Guy Mariano‘s name was taken down from all Girl Distribution Company websites from sponsors Lakai, Royal, Girl and Fourstar last night fuelling a load of speculation that has just been confirmed on social media. Mariano is now officially a Nike SB team rider.
With over 20 years of friendship in the history pot between both parties, Guy has jumped ship from the warm arms of the Crailtap family into mainstream sports brand territory that has shocked many and excited some. The Nike SB instagram from the announcement is awash with joy and equal disappointment and hatred as seen in the comments below.
Throwing it all the way back to this 2003 part from Jereme Roger intended for Girl Skateboards video “Yeah Right”. To believe all of this gold was just throwaway. Puffy shoes, baggy jeans and a sick flow, That’s all that needs to be said.
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.
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.
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.
Girl and Chocolate team manager Sam Smyth discusses how Sean Malto’s sponsor me tapes got him a place on the Girl Skateboards team. Was it easy? Find out below and get more about Sean’s part in Pretty Sweet from this week’s interview.