Did you read the commentary by the designer of the scratch design? If not, do so. If the boards were distributed without his boasting about the design I wouldn't care too much as it's pretty much a stretch to see. But the commentary by the designer was totally out of call.
To brag that "It's ah, pretty wild..the way it is done..." "If you look at the silver you will see the woman's face looking up at the sky, next is the neck of the woman, and we can see with the dark section...we see Freddie cutting with his hand the throat of the girl, and the (red) sidewall is the blood of the girl going down." Listening carefully you can hear the cameraman chuckle uncomfortably and after a pause the man continues, "it should be interesting all the riders (or writers, with the man's accent it's unclear) are stoked about that ski, the graphics, so we should do very well." http://www.telemarktips.com/TeleNews36.html
Call me whatever you want, do we really need this? Although the Seth Pistol panders to teenagers who probably never have seen a gun, and have no real idea what a real war zone is like (Compton, red hook, bed sty) it doesn't show someone being shot, I think the message being sent by the Scratch is much more dangerous. So whats' so cool about the ski? It's the fact that a persons throat is being cut. I own guns and bust clay often so I please don't say I'm anti-gun! I am anti-violence and I don't think we really need to promote this kind of crap. As far as naked ladies go on the skis, I think that unless I missed something, it's a silouette and not really a picture of a naked lady. Personally I think it's pretty cool. I think the average teenage girl dressed for school shows off far much skin than the ski or the Vivid boards. I checked out the VIVID/Simms board thing. Hmm, no strippers getting their necks slit or being raped and they are clothed with the exception of a special edition board that I seriously doubt any teeneagers will have the money to buy, neither of the "topless" boards are really topless so, unless a mountain has a policy against chicks in a bikini, halter top, lingerie or their best parts being covered, let em' rip.