Hey, have you heard that the Word Cup is happening? Damn right you have because everyone from sports manufacturers (justified) to tech firms (loosely connected we guess) to car tires, fast food, crisps and soft drinks (really tentative now…) are sticking their logos all over Brazil and shouting about the beautiful game.
All this aside, it’s great to see someone dive right in there with some love and make waves for the right reasons. Nike SB sent five of its premier European riders - Wieger van Wageningen, Denny Pham, Maxime Geronzi, Dani Lebron and Kyron Davis - to the epicentre of football to visit their Brazilian brethren, Luan Oliveira and Fabio Cristiano in this new film ‘Brotherhood of the Feet’.
Brazil is a country most commonly identified with its rich and passionate football culture, but a similar nationwide fervour is also reserved for skateboarding. Football and skateboarding are indeed very different, yet in Brazil they are both intrinsically linked by their birthplace – the streets.
The film is a visual narrative of their journey through the streets of these two unique cities in one of the most vibrant, welcoming and culturally exciting countries on earth.
"Somewhere Else" is a new short film by our friend Tom German, focusing on the relationship between surfing and motorcycle customisation - starring John Eldridge as he talks about CMBL motorbikes and UK brands.
Vice Magazine have just release part one of their latest 'Epicly Later'd' series featuring HUF founder Keith Hufnagel. Click through to the video here where Keith gives us an insight into the days before HUF and the history of the brand.
And take a look at HUF in the Flatspot store here.
Landing at Flatspot on Saturday 7th June are two very special edition takes on the classic Air Jordan 1, the Nike SB x Jordan 1 Quickstrike in Black and White.
In the second collaboration between the Jordan Brand and Nike SB we see the classic Air Jordan 1 silhouette adorned in two colourways with premium black or white leather uppers, detailed respectively on each shoe with OG Red and Royal Blue accents. The really unique bit however is that as each pair is skated, the Black and White painted upper is worn away to reveal the contrasting (and mix matched) under coat colours scuffing through. Each shoe becomes an individual statement and completely unique to its owner.
The Nike Air Jordan 1 featured heavily in Powell-Peralta’s iconic 1987 ‘The Search For Animal Chin’ release with Steve Caballero, Mike McGill and Lance Mountain all skating in the original Air Jordan 1 which had been provided by Nike to replace the Bones Brigade members’ own worn out shoes.
In the video below Lance Mountain talks about his history with the AJ1 and his thoughts behind the inspiration for the concept.
You know the drill with the Nike SB special editions; they are very limited indeed and bound to fly out so don't forget to set your alarms. (FYI, they go on sale at 9am)
Announced this week and set for release to tie in with 2014’s Go Skateboarding Day (June 21st), Nike SB have unveiled the newest signature silhouette from Paul Rodriguez, the P – Rod 8.
Although influenced by the Air Jordan’s impact on Skateboarding, the Nike SB P – Rod 8 continues to play against the legacy with innovative use of new technology for a thoroughly modern skateboarding shoe.
The dynamic and adaptive fitting Flywire cables are a standard for a Basketball shoe, but coupled with 360° Nike Lunarlon for cushioning and a Hyperscreen+ traction layer the Nike SB P – Rod 8 is nothing short of revolutionary.
Paul Rodriguez talks about the Nike SB P-Rod 8 in a short video below with legendary skater Lance Mountain.
Full Flatspot release and conformation date to follow.