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walkbetweenthelines
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« on: September 10, 2008, 02:10:20 PM »

Hey everyone, just wondering if someone could give me some advice. Me and a friend are trying to start up a company to give everyone an alternative to the zumiez that has put a stranglehold on our area, and try to get involved with throwing some contests. Does anyone know the best board supplier to work with with the lowest minimums on quantity? I'm nervous about placing an order and having the boards that come in turn out to be shit quality.  I have a few original graphics, if anyone would like to see I'd be happy to post.
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2008, 02:21:38 PM »

If you're trying to compete with zumiez, you may want to open a skate shop.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2008, 02:25:05 PM »

I do recommend hand pressing and screen printing them yourselves.
cut out the middle man.
http://skatepaige.com/
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2008, 03:20:35 PM »

I do recommend hand pressing and screen printing them yourselves.
cut out the middle man.
http://skatepaige.com/


I got a few boards from there a few years ago and me and another skater buddy painted
on them...I'll hafta see if I can dig up some pics
they make good boards there
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2008, 03:35:39 PM »

I'd love to open a shop once I have enough money/credit. Gotta start somewhere though, and I think it's important for kids to start supporting local efforts around here. I know I'm not going to wipe out zumiez, I just want to help inspire a DIY ethic in my area. Start throwing some best trick contests so people have something different to be excited about. Any idea about the quality of these blank manufacturers? I don't know if I want to get into making a mold/press until I see how kids react.
Great idea though, I was a screen printer for a couple years.
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« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2008, 03:37:09 PM »

Thanks Malinas and RJM.
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« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2008, 04:22:40 AM »

My first round I got from skatepaige was the 10 pack and it was a few bucks under $200.
Plus the 10 pack was whatever sizes you wanted (i.e. 7.75, 8, etc).  we made stencils and painted them ourselves and I think started selling them at $35 a piece...a name brand board at the bike shop here is $60, so  that was our incentive.
Plus they are made in the USA and have a handful of different sizes and shapes.  My
gf's brother has a skate press, but he works in a cabinet shop...plus he can only make
two boards at once..but it'd definitely be something to look in to
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008, 05:13:28 PM »

it comes out to around 27 bucks each board if you have them do the graphic 3 color. I can't really tell from the pictures but it looks like it's just standard wood grain, no colors. It would be cool if they offered the different colored plys. Anyone have any clue where companies like dlx have their stuff made?
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« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2008, 05:22:32 PM »

Here's a site to check out:

http://www.sk8factory.com/
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« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2008, 07:16:19 PM »

or this:
http://fairwaysandflips.blogspot.com/2008/08/2000-stuntwood.html
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« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2008, 08:25:03 PM »

Both of those links are awesome, thanks!

Malinas, since you like Roky I thought maybe you'd know the reference in one of the graphics I made. I just got the O.K. from David V. D'Andrea, the guy that did the artwork on Witchcraft's new album.

Any criticism is welcome, ignore the "apparel".. I originally made it as an idea for a shop logo..
but fuck it.. the top one is a sticker idea, then the board graphic I might make a little bigger. Any input?
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2008, 08:43:13 PM »

what do you mean?
what graphic and is the name stella or stelln?
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« Reply #12 on: September 11, 2008, 09:41:43 PM »

It's stella and the board logo is the font/colors from the new Witchcraft album, they originally started as a Roky/Pentagram tribute then got signed to Rise Above Records (Electric Wizard, Orange Goblin, Cathedral). I thought maybe you might have heard of them.
http://www.youtube.com/v/LqgmgBazJ-8&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0
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« Reply #13 on: September 11, 2008, 10:10:59 PM »

I've listened to them before and I really like electric wizard.
the graphics look pretty bummer high, which is good.
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