Cliche – Lucas Puig & Adidas

As with previous Adidas skateboarding models (think the Busenitz especially) taking design inspiration from the extensive Adidas back catalogue, the new Lucas Puig pro model looks to have drawn heavily from their 80’s tennis shoes, with a few skate friendly alterations.

For the most part, it’s a thin cupsole shoe that’s going to give you a vulcanized feel, with any unnecessary padding removed for more control and board feel. They feel really comfy and ready to skate straight out the box, probably due to the EVA (foam) midsole and sockline insole.

I haven’t had a chance to skate these yet due to the shitty monsoon weather lately, will post up more info once I do. Below colourways due to drop soon, the grey is a definite cop.

I also picked up the board (boards, couldn’t just take 1) released by Cliche to promote Lucas’s first pro shoe on Adidas. Black version I’ll set up, blue can reside on my wall for now.

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World Industries Mike Vallely Barnyard Reissue

This is amazing news for skate nerds like me, World Industries are reissuing the classic Mike V barnyard model! Looks like they’re digging through the entire back catalogue and releasing all the classic 90’s graphics (they can get away with…), 2 of these for me, one to ride and one for the wall!

 

New Deal – Ed Templeton

I’ve waited five long years to find this deck on Ebay, ok it ain’t new old stock, in fact it’s pretty beat, but super rare to find in any condition. Hoping once the grip comes off the top graphic will be intact and I can try to get it into a presentable state, one of my first ever decks so holds great memories for me, hoping this is a sign a mint as below ain’t too far away…

Stacks – Reese Forbes

If I hadn’t just set a new board up, I’d definitely be riding one of these Stacks Reese Forbes decks. Artwork by Michael Leon adds another reason to buy, at least one of these’ll be in my collection in the coming weeks..

Also do matching t-shirts with the same graphics, all the decent sizes have sold at that I can track down though, boo-hoo..


Mark McKee

I can’t wait to get my hands on this new book featuring the art of Mark McKee, during the early 90’s he produced some of my favourite graphics for Blind and other companies in the Blind stable, including the controversial Guy Mariano ‘Accidental Gun Death’ graphic.

This board and graphic holds special significance for me, as it’s the last board I bought before quitting ‘full time’ skating around 1993. I’ve skated on and off over the years, but this board really represents the end of the carefree days of youth for me, so holds great sentimental value.

Unfortunately it also happens to be one of the rarest, most sought after decks for collectors, a mint example likely to fetch a minimum of $2,000. Hurray for Blind rereleasing it as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations, sure it isn’t a slick version, but it’s screen printed as decks used to be instead of a heat transfer as boards are produced these days.

Pictured below is of an OG slick model, you don’t need to look too closely to see it’s far superior to the reisssue, appearing  to be sketched  with pencil and coloured in, whilst the new version graphic just looks too clean, like it’s done on a Mac (likely because it is). Still a great addition to the collection, just need New Deal to rerelease the first Templeton board (on the OG shape…) and that’s all my old boards from BITD available as reissues.