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  • CCS Catalog
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  • 100 Kickflips: Nora Vasconcellos
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  • 100 Kickflips: Lizard King
  • CONS x Chocolate Launch Party
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  • 100 Kickflips In The Proper Cinex Shoes
  • Guantanamo Baywatch Interview
  • Back Light: Henry Harbeck
  • CCS Apparel Fall '17 Lookbook
  • Kev's Kreations: The Rambo Ripper
  • Emerica x Sriracha Gallery
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB FC Classic vs. Koston Hypervulc
  • El Torito Recap
  • 100 Kickflips In The Etnies Marana Michelin
  • Naomi Punk Interview
  • Lizzie Armanto Interview
  • Interview with Sean Cliver of Paisley Skates
  • 40s And Shorties Interview
  • Nike SB FC Classic Shoe Review
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  • Go Skateboarding Day 2017: Pop For Pizza
  • Foul Balls: WKND vs. Nike SB
  • Lakai: The Flare Video Premiere
  • Jason Harvey Interview
  • 100 Backside 360's In The Supra Shifters
  • 1000 Grind Wear Test: Indy Stage 11 Trucks
  • Arcade Belts: 100 Hamburger Wear Test
  • CCS to SLO: CCS Am Trip
  • CCS Apparel Summer '17 Lookbook
  • Brixton Broadcast: Murder City Devils
  • Thaynan Turns Pro
  • History Of The Polo
  • etnies Jameson HT Shoe Review
  • 100 Kickflips In The Clear Weather Donny
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Gilbert Crockett 2
  • Kev's Kreations: The Crust Crusher
  • CCS Poster Series
  • Sebo Walker Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Osiris D3
  • Adidas Kung Fu Shoe Review
  • Clear Weather Jeffrey Shoe Review
  • Back Light: Kevin Enis
  • CCS Behind The Ad: Kevin Kowalski
  • Habitat x Twin Peaks: Interview With Habitat Founder Joe Castrucci
  • Andale Bearings Spring 2017 Product Review
  • CCS Artist Series: Snakey Jakie
  • CCS Artist Series: Andre Fortes
  • Huf Hupper 2 Lo Shoe Review
  • Artist Series: Jackson Epstein Interview
  • Artist Series: Andrew McCarthy Interview
  • The Making of CCS x Loud Ben Raybourn Headphones
  • 100 Tricks in the Nike SB Blazer Low XT with Ben Raybourn
  • Ryan Lay's Welcome Wear Test
  • CCS Apparel Spring '17 Lookbook
  • Etnies Helix Shoe Review
  • Nike SB Zoom Dunk Low Malto Elite Product Review
  • Adidas Nautical Review
  • Artist Spotlight: Jack Hyde
  • Kev's Kreations: The Sexy Slasher
  • New Balance 533 PJ Stratford Review
  • Adidas Skateboarding Premiere Pants
  • Nike SB Air Zoom Blazer Low XT Shoe Review
  • Vans Sk8-Hi Pro MTE DX Shoe Review
  • Mailorder Memories: Mikemo And Vince Capaldi
  • Adidas Samba ADV: 600 Skateboard Trick Wear Test
  • Winter Solstice Session
  • Nike SB Brian Anderson Bruin Hyperfeel Review
  • 100 Kickflips On A Snowskate (Fail)
  • Welcome Fetish Video Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips (Impossible Edition): HUF Classic Hi
  • Back Light: Justin Rodriguez
  • 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Blazer Premium
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Half Cab Pro
  • WKND Remembers 2001 CCS Catalogs
  • Sneak Peek At The Adidas Na-Kel Matchcourt High RX
  • Artist Spotlight: Nick Guenzler
  • Back Light: Dominic Palarchio
  • Santa Does 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Janoski Hyperfeel
  • 100 Kickflips in the C1RCA Gravette with David Gravette
  • John Lucero on the History of Black Label
  • 100 Kickflips In The Adidas Superstars
  • 24 HoliDAYS of CCS: Win Free Stuff!
  • CCS Apparel Winter '16 Lookbook
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Icon By Boo Johnson
  • Ryan Lay: 1997 CCS Catalog
  • 100 360 Flips In The éS Accel Slim Shoes
  • 100 Tricks In The Nike SB Janoski Slip
  • Tempe Halloween Recap 2016
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Kyle Walker Pro
  • Five Things With Hex
  • Ben Raybourn’s Road To Ramona
  • Jaws: A History Of Hammers
  • Back Light: Bobby Escobedo
  • Interview with Rick McCrank
  • 100 Kickflips (Fakie Edition) In The Globe CT-IV DLX Shoes
  • Interview With Andy Paz From Dog Limited
  • 100 Kickflips In The éS Sesla Shoes
  • David Gravette’s Pizza Party
  • éS and CCS: Two Decades Deep
  • The Faces Of L.A. Skateboarding
  • Kev's Kreations: The Roskopp Ripper
  • Back Light: Michael Sube
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Torey Shoes
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Boyd Shoes
  • Jon Nguyen: Behind The Cover
  • CCS Questionnaire with Truman Hooker
  • Andrew Gray's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips In The New Balance PJ Stratford 533
  • Talking Welcome with Jason Celaya
  • Interview with Jon Dickson
  • Emerica Made Chapter 2 Premiere
  • Ben Raybourn's Full Part From Dusted
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The State Salem
  • CCS Questionnaire with Eric Dressen
  • Kev's Kreations: The Kitty Kruzer
  • 100 Kickflips In The DC Wes Kremer 2's
  • CCS Apparel Fall '16 Lookbook
  • Adidas Away Days Tour Recap
  • How To Build A Bank Ramp
  • 100 Kickflips (360 Flip Edition) In The Vans X Nintendo Authentics
  • Back Light: Jake Wickersham
  • 100 Kickflips (Heelflip Edition) In The Adidas Suciu Shoes
  • Talking Skate After School with Ryan Lay
  • Interview with Blake Johnson
  • 100 Kickflips In The Supra Flow Shoes
  • CCS Pants Wear Test
  • Back Light: Frederick Zang
  • Cooper Wilt: Grind All Ledges
  • 100 Kickflips In The Converse One Stars
  • ¥ung ¢hef - TOP RAMEN Ft. Doughboi
  • What’s the Deal? With WKND Skateboards
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Vans Slip-On Pros
  • How To Set Up A Skateboard… Blindfolded
  • Disposable Mondays With Walker Ryan And Jimmy Carlin
  • Gear Check with Frankie Spears
  • Interview with CCS Team Rider Kevin Kowalski
  • Vans Kyle Walker Pro Shoe Release
  • Santa Cruz Screaming Hand Art Show
  • Rip N Dip L.A. Pop Up Opening
  • Agenda 2016 Recap
  • The Skateboard Mag 150th Issue Release Party
  • Back Light: Matt Price
  • Jamie Thomas: Behind The Cover
  • 100 Kickflips In The Hyperfeel Koston 3's
  • Back Light: Milosz Rebes
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Flip Edition) In The Converse CTAS Pros
  • Pop For Prizes 2016 With Wes Kremer
  • 100 Kickflips (FS Blunt Edition) In The Lakai Vincent 2's
  • The Day: Enjoi
  • Blind Micro Game of S.K.A.T.E. with Sewa And Romar
  • Back Light: Cody Lisch
  • CCS Questionnaire with Miles Silvas
  • Getting To Know Sewa Kroetkov
  • Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkins
  • A Day At Zero With Jamie Thomas
  • Back Light: Jacob Messex
  • Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
  • Jaws And Raybourn Footage: The Other Ones
  • 100 Kickflips In The Emerica Hsu G6 Shoes
  • CCS Questionnaire with Alec Majerus
  • Gear Check with Blake Johnson
  • Joey Brezinski Talks New Cliche
  • Raybourn And Friends For The Dusted Video
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans AV RapidWelds
  • Back Light: Jacob Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Pete Eldridge
  • Gear Check with Daniel Espinoza
  • CCS Welcomes Kevin Kowalski
  • Adidas Away Days L.A. Premiere Recap
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  • David Gravette: A Boy And His Flat Bar
  • The Day: An Afternoon With The Crap Crew
  • 100 Kickflips: Emerica Romero w/ Leo Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Lem Villemin
  • CCS Questionnaire with Nestor Judkins
  • The CCS Pick Program
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  • Jaws Tests FP Insoles
  • Artist Spotlight: Mike Blabac
  • CCS Welcomes David Gravette
  • William Spencer’s Skate Dream
  • Adidas Matchcourt Slip-Ons: Wear Test
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel
  • Back Light: Dave Swift
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  • Interview with Kevin Braun
  • Dusted Crew Skates Windells Skate Camp
  • Back Light: Cameron Markin
  • 100 Nollie Flips in the Adidas Matchcourt Shoes
  • Gear Check with Cairo Foster
  • Jaws Ollies 210 Stairs In One Day
  • 100 Kickflips in the HUF Brad Cromer Shoes
  • How To Make Griptape Art With Ben Raybourn
  • Preston Harper: Mini Set Up
  • Emerica X Indy Reynolds Wear Test
  • Raw Footage: Jaws, 210 Stairs, One Day
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Dylan Slip Ons
  • The Break In: Nike SB Janoski Shoes
  • Nike SB Ishod Dunk Wair Test
  • 100 Kickflips in the DC Evan Smith Shoes
  • Skateboarding on a Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • Mango and Friends Skate NYC
  • Nike SB All Court CK Wear Test

Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez
Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez

Artist Spotlight: Carlos Gutierrez

Last Year, Crailtap put out an interview on Chocolate’s in-house artist, Carlos Gutierrez. The interview featured Gutierrez’s watercolor portraits of Chocolate’s team in the Talavera series. Since that interview, Chocolate has released a number of series featuring watercolors: the Solitary Animals, Transportation, and Tradiciones series. It wasn’t until the Tradiciones series that we noticed the trend and remembered the interview: "All these boards are being done by one guy!"

Because the interview about Gutierrez featured the Talavera series and showed him working on the Transportation series with brush in hand, we assumed he had also done the work on the Solitary Animals and Tradiciones series and were eager to get confirmation and possibly learn more about the artist behind these unique graphics and board series. The good folks at Chocolate confirmed our suspicions and put us in touch with the man himself.

The following interview is best paired with Crailtap’s interview - more than anything, they’re questions we had while reading the initial interview. Carlos and Chocolate are putting out some amazing boards that will make you think twice about whether you’ll skate a board or hang it up. Chocolate’s newest series featuring Gutierrez’ work is the Tradiciones Series.

It wasn’t until the Tradiciones series that we noticed the trend and remembered the interview: All these boards are being done by one guy!

Your story with Girl is rad. I’m sure hundreds of kids would’ve jumped at the chance to intern with Art Dump. Could You tell us a little bit about the internship and how you ended up working for Chocolate?Hi, thanks for the support. Super glad to be here. I was working in the warehouse and heard they were looking for an intern so I emailed Andy Jenkins and asked if I could join the program. I quit the warehouse and within a couple weeks I was interning. That really was great! It was unpaid, but such an experience. It was during the Girl and Chocolate 20 year shows so there was much to do. Stayed pretty busy during it all. I started getting designs through and then before you know it I was doing them full time for Chocolate.

In the interview, you say you left working at the Girl warehouse for school. Were you studying art? If so, who are your influences? What was your focus? And what were you planning to do after school?Yeah, The first time I left Girl. I went to finish school. I studied Art History and Music. But I didn’t finish! Haha! I was playing a lot of live music at the time. So I left a semester early to go on tour. But I still have plans to finish. Now that I think of it, my focus was music and traveling. I had no idea what I was planning to do after school.

What’s your favorite medium?Whatever I can get my hands on really. I enjoy water color because I never know how the piece will turn out. Ball point pens are cool too. I still love spray paint.

Are there board series that influenced you when you were younger or any that you have hanging up?I don’t have any hanging up right now, because I’m in the middle of moving. But I did have the original Hecox Cars up for a while. All the Andy Jenkins early Girl stuff was incredible. Paolo Diaz art he would bring in for early Chocolate graphics. I was working in the warehouse back then too so early Girl and Chocolate was definitely an inspiration.

We know you did the The Talvera,Transportation, Solitary, and Tradiciones, which are all dope. Which of those four is your favorite and why? Out of those four, I’d say it was the Solitary Animals. It was fun to come up with the sentiments and it was really cool how they just let me do whatever I wanted on those boards. They didn’t come across too well internationally because of the language barrier but that makes them feel even more solitary and alone. I like that.

What was the process like for that series?The process for the Solitary animals came together pretty well. The idea came about when I was thinking about making “anti-greeting cards”. Like so it would be easier to break up with someone or fire someone. Something like that. Like, Good Luck…We Don’t Need You Anymore. So I wrote more and then I put them on that letter board and took photos of them. Then I had to think of it as it would be laid out on a skateboard. So then I thought about certain solitary animals, and how they function better alone. I painted those animals and then put them all together. I like the way they turned out. So did the Art Dumpers around here.

What other work are you proud of? I really enjoyed doing the Folk Saints series and The Calling Card Series. I got to make those with the other Art Dumpers Jeremy Carnahan and Nate Hooper. I like working with the others because they really push me to do the best I can. I really dig the way those turned out and it was fun to see what the other guys versions came out like. We chose the best ones and they became some cool looking skateboards. Super proud of those.

Working for Chocolate must be pretty cool. Can you walk us through a typical day for you? Yes it is pretty cool, and I’m thankful to be here. I mean it's like any other place where we have to show up and go to meetings. But for the most part we’re bouncing ideas off of each other, digging around for inspiration, listening to music, skating to the bathroom. You’d tend to miss that if you don’t have that at a place you’d have to go to everyday. Those are usual parts of the day, but really, every day is different. One day we might be decorating a van for Thrasher King Of The Road and the next day setting up an art show with the Art Dump somewhere. So yeah, we like to keep it interesting.

Anything coming up that we should look out for? Do you have work online?Yeah, I’m excited about The Dreamer series for Chocolate coming out for next Wallride. It’s kind of a play on bootleg Nagel art. It’s my tribute to the swap meet artists everywhere. Yeah you can see stuff, hear music and anything else I do at or IG @cmglovesyou.

Favorite Skater(s)?I have to say some of my favorite skaters would be Chico Brenes, Mark Gonzales, Rudy Johnson, Rick Howard, Paolo Diaz, Sean Sheffey, Hosoi. Just to name a few. Power and style. That’s was does it for me.

Advice for young artists out there who want to work in the skate industry? If you love doing it just keep going. Don’t give up, stay positive, be original. Skateboarding is such a great community that you can be yourself in. Make sure you take advantage of that.

Any shout outs or anything you want to add? Shout out to my family, the Girl & Chocolate families, The CMG+We Are The Night family, Thank you for having me. Take care.