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THE FUTURE OF ZERO & FALLEN WITH JAMIE THOMAS

photo: blabac It’s no secret that Zero, Fallen, and the other skate brands under Jamie Thomas’s Black Box Distribution roof have been hurting for the last couple of years. With constant team changes and persistent layoffs, we all knew that some major announcements were coming soon. To my surprise, Jamie gave us a chance to talk about it, and I jumped on a call with him early this morning to break the news. For now it seems that Fallen and Zero are moving out to Dwindle distribution, and the brands…

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HABITAT SKATEBOARDS IS STILL ALIVE

Back in May, Habitat and Alien Workshop went out of business overnight. There was no official statement from the brands or confirmation, just a bunch of cryptic Instagram and Facebook messages from riders and industry heads, claiming it was all over. How did companies that have been in business 20+ years just disappear? While the future of Alien Workshop still looks uncertain, there is some good news. Habitat Skateboards will start over, rise from the ashes and push on. Teaming up Tum Yeto distribution, they are stripping back, just producing…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH CALLUM PAUL ABOUT PEEING IN HIS MOUTH

As skateboarders, we know him as Callum Paul, the Australian pro skater – but to most of the internet, Callum is simply “the guy who pissed in his own mouth during a Trash Talk show“. Going viral several weeks ago for the photo above, he went unidentified for a while, until Richie Jackson left a comment revealing his name. While a bunch of music sites have tried to get in touch with him, he has been declining requests, laying low and recently turning fully pro for Passport Skateboards. Lucky for…

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BOTHERING TODD FRANCIS ABOUT HIS NAUGHTY & WONDERFUL SKATEBOARD ART

photo: amber dianda You might not recognize the name Todd Francis, but you will recognize his work. This is the guy that designed the world famous Antihero eagle logo and countless rad graphics for companies like Real, Element and Stereo. He even designed a couple of those Bam Boards in the mid 00s when Bam used to pretend he was in the band HIM and scribbled heartagrams all over everything. Todd is only partially to blame for those – sorry about that. Always in good spirits and humor, I spoke…

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*AN INTERVIEW WITH BRONZE [VERY RARE] [MATURE AUDIENCE] [18+]*

A very rare photo of Peter Sidlauskas, Bronze’s co-founder Bronze originally started as a skateboard hardware company, but it wasn’t their products that people cared about. It was the 20 minute Bronze video that surfaced over the internet in 2012 entitled ***56K*** (OFFICIAL VIDEO) [BRONZE HARDWARE EXCLUSIVE] [VERY RARE] that caught the imagination of skateboarders everywhere. With the brand’s popularity, they’ve since branched out, making skateboards and clothing, all in the same sarcastic, lofi style, dedicated to early internet and cable. While there are hundreds of new skateboard clips coming…

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AN INTERVIEW WITH DAVIS TORGERSON ABOUT SKATEBOARDING AS A SPORT

photo: gabe morford Davis Torgerson is the future of skateboarding and it’s not just because he’s amazingly talented on his skateboard. It’s because he’s PG-13 – he is relatable and gives enough to all audiences to make them happy. As skateboarding continues to move closer to the Olympics and a normal sport, it’s going to be the skater’s personalities and potential marketability to mainstream audiences, that will dictate their success (financially at least). Davis has a seemingly conventional background: grew up playing team sports in Minnesota (and was good at…

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JENKEM MIX 10: BRAD CROMER

photo courtesy of brixton You asked for it – we did it. For Jenkem Mix 10, Brad Cromer picked out a couple of tracks, throwing in stuff you may be familiar with, next to some more obscure tracks. A refreshing change from the predictable skateboard Rap / Rock mixes, this one has a bit of everything and that signature nostalgic dreamy vibe which is apparent in all of Brad’s skate parts and his own video LOFI. If Brad isn’t one of your favorites yet, he will be soon. Pinky promise….

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THE ANDREW REYNOLDS INTERVIEW

photo: atiba / courtesy of emerica There are very few individuals that have been at the top of their craft for over 20 years in any subculture. As we know, it’s hard to gain momentum, and even harder to keep it. Andrew Reynolds is one of those extraordinary people, pushing a relentless career for several eras of skateboarding. He is as much of “the Boss” now as he was during the 90s. Unlike other legends who slowly transition into photography, art or industry jobs, Reynolds has maintained his position by…

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THE HISTORY OF WORLD INDUSTRIES AND ITS $29 MILLION DOLLAR SALE

In the late 90s, at the height of a skateboard boom and economic prosperity, World Industries was the biggest skateboard company in the world. The creation of several cartoon characters, Flame Boy, Wet Willy and The Devil Man catapulted sales and at the company’s peak in 1998, they sold it for $29 million dollars. Not only were they the first skateboard company ever listed on the stock market, but to this day, it remains one of the biggest sales in skateboarding history. Wanting to understand how a skateboard company with…

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A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH ANTHONY PAPPALARDO

Over the last couple of years we haven’t seen much footage of the elusive Pops, aside from his tricks in Cherry and the occasional Instagram post. He’s not the easiest to track down and he’s not the type of guy you bump into skating LES skatepark. Luckily for us, our friend and filmer Richard Quintero is one of the few people that has been filming occasionally with Pops over the last couple of months. Accumulating some skate mission footage and clips, we thought it was too good to get dusty…

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