Impala Rollerskates is doing to rollerskates what Kobe Bryant did to his retro shoes: bringing back classics with updated technology. colors, and styles. From the genius mind of young woman entrepreneur, Morgan Cleland, Impala rollerskates takes the classic boot rollerskate and reinvents it with fresh colors, patterns, wheel packs, high quality bearings, and vegan leather. The result is a fresh and fun brand aimed at “girls who have it going on, are fearlessly chasing their dreams, and living life to the full.”
When I first spoke with Chris Martinez, the owner and visionary behind CREATE, somehow my attorney background came up. The next ten minutes of our conversation were dedicated to getting out of skateboarding tickets he and the CREATE team received the night before from the always amicable Long Beach Police Department. The next time I saw Chris, he and the CREATE team were drawing a crowd and causing havoc with a mindblowing, impromptu skate session in the middle of AGENDA. Backed by the youthful energy of a young twenty something owner with a collection highlighted by bold, bright, colors, patterns, graphics, and manatees, CREATE is the shit that kids love and parents don’t understand.
Leen’s Hansel Echeverria makes incredibly accurate and detailed pins of your favorite vehicles. Whether its’s Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder, your favorite Subie, or a custom-made pin of your own car, Leen customs does it with style. Check out their website and IG and step up your pin game immediately.
If ATA was a skateboard brand, we’d be Lamebrain. Because its 100 degrees out right now and I’m having trouble thinking of other clever things to say, we’ll use Lamebrain’s own words to describe them: “We’re just here to have fun! So, get on a board, hang out with friends, drink beer, skateboard a lot, do whatever fucking makes you happy and don’t over think things.” Lamebrain also has dope POSER hats and decks and other quality products that make fun of cops and scooters. They also write helpful and hilarious articles like this one—How to Make Your Own Skateboards.
If you don’t give a fuck and just want to have fun, buy Lamebrain.