Emerica Fugg Yeah ..
Jak Tonge Back D in the Devils toilet !! Photo Ranny ..
Emerica Fugg Yeah ..
Jak Tonge Back D in the Devils toilet !! Photo Ranny ..
Adam Keats loves a bit of smooth criminality … Hyped to have him on Drawing Boards !!!
Our boyard Will Kitely was out in Seoul Korea ..
Rather than make it up we asked him some questions ...
Yo Will, how was Seoul and how long were you there for?
We were in Seoul for about three weeks; I was there with two other friends and we were mainly excited to skate around all the insane spots, but also got to sightsee and hang out with some really fun people! The food and beer was incredible and our local friends would take us around to amazing fried chicken spots and just the most extravagant shopping areas and skate spots you could imagine. Besides the usual touristy stuff I had an interesting time getting some tattoos as they are illegal in Korea, but thanks to our friends we found some amazing parlours and got a couple from a great Japanese artist.
What’s the skate scene like?
The skate scene in Korea was interesting. Being relatively young, with the first shops opening in the 1990s, it had this tight knit feel to it and an excitement that attracts a diverse group of people. The main aspect that stood out to me was this sense of peaceful rebellion the skaters had, it was really going against the status quo for them to be doing what they do and as passionately as they do it.
The skate spots in Seoul are amazing; everything was marble, perfect to skate and best of all there are no skate stoppers. Some of the spots we saw seemed like they were straight out of a video game. The spots seemed to be never ending, it is just such a huge city you could never find everything. Skate spots we would session for hours and hours back home we would just skate past without bothering, because without a doubt there would be something ten times better around the corner.
Is there a central meeting spot for skaters?
The local skaters had worked really hard in getting a small plaza area called Culture Park open for skateboarding. There was a Southbank feel to the plaza and you could tell this was the Mecca for Korean skateboarding, with portable ramps, rails and ledges all set up amongst the existing stairs, ledges and hubba. Getting busy around 2 o’clock everyday, this place was the meet up!
What were the best/worst things about your trip?
Best thing about this trip was just getting to meet all these new and inspirational people and get a real eye opener into a different world – the differences culturally were really intriguing to me. Just getting to have the chance to chill out and skate whenever and however I wanted was the best experience. The worst would probably be just the usual injuries; rolling my ankle quite early on, which put me off my board for a week and also meant I couldn’t do some of my normal go to tricks.
Drawing Boards is now distributed in Europe by "Go Europe" !!!!
Here's a little article Sidewalk Mag did to celebrate !!!
Photos by Jerry Wilson
Intro by Jak Tonge, captions by Jerry Wilson and outro by Adam McEvoy
The Drawing Boards recently spent some time in Amsterdam and came back with a ton of footage, some dope photos and a write up. Here it is in their words…
Jak Tonge: “When ever the Drawing Boards go on tour it becomes pretty raw, we never know where we will end up as people who we don’t know usually hook us up.
Friends of friends to put trust in, always ends up with a win. Amsterdam wasn’t the place at first but we found a new distribution to go slake Europe’s thirst…
New riders joined the team, Ash Challis skates like a lean machine, but doesn’t smoke. His talent is actually a joke.
You know what it’s like, gunning it and skating till night, sleeping on floors, surrounded by swaying doors, fuck it get up early for the footage fight!”
Dean Robertson – blunt fakie
This was one of those impromptu stops, this dudes focus on a board is unreal; Dean jumped up and smashed this blunt fakie while the obstacle was swaying wildly. He cleaned up just in time for the Politie to politely insist we leave the busy intersection. He later showed up on the local news and Amsterdam got a quick teaser for the next DB vid.
Jak Tonge – backside disaster
Jak ate a three course meal of shit during the attempts, but the fantastic father from Fareham stepped back up to claim this delicious back D.
Dean Robertson – ollie
You wouldn’t want to do this to many times…Dean was scoping it while a session was going down at the other end and, despite “not really feeling it today”, went for the hammer.
Jak Tonge – back tail pop out to fakie
Jak worked for this one, one which I’m particuarly stoked on this as it was a real homage to tricks at Fairfield back in the day .
Louis Rose Antoine – mayday grind
Louis was a trooper on this trip; driving the whole time, bringing the teams style-point average up tenfold and racking up a ridiculous amount of footage. Here’s an early morning mayday, after a cig and coffee of course…
Stephan Schuuring – front shuv
Our Dutch representative Stephan got on with everyone so easily, and it was rad to have him in a heated session too. This yoot has a lot of talent presented with a milky style, keep an eye out for him.
Adam McEvoy: Overall this was a ridiculous trip which resulted in ten hours worth of footage to sift through, which will go well towards the video we are working on. Everyone who came on the trip did us proud – Ash Challis, Louis Antoine, Jak Tonge, Adam Keates, Liam Teague and Dean Robertson. Jerry, Josh and myself manned it on the media side and big thanks to Matteous & his sidekick Shizzles for putting us up…keep it www.thedrawingboards.com
New wood has arrived ..
Really pleased with the way they have come out and stoked on the amount of new shops stocking them aswell .. Ask in your local ..
Continuing our successful Spring release of Food for free we are releasing a summer one .
Also Skate all Day makes a return after an almost 10 year hiatus .
This was always a favourite back in the day so we have a limited run of them out now ..
And finally “The Gentlemen’s Guide to Wood-Pushing Etiquette”.
Really enjoyed bouncing ideas about with Jak and Jerry to come up with this one ..
More announcements to follow … Check the hipster-gram for daily updates ..
Drawing Boards is in the process of going HD!? On the sly I have been filming bits with VX wife. I'm gonna miss crouching in piss ridden alleyways with her pushing her buttons .
She served me well over the 10 year mark . But now I've traded the old girl in for a sleeker model for the full lengther .
We made some T'shirts with our friends at the Level Shop .. Check em ..
Here's a nollie heel for good measure ..
In other News Amsterdam Tour went off , expect some hype from that soon ….
Ash's first trick of the day .. Bk nose blunt … Instagram init ..
New decks and edit dropping May 12th for summer .. Keep it Drawing Boards kid !!
Arrr Yeah Doghead !!!
Isaac Miller has got a pro deck out . People
kept asking me when it was going to happen , so it's a real honor to
produce his first ever signature deck . There aren't many people who are
better at skating in life than on video . Isaac is well worthy and
anyone who has witnessed him in full flow knows . Isaac has
been killing it for years and this one is a tongue in cheek
representation … Also wanted to feature his 3 favorite things … Rats,
Old Speckled Hen and "Herbs of the Province" .
And Mr Jak Wrong Tonge has his second deck out on Drawing Boards .. Jak came up with the idea and I worked on it with him until this monstrosity appeared .
Loads of sizes available from 7.75 to 8.8 !!!!
Dyllan doesn’t care about what’s “cool” he just skates . A lot of it
wasn’t planned it just happened organically . All hail the dreadlocked
wildebeest !!!! Guest appearance from “The Killer” Isaac Miller at the
last minute ..
We just walk past these plants everyday and don’t introduce ourselves or ask any questions about them . So being a tree hugging hippy scumbag , I thought it would be a good look to stick them on a deck . I worked closely with my friend Laurie a skater from Guilford and a keen forager to make sure the deck was factually correct and the pictures look realistic enough .. His partner Janine was a massive help with all that too (shout out for all the help with my awful spelling) . Hyped on these , colours are spot on and they arrived just in time .
More stuff on the way …..