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Jamie Foy | SOTY 2017

December 14th, 2017   
Each and every year, without fail, skateboarders worldwide seek the answer. The answer to a 27-year-old question. Who is the Thrasher Magazine Skater of the Year? Each and every year, without fail, the mainstream skateboarding community looks forward to the announcement. The announcement that proclaims the most ripping skater of that year. The most shocking of talents. The most productive of careers in that respective year.

Jamie Foy feeble grinds one year ago in Los Angeles

Ever since the first “SOTY” in Tony Hawk, Thrasher has been pushing for an annual SOTY and succeed they have. Tony claimed 1990 far before his competition 900, then pre-mega ramp Danny Way claimed the title. The third ever SOTY was John Cardiel (“All Hail Cardiel”) followed by the first “switch god” Salman Agah. And so it went, on and on, until Kyle Walker grinded an inconceivable handrail to win 2016’s SOTY award. Skater of the Year party and all, the ultimate glory is taken and given each year. And now for the 2017 SOTY announcement…
It’s been one hell of a year for Deathwish Skateboards. Jamie Foy, the “Big Boy”, was awarded the coveted title. And well-deserved! Just weeks after publishing a shared part with Australian Skater of the Year Jake Hayes, Jamie released his (ending) part in the full-length Ty Evans film, “The Flat Earth”, and was awarded SOTY by Thrasher’s man himself, Jake Phelps.
Wait until you see the insane tricks that he lays down for the camera in this new flick… And enjoy the SOTY era of the not-so-skinny shredder, Jamie Foy.
Long live Thrasher! Keep it up Jamie!

Jake Hayes Pro for Deathwish

November 21st, 2017   
Jake Hayes is not only an Aussie, he’s a Grade A certified ripper. As if it wasn’t hard enough to get recognized as a street skater, he came from way Down Under to prove his talent! It’s been a long road (including King of the Road), but Jake is now officially PRO!
JAKE IS PRO
Riding for OG brands like Deathwish Skateboards, New Balance, & Dickies, Jake has a job as a skateboarder. But even if that weren’t true, he would be in the streets every day! A tall skater usually makes spots look small that might not be, but he gets so buck on the biggest spots that it don’t matter!
After killing it on the King of the Road in 2016, Jake has been steadily putting out clips with his board sponsor, shoe sponsor, and other supporters as well. Take notes, kids! There’s a work ethic here. Watch the way he attacks rails, floats down gaps, and masters picnic tables like no other.

“Saturdays” are for Birdhouse Skateboards

November 8th, 2017   
Birdhouse Skateboards, a legendary brand with a legendary history of skateboarding films, had not put out a full-length video in ten years. Since 2007’s “The Beginning.” And then, in the fall of 2017, “Saturdays” fell upon the skateboarding world at large. Not only was this a new era in skateboarding, it was a new era for a new team that was indeed coming into its own.
"Saturdays"

“Saturdays”

Birdhouse had always had a team full of rippers – from Willy Santos and Heath Kirchart to Ocean Howell and Andrew Reynolds. However, there was always a specific type of skater that fit the mold of the team. In this latest production, the team very much created the mold. The team recreated what it means to ride for Birdhouse Skateboards with their drastically unique styles and approaches.
Jaws is the ultimately talented big dropper and flyout connoisseur… Lizzie Armanto is quickly becoming the favorite skater of guys and girls alike around the world… Ben Raybourn has the tricks on transition that no one else has but wish they had… Clive Dixon and Clint Walker are both insanely gifted dark horses, Oh! And don’t forget about Shawn Hale! Let’s see… Oh yes, David Loy… This team is full of heavy hitters, but not two of them skate the same way.
After watching the video for the first time, I experienced a resounding effect of family. The team is truly in it together,  not just collecting paychecks for doing dangerous stunts (which they are).
Good Times with Team

Good Times with Team

Especially with certain riders, you see the  comradery shining so clearly that it makes you appreciate that side of skateboarding all over again. Especially with a dude like Tony in the mix (how could you forget about Birdman?), they all travel together, skate together, and goof around together. I mean, just for that alone, how EPIC!?!
A whole new era for the Birdhouse Skateboards video means a whole new format of media. And no, I’m not talking about 4K. Each rider had a personalized celebrity cameo in their part’s intro. And I know what you’re thinking… “Keep it skateboarding!” But to be honest, the cameo appearances made the video altogether more entertaining (and hilarious). All in all, “Saturdays” was a wonderful film, full of good vibes and heavy hammers. A well-done piece chopped and pasted by the legendary Jason Hernandez. But major shouts out to everyone who skated, filmed, edited, and contributed to “Saturdays!”
Cheers to “Saturdays,” and cheers to Birdhouse Skateboards! It’s been a long run, Tony, and it ain’t over yet.

Creature Skateboards “Tanked”

March 2nd, 2017   
Creature Skateboards has had a long history of great riders, sick videos and rad graphics. That might sound obvious – they’ve been around since 1994 – but they persist and continue to put out good stuff, each season & every year.
Some of the Creature Skateboards team, lurking hard.

Some of the Creature Skateboards team, lurking hard.

Most recently, Creature put out an especially dope series titled “Tanked”. Working with the man who calls himself @sketchy_tank on Instagram was a good decision on their part. It’s no new news to include pro riders’ interests in their board graphics, but the rag tag style in which they did these is unique and screams “Creature Skateboards”. Step one: make the decks green. Step two: draw images of the riders’ favorite things in life. Step three: maybe get their permission to print… Step four: send it to the presses!
Sticking with the tried & true formula, each deck tells a small story about that rider. Whether it’s David Gravette’s love for animals & beers & shenanigans or Willis Kimbel’s attraction to bikinis and shellfish, the guys at the NHS offices really hit the nail on the head. Reyes is feeling the unicorn vibes, Partanen is “beardsy,” Darren Navarette is still feeling the vampire within and Chris Russell keeps it hardcore with his graphic.
A company that holds so many transition rippers in the ranks is bound to keep it classic. But the new age spin on this throwback concept is why Creature will live long and prosper in all of its lurkdom.
Check out their new “Tanked” decks and relive CSFU in all of it glory right here:

Foundation “Oddity”

February 23rd, 2017   

Foundation Skateboards is a company started by Tod Swank in the year 1990. But much more importantly, Foundation is a crew, a team and a family. Once known as the Foundation Super Co. with past riders such as Daniel Shimizu, Brad Staba, Ethan Fowler & Heath Kirchart, Foundation has a rich history of great teams with full-length videos to accompany them. This generation of Foundation, however, is brand new and comes with a lot to prove. And their newest video, “Oddity”, was their opportunity. The team has changed a lot since it’s last full-length feature, 2010’s “WTF!”.

Most of the Fondation boys at the premiere in Santa Ana, CA.

Most of the Fondation boys at the premiere in Santa Ana, CA.

The new guys are the guys! The team is stacked with young blood like Corey Glick, more seasoned skaters like Corey Duffel, road dogs like Dakota Servold and possible 2017 SOTY, Cole Wilson. The van is filled to the brim with talent, but it’s great to know that the bros are just bros. With no big checks to light a fire under their asses, the boys are getting clips for the love of it. And they’re getting it in whenever and however often they can. Doing it for all the right reasons, the current Foundation Skateboards team was bound to create magic with their newest video. And sure enough, Oddity was a stand-out.
Between Corey, Corey, Cole and the rest of the homies, the entire video was 100% (okay, 98%) skateboarding all the way through. Ryan Spencer came out with some really unique skating, Cole Wilson and Corey Glick came out swinging at every spot, Nick Merlino almost killed himself to get the footage, Aidan Campbell made a beautiful debut and Joey Ragali pushed himself hard for this one! Truly, everyone crushed it, and no SoCal spot was left unharmed.
Specifically, the handrail game was absolutely destroyed. From skating up kinked rails to skating through 8 kinks, these dudes did the unthinkable in every way imaginable. Never Been Done’s were No Big Deal, and lack of budget came through as Better then Ever.
Foundation Skateboards has a group of guys that looks strong as hell and is keeping the brand in the highest of ranks for years to come. Don’t sleep on any of these dudes, because they’re all capable of producing en ending part for whatever their next project will be!
Now, just watch:

 “ODDITY”

Evan Smith for Element Skateboards

January 10th, 2017   
Aside from annihilating everything in his path on a skateboard and being one hell of a cosmic soul, Evan Smith has been getting a huge amount of coverage in the skate scene at large over the past three years. With multiple full parts, some solo and some as part of full-length skate videos, and great skating in plenty of this past year’s major contests, Evan’s shown himself to be the full package as a pro skater.
Evan on that tour life...

Evan on that tour life…

A serious SOTY contender, a street warrior, and a wandering lovechild don’t usually coincide on one human being, but that’s probably why everyone loves Evan. Celebrating his presence on Element Skateboards’ team isn’t enough. It’s only right to make his pro deck graphics as dope as can be, and we think Element nailed it right on the head. From his recent “Ranger” deck to the Star Head Body tribute in his “Elementalist” series deck, it’s easy to see how he fits in with the brand and how his artistic lifestyle shines through in its creation.
Always an artsy fellow, he could settle in Pittsburgh as a local creative. But for Evan, the road to meaning has only begun. And skateboarding is lucky to have him as a die-hard lifer. Stay around Skateboards.com to see the next graphics Element comes out with for Mr. @StarHeadBody.
Skaters unite! And support your favorite professionals. Keep pro boards alive by buying them yourself.
Much love,
 – Skateboards.com Team

Politic – New to the Site!

December 16th, 2016   
Politic: adj. <(of an action) seeming sensible and judicious under the circumstances.>
Politic is not your average skateboard brand. They are anything but that. When most of the industry is based in Southern California, Politic stays with its roots on the American east coast. When most companies sponsor a mix of contest skaters and clip stackers, Politic recruited raw street skaters only. And when most are following the blueprints of many skate companies past, Politic does its own thing entirely.
Taylor Nawrocki - back tail

Taylor Nawrocki – back tail

Based in New York City, Politic never ventures far from the dirty streets of Manhattan, the very terrain that bred the culture of the brand. These guys take their pushing seriously, as they should, and people are taking note. They’ve drawn a top-notch team, including Taylor Nawrocki, Danny Renaud, Dom Henry, Dave Caddo, Quim Cardona, Joshua Bos and Steve Durante. This list of heavy hitters is no joke, and they’re paving the way for their own future. On their own terms.
Their graphics reflect the hectic energy of street skating in any metropolis, whether it be the boroughs of New York, the centro of Miami, the plazas of DC or the neighborhoods of Philly. The homage to their skaters with their pro decks are rad, to say the least; we hope you’re as stoked on them as we are.
For more Politic, check them out on our site right here.

Brian Anderson Pro for Antihero Skateboards

November 23rd, 2016   
Just a few weeks ago, BA (Brian Anderson) was announced as a professional addition to the Antihero Skateboards team – September 27th, 2016. And it had been years of us seeing him riding their skateboard decks…
After a memorable career riding for legacy brands such as Toy Machine and Girl and even having started his own board brand with 3D Skateboards, Brian had a long-standing period of time where he didn’t really HAVE a board sponsor. Content and strong with Nike SB, Supreme and Independent Trucks as his supporters, Brian moved back to the east coast, where he grew up and has been silently killing it. His current home in Queens, NY is a new place for him and his career as he moves forward as an openly gay man. For more on his recent coming out, check out our blog piece HERE.
Brian Anderson, as skaters who have followed his career loyally will know, has been a perfect fit for Antihero for years. With his powerful style, unique approach, gnarly appearance and long-time home in San Francisco, it made sense that Antihero (under SF-based Deluxe Distribution) would take him under their wing as a pro rider. If they had made that announcement at any point, it would have been a good call for the culture of the brand and for Brian as their friend. But waiting until after the coming-out unveiling made it even more significant. Basically Antihero, a brand that is well-known for its dirty street-based roots, made a strong statement along the lines of “we don’t care what your size, color or orientation are, we’re skaters and we’ve got skaters’ backs.” Contrary to the “hard ass” attitude put off by the brand over the decade(s), they took an unwavering stand on Brian’s behalf.
Skateboarding has begun to hit a tipping point of popularity, where those running the brands, teams and organizations in the industry need to remind their followers of where skaters stand, who skaters are and why we’re all listening in the first place. Skateboarding started as a complete fringe activity. Something middle-aged Americans would look down upon and elders of our culture would literally scorn. Skateboarders had no choice but to band together and stick up for one another. The only other option was to retreat into whatever other life we would settle with. It was either keep skating or give up. Over the last 25 years that street skateboarding has been alive, it has grown tremendously, shrunk almost as much and has seen a huge change in audience.
Skateboarding has become cool, yet again, in the greater American (and even international) society. And it has become shrouded by that coolness to include fair-weather fans, “posers” and those looking to take advantage of the industry. As little or as much as those people pay attention to actual skateboarding, they look up to skaters for their style, resilience and lifestyle. And now that it has the current limelight of hip urban culture, it’s important to remind the masses that skateboarding was built on inclusion. It was founded on the fact that if you skate, you’re cool. And petty opinions on human traits such as homosexuality do not alter our willingness to help our brothers and sisters.
Antihero has never compromised who they are as a team or as a brand, but they did show the skateboarding world that gay, straight, bisexual, transgender or however else you personify your sexuality, a skateboarder is a skateboarder. Period.
Brian Anderson is as much a legend now as he was before he came out. He’s as much a legend now as he was when he closed the doors at 3D Skateboards. The only thing that has changed is the fact that he has a board graphic shares Antihero’s name and his own.
Welcome to Antihero, Brian. We’re stoked they’ve got your back and glad that skateboarding does as well.
Keep skating, everyone.

Grant Taylor Independent Truck

October 11th, 2016   
It’s rare that the world of skateboarding is graced with a natural talent on the level of Grant Taylor. A gift like that is not to be wasted. GT has always stayed true to himself as a skater and for his sponsors. With major backers like Antihero Skateboards and Spitfire Wheels, it’s no surprise that Independent Trucks has him grinding with their product. One of the first and most OG truck brands keeps it real, and Grant helps the cause every day he steps on his board.
Since his humble beginnings as the shop owner’s kid in Atlanta, Georgia, Grant has never ceased to turn heads, regardless of the skatepark or street spot. Still based in Atlanta while traveling the world, he decides to keep things local, give back to his hometown and continue to represent the “dirty south” (find him on Instagram as @downsouthinhell). The multiple skate video parts under his belt, for companies like Alien Workshop, NikeSB, and Antihero, supplement footage in countless Internet edits that have risen to the top of the melting pot that is today’s skate media. Also, winning Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Year Award in 2011 didn’t hurt his career at all.
Far from being done with skating, Grant has propelled his influence in our industry, and in his own unique way. Much like his skating, he’s kept us on our toes. But he must know what works, because he continues to ride Indys. Independent Trucks just released his signature truck in 139mm, and we’re stoked! Also available in 129mm here and 159mm here. With his custom yet classic stamp graphic on a classic silver truck, the boys at Independent did a great job of doing GT justice.
Keep killing it, Grant! To all the skaters reading this, keep skating! And keep designing and producing epic trucks, Independent Trucks.

Heroin Skateboards: “Violence Toy”

August 17th, 2016   
Britain, historically and currently, has influenced skateboarding and continues to influence skating globally. The skate culture we know now wouldn’t be the same without figures like Geoff Rowley, Carl Shipman or Tom Penny and companies like Landscape or Blueprint. Heroin Skateboards originated from a British mastermind and has some of the best-selling decks on Skateboards.com, so we recently sat down with Fos (Mark Foster), the founder of Heroin Skateboards, to chat about their newest graphic series: Heroin’s Violence Toys.
The man himself, Mark Foster. Photo: www.fosgraphics.com

The man himself, Mark Foster. Photo: www.fosgraphics.com

The simplest way to put it is that Heroin’s brand is, well, gnarly.. It takes you back a second the first time you hear it in conversation, especially if you’re not used to spending time in the streets. Many initially wouldn’t back the company because of that, but Fos moved forward regardless. He tells us, “I never cared about what anyone else thought. I only really do stuff for myself that I think’s good.” Between its unique team riders and explicit board graphics, Heroin has a reputation all its own.
The idea for a new board series came from a collection of modern toys. Fos reports, “…my friend in the UK has a toy company, so I’ve always sort of toyed [no pun intended] with the idea of having a series based on that for the riders. And what I’ve wanted to do was like, custom-make a character for each rider.”
A bit more research showed that custom toys on par with those he had in mind were pretty gnarly as well, with molding costs in the $1,000s. So an alternative needed to be found to make it work. A buddy, Ezra, from SD is another toy maker that made the toys we see on the current Heroin Skateboards “Violence Toys”series. Toys already on the market were used for studio photography, and Fos says it ended up working out way easier that way
Violence Toys, as per Heroin Skateboards

Violence Toys, as per Heroin Skateboards

We’re glad the series worked out, as we’re already such fans of Heroin’s brand. Though it’s not easy to say the brand’s name in front of parents at skateshops, Fos talked with us about why and how the brand was created. As it turns out, it was just a pure desire to create something original with a bit of good timing mixed in. “From 1998, I started it in a hospital bed, and I drew the original logo with my left hand… It’s pretty mellow really. It’s just fun, sort of.” If he hadn’t had that injury to his right wrist and down time after operation, Heroin might not have been what it is today. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. With riders like Daniel Shimizu, Tony Karr and Lee Yankou, the brand is in good hands out in the streets and skateparks.
Fos is now based in LA, drawing, skating and managing the boys. Under the umbrella of Baker Boys Distribution and available almost anywhere, including right here at our store… Long Live Herion Skateboards!