An Oamaru man is offering a reward for the return of his missing skateboard.
The skateboard holds great sentimental value for its owner, artist Ryan Moore.
And it is no ordinary board — it is a work of art, with a portrait of Nick Cave painted on the griptape in Mr Moore’s signature style.
The seven skateboard decks Mr Moore painted before it all hang on a wall of his Oamaru home.
The decks will will be passed down to his children — Goldie, Coco and Buddy .
‘‘They all grew up learning to skate on them — and it’s now the missing piece,’’ the fatherof-three said.
Most of the board’s hardware was also vintage, parts Mr Moore had been using since the late 80s.
‘‘I would just replace the deck each time, before it got too damaged,’’ he said.
Mr Moore misplaced the skateboard on September 8, somewhere along Thames Hwy in Oamaru, between the central business district and the North End.
Mr Moore, and wife Shannon, have made appeals on social media for information on the missing skateboard to no avail.
‘‘I am willing to offer a reward due to its sentimental value,’’ he said.
Mr Moore has been drawing on the decks of his skateboards since he was a teenager.
Now, at the age of 41, he has a more refined, distinctive style and a following in the world of art.
He takes a picture of a subject and hand-cuts multiple stencils to layer white spray paint on black griptape.