The Burlington, Vermont based design firm JDK has probably done more to shape the way we all view snowboarding than any other company ever. Their years of shaping the branding and visual design at Burton Snowboards have made them almost synonymous with the world’s largest snowboard company. And that’s only part of it. Look around in the action sports industry and JDK alumni are everywhere.
Lately, numerous changes have been shifting the balance of the company founded by Michael Jager, Giovanna di Paola Jager and David Kemp 27-years-ago, according to a Kathryn Flagg story in Seven Days. But what exactly those changes will mean for the principals are still a bit vague. One thing is certain, David Kemp has left the building.
The transformation is happening quickly, more than just the typical ebb and flow of business. Kemp declined to speak with Seven Days for this story; his two-line email response to inquiries read: “No, I am not available to be interviewed. I am no longer involved with JDK.” . . . That’s a monumental change. Again and again in interviews about JDK, former clients, friends and employees pointed to the partnership between Jager and Kemp as a main reason for JDK’s success. Their right brain/left brain pairing was primarily responsible for running the firm, especially after Giovanna Jager — a brilliant designer herself — stepped away from day-to-day business to raise the couple’s three children.
Michael Jager tells Seven Days that there will be official news after the New Year. Until then, just read this story and then come to your own conclusions. It’s much more fun that way.
[Link: Seven Days]
Artist Evan Hecox has been on the Chocolate Skateboards design program since 1997. Snowboarders of a certain age will remember Hecox’s ground breaking work for Twist Snowboard Clothing back in the day.
Now, with the release his new Vagabond Series for Kenny Anderson, Mark Johnson, Gino Ianucci, Raven Tershy, Vincent Alvarez, Chico Brenes, Justin Eldridge, Elijah Berle and Stevie Perez, it’s to let him tell his own Chocolate story.
That first Chocolate car series was done from photos I took of cars that I would see on the street. I used to live in the Mission District in San Francisco and I would walk or ride my bike around and take Polaroid photos of things that interested me. I’ve always had a fascination with old cars, especially ones that anyone has customized slightly or ones that are damaged, primer painted, multi-colored, or with old faded logos.
For the rest of Evan’s thoughts on skateboard graphcis and more images of the stunning Vagabond series, follow the jump.
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Longtime skateboarding and punk rock documentarian and creator Mark Waters is hoping to round up funding to help re-open Orange County, California’s Unit B. The all-ages space, which featured ramps, live bands, and art, closed last June after being open for a year. Now, Waters wants to relaunch the space and do it right. That’s why he’s turned to crowdsourcing site indiegogo for help.
“When the doors were closed at Unit B, it hurt,” Waters says. “But I felt like it was an opportunity again — a chance to build on what we’d done at Unit B, and make it better, make it completely legal, and basically build a new spot that was designed to be what we want. Not a skatepark with a stage, but a community space designed for live music, skateboarding, art shows, record swaps, a library/bookstore, a recording studio, as well as rehearsal studios and anything else that we feel the need to create. This is a community space like no other, and we’ve proven that this concept works.”
If you agree with Water’s vision of a DIY community, click the link and offer some assistance.
Artist and skateboarder Ed Templeton talks to Rumore Magazine about his show A Gentle Collision at the Jerome Zodo Contemporary in Milan, Italy. It’s good to occasionally go behind the photos and paintings to see how Templeton’s mind works.
[Link via Tum Yeto]
Desillusion Magazine is presenting a film by Guiherme Guimaraes titled The Self Portrait Project.
Fabiano Rodrigues was born in Santos, São Paulo, 1974. He approached photography through skateboarding, first appearing in photographs as a professional skateboarder, while performing maneuvers through out Brazil and Europe. The interest in composition, in motion capture and architecture, propelled him to photograph other skaters in the city, so as to be recognized both as a photographer and as a skater. In search of a language capable of accomplishing his expressive and performatic ambitions, Fabiano has been developing since 2010 his own research of self-portraits, all clicked through his skateboard performances. . . Shooting with a Hasselblad camera using a remote control, he records the apex of his own motion in a previously planned framework. These photographs are always one off prints, exploring the history and repertoire of skateboarding movements, particularly its relationship with the city, its architecture and urban furniture.
The rest is pretty self explanatory.
[Link: Desillusion Magazine]
In celebration of their 10 Year Anniversary, the action-fashion-art magazine Monster Children has released a limited edition, hardbound collection of some of their best work titled (cleverly enough) Ten Years of Monster Children Magazine.
The book contains not only the best of Monster Children’s stories, departments, photography and art, it also includes exclusive interviews with the contributors and featured folks who helped Monster Children reach the decennial (that’s a fancy word for ten year anniversary). Mike Mills, Mark Gonzales, Natas Kaupas, Ed Templeton, Thomas Campbell, Stephanie Gilmore, and a host of others, explain why they think Monster Children is the best thing since sliced bread and how glad they are that Monster Children launched their careers.
The book went on sale October 1, 2013 on the Monster Children website and in finer book stores around the globe. For a peek inside this lush paper and ink product, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Tonight (Thursday, October 3, 2013) the AR4T Gallery in Laguna Beach, California will be hosting the opening for a new collection of art from Don Pendleton titled A Heart As Heavy As Night.
Don Pendleton is an American artist whose techniques range from creating digital and hand painted artwork for his legendary body of skateboard graphics to original acrylics on canvas for gallery shows, murals, conceptual art, and installation pieces that merge linguistics with his narrative artistic vision.
But then, you probably know him from all of his alien workshop and element (and now Darkroom) skateboard graphics. For an interview with Don from Juxtapoz, click here. The opening begins at 6 PM, tonight Thursday, October 3, 2013. AR4T is located at 1175 South Pacific Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.
[Link: AR4T and Juxtapoz]
On Tuesday, September 17, 2013 the Encinitas, California style shop UNIV will be hosting a photo show and video premiere from the boys of Brixton. The show, titled Wandering Through Central America, features the antics of Oliver Kurtz, Jesse Gugliemana, Tanner Rozunko and Troy Elmore. If that’s not enough to entice you there will also be free beer, tacos, ice cream an a special musical performance by the Flytraps. Party starts at 7 PM. UNIV is located at 1053 S. Coast Highway 101, in Encinitas, California.
As if a wooden iPhone case wasn’t custom enough, Grove (makers of the up-cycled yet stylish Skatecase for iPhone) has launched an all new wood print case. If you have an Instagram photo you can make a case.
In less than a minute, customize a case using your own stunning Instagram photos. We use an advanced custom wood printing method, producing a durable, high quality image that lasts. The beautiful maple wood grain of your case peeks through the printed image, like a signature fingerprint, creating a unique look which can’t be achieved with manufactured materials, such as silicone or plastic.
You could have an iPhone case with a picture of you shredding or your girl’s bits right there on there on the back. The downside? The case costs $99.00 or as much as the new iPhone C on a two-year contract. For all the details follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Encinitas, California based style shop UNIV is presenting a show titled Voyages featuring artwork by Andy Warde and sculptures by Stefan Janoski on Friday, September 13, 2013.
Andy Warde’s paintings create a webbed and illusional story that cannot be fully grasped with one visual appraisal. Andy combines geometric shapes, buildings, people, animals and even plants as an interpretation of himself. For more information about Andy, please visit andywarde.com. . . Stefan Janoski is known for his skateboarding video parts, global presence and his popular Nike pro-model shoe. His surreal statues in bronze and ceramic are sculpted with incredible detail and will be on display the night of the show.
The opening party begins at 6 PM with a DJ set by Chris Cote and music by Yovee. UNIV Work Shop is located at 1053 S. Coast Highway 101, in Encinitas, California.