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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.

 

 

Save Big for Summer!

Summer is right around the bend and we couldn’t be any more stoked! Who doesn’t love a few extra hours of daylight? With longer days, you get more time on your board, subsequently, that also means more blown out shoes! Here’s a secret way to optimize your time and money this summer. Get your shoes now and you’ll get the most bang for your buck. Use that little extra dough saved for more important things like; beverages, LOTS of beverages, and BBQ. You might be asking yourself, “How can I save money on shoes?!” It’s easy, just take advantage of our Multi-Shoe Discount Program (discounts taken off at check-out): Buy 2 Pairs SAVE 10%, Buy 3 Pairs SAVE 15%, or Buy 4 or More Pairs and SAVE 20%.

Outside of that, the only thing left to do is shop.

Here are five shoes for under $59.99 that will help me save this summer!

Emerica Reynolds Low Vulc (White/Black) $59.99

Anything Andrew Reynolds put his name on is grade A. It’s no secret that Andrew Reynolds puts the capital “b” in the word “BOSS” so you already know his Emerica Low Vulc model is clutch too! Plus this white color way is definitely a good summer look.

Emerica Reynolds Low Vulc

Converse Cons Sumner (Black/Navy) $59.99

Still on the fence about the whole rubber toe-cap thing? Well at $59.99 you might as well test the waters with the Cons Sumner. A little toe-cap can go a LONG way.

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Vans Chima Ferguson Pro (Premium Tan/White) $48.99

I consider myself a Vans connoisseur and when I buy Vans I personally stick to the classics (Old Skool, Half Cab, Sk8-Hi, and Era) but the time has come to give the Ferguson pro a whirl. Maybe I’ll be able to stomp nollie heelflips like Chima in these, if not, at least I’ll still look fly.

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Lakai Marc Johnson Chocolate 20 Year (Black/Black Suede) $38.99

It doesn’t get much better than Marc Johnson’s latest shoe from Lakai. It’s low profile silhouette and minimal lace up design gives it that simple yet enticing look. Shoot to make this color way even better it celebrates Chocolate Skateboard’s 20th anniversary. In a world so bitter who couldn’t use a little extra Chocolate…am I right?

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Etnies Marana (Dark Grey/White/Gum) $55.99

Looking for a successful, skate filled, summer? Well, you are going to need to keep your feet happy and you should probably add a ultra shock absorbent cupsole to your quiver. Look no further than Etnies Marana for the task, I mean have you seen what Chris Joslin does in these… Try a pair and get to hucking.

 

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Now, that I am set on shoes for the immediate future, I only have to worry about one thing. That is what am I gonna spend the extra money I saved on? Maybe a new board, some gas, a round of drinks, or food? Maybe a combination of all of those? That’s up to you.

What shoes will you pick?

Emerica X Chocolate Hsu Giveaway and Interview

We have been fans of Jerry Hsu for what seems like forever! Anyone old enough to know better instantly gets nostalgic thinking of Jerry’s parts from Blackcat and the Storm. He truly is an OG!  So we are hyped to offer up a giveaway in celebration of Jerry’s Emerica X Chocolate collection.

Now let’s be real, not all giveaways are created equal but the Jerry Hsu Emerica X Chocolate giveaway may take the cake for the best, most recent, of any of our contests. Just look at all the gear one lucky winner will receive:

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Yep, that’s right all of that could be yours! So click here to read our exclusive interview with Jerry Hsu and enter the giveaway now! You won’t want to miss out. Also be sure to pick up his new kicks:

 

Hsu G6 X Chocolate & Hsu Low Vulc X Chocolate

Lakai Vincent 2 with Skyler

We always have a lot to be hyped on, for starters, it’s spring and that fresh feeling is taking over. Speaking of fresh, new to Lakai’s Spring ’16 lineup is Vincent Alvarez’s second pro model, the Vincent 2 and it’s hella fresh.

For those unfamiliar with Vicent, he burst onto the scene after winning DC‘s King of LA contest in 2007.  That one contest propelled a seemingly unknown Vincent to an overnight sensation and put him on everyone’s radar. Most importantly, his performance put him on Sam Smyth’s radar (Sam is team manager for Girl Skateboards & Chocolate).  Smyth would just have to track down Vincent first.. As legend has it, Vincent won a prepaid phone at the DC contest and exchanged number’s with Smyth but never made contact past this exchange. Once Vincent’s phone ran out of minutes there was no way to contact him. Eventually Smyth was able to find him and the rest is history, Vincent picked up a spot on Chocolate skateboards and eventually the legendary Lakai footwear.

We are glad that Smyth was able to lock Vincent down because Vincent’s brand of 100% high speed, raw dog skateboarding will never go stale.

When we heard the Vincent 2 was about to drop we had to get our hands on a pair to test out. We let one of our favorite local rippers, Skyler Clark do the skating and trust us, if you like a solid vulcanized shoe with great feel, grip, and support look no further. The Vincent 2 won’t disappoint.

Warning: These won’t make you skate like Vincent but it’s a great place to start. Vincent 2 in-stock now!  Which color will you skate?

 

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Miles Silvas Q&A for Official

Miles Silvas for Official

Miles Silvas rocking his signature Official Headwear cap.

I tend to think of myself as a huge skate nerd, and I am, for the most part. Nearly every morning waking up consists of checking the feeds for whatever I missed out on  while sleeping but most importantly, I check the boards (Slap Magazine’s forum). I have been doing the latter for god knows how long, so it’s not everyday I see amazing footage from someone I have never heard about. For the most part, normally, I have some idea of who’s who and what’s going on. So when someone drops some new amazing footage without hearing any rumblings, it makes you take note.

The first time I heard of Miles Silvas or I should say “saw” was when I watched his  Welcome to Royal Truck’s video. For such a quick clip that introduction always stuck out in my mind. I think it’s partially due to the clashing cymbals of Love’s Seven and Seven Is playing  mixed with the kickflip front board at the end. That shit hit me like a ton of bricks. It immediately became obvious that’d we’d be seeing a lot more of him in the near future.

Nearly four years since his Royal Trucks commercial Miles has had several  notable covers from Transworld Skateboarding and Thrasher Magazine. All are impressive but it’s Miles’s Thrasher covers which solidifies his aptitude to get buck. Silvas’s first Thrasher cover came in October, 2014 with the jaw dropping kickflip backtail down the hubba at Stanford University.

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It’s the Stanford University hubba where he would dip a switch backsmith for another Thrasher cover in November, 2015. Am I wrong to think he maybe the only person to ever have two Thrasher covers at the same spot? Give us a shout if we are wrong. 

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It shouldn’t go without mention that his curtains part in last year’s most under appreciated video LRG’s 1947 made us shout several expletives at our computer screens. Then there was his introduction to Official too!

Now we can’t wait to see what he has in-store for this summer’s highly anticipated Adidas Skateboarding full length Away Days. To top things off, most recently, Miles Silvas has been added to the 2016 Street League Roster. Now the DAB maybe dead but the future looks bright for Miles.

Miles Silvas getting a backside nose grind at dusk.

Recently we got one of our favorite Sacramento photographers, Jeff Landi  to catch up with him for a quick Q&A.

Here’s what Miles Silvas has been up too.

How’s it going Miles? Why don’t you start out with the basics? Name, age, sponsors, home town etc…

What’s good! I’m Miles Silvas. 20 years old. My sponsors are: Adidas, LRG, Official, FOFA Hardware, PLA, Wayward Wheels, Thunder, Mob, Stance

You keep a pretty busy schedule? What’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled to this last year?

Damn, it’s hard to choose one! I’m going with 3.. Barcelona, Paris, and Stuttgart. Europe’s amazing!

How’s life being a pro skateboarder without a pro board? After your standout part in the LRG’S 1947 and winning Transworld’s “Rookie of the Year” I’m sure you have had plenty of offers lined up? #PLABOYS skateboards, maybe?

It’s chillin. I’m thankful I have PLA and the #PLAboys to support me and make me a pro board for the meantime. If I was buying boards again it wouldn’t be so chillin haha Just cruising though till something comes about that I’m psyched on. I’m not really trippin on it right now.

How did your connection to Official come about? What’s the best part about riding for the brand? Anything new in the works?

Living in Sacramento and skating with Jeff Landi got me introduced to it. The best part is probably just having it ran by all the homies and having the team so tight knit. The trips are always mad fun!

What’s up with Dad hats?

Not much haha Just fuckin with them right now. They’re comfy and simple.

The Adidas video “Away Days” is set to premiere in May this year. Who’s part are you looking forward to the most?

Rodrigo Tx. and Lucas Puig.

What are 3 things your looking forward to this next year?

Traveling, filming more parts, and having fun during it all. I have some new projects in the works so I’m hyped to keep it moving and see new places.

Your one of the most motivated people we know? Where does that come from?

My pops always told me growing up to work hard at whatever you do. And it’s easy for me to work hard when I’m having fun.

Ask yourself a question.

No more questions. Peace out.

Miles Silvas with a huge backside 5050

Travis Glover- Bad Shit Video | Watch!

New Travis Glover Clips!

Unless you have been living under a rock, by now, y’all are very aware of the smooth stylings of Travis Glover. From his early days shredding the Wood Ward park at Discover Mills to his various video part’s in videos by Max Yoder and Chris Thiessen, Travis has always brought the ruckus. His footage is always a highlight wherever it is showcased. So we couldn’t be more hyped to present a new part from Travis. So sit back, grab a beer or what have you and peep Travis’s new part “bad shit”. Lets just say we expect to see a lot more of him in the future.

Filmed by:

Stephen Callaghan
Edited by: Max Yoder
Music: GERM

Insane Terrain: Garfield High School

Here’s the scenario, for the past couple weeks every night you get home from work dead tired and ready for a solid night’s sleep. You lay in bed waiting for sleep to come but it doesn’t. You’re cursed! You are suffering from a certain compulsive vision and you can’t shake it long enough to put your mind at ease.  Most skateboarders can empathize with this because we all know the struggle of having trick stuck in our mind. Literally you can’t rest until you make your vision a reality. The spot is lined up and ready for the taking and, maybe even, you’ve already tried the trick. Regardless, you are stuck with the pain of bringing your thought into fruition. Finally the day arrives and you go out and bust. The thrill of riding away is what we all are searching for, unfortunately, for you, today, it’s short lived. You check the photo or footage and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The trick was gnarly but nothing will do it justice no photo or clip. Nevertheless, people will figure out how gnarly the trick is by visiting the spot. You have left your mark and the madness continues to the next spot.

Looks are always deceiving and what sometimes looks insane isn’t and vice versa. Recently, I saw a new trick done on the famous bank to wall at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington and it got me thinking…You don’t have worry about deceptive angles or anything at Garfield High because anything done on that wall or surrounding embankments is wild. I have never visited spot but it should be in Thrasher Magazine’s table book Insane Terrain if it isn’t.

Click around on Google street view for yourself…talk about a dream spot.

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Naturally there are a ton of options at Garfield and a ton of shit has gone down but here are some of my favorites that have gone down at the school. In no particular order.

Georgie Tsushima Wallie Bluntslide

If this trick doesn’t hit you like a sack of bricks then I don’t know what would. RIP, Georgie

All of Nolan Johnson’s tricks

Nolan looks like he just hopped a train and if I saw him out I’d imagine he would be better suited at busking for change rather than ripping, a true original. Hope to see more footage from him soon!

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Drop

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Erick Winkowski’s Invert

Erick Winkowski seems like he has been getting way more coverage recently than he ever did as a team rider for Welcome Skateboards. This invert at Garfield is a prime example of how gnarly this guy is. Also I recommend watching OJ Wheel’s recent tour video to Hawaii for more of Erick ripping.

Jordan Sanchez’s No Comply Boardslide

Jordan Sanchez has been killing it for forever and was one of our favorites on Boulevard. We couldn’t be more excited for his recent pro nod. Good looks, Welcome skateboards.

All of these clips get me hyped and hopefully someday I can do some skate tourism in Seattle, Washington and visit this #Insaneterrain . I leave this last tidbit  for all you music nerds out there, Jimi Hendrix went to Garfield High before he dropped out Junior year.

 

 

Credit Where Credit Is Due

The full-length skate video has gone the way of the dodo more or less and without beating a dead horse I’d like to delve ever so lightly into one aspect I miss about full feature videos: the credits or after credits sections.  Obviously, the intent of the credits is to acknowledge everyone who made the video possible, but they often serve as a platform for great B-roll footage and music.  So, I’d like to take some time and give credit where credit is due for my favorite skate video outros.

Coliseum’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life (2002)

Every skateboarder has that one video they’ll attribute to making the biggest impression on them.  From what they skate, where they skate and even down to what skate shoes they skate.  For us old enough, more than likely you’ll remember that one video specifically because you wore the tape down from rewinding it constantly, eventually killing the tape.  I believe it’s safe to say for the majority of my peers and I that video was Coliseum Skateshop’s PJ Ladd’s Wonderful Horrible Life.  I challenge anyone to name a shop video that has had near the impact of this video.  Think about it, breakout parts from future pros; PJ Ladd, Ryan Gallant, and our introduction to the infamous Jereme Rogers.  Plain and simple, this video is my generation’s Mouse. This video made me want to skate nothing but éS Accels.

So what about PJ Ladd’s WHL’s credits/outro make it so memorable?  Well, mainly it features a lot of shenanigans and still serves as the biggest glimpse into the PJ’s enigmatic life to date.  Top it all off with a splash of Britpop and a clip of someone focusing a complete skateboard at a mall shop and you have a real winner.  Thanks, PJ.  That little blue cassette will forever have a special home in our hearts and VCRs.

 

 

Plan B’s Virtual Reality (1993)

Admittedly, I am too young to have seen this video when it came out.  However, I was lucky enough to score all four of the original Plan B videos (Questionable, Virtual Reality, Second Hand Smoke and The Revolution) on VHS in the early ’00s.  Needless to say, I have spent countless hours carefully dissecting each and every original Plan B video to the point it may be considered unhealthy.  A lot of Virtual Reality is burned into my memory; the Blind section, Mike Caroll’s line at the Gold Rail in DC, but I think the credits may take the cake as my favorite ever.  The field recording of the homeless man playing “Here comes the sun” is so sick, I can’t write anything about it that would do it justice. Just watch it here:

 

 

Antisocial’s Self-Titled Video (2004)

During my more formative years, it seemed as though our neighbors to the North could do no wrong.  Canada was setting the benchmark high for skateboard culture.   This can be attributed to an output of amazing independent videos and vibrant skate scenes.  Side note: they even stealthily snuck in a SOTY award in there, too.  When examining early ’00s Canadian skateboarding, please don’t let Mark Appleyard’s accolades  overshadow what I believe is an incredibly important shop video.  Antisocial’s self-titled video, featured stellar parts from Keegan Sauder, Quinn Starr, and last but not least, a Rick McCrank part that features a couple really underrated switch flips.  This video’s music direction really is second to none and I applaud Antisocial for my introduction to the Pogues and Magnolia Electric Co.  Here is the credit section to their first video:

 

 

P.S.  We are really excited to see their new flick come spring ’16.

 

 

Matt Creasy and Ryan Dearth’s Rusty Trombone (’02-ish)

More than likely, if you aren’t from the Southeast you probably haven’t seen this video.  If you have, well, good on you because it’s a classic.  Featuring parts from the likes of Jeremiah Babb, Chris Head, Mike Devine, John Sheffield, Mike Summers, Graham Bickerstaff, and Phil Kent, this video was one of my first glimpses into the driving forces in Atlanta street skating.  I’ll never forget buying a copy of Rusty Trombone.  I was at a skatepark in Cumming, GA, called “Wicked Grind” when they got a box of copies and an employee  immediately put one into the shop’s VCR.  Needless to say, I was stoked and bought it then proceeded to watch it countless times.  It’ll always be a very important video to me because it made me realize that there are local skateboarders out there making videos and contributing to skateboarding.  I always got stoked on the credits because they probably introduced me to Bright Eyes with their track “Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (To Love and to Be Loved)” wrapping up the video.

This video inspired me to skate and film skateboarding with my friends.

 

 

Habitat’s Mosaic (2003)

I probably sound like a broken records but I’ll say it one last time…this video is a CLASSIC.  I can’t think of a negative thing to say about this video.  What isn’t to love?  You get aesthetically pleasing art direction plus great music, and let’s not forget about the video’s lineup; Tim O’Connor and Wenning, Fred Gall, Rob Pluhowski, Ed Selego, Kerry Getz, Heath Kirchart, Jason Dill, Pappalardo, Stefan Janoski, Danny Garcia, and our introduction to Danny Renaud (The Dirt) whose part is arguably one of the best from the ’00s.

The credits for Mosaic always stood out with it’s mix of 8 mm footage, VX footage, and still photography.  Also, it ends with The Dirt tying a little kid’s shoes, how’s that for heartwarming!  Kudos, Habitat.  That white VHS cassette is as good as gold to me.

 

 

Upon writing this, I’m realizing that almost all of these videos excluding Plan B’s Virtual Reality are from generally the same era.  I definitely attribute this to the time of my life when I was the most impressionable and at the time everything seemed incredibly fresh.  So a lot of nostalgia is generated when I look back on these segments.  Hopefully, skateboarding’s collective attention span isn’t too narrow these days to appreciate the credits!

Game of Skate #22

The rain has been torturous these past two weeks. It’s been impossible to skate throughout the entirety of ATL’s best skating season. The rain postponed Game of Skate 22 once. And, when the skies tried to shut down Game of Skate 22 for a second time, we said “nope”. Welcome to the first Game of Skate ever played inside the shop.

It was a little crazy trying to pack everyone into the shop. Much thanks to those that adapted to the circumstances with us. That’s what skateboarding is all about.

In the end, it was a battle. Here are the Division Winners:

Beginner Division:
1st Place: Andrew Bladwin
2nd Place: Gilberto Ortiz
3rd Place: Nathan Chao

Intermediate Division:
1st Place: John Summerour
2nd Place: Juan Alcantar
3rd Place: Daniel Garcia

Advance Division:
1st Place: Zeke Logan
2nd Place: Garrett Haschke
3rd Place: Wes Lembo

We are grateful to have such a supportive local community that is down to do whatever it takes to make skateboarding fun. The weather gave us lemons and you helped us make lemonade.

Very special thanks to Vans, Red Bull, and all of our sponsors. You made this event great.

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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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