Browsing Tag

skateboarding

Review

“Encore” by Primitive skateboards

Primitive skateboards just got its new 46 minute long video out, straight to YouTube.

Most of the pro and amateurs have a full part, but the video also showcases new talents like Spencer Hamilton, who was recently added to the squad and Giovanni Vianna, with a full part to introduce him as the new Primitive rank.

The video ends on a high note with a part of the brazilian skater Tiago Lemos, who decided that he would pop higher and slide longer than anybody else right now.

Enjoy, and if the weather allows it, go skate!

Kraked

Kraked #27

Here is what happened on the app the last couple of months.

feat.
@matlouf666
@epld
@robbewellek
@snakeman666
@elnino_kc
@treflip
@william
@brenndenbaker
@odzzy
@catchflips97
@skatertim02
@paulduval

Music: Jazz Against the Machine – Roots Bloody Roots

Take a chance to get featured in our next Kraked clip by sharing your tricks with us!

Download it here:
Iphone
Android

Interview, Kraken

Krakhead #2 – Ausilio Fantetti

Second episode of our ‘Krakhead’ serie – This time we zoom on Ausilio Fantetti AKA Oddzy. Ausilio is from Belgium. He loves to take risks! Skateboarding and rap music are his two main passions! All the footage were taken from his Krak account.

Music: Lunatic – Groupe Sanguin

Take a chance to be one of our Krakhead and have your own part edited with love by sharing your tricks on the app!

Iphone
Android

Interview, Kraken

Krakhead #1 – Felix Baillet

Here is the first episode of our new serie called ‘Krakhead’ – A zoom on one of our active member who post regularly some good footy on the app.

Meet Félix Baillet from Lyon, he’s been a part of the Krak app experience since the beginning. He regularly post really nice spots and also some rad footy! All the footage were taken from his Krak account (except for Aurélien’s hammer on La Defense Double Set).

We’ve always been huge fans of the éS Menikmati video. Some of us are coming from Lyon too and always loved Fred Mortagne’s work so the intro acts as a tribute to your work French Fred! Thanks for everything & long live skateboarding!

Take a chance to be one of our Krakhead and have your own part edited with love by sharing your tricks on the app:

Iphone
Android

Kraked

Kraked is back – #26

Kraked is back after a long time! Here are some highlights of what happened in 2018.

feat.
@yinkyflash
@tomnutland12
@thekraker
@barrchon
@jprode
@odzzy
@retinsk
@reinkaos666

Music: The Notorious B.I.G. – Ten Crack Commandments

Take a chance to get featured in our next Kraked clip by sharing your tricks with us!

Download it here:
Iphone
Android

Interview

Slappy Top Five’s with JEREMIE DACLIN

This article was featured in the printed KrakMag issue that was shipped with the ‘Slappy’ KrakBox.

Jeremie Daclin should be a familiar name by now. He was the guy responsible for putting European skateboarding on the map when he launched Cliché. Since that’s wrapped up, what’s next for the slappy enthusiast from Lyon? A truck company dedicated to curb skating of course. We’re excited to introduce you to Film Trucks.

FILM was originally created in 2000 as Cliché Skateboards’ sister company. Today, Film Trucks is reborn—rising from its ashes with unique and original designs. Film Trucks are made to carve, built for slappies, grinding pool copping and having fun on any DIY obstacles.

From the man that just keeps giving to skateboarding, here are Jeremie Daclin’s Slappy Top Five’s…

JEREMIE DACLIN. photo: RAM D’ANNECY

 

SLAPPY LEGENDS
1 – The Fellows Union Curb Club (LA Crew with Chris Pastras, CurbKiller, Scott Herskovitz, Abe Bethel, Tim Olson, Jason Hernandez and more).
2 – Lance Mountain and Neil Blender in the “Ban This” video.
3 – Jon Lucero because he invented them.
4 – Jason Adams The Kid.
5 – Everyone who waxes a curb and makes it skateable.

SLAPPY TIPS
1 – Get your best friends together for the best slappy sessions.
2 – Loosen your trucks!
3 – Make sure the curb slides. If it doesn’t, wax it!
4 – Frontside or backside, everyone has their favorite side.
5 – Make some noise (with your trucks… or yell at your friends).

SLAPPY LOCATIONS
1 – In front of your house.
2 – Venice USA because it was born there.
3 – USA in general because of the red curbs.
4 – Hardware stores because you always need cement or paint to fix the spot.
5 – Venice Lyon during my lunch breaks.

JEREMIE DACLIN. photo: LOIC BENOIT

Event, Kraker

Greetings from Holland!

A few weeks ago, the guys from SKATE48 organized the CreatingLines2018 in Rotterdam, a pretty big event with picture/film exhibitions and talks about the Holland Skateboarding History. As we are trying to keep track of Skateboarding History ourselves here at Krak, we can only salute this kind of initiative!
SKATE48 was already such a good concept! The guys were making a 2 days event with skateboarding, filming, photography and music every year for the last couple of years and it was even including a street video contest!


This year, they managed to raise almost 2000 euros for Concrete Jungle Foundation and their current project in Luanda, Angola, the first skatepark in the country.

Despite the shitty winters, cobblestones and high THC levels, Holland has a really rich Skateboarding History, a great number of talented skaters and a lot of motivation! We love to see the work of Sami El Hassani and Mr ‘Memory ScreenJan Maarten Sneep with their Bombaklats soldiers! Most of the guys in this crew are pretty famous! Some are pro like Rob Maatman (Frank Skateboards), Daan Van Der Linden (Anti-Hero Skateboards) or more recently Nassim Guammaz (Element Skateboards).

Tim Zom is also part of the crew and is a major Rotterdam and Holland character and if you never heard of him, I highly recommand you to check out this movie about his life:

It all reminded me of that edit I made back 11 years ago (fuck I’m getting old!) of the Vans World Championship that took place in Rotterdam in 2007. It was a crazy weekend of skateboarding and such a pleasure for the eyes for me who was for the first time filming on the course of such a big contest. Arto was there, and he won the contest! David Gravette was there too, Adam Dyet, Mark Appleyard, young David Gonzalez, Curren Caples and Axel Cruysberghs, the flip guys on tour basically along with lots of Euro dudes coming from everywhere, Belgium, Holland, England, France, Spain, Portugal..

Pindejo x Lucas Beaufort x Krak Collab Pin
Box

PINDEJO x LUCAS BEAUFORT x KRAK

A collab’ always feels special right? We were so down to have teamed up with artist Lucas Beaufort and Mikendo, founder of Pindejo for a special project.

If you’ve been part of the journey for a while you probably remember Mikendo from KrakMag #4. Here’s how he started skateboarding: “A kid in my high school named Kurt had a 7.35 Foundation Josh Beagle board, with tiny 39mm wheels and some Grind King trucks. They were of the “king of grinds!” haha and he got me into it. Since then it’s been the most important thing in my life and shown me things I could have never discovered on my own.”

Lucas painted the cover of our KrakMag #3 back in the day. You can check it out here and read our interview with him. For our 7th KrakBox Lucas drew for us again and we turned it into a limited edition pin made by Pindejo. We were so stoked on this one.

If you received one of these pins don’t forget to send us your pictures to show us how you wear it. Enjoy!

Want to receive epic skateboarding product every two months? Want to get your hands on a copy of the next printed KrakMag? Check out the KrakBox now!

Interview

Artist Interview – Alfonso de Anda

The following interview was originally featured in the print Krak Mag issue 2 that shipped with KrakBox #2 that shipped in June 2015. Don’t want to miss the next issue of the print Krak Mag? Want to receive some epic skateboarding product every two months? Check out the KrakBox now!

Read on.

enties_2

Artist Profile – Alfonso de Anda

For this second KrakBox, we are thrilled to be working with Alfonso, an amazing artist who has been skateboarding for a long time and whose work has been strongly influenced by his background as a skateboarder. We sat down with him to have a little conversation about how he got started doing art, and to hear how skateboarding factors into his work, and his decision to become an artist. Without further ado, may we present, Alfonso de Anda.- HK

HK: What up Alfonso! Tell us a little about yourself?

ALFONSO: Hey! I’m Alfonso de Anda. I’m 26 years old and have been living in Los Angeles, California since 2014. I was born and grew up in Guadalajara, México.

You’re from Guadalajara? Wow. Why did you move to Los Angeles?

It felt like the place I had to be, you know? Because of the type of work that I do.

By type of work you do, I suppose you’re referring to art. How long have you been involved with art?

I’ve been making stuff since I was a little kid. Probably since I was 6 or 7. I used to build things to make my room cooler and shit, record cartoons on VHS to then re-watch and pause at certain scenes that I liked, to draw the characters on poster boards. At school, daydreaming and drawing was far more interesting to me than paying attention in class.

How did you link up with Krak?

Through a mutual friend. We met once to talk about the project and then things just started from there.

That’s cool. So tell us a little more about the kind of mediums you work with?

I try to use “tangible” materials as much as I can. I work with acrylics, ink, spray paint, watercolor, colored pencils and regular pencils, for the most part. I also use my computer. And for photography I’ve been mostly shooting film with a Canonet QL17, an Olympus XA and an Olympus Stylus Epic.

Wow, that’s a pretty broad range of mediums! Have you got a formal background in art?

I’ve done some art classes but I consider myself self-taught. I started taking art seriously when I was about 16, so I’ve been doing the “same” thing everyday and dedicating a lot of brain energy and thought to art for the past 10 years. Also, reading books and learning things by making them via trial and error, you know? You know, it’s along the lines of “Man I want to make some screen prints. I´ll just read about it, get the materials, experiment and mess things up and then eventually get it right.”

NOWAX

That’s a lot like how skateboarding is, we learn tricks via trial and error. Which brings me to my next question, when did you start skateboarding?

I started skating when I was around 11 years old. I had some years inbetween where I hardly skated though, when the skateboarding trend died and all my friends stopped skating. Don’t get me wrong, skating by yourself is fun but you know… Anyhow I used to pretty much just skate street but for the last couple of years I’ve been skating mostly transition.

So what got you into skateboarding?

Back when I was in middle school, some friends started doing it and I was like, cool! I want to do it too. The trend died a couple of months after that and I’m the only one who continued skating.

How often do you skate? What keeps you skating?

I ride my board as part of my commute every day but, in terms of actual skating (doing tricks), probably between 1 to 4 days a week, It’s a little bit hard to balance it with work. The idea of becoming a professional or even getting paid for skating died pretty quickly for me, I’ve never been that good. But as I saw that idea die I also realized that there are a whole bunch of other things in skateboarding besides skating that I could do so I was like yup, that’s my spot.

That’s so true, we’re all on the weekend warriors program. So who’s your favorite skateboarder?

I like what Gilbert Crocket and Pedro Barros have been up to, I’ve also always liked the way Jerry Hsu skates.

Jerry Hsu! Hell yeah!! What about favorite videos?

As far as videos, I really like “In search of the miraculous” by Pontus Alv, Habitat’s “Origins”, Toy Machine’s “Brainwash”, Ambig’s “Modern art” is pretty cool too and Foundation’s “That’s Life.” Oh and “Bag of Suck” from Enjoi, I could go on…
Those are some good choices. So what’s your current setup like?

I am currently riding an 8.5” Welcome board, Independent 149 trucks and some 54mm wheels. I can’t remember what bearings I have. (laughs)

Going back to the art questions, when did you start to combine your love for skateboarding and your love for art?

I don’t think that was a conscious decision. It would’ve been weird if it didn’t happen actually. As soon as I started skateboarding my work was influenced by it.

But was there something specific that prompted you to meld art and skateboarding? Or did it happen gradually and organically? 

It just happened. Like I said, there is so much visual stimuli in skateboarding that I would have to be a robot to keep it from happening.

Have you ever made your own board graphics? Can you tell us more about the process? What type of paint did you use? Was it screened?

I painted my board once back in the day, It was pretty lame though. (laughs) I just used spray-paint and made some stencils. I guess I always knew it was going to get scratched super quick so I didn’t even make the effort to manually make it look pretty. Plus most of the time I’m stoked on the graphics already. Now, making board graphics for production, that’s another story.

Tell us about this art piece you’ve worked on for the KrakBox? How did you get the idea?

Re-heat is the name of the piece I did for the KrakBox. The idea came one night when I was out eating pizza, I must have had around 10 slices if not 14. My stomach was hurting like crazy and I ended up passing out in the alley behind the pizza place, I don’t remember much, my last visual memory from the night is laying down on the floor and seeing a rat eat a slice of pizza that they had thrown out the back door. That pizza place is quite rat-friendly. I woke up the next morning inside the pizza place and they fed me re-heated pizza from the night before. That’s how the idea came about.

Krak riso

Interesting. Each of these pieces is pretty unusual, can you tell us about the printing process you used?

The printing process is called Risograph printing which is like a hybrid between screen-printing and photocopying. It’s such a beautiful process because it’s not perfect, those little imperfections give each print a special flavor and uniqueness.

So that makes each piece unique and limited in a way. How does the piece you did for the KrakBox relate to skateboarding?

The piece I did for the KrakBox, how it relates to skateboarding is that it was an adventure that happened on a night that I was out skating, you know? Like we went to the pizza shop after having a good sesh and it was one of those things that happens because of skateboarding, because skateboarding is a catalyst for a bunch of other things and this was one of them. It was like a little adventure that wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t go out skating.

What other skate related work have you done?

I’ve done some work for Vans (México), and two cartoon mini-series for Supra México as well. I’ve also had the chance to work with Premier Skateshop and Ambig clothing, just to name a few.

How did you get to work with Vans, Supra and Ambig?
By knocking on doors and talking to people who worked for those brands, pretty much. And putting work out there I guess.

In terms of skateboard aesthetics, which skate company’s artistic direction are you most excited about right now?

I’ve always been a fan of Ed Templeton’s work and thus Toy machine, Tired skateboards is coming up with really cool stuff, and also Friendship skateboards. I feel that these brands are paying attention to art, kind of like how it used to be. Protopositive graphics.

Toy Machine has definitely always stood out in terms of their graphic direction. Who’s your favorite skateboard artist?
It’s hard for me to pick one favorite for everything, if you haven’t noticed. (laughs) I’m more of a “group of favorites” kind of guy. I grew up looking at stuff from Michael Sieben, Andrew Pommier, and Ed Templeton. Those genres and styles of graphics and art are going to stay in my heart forever.

Yeah, I know this is a tough one but what is your all time favorite skateboard graphic?

There are too many, I really like the Toy Machine graphic that has the words “Toy Machine” written on the fingers of two clenched fists (the Toy Machine fist graphic). Even though it’s almost a logo board, it blew my mind the first time I saw it.

Since you’re obviously deeply into art, who’s your favorite non-skateboard artist?
I’m a big fan of ‘90s cartoons. I also really like the work from Barry McGee, Jim Houser, Raúl Pardo, Nathan Russell, David Rocha, Mike Brodie, Oliver Jeffers to name a few. A bunch of artists from the kids section of your local bookstore. I’ve also been obsessing on Efterklang’s music lately.

That’s a list! I need to check out some of their work. Tell us a bit about the projects you are working on now?
I’m very exited on the work I’m doing right now, there are a couple of projects that are blowing my mind. Sadly I can’t say too much. On the other hand I’ve been continuously working on my zine “CALL ME A FOOL”, which is a quarterly zine with photos, illustrations, sketches, essays and stuff.
My instagram is a good way to see what I’m up to (@aldeanda).

Alright, we’ll look forward to seeing more of your work in that. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
I’m still getting settled here in Los Angeles, so we’ll see what that brings. And like I said, I have a couple of projects aligned but can’t talk about them. In a nutshell, I’m skating and making stuff.

Any skateboard related art projects that you are working on or plan on working on in the future?

Can’t talk about it. (laughs)

All right, thanks for doing this Alfonso, who do you want to thank as we wrap this up?

Well, thank you guys! And I would like to give a shout out to all the dogs on earth, you guys rule, every single one of you. Cats too.

Liked this interview? Check out the KrakBox  for more great content!

Box

New Product: Introducing the KrakBox

Today is a big day at Krak. Our entire team has been working super hard to bring you our newest product, the KrakBox!! Here’s a brief introduction to what our KrakBox is, and what it can do for you!

KrakBox Mag Article 2

What’s a KrakBox and how does it work?

KrakBox is a monthly subscription box designed by skateboarders, curated by skateboarders, for skateboarders. It’s a discovery box, bringing you the best of skateboarding culture, gear and apparel, right to your doorstep, every month. Once you’ve signed up, each month we cook up your surprise and you get your KrakBox delivered right to your doorstep at the end of the month. You unwrap your box, get stoked, and go skate! It’s really that simple. The KrakBox is also great as a gift that just keeps giving for that someone you know who loves skateboarding!

We are currently offering 1 month, 3 month, 6 month and 1 year subscriptions starting with delivery at the end of March 2015. The longer your subscription plan, the more you save! For now, we are only offering this to U.S. subscribers, but stay tuned as we work to expand the KrakBox globally.

What’s in the KrakBox?

Hand-picked, awesome skateboarding products. From gear(mounting hardware, bearings, griptape, wheels and more) to apparel and accessories(t-shirts, hats, beanies, wallets), from collector’s item magazines to limited edition gadgets, every month you’ll discover a bunch of surprises curated with passion by our team of skateboarders around the world. You may even get to try new products before they are officially launched!

Why the KrakBox?

We all eat, sleep and breathe skateboarding. And we here at Krak believe that skateboarders and skateboarding brands, from local heroes to your favorite companies, have so much to offer. They are why our culture thrives. We don’t want to replace your favorite skateshop, we are not here to promote and sell our own brands and we won’t fill our box with free samples we obtained from a contest. No bullshit. Ever. We want to create an opportunity for brands to promote, distribute and test their products differently. We back the brands and the shops that support skateboarding!

With the KrakBox, you’ll get to discover and try something new from skateboarding every month. Who doesn’t love a surprise? Get ready to be hyped!

Where do I learn more?

You can learn more from the KrakBox site, and we’ve put together a FAQ here. And please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at box@skatekrak.com if you have any other questions or feedback. We always love hearing from you!

I’m ready to subscribe, where do I go? Give as a gift?

We wanted to keep it simple so we made it accessible with an easy three-click process. If you think this is for you, or if you know someone who would love this, you can subscribe or give this as a gift here.

Tell all your friends, now go skate!!

The Krak Team.