Better weather means more skating – and that's exactly what's been happening here over the past month! As well as preparing the next two series of Isle graphics, there's been lots of travel and coverage for the Isle team recently.
Firstly, Kingpin Magazine did an epic 13-page feature on the recent Isle trip to Athens, Greece. Jake Harris wrote the feature and Sam Ashley took the photos – and there's some great content, ranging from Chris Jones's tail-less hippie jump through to Tom Knox's backside smith. Casper Brooker, Jensen, Shier and Sylvain all have significant presence too. Thanks everyone who helped out on this.
Casper just got back from a trip to check out the new Nike SB 'Shelter' park in Berlin as part of the Slam City crew, with Jake Harris, Chris Pulman and Tom Tanner. Check out the video:
Sylvain's part in the new Nozbone video, 'Café Clope', is definitely something to check out too. Watch out for the perfectly-timed finisher:
Our main man in SF, Jon Nguyen, gets a quick interrogation on the Strange Notes YouTube channel, as part of their 5x5 series:
Also on the interrogation tip, Mr. Paul Shier had a proper sit-down with our friends at Theories of Atlantis and runs through what he's been doing since his amazing part in Static II a decade ago.
The Slam City crew went and checked out the new HTC skatepark at Selfridges, London. Check out the great edit by our buddy Mark Jackson and spot all the familiar faces (alongside our very own Nick Jensen and Casper). The park looks great, so make sure you go and check it out while it's there.
Enough typing for now: that lot should see you through until our next update!
As we enter our second year of operations here at Isle, it's only right that we acknowledge everyone who's supported us over the past twelve months. To all the distributors, shops, magazines, social media followers and skaters who've picked up or featured an Isle product or team rider – thank you! Extra special thanks to Henry at Grey magazine and Jake Harris for their continued support too.
Speaking of Jake Harris, we'd like to congratulate him and the featured riders in 'Eleventh Hour' for winning 'Video of the Year' at the Bright European Skateboard Awards in January. A worthy winner indeed and we're proud to have had a strong Isle presence within. Watch for more Isle footage from Jake coming soon. Shout to Sam Ashley for winning best photographer too.
You might have already seen them in the shops, but if not, look out for our latest two series of board graphics – the first of our Artist Series with Lee Marshall (see Lee's new website here: www.lamarshall.co.uk) and the Material Series, where we worked up a trio of graphic treatments featuring our Isle logo. Paul's board features model making foliage, on top of a background image of the ceiling panels at Southbank, Nick's graphic takes two different marble textures and Sylvain's board references the Memphis design and architecture group established in 1981.
The Isle team recently went to Athens, Greece for a little trip, the results of which will be featured in the next issue of Kingpin magazine: keep an eye out for that very soon. We're about to hit the studio next week to start producing the next batch of graphics and apparel – we'll keep you posted.
The sun's out and it's warming up a bit over here in London... and on that positive note, we're signing off for now!
When we started thinking about artists we'd like to work with whilst developing our Artist Series, Lee Marshall immediately came to mind. We met up with Lee at his studio in the summer and commissioned him to create the first installment in this series for us.
The finished boards have just reached the shops, so we went over to East London to catch up with Lee and get his thoughts on the project. Mark Jackson kindly filmed and edited the interview for us, and we're extremely proud to give you an exclusive behind-the-scenes glimpse of what goes into our projects here at Isle.
Check out the Artist Series #1 in your local skate shop now and see more of Lee's work at his website here: www.lamarshall.co.uk
As we teased last week with the trailer, our four films for Dazed & Confused/Dazed Digital are now online. Read an interview with Nick Jensen about the process here on Dazed's site and check out the films below:
#1: Together | Apart
The main film, 'Together | Apart', strips back the workings of a studio shoot, exposing an interplay between skateboarding and representation.
#2: Light | Dark
The second film, 'Light | Dark', was made over two evenings and features the Isle team skating after dark. The film focuses on the atmospheric experience of night with an addition of fireworks to add a stark contrast.
#3: Stop | Start
The second film, 'Stop | Start', features Chris Jones and was filmed over two days in Wales and London. The film uses Super 8 film to convey the actions of Chris's skateboarding as well as his recent relocation from his hometown to London.
#4: Left | Right
The final film, was filmed over two days in London. It shows Tom Knox and Nick Jensen skating in synchronicity. Their opposing stances allow for some very interesting mirrored imagery.
Many thanks to everyone who helped us put this project together: much respect to all of you who gave up time, loaned us equipment and offered general support throughout.
Coming next week...
More info to follow.