The Carhartt WIP x Isle Skateboards x Raphaël Zarka project launched last Thursday at the Protein Studios in London.
An unconventional encounter between maths, art and skateboarding, the exhibition utilises film, sculpture and photography, documenting a series of performances, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Institute of Contemporary Art of Singapore and Sainte-Croix Museum in Poitiers.
The project originated with Carhartt WIP approaching us to work on a collaborative collection. To bring the vision to life and add a unique aspect to the project, we invited artist and fellow skateboarder, Raphaël Zarka to get involved. Raphael had been researching the work of 19th Century mathematician Arthur Moritz Schoenflies, who had developed his own three dimensional models. These specifically captivated Zarka's attention, inspired with their sculptural potential and inspiring his own work which featured within the event space, surrounded by large format images of Isle team riders Sylvain Tognelli, Nick Jensen and Chris Jones.
As an added element, Dan Magee created PAVING SPACE: an unconventional encounter between maths, art and skateboarding. The film documents the series of performances, with behind the scenes insights from both Raphael and the skaters. See the trailer below – we'll post the full edit up shortly.
Chris Jones turned pro for Isle at Colin Read's 'Spirit Quest' premiere in London last night, much to the delight of everyone in attendance. Aside from being one of the nicest guys out there, Chris has continually put in time killing it on his board and we're extremely proud to add him to our pro roster. His two new boards are due to hit stores in the next couple of weeks.
Chris's section in 'Spirit Quest' should serve as a reminder just how good he is: be sure to check out the film when it drops shortly, as it's one of the best we've seen. Thanks to all who everyone who helped out (Wes, Bryce, Fraser, Jacob, just to name a few) and everyone who attended the showing and the after party.
Check out Jacob Elliott Harris's new film for Grey Skateboard Magazine, produced in association with Converse Cons. Watch Remy Taveira, Mike Arnold and Sylvain Tognelli handle the beautiful landscape and harsh terrain of Nicaragua. Excellent stuff.
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.