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Antihero skateboards do it again ‘Arbitrary Function’

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

All I wanted for Christmas was more Grant Taylor footage! Like a scabby Santa, Antihero skateboards came through and dropped a video bomb just in time for the festive season. Like their last full-lengther Destination Unknown, 2019’s Antihero skateboard’s release came in the form of a completely unheralded 15-minute banger.
In an age where people rarely go to the bog without teasing their toilet decision on Instagram for a month beforehand, it’s immensely refreshing to see that Antihero still have the bollocks to just drop a video as heavy as Implosionistic tendencies: Arbitrary Function with almost zero pre-hype.
The reason? Well, they just don’t need to hype it up first. It’s Antihero, it’s going to be sick!

 

 
Antihero skateboards do it again

Established in 1995 by early street skating pioneer and one time Santa Monica Airlines and Underworld Element pro skater Julien Stranger, Antihero skateboards appeared at a pivotal time in skateboarding’s development away from the inward-looking overly-technical skateboard scene of the early 1990’s.
Emerging from under the Deluxe umbrella, from the outset Antihero represented the raw underbelly of skateboarding and offered a pure vision of what being a skateboarder meant – regardless of trends or perceived rules.

 

 

Antihero skateboards do it again

Their inaugural video release ‘Fucktards‘ (1997) featuring the original team of Julien Stranger, Sean Young, John Cardiel, Eric J and Bob Burnquist firmly established an aesthetic that showcased every style of skating from vert to street and focused on the grimier aspects of the culture.
Anti Hero skateboards‘ instantly recognisable graphical output followed in the same vein with memorable graphics from the likes of Todd Francis (amongst many others) that celebrate the underbelly of the American dream and revel in the realities of street trash, political corruption, vagrancy and the darker side of life.

 

 

As the brand grew, the team changed but the underlying philosophy did not – hit the road and skate everything and anything that you encounter.
Antihero‘s video releases to date are numerous and include classics such as:
Fucktards (1997)
Cow (1998)
Two Songs (2002)
Cash Money Vagrant (2003)
Bonus Footage (2006)
and their full-length video Destination Unknown (2014) released in customary fashion with absolutely zero advertising beforehand to worldwide acclaim.

 

 

Antihero skateboards do it again

Here’s the timeless 1997 Fucktards in full just to remind you why this Antihero skateboards is now, and always will be, the shit.

When you’ve done that – take your fingers for a stroll over to our webstore and fill your boots as we’ve loads of Antihero merchandise online and ready to roll.


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!


Jeff Grosso – Love Letters -Cardiel

Friday, May 12th, 2017

 

Yes, yes and to right YES!

 

New season from Vans ‘Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters To Skateboarding‘ starting off with a serious bang. You by now will be aware of the saying “ALL HAIL CARDIEL” well this just further cements it up more with epic archival footage from the original skateboarding madman John Cardiel!

 

Way back in the late nineties I had to pleasure to follow the now legendary tour of which John was a part of, yeah I’d watched every video possible with Card’s in it and yes this is the reason we’d traveled the breath of the country to watch him along with the Gonz etc skate our crappy UK parks but not nothing could prepare you for watching Cardiel skate in the flesh. I don’t even say this likely as in this era we where quite acustomed to turning up at Goshen Sports Center (the only vert in the country at the time) to see Tony Hawk and likes tearing it a new one but witnessing Cardiel frothing like a madman and inventing impossible lines at Romford park and tweaking every which way at Leigh On Sea park he’s forever been an all time favorite (I’m pretty much sure I don’t stand alone on this one!)

 

Enough of the waffle, basically stoked once again to see the next season of Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters To Skateboarding return with a special part one all about John Cardiel.

 

Get watching now whilst chanting loudly “ALL HAIL CARDIEL!”

 

 

 

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