SKATE CULTURE

Peace, Love, and Taco Grease with Taco Skate Co.

When does a combination of old-school Volkswagon vans, skateboard culture, and a generous heaping of Guy Fieri ever come together??? RIGHT HERE, BABYYYY!! Adriean Koleric/thinkITEM, collaborators behind Taco Skate Co. make lowbrow/diy vibe shirts, stickers, artwork and hand out free taco recipe cards. It's awesome! When you swing by their booth, really do ask them about Guy Fieri: it's a great convo. They first set-up with us at Bison in May of 2017 and we're excited to have them vending with us again this spring! Keep up with the duos progress on both instagram (@tacosk8coand twitter (@tacoskateco) and read on down below to see what's been inspiring them to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
TACO: It’s only natural. It’s literally something I just have to do. 

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
TACO : We got a couple of new tee shirts. One that we named ‘Jim’ after a long time Supporter as well as a new ‘Heritage’ logo tee. Also a fresh sticker pack called ‘HARDSHELL’, button packs that are best described as ‘greasy’ and a bunch of new hand sketches. Oh and recycled skate decks!

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018?
TACO: We’re working on making free old school cassette mix-tapes that we’d like to include with future orders. We want people to hear what we hear while we were creating the gear they just scored. Also hoping to add a Corn Salad Recipe Card to accompany our Taco Recipe’s. Cause everyone needs a side order from time to time. 

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
TACO: Ed Templeton (Toy Machine) got us to turn off our laptop and hand sketch again. Rothfink (UK VW Brand) that inspired us to incorporate a vintage Volkswagen vibe. They were also cool enough to reply to us after reaching out for some advice. Lastly VICE cooking shows. We’re still looking back at the lasagna we made off a Matty Matheson YouTube episode.

Check out the full lineup of rad DIY decks, buttons, and stickers at www.tacoskate.co!

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Getting Elemental With Our Friends Taco Skate Co.

Joining us for December weekend, Adriean Koleric of Taco Skate Co., has this to say of his lowbrow DIY skate-life brand: "The company stemmed from an element I had planted in a group of hand sketches from a series called 'HERE'. I would scribble the words "Taco Skate Co" or "Taco Skateboard Company" on characters shirts or the VW they'd be situated next to. It got to the point I was asked to make stickers which lead to hand sprayed shirts in parking lots, which lead to painting a "company" logo on my own '72 Beetle. I joked that it was a "fake" company until I actually registered the name in November '16 and went legit. From there I've been using it as a physical extension of my 'Here' series to the point that it feels like a performance piece rather than an actual business."

Rad. We are so thrilled to have such a creative spirit with us at Royal Bison! Check out his instagram / twitter accounts for regular updates and read on on down below for our Q&A with him: 

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Q: What does it mean to be an Edmonton maker/designer/artist? 
A : Being a born + raised Edmontonian, it means a lot to be able to create in this environment and give back something to the Community that brought me up. I’ve always felt growing up we had this ‘underdog’ title living in the Prairies and in constant shadow of “The Big 3” Canadian markets of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. So to be able to carve out a small niche and produce work in this town makes it all the more satisfying. 

Q: What are your top 3 influences (artists, things, etc)?
A: Ed Templeton, Rothfink, and cooking shows on VICE (Action Bronson, Matty Mattheson, etc)

Q: Favourite Bison item you’ve picked up at a previous fair?
A : Framed Print of an old VW Bus from Photographer Jim Johansson. One year we bought the front view and the next year we bought the side view. Hoping there’s a rear one this year.

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