Blind Skateboards See North Tour

Blind See North Tour

Blind drops episode 3 of the #SEENORTH tour with the Ride Channel. Watch Cody McEntire, TJ Rogers, Kevin Romar, Sewa Kroetkov, Sam Beckett, and Jason Thurtle destroy everything in their path.

Double Rock: Blind

Double Rock Blind

Blind comes through with one of the best Double Rock episodes yet, featuring an ender from Cody Mac you gotta see to believe.

Blind X2 Vision Interview with Mike Manzoori

Mike Manzoori

Mike Manzoori

Mike, this is your second involvement working on a Blind video. How did this one come about?

I think it might have started cause TJ asked me if I had any music suggestions for his new video part, and from there I think he might have asked for me to edit it? I’m not quite sure how it unfolded, I suppose they liked my editing of the last Blind video “Damn…” and so Bill hit me up to edit this one.

What was it like working with TJ and YURI on X2 Vision?

Yuri and TJ are both pretty happy humans with good vibes and are really good at skating, so they are always fun skaters to film. Their parts were 99% shot by the time I got involved in the project, so we mostly filmed the intro together. It was scorching hot summer days, but a lot of fun just cruising around LA with them.

Once you got involved was there a set concept or theme, or did you create one that you felt fit the project?

When I got involved the title was in place and the basic structure was set up as a 2 person video. The first few rough cuts I did went too much into the double vision thing, and got pretty trippy. It got weird for a second there, but I got wise to my gimmicks and cleaned it up, haha! Also, the music selection changed that direction for me a bit as it went through a few phases. I don’t think anyone was trying to get too deep with this one, we just wanted to show them skating together having fun.

Were you involved in the music selection on this video? If so, how did you go about choosing songs for TJ and Yuri?

I worked with the riders to pick music they were into and we had the help of Lory Vincent to supervise the licensing of the tracks. The music the riders suggested didn’t work out for one reason or another which is normal, but having a bunch of suggestions helps me to pick tracks that will work for editing and the vibe I’m going for, and be tracks that the skater will be down for picking. The music is always important but can be tricky to find stuff that a lot of people will like, that enhances the editing/footage and is also affordable. I don’t think anyone realises the headache of finding and clearing music until they have tried to do it for a project. That’s why I was glad we had Lory to help as she has a lot of experience clearing tracks for skate videos so could suggest legit tracks and connections with labels to speed up the process.

What do you think of a 2 skater video?

I think why not? These days attention span is so short, so this is a good dose of shredding.

What was the funnest part of working on 2X VISION?

Cruising around LA with Yuri and TJ skating little nibbles, they are mellow and seem to really appreciate skateboarding.

Is this film a mix of footage or all one format?

It’s shot on all kinds of cameras but the format is all just standard HD.

Any spoilers?

They all live happily ever after…

Blind Double Vision

Yuri Facchini Interview

An Interview with Yuri Facchini

An Interview with Yuri Facchini

How long did you have to film for X2 VISION?
Maybe around a year, something like that…

What is it like filming with TJ for the video?
TJ is the shit man! He’s always full of energy motivating me and everyone around not just on skateboarding but on pretty much everything else, it was fun good times with this G! WOOO!

What cities and countries did you film in for the video?
Pretty much all around Brazil, parts of Spain, Italy, and Southern California.

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What was the funnest part of filming for the video?
Traveling to new countries, meeting new people and skating with all the homies, of course!

How was it working with Mike Manzoori on X2 VISION?
It was really fun man, Mike; he kills it! Mike has all these crazy-ass ideas and really knows what to do with them. I haven’t known Mike for that long, but I could tell when I met him he would be a sick guy to work with.

Any spoilers?
Nawwwww… hahaha!

Yuri Facchini

What was the toughest part of filming for the video?
Didn’t really have that much time to film everything that I wanted to do, and a couple tricks that were stuck on my mind, but that’s how it is, skateboarding never stops; will always have something new to try and to do.

What is next after this video?
Going to keep what I’m doing now, skating and having a lot of fun – always ready for the next thing.

Blind X2 Vision is now available on DVD and iTunes!

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Yuri Facchini

Yuri Facchini

August Sale

Revolution August Sale

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Subject: TJ Rogers

Some amazing new street footage from Blind rider TJ Rogers for his Subject part on The Berrics. TJ has both his tech and hammer tricks down.

DANIEL TING CHONG INTERVIEW

Daniel Ting ChongNew York Mag Icons

Daniel Ting Chong is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also one of the artists who did a deck graphic for the new Verb Artists Series 2013 range, which will be here soon. We caught up with him to chat about his graphic and what went into it…

What made you decide to take on this project?

Doing a skateboard graphic has always been a “holy grail” project for me. When I was a little kid, I loved looking at the Birdhouse and Blind skateboard graphics. The colours were always saturated and clean; it really inspired me when I was younger to test out styles and linework. Since then I’ve always wanted to do a skateboard graphic that was officially printed by a skate brand. So when I was asked by Verb to take this project on, I grabbed it with both hands.

Name 1 thing you’ve lost and 1 thing you’ve found, worth mentioning.

I lost this amazing Ninja Turtles watch that had nunchucks for clock hands. One thing I did find worth mentioning was a stack of old Letraset packs.

Tell us more about your artwork. Why did you decide to do what you did? What is the story behind it?

I initially started with a completely different design to the one that is printed. I sketched out an idea of a boy and girl hugging each other on the edge of a mountain cliff. The pose was meant to be very dramatic with the boy holding the girl with her legs curled up behind her. The twist was that in each of their hands they had a knife pierced into each others back. Dramatic right? I liked it because it had the basic idea of lost & found, but with a dark undermining layer. On the morning of the deadline, I decided to change my design completely. I didn’t connect with the characters anymore and just didn’t like it. I then had a more graphic approach of creating intricate twists and curls out of ribbons which represent intersecting pathways. When you have a glance at it, your eye follows certain paths but gets confused by overlapping sections. You almost have to stop, look and navigate where you are again.

You do understand that, through the execution of your artwork onto the bottom of a skateboard deck, most of the replicas of your artwork will be thrown around, and get scratched and broken in the street right? How does that make you feel?

I really like that idea. It’s probably the most embracing thing that can happen to a design, where something totally out of your control changes your design in a organic way. Most of us nowadays design on a computer or sketch something out the way we want it to stay, but I think it is great that something created in a framed purpose can be totally broken and given a tangible path. It’s so boring when work only lives on the Internet, but now it has a chance to never be finished in a sense and always evolving.

Doing a graphic to be applied onto a skateboard deck is essentially just creating an artwork for a different size and shape canvas than normal. What excites you about the idea that your artwork is going to feature on a deck as opposed to doing a regular print?

To reiterate some of my answers, I’ve always wanted to do a skateboard graphic and this is my first attempt so it’s always exciting and fun. More importantly, I’m excited that my artwork will be traveling the streets, kissing curbs, rails and spinning around a lot. I think it’s probably the most fun any of my artwork will go through.

Name 5 verbs that describe your process when you were creating your graphic.

Thinking. Stressed. Creating. Re-Thinking. Happy.

Come see Daniel’s deck first hand at the lost/found exhibition on 28 November…

Some more examples of Daniel’s work:

Daniel Ting ChongStr.Crd Festival Brand Identity

Daniel Ting ChongNike AFCON Tournament

Daniel Ting ChongNew York Times Magazine

Daniel Ting ChongABSA Cityscape

Daniel Ting ChongDTC x RVCA Guitar Show

Daniel Ting ChongDTC x 2BOP

Daniel Ting ChongKidrobot Munny Custom

BLIND DAMN TOUR EUROPE 2013

The Blind team start at Vans Downtown Showdown in Paris then head through Switzerland and finish up in Italy. Eight minutes of bangers across Europe from Kevin Romar, Tj Rogers, Yuri Facchini, Sam Beckett and a quick cameo from Sewa Kroetkov.

HALLOWEEN LUCKY PACKET

Halloween Lucky Packet

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MORE DAMN CLIPS

Check out these clips of Yuri Facchini, Kevin Romar and TJ Rogers in Blind Skateboards’ new video, “Damn…”

Damn.

TJ ROGERS UNCUT

Check out the video to see an uncut banger from TJ Rogers’ part in the new Blind Skateboards video, “Damn…”.

“DAMN…” IS OUT NOW

Hope you enjoy the third trailer of “Damn…”, the new video from Blind Skateboards.

Blind Skateboard’s new video, “Damn…” is now available on iTunes.

BLIND SKATEBOARDS DAMN… TRAILER 2

Some fun facts about Blind’s new video, Damn…:

– Apparently they filmed every day for over two years.
– The footage is from various places, such as LA, Barcelona, Toronto, France, Texas, North Carolina, Amsterdam, Brazil, and Sacramento.
– There were some nasty injuries during filming; TJ Rogers had to get head staples, and Filipe Ortiz broke his foot twice.

According to Bill Weiss, “The vibe of the video is about pushing skating forward, fun and hustling in the street to make that happen.” It doesn’t take much, looking at the level of skateboarding in this trailer, to see that this video is going to be amazing. We can’t wait.