Welcome to another week and another round of Comacan Questions, this week’s interview is a first for us! This week we spoke with someone who has helped expand a brand overseas and into Canada, but we’ll let you read more about that in this interview. Please enjoy this week’s interview with Shithouse Skateboards Canada.
Why did you choose the name Shithouse Skateboards?
I didn’t choose the name, Shithouse was started by a friend in the UK, the name came from joking around and grew into the brand it is now. I was asked to help bring the brand to Canada and now own the Canadian branch of the brand.
What inspired you to start a skateboard company?
When I was a little skate grom I had the same dreams as most other kids, skate, get sponsored, go pro, have your own boards haha. Watching pro skaters doing demos and stoking boards and gear to kids at shows always amazed me. I’m happy to be in a position now where I can do that for the young kids coming up now! You never know, you could help out a kid and he ends up being the next big thing!
What products do you offer?
Shithouse Canada offers limited run decks made in Canada, and apparel, T’s, hoodies, hats etc. The apparel is hand screen printed by me at the Shithouse HQ printshop in my house haha, doesn’t get more independent company than that!
Do you have a team?
We actually just sponsored our first skater, you did an interview with him not long ago, Tyler Ens. We met him in Kitchener, Ontario on a recent skate road trip. It didn’t take us long to see that not only is he a rad skater, but he is a very genuine person, real good-hearted guy and a perfect person to represent our family.
Where are you based out of?
Technically Shithouse was founded in England, but I own and run Shithouse Canada from my small town in Quebec….for now! Haha
What does skateboarding mean to you?
This could be a very long answer but I’ll keep it as short as I can. To me skateboarding has always been and still is a way for me to express myself, to release emotions, anger, frustration, happiness whatever it may be. It’s a therapy session every time I skate haha. I was sponsored by On Deck Skate Shop in Ottawa when I was 14, that made me focus all my energy on skating, kept me out of drugs and drinking and a lot of trouble that other kids were getting into around me. To this day I am still. Good friends with the owner of On Deck, which has now been open for 34 years!
Where can people keep up with Shithouse online?
You can find us on Instagram and Facebook by searching @shithouse.canada, on TikTok @shskateboards_canada and our website shithouseskateboards.com. Hit us up, grab some gear and become a part of the Shithouse family!
Anyone you’d like to thank?
First, I want to thank Mal Beard for starting Shithouse and allowing me to be a part of expanding the brand beyond the UK and ultimately running it in Canada. I also have to thank Trevor Alguire at On Deck Skate Shop for sponsoring me at 14 and giving me some of the best years of my life. I want to thank my girl, Sherry for always being here for me and supporting the crazy ideas of retaining my youth! Haha. I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to have this little chat and shed some light on a small independent brand! Finally, thank you to skateboarding for always getting me through the good, the bad and the ugly times! Keeping me pushing for all these years and the skate community world-wide being so rad!