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Todd Francis' Original Hand-Painted Pig Deck, Up For Auction

Todd Francis hand painted this classic hog shaped deck to raise money to benefit the Culver City softball league his daughters play for.  Painted and signed in January 2013, this one of a kind painting is acrylic and ink on wood (Handmade, one-off, 7-ply Canadian maple deck in support of Coach Francis), and features his recognizable pigeons, which have been synonymous with Francis and Antihero Skateboards since the mid 1990's.  Every cent raised from the sale of this deck will go directly to benefit the Culver City Fast Pitch softball league.

Ebay auction starts on January 31, 2013, 7am PST and will run for 7 days.  

Click HERE to show your support. Thank you...!

Deck Dimensions: 9.5" wide 15"WB  31" length; 7 ply Canadian maple.  

Handmade in Los Angeles with custom wheel-wells, exclusively for Equal Dist.  

Taylor Stitch, "Share Your Wear"

Please, Share Your Wear... 15% off when they share your photo.  

Below, Bob Lake in his signature Taylor Stitch x Solitary Arts, "Project Jacket" and Anthony Masters with his custom made 8.5" piglet, over-head. 

Taylor Stitch x Solitary Arts for Bob Lake Collection

Flyin' the Flannel...! or what Bob might say..."!@^%!&*"

I'm very proud to work with Anthony Masters and his family at Taylor Stitch for the Bob Lake Collection.  Today marks the first launch of Bob's flannel-lined project jacket (perfect for San Francisco and other climates which require something in-between a coat and a shirt) and an accompanying set of 13 ounce flannel-lined jeans. Support the handmade and those that have a passion for learning and creating quality products with quality people. 

Mahalo guys for making this happen to one of the best skateboaders, on and off the board... 

Video above and all photographs by Anthony Masters.  All graphic assistance by Mikey Armenta. Bob Lake shown below in his project jacket and jeans. 


Atlas Presents, "Under The Radar"

Atlas Skateboarding in downtown San Mateo is hosting, "Under The Radar," a photo exhibit featuring a great list of skateboarders who take awesome photographs.  Equal Dist's own Isaac McKay-Randozzi will be featured amongst works by Travis Jensen, Keith Hufnagel, Joe Brook, Remio, Tony Manfre, Robbie Jeffers, and Patrick Beaudouin.   

Saturday, January 26th from 7-11PM. 

209 2nd Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401 - Tel 650.401.7110

Taylor Stitch x Solitary Arts: Bob Lake Collection

My good friend, Anthony Masters and I go back a good number of years and we've always been connected through our passion for skateboarding.  Recently, he's been heading-up some fine projects for San Francisco's own, Taylor Stitch.  Taylor Stitch is an independent shirt maker focused on the ideals of everlasting quality and style.  He took this photo of myself with co-owner, Mikey Armenta, Bob Lake, and Outlaw John Baise in front of one of Bob's VW's. We made a visit to the Taylor Stitch headquarters to go over details regarding the upcoming Bob Lake Collection via the Solitary Arts and Taylor Stitch. 

Truly honored guys... Mahalo!  


Iris Skateboards available in the Mini Skate Shop

George Rocha hand-makes and builds Iris Skateboards in San Francisco. He's also known for building spots like Thrasher's Double-Rock and the FTC in-store contest setups over the years besides shredding roundwalls himself. With his steady contribution toward skateboarding, it's no surprise that he's now pressing and creating a ridable piece of art from approximately 18 broken boards, allowing us all the opportunity to revive the souls of 18 different skateboarders. Experiential to say the least...

Recycled crushed beer bottles complete the glass griptape... an amazing finish to George's boards. 


3 shapes, built as completes, with option for different trucks and wheels, are available in the Mini Skate Shop.  All completes come with Robot Guts Hardware. Also available at DLX in San Francisco and other fine retailers.  


Robot Guts - Mini Skate Shop

I'm stoked on my good friends, Buddah and Alissa for starting their home-grown hardware company, Robot Guts out of San Francisco. Support their DIY project and know that you're backing some truly fine folks who are passionate about skateboarding and skateboarders. Chuck Treece and Bob Lake ride for them amongst many others... Next time you setup your board, pour out your guts! 

Click image below to visit the Mini Skate Shop and get yourself a few sets. All hardware sizes available (0.75" up to 1.5"). 

Monster Mongo Skate Farm Narwhal's Birthday Weekend

My first and second video filmed and edited on my phone. John Baise and Mike Yacc at Garvanza in California... Bob Lake's brothers in VBPS.

 


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EZ Ryder Koa Complete By Jef Hartsel and Jay Adams

By far the best and most thought-out complete I've seen built. From the minds of Jef Hartsel and Jay Adams, this EZ Ryder complete is made with Koa wood, which is indigenous to Hawaii (now, pretty much only on the Big Island). With rich reds and browns, Koa has been coveted for centuries by Hawaiians. Pressed with love and built for perfection, this deck is a 4-stringer (Birch) with 5 laminates (Koa) and comes complete with sand casted aluminum trucks (hand-painted black and red by Jef Hartsel at his studio), 45mm 2-tone clay composite wheels, Abec 7 shieldless bearings and stainless steel mounting hardware (traditional and not drilled through the deck). 

Dimensions:
Length: 25"
Width: 6"
Wheel-Base: 14.625"
Nose: 3.625"
Tail: 3.625"

These EZ Ryder Koa Completes are from the "Product Of Design" exhibit in Los Angeles and were specifically for the Mini Skate Shop. Only a handful of these even exist.  Total made, 50 completes.  Every board is hand-built by Jef Hartsel.  When you purchase one of these completes, know that all funds go back directly to Jef Hartsel and not a wholesaler or distributor, but directly back to the craftsman. Get 1 of the last 5 that Hartsel saved for the Mini Skate Shop. Mahalo... 


Scumco & Sons - Mini Skate Shop

I'm very proud to have Scumco & Sons' true handmade goods in the Mini Skate Shop.  Out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Scumco & Sons have been steadily garnering respect and loyalty and rightfully so with goods such as the ones available below. The Rinky Dink deck is offered with various exotic wood finishes (bottom ply) such as Redwood Burl, Purpleheart, Eucalyptus, Carpathian Elm Burl, and Bloodwood. They source the wood, get them down to plys and have their board maker in Pennsylvania press them to create these beautiful and functional decks. Don't miss out on the Scumco detachable broomstick/bag Street Sweeper either... it's just plain genius.  

Click on the image below to purchase from the Mini Skate Shop. Thank you... 



Clinton Perry's Video For Monster Mongo Skate Farm

Photographer, Clinton Perry aka Lil' Rhino, spotted pools, jumped fences, drank copious amounts of beer, skated non-stop, took killer photos, shot a bunch of video and edited this gem from this past September on a Monster Mongo Skate Farm adventure. 

Thanks, Clinton! 




Todd Francis Ornament Contest On Instagram

Todd Francis has a contest on Instagram! 

For the next four weeks, you've got a chance to win a free set of my, "Tis The Season For Suicide" ornaments, available now through equaldist.com... Just link me a holiday image you think I'd like, (funny, sad, objectionable) by slapping a @toddfrancisart on it and you're entered to win.  Will announce the first winner right around the time your turkey day diarrhea has subsided.  Hope to it!  - Todd Francis @toddfrancisart


[o] by Colt Cannon

Todd Francis Interview In Monster Children 036

Monster Children Issue 036 has a 7-page interview with Todd Francis, starting on page 84.  In addition to his interview, MC wrote-up a little review for the 4-set, "Tis The Season For Suicide" ornament series made exclusively for Equal Dist.  

Todd Francis' "Tis The Season For Suicide"

Celebrating the tradition of suicides during the holidays, the "Tis the Season for Suicide" series of holiday ornaments by Todd Francis is now available.  Displaying some of the most popular ways of ending it all, this set of four ornaments features artwork by the longtime skateboard artist printed on shatterproof, white acrylic ornaments.  Sure to be a timeless hit with kids and grandparents alike, they're now available through Equal Distribution.  Happy Holidays!  - Todd Francis 

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Todd Francis is an American artist born and raised in Los Angeles.  Since 1993 he has created memorable and iconic skateboard graphics for a number of skate companies including Antihero, Element, Spitfire, New Deal and Stereo.  In addition, Todd has collaborated on signature design projects with respected brands such as Vans, Nike, Oakley, Stance, and Atlas.  His work combines often-bleak humor with environmental and political concerns, using a variety of media to convey his various messages.  

Todd has been featured in numerous skate, art and culture magazines like Monster Children, Complex, Print, Color, Slap and The Skateboard Mag, and his artwork has appeared in a long list of gallery shows nationally and internationally, including a 2008 retrospective at the 3131/Equal Dist. Gallery in San Francisco, CA and in the board graphics section of several of the Beautiful Losers art shows from 2004-05.  He is also a featured artist and speaker in the ongoing Full Deck : A Short History of Skate Art, a traveling art show that's toured major galleries since 2009.  Releasing in early 2013 is Look Away: The Art of Todd Francis, a book spotlighting his career and his art

All 4 ornaments are double-sided with only one bearing the, "Tis The Season For Suicide" graphic

$56 for set of 4 ornaments includes shipping within the U.S. 

Box of 4 white ornaments includes, High Explosives, Self Inflicted Gunshot Pills And Booze, and A Noose And A Chair 

Size: 3-1/4" diameter acrylic (shatterproof) ornaments

EXCLUSIVELY FOR EQUAL DIST. CLICK IMAGE BELOW TO GET YOURS


Ian Johnson at Park Life, Friday November 2, 2012

Ian Johnson, founding artist for Western Edition Skateboards is having an opening at Park Life in San Francisco on Friday, November 2-30 at 6pm.  

Treehouse By Bobby Asato In Honolulu, Hawaii

Good friend, Bobby Asato recently opened a new store in Honolulu, Hawaii called the, "Treehouse."  Aptly named as it's on the second floor of Ward Center. When you're in Hawaii, this should be on your list of destination spots. You'll find Jef Hartsel's EZ-Ryder Originalz skateboards amongst children's educational items and Bobby's finely curated product selections.  


Bobby and Hartsel were also featured in Blue Magazine No. 26 


Clinton Perry Photography

Check-out Clinton Perry's updated photography site featuring some of our friends below (Bob Lake, Tara Jepsen, & Ben Kist) amongst many other beautiful images...

Iris Skateboard Launch in SF

Iris Skateboards is having it's launch party on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 in the Outer Sunset district of San Francisco on Noriega. Music by Ray Stevens II.   


Check out George Rocha's interview on ESPN by clicking on the image below. 


Ben Kist Photo Exhibition Saturday, October 13th in SF

My friend, Ben Kist has an exhibition of his large-scale photographs this Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 7PM in San Francisco.  

OLIVE at 743 Larkin Street.  


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