Girl & Chocolate’s Going Dumb Up The 101

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Enjoy this fun trip to San Francisco with Girl and Chocolate aficionados. Rad to see Malto skating again after that awful injury. Jerry Hsu is skating too.

This tour trip video also Stevie Perez, Rick Howard, Vincent Alvarez, Elijah Berle, Chris Roberts, Justin Eldridge, Brandon Biebel, Raven Tershy and Johnny Jones.

Chocolate Skateboards Epicly Later’d episode 3

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The 3rd installment of Chocolate Skateboards’ 20 year Epicly Later’d series sees Las Vegas ripper Kenny Anderson in the spotlight discussing his admiration for Brian Lotti as he grew up skating for Chris Miller’s Planet Earth. Marc Johnson‘s journey to the sweet side also makes up half of this episode with tales of the Chocolate Tour, Evan Hecox’ classic artwork and portrait graphics that still remain a huge part of Chocolate’s identity for two decades.

If you missed the first and second episodes from this must watch series from Vice, scroll down and take all of this history in.

Stevie Perez Camby edit

Lakai have taken Skate Edit of the Week with Stevie Perez in cruise control shredding LA streets in a pair of the new Camby’s that are on their way to your local skater owned shop.

Control is just one of the words that springs to mind from this amazing edit. Click play for two minutes of steez from Chocolate Skateboards’ newest pro.

Lakai Marc Johnson Thrasher KOTR shoe

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You can pretty much tell straight away as your feet hit a new pair of kicks if they are going to be able to withstand the forces of nature that skateboarders are up against on a daily basis. Three weeks before my toes hit these new Marc Johnson’s, I was skating another pair of skate shoes that i’m sure were not even made for skateboarding, and just pushed out their to service the Dad brigade like so many are these days. Those shoes gave me a tasty heel bruise and didn’t have any cushioning whatsoever, but these new Lakai’s are the complete opposite, and enabled me to really have a crack at some new stuff due to the confidence factor. On first skate, straight out of the box, I knew I could run out of tricks and be confident that my heels were not going to be pummeled. The result, the best fucking sessions ever. Seriously.

I guess every brand has some sort of marketing chit chat to give their products but the Lakai people call it ‘Pu Shock’. It’s that crucial support needed, that’s derived from their design of absorbing impact through the sole. The last time I had a Pu Shock was back in 1991, whilst living in a student house full of skaters. The garage was housed as a dumping ground and had a blue bucket in the middle to host the eggs. The contents of this amassment were poured over a neighbours car on the eve of an LSD party that got out of hand and took the party to complete standstill. Confusion amongst many who were present was indeed priceless. Their faces bemused, disgusted and generally twisted like liquorice sticks.

Anyway, back to the shoes. These are by far the best kicks that have graced my feet this year and even come with a little Thrasher logo on the heel and KOTR branding on the tongue if you fancy the collab version. If not, they also come in various colour ways without. Put them on your Xmas list today.

Pretty Sweet UK Premiere gallery

Photography by Ben Larthe

As the Trunk Boyz were getting tattooed in an ink joint down the road and necking sake bombs, art was being hung in the Hoxton Hotel, hair was being pulled at the Richmix, and a steady wave of people from all corners of the country started to fill the cinema to see Pretty Sweet.

Despite the fact that the team riders were fresh off the plane from the US premiere, the overall vibe was chilled and the Girl fam were certainly hyped on bringing this to London. The film played, the tricks flowed, the beers and cocktails spilled, and the spoilers will remain elsewhere for now whilst the film premiere’s across Europe.

One word that will spring to mind when you get to see this production for the first time is ‘fun’. The Girl and Chocolate teams and crew obviously had large portions of the good stuff filming this over a 5 year period. Look out for the DVD that will be hitting your local skate shop in the next week, or get ready to download it from i-Tunes on the 27th.

Thanks to all at Girl and Chocolate, Diana and all at the Hoxton Hotel for accommodating us on the night and the Never Mind The Art Dump exhibition that runs until December 7th. Thanks to Tiger Beer, all at Form Distribution, Ben Larthe, and everyone who returned home on the night without stealing from The Art Dump. Karma is certainly a beautiful beast. Enjoy.

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Never Mind The Art Dump launches at the Hoxton Hotel

If you were at the Pretty Sweet UK premiere last night you may have ended up back at the Hoxton Hotel where you will find some treats hanging on the walls. For the next three weeks, the hotel will host Never Mind The Art Dump, an exclusive art show brought to you by Crossfire and Form Distribution.

Never Mind The Art Dump is showcasing iconic posters of the Girl & Chocolate Film Archives, re-interpreted versions of those posters, as well as exclusive skateboard decks and 8 brand new prints from their new feature, ‘Pretty Sweet’. This work will run from Tuesday November 20th through to December 7th at The Hoxton Hotel, 81 Great Eastern St, London, EC2A 3HU and is free entry. Prints from the show will be available to purchase soon. Look out for details.

From Mouse to Goldfish, Yeah Right, Fully Flared and now Pretty Sweet, Spike Jonze’s work has graced skateboarders screens since 1992 with some of the most iconic skateboard videos ever made. This exhibition, allows visitors to revisit some of skateboarding’s classical moments made up of The Art Dump‘s most creative work force.

The Art Dump is the name tagged to a team of like-minded creative misfits who work under the same flat roof in Torrance, California. They are, essentially, The Girl Skateboard Company’s full-time art department. The veteran, Andy Jenkins (Bend Press) uses his title as art director loosely. He considers the crew a co-op and lets it operate that way, with each artist bringing their own unique, individual vision to the Girl brands.

The current team roster includes: Eric Anthony (The High Desert), Hershel Baltrotsky (Art Raffle), Jeremy Carnahan, Michael Coleman (Michael Coleman Studio), Christian Morin (M District), Andy Mueller (The Quiet Life & Ohio Girl), and Chris Waycott.

That is the simplest way you can break down the Art Dump, though it’s not really that simple, for each of these people has a myriad of interests, talents and mediums. As a group, and individually, they work in both commercial and non-commercial worlds. Sometimes these worlds collide and that is where the Art Dump’s collaborative projects exist — amidst the rubble and question marks of a crash site of graphics and fine art.

There are others who flow in and out of the Dump, offering their own abilities from time to time and working in the collaborative environment with the core group. Those include: Spike Jonze, Evan Hecox, Lori Damiano, Thomas Campbell, Rick McCrank, Brian Anderson, Marc Johnson, Brad Staba, Andrew Pommier, and Edith Abeyta. Alumni of the Art Dump include: Rob Abeyta Jr., Bucky Fukumoto, Johannes Gamble, Bob Kronbauer, Tony Larson, Michael Leon, Kevin Lyons, Geoff McFettridge, Jordan Mitchell, and Misato Suzuki.

Visit the Hoxton, grab one of their incredible burgers and a beer and enjoy what’s on show.

Remaining Pretty Sweet UK premiere tickets online

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The final 45 tickets for Girl and Chocolate Skateboards’ brand new video ‘Pretty Sweet’ are now online at £6 each. Get them quick as they will go like hot cakes. Girl and Chocolate team riders Raven Tershy, Elijah Berle, Rick Howard, Cory Kennedy, Vincent Alvarez and Stevie Perez will be in attendance on the night.

The film starts at 5.45pm, hosted by Form Distribution and Crossfire. You will need to be in the venue well in advance to take your seat. You will also be asked politely to hand in your phones and any other recordable devices on entry. You will be able to retrieve these after the film.

Tickets can be bought from here. Look out for a comp to win a deluxe boxset, full set up and much more next week PLUS daily random swag on our Facebook and Twitter pages this week.