Tristan Burke: T-Cat Design

Tristan Burke, 21 years old of Umass Amherst is a shredder! Riding for Lifelong Longboards, Team Mids, Eden Racing, and perpetually down with all things East Coast, this dude can skate. Aside from skating, Tristan has always had a love for art as well and this has led to his new project called: T-Cat Designs. His artwork is made using low-grade markers and he describes it as “a cluster f*ck of colors”.

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“I first got into this kind of stuff through prototyping decks for LifeLong. Wether a given deck had a graphic screened on it or not, there was plenty of untouched wood grain. At first I just colored on a few decks for myself and the fun of it, but everyone’s reactions to what I considered doodles really blew me away.”

Tristan has recently been creating custom board graphics for Eden Racing and plans for his artwork to be featured on the not-yet-released Mids Lids are also in the works. Tristan is now taking your requests to draw rad as f*ck sharpie designs on your deck, full face, t-shirt, instruments, pets and anything else you can think of.

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For all artistic inquires, please contact Tristan here on his Facebook page. T-Cat Design aims to help sustain his skateboarding addiction, and all profits are going towards funding a skate trip for this summer.

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“Eden Racing’s initial support of my designs was what really pushed me to take this a little more seriously and try and get my designs out there as much as I can. I really enjoy it, saw that I could make a bit of money from it, and saw the opportunity to combine skateboarding and coloring, which are the two things I actually give a shit about these days”.

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If you like these graphics don’t hesitate to get yours custom!

This California Republic flag is for sale!! BUY DIS NOOW!

How to get a custom graphic from Tristan??

  •  Like “T-Cat Design” on Facebook
  • Message T-Cat Design with an idea of what you’re looking for in a graphic and agree on a price.
  • Ship your gear to Tristan with the cash; Tristan will pay for shipping on the way back to you.
  • Enjoy some gnarly custom artwork going to support a super chill skater

Again, for all artistic inquires, please contact Tristan here on his Facebook page. Also make sure to head over and like the Team Mids Facebook page and stay up to date with the rest of the Team Mids crew.

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5 Photos with Khaleeq Alfred

The following is a guest post by Khaleeq Alfred, a New York City native, skater, and photographer. We linked up with Khaleeq and asked him to share 5 of his favorite photos along with a quick description. Learn a bit more about Khaleeq and check out his unreal photos below, then share ‘em with a friend.  

Name’s Khaleeq, born and raised in Harlem NYC. Been doing photography for about 4 years now, but been shooting skate stuff for about a year and a half. Been skating for around 5 years, and loving every minute of it. Can’t get enough of the skate community and enjoy photographing it. Weapon of choice: 5D Mark II (my baby). Stoked on what’s in store for 2013!!!!!

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Cami Best

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Cami Best

What can I say, Cami throws down. It’s not often I see her skate, got lucky recently and did a little shooting. Blunt slides for days!

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Leon Vincent-Vialva

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Leon Vincent-Vialva

Got a 24-105mm Lseries and a 50mm in my arsenal. That 50 is my love, photos come out flawless, I’m always amazed. This photo is part of my “One of Many” collection. Leon of Blue Sky Longboards killing it.

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Ross Druckery

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Ross Druckery

Took a trip down to Puerto Rico to shoot Guajataca 2013 for Ghostskate and snapped this. Ross Druckrey shredding at the jam, so much Steez and a gnarly hill.

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Steven Sanchez

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Steven Sanchez

Sanchez ALWAYS puts me to work. By far one of my favorite people to shoot with. Took a whole day to shoot out in queens NY with the Bustin crew. Sick shots, steezy skating, perfect scenery and worth the tons of skating.

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Noish

Photo: Khaleeq Alfred | Rider: Noish

When you finish editing all your photos from a good day of shooting, you come across a couple photos that stand out. To me, this one is just stunning. Great scenery + stoked skater = Dope photos. Big thanks to Noish always bringing his A game. So sick, many more like it!

In Brief: Ithaca Skate Jam 2013

Wow. That’s all I can seem to keep thinking as I reflect back on what a rad weekend the guys at Comet Skateboards put together out in Ithaca, NY. There’s so much to say, show, and share with you guys between one of the gnarliest events ever seen out east and the epic pre and post sessions. I’ve got 5.5 gigs of photos alone, never mind the amount of video we took, too.

We’ll start with this photo series of Brian Peck popping an absolutely chiller ollie off the kicker and onto the hip to whet your whistles a little. Stay tuned for tons more soon.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin' uhhh.

Brian Peck pops an ollie, starts sweatin’, uhhh.

 

Photos: Norm and Francis Storm Malibu

There’s a cool company from Cali called “Valhalla Longboards” who are currently supporting two east coast skaters, Norman Plante and Francis Cooper Darquea. Their crew grabbed a camera and flocked to some beautiful Malibu roads and captured some really rad shots. Check out Valhalla on their Facebook page and follow this link for the rest of the photos captured that day: valhallalongboards.com/malibu-fog-photos/

-Connor

 

Loaded Announces Long Awaited Downhill/Freeride Deck and Double Kick Surprise

Loaded Boards has finally announced their long awaited, downhill/freeride offering, dubbed the Chubby Unicorn, along with another surprise, a short wheelbase dual kick board dubbed the Kanthaka. Both boards will be available in select shops (and online) worldwide on December 4th and let me tell you — it’s been worth the wait from what I can tell and from what I’ve heard. The Chubby Unicorn will hit the market for $360, and the Kanthaka for $188 (decks only).

We won’t get into too much detail, that’s what our review and videos will be for in the coming weeks, but we figured we had to post some pictures and specs for y’all, right?

Chubby Unicorn:

The Chubby Unicorn (a hilarious name), formerly the “DH Proto,” brings a while slew of new features that have never been seen on a board before, which helps explain why it’s been nearly half a decade in the making. The two biggest standouts are the fact that it rocks a UHMW sheet on the bottom of the board, similar to what you’ll find in slide pucks, to help protect against abrasion and dampen road vibrations and also features urethane-coated rails, again to help reduce abrasion, keep pop longer and help lock out even more water. The board is also unbelievably comfortable, with a fat W, pocketed tails and so much more. Like I said — we’ll save the good details for the review that’s coming soon.

Length: 42.25”
Width: 9.75”
Wheelbase: 28.25”
Kick length: 7” (tip to inner bolt)
Weight: 4.9 lbs

Head over to their website to read the full story of the development and naming of the board, and all the specs and features.

Kanthaka:

Unlike the Chubby Unicorn, which everyone knew was coming one day, I had never even remotely had the Kanthaka on my radar. Whether Loaded did a great job of keeping a secret, or whether I was oblivious is still unclear but one thing is — this board is impressive in my first look. The wheel wells create a very interesting pocket near each kick, which positions your feet right over the bolts and should lock you in really well for slides. It’s got some unique features you won’t find on your typical popsicle-stick street deck and shows that Loaded thought outside of the box when designing it. It’s got a super comfortable platform to push from and should end up being a super sweet city slasher/tech board.

 

Length: 36”
Width Available In: 8.625” and 8.875”
Wheelbase: 17.5”
Kick length: 7.5” (tip to outer bolt)
Weight: 3.70 lbs / 1.68 kg (8.625”),
3.75 lbs / 1.72 kg (8.875”)

Head over to their website to read the full story of the development of the board, and all the specs and features.

 

Update: I figured I’d add some more pictures into the mix for everyone.

Photos: Lauren and Me in Zombie Town, U.S.A.

Lauren and I were skating the derelict old village area of one of our favorite freeride spots and decided to take some photos today. These are two of our favorite shots, if you want to see the entire album head on over to our Facebook Page and become a fan of ours while you’re at it!

Thanks to Lauren for snapping the shot of me!