Cons Project

The Return of The CONS Project

YouTube Preview ImageConverse has announced the return of the Cons Project, a series of global community workshops with a DIY focus built by experts in the worlds of skate, art and music to inspire creativity. Following the success of last year’s program, the growing initiative will now encompass a free, hands-on workshop series throughout six cities, as well as an expanded Cons Project digital community. This year’s Cons Project will run from December 2015 to May 2016, with live workshops slated to debut for the first time in Austin and Chicago, and return stops in Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Toronto over the next five months.

As a unique digital platform for interaction and inspiration among the skate and art communities, the online Cons Project community will serve as a DIY resource that will feature step-by-step video tutorials and original video content; profiles of Cons Project mentors and Cons Skate Team ambassadors; and an interactive, digital community zine that allows members to highlight and share their DIY and creative efforts.

Cons Project Dates and Locations
December 12, 2015 – Austin
“Create a Skate Deck” – Learn how to size, shape, and design skate decks from accomplished skateboard manufacturer Paul Schmitt of CreateASkate, designer Josh Row and Cons Skate Ambassador Don “Nuge” Nguyen

February 6, 2016 – Boston
“DIY Skate Spot” – Learn how to build skate structures with concrete at a DIY skate spot with accomplished builders Tom Dupere and Noah Powell, and Cons Skate Ambassador Tom Remillard

March 5, 2016 – Chicago
“Creative Recycling” – Learn how to repurpose used skate decks and build your own furniture with designer Andy Vasquez and Cons Skate Ambassador Mike Anderson

March 19, 2016 – Toronto

“Building Skate Structures” – Learn how to build a skate structure with accomplished builder and designer Dan Bergeron, and Cons Skate Ambassador Kenny Anderson

April 2, 2016 – Los Angeles and May 7, 2016 – New York
“Skate Photography & Zine Making” – Learn how to shoot rad skate photos and make your own zine from professional skate photographer Joe Brook, zine expert Jai Tanju and Cons Skate Ambassadors Kenny Anderson and Aaron Herrington

To register for a workshop and explore the Cons Project community, visit the official CONS Project website.

CONS Tale of Four Cities: New York

YouTube Preview Image Tale of Four Cities explores the skate communities within the four cities that CONS Project takes place– Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. This film follows CONS skate ambassador Aaron Herrington while he visits some of New York’s best skate spots, shops, hangouts, and the community surrounding them.

The Cape Crusade

YouTube Preview Image In December 2014 Converse CONS European team riders Remy Taveira, David Stenstrom and Jerome Campbell travelled to Cape Town, South Africa. Alongside them was photographer Nils Svensson who came to document a week of skateboarding and exploration on the Cape peninsula, at the southern tip of the African continent.

CONS Project Cape Town – as part of the CONS Project series, they came to meet and skate with the locals at DIY spots, a local skatepark and a uniquely constructed CONS obstacle where photography and video workshops took place. Produced for Session Magazine (in association with Converse) by Freakscene.

Tale of Four Cities: Boston

YouTube Preview Image Tale of Four Cities explores the skate communities within the four cities that CONS Project takes place– Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York. Starting with Boston, Director Richard Quintero follow CONS skate ambassadors while they visit some of the cities’ best skate spots, shops, hangouts, and the community surrounding them.

How to Film Skateboarding with Don “Nuge” Nguyen

YouTube Preview Image This is a four part series for Cons Project, providing a DIY lesson on how to film a skate video. Four films will show you tips on skate filming including editing techniques, follow filming, shot composition, and skating in front of the camera with experts Mike Gilbert, Ewan Bowman, Nick Genova, and Don “Nuge” Nguyen (above).

How to Film Skateboarding with Ewan Bowman

YouTube Preview ImageThis is a four part series for Cons Project, providing a DIY lesson on how to film a skate video. Four films will show you tips on skate filming including editing techniques, follow filming, shot composition, and skating in front of the camera with experts Mike Gilbert, Ewan Bowman, Nick Genova, and Don “Nuge” Nguyen.