An introduction to Namdev Hardisty

I figured it’d be a good idea to introduce myself before I start posting. Eestablish some context, nahmean? Then I realized I didn’t want to write a whole bunch of stuff about myself so I borrowed the questionnaire from Skateboarder’s Tuesday 25 feature and made some minor edits. Hopefully this makes me sound less self-important.—Namdev Hardisty

  1. Go-to-trick: Flatground no-comply.
  2. Warm up spot: Wherever it is that I happen to have a half-hour to push around.
  3.  Current Location: Minneapolis MN.
  4. Place to travel to: NYC, Rhode Island.
  5. Things you do when not skating: I’m a partner in The MVA Studio, a hybrid design/marketing company—we design books, create brands, make illustrations, and work on marketing strategies*; I teach design at Minneapolis College of Art & Design; I write books on visual culture including New Skateboards Graphics.
  6. Video parts of all time: Mike Carroll, Questionable; Marc Johnson, Yeah Right, Fully Flared; Dylan Rieder, Gravis part; and hundreds more.
  7. Music: Gunplay, Unwound, Regulator Watts, Threadbare, Dipset, Converge, Drug Church, Self Defense Family, Abilene
  8. Board Graphic: Rasa Libre “Space Oddity” series by Michael Leon; Per Welinder, Viking Skull street size
  9. Next travel destination: No plans.
  10. Favorite Skateboarder record cover: Unwound Repetition; Hoover The Lurid Traversal of Route 7; Fugazi Red Medicine & In On The Kill Taker; Joy Division Unknown Pleasures; Supersilent 1–3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11; Drug Church Paul Walker
  11. Movie quote: Quint’s monologue in Jaws
  12. Favorite skate photo: Hensley’s ollie on the highway overpass; Natas Kaupas’ original trick tip for the No Comply in Transworld; Gonz sequence of a nose pick 540 shuv-it out at EMB in Thrasher in the 80s
  13. Filming Writing for: Ideas. Objects. Images.—The MVA Studio blog, Early Ambient, Mike Burrill’s Village Psychic site(not live yet); working on a bunch of book proposals
  14. Guilty pleasure: I don’t believe in them. Maybe I should feel guilty about how much I love NWA’s Efil4zaggin but I don’t
  15. Books: William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch; Seth Godin, Linchpin; Jay Baer, Youtility; 37signals, Getting Real; Stieg Larssen, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo; Tom Peters, The Little Big Things, Anthony Robbins, Unleash The Giant Within; Geshe Michael Roche, The Diamond Cutter; Emil Ruder. Typographie: A Manual of Design
  16. Favorite youtube video: Self Defense Family on The Nature of Being Offended; Lungfish, Live in Baltimore, 1998
  17. Movie: Currently, Death Wish, Whoopi Goldberg 80s action-comedies, Die Hard.
  18. Current skate trend: The anti-hammers of Magenta
  19. Partner in crime: My wife and business partner Kim Whaley, my new business partner Zach Keenan, and my daughter
  20. Things you wish you could get for free: airfare, books, records, coffee
  21. Worst/best question to be asked at a demo in class: Worst: Can I do [insert something the student would rather do] instead? / Best: If I do extra work will you look at it?
  22. Beverage: Starbucks grande Pike with 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter and some cinnamon
  23. Pro when you were a kid: Gonz, Steve Rocco, Kris Markovich, Mike Carroll, Danny Way, Natas, Vallely, Ray Barbee
  24. Website (non-skate): Learn Self Defense, Daring Fireball, BlogcastFM
  25. Best trip in recent memory/ever: Walking to the coffee shop this morning with my dog was pretty great. Generated a lot of good ideas.

Yeah, so hello. My plans are to post in a few areas: dope things that are going on and projects related to Permanent’s brands (*Permanent is a client of The MVA and we help with social media stuff as well as marketing strategy).

Core or not Core by Sierra Fellers



This is what I got for what we talked about. I think it’s close to some of the

subjects. If not. It’s how I feel about stuff. Ha


Now a days it’s getting quite a bit harder to be a pro skater and make a good

living. With the economy doing bad, it seems theres not enough dough to go around to

everyone. People are getting pay cuts, getting cut from companies and companies are


going out of business. But in saying that there’s a top tear who are making an

insane amount of money from bigger companies that didn’t start in skating.

I’ve heard so many times how people are selling out and aren’t core anymore. But

is that really true? What really is core? Isn’t selling out doing something just

cause you’re gonna get paid a lot of money? I think selling out is supporting

something you really don’t back. Like if you skate for an energy drink sponsor and

don’t like how it tastes, the effect it has on you and don’t ever drink it. Me

personally I grew up drinking different energy drinks, I still buy em sometimes

and back some of em hard. So if I was to ride for one that I was hyped on and

backed for years, I wouldn’t consider it selling out. If I skating for a “core

company” ad didn’t back it. I’d feel like more of a sell.

A lot of the skaters I know have families and having a family myself. I’d do

anything to provide for them.

I’m so happy that the sponsors I ha e are still supporting me to make a loving in

what I do. And I think it’s cool that bigger companies are stepping in and helping

make livings for skaters while the smaller brands are going through harder times.

With that. All in all I’m so thankful and blessed to make a living skating. An

it’s all thanks to the sponsors I have, and future sponsors, that makes that


I love skateboarding!







Callum Paul Video Edit

Slam Magazine & Fast Times Skateboarding just dropped this sweet video of Pass Port team rider Callum Paul skating around the city of Melbourne. Filmed and edited by Greg Stewart. Additional appearances from Sam Wood, Mat Kinsman, Casey Foley and Bryce Golder. Enjoy!callum-paul-fast-times

Scotty Whitlake, Terje Hakoonsen and Nicolas Muller


The conditions were excellent. Scotty Whitlake, Terje Hakoonsen and Nicolas Muller showed off their carving skills and style. Check out Nicolas Muller  scene (1:30 min into it) when he does a 180 degree Front Ollie with perfect Skate  style. He’s one of the best snowboarders ever. Terje is Out of this World

Carve On You Crazy Diamonds

Carve Wicked spent a week in Portugal recently and left a trail of destruction in their wake. Click here for an earlier adventure featuring the Gentlemen of the Carve.

CarveWicked – Portugoons: 7 Days in Portugal – Feat. Alex Perelson, Tim Zom, Rob Smith, Phil Zwijsen, Beckett, Bramsmark + more from Alex Pasquini on Vimeo.

The Sounds of Oranssi Pazuzu

Just got a hug from my daughter and made me smile. This too makes me smile.

Sweet sounds from Finland. Nothing bad there. I also like the bell bottoms or wide legged trousers. It pays to be comfy on the stage.

Buy all their albums and support your local Psychedelic Black Metal

Sidewalk 200

Sidewalk magazine has hit the big 2-0-0 and put out an immense issue to celebrate. Among many others there are interviews with Tom Penny, Geoff Rowley, Alex Moul, Paul Shier and me! (CMOAC.)

The brains of the operation were interviewed over at Caught in the Crossfire and to celebrate him getting the cover there’s this absolute monster of an edit from Jimmy Boyes. Enjoy.


Jimmy Boyes – Exclusive Sidewalk Issue 200 section! a Skateboarding video by Sidewalk