Levi’s Skateboarding Collection: Strong Made Stronger

01.27.14 – Kevin Wilkins

Everyone knows Levi’s means good jeans. No one can even argue otherwise without sounding stupid. So when Levi’s decides to apply what they know to making a skate-specific collection, everyone nods in unison. Yeah, that’s a really good idea.
Photos by Grant Brittain and Kevin Wilkins

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Pulling toughness from their heritage of strong work wear.

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And the idea is a simple one — take traditional Levi’s product and make it stronger where skaters need it strong, more flexible where skaters need it flexible, and better fitting where skaters need it to fit better.

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And who knows more about that than the dream team of Mr. Strauss and a bunch of skaters?

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But we should skate somewhere, right? Just to be sure?

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Beeb’s park.

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No one really fucked with this, though, no matter how strong their pants were.

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Just a reminder of where we are. Send ‘em in.

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Lube.

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The presentation was an exercise in common sense. Levi’s are good for skating. Skate-specific Levi’s? Even better. Matt Skarkey and Erik Wolsky plead their case.

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Tommy Guerrero gets down.

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Dave Carnie and Atiba came together across freeways to witness the strength of work-wear knowledge.

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The Levi’s skate staff are solid dudes with just the right amount of skate life to know what’s up. Adam Binette gets the one-armed embrace from Ako.

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Andrew came all the way from China to get pointed at by Atiba and see what was up with Levi’s new venture. Check his stuff at KickerClub.

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Ako again, with Chris Nieratko and Darin Howard.

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Bryce Kanights and Dave Carnie. You getting a sense of the type of peeps assembled? Yes, shred sledders of a certain age, but also of a certain occupation.

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Jordan Grant Brittain and Lance Dawes.

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Allow us to present you with the brains trusted with rolling out the Levi’s skate program. Nick Rendic, Adam Binette, Kelly Moss, Sharkey, and Wolsky.

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Rob Collinson dipped in the fresh gear.

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Shop ’til you drop.

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Dave Swift feeds the beast.

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This is where we usually run a pun about taking things to the bank. Erik and Matt.

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Carnie and Kevin Wilkins’ skulls are pulled toward each other somehow.

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Then into the night and LA’s only skate pizza to figure out the future of skate edibles.

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Jacob Messex and Swift.

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Working-class lensmen: JGB and Bryce Kanights.

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Al Partanen made it out.

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Swift and His Excellency the Right Honorable Sir Lance Mountain.

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The uglier Wilkins gets, the prettier Sypnewski looks.

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Postmortem breakfast. Howard, Sharkey, Nieratko, and Kanights agree: skateboarding is a thing we like and do even if we drink little lady drinks.