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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.



Ambush Demo @ Found Skatepark

Friday August 31st the Ambush team headed up north to Found Skatepark to show off the goods and give away some goodies. This was the first time up there for most of us and I have to say that the park is pretty damn sweet. The guys over at Found made good use of a smaller sized space and the park flows like butter. I know the Found is pretty far from home for you local Ambush dudes, but we saw a few familiar faces up there (which is awesome) and met a whole bunch of new rad kids as well. Hopefully, this video will hype some of you to drive up to Ellijay and give it a whirl.

Big thanks to Mike and the whole Found crew for having us, and an even bigger thanks to all the kids and families who showed up in support. Hope you guys had as much fun as we did!

Atlanta’s Travis Glover

Atlanta has a rich skateboarding history. Thomas Taylor held the city down in the 1980’s. Stormy Pruett ran things in the 1990’s. Jeremiah Babb reigned during the new millennium. And Grant Taylor won Skater of the Year in 2011. Now it’s Travis Glover‘s turn.

Has anyone noticed how much play Travis has been getting lately? Of course he was featured in the latest Ambush video montage.

Plus, he’s popping up in all kinds of places. Check his latest appearances in the Zoo York blog. Or his feature in Focus. Better yet, check the shit he threw down in Focus’ Premium Cut:

If that doesn’t make you want to try a Zoo York board, maybe this will.


Follow Travis on Instagram and Twitter at @tgloves.



Josh Butler Benefit Jam

Not many people can survive a gunshot wound. Those that do must either be extremely blessed or one of the toughest dudes in the world. Josh Butler seems to be both.

Josh is recovering in record time. Less than three months ago, Josh was laid up in a hospital bed with tubes and bags coming out of his chest, stomach, and intestines. The doctors were unsure if he would survive let alone skate again. With the grit and determination found only in a strong few, Josh found a way and should be back on a board soon.

Physically, Josh is recovering nicely. Financially, the aftermath is still havinging over his head. Josh has ammassed an astronomical amount of medical bills and he needs your help. You and Josh share a common love of skateboarding and through that love you can help him get his life back to normal again. By competing in the Josh Butler Benefit Jam, you will be helping out a fellow skater in his time of need. This contest is not simply about being the best on a skateboard. This contest is about being the best human you can be.

Every penny from the Josh Butler Benefit Jam will be donated to the Josh Butler Medical Fund. Every cent collected in the form of contest entry fees or raffles will go towards making his life whole again. Registration is now open at both Ambush Board Co. and Progressive Skatepark. Sign up now, compete against your friends, win prizes, and make a positive impact in a fellow skateboarder’s life.

Compete in the Josh Butler Benefit Jam on Saturday, March 3rd at Progressive Skatepark. The contest kicks off at 6:00 pm. Entry fee: $20 for product jam, $10 for best trick, $10 for mini-ramp jam.

Black Friday Sale

A couple of my friends are leaving their respective Thanksgiving celebrations early to camp out at Best Buy for some ultra cheap TV. They are spending their turkey day not with family…but in a parking lot. Why? To save money.

We are a little more sane here at Ambush. We are having a nice little Black Friday Sale where you can save a bunch of money. But…we won’t make you stand in line for hours and get trampled by the big box barbarians. This sale is for everyone and it lasts all day.

$100 off any 2012 complete snowboard (board, boot, and binding)

$20 off any complete skateboard

Buy one get one 50% off on all clothing (of equal or lesser value)

And, for those of you who like to get up early, take an extra 10% off from 7 am – 10 am.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Welcome to the new

Welcome to the new After 14 years of promoting action sports in the metro Atlanta area, Ambush has now officially entered the e-commerce scene. Until now, Ambush Boarding Co. relied on sister companies,, and to service our online customer. Now we are bringing you everything you need to ride under one virtual roof.

“When we launched in 2001 (and later,,, our idea was to keep the brick and mortar store on a pedestal unto its own,” reflects Ambush, Inc. founder Chuck Morrow.

“With the Ambush brand being so strong and the needs of our customer being so diverse, we decided it was time to move forward and e-commerce Ambush Boarding Co.”

And now we present it to you. Take a tour of our amazing inventory of snowboards, wakeboards, skateboards, footwear and apparel. Visit our blog and social media sections. And, for those from our native Atlanta, check out the section dedicated to the local scene.

We at and excited to serve you with exceptional customer service, a wealth of knowledge, unbridled intergirty, and the commitment to making your shopping expereince fun. Enjoy.

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