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Latest Stussy drop | Stussy video recap from over the years

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

How Original from Stüssy on Vimeo.



With the arrival of 2020’s latest Stussy drop in store and online, we thought we’d take this opportunity to shed a little bit of light on this most OG of skate/surf streetwear brands. Founded in Laguna Beach back the early 80’s by surfer and skateboarder Shawn Stussy, the brand that created the format for what we now know as ‘streetwear’ began life as a marker pen scribble adorning Stussy’s hand shaped surfboards.



Not long after, that very same scribble evolved into the now universally recognised logo (based on his Uncle Jan’s actual signature) and the brand took its first steps into the world of soft goods. Stussy began selling shorts, caps and T-shirts bearing the same logo out of the back of his car and thus one of the first ever streetwear labels, (long before the term ‘streetwear’ really existed) was born.
From these humble beginnings Stussy went on to partner with Frank Sinatra Jr (no, not that one) and expanded, opening a boutique home brand store in SoHo, New York, setting up international distribution and being one of the first brands of its kind to see their clothing sitting alongside high end designer fashion labels. As such, Stussy laid the foundations of the model later adopted by British-born Supreme founder James Jebbia, who had worked with Shawn Stussy prior to opening up the first Supreme store (also in SoHo) back in 1994. The brand basically created the template of how to fuse the worlds of catwalk fashion with functionality to create clothes that look equally dope down the local fancy beer boozer or whilst you’re sliding through tramp’s piss trying to conquer the snide 3 at Aldi.
Latest Stussy drop Stussy video recap



With that little potted history out of the way, allow me to take you on a short guided tour of some primo content produced over the years by Stussy. Their team has changed a great deal since the beginning of the brand but I genuinely think you’d be hard pressed to find anybody who made Stussy garms look cooler than the UK’s very own Curtis McCann who ran their gear super hard in the late 80’s. With that fundamental statement of truth out of the way, feast your eyes on some recent, and not so recent, Stussy video output above (in the shape of the most recent clip ‘How Original’ featuring the current team), and below, via a smattering of 90’s era Stussy skate video gold. Enjoy.


If you fancy dipping your furloughed fingers into the latest wavey garments delivered by this titan of the streetwear universe then head over to the webstore to see the full latest Stussy drop online now.


2017’s ‘Tribe’ video featuring Kevin Terpening, Caleb Barnett, Aaron Loreth, Jesse Alba, Max Klein, and Lance Mountain.

TRIBE from Stüssy on Vimeo.



Mid 90’s nostalgia here with a Stussy London clip from 411VM Issue 43 (2000) featuring Keith Hufnagel, Richard Mulder,Scott Johnston, Chad Tim Tim,Danny Montoya and Justin Reynolds hitting various London hotspots.



And last but not least – more 411VM nostalgia with the same Stussy crew as above hitting Japan for 411 62 (2004). God I miss 411VM.

Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

It’s taken a while and generated a fair amount of forum conspiracy theories in the process but, finally, Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards.



After being left out of the most recent Element full-length, (directed by ex Emerica video head honcho Jon Miner) it looked very much as if this multi-talented North Dakotan ripper would be stuck in man am purgatory forever. Slap’s vociferously outspoken forum community offered various potential reasons for this, from aesthetic conflicts with Jon Miner over filming, through to more wild theories regarding his War & Peace being part just being too good to sit amongst the 60 minute full-length without taking away some shine from his team mates.
Regardless of whatever the thinking was behind this bizarre omission – this unassuming maniac’s ascension to pro status was announced yesterday making him the latest pro skater for a brand with a massive back catalogue of highly influential and era-defining pros.


With the above in mind, we thought it provided excuse enough to remind you of a few other memorable pro skaters to have emerged from the Element Skateboards brand over the 20+ years since its birth.
Props must be given to Element also for having an extremely diverse approach to team riders right from the very outset, with an unashamed embrace of non-US skaters stretching back into the earliest days of the brand.

So without further ado – here are a brace of some of our favourite Element heads from over the years in descending chronological order.



Curtis McCann – Skypager – 1993

This one is from the very first Element video release, back when the brand was co-owned by Andy Howell and Johnny Schillereff (Element’s current CEO) and was called ‘Underworld Element’ prior to the 1994 re-brand as ‘Element’.  Aside from notable appearances in various Powell-Peralta videos, this is UK legend Curtis McCann’s only full pro section and coincided with the release of his pro model on UE making Curtis the first UK street skater to receive a pro model from a US skateboard brand. Light years ahead…



Next up, from the same 1993 release is Julien Stranger’s (yes, he rode for UE too) Skypager part.
Pay close attention to 1:11 for the first ever documented nosegrind pop out and the last trick which still makes no sense 26 years later. This part could come out today and still blow minds.
(Watch the full Skypager video here.)

Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards




Jumping forwards a year and we have another super progressive before-its-time section from the much missed DC native Pepe Martinez. Count the NBDS in this one and pay atention to the style. Lord Finesse!
Pepe Martinez – Element ‘Fine Artists’ 1994



Next up, it’s 1998 and Tim O’Connor joins Element with this short but banging shared part on their ‘Third Eye View’ release. Nollie hard flip nods to Julien Stranger’s Skypager part at 1:35.

Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards


The year 2000 sees Element skateboards bless us all with one final, short-but-sweet section from one of skateboarding’s most influential and often overlooked pioneers – namely Natas Kaupas (click this link for more).



It’s 2005 and Element skateboards release ‘Elementality Volume 1’ – this is peak Bam Margera madness – driving Ferrari’s over unicorns, FDR destruction and a pre-booze addled Bam.



The first decade of the new century begins with the 2010 release of Element skateboard’s first European focused project showcasing the likes of Ross McGouran, Madars Apse, Phil Zwijsen and various others.
Full-length below.

Chris 'Cookie' Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards



A year later and Element’s golden child Nyjah Huston announces his return to the brand with eight minutes of handrail destruction in the form of 2011’s ‘Rise & Shine’ stand alone section.



Two years later and Flip skateboards SOTY and Canadian big lad Mark Appleyard jumps ship, announcing his switch to Element skateboards with this 2013 ‘Soul Rebel’ part. The steez…



Closing up on the present day now so what better place to end this than with Brandon Westgate’s epic 16 minute raw files War & Peace release from Thrasher? When you’ve got Heath Kirchart towing you in on the sesh, you know you’re 100% down with the greatest.




And there you have it: a whistle-stop tour of some of your favourite Element skateboards releases from the last two decades. If your wallet is now itching to spend some coin – why not head over to the site and have a peruse of our massive Element range, including a huge sale section on jackets and winter apparel?
Happy hucking…
Chris ‘Cookie’ Colbourn is pro for Element skateboards!