Andre the Giant has a snowboard posse

On the same time frame as when i bought my first twin shaped snowboard (which completely revolutionized what we could do on the slopes, after years of riding directional boards) i also sent a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to a guy in art school for one of his stickers. While skating around Boston friends and i started seeing these stickers of Andre the Giant popping up, especially around the best places to skate (we too, were maybe putting up some stickers of our own… or maybe not… depends on who’s asking… if you’re a cop you have to tell us, right?!?!). In some ‘zine i was reading i saw an PO box address to mail the artist to get one of his stickers… so i did. A few weeks later i received my envelope back with a sticker and a manifesto about what this social experiment was. Andre the Giant has a posse! i take stickers very seriously, always have. So i put this sticker on the most valuable possession i had as a teenager: my first ever modern shaped snowboard!

The artist’s name is Shepard Fairey, and i remain a fan of his work to this day. His art now graces some of the walls of my home and helped lead to a bizarre series of events that culminated in me getting my mother to come to a Henry Rollins show! For Christmas i bought my wife the ornament that is a recreation of the Earth orb Shepard Fairey displayed hanging from the Eiffel Tower. In the shipping box his company Obey Giant added several stickers, including one re-print of that first iconic posse sticker. So now, decades later, my most recent snowboard - from the snowboard shop i own, has that same sticker gracing it. We have to grow older but we don’t have to ever grow up. Andre the Giant has a posse!

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Long's Hoodies: Production

Winter edition of the Long’s Board Shop hoodies are here! Since opening in 2012 we’ve been having all our hoodies and t-shirts done by the great local company Arm Factory and our two companies have grown quite a bit in that time. We now can also say our hoodies where screened by skaters too, as local ripper Eric Santos did them up at the Factory (he also filmed this video of the process).

Come grab them in either navy or camo (true blue was a one-off just for me!).

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Review: New Bones Easy Street

Recently Bones Wheels sent us a set of their new Experimental Formula Easy Street wheels. Team rider Tristan is a Bones Wheel fanatic and these were right in his size range, so he took them out to put through the ringer. Here’s his report back:

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I’ve been riding Bones STF’s exclusively for about 7 years. Honestly, I thought it would be hard to one-up the seemingly perfect wheel. That being said,  I was eager to test the new Easy Street formula and see how it compared.

December in Maine is rough. The cold weather and worn roads make street skating challenging. Portland is pretty crusty; a lot of old brick, and rough pavement. I took to the streets to see how the wheels handled the harsh environment. 

Right after I set them up, I could tell the wheels are subtly softer than the original STF’s.

The wheels handled the roads really well, and gave me a great amount of traction when I needed it. The slight softness provided me with a noticeably smoother ride. I was equally impressed with how well they handled impact, and didn’t slow down my ledge tricks.

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Control is important to me, and being able to hold power-slides is essential. The Easy Street formula performed excellent in both categories. The wheels rode super smooth, and still gave me that same slick powerslide. Most importantly - no flat spots! These wheels are a great happy medium between grip and slide. 

Overall I’m super satisfied with the new formula; A new favorite for sure! 

Big thank you to Tom Long, and all the guys over at Bones!