2013 March

2013 Vans Amateur Combi Pool Party Video

Earlier this week, we posted the results from the 2013 Vans Amateur Combi Pool Party and today Vans posted up a video recap at their site. Check it out.

Rolling Through The Shadows: Jon Humphries

toutThe second installment of Mark Whiteley’s Leica series “Rolling Through The Shadows” features some great photographic work and a short interview with ace lensman Jon Humphries. Have a look and learn.

Tum Yeto Pocket Cam

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Tum Yeto’s Pocket Cam takes you behind the scenes with Dakota Servold, Ryan Spencer, Nick Merlino, Taylor Smith, Matt Bennett, Daniel Lutheran, Collin Provost, Blake Carpenter & Leo Romero. This twelfth episode features shady clips and wack angles from California, North Carolina, Denver, Alabama, Phoenix and Mexico.

They're Really Doing It #3

tout They’ve peddled their bicycles across America and they’ve climbed straight up the precarious granite face of Yosemite’s El Capitan – now Heath Kirchart and Jeff Vallee are preparing themselves for their third physically brutal and mental challenge which begins late next week.

The thrill seeking cohorts are currently gearing up to take on the primary river of the American Southwest – the mighty Colorado River. Their boat drops into the raging water on March 15th. Stay tuned.

Parental Advisory Extras

The DGK team traveled the world for years in pursuit of the perfect clips at the perfect spots to go into their video Parental Advisory. Given the team’s level of talent and the amount of time they spent on this project, it’s no surprise that there’s a ton of footage that did not make it into the video. Of course DGK had no intention of letting anything go to waste or to get lost on the cutting room floor, so they’ve decided to release all of the unseen footage in the form of bonus montages for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy these Parental Advisory extras from the East Coast. The West Coast and International montages are on the way.

Jeremy Scott’s NY Fashion Weak

tout We’ve been keeping tabs on this situation quite closely over the past weeks. Fashion designer cum youth culture pirate Jeremy Scott had recently drawn upon “new inspiration” with the release of his fall 2013 collection of apparel at NY Fashion Week last month. Much to their surprise, this blatant theft of the works of Jim and Jimbo Phillips – the father and son that had both contributed iconic illustrations and helped to set the overall art direction with NHS Distribution’s esteemed brands including Santa Cruz, Independent, Road Rider, Slime Balls, Bullet and many others – is one that reeks of a total douchebag. The fact is that Jeremy did not reach out to license the original pieces of art, not did he shy away from the color palate with each piece. He opted to grab them for his profit that rightfully belong to the Phillips family and NHS and skateboarding.

NHS, Inc./Santa Cruz Skateboards’ CEO and President Bob Denike sent us this email below to weigh in on the matter.

We had never heard of Jeremy Scott until it was brought to our attention. This is not a collaboration or under license, nor did we or the Phillips family approve the use of this artwork on his apparel designs in any way.

It’s obvious to us, the Phillips family, the fans of Jim Phillips Sr. and Jimbo Phillips, and fans of the brand Santa Cruz Skateboards, as well as many in the global skateboard and skate art community that there is clear and obvious infringement by Mr. Scott. We are discussing this with our legal team to determine our next steps.

These two artists and this brand are iconic. Any true fan of skateboarding will tell you how the Phillips artwork style, this brand and the activity of skateboarding has positively influenced their lives. It may just be artwork to Mr. Scott, to be used and thrown away by next season, but these artists and brand mean a lot to many people around the world. And by the looks of the outcry on social media, skateboarders and non-skater’s alike are angry to have two of their most favored artists and one of the original true skateboard brands violated in such a way.

I hope that Mr. Scott sees that his actions have hurt and affected many people, including the Phillips family, and that he has also severely damaged his own reputation. It is not too late for him to do the right thing, as an artist and creative person, and fix his error in judgement.

Also, many people have concluded that Jeremy Scott must have obtained a copy of Jim Phillips Sr. book “The Skateboard Art of Jim Phillips” published in 2007. There is some obscure art in the book that Jeremy Scott lifted and it could only have come from that book.

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Fashion and Pop Culture pundits, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd and Mary HK Choi from MTV Style caught up with skateboarding’s very own Robert Brink to discuss the allegations of Jeremy Scott’s crime.