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Foundation Taylor Smith featured New Jack Interveiw on The Skateboard Mag

Taylor Smith aka T-Spliff has an epic New Jack interview featured in The Skateboard Mag issue #123! Pick up a copy today at your local skateshop.
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Photo: Bart Jones
Frontside Flip
Posted April 21st, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Foundation Skateboards: Dakota Servold

Foundation Skateboards presents a new video web edit with Dakota Servold.

Video by Don Luong
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Posted April 18th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation New Foundation Pro Series: The Color of Women

"An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms." - Salvador Dali
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Posted April 17th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Corey Duffel on Thrasher Radio with Jake Phelps

Corey Duffel is on episode 18 of Thrasher Radio with Jake Phelps. Talking points include Think, big ollies, death rock and sound-wise you got The Cure, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Thin Lizzy and more. Tune in here on Thrasher Magazine
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Posted April 9th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation T-Spliff via Phoenix, Arizona

Taylor Smith (T-Spliff) and Secret Society member, Cody Subido headed east over the weekend for Cowtown's PHX AM. In between runs of the contest, these two and their friends hit the streets of Phoenix, including some of the amazing skateparks Arizona has to offer.

Photos shot by Crisitan Pirovano


Classic spot, classic trick. T-Spliff melon grab at Beardsley Banks.


Don't tell these north county bros it's "dry heat" in AZ.

Cesear Chavez Skatepark in Phoenix is one of the many great parks to hit.



Frontside Flip


Subido, Nollie Flip


Nollie backside flip, Cody Subido


Taylor dips in the desert.


Saltwater River mission is the perfect way to cool down after hitting the streets.
Posted April 8th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Taylor Smith : Foundation Super Sounds : Top 5 Playlist

Taylor Smith delivers another Top 5 Spotify Playlist.

Posted April 3rd, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Roll Call: Braxton Powers - Transworld Skateboard Magazine

Get the scoop on Riverside’s low key killer Braxton Powers. From working two jobs, to commuting out to the LBC to stack clips, Braxton is as hard working as they come. Check out his Roll Call and read a quick interview here.  - TWS

Posted March 27th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Foundation Secret Society Interview: Cody Subido

Check out a new Foundation Secret Society interview with Cody Subido. He's shares how he had 1/3 of his skull removed a year ago and how he's bounced back on his board. Lots of rad photos and interview here.
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Posted March 21st, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Merlino's Madness

ADHD is the diagnosis... Nick Merlino is mental.
Posted March 13th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation FoSkCo Files: Daniel Cutcliffe Interview



You come from a skate family, right? Who all skates in your family and how'd you first get into skating?
Yeah my oldest brother Pete got me into skateboarding when I was 5 and my middle bro just kept pushing me when I'd skate with him and his friends growing up. 

What are some of first memories about Foundation Skateboards?
I got hand me downs as a kid from the homies at Faith and one was a Foundation, I started backing the Yeto wood after that, I also watched Art Bars when I was like 8 which is a favorite video of mine. 



How and when did you first start getting flowed from Foundation?
Peter Karvonen (Faith Skate Supply owner) knew a rep named Reese and I guess they sent my footage to Sinclair? Not sure how it all happened but it worked out and I've been skating F's for 7 years now. 

Over all the years, how many minutes you think you've spent lurking in Faith? What's some of your favorite things about Faith Skate Supply?
I've been lurking around Faith for 17 years now and the best thing about Faith are all the homies I've met over the years, and Faith is a kick ass Core skate shop! 



Having grown in the Birmingham skate scene your whole life, what are some of your favorite things about the BHam skate scene?
The Bham skate scene has been growing so I guess that's the sickest thing, the skate scene has no skatepark in Birmingham so we skate the streets or drive to an indoor park 45 minutes away. 

I saw you and some homies were recently pouring some concrete for a DIY spot. What's the update on that. Do you guys build spots often?
We were building a qt. pipe and it's looking pretty good, if spots get built though it is all Peter to thank for afterwards since he puts most work into em, but we're all willing to help for sure! 

What's some of your favorite things you seen go down on the Ghetto Banks?
I saw Darren Navarette hand plant as he drug his tail down the fence for a tail smack on the way back in, I filmed one trick for R2B and it was Gravette doing a kick flip foot plant on the fence which was epic, but watching my buddy Jacob Hayes blasts big back side airs which is ridiculous. 



What is your idea of a perfect skate session/spot?
Perfect session is hitting the street with all the homies and watching them go for it gets me hyped. 

As Sinclair said: Two back to back ACL blow's and you still managed to come through will a kick ass part for Faith Skate Supply's latest video "Reason 2 Believe". How long did you take to film that part and your Wild Power part? Were both ACL tears around filming both of these parts?
It took about one year to film my Wild Power part, than tore my 1st one, when I finally got back on my board it took about a year and a half to film R2B until I tore my 2nd. 


How old were you when the first Reason to Believe video came out? What was it like for you when it first dropped and what skaters did you look up to in the vid?
I was 14 when Reason to Believe came out, I was stoked because it was a big deal, I grew up waiting on that video to come out and it was solid all the way through, Gilley, Hardy, and Rakestraw killed it, but Peter has the best part. 



Heard you're moving out West soon. Where abouts are you moving and what inspired the move?
I want to either be in Long Beach or San Diego, I just want to be around people skating all the time and having fun, doing the American dream basically.

That's awesome, looking forward to having you out here!

Photography by Daniel Lawson
Interview by Tyler Culbertson
 
Posted February 27th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Dakota Servold : Thrasher Magazine ad for the F!

Pick up the new April 2014 issue of Thrasher Magazine to check out the SOTY interview and all the hilarious T-Eddy awards. Dakota and more of the Foundation team has some classic awards in there.
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Posted February 26th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Gimme Gimme Interview: Ed Syder & Tod Swank

In honor of the Corey Duffel Gimme Gimme re-issue ; Foundation Super Co. head honcho Tod Swank interviewed Ed Syder. Ed created Corey Duffel's first pro model skateboard for Foundation, by winning the Gimme Gimme graphic contest.


T: Hey Ed. How have you been? Whatcha been up to these past ten years? 

E: Hi Tod, I'm good, I got married last year and I work as a primary school teacher now. I teach 5 year olds so that's a pretty full on job. I still skate, so that's 25 years strong now. I skate at all the concrete parks we have here in London and there's a skate session they have once a month under the Westway where you have to be like over 30 to be allowed in. Good times.
 
T: Good to hear that you still enter the Shred Zone! Rad.

T: How old were you ten years ago? What were you doing then?

E: I'm 37 now so I was 27 back then. I lived in Manchester and was trying (not very hard) to make it as an artist. I was doing posters and art for my friends and the occasional paying job for magazines and record companies, that sort of thing. I had day jobs in restaurants and supermarkets to pay the bills. Little or no responsibilities.

Photo Ed Syder around the time he won the Gimme Gimme graphic contest, 10 years ago.

T: What were you thinking about when you entered your graphic for Corey ten years ago?

E: I just remember that I had a post-it note on the wall above my computer saying something like 'ENTER FOUNDATION CONTEST! DO IT!' I almost didn't get round to doing it! It didn't take long, I just drew some pictures of the Ramones and the one of Dee Dee came out the best.


T: Did you think you would win? How did you feel that you were picked out of all the graphics we got from all over the world?

E: I hoped that I would win! I certainly didn't think I would. I was over the moon when I got the email. This was before the internet was like it is now, so all I could do was like jump around the room and ring my friend on the phone. I couldn't show off about it on Instagram or whatever I'd no doubt do if I'd won it now.
 
T: Ha that's funny. Pre-internet social media days. I remember those days. 
Do you still have one of those boards?

E: I do, it's hanging on my wall. I was sent two, one got skated, one for the wall.
 
T: Rad. We just re-issued your graphic, so we'll send you two more! 

T: Are you known as the guy that did Corey's first pro graphic out there? I hear you are a accomplished and in demand artist nowadays?

E: I don't think I am. My art career didn't really go anywhere. I was never very comfortable with the whole business side of things. Having to draw things that I didn't want to for money. An art director once grabbed my arm when I was drawing him something in a meeting, and said "no, like this..." and I knew right then that being an illustrator wasn't for me.I had my first graphic novel 'My Skateboard Life' published last year by Blank Slate Books and I have a new one out this year, so doing comics and teaching is working out pretty good for me and the moment.
 
T: Someone told me you are a acclaimed tattoo artist - misinformation. Teacher is awesome and graphic novels are cool too. Good job. 
 
Thanks a lot Ed.

Posted February 21st, 2014 by Swank

Foundation Thrasher presents: Shep Dawgs Tape Deck with T-Spliff

"It's not just what you do, it's how you do it. Taylor Smith aka T-Spliff gets buck with power and finesse. Enjoy this behind the scenes look from the Shep Dawgs crew."- Thrasher Magazine
Posted February 20th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation $30 board SALE for Valentines Day!

Don't waste your money on a date tonight. Buy a board here, instead.
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Posted February 14th, 2014

Foundation Ryan Spencer: Foundation Super Sounds: Top 5 Playlist

.Ryan Spencer presents our latest Top 5 Spotify Playlist for the Founation Super Sounds. 

Posted February 13th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation F-Stop Photographer Interview: Don Luong


Don Luong is one of our resident filmers for Foundation and the other Tum Yeto brands. For our latest installment of the F-Stop Photography Interviews, we wanted to catch up with him to see and hear about  the photographs he's been shooting lately.

Hi Don. You're a full time filmer for Tum Yeto, but I see often with a 35mm camera in tow. What kind of pictures are you shooting when you're not filming at skate spots?

I'm usually just shooting photos of the bros looking cool and doing the awesome stuff they do everyday.

 When did you first start shooting photos?

My first experience with actually holding a camera and shooting was probably around my senior year of high school when I took a photo class. That was right before digital photography took over so there was still a dark room and I got to learn the process it takes to make your own prints.  I was so blown away at how precise you had to be to make the perfect print. I remember messing up a lot but the photos were still turning out cool. That's when I realized photography was kick ass.



What type of camera(s) you shoot with?

An Olympus 120 and an AE-1.  You could probably find both of those at any pawn store. They're super common and easy to use.

Are there certain elements that inspire you to shoot photos?

I really just enjoy shooting photos of the bros. I've traveled for a year straight with the same group of people and they have all become my best friends.  So there's that level of comfortability of being able to get into someone's face even at their most vulnerable moments to shoot their photo.  It's also awesome to look at a huge stack of 5 x 7's and reminisce on all the places I've been and people I've met over the years. The difference between holding a print you've shot, to looking at a little photo with 10 filters on your iPhone is insane. The print is always gonna have more sentiment.



Was there a certain point when you decided to shoot video full time, over shooting photos?

I actually started filming before shooting photos. So video was always my first interest. Those two go hand in hand, so as I was learning how to film I took those basic guidelines and applied them to photography. I still have no idea what I'm doing out there though, haha.

How did you get your first start in filming skating?

It was never  a conscious decision to become a skateboard filmer for a living, I just did it cause it was fun. I grew up skating with Kevin Romar, Nick Garcia and Julian Davidson. Those dudes were on such a different level than me growin' up, so I found myself filming them more than skating. We used a High8 camera and our fisheye threading didn't match our camera, so you would literally have to hold up the fisheye with your other hand. Extra bootleg, hahaha.  We would film all day, rewind the tape to the beginning and watch the entire thing on the TV.  It became a really addicting lifestyle. Eventually everyone started getting sponsored and I bought a VX and we became our own little crew. It's a real trip seeing where skating has taken all of us over the years. I have those dudes to thank for starting me off on the right path for sure.  



That's awesome. Do you remember the first Tum Yeto skater you started filming with?

JLay (Johnny Layton) most definitely. He had just moved 2 blocks from our local park EL DO and we met through mutual friends. I just started hanging around and skating with him a bunch. Through him I met all the Yeto bros and we've been bro'in ever since.  

What's the first full length vid you made. Who was all in that vid?

"TA-HA". It was a Furnace Skateshop video with all the local riders I grew up with. Nick Gar, Ju ju,  Alec Jamir, Billy Davenport, Brian Price, Jordan Vititow, Michael O'toole, and Derrick Wilson. I'm finishing up the sequel "Tee-Hee" and it definitely won't be out by the time you read this.



 What led you to becoming the full time Dekline filmer?
 
Up until real recently I was working for Vans. It was a filming/editing job but i was working with a lot more art/fashion based type things than skating. I found myself in an office from 9-5 everyday, editing videos of things I really wasn't interested in. My bosses were awesome, the money was good, but I soon realized that it wasn't filming and editing that I loved as much as it  was being in the streets with my friends everyday filming skating. I spent a little over a year doing that while just street skating as much as I could on the weekends. I was losing it pretty much. Then one faithful day Sinclair called me said the crew was down and that he wanted me to make the Dekline video and work for the Yeto. He got me out of there and showed me the light. Thanks Mike.



What filmers have been an inspiration to you growing up?

Kevin Barnett, Ricki the dude, Cole Mathews, Matt Bublitz and  Dave Hoang.  Just all the local dudes I grew up around, watching film and edit. All those guys are awesome and have taught me a lot.  It's seriously a trip working along side KB (Kevin Barnett). I grew up watching all the Toy (Machine) vids and now I'm making a video with him. Its insane.

 Any photographer that you draw inspiration from. In or outside skateboarding?

 I recently went on a trip with Jonathan Mehring. He rules and so do his photos.  



He's one of my favorites too. How about filming missions. You're almost guaranteed to get into a sketchy situation at some point. Any crazy stories from filming while growing up?

One in particular is one time Nick (Garcia) was trying to skate down some stairs and an off duty security guard tried to kick us out. When you're younger you don't really think about putting yourself in the other persons shoes, so we were being real defiant. On the last try Nick Lands almost square on this dudes head, off a 10 stair and things get heated. They get in each others faces and the dude pours his hot coffee all over Nick's head. Next thing I know my bros are trying to jump this security guard and I'm not sure whether to keep filming or get outta there. After a few scuffles we got out of there before the cops came.



What about while filming with the Yeto dudes?

We went on a Dekline trip to Nor Cal and JayTay found this spot  at night he wanted to skate. It was on the side of a busy downtown street in San Jose. He had been trying his trick for a while, when all of a sudden this dude comes up and tells us to leave his territory. Apparently we were scaring away his customers. Drug lord style. He starts eyeing up the camera gear and before we know it he flashes a gun and tells us to leave. We all scram, but half the crew got split up and me and Blake (Carpenter) got stuck in a dark corner, trying to find the van, with that dude lurking just around the corner. We had to wait for what felt like forever, for Sinclair to find us and pick us up. Scary times.



What projects are you currently working on and what others are on the horizon?

As of right now we are deep into the making of the upcoming Dekline video. Everyone is really going for it, so its gonna be amazing to see all these guys' hard work in the final product. I'm also working on my own little video "Tee-hee". It's all VX and I've been sitting on the footage for over a year now. Taylor Smith, Andrew Lutheran and Alec Jamir all have full parts.  It should be premiering really soon. After all these are done, we are gonna start Toy Machine and Foundation videos at the same time. We'll work on those for a few years. I'm definitely excited for all the things Yeto has in store.



Any advice can you give for the up and coming filmers that want a job filming for one of the brands in the skate industry?

This one is always tough. To be honest I got really lucky to be born in southern California. It's in the epicenter of skateboarding and my friends just happened to be amazing skateboarders. If I had to give any bit of advice I'd say just try to keep skating real and authentic. Skate with your friends, have fun, explore, don't worry about dropped pins, secret spots, or ABDS.  Film and edit because you love it, not because you wanna make money. And if you love it long and hard enough, something will happen.  It's such a short window that we get to live this lifestyle, so just enjoy it and appreciate it while you can.



To see more of Don's photography, follow him and his adventures with the Tum Yeto dudes on Instagram: @yerdone

Interview by Tyler Culbertson

Posted February 6th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Thrasher: Bros Getting Dusty & Crusty in AZ, Again

The Dekline recently headed to the desert to shack up at Jaws' house and stack clips for a week. Thrasher staff photographer, Rhino has a photo feature documenting the dust.
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Ryan Spencer, Boneless
Photo: Rhino
Posted February 5th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Tum Yeto Pocket Cam #15

Pocket Cam 15. Featuring Dakota Servold, Aaron "Jaws" Homoki, Nick Merlino and Blake Carpenter. Packed into the Tum Yeto van the crew drives aimlessly across and around America searching for untapped spots while filming for Dekline's first video release schedule later this year.
Posted January 31st, 2014

Foundation Corey Duffel : Foundation Super Sounds : Top 5 Playlist

Our resident audiophile and vinyl addict, Corey Duffel, kicks off his first Foundation Super Sounds playlist straight out of OZ. All 5 these Indie/Alternative bands are hail from Australia. Cheers!

Posted January 28th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson

Foundation Dakota Servold / Independent Trucks / Stone Park

Independent Trucks is On the Spot with Dakota Servold at Stone Skatepark.
Posted January 28th, 2014 by Tyler Culbertson