Me and Zack have been talking about the possibility of him riding for Heroin for couple of years, I'm stoked that we finally made it happen. Every time I skate with Zack I'm like "Whoa, be rad if he gets this clip, then ten minutes later he's got whatever he was trying, this happens about five or six times a day, Zack is a beast. Here's his Welcome to part, first thing up at Heroin film week over here. Welcome to the team Zack.
Short but sweet. Announcing the first few edits from Heroin Skateboards Film Week that starts tomorrow.
It's been almost a year since we premiered Video Nasty. Time flies. Thanks everyone for your support and making Video Nasty such a success. We've been busy filming since that came out, but rather than have you wait around for years for us to make another full length video, I decided to try and do something a bit different. We have some new riders, we've also had some time to look at footage that didn't make it into Video Nasty for whatever reason, and so we're going to do the first Heroin film week!
The idea is simple, we release an edit every day for a week. We've been working on a few projects with different filmers to bring this idea together. I had a load of unseen Craig Questions stuff on my hard drive, so I edited a part from all that for Craig, called Craig Questions Raw. We did a trip to Japan with the Barrier Kult a few years ago, and that footage will finally be seeing the light of day. Our first Welcome to part is going to be Zack Krull, who totally rips and astonishes me every time I go skate with him. So this starts Monday, still working out the schedule, and we're taking over the Skateboard Mag website for a week, so a lot of the edits will be up there first.
My name is Fos, I own and run Heroin Skateboards.
I grew up going to skate shops. When I was 14, I first went to Split in Manchester, it was the holy grail of shops in Northern England, they had every colour stain of every board you could imagine. They had over 500 boards in stock according to old adverts, and I believe it. Me and my friends would go there every weekend because someone would need new wheels, a new board or new shoes or something and then we'd go and skate Manchester for the whole day then catch the X43 bus back home to Rawtenstall.
Eventually after college I even worked in a couple of stores myself, some that have gone now, as well as Slam City that is still around.
What has this to do with anything? Well launching an online store is a major step for Heroin Skateboards. I want you as a potential customer to understand the importance of skate shops and to make good decisions about who your money supports.
When Heroin started I didn't have enough money to screen boards so I would stencil them in my back yard. That was 1998, a lot has changed over the years, albeit organically, we now have worldwide distribution and 6 pro's that we support, we just put out our fifth video. We lasted much longer than anyone (Except me) thought we would. How did we last? From support from the shops and the skaters. That's all you guys out there reading this. Without support from the shops we'd have vanished a long time ago with all those other companies that bit the dust, but people that work in shops backing us, and skateboarders liking the brand and asking shops to carry it have kept us around.
So understand my reasons for opening an online store. If you have a local shop that stocks our brand, then please, please, please continue to support them and buy our stuff from there. I maintain that shops are a vital asset to our skate community and we should encourage to support them.
However, if your local shop are total pussies and don't stock the mighty Heroin Skateboards, or if you live in the ass of nowhere, then I'm happy to provide you with this accessible, easy way to purchase our products and be the envy of your friends. The number of times people hit me up on instagram asking where they can buy one of our boards or shirts is ridiculous, so now finally you can get it right here!
Welcome to the Heroin Skateboards online store.
The first Heroin Video "Good Shit" was filmed on an old VHS-C camera that I was given by a Mexican gentleman while on holiday in SF in 1996. I believe his cousin "Liberated" it from a tourist at some point, and he ended up giving it to me because it was PAL format. In those days I was utterly broke, sleeping on couches (Thanks Josh and PJ) and looking in the back of the sofa for spare change so I could buy some red licorice or dollar taco's, so to be given a video camera was a huge deal. I'd never really considered filming skating, I just skated. But I started to take the camera around to spots and got my friends to film me if I did anything I thought was worth pointing a camera at (yes, thats debatable, I know). I used to use two Video players to crash edit little video parts. At some point I started a Skateboard company and decided to call it Heroin Skateboards, I had something that could possibly resemble a video part scattered around on about 20 VHS-C tapes, some footage from an unknown up and comer from Lancashire called Snowy and footage of a mysterious hobo type lunatic who skated Stockwell known as Rough Mike, along with some very enthusiastic friends footage. I called a friend of a friend called Alan Glass, who was an editor living in Brighton and asked if we could make a video together using all this footage. I went down and met Alan and over the course of a couple of weekends we made a skateboard video called "Good Shit". That came out in 1999. A lot has happened since then, we got more team riders, we got some new cameras, we got international distribution, but we're the same as we ever were, scratching around trying to get stuff together filming with cameras that are falling apart.
So, anyway, we've put up a youtube channel that has all our old videos on there. Good Shit (1999) Everything Going to Be Alright (2002) Live from Antarctica (2005) and Magic Sticky Hand (2007) All of these were made by the very talented mister Alan Glass along with myself. Enjoy.
Gou has a really great essay on skateboarding up on the Berrics at the moment. You can see his Subspecies part up there too. Good stuff.
More Stephen Malet coverage. Interview on the Live Skateboard Media website.
Rogie made a re-edit of our guy Steve Malets part from Video Nasty, new song, extra footage, its really good. Cos it's Easter we're going to put it up at the "Live Skateboard Media" website for you to see. Steve has an interview going up there tomorrow too!
In addition to the Chopper footage, Hamaji edited an Osaka Daggers part and put it up on Youtube. The Osaka Daggers are Choppers crew, they are made up of a whole bunch of eccentric and inspiring characters. I'd say these guys think outside the box, but they don't even know there is a box. Skating with them is so much fun, watching this makes me miss Osaka a lot. Enjoy.