Free Skates


A few weeks ago I helped out with a screen printing workshop for Oasis Skateboard Factory that Free Skates sponsored and was put on by The Bait Shop.

I couldn’t think of a better way to spend three days then helping the kids of the alternative school OSF learn how to come up with a design/concept that incorporated all three entities. As well they learned how to prep burn and washout screens. Then they got to apply this all by printing their own tees to be sold at the end of year BBQ. All funds raised from the tees go towards more projects for the kids.

A few tees are still available at The Bait Shop Skate Shop.

I can’t thank everyone enough that came out and supported this years Disposable Show and made it an amazing success! Over $5000 dollars raised for Free Skates in less than 6 hours!! The gallery was slammed all night. The people and vibe was just as positive if not more so than last year. With people stepping in and lending a hand last-minute, along with a lot of the artist being in attendance to talk with everyone about their work/piece. Really helping make it what it was.

I was lucky enough to meet Steve and Lisa from Well and Good at last years event. From then till now they’ve continued to do the amazing projects, as well open 52 McCaul. They started putting on one great show after another and from that moment on I knew I wanted to have the show there. Not sure if it was going to happen or not I got an email about coming in and talking about the space and a date. Something else fell through and I was able to get the exact date I wanted.(Lisa and my mother met at last years show and I was told that she was one of the main reasons for me getting the space) If things couldn’t get better! Alan Wood would be showing in the back half of the gallery. I know he was stoked as well and with the show kinda acting as a closing party for him he sold a bunch more pieces. Working out for everyone.

Here are the single pictures of the decks if you couldn’t make it out or wanted to take another look. Pictures of the party to follow tomorrow, with the video early next week. Thanks again and can’t wait for next years show! A lot more in store for that one.
Doublenaut

Smolik

Tami Noa Levy

Winnie Truong

3AM Design

Janice Kun

Derrick Hodgson

Jordan Murphy

The Bait Shop

Soy

Adrian Forrow

Karyn Valino

Trevor Bowman

Trevor Bowman

Che Kothari – Front

Che Kothari – Back

Hugo Arias

Hayden Menzies

Lizzie Renaud

Dan Springer

Dan Springer – Laser Engraved Decks and 3D Letterpress Print from the decks

Christie Shinn

Alan Wood

Skam

Spazz

Nicholas Di Genova

Oasis Skateboard Factory

Stu Playdead

Jenny Boulger

Jeff Dywelska

Sean Fagan

Nathan Jurevicius

Momar

Eric Queral

JDerry

Wes Loates

Juliana Neufeld

Tracy Horner

Tracy Horner

Skam

All photos courtesy of Viktor Cahoj

Look who stopped by today(Nick) to go over some of the upcoming and future projects FF and Free Skates have on the go. Here he is stealing my computer to show me a few new ideas he’s had brewing in the last little while.

About an hour before Nick showed up Mr. Postman came by to drop off a couple of new 45’s from Rough Trade to give me some inspiration well working into the late hours of the night. The first is GSH‘s Me and the Devil single with a NYC Orchestral Version B-Side. Which is a nice take on the original dark and minimal track. The second is the self-produced single Boy Boy by Lissy Trullie. The former model turned musician relocated and has been crafting her own sound with New York as her influential back drop. You can tell she’s taken pages from some of her elders that have helped mold the NYC rock scene, but she does it with style and on her terms. Now I just need to get back to work and the records.

A large post on the upcoming another Disposable Art show to follow. With all artists involved and the deets.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

I know it’s been a minute since my last posting, but we’ve been hard at work. A ton of new projects in the works and coming soon. I’ll get into that a bit later, but for now I want to talk about the next Disposable Show. This will be taking place in late April early May.

This year we want to shed more light and focus on homegrown talent. Sorry to disappoint anyone that wanted to see what some of the international artists were going do this year. No worries tho because they will be part of next years show.

This year is all about Canadian artists, with all of last years being asked back. As well a few new ones. This show will be a silent auction instead of first come first served. So everybody gets a chance to put a bid in on their favorite piece or pieces. What else is different about this show is that it’s not by invite only. Anyone and everyone interested in being apart of this show can reach me for any and all inquiries at joey@freedomfighterskateboards.com All submitting artist will purchase their deck for $25 to help cover costs. This will highlight you and your art and help raise money in support of Free Skates. To help give skateboards to youth here and abroad that my have never been able to skate otherwise.

Thanks again to everyone that came out to last years show and everyone that has supported us as well. Without you all these positive community building projects wouldn’t be possible.

This show is looking like it will be even bigger than last years. So you won’t want to miss it!! I’ll be continually updating you with info and progress.

It’s finally here!! Well not so much here as it’s on the vimeo site. You can checkout the first of two videos from the Disposable Art Show by just clicking HERE. I know it’s been a long time coming and I do apologize. Darryl Callender did all the filming for the night and we were patiently awaiting the end results and when they didn’t seem to come, a few calls and emails were made. I later found out that D was dealing with a few other things that came up. Now 100% and back at it he swung by and dropped this off. Hope you enjoy what a few of the artists had to say about their work and the event. The second video which is an overall view of the evening, still to come.


Thanks again to all of the artists and everyone involved in making this a successful event. We raised $2000 dollars so far for PMH.  We still have some of the decks from the show available. Check out this LINK to see them.


The next show will be benefiting a non-profit that’s currently in the works called Free Skates. More information to come in the upcoming weeks. This show will be a little different as well because it will focus on showcasing Canadian artists. More details to come.

Thanks again for all the continued support and can’t wait to see you at the next show this spring/summer.