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Todd Shimabuku

Todd Shimabuku grew up in Hawaii, where he discovered the camaraderie of skateboarding at a young age. Shimabuku is an influential entrepreneur, founding member of In4mation, and a permanent fixture in the apparel world.

Patrick O'Dell

Patrick O’Dell has served time as Photo Editor for Vice, a regular lensman to every major skate mag, is the proprietor of the famed Epicly Later’d series, and has the phone numbers to most of your favorite bands in his phone. Smash your head at

Yong-Ki Chang

Yong-Ki Chang is owner of The Solitary Arts, a skateboard brand with Bob Lake, Jef Hartsel and Geoff McFetridge. YKC actively represents art & photography from some of skating’s finest. Raised in Oahu and currently residing in Northern CA.

Chris Reed

Chris Reed was born during the Summer of Love in the Southerly region of California where he has amassed a body of work that gives evidence to his affinity for skateboarding, surfing, music, friends and family. Clients include Alien Workshop, Etnies, Vans, etc.

Michael Hsiung

Michael Hsiung was raised in Los Angeles and is known for his black & white ink drawings of happily swollen figures. One of the few remaining Asians able to grow facial hair, Hsiung has collaborated with Enjoi, Matix, Giant Robot, Vans, etc. Visit


Buoloco resides within the shadowy caverns of the snowboard industry, offering a unique vantage point of interviewees such as Travis Rice, Terje Haakonsen, Chris Roach, John Cardiel and other red-carpet walkers lurking in the mountains. Visit for more.

Kelly Williams

Kelly D. Williams is an out-of-work metaphysicist from Idaho, constantly unearthing his artistic roots. Clients include Los Logos, éS, DVS, Broadcast, Nike, Altamont, and he’s partially to blame for starting PERMANENT. Check his work here:

Joe Casttro

Joe Castro is a collage artist, musician, oil painter and graphic designer currently lurking somewhere between Philadelphia and Delaware. For more info, visit

J Namdev Hardisty

J. Namdev Hardisty did what every child of 80’s skateboarding and 90’s hardcore does- he became a graphic designer, writer and entrepreneur.

Ian Michna, Jenkem Mag

Ian Michna was born in New York and raised in Vienna, Austria where he became known for beatboxing on the 38 tram & bus. He currently runs Jenkem, rides his skateboard, and continues to forget his German.

The Village Psychic

Village Psychic is a Brooklyn, New York based skate blog focusing on the past, present and future of skateboarding. Visit to see all sides of the crystal ball.

Mark Oblow “STUCK TO ME” Solo Art Show 01/14/16


Mark Oblow


Thursday, January 14, 2016



Factory 413

413 South Fairfax Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Mark Oblow is proud to have his first solo opening at Factory 413 in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, January 14 from 6-10pm.

Sponsored by Stance, The Impossible Project, What YouthThunderking Brewing Co and House Beer. 

His opening art show will be followed by a private reception hosted by No Name at 432 North Fairfax Avenue (across from Supreme) from 10pm-1am with DJ’s Atiba and Ako Jefferson.

An acute eye for photography, fashion and design, a natural trajectory towards utilizing all of his creative tools to make his own artwork has been a constant and evolving thread throughout his life.

He draws inspiration from his connections and relationships with people whereby turning his captured images into multi-layered, multi-media pieces which includes photography, stencil, block prints and resin, incorporating them all into his work. He continuously explores…expanding and immortalizing the people, places and objects he captures into stark and beautiful finished pieces.

Mark Oblow was born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii and sponsored for both surfing and skateboarding in the 80’s (Vision, Independent, OJ Wheels, Jimmy Z). In addition, Oblow’s creative spark was clear when he picked-up the camera and had his first paid photograph published in Thrasher Magazine as a teenager.

Oblow is featured in books by Tom Adler to David Carson and in magazines such as GQ, Contrast and What Youth. He has a weekly column called, “Back Den” posted on the What Youth website.

His namesake brand, “moblow” was released this past fall in 2015 with great reception.



Following around Hawaii’s very own Sean Reilly to find out why he stays on the islands to pursue a life of skateboarding



photo of sean reilly’s shin of kenny’s artwork – posted on april 19, 2012 – @ykc

check out sean’s ig @shitty_kids

Todd Francis, “Thanks A Lot” Solo Show at FFDG in SF, Friday Jan. 8, 2016


San Francisco, CA — FFDG is pleased to present revered artist Todd Francis in his first solo show with the gallery entitled Thanks A Lot, showcasing new studio work with five charcoal drawings nearly six feet tall each and four larger water color paintings. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 8th, 2016 (6-9pm) – closing: January 31, 2016.

The artist will be present to share a drink and certainly a slice of cake with guests.

Sponsored by: Stance, HUF and Antihero Skateboards


Zizzo’s Part from “Salon des Refuses” by Leo Banuelos

First of all, Leo Banuelos may quite possibly deserve an Employee of the Month award every month. He’s been a strong supporter of Permanent Dist since we began, and he’s been working damn hard on a new video. We’re grateful to have him in the family and to be able to share this video.

Salon des Refusés, or “exhibition of rejects”, was an exhibition of creative work refused by the critics and art juries of the Paris Salon. The Paris Salon was an annual event sponsored by the French government and the Academy of Fine Arts to showcase the best academic art. Most famous of the rejects was Édouard Manet, a talented denizen whose work failed to meet the criteria of the bourgeois committee.

If you’re no stranger to critique and refusal, welcome to the Salon des Refusés. The full-length video features Florida locals Nick Zizzo, Leo Banuelos, Mike Magalhaes, Shane Carter, Ian Weisbecker, Joshua Baker, Leo Moreno, Derick Glancy, Cody Wilber, and Josh Miller.  Purchase the DVD at ›


Nick Zizzo Interview (conducted by Leo Banuelos)

Leo:  Kick it off early 2000s AOL chatroom style. What’s your ASL?
Zizzo: 23/Male/Tampa, Florida


Why Tampa/Florida?
My girlfriend had to finish up school. Our plan is to move back to California after that.


What’s in California?
I took it for granted when I last lived there. I got lost in the party and didn’t skate much. Now that I’m older it would be good to go back out with a better state of mind plus a lot of my good friends live out in LA.


Describe FL in one sentence?
Heavens waiting room. Hells waiting room, who knows?


Stacks fell under. You and Stereo parted ways. Now you’re a part of the société anonyme known as FORMAT. How did that happen?
When things were ending with Stereo I really wanted to get on Pass~Port. I got in touch with Kelly Williams, who owns Permanent Distribution, the distributor for Pass~Port in the states. He told me that he was starting his own thing, something different. I liked his ideas and combined forces to get a team together. Our first idea for it was to pick one person from each individual group of underground guys (GX1000, Pyramid Country, lurknyc, etc.) and bring everyone together onto one team. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and Kelly made that happen.


Tell us about the recent independent skate video Salon des Refusés
I was getting anxiety about being out west so I moved back to (Tallahassee) Florida. I’d only been there once and it seemed pretty untouched by skateboarders for the most part. I moved in with you, Josh Miller, Ian Weisbecker. We basically got to skate every day that everybody was free from school and work. I’m really glad I got to be a part of such a great video with great people. Hopefully there’s a second one in the works.


Who has your favorite part?
Josh Miller. Always loved his style, and to have it showcased in a video part is amazing.


Are you working on any other projects right now?
I’m working on something with Marshall Nicholson. Not too sure which video that footage will end up in, but I know he’s helping out with the Threads Idea Vacuum. I’ve been skating with my friend Tristan Mershon a lot since I moved to Tampa and he’s making a video called “Indigo” so I’ll have something in that. Also working on another full part with format that will be done by the end of the year. From what I know, a new rider will be introduced to Format in it.


Realistically either Rowan or Gilbert, but Tony Karr is SOTY every year to me.


What’s goody for the next year?
I really couldn’t tell you, shit is always changing for me. Just skating as much as I can, and helping Kelly with Format. Maybe some schooling as well, but I don’t know if I’m ready to grow up yet.


Who do you wanna give a major shoutout to?
You, Kelly, Brownie, Cory Wilkinson, Justin Maruco, Krew, the Format guys for sticking with us, anyone who’s ever pointed a camera at me and dealt with my madness, my girlfriend, my family, and all the boys.


Click here to watch Nick’s part from Salon des Refusés.

Camille Rowe x Mark Oblow – F*#K YOU to Leukemia Charity MOBLOW Shirt


photographed by mark oblow, this shirt is an all-encompassing F*#K YOU to leukemia.

featuring camille rowe, double-fingered in getting your attention and awareness for this all too common cultural slogan we all unfortunately share.

it’s black friday and instead of just shopping for the sake of shopping, purchase this shirt knowing you’re helping with 100% of proceeds from the sale of this shirt to be donated to cancer research and continued awareness through moblow and friends.

love more.

50% cotton/50% polyester. limited run of 150

postcard & sticker included with each t-shirt

designed by mark oblow

all order over $50 qualify for free shipping in the u.s.a.

order HERE and show your support!




Todd Francis’, “Dirty Dozen” Pigeon Collection Available Now at Equal Dist!


Curated by Yong-Ki Chang and exclusively for Equal Dist, the Dirty Dozen painting collection by Todd Francis is available now.

There are 12 Pigeons, each 5″ x 7″ with ink and watercolor on paper stock. 

Signed by Todd Francis with his studio signature, “T” and listed at $500 per piece.  

Perfect for the holidays!



Mark Oblow Photo: Jason Lee; Palolo Valley Ramp, Hawaii 1990