French company Antiz, one of the few remaining independent skateboarder-owned brands, manufactures skateboards, accessories and clothing from its base in Lyon. Co-founder Hugo Liard has also represented Carhartt WIP for many years, which has helped the two companies build up a close working relationship – in 2013, to celebrate Carhartt WIP’s tenth anniversary, Antiz launched a range of ‘hobo’ clothing designed by renowned graphic designer and artist Veenom.
Liard remains a leading member of the Antiz team, and has been joined at both Antiz and Carhartt WIP by Spanish skater Julian Furones and Gabriel Engelke from Sweden. Antiz’s current team roster also features Julien Bachelier, Remy Taveira, Sam Partaix, Samu Karvonen, Dominik Dietrich, Roland Hirsch, Teemu Pirinen and Peter Molec, and flow riders such as Lyon-born Quentin Boillon.
Antiz specialise in their own unique style of low-budget touring, and many of these trips have been the source material for a series of great videos, including Antizipated (2003), Z Movie (2007) and The Occasional Antiz Flashback (2011). 2012’s amazing X Years promo, filmed and edited by Paul Labadie, also featured American Dallas Rockvam, who left Antiz in 2014 to join up with Frank Skateboards.
The 2013 film Swiss Banks, another collaboration with Carhartt WIP, was Labadie’s official video recap of a trip to the Alps, with graphics by Veenom and Juan Moreno and music by Palmbomen. The film, starring Sylvain Tognelli, Liard, Engelke, Joseph Biais and Dietrich, featured beautiful surroundings and a series of absurd spots, and its release coincided with an 18-page feature in Kingpin.