Collaborations are a dime a dozen these days, but when skate companies collaborate with one of the most iconic jazz labels in history it’s really something special. This is the case with Vans and DQM‘s new release with Blue Note Records which celebrates the labels 75 year history. The film produced to introduce this new line of shoes is equally impressive and draws attention to the similarities between street skating and improvisational jazz music – which is an idea that has been explored for almost thirty years now starting with Mark Gonzales part in Video Days and Stereo’s A Visual Sound and Tincan Folklore. Needless to say, this is very cool.
Ed Templeton has an interesting interview up on Flaunt Magazine in which he discusses his art and the motivation behind it. This is definitely a good read for all fans of the Tempster and his work.
In case you missed in the latest issue, Alex Olson’s Pro Spotlight is now live on the Transworld Site. As always, Mackenzie Eisenhour does an excellent job with the questions and Alex gives a solid and informative interview about his pro career and what’s going on with his companies Bianca Chandon and Call Me 917.
In preparation for their upcoming Deckaid art show, Bobshirt posted this candid interview with Jahmal Williams in which he discusses his board graphics and filming for Underachievers. Jahmal has always been one of my favorite skaters to watch and he’s also a super talented artist and all around creative individuals. ADI had the sickest art direction of any company from its era in my opinion, so it’s really cool to hear Jahmal speak on the pro models that he had from them and what those graphics represented.