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IRIS Skateboards

We recently received a custom IRIS skateboard from George Rocha and set it up and took it for a roll through the streets. For several years now, George has been creating these truly unique one of a kind skateboards from – skateboards! His upcycling process begins with the donations of used skate decks which are then glued together, sliced into slabs, shaped, cut and sanded into an awesome and unique line of 7 different cruiser decks all from within his garage space in San Francisco’s Outer Sunset district.

These skateboards are genuinely derived from self-made craftsmanship that liberates old discarded decks (by the hundreds) from clogging up the landfills and gives them new life within a new piece of skateable art. The Point Break model that we received measures in at 27.25” x 7.25” with an effective 17’ wheelbase. I set it up with a set of Independent 109s and OJIIIs for a smooth, responsive roll and it quickly brought me back to that embryonic magic rolling feeling as the sidewalk quickly passed beneath my feet as a young kid. So good!

All IRIS decks feature a unique look from each and every board that is produced and they creatively make use of recycled crushed glass which is environmentally friendly, super grippy and allows for the beauty of these original colored veneers to shine right through. Whether you’re a collector or looking for a profoundly unique daily cruiser, IRIS skateboards are both functional and favorable, made from skateboarding and a lifelong skateboarder.

Be sure to drop on by the IRIS Skateboards website for more info, photos and video of George’s creations and follow socially @iris_skateboards.

– Bryce Kanights



 
Iris Vertical

 


 
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Top and bottom views of the Point Break model

 
iris glass top
Recycled crushed glass for an environmentally friendly and fun ride.

 
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Recycled crushed glass detail

 
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Point Blank Complete

 
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Levi’s Skateboarding Collection – Spring 2017

Skate Daily recently joined a group of skateboarding media dudes to have a first look at the Spring 2017 Levi’s Skateboarding Collection at their headquarters in San Francisco. Our full day schedule included a VIP show and tell in the offices of Levi’s Archives, a preview of LSC’s aforementioned Spring/Summer line of apparel and due to the wet winter weather – a fun-filled skate session with several of LSC’s ambassadors (team riders) at an indoor private facility. Oh yeah, we went bowling the previous evening as well!

Parts Bowling

Al Partanen spins a speedy heated ball right down the middle of the lane. Strike!

While in the offices of Levi’s Archives, Tracey Panek laid out several storied pieces of denim including the earliest pairs of Levi’s denim (then called overalls as they were worn over one’s pants), a pair of white denim jeans that were embellished (over several decades) by an incarcerated creative dude with a ball point pen and a highly valued Levi’s leather jacket which originally belonged to Albert Einstein! Our minds were truly blown away.

Original Jeans

Kept in a fireproof safe and only handled with white gloves, Tracey Panek holds up a pair of vintage original jeans dating back to 1879 from the Levi’s Archives. They were first called overalls since workers would wear them over their pants.

 

Pocket Detail

The original reason for the smaller fifth pocket on a pair of Levi’s Jeans was to hold a “pocket” watch.

 

Auction Item

Straight from Christie’s Auction House, a very rare Levi’s leather coat owned and worn by Albert Einstein as shown on this 1938 cover of Time Magazine. Wow!

 

Einstein Jacket

Albert Einstein’s leather Levi’s jacket in all of its glory.

 

Media Crew at Levis Archives

The skateboarding media just loves a good dose of history and good times.

 
Upstairs at Levi’s Headquarters, LSC’s Nick Pendic and Charles Lamb coordinated a casual gathering and discussed the Spring/Summer 2017 Skateboarding Collection with their inspirations stemming from the shipyard workers at San Francisco’s Hunters Point. Specifically, the riveters who worked on the ships during World War II.

Nick Rendic

LSC’s Design Director Nick Rendic highlights the durability, features and benefits of the work pant.

Dock workers, during the early 20th Century, wore purposeful garments: durable to withstand physical demands of daily labor and layered to brave the ever-changing climate of the San Francisco Bay. It was simple designs like vests, coats, work pants and denim that inspired this Spring collection. Thanks to the extensive Levi’s Archives filled with historical product, the design team was able to revisit this era, evolving the
designs to meet the demands of modern skateboarding.

Quilted Jacket

Warm, comfortable and clean, this LSC quilted jacket is one of our favorites.

While the style of this collection may look as timeless as the original dock workers back in the 1900s, the fit and durability have evolved. LSC uses Lycra T400 fabric for stretch and Cordura fabric for strength, meaning their fabrics and innovations include the most advanced stretch, recovery, signature authentic Levi’s details and world-class finishing.

Vest Kit

This functional kit featuring the insulated vest combined with the LSC long sleeved tee and the highly durable work pant makes a whole lot of sense for good ol’ DIY skateboarding.

Arcuant Detail

Levi’s has been using a version of the Two Horses, One Message patch since 1886. Did you know that the patented stitching on a pair of Levi’s pants is called an Arcuate? Well if not, now you know!

Crafting quality products hasn’t been their only focus – the LSC initiative is also committed to social and environmental progress and have recently completed another skatepark build. Levi’s has rolled out their latest short film which documents a DIY build project in Detroit, Michigan, where Josh Matthews, Dan Plunkett, Joey Pepper, Marius Syvanen, Pat Moran and Al Partanen partnered up with Community Push to help support their efforts of bringing more skate spots to the Detroit area.

The Levi’s Skateboarding Collection can be found exclusively at select skate shops and online at the Levi’s store.

Levi’s Skateboarding – Detroit
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The Vans Syndicate x Andy Kessler 10th Anniversary Project

Kessler 1Celebrating a decade of Vans Syndicate would not be complete without a proper tribute to New York skateboarding icon Andy Kessler. As the third installment honoring the 10th anniversary of Syndicate, this October 3 Vans releases the Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S” inspired by the east coast skateboarding legend. Touted as one of the original pioneers of New York skateboarding in the 1970s and 1980s, Kessler is remembered for his dedicated community work in building public skateparks, inspiring locals and skateboarders from all walks of life to be a part of the emerging New York skate scene.

Vans Syndicate presents the Andy Kessler Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S” in the original premium leather and nubuck silhouette topped with the bright blue shoelaces he personalized all his Sk8-His with. The upper construction features Outlast temperature management linings and perforated nubuck panels for maximum protection and ventilation. Capping off the design, the custom heel scab references old NYC subway tokens of Andy’s childhood.

Kessler 22015 marks the 10th anniversary of the Vans Syndicate collection, Vans Pro Skate’s celebration of the diverse heritage of ideas, attitudes and influences that make up skateboarding’s unique culture. Vans pays tribute to this milestone by returning to several original Syndicate collaborators to represent a decade of iconoclastic style and heritage.

Features:
Sk8-Hi Reissue NYC “S”
· Full grain leather and nubuck uppers
· Outlast® temperature management linings
· Vans Ultracush HD footbeds
· Vans original waffle gum sole
· Signature Syndicate 10th Anniversary artwork in gold on the footbeds
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The Vans Syndicate x Andy Kessler anniversary project launches worldwide in-store on Saturday, October 3rd exclusively at participating Vans Syndicate authorized dealers. Visit Vans.com for the complete list of dealers.

Go Puck

Go PuckOne of the best things about mobile media devices is that they allow us to communicate and document our lives and events from virtually any region of the planet. Unfortunately, many of these cameras, smartphones, and tablets tend to be inefficient in battery life to last throughout an entire day. When you’re out on the road, off the grid or away for several hours in a day skating or busy being that god forsaken selfie guy, it’s more than likely that you’re going to need some crucial and additional backup in battery power.


Go Puck iPhone

Consider the Go Puck. It’s an essential compact power source that’s easy to carry, optionally wearable, and ready to keep you free from missing that Instagram photo, shooting a crucial GoPro clip or receiving important texts or email.


GoPuck Power


GoPuck GoPro

There are currently two low priced GoPuck models available – both with two individual charging options (normal and rapid) via a micro USB cable provided. Also included is one Active Munt with 1/4″ thread.


GoPuck Japan

So Go Puck yourself and be prepared and ready for those moments where the only power source available becomes the one charged in your backpack. For more info, connect with gopuck.com.

Venture Trucks Spring 2015

Westgate Venture

Brandon Westgate kicks off the new Venture Spring Drop 3 release with his newest Venture ad. Plus, Nick Tucker and Josh Matthews get their first ever Pro Model trucks, hitting skate shop shelves everywhere now.

Spitfire Wheels: Arson Dept.


Dennis Busenitz, Frank Gerwer, Dan Plunkett hit the streets of San Francisco for the new Spitfire Wheels Arson Department Spring ‘15 Catalog.



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