American company Alien Workshop was founded in October 1990 with the aim of creating a different type of skateboard company. Now, with over 20 years of history under its belt, it continues to produce innovative and influential decks, wheels, apparel and other accessories from its isolated HQ in Dayton, Ohio, well away from the skateboard masses of California.
Alien Workshop’s team members over the years have helped contribute to the company’s diverse and individualistic identity – Rob Dyrdek was the company’s first rider, and still represents the company to this day, along with pros Heath Kirchant, Grant Taylor, Omar Salazar, Dylan Rieder, Tyler Bledsoe, Jake Johnson and Gilbert Crockett, and ams Donovan Piscopo and John Fitzgerald.
Current products include a range of boards in the Choking series, including signature models from Johnson, Salazar, Bledsoe, Crockett and Dyrdek. In January 2014, the company also announced the release of a series of boards and t-shirts to celebrate artist Ryan McGinness’s body of work entitled ‘Art History Is Not Linear’, in conjunction with the opening of his exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Since the full-length Memory Screen in 1991, which featured the talents of early team members such as Bo Turner, Duane Pitre and John Pryor, Alien Workshop has released full-length films Timecode (1997), Photosynthesis (2000) and Mind Field, filmed between 2005 and 2009. It also released the Kalis in Mono promo in 2006, featuring Josh Kalis, and, since 2009, the web-based Life Splicing series, featuring ‘teamriders, artists and friends’.