Paul Shier and Nick Jensen finally came to a conclusion regarding the name of their brand new skate company and the name is going to be Isle Skateboards along with the public announcement of adding Sylvain Tagnelli into their new skate team including Jon Nguyen, Tom Know, and Chris Jones as their representatives.
Arto Saari recently combined forces with the all new and improved WeSC team and he’s also been rumored to have been added to New Balance’s Numeric skate team.
Blind Skateboards converted Felipe Ortiz into a professional along with his own brand new signature model at Tampa Pro where it was announced that Cody McEntire has united with Blind as well. In relation to Blind, Jake Duncombe has been rumored to have secured a spot with Blind. Its been quoted from his personal Instagram feed, “Just want to thank everyone at Blind for helping me out for all those years and putting up with my shit and to let everyone know LE is my new family!!!”
In conclusion Mike York secured his place on the roster down at Blueprint along with Ingnacio Morata.
Josh has been tuning his skills over the past couple of years with a strong dedication and will to his craft. His talent definitely proves that hard work pays off and its obvious whenever he shreds. With that being said, Lifeblood Skateboards was more than grateful to proudly greet and welcome Josh to their own squad of skaters.
In this clip, Josh visited his friend Kevin Kowalski to his house that is highlighted with basically a private skatepark in his backyard. The two shredded the bowl while under the weather of the Oregon coast. After their session, they followed it up with another at Phil Tedder’s personal bowl before he made a trip back home the next day. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled because this kid has a few tricks up his sleeve and he definitely plans to reveal them!
How do you know when is the perfect time for a skater to turn pro? For starters, the skater has to completed such tasks as nailing a few video clips, covering a few articles in magazines and blogs, traveled with a few tours, made some shop appearances, and earned their stripes with a few contest winnings. Once that skater has done so, the skateboard industry would be sure to have a demand and desire for a few products with his name on it.
Well this years newest addition to the professional aspect of the skating industry is Element’s very own Evan Smith. His video entitled “The Evan Smith Experience drops this Thursday, March 21st along with his very first signature product.
In other news, skater Paul Zitzer has recently been added to Roger Skateboards. Paul Shier & Nick Jensen’s new skate company has publicized 5 of its 6 team skaters as of now. In addition to themselves of course, the squad features Tom Know of the UK, Sylvain Tognelli, along with Jon Nguyen. The question now is, who’s going to have the last slot?
Stereo Skateboards has officially added Ben Fisher to their squad of skaters. Chris Russell has been welcomed to the crew over at Creature and Nick Tucker recently enlisted with the Supra team.
If you didn’t get the chance to stop by at Huf’s booth this year at the Agenda Tradeshow then you missed out on a lot. Huf is just plain dope, they have a certain “#$%& it” attitude and it definitely shows through their pieces and their marketing scheme. To justify this statement take their plant life collection as an example, their all over weed print screams rebellion and goes against the grain. In the recent years marijuana has been decriminalized in a number of states including recreational and medical use, but thats not the case for the majority of the country and its citizens. Marijuana has been labeled as a drug in the past and its reputation hasn’t been one that appears to be glamorous, which leads Huf to portraying the bad boy image with its rebellious attitude.
Huf decided to pay homage to Los Angeles with a swap meet inspired booth at the Agenda Tradeshow after a bodega themed booth last year. The swap meet included a Martial Arts front, a Jewelry store, and a Gold Grill Dental booth that included a number of products like nun-chucks, ninja stars, du-rags, condoms, pendants, and Gold grill pictures. (Lol) But the main feature and highlight of the booth was the HUF embroidery machine, where they gave customers the opportunity to get custom embroidery through out the show.
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As a pro skateboarder, theres a range of different aspects that the rest of us won’t be able to understand. The lifestyle of a professional skater includes a lifetime of handwork, dedication, broken bones, fulfillment, and honor. As admirers those are only some of the aspects we can imagine while theres a number of other demeanors that plays their part. One of the perks of being a professional skater is the sponsorships from the best brands and products within the market.
Take Nyjah Huston for example, due to his hard work and dedication to his love of skateboarding he’s been rewarded with the opportunity to be sponsored by brands such as Element Skateboards, Silver, FKD, Diamond Supply Company, Mob, DC Shoes, Monster, and Beats by Dre.
Some of his accomplishments are but not limited to an incredible 9 victories of Street League Championships in 2010 and 2012 and a Gold medal in 2011 and 2012 from the Dew Tour. He’s set the standard for skateboarding with amazing video clips in the release of his “Rise and Shine” video in 2011 along with the slew of rewards he’s been stacking up. His hard work is definitely paying off through his accomplishments and the interest of top brands such as DC and Monster. With all in all being said, the life of a professional skateboarder is all behind hard work and dedication.
In art there’s a number of components that tie into the piece, theres the color theory, matter, style, form, and technique. If you let the audience be aware of your style and content then you’ll reward them with a better understanding and appreciation for your art. If the idea of symbolism is apparent and knowledgable then the viewing experience can be more fulfilling and enriching with more intrigue to look further into the piece.
Theres a an infinite number of revered artists from the past, and their works of art and forever to be cherished. In our day, we have a number of artists that are to follow in the footsteps of the greats that influenced them. One of those artists is Shepard Fairey who is the creator of OBEY. His works of art can be seen across the globe from billboards and buildings to hoodies and t-shirts.
His new series of pieces will be based around a new style called diamond dust printing. Basically its the utilization of a floral type abstraction with the use of a visually enticing style that consist of black and white diamond dust. The new conception of diamond dust is plastered onto the surface of the print that creates a glistening and glamorous aesthetic to the piece. This style was more commonly used by Andy Warhol who used this method to intensify his work with a more stunning look. This style is consistent with Shepard’s intrigue in the use of seduction through marketing and branding.
Throughout the years Skateboarding has grown into an entirely different being. It has evolved from its influence of skulls and blood to a lifestyle that encompasses a wide variety of different crowds. The popularity of skateboarding has increased majorly with a wide variety of different boards to skate with, from longboards to cruisers trick boards. Throughout the years Girls have been playing a more avid role in the industry by expressing their love of the lifestyle through their hard work and dedication, and with the Vans Combine comes an opportunity to show off their dedication.
Girls of all ages and different parts of the world gathered to celebrate their love of skating empty pools for the 3rd Annual Vans Combine Pool Classic contest that was held in sunny southern California at The Block in Orange, CA. New England’s very own Nora Vasconcellos took air with a big backside followed with an outstanding performance and a form of consistency that led her to grab the title of 1st place. A few veteran professionals of Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi took the roles of judging the competition while Steve Van Doren relieved the masses with free bbq for anyone who attend.
Final Results – By Age Group
1 Nora Vasconcellos $2500
2 Lizzie Armanto $1000
3 Julz Lynn $500
4 Alana Smith
5 Hunter Long
6 Nicole Hause
7 Amelia Brodka
8 Abby Zsarney
28 and Over
1. Karen Jones $2500
2. Katherine Folsom $1000
3. Jean Rusen $500
4. Cara Beth Burnside
5. Lauren Callahan
6. Mansy Esch
7. Natalie Das
8. Kim Peterson
If you’re familiar with the JFK Plaza, then you’re no stranger to the infamous name of LOVE Park. It was designed by the late Edmund Bacon and Vincent Kling with a lot of attention focused on the style of modernism with sleek stone benches, raised planter beds, along with smooth pavement surfacing the area. The success behind the plaza for pedestrians is arguable, but the terrain is perfect for skaters and their needs of a smooth surface and ledges along with makeshift ramps made from the concrete tiles that you could maneuver.
In the early nineties skaters started recording each other at LOVE Park and those videos eventually made their way to California, the motherland of the skating domain. LOVE Park then became a skating landmark as a result from those videos. The growth of the skateboarding industry also led to the popularity boost of LOVE PARK as well. By the end of 2000, an abundance of professionals moved to Philadelphia just to skate LOVE whenever they felt like it.
LOVE Park became a landmark for skateboarding, yet skateboarding was never declared a legal thing to do in the vicinity. As a matter of fact, the Police there will chase away skaters, issue them tickets, and even take away their boards. As the city tried to renovate and improve the area for middle class taste they put the park on a closer watch to prevent skaters from “misusing” the park for other purposes.
As a result from the popularity of the newly formed skatepark, the city revealed that they would contribute a $1 Million dollars to the redesign of the park to prevent skaters from using the park. DC shoes actually tried to match the city’s Million to keep the park how it was and to renovate it, but the city refused and renovated the redeveloped the park a couple of years later in 2002.
The city replaced the slabs of granite that were once ideal for grinding with wood benches that may look like they belong in another time era. The renovation disturbed more people than just the skaters, it also enraged the late Edmund Bacon, one of the park’s designers. He was so enthralled with passion that these skaters found a new way to find use of the area he developed, that at the elderly late of 92 he decided to skate in LOVE Park in the heat of the debate about the renovation.
If you never had the chance to skate at LOVE, or if you don’t skate in general but what like the idea to, you can shred at LOVE through the virtual world in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2 that was first video game to feature LOVE Park in a game.
Keith Hufnagel is to blame for the ever ascending brand HUF. Its taking the streets by storm and will continue to thrive under any circumstances. Keith grew up in New York with skateboarding as his passion and first love. He then moved to San Francisco to pursue his passion in skateboarding. During his stay in Sf, he wanted an alternative to clothing in which he would be wearing.
As a result he opened up his first store in August 2002 as a little storefront providing the areas most popular brands and lines out at the time. During the process, he started HUF which ultimately led to him focusing solely on that alone. HUF became one of the faster growing and recognized street brands out at this time.
He combined the differences and bridged the gaps of street wear and the skateboarding community. As of now HUF offers and produces top notch high quality merchandise right out of their Downtown Los Angeles headquarters.
Offthewall.tv delivers you behind the scenes footage this week with a skater that suffers from a common disability that many Americans as well as people across the globe face each and everyday. Autism is a term commonly known for a complex disorder of brain development. This particular disorder is characterized in various degrees, some of which can be known as difficulties within social interaction, verbal as well as nonverbal communication, and repetitive behavior. Autism can also be related to intellectual disability, complications with motor coordination, and overall health issues regarding sleep patterns and gastrointestinal problems. However, people with this disorder may have an exceptional talent of exceeding with their visual skills, music, as well as math and art.
Vans brings you a deeper look into the life of Autism as well as bringing the awareness to full view. This week they’ll show you behind the scenes footage of an Autistic skater named Raymond Wetzel and his battle against Autism along with his mother discussing the overpowering impact that the A. Skate foundation made on her son.
Vans and offthewall.tv is a proud partner of the producers of Heart Child, an intense documentary on the take of a 9 year old Autistic son and his 29-year old mother Crys Worley, the founder and heart of the A. Skate Foundation that was mentioned above. This tale documents the story of a mother’s struggle, not just her health alone but the overall well-being of herself and her son as well.
Her story was inspired and influenced by the willingness to push forward and the dedication of strong parents of autistic children and her own promise to to her son to never give up and to break down barriers on a daily basis. She started the A.Skate foundation which is modeled after this, Skating with Kids through Acceptance, Therapy, & Education.
This particular foundation is a non profit charity that enables youth with autism to take part in our social everyday world through the culture of skateboarding. They hold clinics for kids with autism charge free and they offer grants to them as well for items such as skateboarding equipment, and promote the awareness and education of autism and skateboarding to individuals everywhere.
Autism is something that individuals face everyday and its up to us to promote and spread the awareness to understand and help in any way you can.