Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Deck of the Week : Antihero Wonderful Life Chris Pfanner

Company : Antihero
Skater : Chris Pfanner
Width : 8.25
Construction : High concave, full shape, and classic Deluxe 7 ply maple wood. Add in classic Todd Francis art and this is one of our favorite series we've gotten in a while. The Chris Pfanner graphic that we picked out feels perfect for our new year. 2016 was a shitstorm of dead celebrities, virus outbreaks, natural disasters, terrorism, and worst of all.....Trump. I choose to take this graphic in a positive way despite the fact that the rats seem to be preparing to eat that hobo. The end of 2016 is upon us and let us celebrate the end being near by giving the 18 a shot. Unlike most of these post the series isn't even in stock at The Shack yet so if you want it let us know and we will put one on reserve. Until then peep the shops favorite group of dirtbags do their thing.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Shoe of the Week : Diamond Footwear The Torey

Company : Diamond Footwear
Skater : Torey Pudwill
Weight : 15 oz.
Construction : Introducing the first signature shoe from Diamond Footwear, The Torey offers a minimal aesthetic, supreme comfort, and ultimate board feel. The Torey features a suede upper, mid to low hybrid collar height, low-profile vulcanized outsole, custom oversized Diamond heel tab, PU socklinner for supreme cushioning and support, custom herringbone tread pattern for flexibility and traction. While Diamond isn't my typical style its important to remember that Diamond is still first and foremost a private skater owned brand. Their first collection while small does a solid job of illustrating Diamond's signature style in a way that still appeals to people who wouldn't typically expect themselves to rock a Diamond snapback. The Torey is the first shoe from one of the founders of the company who happens to be one of it not the best ledge skater of all time and is definitely worth a shot.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Clips of the Week : Epicly Later'd Dylan Rieder

I know everyone and their brother is posting clips and video put out by the now late Dylan Rieder and trust me when I say they are ALL worth watching (yes even the Mind Field part that Dylan himself hated). From his introduction to the skateboarding world in "Time to Shine" by Transworld where he got the ending part in at only 18 years old to his new parts including his Huf Shoe promo part and Cherry, Dylan was always able to somehow combine style, speed, and technicality. Its a near impossible balance that only a handful of skaters have ever been able capture and probably none better than Dylan himself. Since everyone has seen most of his parts, the Gravis one is still my favorite, I figured I would instead post these videos that Pat O'Dell did that helps to show a bit of Dylan's struggles and accomplishments that helped make him one of mine and nearly everyone else's all-time favorites. Now enjoy getting to know Dylan.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Deck of the Week : Toy Machine Hand Gun

Company : Toy Machine
Skater : Daniel Lutheran
Width : 8.25
Construction : Standard 7 ply Canadian maple wood from the standard in wood, PS. Seeing Thrasher post a poll on which teams will compete in this years KOTR it made me reminisce about this past season that was aired on my new favorite channel, Viceland. Just like everyone who watched I was rooting for equal parts Toy Machine and Chocolate and Dan Lu was definitely a crowd favorite as well as one of mine. I'm not exactly sure who I want to see compete this year but I know I don't want to watch any more of Birdhouse though I would like to see Clint Walker lose so I am a bit torn on those guys. Either way KOTR this year will rule and Dan Lu will continue to rule. Now heres the raw files of his most recent full part which gave him some pretty serious SOTY consideration last year.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Clip of the Week : Never Skatebored

Like you up until this point I had never heard of Jarne Verbruggen before watching this and your friend that said he's always liked Jarne is bullshitting you. If you are questioning my patriotism I don't blame you. It does feel like my last however many "Clips of the Week" have been different euro/canadian skaters or skate companies but I can't help it. This video in particular shows a young guy having a blast doing stuff that is barely comprehensible but when it looks like your having fun doing it the otherwise impossible level of skating seems far more relatable. I'm not inferring that all American skaters don't do this I am just saying in this 6 minute edit Jarne does, and its awesome. Now meet and enjoy Jarne Verbruggen and his "Never Skatebored" part. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Shoe of the Week : Lakai Flaco x Chocolate Skateboards

Company : Lakai
Skater : Stevie Perez (Chocolate Collab)
Weight : 12 oz. 
Construction : The Lakai Flaco skate shoes feature a suede toe cap that extends back towards the side panels where extra rubber backing is applied for added wear resistance from ollies. The lightweight vulcanized sole ensures flexible board feel right out of the box. This Stevie Perez pro model is a collaboration with Chocolate Skateboards, so rest easy knowing your feet are in good hands. In the coming months we will see a lot more solid new models from the new younger Lakai squad. Anyone who thought they'd be in trouble after Guy and MJ left haven't been paying enough attention to just how stacked the Lakai team is at the young pro and am level and as always the design team is on point. There is also rumor of a new Lakai video in the making and if thats true then next time you say Lakai is in trouble you will be laughed at. Now watch Flaco himself put these shoes to the test.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Deck of the Week : Girl Spike Jonze Beastie Boys Deck

Company : Girl
Skater : Team Deck
Artist : Movie/Skate Video/Music Video Director Extraordinaire Spike Jonze
Width : 8.25
Construction : Traditional tried and tested crailtap wood with a pretty epic still from probably my favorite music video of all time. I guess this dates me a little bit but the video for "Sabotage" (not the northeast skate video with lots of naked homeless people, the 2 minute Beastie Boys video satirizing 70's police movies) holds up to the test of time. Combine that with a deck brand that has been going through mild turmoil as the sporting goods giants continue to take a stranglehold over the industry that the guys at Girl and Chocolate helped to mold and this deck was a no brainer deck of the week for me. We got a few of these in and most of them are already either being skated or hung on a wall somewhere I believe theres at least one left at The Shack. Now I would have loved to have attached a copy of the original video for you all to enjoy but its harder to find online than I would have thought. Instead here is one of Spike's other classic videos thats a little more relevant to our blog.