A few weeks back a good friend of mine introduced via telephone to a fellow skater on the East Coast named Mike Battle. Turns out besides skating, Mike and I are both small business owners trying to make it happen “grass-roots” style. Mike is one of the owners of a new clothing company called Hardnox.
Hardnox is a 100% core clothing company with all original ideas and art. As soon as I checked out the web-site I knew this was much more than your average “shirt-shop”. Crazy designs and kick ass art is the back bone of Hardnox Clothing. Mike was kind enough to send out a few shirts for me to check out. Just like the stuff on the web-site, the product was top notch. Quality shirts in all sizes (even Walrus size) along with fantastic screen work. These shirts are killer. What makes Hardnox stick out even more is they are owned by respected skaters from the East Coast and are doing there part to keep the East Coast skate scene alive and well. Like I’ve always said, support those who support skateboarding. Mike tells me they are working on a women’s line up as well. So be on the look out for some killer stuff coming from Hardnox in the future. Check’em out at www.hardnoxinc.com
I received a board from a company called Welcome Skateboards about 2 months ago and since I was just getting back to skating after a broken kneecap it was my Welcome back to skating. First off I love square tail boards except for the fact that most of the square tail boards out there have 15inch wheelbases, are at least 8.5 if not wider, are long as hell, and made for fat old guys (no offense FOGs). Well I have always wondered where the hell the smaller square tails, my question has been answered. This board does measure out at 8.5in at its widest point but tapers after that point and it feels more like an 8.25in, with a wheelbase of 14.50 and length of 32in. The concave on this board is pretty mellow and if there was one thing that I would change would be to give it a little more concave. I love the graphics on this deck so all of you collectors can put one on the wall, and dream about all of your back in the day stories. By having this board on your wall you can tell your friends that you would rip on this deck except that you canâ€™t risk getting injured Also how would your boss take it if you got hurt playing kids games, I mean come on. In case you havenâ€™t heard of this guy named Nolan Johnson, he’s one the Welcome riders and he can ride a skateboard pretty good. I would actually love to see Nolan ride in a 1980’s contest because he does or has re-interpreted of the tricks from the 1980’s, except he does them better, higher, longer and crazier than any of the guys from the 80’s. I imagine that most of the pros from the 1980’s are glad that they didnâ€™t have to skate against someone like him. I’m not sure if I have ever seen anyone do disaster sweepers on the hip of the Combi at Vans other than Nolan maybe Ben Schroeder. Anyway the boards from Welcome are made out of quality wood done by guys who care about skating and aren’t out to get mass produced from China they just want to stay afloat and do what they love. Go buy a Welcome Skateboards deck and support the guys who are doing things for the love of skateboarding. www.welcomeskateboards.com
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At first I was nervous about wearing these things. I wondered if it would be hard to grab my board when I wore them, or worse what if the people on the concrete disciples bulletin boards thought they weren’t cool enough! Finally I tried out a set and realized that they didn’t affect grabbing my board at all. It was not much of a suprise however since these things are made D.I.Y by skater Rich Sanchez. He makes these right, and since he wears them himself you know they work. Since I have started a nasty habit of breaking my wrists I decided maybe it would be a good idea to start wearing them.
Rich Sanchez makes each set of wrist guards himself by hand. They are made out of 100% leather, and can definitely stand up to the abuse of skating. The inside of the wristguard is lined with about a quarter inch of foam so when you slam they will actually offer a good amount of protection. These are not only wrist guards either. They fit nicely around your palm as well to protect you from those annoying concrete palm smacks.
I sat down and talked to Rich, and he explained that he started working with leather when he was a kid. The problem was you couldn’t get stuff like this, so he just started making them himself. There was no other reason he started, it was just because he wanted it, so he made it happen.
You can get these wristguards as well as made to skate and art only decks at www.impatientyouth.com and remember if the Muttz stamp isn’t on the wristguard Rich didn’t make it!