We figured it was time for a quick update on what's been going on at Isle.
Firstly, feast your eyes on Mark Jackson's latest edit, 'Licence Free', featuring Nick and Casper alongside Blondey McCoy and James Coyle. So damn good, from start to finish.
Tom Knox gets interviewed by Will Harmon in issue 5 of Free. Well worth grabbing a copy from your local shop.
Other tidbits: Chris Jones is over in NYC at the moment, Sylvain and Jacob Harris have just returned from Nicaragua and Shier has recently joined adidas as their new Team Manager.
New Isle boards and apparel are due into stores in the next few weeks. Watch out for the new Exposure series, alongside some special edition dipped boards. Check the latest catalogue here – contact your local store or distributor for more information.
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Jon Nguyen has finally turned pro – and we were proud to hand him his new boards at the TWS Awards on Friday 22nd January. Congratulations to Jon and well done on taking the last part in the new TWS video, 'Substance'. We're all hyped!
To mark this occasion, Carson Lee created a retrospective edit of Jon's video parts to date: check it out below.
Finally, Isle did well at the BRIGHT European Skateboard Awards in Berlin last week: we took Brand of the Year, Vase took Video of the Year, Tom Knox got Video Part of the Year and our beloved Jacob Harris took Videographer of the Year. To have achieved that in under three years is pretty humbling for us: congrats to all involved and thank you to anyone who voted for us. And, most importantly, thanks to anyone who's supported or believed in Isle.
We interrupt our Christmas holidays to bring you this special bulletin: Vase is now available as a download here: https://vase.vhx.tv
We're proud to say that Vase has been nominated for best video and Isle for best team in the TWS awards. If you've enjoyed our exploits in 2015, please feel free to show your appreciation and give us a vote!
Last, but not least: a huge thank you to everyone who's supported us this year. Roll on 2016!
Thanks to all who attended the London premiere of our first video, 'Vase'. Your support was incredible and we appreciate all the feedback we've had so far. Both showings went off without a hitch: Jacob Harris, you did us and yourself proud.
We'll update this post over the next few days, but there are already a few early posts up on some of our favourite sites (see here on Grey for a photo re-cap: thanks Maksim).
Vase DVDs are due to arrive in the next couple of weeks (digital download details will follow soon), but in the meantime we hope that you can catch one of the global premieres that are happening over the next few weeks (NYC premiere details here and Los Angeles details here). Your local shop or distributor should be able to point you in the right direction. The Vase DVD is going to be double-sided – NTSC one side and PAL the other – so that most people have a chance of playing it.
To round off the celebrations, we finally turned Tom Knox pro! After the second showing of Vase, we surprised Tom with his new pro models. Congratulations Tom: very much deserved.
The last word goes out to the friends and family of Chris Massey. Chris will be greatly missed by all of us but his presence was definitely felt last night. Rest in peace mate. Thanks Dan for the tribute piece.
Our first video, Vase, premieres in London on Saturday 14th November 2015 at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. Tickets for both showings disappeared instantly (thanks to The Palomino for taking care of logistics for us), so we're expecting a roadblock. The full Isle team will be in attendance and going on a UK tour afterwards – check the poster below to see if they'll be in your neck of the woods...
For those who can't attend the London premiere, there will be showings in other cities during the following weeks, including Paris, Los Angeles, New York and several others. Keep an eye on our Instagram feed for the latest updates. Vase DVDs are currently being duplicated and will be available in the next few weeks.
Following on from there, our friends at The Green Zine just posted this great interview with Jacob Harris: the man behind Vase. Grey have also posted up a new interview with Jake, over here. Thanks for all the support and coverage!
Images of our new sets of Isle board graphics are just starting to show up online, so we thought we'd give you a little insight into the thoughts behind them.
The Curiosities series might look like a simple set of shelves – which it is – but there's more going on than first meets the eye. We had a set of custom shelves made up, which worked to the same dimensions/ratio of a regular board shape and size. We then hit up each of our pros and collated objects that related to each of them for their individual graphic.
Paul Shier's board features many things that are personal to him. Longtime friends of Paul will immediately notice a few things, such as the Coca-Cola can ("Got 50p for a can of Coke, mate?" being a regular request from his days skating Fairfields, Barcelona and other locations) or his faithful dog Bernard's collar, but there are a few other personal items on there too. The San Francisco fridge magnet relates to Paul's years spent living in SF, the well-travelled passport is self explanatory and the sugared goodies at the top corner reference his sweet tooth. The Leatherman tool (also at the top) was a gift from his grandfather, the anchovies and clementines are part of his well-managed diet - and the original cassettes refer to his love of early-mid '90s hip-hop. Each rider's name is represented by a set of cards with their initials on.
Nick Jensen's board features a number of personal favourite objects – a vase, a favourite fruit, a money plant – and also refers to his artist background with a set of paints that were used in some of his latest paintings. Books scattered throughout indicate other interests, and an appreciation of Morrisey and The Smiths is represented by a promotional postcard at the top. The phrenology ornament was a recent eBay purchase – and fitted perfectly into the space on the shelving unit.
Sylvain's graphic has a number of things to represent his heritage and background: the French mustard, the blue cheese and the grapes are a tongue-in-cheek stereotypical nod to France (as is the purple iris), while the Sylvanian Families frog character refers to an in-joke amongst Sylvain's friends! The placement of foreign legion soldiers are inspired by Sylvain's semi-nomadic lifestyle and love of exploring foreign places – and the chess pieces are a self-explanatory addition. And to round it all off, you can wash that lot down with a glug from his Pernod bottle stuffed in the corner!
The Curiosities series should be hitting all good shops in the next few weeks, alongside our other set of boards, the Editions series. More on those shortly...
Summer's here at last and we've been busy! The new Isle catalogue will be ready shortly, with our two new series of board graphics and a new selection of apparel for the forthcoming months. Check back in a couple of weeks to check everything out here before it hits the stores.
Our good friends at Grey just posted up Nick Jensen's section from Jacob Harris's excellent Eleventh Hour: be sure to check out the accompanying interview over on the Grey site too.
Speaking of Casper, both he and Tom Knox did extremely well at the Nike SB London Am finals last weekend: Casper took a very respectable fourth place, whilst Tom qualified in first, meaning a trip to the European finals in Berlin (and a well deserved cheque for £2500 too!). Check out Tom's amazing run below (filmed in segments, but the same run): only three missed tricks in five minutes! Amazing.
Tom and the Lost Art guys also took home first place at the Vans Shop Riot for the North:
Chris Jones, Sylvain, Jon Nguyen, Shier and the aforementioned guys are all busy filming for the forthcoming Isle video, Vase, with Jacob Harris. Having seen a 10-minute selection of raw footage last week, we can confirm that things are currently on schedule for an early autumn finish. More news on that as we get it.