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Ambush x RAW Artists Deck Series


What if there was no such thing as a skateboard graphic? Would it matter to you if you and your squad all had the same plain, natural wood deck? If skateboards had no graphics, would they still have a soul? Would they tell the story of your favorite pro? Would they still celebrate your favorite video part, ad campaign, or Instagram account? What would a deck with no graphics say about you and your skateboarding? How would anyone know where you have aligned yourself within the skate industry? Would people be making jokes about how lame “Skater X” is over there with his obviously lame brand board?

Thankfully, we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where art and skateboarding go hand in hand. We live in a world where skateboards tell stories, share in our culture’s rich history, and convey a brand’s message. For better or worse, we live in a world where skateboard graphics speak volumes of who you are, who your favorite skater is, what clique you belong to, and with whom you share common values and attitudes. And, if that’s what it takes to draw out all of these beautiful, funny, disgusting, and thought provoking graphics, I enthusiastically embrace every bit of it.

Ambush teamed up with RAW Artists to bring you a stunning collaborative series featuring graphics from some of RAW Artists most creative talent.


RAW Artists is an international independent artists organization that gives artists the resources and exposure to launch their respective art careers. RAW’s Senior Showcase Director, and former Ambush employee, Dayna Melton has long been one of the top talent evaluators for up-and-coming artists. Dayna curates art shows throughout the country that bring underground painters, printers, sculptors, performers, musicians, photographers, chefs, makeup artists, and jewelers to art enthusiasts in cities like San Francisco, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, and, of course, Atlanta. When Dayna proposed the idea of Ambush and RAW collaborating on a series of skate decks, it was an obvious no brainer. The project was a go and Dayna went to work on what she does best: find talented artists.


Toby Johnson
San Francisco, CA
Age: 27

Ambush RAW Artists Toby Johnson

Toby has been creating art since he was able to hold a pen. His passion for art is matched only by his obsession with skateboarding. For the past 15+ years, Toby has fused the two into a lifestyle balanced between the streets and the studio. Toby’s art career started to take off as a graffiti artist in the eclectic neighborhoods of San Francisco. He has since evolved into a commissioned muralist painting the walls of various storefronts throughout the city.

To Toby, skateboarding and art are intrinsically connected. He gets the same feeling of pride and stoke from landing a new trick as he does from creating a new piece. Toby aims to get a reaction, positive or negative, from both his skateboarding and his artwork. And, he thrives on how both cultures share the same virtues of creativity, rebelliousness, and progression.

“Art made me gravitate to skateboarding,” Toby recalls. “And, skateboarding opened up a new side of art that I didn’t know was there. My favorite thing about both art and skating is that they both have so many elements and so many possibilities.”

From chill mini-ramp sessions with friends to street art. And, from skating abnormal, crusto spots to painting the walls of posh boutiques, Toby’s attitude remains: anything goes as long as it flows.



Kayla Ferraro
Columbia, MD
Age: 24


Like most creatives, Kayla began to show interest in art at an early age. But, it wasn’t until she became a teenager that her artistic prowess really started to develop. Kayla used art as a coping mechanism during what she refers to as “the abusive years”. Problems at home, constant moving from town to town, and bearing the responsibility of being both child and parent gave her the right amount of angst to channel into creative energy. Her work during that period was rewarded with a scholarship to Columbus College of Art and Design from where she earned her degree in 2014.

Kayla draws inspiration from notably childish, yet dark sources: Dr. Suess, The Lion King, Tim Burton, and Alex Pardee. Which, likely stems from the time where all she wanted to be was a kid, but couldn’t. She is similarly influenced by conversations with people and incorporates story telling in her art.

You can see Kayla’s art on album covers, tattoos, and now, skateboards.

“I’m happy to have the opportunity to do this project with Ambush,” Kayla opines. “I don’t skateboard, but I definitely embrace street culture. I have the same passion for pen and paper as skaters do for board and pavement.”

Where does Kayla plan on taking her art next?

“My ambition is to put my art on a street wear or boutique clothing line.” We can’t wait to see it.



Ansley Sproull
Athens, GA
Age: 33


Ansley is a nomad by every definition of the word. She grew up in Calhoun, Georgia but has since lived a wandering and wondering lifestyle migrating from Savannah to Santa Fe to Austin to Athens where she has settled in…for now. At each stop, Ansley has taken in the local culture and pushed to become a better version of herself and, in turn, a better artist.

“It takes a lot of hard work to develop your own style and get really good at making art,” Ansley reflects about her years on the lam. “To excel you need to be driven while still having a sense of adventure, excitement, and romantic, bohemian notions. I met a ton of free spirits and creatives of all kinds that were definitely not trying to live normal lifestyles.”

And, although she is back in her home state, Ansley is still drawn to that type of personal energy. She is currently holding down the dinning room at legendary chef Hugh Acheson’s 5&10. And, her longtime boyfriend is pro BMXer, Doug Morrison. Ansley may not skate, but she definitely shares the same sentiments that the “normal life” will never be for her.


Skateboarding and visual art have been simpatico since the first graphics started appearing on boards in the 1960s. Working with artists like Toby, Kalya, and Ansley show just how connected art and skateboarding are. And, who knows. Maybe these three artists’ work with soon become just as synonymous with skateboarding as Neckface, Michael Sieben, and Todd Francis. So, the question is, will you skate it or will you hang it?


Click here to view/purchase the Ambush x RAW Artists collab series decks.



Format and Away Days Premieres


Video premiere season is upon us! Summertime doesn’t just mean great weather and short-shorts, and just to be clear, I’m not talking about chubbers (don’t worry Garrett you get a free pass). I’m talking about foxy chicks with nice legs. No summertime means that people put out full length videos that they’ve been busting their asses for. Over this past weekend we got to see two videos in two nights.

Ambush Format and Away Days Premieres

Friday night was a local video called “Format”, which was filmed by Carver Weeks and Austin Sneed. It featured parts from Will Gatewood, Ryan Gatewood, Dylan Stuckman, Solomon Mosley, Anthony Morales and Ben Hayes. Its always fun going to a local video premiere because you get to see people you don’t get to usually hang out with on a regular basis. Everyone is typically in a great mood and ready to party! Oh and did I mention that the premiere was at a bar in East Atlanta called the Graveyard? Cheap drinks and pool will always spice up the night of a vid, that is if you can get a turn on the pool table. Anyways, Format was great, hugs were given, beer was spilled and bad decisions were most likely made. Looking forward to the next local video to come out!

Adidas Away Days

On Saturday, the long awaited Adidas video “Away Days” premiered at the Plaza Theatre. Now this video has too many people to name here, but as long as you haven’t been under a rock for the past couple of months, you know the deal. Adidas rep, Bobby Boyd, was kind enough to have a VIP showing at 8:00 pm. Before the video started, there was a special thanks from Nakel Smith and Jake Donnelly to all the local Atlanta area skate shops such as Ambush, Ruin, Hazard County and Stratosphere. The video was insane and had the introduction of their newest pro riders, Daewon Song and Marc Johnson. There was some questionable music by my standards, but the skating was completely mind-blowing. It was great seeing our boy Bobby Henson tear it up as well! Wait…Ive just been told that it was actually Alec Majerus skating, not Bobby. Well, you could’ve fooled me.

Ambush Away Days Premiere

After the video, everyone was all smiles and ready to party! Most of us made our way over to El Myr, Little 5 Points’ local watering hole. Bobby Boyd hooked it up again with a major bar tab with quite a few drink tickets floating around. We all busted a fair amount of Grizzs and PBRs (If you’re ever in the L5P area, I strongly suggest you go by El Myr and catch a Grizz). As the night was winding down, we felt lucky there was only one fight (and it was among a few girls). They must have been arguing about whether or not MJ should’ve left Lakai for Adidas. Finally, we all crawled our way back to where we were staying, responsibly of course.

Adidas Away Days Premiere

Thanks to Bobby Boyd, Adidas, The Plaza Theatre and El Myr. We all had one hell of a time. This Thursday we get to live it up again at the Plaza for the new Volcom video “Holy Stokes”. And, if my calculations are correct, we are gonna have another insane night on our hands.



2016 March Radness Skateboard Contest


Being a meteorologist has to be the cushiest job out there. All you have to do is make some haphazard prediction once a day about what the weather will be like in the coming hours. You don’t even have to be right. In fact, you can be dead wrong the vast majority of the time and no one would ever call you on your crap. I’d love to be able to BS my way through life, but that wouldn’t make for a very good experience for you guys. And, if skaters were able to BS their ways through their craft, there would be no where near the level of skateboarding we saw at this year’s March Radness.

Weather predictions aside, every March we are honored to bring you the raddest (pun intended) grassroots skateboard contest around. March Radness was an epic battle between the area’s top skaters. Standouts from the street division include Reggie Kelly, Tommy Stephan, Greyson Beal, Yosef Bubes, Robin Magby, Niko Howard, Wes Lembo, Gage Gum, Carson Lybbert, Grant Stavas, and Bobby Henson. The semi-finals were a who’s who of Atlanta skateboarding. In the finals, Jake Wooten’s edged out Greyson Beal and Tommy Stephan for the win.

The pool division served up the most dramatic events of the day. Severe cramps set in on the right leg of Austin Gordon from his first practice run. Gage Gum and Jake Wooten, worn out from the street division, put their hearts and passions on the line to make it into the finals. The final ended with Austin Gordon eschewing his cramps to pull that kickflip-indy that tortured him throughout the heat. Austin dropped the mic (and the hammer), but Gage and Jake controlled the finals. Jake edged out Gage for his second win of the day.

Top L to R: Pool Division Winners 3rd Place: Austin Gordon, 2nd Place Gage Gum, 1st Place: Jake Wooten. Bottom L to R: Street Division Winners 3rd Place: Tommy Stephan, 1st Place Jake Wooten, 2nd Place: Greyson Beal

Top L to R: Pool Division Winners 3rd Place: Austin Gordon, 2nd Place Gage Gum, 1st Place: Jake Wooten. Bottom L to R: Street Division Winners 3rd Place: Tommy Stephan, 1st Place Jake Wooten, 2nd Place: Greyson Beal

March Radness 2016 belonged to Jake Wooten. He dominated in every way and won both the street and pool contests. Congratulations Jake on your unbelievable performance. No one could have predicted you taking both contests. Not even some douchy weatherman.

Special thanks to all that competed in March Radness, to all of our sponsors for helping make this event great, and to those that adapted to our date change and came out to cheer on your fellow skaters. Here are the final results:

Street Division
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Greyson Beal
3rd Place: Tommy Stephan
4th Place: Carson Lybbert

Pool Division
1st Place: Jake Wooten
2nd Place: Gage Gum
3rd Place: Austin Gordon
4th Place: Judah Bubes


Filmed by: Cole Vanthof and Ryan Harris
Edited by: Cole Vanthof



Linked by Ink: The Ambush x Skinwerks Collab

Craig Foster

Craig Foster

Skateboarding, tattoos, and art have been culturally forged together through decades of avant garde contrarianism, a blunt questioning of societal norms, and a passion for personal expression. The relationship between skateboarding and tattoos can be seen everywhere from board graphics to the amount of ink on the archetypal skater’s body. As skateboarding, art, and tattoos weave in and out of each other’s existence they leave lasting impressions on one another. In Atlanta, none have done that more than Ambush Board Co., Craig Foster, Jules Woods, and Skinwerks Tattoo.

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Jay Buck Jam 2013

This past Sunday marked the 13th annual Jay Buck Jam held at Old Fourth Ward Skatepark.  The  Jam was started by Stormy, Jeremiah and the rest of the Atlanta skate family after the loss of Jay Buck back in 2000.  The jam was originally put on to honor the memory of Jay, as well as the camaraderie and brotherhood that skateboarding brings.  It’s awesome to still see it going on 13 years later with the guys that started it, the local legends, the young bucks all getting together to remember Jay Buck, and to show what skateboarding is all about.  Check the video above for some highlights and be sure to come out next year if you couldn’t make it out this time.

Make it a $99 Complete

Here at Ambush we know it can be tough sometimes to pull together the cash for a proper set up.  With that in mind we decided it was time we came up with a deal to get you ripping on a pro model complete for under $100.  Now you can come in and pick any pro model deck off the wall and any of our new and improved Ambush wheels out of the case.  From there, we’ll set you up with some Krux Trucks and FKD bearings, and you’ll be rolling out with a complete perfect for beginners all the way up to seasoned vets of the concrete.  So come on by, pick up a board and Skate With US.

Ambush Summer Calendar

Summer sucks. Summer is rad. I love the summer time. I hate the summer. The heat is unbearable. Sweat, sweat, sweat. I’m thirsty thinking about it. The nights are wild. The parties are epic. The days are longer. The sessions are longer. The sessions are better. I love summertime.

Now that summer has once again reared its beautifully ugly head, we have some upcoming events to help you enjoy your arduously short yet acutely long summer. Let the radness begin.


Ronix Wakeskate/Wakeboard Demo Day – June 12th
Take a set with Reed Hansen behind the Ambush Nautique. Demo your favorite Ronix wakeboards, wakeskates, and surfers. Learn a few tricks from one of wakeskating’s premier shredders. And, it is totally FREE.

The Ronix Wakeskate/Wakeboard Demo Day runs from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm at Holiday Harbor Marina (Lake Allatoona). 5989 Groovers Landing Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102.



Go Skateboarding Day – June 21st
Spend Go Skateboarding Day with us. Enjoy live music from Space Orphan and the Red Bull DJ. Chomp on free food, candy, and drinks. Enter the Red Bull High Ollie Contest (winning prize TBA). Or, skate some ledges with the Ambush crew.

The Ambush Go Skateboarding Day festivities will run from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the shop.


Hyperlite Experience


The Hyperlite Experience – July 11th
Have you ever ridden behind a Nautique G-23? Have you ever taken a set with Hyperlite and Ambush pro Scott Stewart? Have you tested out all of the latest Hyperlite boards? How about the System boots/bindings? No? Well now you can.

Sign up for this once in a lifetime opportunity at Chose either the morning of afternoon session. The cost is $30 which includes a FREE Hyperlite tee shirt, mini Murray wakeboard, and swag bag.

The Hyperlite Experience also takes place at Holiday Harbor Marina (Lake Allatoona). 5989 Groovers Landing Road SE, Acworth, GA 30102.

Ruby Tuesdays-‘Tis the Season

Hey guys! Welcome back to another installment of Ruby Tuesdays!

As you may have noticed, Spring is here. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and there is pollen on EVERYTHING. I hate pollen.
It’s been making it quite difficult to get motivated to go out and skate, by the time I get out my allergies start to act up. Which sucks, cause it’s getting to be perfect skating weather now, and school is almost out.
Lee brought up a good point earlier, that this is the second best time of the year to skate only because of the pollen. Besides that, the weather is amazing and the days are getting longer.

Granted that not too much skating has been going on for me, we’ve been keeping up with our band, Space Orphan.
We played a show last Friday at the ARTS AGAINST HIERARCHY DIY art show at The Arts Exchange, downtown. It was quite an interesting experience, the Arts Exchange is this super run down, old building tucked away behind some trees off of I-20 East. It was a benefit art show with all proceeds going towards the building of the Atlanta Social Center, with free admission. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when we arrived there. It was a cool vibe, definitely not what I expected though. We hung out for about an hour, checked out some local art, and watched our new friend Josh Loner play an acoustic set in the main hallway for about 20 minutes. The guy has some interesting subject matter in his songs, and he was really nice too. He had a powerful voice, that dude could wail!


Once he finished, we set up and got to work.
We played in the hallway, quite a cramped little space for the three of us, as you can see below.


It was a bit difficult to hear ourselves since the sounds would all reverberate throughout the hallway, we were so close together that the drums and amps would kind of just blend.
It was a fun experience though, definitely glad we got a chance to come play. It’s always fun to get out and play for people, especially for friends and family, and potential new fans!


We’re looking forward to playing more shows and hopefully recording soon. As summer approaches, we’ll have more time to worry about getting out to skate and play music more. I’m excited for sure. We may have some videos posted soon, stay tuned.
Keep an eye out for news, things are only gonna get better from here.
*All photos by John E. Ramspott, here’s a link to the rest of the photos from that night, enjoy!

Speaking of skateboarding, we just got copies of Austyn Unlimited to give out with every Habitat board purchased at the shop. Personally, I can say that this was my favorite video part that was put out in 2012. Granted, Austyn Gilette is my favorite skateboarder, but with good reason. The guy has such good style and an amazing trick selection, it doesn’t get much better than that. If I were you, I’d come grab one of these Habitat boards and get a free copy of Austyn Unlimited with it. You won’t regret it. Here’s the video on youtube:

Yeah, it’s cool and all to watch it online, but it’s so much nicer to have the actual copy of the dvd. So come get one! We’ll be up here all day, every day!

Sorry for such a short post, I’ll have some more interesting stuff to talk about soon. I’ll leave you guys with some more music, enjoy this performance from DIIV on KEXP. Later!

Ruby Tuesdays: Film is not Dead


Welcome to the first installment of Ruby Tuesdays, a blog about music, photography, other kinds of art, and last but not least, skateboarding. And, maybe some other stuff. But, mainly those things.

So, I’m Ruben. At some point after getting hired here at Ambush, my name nickname became Ruby. I guess the Kaiser Chiefs song was playing or something…whatever. Ruby Tuesdays started with my homies on Instagram with pictures of me (#rubytuesdays, good luck sifting through all the restaurant pictures to find me). As an aspiring photographer, I love seeing stuff that people post on the ‘gram. That’s what I’m gonna talk about today, photography. More specifically, film photography.

Film photography is so undervalued these days. Convenience this, megapixels that. Everyone is too worried about immediate satisfaction. “Oh, I didn’t get a good enough shot out of the 300 I took just now, I’ll just edit it in photoshop.” I guess it’s just a consumerist mindset. “You shoot film? Psh, hipster!” Many people don’t understand that there’s so much more to shooting film than trying to be “hip”.

Marvin hanging out.

Film has substance. You are exposing light onto the emulsion on the film. A digital camera uses a sensor. Same concept, but it feels like digital cameras take away from that. They’re too artificial for me. Shooting film is so much more satisfying. You have to consider the situation: composition, exposure, and the right timing. Not that you don’t do that in digital, but you have to think out each picture so much more with film. Because each roll only has from 12-36 shots, depending on what you get. No memory card here. It’s harder than just pointing and shooting. And sometimes you can’t be positive of what you’ll get. There’s no LCD screen to check your picture on. Sometimes months will pass before you develop a roll of film and you forget what is on it. The thrill of finding out what you shot is so exciting. And the end result is much more satisfying.

The entire process is exhilarating. Especially when you get to the darkroom. That’s the best part, seeing your photo come to life. Setting up the chemicals, processing the film, drying it, and then seeing your negatives on a lightbox. That’s pretty cool. But printing, that’s even cooler. Picking your negative, enlarging it, focusing the grain, making test strips, finding the right exposure. Exposing your paper, and then developing it: developer, stop bath, fixer, water wash, fixer remover…awesome (and full of carcinogens, watch out!). Taking the final print out of the darkroom into the light and seeing it, man, that’s the best. Putting the photograph in the archival washer, and just seeing it, that’s satisfying.

Going from taking the picture to developing and printing it yourself, nothing beats that. It makes every photo count so much more because you worked hard to get your end result. You didn’t just take 100 and pick one, then import it into photoshop and throw a filter on it. You imagined, stopped, and managed to get the one you wanted within a couple of tries. I’ve spent hours on end in the darkroom, working ’til 2 in the morning trying to get the right exposure for the print. People do spend hours editing in photoshop. I’m not knocking that because it’s also a lot of work. But I like how “hands-on” film is. It’s hard. I’ve been in the darkroom and come out with nothing except for a general idea of how I’ll expose it, because it takes a lot of work and patience to get to that final print. But it’s all worth it.

And that’s when you get awesome shots like this recent one of Ray Barbee doing a backside 360, shot in black in white by Anthony Acosta.

The simple stuff is cool too. Here’s a polaroid I shot of Ray Barbee back when he last stopped by the shop. I got to hang out with him for a good hour, helped him find a camera on my lunch break, a had a good conversation with a good man. Best day ever. Polaroids are really cool, it’s nice to look back at one and think of the memories associated with it.

I’ve been shooting a lot of medium format and 35mm lately. I definitely need to take some more polaroids…we’ll see what happens.

I’ve only recently been able to print a couple of pictures, but here are a couple of scanned in negatives of my good old friend Zane Durfee.

Zane in the Marietta Square, stomping grounds...

Zane back tailsliding some curbs.

That, all of that, is where the value in film lies. There’s so much more I need to learn, and I can’t wait.  I love it. I hope someone gets inspired to get out and try this. Film or digital, just go take pictures. But remember film is not dead. Good luck!

Mazza Mondays

Yo what’s up what’s good what’s happening? Nothing much over here just chillin’ with Stormy, Marvin, Brian, and Charlie at the shop today. Ready for the weekend to come up. Party, shred it up and other BS.

The Game of Skate is next weekend. I’d thought i’d go over a list of things of how to properly skate in a game of skate so we can make it an awesome enjoyable event for all of us.

1. Pop your tricks

2. SPEED. We don’t want any complaining when the judges don’t count your trick when you come to a complete stop when you land.

3. No pivots. Do your rotation tricks at FULL rotation. We understand you need to do a little bit of skirchin on some tricks. At the judges discretion though will determine if it counts or not.

4. No pressure flips. People are under the impression that if you can pressure flip that you’re good, when in reality doing pressure tricks is just an easier way of saying “Hey, I can’t do real tricks.”

5. Be cool and have a good time.

6. Request from Marvin: no circus tricks. No flatground indy grabs, no boneless (unless your Mike V.).

Over at the Shady Lane we got Pizza hooked up with a new liter box. He’s super hyped to be poopin’ good from here on out. Shady Lane era might be coming to an end, but Shady Lane V4 could also very well be in full force! Thats it for now. Peace!


Random picture I found online



Whos ready to be in this parking lot?


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