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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.

Ale Jordao’s, “Over Consumerism – The Neon Traffic Dealer” in Milan, Italy


“Over Consumerism – The Neon Traffic Dealer”, by Alê Jordão at Università degli Studi di Milano

Opening reception is on April 14th to May 17th. 

Schedule of vistation: from 10am to 12am (from 04/14 e 04/19) and from 10am to 8pm (de 04/20 a 05/17).

Address: Via Festa del Perdono, 7, 2012 – Milano, Itália.

Mark_Gonzales_Curtis_Kulig_Final is offering this very cool, limited edition Mark Gonzales/Curtis Kulig print, Majorca is Dirt Cheep, online.  As with all their posters, 10% of every purchase goes toward helping arts education programs, like Inner-City Arts in LA. – their goal is to fund over 1,000,000 hours of art classes for kids, which is pretty rad. This print is a 30″ x 24″ lithograph print on 80 lb McCoy Silk cover paper.  They ‘ve got a bunch of other cool pieces for sale so definitely check the site or follow them on instagram (


Lenny Kirk

Last week Chris Nieratko wrote an article about a new photo book about Lenny Kirk by Dennis McGrath. check the link below from Vice Magazine.

Not much gets me as stoked as Lenny Kirk and Alien Workshop around this era. It brings back a great time in my life when I sucked at skating (oh… i still do but now I am older). Lenny’s innovation and raw craze throughout San Francisco really pushed the limits and his Timecode part could be my favorite skate part ever.

enjoy! Now I should buy the photo book and support Dennis and Lenny. I hope he gets the help he needs. Escape Hell.

I used to have a copy of Timecode but I let a friend borrow it and never got it back. dang it.

The Chris “Cookie” Colbourn interview


There are skaters who are known for their style on a skateboard and there are skaters who are known for doing big tricks, few are recognized for both. Chris “Cookie” Colbourn is one of those special few skateboarders. Cookie’s unique skills are taking him across the globe and recently landed him a spot on the Element team, read what the humble kid from Vermont has to say about it:

Village Psychic: Why do people call you Cookie?

Chris Colbourn: I’ll give you the story as I know it; about 15 years ago my older brother started going to Talent skatepark down the street from where we lived in Vermont. One day he was gripping a board and cut his thumb. He realized it didn’t hurt, so he did it a few more times out of theatrics and got the nickname ‘Cutter’, not emo related at all. One day, a shop employee we called Frookie was trying to remember my name and blurted out “cookie cutter!” and it stuck. Hannah Wood, the co-owner of Talent, claims it was because I always ate the cookies from the snack counter, which could be true too. I like to give her some credit for it, because she and Dave, her husband and co-owner of the park changed my life. That park gave me a place to go skate when it was snowing for like 7 months of the year and I met so many friends there.

VP: Where in Vermont are you from?

CC: I’m from a town called Williston, ten minutes outside of Burlington.

VP:  Were there a lot of kids skating where you are from?

CC: There is actually a really tight skate scene there. My friend Danny Hopkins made some sick videos. This guy Colin Hale from there is a legend in my eyes, he had a big impact on me. My friend Jordan Maxham has always been an influence on me too.

VP: Jordan Maxham is from Vermont?

CC: Yeah, he’s from a town called Barre. We met at a contest when we were 12. He lived an hour away from me, but it’s crazy how common interests can make friendships work.


Cookie moved to CA, but he’s not done with the East Coast. Nosegrind, Brooklyn, NY. Photo: Chris Whitaker

VP: Did you move to California to pursue the skate dream?

CC: It was 100% to pursue skating. After high school I started sending my footage around and I found a guy on MySpace named Paul Wilson, he started Silent Skateboards. Paul was stoked on me and put me on the team. I told Jordan (Maxham) and our friend Chris Whitaker about Silent, they reached out to Paul, and Paul wanted them involved with the company as well and he offered to buy a house in La Crescenta for the team to live in. It didn’t take much persuasion for me to move at that point. It was the best decision of my life. I don’t know what the hell I’d be doing if I never did.

VP: The Silent Skateboards episode of Double Rock on Thrasher blew us away. It seemed like they had a really solid crew of skaters, but the company went under shortly after that video came out. Do you know what happened?

CC: It came down to money. Paul loved what we were doing, but he had to do him. He really paved the way for us though. I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I am without him.

VP: How did Element come about?



I always dreamed of having a ‘Welcome to the Family’ ad, and last month it came true, I still can’t believe it.

CC: I was getting boards from Warco and from Dom DeLuca at Brooklyn Projects for 2 years. The former Silent filmer James Buckman and my friend Ira Engram gave my footage to Cole Mathews, the team manager at Element. Ira thought Element would be a good fit for me because I’m ‘from the woods’. Cole texted me saying he liked my style and that he wanted to give me boards, the rest is history. It’s surreal to be welcomed to the team, or welcomed to the family as they call it. It feels like a family. I always dreamed of having a ‘Welcome to the Family’ ad, and last month it came true, I still can’t believe it.

VP: Do you skate with the Element team much?

CC: I try to get out with them whenever I’m in LA. I got to travel with Levi (Brown) and Evan (Smith) across the US last summer. We started in Minneapolis and ended in Detroit, where we skated with Cole Matthews, Donny Barley, Andy Dicker, Todd  Larson and Mike Kershner. That’s also where our van was broken into. We stopped for lunch on our way to the airport to go home, and when we came back to the van, all of our shit was gone. I lost an iPad, all my clothes and a few filled up sketchbooks of artwork, but that doesn’t compare to Cole and the other guys who lost computers and cameras. It was so harsh, but it kinda brought us together in a way.

Detroit was tight though. We explored abandoned buildings, skated a really epic DIY spot, went to this really creepy street with stuffed animals covering houses and clocks hanging from trees, Detroit is weird to say the least. Just watch your back. Your van could get broken into. Everyone I have told that story to has just been like “Oh, yeah, for sure”. The city is slowly coming back. If you have money I would say buy some property there. Actually I would say buy property here in Dubai.


A kickflip in the middle of nowhere, Dubai, 2015. Photo: Jordan Maxham

VP: Yeah what are you doing out there?

CC: I’m here in Dubai making a film with Brain Farm. We went to China, we took a 7 week RV trip around the US, then we went to Spain, and now we’re in Dubai. After Pretty Sweet, Ty (Evans) decided to take a different route and make a film that no one has done before. He wants to show people who don’t know about skateboarding that we are doing more than destroying property and making noise, that we are really making art, making new relationships and experiencing new cultures. Everything is filmed with RED cameras. The plan is to make a one of a kind film that’s seen in theaters around the world.

VP: What is filming with Ty like?

CC: Ty is a really mellow down to earth dude. Skating in LA with Ty doesn’t happen as much as I’d like, for he is a busy man. But when travelling with him, skating becomes incredibly productive. I’m my most productive with him on trips, when we can try tricks for hours until we get them. A lot of people turned him down for this project because they have other sponsor obligations and stuff. Luckily I have been open to all he has asked me to be a part of and it has brought me pretty far.


Caught at the tweak. Kickflips are timeless. Photo: Chris Whitaker

VP: We heard that the Crown Prince of Dubai is backing you guys, is that true?

CC: The Prince of Dubai is a fan of skateboarding. He wants people to see that Dubai is more than a business opportunity. Some of the prince’s right hand guys rolling with us. They tell security to stand aside. It may take an hour to convince them and get the right paperwork, but we haven’t been kicked out of a spot once. It is so surreal coming from LA.

VP: Yeah I imagine filming for Illegal Civilization 2 was a little different.

CC: (Laughs) Yeah, a little bit. Brain Farm is a huge production with call times, 3 camera operators on the shoot, and usually a helicopter involved. Filming for Illegal Civilization 2 was hopping in a car with my friend Mikey whenever we get up to go film at some cutty spot on a side street. Mikey is smart about knowing when to film, he always has the camera out, so he catches everything.

Watching movies is tight, but it’s nothing I can look back on in my life and see growth.


Cookie doesn’t like downtime, even if he’s hurt.

VP: Aside from skating, we heard you’re into painting.

CC: Skating all the time and getting broke off, I found myself sitting at home a lot. Watching movies is tight, but it’s nothing I can look back on in my life and see growth. I like acrylics, whether it’s brush strokes or seriously just throwing paint and watching it drip. My room is starting to fill up with objects I find on the street I take in to paint on.

VP: What’s the deal with Louie the street cat?

CC: Louie is our street cat. This little guy lives outside of the Silent House. We would always feed this street cat and now he just lives outside of our house. He’s a little mangy though, he’s got some battle scars. you know, he’s an LA street cat. Louie is always in funny positions; on the hood of a car, on in the bushes, or on the grill. I just had to make him an Instagram.

Don't you love it when dudes make LA look raw? Bump to bush. Photo: Chris Whitaker

Don’t you love it when dudes make LA look raw? Bump to bush. Photo: Chris Whitaker

VP:  How did you get in so tight with The Berrics? You are all over it these days.

CC: The Berrics plays a large presence in skating right now. I don’t know a ton about it. The Berrics is a mystery, but I love it. They have been really good people to me. It all started with Mighty Healthy giving me the go ahead to film a Bangin’ at the old park, which allowed me to meet more people who worked there, skate there more, and eventually I filmed an All Eyes On with Prince GiIlcrest. That was really big for me. I am very honored that they put that out. It’s crazy seeing my name all over that website. Shout out to Berra, Koston and Chase. I really wanna skate with Weezy in there though.

VP: Chris this is perfect, thank you, you wanna give some thanks?

CC: I first wanna thank my parents, Nanch & Mike, and my brother Ben. I also would like to give genuine thanks to the rest of my family, my friends, Cole and everyone at Element, everyone at Mountain Dew, Satori, Symptoms Collective, Keith Hufnagel, Tyler, Cichy & everyone else at Huf, Ray and everyone at Mighty Healthy, Hannah and Dave at Talent Skatepark, everyone at the Berrics, Dom DeLuca and Brooklyn Projects, Ty and everyone else at Brain Farm, all the people who shoot and film me and anyone I forgot I’m sorry but thank you so much.

Jerome Campbell on Broadcast Wheels

Broadcast Wheels is honored to introduce the latest addition to the team, Polar pro Jerome Campbell. Jerome also appears on the cover of Broadcast’s new product collection for 2015. Follow them on Instagram for more announcements coming soon.


Mark Oblow in, “TEN”, A group show at AR4T in Laguna Beach March 5, 2015


Mark Oblow is part of a group show entitled, “TEN” at Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow in Laguna Beach, California on March 5, 2015 from 6-9pm.  TEN runs until March 22, 2015. 

Oblow will be sharing a selection of his newest and most exciting pieces in resin/mixed media, ranging from 8″ x 8″ to 30″ x 60″ on wood canvas’.  

1175 South Pacific Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651 | + 1 949 988 0603

IG: @markoblow

Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow is proud to present  Ten – a group show featuring 10 artists living and working in Orange County, California. Each artist was selected because of their talents and impact that they have made on the OC art community and beyond. Their pedigrees range from emerging to world renowned but together they are representative of the depth and power of the work being created here in our own back yard. – @ar4t

Mark Oblow [o] by Taylor Dunfee

Ale Jordao, “Casa Electrolux” Feb. 10, 2015 Sao Paulo, Brazil


Our friend, Ale has an opening at Casa Electrolux in Sao Paulo, Brazil and it looks to be amazing as per all things, Ale!

Ale Jordao:
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ale Jordao’s art reconfigures and appropriates daily objects from furniture, skateboards to neon signs and rethinks their purpose through his intellectual and emotional design process.  Ale vocalizes his own brand of humor and social commentary throughout his works and ultimately with his finished, functional and beautiful pieces.  As an example, Ale turns entire Volkswagen cars into beautiful tables, chairs, and other daily objects allowing engagement and interaction with his work.  Ale studied at Domus Academy in Milan Italy and is currently making mind-blowing art in his studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  – ykc

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