128. Tako Skateboards

February 15, 2024
February 15, 2024 Will Mackie

Welcome back, it’s been a little bit but we are back this week with another great interview from a special guest. A guest that we came across just like we have said many times before online, their name caught our attention and we’ve enjoyed following them for a bit and thought it was time we learn some more about them and share what we’ve learned. We had a great time talking to them and we hope you enjoy learning about them as much as we did. Please enjoy this week’s interview with Tako Skateboards.

 

What is Tako Skateboards?
Tako Skateboards is a little dream that two friends from different countries have had for a long time. Tako means Octopus in Japanese.

Why did you choose the name Tako?
We choose the name because of the Japanese culture, a tako (Octopus) tattoo either symbolizes intelligence or wildness, There is no in-between. We thought it was a good fit with skateboarding.

Where are you based out of?
We are based in Japan and Canada, but we can be based wherever people need Tako Skateboards. We are there for the community.

What does owning a skateboard company mean to you?
For us owning Tako is more how we can help others rather than how we can be rich. Skateboarding is a very hard and competitive field to be in but it’s fun to see all of the amazing people out there having fun with a deck, trucks and wheels.

What kind of products do you sell?
We are a very small company, mostly selling decks, longsleeves, t-shirts and hoodies.

Where can people view these products?
What people can see is, amazing product at good price. We know that out there, many people are struggling with money. Our goal is to make skateboarding affordable by giving them good products. Everybody deserves to have a great life. You can view our products and learn more about us on www.takoskateboards.com

How does Tako get involved in the community?
Tako is actually working with an amazing association. The name of the association is Gatineau Skateboard. The Director Jean-Philippe and Tako made a collaboration. Together we designed a deck and all of those boards went to the kids in the association. Since it was a hit, we are actually making more boards for Gatineau Skateboard association. Nothing more beautiful to see kids happy to receive a deck as a gift.

What inspired the creation of Tako skateboards?
The inspiration is mostly from Japan. The artist who designed the logo is a Japanese artist. We wanted to have something simple that people can remember easily when they see.

What does skateboarding mean to you personally?
Skateboarding is the best meditation for me. Specially because I can’t live the present moment. I’m always in the past or future. Skateboarding brings us directly in the present time. Also skateboarding is a great way to make friends and find yourself in this crazy world. It’s a very beautiful community and skateboarding has changed over the years. It’s not just a punk hobby like it used to be. Skateboarders are real athletes. Skateboarders do crazy stuff and deserve all respect.

Anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank everyone out there who are supporting us, thanks all the riders who are out there everyday and skateboarding. Thanks to Gatineau Skateboard and JP for everything they are doing for the kids. Thanks to René Girard for being my skateboarding friend for over 30 years. Thanks to Steph Robertson for is guidance, Thanks to Evan for us design and help with graphics and special Thanks to an amazing artist Ayumi. Thanks to our riders Zavier, Oliver and Ren. The last thanks is to Comacan Skateboards. 👊

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