Watch: Evan Hecox: The Long Way


NY production agency Dress Code have put together this visually stimulating documentary style portrait of artist and long time art director of Chocolate Skateboards – Evan Hecox. Dubbed “The Long Way”, the short clip follows Hecox on a journey through the Southern American wilderness as he talks inspiration, experiences and process, and shadow him in his workspace where he combines his photography and hand-drawn designs to create his instantly recognisable abstract artwork .

Watch the full clip above and for more from Evan Hecox head over to chocolateskateboards.com


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Gaurab Thakali – Interview


I first came across Gaurab’s work through the GOMA collective, more specifically their Nepal project. Not knowing the artist behind the work I was instantly drawn to the bold, simplistic designs emblazoned on to a plain white t-shirt and skate deck. As someone who appreciates art, but is by no means an expert on the subject, I explain my favoured style as something that is easy to digest but still manages to evoke a feeling, and for me this was the case with Gaurab’s work. Digging a bit deeper and following our Interview with the guys behind the GOMA collective we came to find out more on Gaurab, I began to see his name pop up on various platforms and across social media, gaining more attention and for good reason. Recentley out of University, Gaurab has established himself as one of the most exciting young artists in the UK, developing his own unique style full of bold lines and vibrant palettes capturing lively scenes which are full of energy.

Recently Skateboard Cafe put out one of my personal favourite graphic series of recent memory – the ‘Mode For Joe’ deck and along with it the ‘Ornette Coleman’ deck bearing Gaurabs bold Jazz inspired designs. The release prompted me to get in contact with Gaurab to find out a bit more on the artist, his inspirations and his instantly recognisable style….

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Hey Gaurab, how’s it going? Could you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do…

Hello, I’m all good thanks! My name is Gaurab Thakali, and I am an illustrator/ artist/ printmaker.  

You have a unique style, something that a lot of artist struggle to establish. Would you say there was a definitive moment in settling on this style or is this something you have developed over time?

I think its something that has naturally developed overtime, I suppose working on new pieces brings new challenges and by doing that I’m learning new things, constantly developing the way I draw and make images.

 Do you feel being based in London has influenced your style at all?

Yes, my surroundings definitely influence the subject matter, but I don’t think it affects the way I draw.


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What do you hold as your main inspirations behind your work?

There are a bunch of different things that inspire my work, the subject of a project I work on has a lot of influence, and visually I look upto various artists like the Impressionists, – Cezanne, Van Gogh, Monet, etc. 

What is it about Jazz that resonates with you? And why did you choose this as a subject for a large amount of your work?

I think Jazz is a powerful form of art and expression. I went through a phase where Jazz was the only thing I listened to and I discovered vast amount of stories about the music, musicians and its history (I was intitally introduced to the music by my housemates who were studying Jazz). I got hooked and thought I should document it, as it hasn’t been touched properly.

Any recommendations for the playlist?

Yes, I’ve been listening to –

Grant Green –  Idle Moments

Kenny Dorham – Afrocuban

Joe Henderson  –  Page One, Mode fro Joe

Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell v1

Clifford Brown –  Clifford Brown and Max Roach


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Do you have a favourite artist? What is it about their work that resonates with you?

There are quite a lot of artists I like and don’t think I can pinpoint one person, but they all have their own attributes and personal way of making art or music. It could be anything from using colours effectively, communicating ideas, making interesting noises that I’ve never heard before, etc.

Could you tell us more about your role with GOMA Collective and the projects that you have worked on with those guys?

Since Mikey started Goma Collective I’ve been working with him on visual side of the collective, so mainly coming up with illustrations for different projects we have worked on together, like the Nepal project where we collaborated on limited edition screen prints, t-shirt designs and board designs, etc.

 With your roots in Nepal, how was the Nepal project for you from a personal perspective?

It was good to be able to work on a project about Nepal finally as I’ve never had the opportunity. I approached it a little bit different from other projects, as I got to travel there and it was nice not to plan too much ahead as Nepal’s packed full of surprises and it worked out fine.




Do you have any exciting projects with the GOMA guys coming up?

Yes, but keeping this one quiet for the time being.

 Tell us more on the Skateboard Café collab, how did that come about?

My friend’s brother Layth Sami introduced my work to Rich, one half of Skateboard Café and Rich hit me up last year about working on a series together. We talked through bunch of ideas and came out with something everyone was happy with!

Was there a set brief for the designs or did they let you have free reign? 

It was gonna be about Jazz and that was all really.


 Your artwork seems to lend itself well to soft and hard goods, would you ever consider starting a brand of your own?

Cheers! I definitely want to make some clothing for sure but haven’t thought about starting my own brand yet.

Do you have any exciting upcoming projects that you can talk about?

I am working on a bunch of things at the moment but unfortunately cant reveal anything about it just yet sorry!

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Check out more from Gaurab HERE and you can shop the Gaurab Thakali x Skateboard Cafe collab HERE


Interview: Kieran Sills

All Imagery: Gaurab Thakali 

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Magenta Skateboards X Mark Gonzales


Magenta have come together with the legendary Mark Gonzales this season on a limited edition artist series, comprised of soft and hard goods. The collection consists of three deck graphics, one from co-founder and designer Soy Panday and two from the Gonz himself, featuring his playful illustrative style. Rounding off the release is a hoody and tee, donning the brands signature plant design, again incorporating Gonzales' signature artwork, this time worked subtly in to the background of the logo 

Magenta's Vivien Feil had this to say on the release...

"Mark Gonzales skateboard pioneer was inventing your fav skate move when your parents hadn't even met. As one of our ultimate fav and a friend of Magenta, it is a pinnacle form of delight for us to collaborate with the man on these limited boards and garment"

The Magenta x Mark Gonzales Spring 16 collaborative collection is available now at selected stores including The Palomino.  For more information head to www.magentaskateboards.com


Oakley in Residence: London


Oakley looks to celebrate London’s love for cycling and the city’s creativity with a pop-up residency which encompasses part creative space, part workshop this summer.

To coincide with the brands ONE OBSESSION campaign, London has been chosen to host the next instalment of Oakley’s residencies following spaces in LA, which focused around the cities skate culture. London’s population acts as a physical representation of those who chose to follow their passions and inspire others to do the same, aligning with the #Live Yours movement from the brand. Bringing in elements of cycling, which is a huge part of the cities culture, it seems as though London is the perfect fit for the space.

Having opened on the 18th of May and running until late August, the Oakley in Residence will be open every week from Wednesday to Sunday, offering a mixed schedule of workshops, exclusive exhibitions and film screenings, as well as meet up opportunities with athletes and a series of cycling adventures. Oakley worked closely with professional Cyclist, Mark Cavendish and urban cyclist, Chas Christiansen, who both featured in the ONE OBSESSION campaign, to develop the concept in London, bringing together a wealth of talent from the cycling industry for the local community to enjoy.

To find out more on the space and the schedule for activities held at the space, head over to http://www.oakley.com/in-residence. The space is free and open to the public and can be found at: 37-39 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QP.


Edwin Artist Series


Japanese denim specialists Edwin link up with illustrators Maxwell TS and Alexander Binder to produce a set of artist series t-shirts featuring original artwork.

Having worked on previous commissions for the likes of Dice and Sideburn magazine, Maxwell TS’ playful yet dark themes meet Edwin’s innovative approach to ‘new vintage’ clothing. With a strong passion for the spiritual and surreal, the Edwin X Alexander Binder t-shirt features a mystical and ethereal photograph design. Both pieces are made from irregular cotton yarn jersey and include additional graphic details on each arm.

The Edwin artist series t-shirts are available now at Edwin’s online store and Fusshop


Benny Gold ‘Duboce’ Collection Spring/Summer 2014


The Summer is a time for being outside, exploring, relaxing and making the most of the weather, not rotting away behind a desk. Benny Gold fully promotes that in their latest look book for Summer 2014 entitled ‘Duboce’.

With San Francisco’s most iconic city park as its back drop, the look book shot by Jason Roque highlights key pieces from the collection, from graphic tees and printed button up shirts to outerwear and headwear selections.

Brand owner Benny Gold had this to say on the collection;

‘We live in cities and love the streets, but sometimes we need to trade the desk for the beach and roll those windows down.
The craving for escape is in us all. Cruise north, cruise south, cruise east, cruise best.
Summertime is for shaking up the routine, packing your cooler, crossing one of those big bridges.
Eat ice cream, drink beer, wear floral. Experience the escape, even if just for a day.

Check out images from the summery “Duboce” look book below and for more information visit bennygold.comThe collection is available now at Urban Industry

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