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Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Brilliant skateboarders

Neil Blender, G&S, Skateboard art, Chris Carter, Mark Gonzalez, Thalia Surf/Vans, Lance Mountain, Neil Blender Art Show
Not all skateboarders are artists, but some are, and they are brilliant! Neil Blender early art.
Two days ago I was just posting what a bummer it was to discover that not all the designs behind the boards were not the blunders of artistic skateboarders but the work of some (remarkable) artist-designers… Here’s one skateboarder that’s know as much for his art as well as his tricks: Neil Blender. He was a trail blazer for skateboard-artists in the 1980s alongside Chris Miller and Mark Gonzalez. He created individual designs for G&S skateboards and was the face of G&S skateboards through the 80’s not only with his skating but with his artistic ability. In 1990 Neil Blender, Chris Carter and Mike Hill started the Alien Workshop in Dayton Ohio, which introduced more individualistic riders, graphic art and products to the skateboard community. They went away from the mainstream California system and made Alien Workshop a successful brand that is still killing it today; and is responsible for pros like Rob Dyrdek and Josh Kalis;
Neil Blender, G&S, Skateboard art, Chris Carter, Mark Gonzalez, Thalia Surf/Vans, Lance Mountain, Neil Blender Art Show
Neil Blender at Del Mar. Photo Grant Brittain
by showing the skateboarding industry that you didn’t have to be located in California to have a sick skateboard company. Neil Blender has also designed collector's edition Nike Sb Dunk low, originally a basketball shoe which has long been popular with skateboarders. Skateboarders artists like Neil Blender, Mark Gonzales , and Lance Mountain helped skateboarding move from street activity to culture thanks to their creative care free style and mix of skating and art.
Blender's two most known tricks, the "Lien Air" grab and the "No Comply" were influential as they were relatively straightforward to imitate but inspired countless variations and became standard moves in skateboarding.
The "Lien Air", Neil's name spelt backwards, involves the boarder grabbing the front or back edge of the board with their leading hand in mid-air. The "No Comply", a street trick, is where the boarder pops the board while keeping their front foot on the ground for a split-second.
Come Join Neil Blender with a Limited edition artwork that will be on show between Thursday, April 7 at 6:00pm and May 7 at 9:00pm at Location Thalia Surf/Vans close to the skateboard Mecca in the city of Laguna Beach, California.
Thursday, April 7 at 6:00pm - May 7 at 9:00pm
Location Thalia Surf/Vans
915 S.Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA

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