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An Interview with Welcome Skateboards

Welcome Skateboards have been making waves in the skateboard scene since their inception in California a little over 3 years ago. Their range of eye-melting deck graphics and funked-out shapes have caught our attention, and their videos have been injecting some much needed fun into modern skateboarding.

KS: First off, the standard opener: What's your favourite ever setup? 

MoM: My Fave setup was a Schmitt Stix Chris Miller with Magnesium Gullwings and Sawblades.

KS: How and why did you decide to start up Welcome Skateboards? 

MoM: There wasn't a single company that had everything I liked. Some had good teams but shitty product, or vice versa. Just overall though I feel like everyone was just mailing it in using a standard formula of how you make a skateboard co. 

I just want to do whatever I want... I don't care what is cool or not. No business plans or rules. I make some graphics just because I am superstitious and feel like I must make them to keep my karma good... Not because people will like it. There is some truth to the spells we are casting.

Welcome skateboards interview

KS: The deck shapes are a big part of what you do, how do you decide on a design?

MoM: I make them and they are not just random "That's sick" shapes. I put a lot of effort into the leverage of the board and how it works with the shape. 

You should be able to nollie flip it as well as scoop a BS air. It's not stupid cruisers or old guy boards. Most shapes I see from other companies are so bad it's no wonder why people think they are cruisers.

KS: You've got some pretty far out graphics, where do you get your inspiration?

MoM: Just stuff living in my head. I had to deal with some violence and tragedy growing up but certain songs drive it more than anything. Some are just things I have to draw to keep balance for the universe.

KS: Is it fair to say you've got a bit of the old DIY/Punk attitude to what you do, or is that just another label? 

MoM: There is definitely a strong influence of that because skateboarding was synonymous with punk when I found it growing up. That said, the company is also heavily influenced by 80's goth, new wave and ne ro.

KS: What can we look forward to seeing from Welcome in the future?

MoM: I have been exhausted for the past 6 months and I am now just catching my breath. I started drawing [steadily] again, making some new shapes as well as tune-ups to shapes to shapes I have been wanting to get to. 

We are just starting to work on a Welcome movie, (not that much skating)  ...Skate videos are too boring. I cannot sit through a single one at this point. I don't care how good everyone is. It's like Mega Ramp... I just don't care.

Overall, I don't plan past a couple of months.

KS: Thanks for your time, any last words?

MoM: I hope people will know the difference when the imitators come... Because they are cumming!

Thank you for caring... We will do our best not to let anyone down!

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