With honorary Yorkshire man, Instagram comedian and Skateboard Cafe rider Shaun Currie over in my hometown last week working on a little video project, I figured it made sense to take the opportunity to get an overview of what’s currently powering Shaun’s fast-footed skateboarding. Keep your eyes peeled for more from Mr. Currie soon and check out his Product Toss below.
Shaun is currently riding a Skateboard Café ‘Bitches Brew Directions in Music’ Korahn Gayle deck in size 8.125”.
Alongside their cheeky nods to culinary establishments, Skateboard Café have often incorporated references to jazz music in their graphical output. Previous nods to the genre include the trumpeter Lee Morgan and saxophonist Ornette Coleman adorning previous apparel and board collections. The latest in this line of homages, seen here on Kaygeezee’s pro model, is a tribute to the late, great, Miles Davis and his acclaimed 1970 album ‘Bitches Brew’. Although the album became Davis’ first gold record and has been praised for ‘rewriting the jazz rulebook’, ‘Bitches Brew’ has often invoked a controversial reception despite its imprint on the genre. The Penguin Guide to Jazz described ‘Bitches Brew’ as “One of the most remarkable creative statements of the last half century, in any artistic form” yet adds “It is also profoundly flawed, a gigantic torso of burstingly noisy music that absolutely refuses to resolve itself under any recognised guise.” Taken out of the context of music this statement seems somewhat applicable to skateboarding itself…
Nuanced visual history aside and onto the specifics; this board has a flat-to-mellow concave, which is common across the Skateboard Café range, with an equally round and steep nose and tail. However, the nose is slightly longer which allows a bit more stability for nollie tricks (and switch too, if you’re so inclined to skate your board that way).