Megabolt is an art charity organization based in Portland, OR. They work with children in hospitals as well as children born with disabilities and facilitate art workshops for them.
In the spring of 2013 Megabolt collaborated on a skate deck with one of their students, Joe Henry. They created a deck design to be produced by Avalia skateboards. To produce this deck and to fund future megabolt programming a large number of artists were selected to donate boards for a silent auction.
For some reason Portland seems to have a pretty strong connection to LA. Many people go back and forth between the two cities for their complimentary qualities. I immediately thought of each cities airport code and fell in love with the idea of using those initials as the basis for the skateboard design. It was a great opportunity to get the paint markers out as well.