BEHIND THE BRAND: BLAST SKATESNovember 30, 2017
In the lead up to our Christmas Market event at the Urban Outfitters Marble Arch store in London on 9-10 December 2017, we’re speaking to some of the exciting vendors that will be at the market. Next up, Blast Skates…
Where did the idea to start Blast Skates come from?
I’ve been skateboarding for years and still do! I guess that most skateboarders dream to start their own company or run a skate shop, to be involved within the skateboarding world in some shape or form. I went to uni and studied graphic design and illustration. Few years after that I drew the mascot logo with the dream and intention of starting a skateboard company. It had to represent good energy and good fun! I made some stickers, then some t-shirts, which in turn funded some boards! With the solid help and support of friends and people who are up for a good time it’s been a blast ever since!
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Simple, classic, playful!
What’s your creative process like?
Simply starts from being stoked on something. Be it old or new, there’s creative potential in everything. I just make the stuff me and my friends want to wear and ride.
How does design and skating coincide?
I guess it’s a cycle that constantly feeds one and other. The skating can inspire the design and potentially visa versa. For Blast Skates there’s a real focus driven on the board artwork. Using great illustrators and artists is a really important part of Blast Skates identity, along with custom shapes designed specially for each project or series.
What are you inspired by?
Tons, hard to pin it to one thing. skateboarding itself for starters! It’s so rich in inspiration, from the ’70s ’til present day with its constant evolution and progression is really exciting!
Do you have anything exciting coming up that you can tell us about?
Yeah! There’s a bunch of things in the works, a collab with the amazing Lousy Livin in Germany that will come out in spring. Some things in Japan also and hopefully some stuff in Europe too and lots more skateboard graphics!