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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

Naomi Punk Interview

Naomi Punk Interview

Naomi Punk is a band from Olympia, WA, not far from the CCS offices in Portland, OR. The band is known for their DIY process and aesthetic combined with their unique sound of punk. We met the band at one of their shows and after a nice chat we convinced them to design a pack of decks and apparel for our Summer 17 collection. We chatted over e-mail with Travis Coster of the band about the collab and their new double LP “Yellow” out August 4th on Captured Tracks Records.

How would you describe Naomi Punk to someone who has never heard you guys? Pacific Northwestern American Conceptual Heavy Hard/Punk Rock.

A big part of our band is that we all came up playing around in a weird scene where we grew up, where everyone’s band was playing out of broken amps and mixers and broken drums and trying to make music out of garbage basically.

I think this mode imprinted on me. Punk being more than an aesthetic, or structure, but more of a conceptual/spiritual mode. I think our band now, especially with The Yellow Album, it’s a mindset. The magic of sounds!

Trying to only work with what flows, things sounding “bad”, rhythms, structures that are bizarre. Uncovering new magic.

Tell me about the new album “Yellow”. Watching a movie with your eyes closed.

Opening logo sounds, cars driving off, dialogue, some pumped up opening credits, bangers, punk direct no filter, new age banter, reflections on the mysteries of the galaxy, drones, scary grinding sounds, techno chase scene, lost in the woods, finding some freedom, instrumentals, credits, drift into sky.

Some tracks we recorded with tons of drums, some on 8-track cassette, a lot of them are full rock band sounds, some songs are on synthesizers. So the quality is kind of different throughout the album and I really liked how that all sounded together. So many records are like a studio formula where the instruments and vocals all have the same settings on all the tracks, so they’re all wearing the same costume for every song.

I always wanted to put The Yellow Album on in my car and drive to the mountains and it would move me through different moods, like a movie.

This album feels like a big departure from the last two albums, was this purposeful? Making art there’s always change through discovery.

I think it has the same spirit but from a new vantage. I don’t want to make the same album again.

Some of the ways it’s different, like lyrically and thematically, I think it’s a product of new journeys in working on our art together for many years and shifting things and finding new gardens of growth. A lot of vocals and spoken word on the record came from a new vantage. The way we recorded it different and mixed it different is part of our evolution I feel.

I wrote lyrics from fake perspectives in my mind, like, through conceptual lenses of The Mother Earth, alien abduction sequences, activist poems, documentaries about toxic society and power structures, personal illusions tumbling down.

Having 25 tracks on one album is ambitious, what was the thought behind having so many songs? Well haha, we worked on a lot of weird shit the last three years, hours of jamming together where we played whatever we wanted with no rules. Just to get comfortable with anything. We started an alter-ego band called “The Scorpions”. The point of it is just to inhabit an alternative mindset where our band is supposed to make messed up jams. We each commit to a designated role in the jam, and contribute a certain amount of energy to the situation.

We jammed as “the Scorpions” a lot, and recorded all the sessions. Neil started slicing them up into new patterns and arrangements. That started to have an influence on our mentality for writing this album.

Do you have a favorite track from the album? “Carniceria”

What was your process like for designing the graphics for the collaboration with CCS? I love cutting stuff up on a table, printing out my own type-faces and icons (spiders, clipart) on graph paper and messing with them until I find something new. I knew I wanted to make a deck with a bug on it [I Am A Bug deck], as I love bugs.

There are parts or phrases of lyrics from Yellow used in the graphics for the decks and apparel, how do the graphics relate to the album? Just weird lines in the lyrics that are little mind games for me that I roll over in my head, it felt good to get them out and mess with them in a collage on a t shirt design.

Naomi Punk Interview

Where did you get the photos that you used in the graphics? Stacks of books from estate sales in Yelm, WA, and the Value Village Books Department.

The band is known for really creating the full package with music, merchandise, zines and even VHS tapes. Who do you create for? Your fans? Friends? Yourself? I loved Yellow Swans when I was younger. They were a ‘noise band’ and I saw them play with Iron Lung and John Wiese. I was totally confused but blown away by all these projects and how they painted a world with their art and sound you could get lost in it. Their whole philosophy was integrated in the presentation of their art and music, you could feel it being built from the ground up. That approach to making art has totally influenced my aspirations with music as a world.

Do you have any favorite artists that inspire the visuals for the band? My neighbor in high school was a retired physicist who collected expensive Soviet space parts and trolled the Dark Web. He gave me his old vinyl collection because he was obsessed with digital. He gave me every Kraftwerk record, Sex Pistols, Philip Glass, Buzzcocks, Harold Budd, Fred Frith, Captain Beefheart, Blondie, X, Talking Heads vinyls. I got so into studying the album art and how they were designed. And I got so deep into these artists! It was really different from System Of A Down and Bad Religion. The CRASS vinyl designs were the most inspiring for me. I started making flyers and cd-r sleeves for my bands. Cutting up newspapers to tell a different message using trash from society. The whole idea of collage, it began as so subversive, outside of the rules for how we are supposed to create within capitalism, at least on a basic level. In that way i think punk art can inhabit a spiritual space like graffiti.

There’s new iterations of that now, like meme culture, virtual reality, I think there are new portals for subverting the normal Fake Society, or to go into new societies. The resistence is evolving into a new exploration. Artists who play with these features I find interesting. Nuts Magazine, and Odwalla1221 [the band] are just a few examples of contemporary people who inspire me, they offer an easy jumping off point into manipulated visual worlds where the creators leverage psychic and visual info from common places to draw you into a fantasy world that agitates the propaganda of society.

There is a ton of significant punk history surrounding Olympia, Washington. What’s it like being a punk band from the area? Olympia is amazing and weird. It’s tiny but there’s so much wildness in all directions, it’s a great place to get lost with people and experience new realities. Also there’s lot of cool people to work with in music, so many people build their own recording set ups and run shows out of their houses. Making music can feel pretty organic and easy here. We rented out Dub Narcotic [the K Records Recording Studio] for 6 months and just took our time recording ourselves in there, it was cool that K was down to just have us hanging out at their space everyday and working on weird music and drinking tea on the steps. It was chill.

If you had to turn Naomi Punk into a cover band, what band would you cover? ABBA, Wipers, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Aphex Twin, Nirvana.

What’s next for Naomi Punk? I wanna do 4 dimensional speaker set up for a street dance party. Also really want to do a collaborative set with PC Worship. We’re also working on an album called “Hotter Than This.” We’re going on tour in the USA, Canada, and Europe. We would really like to play shows in China. Hit us up if you want us to play your town.