Ke'chaud Johnson

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Where are you from and where are you now?
I grew up in a military family so we did move around a lot when I was younger, but most of my life has been in Texas. My family's all in Dallas so that's my hometown, but I'm enjoying living in Long Beach, California.  

Who are your sponsors?
Krux trucks, Ricta wheels, Mob grip, Etnies shoes, and Rhythm skateshop.

What's your current set-up?
8.125" Impact Light Darkstar deck with full concave, 8" standard/high Krux trucks with a downlow allen key kingpin. They are all black currently but i like to normally go with mixed or bright colors. 52mm Ricta slix, Bones swiss bearings, Mob griptape, Etnies Jameson Mt and Diamond hardware. 

What was the most challenging trick in your intro part?
Definitely the gap to five-o second to last trick. I actually found that spot from Reemo's instagram. He posted one of his homies doing a 50-50 on the strait part popping out. Someone in the comments said where it was at and i kinda sat on the thought of gaping onto the down part. When we finally went there it was not what i expected! It was super narrow and that along with the strait part of the rail being higher then the down part I would try to ollie out past it and over shoot the rail, or ollie what i thought was perfect and hit the strait part and miss anyways. Finally i was able to nudge my tail past the top part and lock into the down tail.

Who's in your crew?
Pretty much all the people I would skate with in Dallas moved to Long Beach too. 

What's your local skateshop?
Rhythm skateshop has been holding me down for a minute now!

Favorite skate trip?
I’d have to say Prague Czech Republic for Mystic Cup. The contest was a never ending festival with skating and chill'n all day and then at dark multiple dj's came on throughout the festival grounds playing until the sun came up. 

Favorite skater/favorite video part?
I’ve been hyped on Jerry Hsu's stuff lately. Those B-sides are crazy!

Shoutouts?
My mom for traveling to watch me skate in almost every single contest I've done, my dad for taking me to a number of skateparks before I had a license, my two brothers, Rob Cahill, Ant from One Love, Chris Baird, Kareem Campbell, Wolfpat, Cambo Rob, Bill Weiss, Ryan Decenzo, Guy Hartley, Mikendo, Jonny from Crystal Antlers, Carolyn for being amazing, Mark Laue, Ron Whaley, Jameson, Ray for putting together a dope part for me, Shak Waz, Thomas Freshley, my grandma, uncle Kerry, Chet for giving me this opportunity to be a part of the brand.

Darkstar x Harley-Davidson® Tradition Pro Series

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Darkstar Skateboards is proud to announce the official Harley-Davidson® Tradition pro series. This new Holiday 2017 Darkstar x Harley-Davidson collaboration is available worldwide, exclusively at core skate shops and select online retailers.

 
 

Luke Pelletier Darkstar Guest Artist Series

Luke Pelletier (pronounced pell-uh-tear) grew up in western North Carolina and currently lives in Los Angeles. His vibrant energetic paintings are influenced from living in a tourist town much of his life – with seasonal economies and dividing lines between tourists and locals. Personal anecdotes, dark humor, romance, labor, free will, and fun fill his American paradise.

Full Color Stain Team Decks | Helm & Salvation

"Fortune" Team Deck Close Up

Ale Pro Series | Fall 2016

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Mermaid Team Board for summer 16

PLG, Lutzka, and Decenzo stopped by to grab some new boards

Summer One Off Decks | Greg Lutzka & PLG

Loathing with Cameo Wilson

Black and White Harley Days

Darkstar x Harley Photo Shoot With Our Friend Seu Trinh

Getting some photos for the release of the Harley-Davidson® collab.

Darkstar x Murks Lurks

Mirko Antich, or better known in cyberspace as Murk Lurks, is a visual artist known for his tongue-in-cheek illustrations and use of topical word play. Influenced by early punk flyers, 90's skate graphics, and L.A. beach culture, Mirko's work is tough at first glance, but playful at heart.
Video by Ryan Hackbarth // insta @rhack

DARKSTAR x HARLEY-DAVIDSON®

Darkstar Skateboards is proud to announce the first official Harley-Davidson® skateboard collaboration – a must-have collectors edition for Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and devoted followers. The Darkstar x Harley-Davidson collaboration is available worldwide, exclusively at core skate shops and select online retailers.

 

Darkstar Spring 2016 Team Boards

Darkstar x Sorayama

 

Darkstar introduces a limited edition collaboration with Hajime Sorayama for Spring 2016. Hajime Sorayama is a legendary Japanese artist known for erotic portrayals of women and organic robotic forms. Sorayama’s reputation was initially established in the 1980’s with the “Sexy Robot” series - a body of work which shocked people throughout the world for his hyper realistic artful depictions of sensual metallic qualities and reflected light. Sorayama continues to live and work in Japan today.

Watch full VHS Magazine Interview HERE

 

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