skateboards to Raise Money for Kids in Need | All Good


Have you seen
what they’re doing? This is crazy. With these hands, I
destroyed communities, I’ve left a ripple
effect behind. And with these same hands,
I’m trying to build. I’m a criminal, you know. I did something that I take
full responsibility for. But that action doesn’t
define who I am, you know. It’s, its if
anything, it’s really motivating to become better. I think that with
opportunities like this, it allows us to show the
community that hey, you know, we messed up, but we’re willing
to make amends, you know. We want to give back. MICHAEL TUNTAKIT: Avenal State
Prison was built in 1987. It’s a level two institution. RODNEY RODRIGUEZ: Today,
something amazing is happening. There are nine guys here doing
some of the most amazing art I think I’ve ever seen
on old skateboard decks that would have
been thrown away. We’ve been doing Fresno
Skateboard Salvage now for about three and
1/2 years, but we’ve helped a lot of kids skate. Well over 600 at this point. There will be a total of 40
boards created by the guys here in Avenal. First of all, I like cats. So I chose this Tiger to paint. I also chose Derek Carr,
because I know all the good that he does in this community. This is actually
my first painting that I’ve actually done. Hoping that it’ll rake
in money for the kids. BRANDON JOHANSEN: What does it
mean to you to know that not only are you guys
creating beautiful art, but that when it’s
done, you’re going to be helping kids go skate? That’s awesome. I was, I’m a skater myself. I’ve been
incarcerated since 1996. When they told us
about skateboards, it took me to my childhood. I remember being
a happy kid, you know, riding my skateboard on
my knee and falling and stuff. So for me, when the
project came my way, it was a beautiful way
for me to give back. RODNEY RODRIGUEZ: Your
guys’ work is killer. And I just can’t wait for
everybody else to see it. I have a 13-year-old son
myself that I know he’s living a different lifestyle rather
than I did by channeling his outlets to skateboarding. MICHAEL TUNTAKIT: The inmates
here, when they work together, they see that what they’re
doing inspires other inmates. Giving back to the
community that they feel that they’ve helped
destroyed, for them, it’s helping them rebuild. WILLIAM LEYNA: Like, yeah,
a lot of us, a lot of us made bad decisions, but
we’re not bad people. And this gives us a chance
to kind of show that, and it’s therapeutic and
it’s all kinds of good. Like I said, it motivates
me to be better every day, to push forward and show that
we could be better human beings. And it’s an act of kindness
to give back, where we’re here and we’re trying to give back
to the community and you know, it’s an honor for us.

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