After having a conversation with Austyn I was surprised by how quiet he is, now some might perceive this as arrogance but this isn’t the case what so ever. Austyn is humble and unlike most people within skateboarding, actually seems to consider what he’s about to say before doing so. Due to the people he’s associated with, it would be easy to assume that Austyn as is fashion-focused as his ‘Team Handsome’ cohorts Dylan Rieder and Alex Olson but again, contrary to what you might expect, this isn’t the case at all – no portfolio and headshots for this guy, (though he’s partial to suiting up if the situation calls for it…)
In celebration of his new pro model, last weekend Lost Art hosted a launch event of the Rowley [SOLOS]. This consisted of a heavy street mission, a showing of Propeller and Owain John’s local video ‘Grow Up’ and a photography exhibition featuring the man himself. Due to the imminent arrival of Geoff’s second kid, he couldn’t make it to the occasion, which was unfortunate but completely understandable but the turnout was amazing nonetheless with a fantastic atmosphere carried throughout the day. With Propeller wrapped up and another part that definitely didn’t disappoint under his belt; Geoff is still busy as ever juggling fatherhood, Flip and Civilware to name a few of his responsibilities nowadays. Despite this and thanks to his unquestionable work ethic, he still found time to chat with us regarding his new shoe, filming for Propeller, returning to Liverpool and whether or not we’ve seen the last of him as far as video parts go…
When I heard Lost Art was having a launch event for Geoff Rowley’s new Vans shoe, I was as good as there. Though this was only something like the fifth time I’ve visited Liverpool and the shop, it feels incredibly familiar. Not just the places but the attitude of the locals too. In the two years I’ve known Ollie Birch I must have skated with him a handful of times but he was more than happy to let me snooze on his couch for the night so I could come down for this. At this point already it should be apparent that any misconceptions of Liverpool being unwelcoming are askew as the skateboarders from there are all some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.
Towards the end of last summer, the New Balance Numeric team were accompanied by Russell Houghton and James Messina, taking up residency in Manchester whilst visiting various UK cities on a filming trip for an upcoming web clip. Two weeks prior I’d been lucky enough to ask NB#’s and newest member to the 3D Skateboards team, Tom Karangelov, a few questions. With ‘Quids In’ debuting today this seemed like the perfect opportunity to get this very, very long overdue interview online – sorry Tom! So without further hesitation, get to know the humble, friendly and all around rad skateboarder and person that is Tom Karangelov before checking out NB# and Russell Houghten’s latest visual offering.
As one of today’s most interesting yet underrated skateboarders, I’m thankful to see Tom Karangelov has gained some recognition he certainly deserves over the last year. Following on from a standout part in Zero’s ‘Cold War’, he’s since caught attention in New Balance Numeric’s visual outings and recently accompanied Brian Anderson and Austyn Gillette as the much speculated and anticipated third amigo of 3D Skateboards. No stranger to hard work and with good ethics for it, Tom is far friendlier, approachable and enthusiastic than his enigmatic and seemingly quiet nature suggests. Having achieved the habitually thought of dream of quitting a regular job to peruse skateboarding, he has nothing but gratuity for the chances he’s been given. Someone who would rather call it quits and skate for fun rather than milk it for what it’s worth; Kirchart, for the Street League generation…
“All of the rumours keeping me grounded…”
Over the past year Alien Workshop has faced its most difficult period, with ownership passing through numerous hands, alongside icons, (both young and old), departing from the company. As if to overshadow what would happen to Alien in subsequent years, Morrissey’s lyrics that accompanied Heath Kirchart in ‘Mind Field’ have become a fitting epitaph to the final days of one of the greatest skateboard companies to exist.