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This is Eric Koston

Desillusion magazine, supported by Nike are proud to present their latest video “This is Eric Koston”, a video portrait that pays tribute to the legendary street skateboarder, Eric Koston.

As one traces the evolution of modern street skating from its earliest foundation to the unbelievable heights to which it has risen, Eric Koston has served as a constant innovator each step of the way. Since turning pro in 1992, Eric Koston has remained unfadeable in a cut-throat contest capacity as well as on the raw street level that prides itself in taking no shorts, all while never seeming to take any of it all that seriously. The wheels are always in motion, even when off his board, as Koston has helped advance innovation in skateboarding through his dedicated approach to footwear design (his creativity has yielded several classic skate shoes already) and by co-founding The Berrics with long-time pal and former roommate, Steve Berra.

The video comes with a full report on Eric Koston on the latest issue of Desillusion magazine available via dslmag.com

VULTURE COUTURE – a Skateboard Fashion Show

The recycled skateboard jewelry and accessories company, MapleXO recently hosted a fashion show on Friday night March 15th, 2013 as a statement against plagiarism. 

At Nemo HQ in Portland, Oregon twenty models took the red carpet wearing skateboards as clothing (literally) to represent the influence of skateboarding in fashion and more directly to mock fashion designer, Jeremy Scott for sending stolen skateboard art down the runway.

The show came as a response to Jeremy Scott’s recent debut at NY Fashion week which included pieces that were direct rip offs of Jim and Jimbo Phillips’ iconic Santa Cruz Skateboard art.

“It really struck a chord with us since our entire business is based off of turning skateboards into fashion. As skateboarders ourselves, we take a lot of pride in giving credit back to skateboarding for every piece we make,” says Lindsay Jo Holmes, owner of MapleXO. “We couldn’t just sit quietly with him pulling such a kook move on skateboarding, so we sent the original skateboard art down the red carpet.”

It’s not the first time the skateboard community has been affected by plagiarism. Skateboard artist Michael Sieben’s art was recently mimicked by Target to create an entire line of youth clothing. – Furthermore, the overall style of the skateboarding subculture is constantly exploited in fashion trends that often teeter the line of plagiarism.

“Inspiration is great. Plagiarism is just wrong. Artists and creators deserve credit for the ideas they bring into this world. Shameless rip offs of their work should be shunned,” says Holmes

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MapleXO has been directly affected by plagiarism a few times. One example is the nearly identical copy of their recycled skateboard iPhone case that was mass distributed and portrayed as an original creative accessory by a larger company out of southern California.

“In our case, the more skateboards that are recycled the better, so we tend to just ignore the copy cats,” explains Holmes, “After seeing the plagiarized Jim and Jimbo Phillips art, however, we felt like a statement had to be made and since we bridge a gap between skateboarding and fashion, we felt compelled to take charge”

Songs from memorable skateboard video parts played as the models walked and a “Program” was passed out at the show with the song and video credits. The Vulture Couture Fashion Show and installations pointed a middle finger to the copycats, fakers, and takers of the skateboard subculture by literally bringing the spotlight back to the original source of its influence in fashion – skateboarding.

Who Is Daewon Song?

Matix Clothing takes a glimpse into the history of Daewon Song which includes his early years growing up in the South Bay, his early skate influences, and starting Matix Clothing with the Dunlap brothers and Tim Gavin.

Filmed and edited by Jon Fitisemanu addition filming by Ryan Dearth

Lewis Marnell Tribute: ONE LOVE

As most of us know, professional skateboarder Lewis Marnell died earlier this year on January 18th, following complications related to Type 1 diabetes. It was a condition that he was diagnosed with when he was 10 years old. The global skateboarding community was shocked and saddened by this tragic news. We were in disbelief that someone – one of us, so young and gifted and well-known and liked, was suddenly gone. The days, weeks, and months of our lives continue elapse as Lewis’ life of skateboarding lives on in all of us.

Be sure to consider and appreciate those people that you share great moments with in your life. Let them know that your life is better or enriched by them.

The words below are from Lewis’ friend and cinematographer and editor Jason Hernandez who put together this “One Love” video in tribute of Lewis Marnell’s good vibes and legacy.

We lost a skateboarder, a friend, and most of all, a truly good person.
Lewis lived his life with Diabetes, the kind were you’d need to check your blood for it’s insulin levels and give your self a shot sometimes twice a day. Oh he’d let you know every day he had diabetes :) he’d ask before every spot, “Oi – how far is the nearest store, Oi – I need to eat, Oi – how long are we gonna be here? I need food” I look back at this and smile, at the time I’d be like, “c-mon really…?” He was really good a misplacing his insulin pen, I helped him find it quite a few times, and remember how psyched he’d be to find it under his mess of shopping bags he’d bring on every session, OHHHH the shopping bags – they’d be rustling around making all sorts of noise in the car, hotel room; he’d have all his gummy worms, sour patch kids, all sorts of sugary foods to keep his levels were they needed to be.

Lewis was legitimately a good person, he cared about what was going on in your life, he’d stop to talk with anyone, I mean anyone… A bum, the random lurker you don’t want to talk to at the spot, anyone… We’d always be waiting on him because he met some new friend at the skate spot/or wherever we stopped the car.

I miss you Lewis. I hate to say I truly took you for granted and am sorry for every time I made you eat Subway cause I couldn’t figure out your diet; I wish I could tell you all this in person… but I can’t. So next time, I will try and let the people I see daily know that I appreciate them, and stop to talk with them just a little longer.
R.I.P Lewis

Love you bud.
Jason H

Ben Krahn’s Remarkable Wizardry

Hopefully by now you’ve had the opportunity to watch Blood Wizard’s new full-length video Wizard Bloody Wizard, which premiered on Thrashermagazine.com last Friday, February 15th. This 34-minute video not only features the raw skate talent of its diverse and skilled team of wizards, but it also celebrates those that have been shredding on their magic rolling boards for quite some time.

Case in point, the ninja-like talent of the Northwest’s very own Ben Krahn is something remarkable to contemplate. His grasp on skating is truly unique with the select tricks and lines that he puts together both on the streets and in the parks. This is blue collar skateboarding. Like the 97% of us, Ben does it for the fun, enjoyment, and love of it. He had his years traveling the planet, doing demos and entering contests with his skating backed by endorsements, but time marches on. And Ben (like most of us) is well aware that he can’t earn a living skateboarding forever.

Nonetheless, Ben works a solid job, has a family and continues to rip in his late thirties. This is some of his best stuff yet and proves that skateboarding is something that you can continue to do (barring any heavy injuries) as long as you put in the time and effort.

To make it clearer for our viewers, Ben was very willing and appreciative to share his 8-minute bonus part with us, which appears after the credits roll in Wizard Bloody Wizard. For those of us close to Ben, we know how much time and effort that he and filmer Dave Hupp put in to create this cinematic gem. To be specific, these guys dedicated the better part of three years to collaborate on spots, tricks and stack a ton of clips. They didn’t have the benefit of a travel budget so the majority of what you see was filmed in Portland, Oregon and the surrounding areas.

Also, the soundtrack was written, played, and recorded by Ben at home on a digital 4-track recorder; his pal Karl Hubble mixed the song for the video.

So kick back and crack open your favorite beverage, and ingest the next 8 minutes of skateboarding with Ben Krahn. Our souls are inspired and our minds are blown. Cheers Ben!

- Bryce Kanights

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