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