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In this issue
  • CCS Catalog
  • Back Light: Kingsley Atwood
  • Nyjah’s Signature Nike SB Release Party
  • JAWS 28 Roofs Later
  • Kev's Kreations: Kader's Kreations
  • CCS Spring 18 Collection
  • Look for the Actions REALized Nate Viands deck dropping soon!
  • Cairo Foster And Matt Milligan Going Through Old Catalogs
  • The Joy Of Painting: New Balance 255
  • State x Killing Floor Productivity Shoe Review
  • Back Light: Tim Agular
  • Aesop Rock And Kurt Going Through Old Catalogs
  • Nike SB Zoom Deconstruct Shoe Pack Review
  • adidas City Cup Shoe Review
  • Kev's Kreations: Mark Gonzales
  • Emerica G-Code Re-up Shoe Review
  • Jaws On The Nine Club
  • The Bumbag Interview
  • Custom Top Sheet Artist Interviews
  • Globe Sprout Shoe Review
  • CCS Winter 2017 Yearbook
  • Henry Jones Interview
  • Adidas Campus Vulc 2 x Alltimers Shoe Review
  • The CCS Team At West Linn Skate Park
  • 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
  • Mailorder Memories: Cole and Asta
  • Artist Spotlight: Nick Guenzler
  • 100 Kickflips With PJ Ladd
  • Back Light: Dominic Palarchio
  • Emerica Indicator High Shoe Review
  • Santa Does 100 Kickflips In The Nike SB Janoski Hyperfeel
  • Lucas Puig Interview
  • 100 Kickflips in the C1RCA Gravette with David Gravette
  • Jamie Liam Humphrey Interview
  • John Lucero on the History of Black Label
  • Tyshawn Jones Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Adidas Superstars
  • Ducky Am Scramble Re-edit
  • 24 HoliDAYS of CCS: Win Free Stuff!
  • Erick Winkowski Interview
  • CCS Apparel Winter '16 Lookbook
  • Aesop Rock Hot Dog Interview
  • 100 Kickflips In The Diamond Icon By Boo Johnson
  • Adidas x Palace Pro Shoe Review
  • Ryan Lay: 1997 CCS Catalog
  • Paul Kobriger Interview
  • 100 360 Flips In The éS Accel Slim Shoes
  • Less Than Local Interview
  • 100 Tricks In The Nike SB Janoski Slip
  • Tempe Halloween Recap 2016
  • Kev's Kreations: The Jaws Jumper
  • 100 Kickflips In The Vans Kyle Walker Pro
  • Nora Vasconcellos Interview
  • Five Things With Hex
  • Zion Wright Interview
  • Ben Raybourn’s Road To Ramona
  • 100 Kickflips With Kader Sylla
  • Jaws: A History Of Hammers
  • Burnside Halloween 2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • Disposable Mondays With Walker Ryan And Jimmy Carlin
  • Back Light: Jacob Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Pete Eldridge
  • Skateboarding on a Frank Lloyd Wright House
  • Mango and Friends Skate NYC
  • Nike SB All Court CK Wear Test
  • Jaws Tests FP Insoles
  • Emerica X Indy Reynolds Wear Test
  • Nike SB Ishod Dunk Wair Test
  • 100 Kickflips in the DC Evan Smith Shoes
  • Gear Check with Cairo Foster
  • Jaws Ollies 210 Stairs In One Day
  • 100 Kickflips in the HUF Brad Cromer Shoes
  • The Break In: Nike SB Janoski Shoes
  • Raw Footage: Jaws, 210 Stairs, One Day
  • Preston Harper: Mini Set Up
  • 100 Nollie Flips in the Adidas Matchcourt Shoes
  • How To Make Griptape Art With Ben Raybourn
  • 100 Kickflips (Switch Heel Edition) In The Etnies Marana Vulcs
  • Interview with Kevin Braun
  • Dusted Crew Skates Windells Skate Camp
  • Back Light: Cameron Markin
  • Skateboarding Celebrities...
  • CCS Welcomes David Gravette
  • William Spencer’s Skate Dream
  • Adidas Matchcourt Slip-Ons: Wear Test
  • 100 Kickflips: Nike SB Bruin Hyperfeel
  • Artist Spotlight: Mike Blabac
  • Back Light: Dave Swift
  • Kev's Kreations: The Creature Crusher
  • 100 Kickflips: Emerica Romero w/ Leo Romero
  • CCS Questionnaire with Nestor Judkins
  • The Day: An Afternoon With The Crap Crew
  • Walker Ryan For Imperial Motion
  • 100 Kickflips In The HUF Dylan Slip Ons
  • David Gravette: A Boy And His Flat Bar
  • CCS Questionnaire with Lem Villemin
  • Adidas Away Days L.A. Premiere Recap
  • CCS Welcomes Kevin Kowalski
  • Gear Check with Daniel Espinoza

Interview with Blake Johnson
Interview with Blake Johnson
Interview with Blake Johnson
Interview with Blake Johnson

Interview with Blake Johnson

Skateboarding is difficult. It’s even more difficult when you’re big. Historically, tall skateboarders or bigger skateboarders were given special recognition for being able to keep up with the more common shorter, agile skateboarders. In the same Darwinian way that basketball over the last century has weeded out most people under 6’5” skateboarding seems like it could be looking at a future of wispy, frail fellas who weigh less than their boards. But as long as there’s skaters like Blake Johnson around, we can still get a constant reminder of how power and a little heft, when used properly can make skateboarding look really amazing.

Coming up in the streets of Venice, Blake learned a thing or two about power, both in skating and every day life. Combined with a lack of fear and the tenacity to sweat through a pair of shoes before giving up on a trick, Blake is bringing something rad to the table for this new generation of pros. We caught up with him to talk about his new pro board for Santa Cruz, what it’s like hanging with Eric Dressen, and how to pull chicks from the hostel up the street.

Blake! Congrats on the pro board man, tell us how it went down? So, I was at the beach and there was mad homies at the park that day, and the Santa Cruz homies were there too. Then I saw my mom and dad and got kind of confused like why is everybody here today? This is kind of weird, but for some reason, I didn't even think about going pro. That was not even a question. I didn’t even think that that was gonna happen. Then Joe [Perrin] and Nick [Matlin] were like, let's get this interview out-of-the-way for your part. We need to do a little intro, so I sat on the walls and next thing I know Dressen came in, threw the boards in my lap mid questions, and all my friends - like everybody that I fucking love - pretty much just came out of nowhere wit more boards. Everybody is just going crazy. I was fuckin tripping.

I saw that Dressen was the first dude to hand it to you, how surreal was that? Being that that's one extremely heavy Venice legend, I was just tripping because I followed his footsteps in becoming a pro skater and he got to give me my first board.

Since you grew up in Venice, did you look up to Eric your whole skate life? Yeah, I just loved how he skated both Street and Transition, and was one of the first to do it in such a sick way. And watching him shows that skating faster does look better!

It seems like skating Venice park has turned you into a tranny skater a bit. Did you skate a lot of transition before the park was there? Yeah, I skated the Boys and Girls Club in Santa Monica. They had a vert ramp, a mini ramp, and a launch box, and quarter pipes. That’s where I first learned from 8-12.

What’s the deal with being a Venice Park local? I’ve noticed you have been skating or chilling in random ads for huge corporations. Are there just people shooting photos down there all the time? Yeah. Mad production people come looking for skaters for gigs. I guess Venice is just a hot spot for that.

Your first two pro models are the BLAKEULAR board and the other one is you as a giant stomping above a hostel and picking up tiny women. Is there a backstory for either of these? Haha, yeah. There’s a hostel by the beach by this bar we chill at. It’s where everyone goes after the skatepark and mad Euro chicks get swooped on right there by us. Haha cuz that hostel comes through.

You kind of got discovered in skating in a weird way right? I remember you winning some crazy contest with Theotis [Beasley] where you got in The Skateboard Mag? What was the deal with that? Yeah, that helped me wit my first mag photos. Theotis and I grew up on the westside, so we skated together when we were younger. If he was in Venice or I was at Hawthorne Skatepark and he wanted to help me get things started and get some exposure, he’d hit me up about that thing. But my homie Mikey made a video called Illegal Civilization 2 and I had a part in that and a lot of people - I guess u can say fan base lol - know me from that. And I know a lot of people in the industry already, so I just started making my connections and getting myself out there, but that Skateboard Mag thing helped too for sure.

You’re by no means a small dude. What’s it like hucking over 200 lbs. of meat down stairs and rails? I weigh 215, lol. I don’t know, I mean i just try to keep my body strong so I can not get hurt.

How many gallons do you sweat on a summer day session? Haha. I dunno, like 3? Lol

I’ve seen you sweat through an entire pair of shoes, is this common for you? Hahah, naw only did it like 3 times. That was a crazy night though. I dunno how I still filmed that line with soaked shoes.

Would you like to hold the official title of “Modern Day Gershon Mosely”? Because I think it’s yours if you want it... Haha that dude was the fucking sickest! Very sweaty guy for sure. Another ATV too, I back it.

Let’s talk a little bit about the Santa Cruz team. You guys have been stacking the team with some insane dudes lately. How are you feeling about the SC crew right now? I’m feeling good. We got some heavy hitters and we got some solid flow dudes as well in that bullpen you feel, so yeah I would say we have a good versatile team. We bout to come in hot, just wait on it.

What’s coming up next for you? Any travel coming up, or projects you’re working on? I wanna travel everywhere. I wanna go to CPH but doubt I will, maybe South Africa? SC got somethin in the works and I’m sittin on a lot so things will be droppin, as I keep workin.

If you sell a million skateboards, what does Blake Johnson buy with a million dollars? A house in Venice if I can find one that cheap. GO BUY MY BOARDS YALLLLLL!