Monthly Archives - August 2015

The National Skateboard Co. x Colin Kennedy Guest Pro

Today, The National Skateboard Co. released a very special guest board honouring Scottish skate legend, Colin Kennedy.
The board features a 2015 reworking of Colin’s iconic 1996 Panic graphic, and has been carefully pieced together with approval from both Colin and the board’s original designer Colin ‘Cubic’ McInnes. The board comes in 3 sizes, 8″, 8.125″ and 8.25″. There is also a rework of the National logo, matching the colours of the board.
This is an extremely limited release, so limited that there wasn’t even enough to fulfil everyones pre-orders. We have managed to get ahold of very limited stock so don’t miss out on a chance to grab one.
Alongside the boards and shirts, The National Skateboard Co. have worked with Dan Magee to produce an all new section of predominantly unseen Colin footage, filmed during 1997/1998 whilst Blueprint were working on their infamous ‘Build and Destroy’ promo. This section was released today and can be watched above.
Along side these, we also grabbed a couple of new boards from National’s summer selection re-release in a new colour way, great to tide you over until the Fall drop. They are great boards, skate well, excellent graphics and only £45. What’s not to love?
The boards are available online and in store.
The National Skateboard Co. Colin Kennedy Guest Pro deck

The National Skateboard Co. Colin Kennedy Guest Pro deck

The National Skateboard Co. Colin Kennedy Guest Pro

Vale Skatepark Tombstone Session

Here are a few clips from a little session that went down yesterday at Vale Skatepark. The clips feature Ryan King, Tom Guest and Max Allen throwing some madness up and down the tombstone. Be sure to check out their Insta accounts to see more clips and things.

Credit goes to Ryan for putting together into this nifty little edit.

Bye Mother, Hello Quasai

Bye Mother Collective, Hello Quasi

Some of you might be wondering, what happened to Mother? Almost as quickly as Mother appeared, they were seemingly disappearing, however that isn’t quite what was happening. Due to some legal disputes with another company whom apparently own the word “Mother” they were forced to change their name. Out of this forms:

Quasi Skateboards

Quasi Skateboards Title Page

Nothing changes. Same brand, same team, new name. The classic Mother graphic style still remains though just a different word is written on the boards. In the next few weeks the summer 2.1 collection will drop making these Quasi products a reality.

As it stands we still have a few of the old Mother Collective decks which could become collectibles when Quasi really pick up, becoming great parts of skateboarding history. Even if that doesn’t happen, they’re still great boards so its a win/win!

Keep an eye out for the new Quasi boards when we drop as we eagerly await the arrival of our pre-order.

Program Skateboards Cover Image

Introducing: Program Skateboards

We are pleased to announce that come early September, we will be stocking Program Skateboards, a new board company by Michael Sieben. This will be the first ever drop from Program so it’s definitely not worth missing.

Here is an extract from the Program website to give you a bit of background about the brand:

On May 16th, 2015, I was digging up the courtyard in front of my house when my shovel hit something hard. I thought it was a rock, but what I actually found was super crazy: a buried chest. After tracking down a pair of bolt cutters (it was locked), I cracked the thing open and had a genuine holy-moly moment. Inside I found five animal skulls, loads of unprocessed Super 8 film cartridges, a Super 8 camera, a Polaroid Land Camera, a slide carousel (filled with slides), a photo album, a journal, a book about puppet making, a few cassette tapes and three puppets. Needless to say, I was floored. I became immediately obsessed with the find and put all other projects on the back burner.

Quick rewind: a few months prior to finding the chest, Stacy Lowery and I were working on a new skate brand called The Program. But after finding this buried treasure, I totally dipped out. I couldn’t think about anything else. Stacy kept trying to get ahold of me to work on our company and I kept putting him off—telling him I had to focus on this mystery. He eventually suggested making The Program all about the treasure chest. That very same day I read this passage in the found journal, “I was unable to finish the program. I hope whoever finds this can do so for me.” The Universe was screaming at us.

 So I’ve spent the past few months pouring through the contents of the chest. The guy that buried it was named Samuel (I haven’t been able to find a last name) and I’m assuming he lived in my house at some point. Based on the notes in his journal, he was (again, I’m assuming) emotionally unstable. He thought that the puppets he’d created were possessed and/or haunted. Stacy and I are currently working on getting all of the Super 8 footage processed and transferred in order to figure out what Samuel’s program was all about. Because at this point, his program is our program. And our program is The Program. We hope you’ll Get With The Program and join us on this journey. —Michael Sieben

We instantly fell in love with the whole idea and mystery revolving around the brand, especially the creepy haunted puppets. Sieben has turned the images he found into some great board graphics that we just had to get behind. They are reminiscent of some graphics from Welcome Skateboards and Heroin Skateboards with their vibrant, cartoony graphic styles which you really can’t fault.

Heres some excerpts of the catalog of the boards we grabbed from the pre-order. Can’t wait to see what they’re like in real life, and more importantly to find out how the skate.

Program Skateboards - Conspire

Program Skateboards – Conspire

Program Skateboards - Super 8 Spencer

Program Skateboards – Super 8 Spencer

Program Skateboards - Eddie's Knife

Program Skateboards – Eddie’s Knife

Program Skateboards - Conspire Yard Bard Shape

Program Skateboards – Conspire Yard Bard Shape

Program Skateboards - Goat Skull Bowl Troll Shape

Program Skateboards – Goat Skull Bowl Troll Shape

We hope you’re as excited about Program as we are.

Get with the Program.

 

Aylesbury Vale Skatepark 2015

On Wednesday 5th August it was the official opening of the refurbished Aylesbury Vale Skatepark. It was a small turn out due to it being mid-week at 1pm and a lot of the locals are big boys now with responsibilities, but nonetheless there were nothing but good vibes.

A few of the locals got chatting to the council members expressing their joy for the new park and how it has already attracted skaters from surrounding areas, something that hasn’t happened down vale for who knows how many years!

Cam Barrett getting gnar - Early Grab Melon

Cam Barrett getting gnar – Early Grab Melon

Further on in to the day we had a mini competition covering three obstacle within the park. These being the tombstone gap, stair set and the curved ledge and wall. We topped it off a large game of skate which got pretty tense towards the end between two of the locals. Three out of the four were won by Sam Barker, an 18 year old with a damn load of talent that covers a broad spectrum of skateboarding.

The new Aylesbury Vale skatepark caters to a variety of different styles of skateboarders such as the techy ledge wizards, the impact stair set skaters and a bit to the gnarly transition riders. With nothing too large nor too small, this really is a great place to get learning and to also test your already known skill. We really hope that this park spawns a new breed, a new generation, a new scene of skateboarders to the town of Aylesbury.

Aylesbury vale Locals

Aylesbury Vale Locals

(Photos taken from the Bucks Herald Article on the opening of the new Aylesbury Vale Skatepark)

Passport Skateboards Fall ’15

We have been blessed with a small but sweet delivery of some goods from Aussie brand, Passport. These guys have been around since 2008 and have kept very underground till recent years due to their unique graphics and rad team.

From the Fall ’15 collection we have got a small supply of the Wild Women board series (8″, 8.25″, 8.38″) featuring a traditional style woman holding various animals in a variety of colours with some gold accents. These decks are some real lookers so we would not be surprised if you got one for a wall hanger!

As far as soft goods go we have 2 colour ways of the Wild Women Her Snakes graphic. One in a clean back and white colour way, another in a smooth navy and yellow. We also have 2 colour ways of the Workers Longsleeve T-shirts that feature an embroidered Workers logo on the left breast and elasticated cuffs. These are clean, great quality and perfect for the end of summer and beginning of autumn weather. To add to the necessities when transitioning in to Autumn, we have got 2 colour ways of the Workers fisherman beanie which will keep your dome toasty due to the thickness of them.

Everything can be found on our website and also in-store now!

Welcome Skateboards decks

Welcome Skateboards Summer 2015 Drop 2

The long awaited second drop is here from Welcome Skateboards bringing you the rest of the summer 2015 collection.

As with all of Welcome’s boards, their decks are hand crafted by PS Stix (just like the Mother boards) who are notorious for making some of the best boards out there in terms of material and production. We picked 6 of our favourite graphics and shapes to stock in store and are so excited to finally get some more of their boards back on our wall. The ones we chose are:

Welcome boards come in some interesting shapes with even more interesting names. These boards are at home skating both street and park and even make great wall hangers with some of the amazing graphics they come up with. If you’re getting tired of the old popsicle skateboard shape, definitely try out a Welcome deck, they have enough different shapes to keep you trying something new for many months to come.


We also grabbed a few of the new t-shirts and hats from this drop and some of the new colour ways of their rocking-dog slider cap. All of Welcome tees are super soft, 100% cotton and 1000% magical.