Off of his skateboard, pro skater Dan Drehobl has been hard at work over the past summer months getting Freedumb Airlines off the ground once again. His DIY tee shirt brand features his cynical, ironic and funny artwork as a line of choice tees for all skaters to enjoy and wear. Under oath and dedication, Dan’s assembled a team of shredders that includes himself along with Brandon Perelson, Kevin Kowalski, Andrew Currie, Maru, Marisa dal Santo, Preston Harper and Jeff Grosso.
Drop by Freedumb Airlines’ site where they’re currently taking final orders on their initial line of tees before switching gears to focus on their winter/ holiday line. Moving forward, all Freedumb t-shirts will be printed as a one color graphic on a softer, higher quality shirt. Look for more great designs within Freedumb Airline’s holiday catalog in about a week or so.
Chris Nieratko and X Games digs into the history and legacy of New York City’s Shut Skateboards. Listen and look into this short story of the east coast’s small yet powerful DIY skate brand that truly did it their way and continue to carry that torch today while deeply rooted in urban street skating.
Tampa skaters Ryan Clements and Rob Meronek have founded and launched their new professional services company called The Boardr. They’ve just returned from Montreal and are up and rolling with project management, marketing and branding, custom software apps, financial services, and more. Have a look at their new site to get a bit of info on this dynamic duo and their team. Meronek’s Boardr Live Event Scoring app is pretty sick too.
Skateistan has just released its very first board series, benefitting its charity work with kids in Afghanistan and Cambodia. Longtime sponsor Zero skateboards just released three co-branded Zero x Skateistan decks as part of their 2013 Fall/Holiday collection. The decks can now be purchased from online retailers and Zero distributors around the world, with a contribution from each board sold going towards Skateistan’s skateboarding and education projects.
Kevin Barnett’s “Strange New Feelings” examines the life of artist and skateboard legend Ed Templeton as he navigates a blossoming art career and a transition from professional skateboarding. The film features interviews with art world contemporaries, fellow professional skateboarders and family members as Ed travels around the world to share his unique perspective on youth and age, religion and sex, beauty and disfigurement. Drop on over to the film’s Kickstarter page where you can help to directly fund this project.
Cheryl Dunn is a documentary filmmaker and photographer. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums including The Tate Modern in London, Deitch Projects in New York, and the “Art in the Streets “exhibition at the Geffen Contemporary MOCA. She has had two books of her photographs published; Bicycle Gangs of New York, and Some Kinda Vocation. She will soon release a feature documentary “Everybody Street, New York City“ about photographers who have used New York City streets as a major subject in their work.
Since filming is in full swing for the Vans video Chris Nieratko has taken the opportunity to sit some of the team riders down to look behind their skating careers. Today, the lathered up internet hunk, Johnny Layton, looks back at his debut part in Toy Machine’s “Good and Evil” from 2004 and coming clean about what went into making his breakthrough part.