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UPDATE: Blondey McCoy Officially Unveils THAMES MMXX

Blondey McCoy not riding for Palace still doesn’t feel quite right. I suppose we’ll have to get used to it, though. It seems that the differences are irreconcilable as evidenced by Blondey’s latest Instagram post teasing the debut of Thames Skateboards. Blondey’s clearly got a vision; so it will be interesting to see where this goes. Check out the first glimpse of the product below.

UPDATE 10.05.19: Over the past week Blondey has been unveiling the latest incarnation of his skate and fashion label now known as THAMES MMXX. We’ve gathered some pertinent bits below. Read more about it here, and check out the fist collection here.

I formally parted ways with Palace on the 21st of April 2019, having officially put Thames on hiatus on the 1st of January, with no intention of resurrecting it anytime soon. My wanting to make tee shirts never subsided, and I had started to do so under my own name. ‘Blondey’ is art merchandise: for every exhibition, there is an accompanying collection of tee shirts that act as editions. ‘Blondey’ the brand, as I prefer not to call it, was always intended to be a democratisation of my art, and it shall continue to be so. On the other hand, THAMES phase 3 (full name THAMES MMXX) will be in every way a brand, and everything I want a skateboard company to be.

Not only is THAMES my board sponsor, it is also my vehicle to support and work collaboratively with other people. In this sense, I was looking for a team of art directors as much as a skate team. That the riders meet these rather specific criteria, of being shit-hot skateboarders who are also creatively driven, is essential to my utopian dream for a skateboard company. It is the reason that the THAMES skate team consists of Sam Sitayeb and myself.

I always take comfort in the tendency for things to come full circle, and it was with this in mind that I decided to replicate my old school uniform for the first collection of THAMES MMXX: ‘Boarders’. I should have been at school, but I wasn’t – I was skateboarding every day and as a result, I was asked to leave. Edith Piaf said ‘use your faults’ and I wholeheartedly agree. – Blondey McCoy

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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DC Shoes Drops Andy Warhol Collection

DC Shoes just released its WARHOL X DC: COLLISIONS in honor of Andy Warhol, one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

In collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation, DC created four themed capsules under the collection namely: Strength and Fragility, Life and Death, Saint & Sinners, and War & Peace.

You can browse the collection here.

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Independent Trucks Welcomes Leticia Bufoni to their Team

Leticia Bufoni is Independent Trucks’ newest team rider. The six-time X Games gold medalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil began competing at the age of 14 (2007 X Games) and moved to the United State since.

She turned pro in 2017 with Plan B Skateboards. She competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics representing Brazil.

She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in International Sports by Forbes Magazine in 2018. She also made it to Forbes Brazil’s “Under 30” list.

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