I think the problem, or at least part of it, is that he's just taken superficial things from other companies/projects/areas he likes and cobbled them together rather than building something more cohesive and substantial.
Some of the stuff discussed in the Transworld interview about the two camps skating is splitting off into (one side technical, sporty, the other lifestyle, image) was pretty depressing, both seem kind of dull to me. The way he described the "lifestyle" side paints the more technical, sporty side in a better light, imo. I think there's more to admire in someone actually improving their craft and pushing themselves than just doing it to look good. Seems like both options are a manufactured, superficial image of skating though. There's obviously a middle-ground with people who just get on and do whatever they like.
"Cool" is a byproduct anyway, you have to be doing something other than trying to be cool.
How is Bianca Chandon doing in the UK ?
sold in supreme only, don't think he's really after complete saturation.
he's sorting out international shipping on the website 'soon'.
It does not exist here, I have never heard anyone mention it.
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Cant imagine kids asking for it but wanted to hear from sos owners and that.
And im sure he's not looking for mass distro but i'd have thought he'd want it it in the 'cool' european cities with the classic house music.
Freshkid - Is that comment based on Bianca Chandon as a company your perception of Alex Olson as a bratty spoilt rich kid ?
I think there's a debate to be had regarding cultural appropriation in relation to Bianca Chandon; Olson's co-opting of gay culture as a usp feels somewhat distasteful, doesn't appear to be much in the way of substance behind the decision other than being 'edgy'. Happy for him to prove me wrong but I haven't seen him say much about it other than laughing about people thinking he's gay, saying BA gave him a book about Fire Island and some vague musings.
I think you are right in certain regards. Yes, there is a debate to be had about his co-opting of gay culture. And yes, there is a serious danger of that being distasteful. a very real sense of 'Cashing Cheques At A Bank Where You Hold No Account'.
Safe that you are prepared to be proved wrong. Me too.
I think it's working. I'm only seeing him getting more involved in dance music and developing a deeper understanding of the history and the culture. I think he is really eager to learn.
Basically, at first I thought i was witnessing a trainwreck . Impressionable cool dude wastes skateboard talents, discovers Fire Island and Paris Is Burning , rashly starts skateboard company , gets it all oh so horribly wrong.
But i think it's maybe more a case of - bored skateboarder gets really into house and disco. Befriends some DJ's and other non-skater types, has a bit a bit of an eye opener, goes dancing a bunch and has a go at combining his interests in the form of a rather vague skateboard company. Making it all up as he goes along. Quite prepared to fail.
I'm pretty sure a percentage of the recent board sales are going to some sort of LGBT awareness thing. Which does show a level of understanding outside of simply appropriating imagery, so fair play to him.
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