In 1991 fellow pro skater Steve Rocco, who founded World Industries skateboards, approached Kaupas about starting his own line of skateboards. Kaupas left SMA and began 101 Skateboards. The company would become an outlet for Kaupas to employ his graphic and artistic talents.
101 dropped some of the most groundbreaking videos of the early 1990s with team riders that included Natas Kaupas, Eric Koston, Adam McNatt, Clyde Singleton, Gino Iannucci, Jason Dill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Kris Markovich, Andy Stone, Leigh Peterson and Marcus McBride
By 1992, 101 had become a major brand, however a broken ankle meant Kaupas' skating career was halted. While convalescing, Kapaus explored his artistic talents more and began to use computer graphics programs. He was soon asked to assist with the first issue of the Big Brother skateboarding magazine, which was also owned by World Industries.
As World Industries and 101 Skateboards became more successful, scooping up many well-established pro skaters and new emerging amateurs, Kaupas lost interest. Kaupas received a call from Larry Flynt Publications who were interested in launching a new magazine entitled Rage and needed an art director. Kaupas left shortly afterwards however, again losing interest after a change in tone of the magazine.
II. Mikey Joyce – Art Competitions at the 1928 Summer Olympics
Art competitions were held as part of the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Medals were awarded in five categories (architecture, literature, music, painting, and sculpture), for works inspired by sport-related themes.
The art exhibition was held at the Stedelijk Museum from 12 June to 12 August, and displayed 1150 works of art from 18 different countries. Additionally, the literature competition attracted 40 entries from 10 countries, and the music competition had 22 entries from 9 countries.
The art competitions at the 1928 Games was larger in scope than for previous Games. Instead of a single competition in each of the five artistic categories, awards were presented in multiple subcategories. The judges of the music competition declined to award any medals in two of the three subcategories, and only presented a single bronze medal in the third.
Art competitions were part of the Olympic program from 1912 to 1948. At a meeting of the International Olympic Committee in 1949, it was decided to hold art exhibitions instead, as it was judged illogical to permit professionals to compete in the art competitions but only amateurs were permitted to compete in sporting events. Since 1952, a non-competitive art and cultural festival has been associated with each Games.
On May 26th, 1987, at Candlestick Park during the San Francisco Giants vs New York Giants season opening baseball game, the first ever collaboration happened between an internationally known visual artist and a major league baseball team.
It was a new public art project by New York Conceptual artist Jenny Holzer which fulfilled a long-held dream of the artist to present her work in a baseball stadium.
The artist's messages have been presented on electronic signs in New York’s Times Square and at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Her work appeared at the same time in other San Francisco location including the MUNI subway system and at Showplace Square off Route 101.
All apart of “JENNY HOLZER: SIGNS”, organized by the Des Moines Art Center in Iowa and curated by Joan Simon which presented a diverse selection of works designed for public spaces ranging from her early “Truisms” to her popular message unit signs as well as her more recent work at the time on granite benches.