We've got a new brand in store - you may have skated with it's founder, Tristan Anderson. Here's an introduction to Tristan and to Ambient Apparel so you can get to know both... LBS: Tell us about yourself, where are you from, how long have you been skating and your favorite place to skate TA: My names Tristan Anderson, I'm 18 years old from Camden, ME. I've been skating for almost 7 years now. My sponsors are Underground skateboards, Flowfold, and Gnark Skateboarding. My favorite place to skate would definitely be Boston!
LBS: What do you do to get through these long winters in Maine, when you're itching to skate TA: I just try and go to the Bath indoor park whenever I can, Rye Airfield occasionally. But if I really need to skate I go to my local Hannaford because they have a big overhead (roof thing) leaving a small little space of smooth ground dry. LBS: Why did you start Ambient and where did the name come from TA: For a year or so now I've been into fashion and clothing, but revolving around the skateboarding style. I just wanted to do my own thing, and make cool clothes people would be stoked on. So far the feedback has been really positive and my friends and local skaters like it. I couldn't be happier! The word "Ambient" can be defined a lot of different ways, but overall its a word to describe things that are good, soothing, relaxing, etc. There isn't really a whole lot behind the name, other than it being a great word.
LBS: Tell us a little about the process of how you picked where the hats would be made TA: Finding where I wanted the hats printed was probably the most challenging aspect of this whole project. I searched for months online looking for a place I could get good quality hats made and still be able to afford them. At first, I tried a blank 5-Panel wholesale site. The result was alright, but wasn't really what I was looking for. Finally I found a company from New England and we exchanged emails for a month or so. I told them what I was looking for and from there the company started to really shape. The final product came out really great, the quality is amazing, and most importantly they are made in the USA. Having them printed in the United states is important to me, because it gives back to our economy and the quality always seems to be better. That's what I want this company to be about, delivering the highest quality products, and to support the local economy/skate scene.
LBS: Are you the one designing the hats & clothing or are you working with someone, or a team TA: Yes, I do all the designing for the clothing and run it myself. There are a couple collabs in the works, but those wont be out for a while. As for our website, it is being created by James McIntosh at Underground Skateboards. Our photography is usually done by myself, or my friend Ben Resek.
As for sponsoring riders, we do have a very small team at the moment. It consists of: Tim Casey (North-Andover, Massachusetts), Noah McIntosh (Savannah, Georgia), and myself. We currently aren't open for sponsorship, but I hope that changes in the near future.
LBS: What's your dream skate spot TA: My dream skate-spot would have to be anywhere in Cali. I would love to skate the spots I see in the videos. They always looks so smooth and perfect, it would be such a fun place to skate!
LBS: We're psyched for you, and happy to have Ambient Apparel in the store. We love to help out skater owned companies. It's great watching you skate here in Maine and now to be able to help you get Ambient off the ground. TA: I would just like to send a huge thank you to my sponsors, Long's Board Shop, and anyone who has helped or supported the company so far!