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The Rise and Evolution of Tech Deck

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Note: Be sure to check out our personalized list of Tech Decks and Tech Deck ramps at the end of this blog! They make great gifts for birthdays and holidays! Click Here for the list!

By the late 1990s, a revolutionary toy had hit the market, forever changing the way people interacted with skateboarding. Tech Deck, a miniature replica of a skateboard that could be manipulated with fingers to perform tricks, was introduced by X-Concepts. Initially met with curiosity, Tech Deck quickly capitalized on the rising popularity of skateboarding, becoming a global sensation. I was one of the skateboarders in the early 2000s who carried Tech Deck in my skate bag every time I took a break from skating. And for the days that I wouldn’t be able to skate, I just played with my Tech Deck at home.

The Early Days of Tech Deck

One of the critical factors in Tech Deck’s early success was its meticulous attention to detail. The company painstakingly replicated the graphics of real skateboarding brands like World Industries and Powell Peralta, making their products highly sought after by collectors. Moreover, Tech Deck had offered a more authentic skateboarding experience compared to other fingerboard options available at the time, further enhancing its appeal. There was even a trend for skaters to match the graphics of their skateboard to the Tech Deck they were using and I was one of those. 

Tech Deck’s Global Growth

As the years progressed, Tech Deck continued to innovate, closely following trends in the fingerboard world. They began incorporating real wood into their fingerboards, as well as miniature trucks with bearings and urethane wheels, mirroring the components of a full-size skateboard. This commitment to authenticity and realism helped solidify Tech Deck’s position as a leader in the market even though there are plenty of independent fingerboard brands in the market.

As the years passed, Tech Deck innovated and expanded their products, adding obstacles such as quarter pipes, fun boxes, and even street obstacles like picnic tables. They also launched limited releases of special edition Tech Decks, such as the 25th Anniversary pack, which I bought on my birthday a year ago.

What began as a toy primarily targeted at children soon transcended age barriers, captivating individuals of all ages. Tech Deck’s products became fixtures in major retail outlets such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Kmart, fueling their exponential growth. In January 2007, Tech Deck was acquired by Spin Master, a Canadian toy company giant, further cementing its status in the global toy market.

Today, Tech Deck stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of skateboarding culture. Its journey from a niche product to a global phenomenon reflects its ability to adapt to changing trends while staying true to its roots. As skateboarding continues to evolve, Tech Deck remains at the forefront, bridging the gap between the skateboarding world and the toy industry. Its legacy serves as a reminder of the impact a simple toy can have on a global scale, inspiring generations of skateboard enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Check out some of our favorite Tech Decks that we use at Skate The Foundry that can be perfect for a birthday or holiday gift!

The STF Tech Deck Gift List

Note: For easy convenience, we’ve provided Amazon links below, which are sold directly from the listed branded company (not private sellers). By purchasing through our links, you’ll be supporting STF as we will receive a small commission.

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Competition Legends 8-Pack Fingerboards with Collectible Cards, Olympic Games Paris 2024
With the 2024 Olympics right around the corner, this is an awesome collection pack to have. Why not get two? One to use and one to keep as a collectible!
Price: $23.99
Tech Deck, Mega Bowl (Looks exactly like our bowl at STF)
Skate the STF bowl with your fingers at home! This bowl is as close to a replica as it can get. Dream up new skate lines and then try them at STF on your next visit.
Price: $22.99
Fingerboard Travel/Carry Bag
Let’s face it… every skater likes to carry a Tech Deck when traveling. Keep them in one place safely without worrying about losing those little parts.
Price: $12.29
Tech Deck Sk8 Shop! 
As skaters, we love using our hands to take our boards apart, change wheels, and make our boards unique to us. This is a great way to build up your fingerboard shop at home with all the skateboard parts and tools. 
Side note: we suggest getting the Fingerboard Travel Bag ($12.29) to keep all the parts in one safe place.
Price: $14.16
Tech Deck DLX Pro 10-Pack
Simplicity at its best. You can’t go wrong with this pack. At STF, we love it because it includes 10 fully assembled Tech Decks that are ready to use. No worries about losing parts—just open the box and start using them.
Price: $23.66
Tech Deck Pro Series Daily Grind Pack with 3 Obstacles
Let’s face it, Tech Deck “skateparks” can be challenging to create with all those little parts, and they’ve become more complicated more recently.
We suggest purchasing obstacles instead. They are portable, easy to carry, and you never have to worry about losing small parts. This is something we highly recommend. 
You may consider purchasing the Fingerboard Travel Bag ($12.29) with this item. 
Price: $31.90
Tech Deck DIY Concrete Reusable Modeling Playset
Skateboarding teaches us many valuable lessons that can be applied to other aspects of life, including construction (with skate ramps!). Building ramps is a fantastic way to activate creativity on a whole new level.
Price: $12.99
Tech Deck Street Pack with 3 skateboards 
This is the exact model we have at STF—a simple set of skate ramps where you never have to worry about losing parts. This model is a replica of the iconic Brooklyn Banks, so the next time you visit New York City, be sure to bring your real skateboard and skate under the bridge!
Price: $21.76