NOMAD x NORTHBOUND: THE JOURNEY

Last summer one of our good friends and designer Christophe Zedler (Member of KRID Kollektive) went on a journey up North, to spend a couple of weeks at WILDACT ADVENTURES in Arvidsjaur, Sweden.

The fast and easy way to get from Switzerland to the north of Sweden would be taking a plane. Chris wanted to make the adventure more special and came up with the idea to transform a van to a camper, and drive from his hometown Basel, Switzerland, up north.

The van was also equipped with a mobile screen printing installation for boards and T-shirts, to be set to use at the numerous stops ‘en route’. We joined forces with Chris by supporting him in preparing the journey and by providing materials for the printing, NOMAD x NORTHBOUND was born.

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The van turned into camper

Hi Chris, it’s been a couple months after getting back to Basel; did you need time to get used to ‘normal’ life again?

Hola. Good point right at the beginning – the answer is just a plain: YES. I took some weeks to get back to normal working hours and a regular day rhythm. But since the journey’s impressions where still quite present it was not a big of a deal. Comparing Van life to life in a fixed flat, it was kind of overwhelming how much space u actually “claim” for yourself and your stuff. So almost straight after arriving I started thinking about what to get rid of and what to change in terms of living in a flat.

Let’s go back to the beginning. Where did the idea come from to spend some time up north?

The last years I spent usually my vacations at the French coast. I like the sea, but I also like forests and rough nature. I’ve been to Norway a while ago for a very short visit and I always wanted to see a bit more of this part of Europe. After Wildact Adventure tours was posting something on social media about that they are looking for helping hands, I thought that it could be a nice way to visit a much more Northern part of Europe than I have been to before. And to be honest: it was a good decision.

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The ranch of Wildact Adventures in Arvidsjaur

You made various stops on the way before reaching Arvidsjaur, in Strasbourg, Trier, Bremen, Copenhagen, Norrköping, and Skelleftea. Which stop was your favorite and why?

That’s a tough question. I enjoyed all of the stops. They all were quite different, but each one had something special to itself. Strasbourg was exciting because it was the first stop, so the material and setup needed to proof it. The stops in Copenhagen and Malmö I enjoyed the most. I guess because the weather conditions were the best, and it was easy to stay inside the cities with the camper and because of the amazing people I met. But actually I loved all the stops.

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Left to right: The designs for Strasbourg, Trier, Bremen
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Left to right: The designs for Copenhagen, Malmö, Norrköping

On each stop you had a new design for the decks and shirts. Where did you find the inspiration and concepts?

Usually I was trying get a bit of cultural background knowledge of the cities we stopped. Usually in Europe u find plenty of sculptures or medieval buildings for inspiration. Sometimes I got to know some funny stories about the cities by just walking around and talking with people who live there. The hardest one was Skelleftea actually. After I met a nice older guy who used to work on industrial ships all over the oceans it was clear to me what to do, he told me a bit of history about what used to be one of the biggest industries in the area.

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The Skelleftea design

How was life in Arvidsjaur compared to Basel? What were the activities each day?

I guess “wilder“ is the right word. Almost in every corner you could find the next adventure. It’s a small town and we stayed like 15 km outside of Arvidsjaur at Wildact’s Ranch. There u have plenty of nature. Everything is wide and open, with almost untouched earth; well at least it felt like that. Usually we had breakfast with the team of Wildact, we worked on building a new house or I was working on the screen printed postcards that created during my time there.

At the weekends it was time to see more of the incredible nature of Lapland and go for small trips. It was quite a nice time to recharge the batteries and learn a bit about living outside and how to use the tools given.

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The north of Sweden is beautiful

Did you miss anything while staying there, or on the contrary what didn’t you miss?

What I didn’t miss for sure were the loud streets, people yelling around and things one could call ‘urban hectic’. What I missed is actually hard to answer since everything was so impressive. Time…yes time was missing. I would have loved to stay some more weeks.

The journey back south went quicker, with stops in Göteborg, Klitmöller and a visit to your family in Erfurt. Did you feel some sort of homesick at some point?

I wouldn’t call it homesick, but for sure it was nice to come back. It’s always good to come home to meet your friends and family. I hadn’t been in Thuringia for a while and it turned out to be a good thing to spend some days in the area I grew up. I met up with friends that I hadn’t seen in years and we had a good time.

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The designs on the way back: Göteborg & Klitmöller

The ride was a bit exhausting at the end. Maybe it was the German autobahn with the trucks overtaking me, since the van was not built for high speed chases.

Before going on the journey you designed the products that are part of our Fall/Winter collection. Where did you get the inspiration for these designs?

Usually I get quite inspired by NOMAD SKATEBOARDS itself. I love how you work with designers, artists and the team itself. Some products this time where inspired by the preparation for the journey. Spending a lot of time outside and developing a style that can be used for the whole project was a big influence. During that time I was also very much into creating structures influenced by nature, like trying to recreate tree bark with more urban tools or trying to find natural lining, patterns and shapes that could be used for creating new objects or artworks.

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The Nomad Northbound series

Going Northbound is just one direction. In the future, do you plan similar trips to the South or East?

I would like to go on some more journeys with the screen printing concept for sure. To see new places, but also to develop more skills in screen printing and the whole developing process and other techniques.

If you are up for it, let’s go!

Thanks for your time! As always it’s a big pleasure to work with you. Do you wish to thank anyone?

Yes for sure! I thank NOMAD SKATEBOARDS for supporting the idea of the journey and making it happen, and of course for your trust. It wouldn’t have been the same without your help and coordination. Furthermore I thank Ashes Griptape for a full box of grip tapes, Siebdruckland for color and equipment support, Wildact Adventure Tours for the Hosting, Franziska and Johannes for a place to stay in the north, Max for having a great time in Copenhagen, my family for supporting, and everyone helping preparing the journey, following and coming out for the screen prints or a nice session.

Stay safe and enjoy!

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A closer look to the SECRET SOCIETIES SERIES by HEYMIKEL

This fall/winter we launched two new series. The Secret Societies series is the biggest of the two, with 5 decks, a wheel design and various shirts and sweaters. The mastermind behind these series is Miguel Sousa a.k.a. HeyMikel.

Time for a quick interview with him about the series!

HeyMikel, could you please give us a quick introduction?

My name is Miguel Sousa, I am a 27 years old London based designer, originally from Porto, Portugal.

How long have you been designing and how did you start?

I have been drawing since I was a kid, influenced by cartoons like Dragon ball, Akira, Ninja turtles, Samurai-x, etc. When I was younger I drew for fun, specially during boring classes. So it made sense to join a specialized graphic design high school.

After high school I studied communication design at a University, and after that a masters in illustration and animation.

During my academic years, in my spare time, I would always sharpen my illustrations skills with freelance projects through art exhibitions, t-shirts, gig posters, magazine and newspaper illustrations or self-through projects.

You’re currently residing in London, UK, how did you end up there?

I have always wanted to live abroad especially in London, however I waited for the perfect timing career wise.

When I was doing my masters in illustration in Portugal I was working for a clothing brand, until an opportunity came up to work in Madrid . I didn’t think twice and in a couple of weeks I was in Madrid, I never expected it but it was a great choice.

I was then invited to move and work in London, which was an easy choice as I always wanted to experience the fast pace of this city.

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Besides graphic design, do you have another job? What is your profession?

A few years ago i was really into the illustration scene, almost full-time.

In the past few years I have been  working as a creative designer / art director in advertising agencies such as Lola MullenLowe Madrid and now Saatchi and Saatchi London. Advertising is exciting because you can work with big clients and large budgets that allow you to produce big things and work in a greater range of projects with talented people.

How do you normally begin with a design? Where do you find the inspiration and concepts?

Normally I try to find a good idea to start with, could be something metaphoric or literal, but always with an idea behind it. I carry with me a sketchbook all times, to write and visualize the ideas on first instance, for me it’s the most valuable tool.

How do you know NOMAD SKATEBOARDS and have you done other projects for the brand?

Lola Madrid used to work with Nomad regularly, so I knew the brand well, however, I had never worked on the brand itself before.

For the SECRET SOCIETIES SERIES, how did you start?

For the Secret societies Series, the first idea came from Lucas Reis (Art Director), We’ve been working together on different projects, so it was an easy process developing, visualizing each idea and transforming them in a piece of work. It required a lot of patience and effort as every illustration is very detailed, but the result was worth the time.

We totally agree on the result, the boards have become simply amazing and it’s a pleasure to work with you! Is there anyone that you would like to thank?

I would like to thank the Nomad team. They were simply a pleasure to work with. Nice and professional people. Secondly, but by no means less important , I would like to thank Lucas Reis for the collaboration and for kicking off the project. Also Gabriel T. Garcia, José Hernandez and Dan Reeve for helping me with filming, editing and animating the teaser video for the skateboard collection.

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INTRODUCING ANDRES DIAZ a.k.a. “Niki”

Andres Diaz a.k.a. Niki is from Tenerife, Canary Islands and he rips!

He was already representing NOMAD a few years ago, and now he’s back!
His big smile and deep bag of tricks will show you why.

Welcome back Niki!

Film & Edit by Sidney Deniz Sánchez
Additional film: David Fernandez & Hugo Valverde

FS BLUNT – Photo: Ian Paulo Rodriguez

Presenting Vladimir Ivanov

Vladimir Ivanov has been riding for us since 2014, and he’s super stoked to be a part of the Nomad Family. After the team meeting in July he stayed for another three weeks with us in Zaragoza to film for his upcoming video part. We got to know him as a mellow, relaxed guy who only gets pissed off when he does not land his tricks. He’s super dedicated to seek the limits of his skating, even with 45 degrees celcius he hit the streets to get clips.

Full part + interview coming in October, check the teaser below!

Film: Ivaylo Donchev, Martin Dechev & more

Edit: Ivaylo Donchev

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Kickflip Noseslide – Photo by Teodor Peevski

PRESENTING THE TEAM

Over the past months we’ve been looking for some new riders, and we are stoked to present our new team:

  • Cristian Delgado, living and skating in and around Barcelona. He knows how to handle ledges like no other. Instagram: @cristiandeelgarap
  • Miguel Sanchez, from Andalusia, Southern Spain. Silent killer, he just skates and destroys everything that he sees. Instagram: @m1guelsanchez
  • Vladimir Ivanov, from Sofia Bulgaria. This guy is a machine, he’s got pop, power and steez! Instagram: @vladimir.ivanov.g.b
  • Jeffrey Luque, from Andalusia, Southern Spain. Jeff is the team manager, always hyped to skate and have a great time. Instagram: @jeffreyluque

TEAM NOMAD

Left to right: Jorge de Torres (Zaragoza local), Vladimir Ivanov, Miguel Sanchez, Cristian Delgado, Jeffrey Luque.

Last week we invited everyone to Zaragoza to spend a couple of days and to meet each other. These days were amazing, with lots of laughing and good skateboarding.

Check the clip from this meeting right here:

Film: Mario Martin & Jeffrey Luque.
Edit: Mario Martin

With these guys we are sure that we’re going to have a great time for Nomad! Stay tuned for individual interviews, photos and more content very soon!

NOMAD NORTH|BOUND

NOMAD SKATEBOARDS and KRID COLLECTIVE have been working together for a few years which resulted in many successful collections, and we are pleased to present to you our new project for this summer: NOMAD NORTH BOUND!

NORTH BOUND started as an idea from graphic designer Christoph Zedler to make a journey with his van from his hometown Basel in Switzerland, up north to Arvidsjaur, Sweden, to remain there for a month with Wildact Adventure Tours before going back home. With the aim to spread our love for live art, skateboarding, and lots of kilometers ahead, we will stop in various cities to exhibit live and spontaneous collaborations with local skate shops and skateboard associations.

Our “Nomad studio” is equipped with a mobile screen printing installation for immediate printing on skateboards and apparel. Everyone affiliated with art, design and skateboarding will get the chance to see the design and printing process on the spot for that specific location coupled with a nice conversation and fresh drinks.

Chris will be collaborating with all partners involved on the way of this amazing journey, designing from original concept to the materialization on decks and T-shirts, creating an unforgettable experience.

As an extra there will be giveaways at each stop and the chance to win a unique deck that will be designed bit by bit during the journey.

We will be documenting the journey and share the whole experience on the website and through our channels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Follow and join our North Bound adventure!

Webhttp://nomad-northbound.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/nomadnorthbound/

A closer look to the RESILIO series by Jose Palomero

The RESILIO Series are a part of the Summer collection that will hit shops around Europe at the beginning of July. These products have been designed by Jose Palomero, the designer behind PalomitaDay. We asked him some questions about himself and the newest designs for Nomad Skateboards.

Hi Jose, how old are you and where do you live?

I’m 38 years old, I’m from Zaragoza and after living a while in Barcelona I ended up in Paris, already since 9 years.

How many years have you been designing and how did you start?

I come from a family with various artists, so in some way I´ve always been in touch with this world. My first real contact with graphic design actually happened via skateboarding. While studying in an art school I was being sponsored by a Dutch team. At some point I was thinking that it would be cool to design my own T-shirts and decks, and I became interested in various designing tools, typography, and communication, all with the ambition to start a brand. During this time there were no brands in Spain and very few in Europe. While I was orientating more towards fine art, Ivan (founder of Nomad) managed with a lot of effort to create this crazy thing called Nomad Skateboards that is now a reality. I am really proud to have it seen growing since the beginning.

“While I was orientating more towards fine art, Ivan (founder of Nomad) managed with a lot of effort to create this crazy thing called Nomad Skateboards that is now a reality.”

You’re from Spain, but living in Paris. How did you end up there?

After ending my studies in fine arts I started developing myself as graphic designer. I started with customers in Barcelona and Zaragoza, and thanks to my ex-girlfriend, who is French; I started getting more and more professional contacts in Paris. So in the end I decided to make the move. Now I’m living here with my wife and two sons.

Besides graphic design, do you have another job? What is your profession?

Teaching is one of my main interests. Transferring my knowledge and ideas help others to grow and at the same time it gives me a kind of certainty. Besides having my studio I have been design teacher at LISAA School of Art & Design, and after almost 3 years I am the creative director of the school. My work consists of brand development and adaptation to all kinds of supports. These past years we have created a new image, from the company logo to the interior of the 7 different schools in France. In collaboration with another agency we also developed a website that got an honorable mention at the Webby Awards of this year.

How do you normally start with a design? Where do you find the inspiration and concepts?

Picasso said that the inspiration always comes while working. I normally start sketching in some kind of automatic way, and the ideas start flowing bit by bit. My design style tends towards geometrics and “Raw Art”, two totally different worlds and it happens a lot that I end up in between the two of them. I’m inspired by everything that surrounds me, in my case nature, walking down the street, traveling, and art in general, and above all the conversations with my eldest son.

How do you know Nomad Skateboards and have you done more work for the brand?

As mentioned, Nomad was a fantastic delirium that Ivan managed to launch. I’ve been friends with Ivan since forever, and in the beginning of Nomad I realized the brand’s identity and the designs for the first collection. Back then I was still young and I had no idea what I was doing! Later on I collaborated with Nomad each time when it came up.

“I think that Nomad Skateboards has gone through a similar path, knowing how to adapt to the circumstances to be resurging with more strength.”

For the Resilio serie of Nomad’s newest collection, how did you start?

 I’ve been interested for a while in Japanese Marbling, “suminagashi” as they say in Japan. It’s a technique that is used a lot in binding and it imitates the veins in marble.

It consists of water painting with different compounds that repel and in some manner find their own way. It’s something unpredictable but with a lot of practice you can learn to control it. I liked this idea of adaptation and the raw beauty, just like water, which basically is resilience. I think that Nomad Skateboards has gone through a similar path, knowing how to adapt to the circumstances to be resurging with more strength.

Did you get help from other persons for the designs and their concept?

 Everything around me helps, especially my friends and family, but when I design I need to isolate myself from the world. The concept of resilience was already prepared by Nomad for a while with the whole idea of “Rebirth”, and I thought it was the perfect moment to give the concept a touch of my own.

The work turned out great! The designs are amazing and they will soon be available in shops all over Europe. Is there anyone you would like to thank?

I want to thank my family for their continuing support, especially my sons for being a guide for me on a daily basis. My friends for being another part of my family, and everyone who has taught me to grow and to be happy even when the wind comes from the opposite direction #Resilio!

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