82. Sample Skateboards

December 2, 2022
December 2, 2022 Will Mackie

Welcome to another round of Comacan Questions, this week we spoke with a brand with a deep love and appreciation of the whole creative process that comes with bringing the graphics to life. Please enjoy this week’s interview with Sample Skateboards.

Why did you choose the name Sample Skateboards?
I was trying to figure out names for a couple months and one day when I was at work, I wrote sample on a piece of duct tape and instantly knew that was it. Which then turned into the original duct tape logo.

What inspired you to start a skateboard company?
I’ve always been really into the designing and printing process mainly on clothing. So, I thought it would be really sick to have my own brand where I can be entirely in charge of both of those processes.

What kind of products do you sell?
Skateboards, Clothing, and some accessories.

Do you make these products by hand?
I usually do one collage board graphic every drop and two screen printed graphics. The two screen-printed graphics are painted and printed by me, along with all of the clothing and hats, whether its screen-printed or embroidery it’s done by me.

Where can people view these products?
Our website sampleskateboards.com, The Local Skateshop, Driveway Skateshop, Ride Skateshop, and Lost Vessel Vintage.

What does skateboarding mean to you?
Skateboarding has always been such a huge part of my life; it has helped me escape from some bad times in my life and has brought me to some of my closest friends. It has also given me the opportunity design and print my artwork which is just as important to me as actually riding my skateboard!

What sets Sample apart?
One of my favourite things about having a brand is seeing homies and sometimes homies I’ve never even met rep my stuff. I’ve never been in this for the money, I really just love designing board graphics, the whole printing process, and seeing my product out in the wild.

Do you have a team?
We are currently working on putting a team together and going to start working on a video next summer.

How do you feel about working with local shops and companies?
Working with local shops and companies is super sick, seeing all the small companies come together and grow together is one of the coolest things.

Anyone you’d like to thank?
Anyone who has ever supported me. I appreciate each and every one of you. Much love, keep shredding homies.