The “Pink Motel” pool-shaped ceramic ashtray was created as a commemorative gift by the NIKE SB brand and is a highly sought-after VIP collectable in the Skate industry.
In the 1930’s, Finnish Modernist architect Alvar Aalto accidentally invented the skateboard bowl with the world’s first kidney-shaped swimming pool. The pool had a rounded floor and changed in depth from one end to the other, creating a bowl-like effect that ignited an explosion of illegal back-garden skateboarding sessions and trick developments during the 1975 Californian drought.
In the 40s and 50s, motels would have ceramic models made of their pools as keepsakes. The PINK MOTEL is one of the most famous skate pools. This gift to clients, guests and celebrities is presented in a custom Nike SB gift box with an exact pantone color match, complete with sequential numbering 000-500. This is one sick piece of swag.