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In this issue
  • CCS Catalog
  • 100 Kickflips in the Vans UltraRange Pro
  • Lucas Beaufort Interview
  • Emerica: Young Emericans Premiere
  • 100 Kickflips: Nora Vasconcellos
  • CCS x Vans Levels Gallery
  • Jamie Thomas: Behind The Photo
  • 100 Kickflips: Lizard King
  • CONS x Chocolate Launch Party
  • Acembly Backpacks How To
  • Birdhouse: Saturdays Video Premiere
  • 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
  • Nike SB P-Rod X Shoe Review
  • 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
  • Walker Ryan For Imperial Motion
  • 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
  • Kev's Kreations: The Creature Crusher
  • 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
  • Skateboarding Celebrities...
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Heel Edition) In The Etnies Marana Vulcs
  • 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: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin
Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkin

Artist Spotlight: Kevin Wilkins

Kevin Wilkins is kind of like the Forest Gump of skateboarding. He’s managed to be involved in so many awesome parts of skateboard history and he’s been around for so many of its most iconic moments. His phone is packed to the gills with the numbers of your favorite pros as he’s probably interviewed every one of them. I’m not trying to set Kevin up as some sort of skateboarding socialite, because he actually does stuff too. Kevin has been one of the top wordsmiths in our community for the last 20 years, he has a keen eye for amazing skateboarding and now he’s taken quite a fancy to ink and paper, but with pictures instead of words. Kevin has been scribbling some of his favorite skate photos for his blog called, “The Good Problem” in between writing the meat and potatoes. We asked Kevin some questions about living in Nebraska, not landing a 360 flip when he was 40, and why he likes to draw pictures of skateboarding. Duh.

I’m not trying to set Kevin up as some sort of skateboarding socialite, because he actually does stuff too.

Kevin Wilkins, where are you right now and why are you there?I’m in my basement. It’s where my computer and stereo are. I’m currently using and abusing both.

Why do you live in Nebraska?I grew up in Nebraska, and after a couple of moves back and forth to southern California, I planted roots in Lincoln again.

A little over seventeen years ago, though, Cheryl and I were all set to move to Vermont and start our family - I had a job and a house lined up, and once our baby was born we were going to make a go of it out there. But a week or so after Miles’ birth, Cheryl’s mom passed away. It was really unsettling -we were celebrating our new son’s life and at the same time, mourning the loss of his grandmother. I don’t really remember how we figured anything out, but somehow we decided to stay in Lincoln with family and friends and familiarities. We’d been running on the excitement of instability for years and all of a sudden, we couldn’t do that any more. Next thing you know, it’s 2016 and we’ve lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere in my entire life.

How old are you and how long have you been skateboarding?I’m 48 and I’ve been skating since my 11th birthday when I got an orange Nash board with a kick tail. Math says that’s 37 years.

So would you call yourself a writer who draws pictures, a drawer of pictures who can also paint with words, or just all around creative genius?It says creative genius on my birth certificate, but I don’t throw that label around in public too much. People get intimidated by stuff like that.

If I had to call myself anything, it’d be a skateboarder who happens to write and draw and take photos and whatever - skateboarder first and then everything else after that. Everyone has creative abilities, I believe, but by being involved in skateboarding - this thing that’s part physical output, part creative expression - I had a clearer view of other forms of physical and creative expression. Without skateboarding, I wouldn’t be as willing to write, draw, or express myself.

Can you tell us a little about your background in skateboarding and your role at TransWorld and The Skateboard Mag?I grew up with a skateboard, pretty much. When skateboarding was at its most dormant, Fausto Vitello was looking for locations to seed the subculture of skateboarding, and somehow - luckily for me and hundreds of locals—he chose my friend Rich Flowerday’s backyard to sew those seeds. A majority of the pros at the time, which was less than twenty dudes, came to Lincoln and held a vert contest here called the Midwest Melee. Like I said, I grew up with a skateboard, but after the pros came to my town, I was a skateboarder.

Being a skateboarder, I was instantly part of a much larger world that involved learning about riding a skateboard and all that it meant. But it also involved learning about music, art, photography, travel, and making things out of nothing... and running into other people who were doing the same stuff. Zine trading lead to strong contacts in skateboard publishing, and that lead to moving to California and working at a magazine called Homeboy with zine friends Andy Jenkins, Mark Lewman, and Spike Jonze. When that magazine went out of business, I was able to slide over to an editorial position at TransWorld Skateboarding where another zine friend of mine - Tod Swank - put in a good word for me.

After that, between getting married and getting my degree in English, I worked for TransWorld in one form or another (TWS Assistant Editor, TWS Business Editor, Warp Magazine Editor, and Senior Writer at TWS) for the next decade until 2004 when a few of us broke away from TransWorld and founded The Skateboard Mag. I worked there for eleven years as Editor, and for the last year or so I’ve been doing freelance writing work for Nike SB, Levis Skateboarding, Nixon, and happily doing other odd jobs in the world of skateboarding.

Who are your favorite skateboarders from each of these decades: 80s, 90s, and 2000s?All the Indy guys who came to my hometown in 1982 were my favorite. And Dan Wilkes, And Neil. And Lucero. And Lopes. And Grosso. And Gonz.

In the beginning of the 90s, I had countless brushes with greatness and tried not to fan out on too hard on anybody, but my favorite skaters were the ones I was lucky enough to skate with on a regular basis. The list is huge, diverse and I won’t go into it too deep, ‘cause you’ve heard it from everyone else: Tony Hawk, Ray Underhill, and Joe Johnson localized Tony’s Falbrook ramp. Peter Hewitt, Matt Moffett, Mike Youssefpour, and the rest of the Linda Vista Boys Club Skatepark guys were so good and so fun to skate with. Owen Neider, Derek Williams, Sean Andrew, Jordan Richter, Brent Fellows, Alphonzo Rawls, Danny Way, and the rest of the guys at McGill’s Skatepark. Hensley, Barbee, Jason Lee, and Mike V., too. Later it was Carroll, Howard, McCrank. It was Stranger, it was Alan Peterson, it was Cardiel. I don’t know. I liked everybody. I still do, I guess.

Now it’s guys like Grant Taylor, Raney, Raybourn, Daniel Vargas, Daan Van Der Linden, and anyone who kinda takes what’s come before and makes it into something better.

Were you always drawing the whole time you were working your other jobs or is it a newer thing for you? Weird. My uncle just asked me that the other day. I’ve always drawn stuff, but I’ve done it a lot more in the last few years.

Who are some of your artsy influences? Charles Schultz, Stan Lee, Bill Watterson, Kurt Vonnegut, Charles Bukowski, Mike Watt, D. Boon, George Hurley, Bernie McGinn, MoFo, Grant Brittain, and Andy Jenkins.

When looking for a skate photo to draw is it 100% based on the style of the skater or do other things come in to play?With this latest stuff - the From Photos drawings - I mainly look for photos to accompany stuff I’ve written and don’t really think about them in terms of a drawing. Later, after the thing is published on The Good Problem and then smeared around on social media, I’ll pause and kinda see what’s there. Lots of times, it’s just the way someone’s board looks in a photo. Or maybe their hand or shoe or something like that - one element that I think looks like it’d be fun to draw. After that, I just try not to fuck up the rest of the drawing that’s around the little thing that attracted me in the first place.

What is The Good Problem?It’s a dot-com landing spot for a lot of ideas - essays, art, photos, and stuff - loosely based on the cynical outlook that life is nothing but a series of problems. There are bad ones - drugs, alcohol, criminal stuff, and shit that can get you and others into trouble - and there are good ones. But for lots of us, the good ones tend to be problematic, too. We’re attracted to them for the same selfish, obsessive, and addictive reasons that attract us to drugs, alcohol, and criminal stuff. The good ones kinda take the place of the bad ones, though, and keep us out of real trouble. Skateboarding is a good problem. Bikes are a good problem. You know what I mean?

If you took any two things and weighed them, the lighter of the two, for that moment, could be considered the good problem. Like heroin seems heavier than craft beer. Killing someone seems heavier than fist fighting them. Fist fighting someone seems heavier than running a mile. Everything is a problem, basically, and the good ones - if you can manage to choose them at the right time - can take the place of the bad ones.

You had a goal a few years ago to learn to 360 flip at age 40. Did you ever achieve that goal? Nope. I’ve still never done one. If I was to set a silly skateboarding goal for myself today, it’d be to learn frontside inverts by the time I turn 50. It’ll probably turn out the same as the tre flips, though.

What kind of stuff besides skateboarding are you interested in, and do you draw any of that stuff?I ride bikes. The upright, pedal-powered kind. And I’ve drawn them, yeah.

I like people and their faces. I’ll sometimes try to draw those, too, but they mostly end up looking like cartoons, which, probably not by coincidence, I also like.

You have children right? Do any of your kids skate? Miles and Cian. Yeah. They’re seventeen and thirteen, respectively. Miles skates a little. Cian skates a little less. I've taken it upon myself to make sure there are plenty of skateboards in the house, and I taught them that it’s best to push with your back foot, but I can’t really force the issue any harder than that. It just seems weird. Skateboarding is one of the hundreds of things competing for their time. It really doesn’t matter if they skate or not. I do hope that whatever things they end up identifying with, obsessing about, or caring for provide them with 1/100th of what skateboarding has given me. Everyone needs that one thing.

What do you think of the current, digital state of skateboarding? Are you one of those cranky old guys who wishes it would all go away or do you embrace the modern age of shred?Digital is just where we are now. And it’s super cool, just like magazines were when they ruled, just like video was when it took over on magazines.

Yes, I'm cranky, but not about where skateboarding is or its relationship to the digital medium. I’m cranky about much more important stuff: Space junk, hot glaciers, Bill Clinton and P-Funk. And shouldn’t garbage day and recycling day be the same day?

I like the digital state of everything, though. But even better, I love what skateboarding does with it. Does it seem fleeting, though? Temporary maybe? Of course, I don’t know what I’m talking about, but maybe that impermanence is why our digital age meshes so well with skateboarding - it all changes drastically every day, if not every second.

In four words or less, why is skateboarding the best?Skateboarding loves me back.