Baker Skateboards is an American skateboarding company founded in 2000 by professional skateboarder Andrew Reynolds. The company's main products are skateboard decks, soft goods, accessories, and wheels.
In 1999 Reynolds left Birdhouse Skateboards and started Baker Skateboards along with other professional skateboarders from Stereo, Zero, and other companies. In 2007, the skateboard deck brand signed a distribution deal with Blitz Distribution, the company that, at the time, was distributing Birdhouse and other brands, such as Fury and Hook-Ups (Blitz had originally been formed by Per Welinder and Hawk to distribute their own products). As of 2008, the brand was the top-selling brand under the Blitz Distribution umbrella. In regard to the original Baker logo, Reynolds has credited the design to co-founder J Strickland and stated that it represented a motley company that consisted of talented skateboarders.
Leo Romero left the Baker team in April 2009, and his departure led to a great amount of discussion among skateboarders and fans. Romero was awarded Thrasher magazine's "Skateboarder of the Year" trophy in 2010.
Riley Hawk, son of professional skateboarder and company owner Tony Hawk, joined the Baker team in 2012 after riding for his father's company, Birdhouse.
The RIDE Channel, a YouTube skateboarding channel cofounded by Hawk, announced on March 15, 2013 that a new series, entitled "Baker Zone", would commence on March 18, 2013. The series features video productions from the Baker company, such as "Weekend Warriors," "Piled Out," "Trash Compactor," and "Dumb Ass Park Footy".
- Zach Allen
- Jacopo Carozzi
- Julian Deplama
- Mitchell Steggall
Former team members
- Antwuan Dixon (Riot)
- Jim Greco (Deathwish)
- Erik Ellington (Deathwish)
- Leo Romero (Toy Machine)
- Mike Maldonado (Terror of Planet X)
- Pat «Sinner» Pasquale(Dancer)
- Braydon Szafranski
- Jeff Lenoce
- Mike "Lizard King" Plumb
- Shane Heyl
- Knox Godoy
- Evan Hernandez
- Yazid Baker
- Rammy Issa
- Terry Kennedy (MutaSkateboards)
- Dee Ostrander
- Cyril Jackson
- Donta Hill
In 2007, Reynolds and fellow professional skateboarders, Jim Greco and Erik Ellington, established Bakerboys Distribution, a company that distributes many brands, some of which are owned by past and current Baker riders:
- Baker Skateboards
- Shake Junt
- Happy Hour Shades
- Deathwish Skateboards
- Volume 4
- Heroin skateboards
- Palace skateboards
- Death Lens
- Illegal Civilization
- ABC Hat Co.
The Palace skateboard brand, which won the "Brand of the Year" award at Europe's Brighton Trade Show in January 2012, announced a distribution deal with Bakerboys in July 2014. The video appeared on the "PWBC News" series that Palace produces.
Deathwish Skateboards company draws its inspiration from 70s and 80s cult movies and kitsch magazine cover artwork. Deathwish Skateboards brand name is inspired by Vigilante justice cult film series Death Wish starring Charles Bronson.
In 2016, Deathwish releases a line of seven decks entitled VHS Wasteland. The 8.5 size team deck of this series shows a picture of Charles Bronson and his gun taken from the Death Wish movie as an obvious reference to their namesake.
Former Deathwish professional Antwuan Dixon was imprisoned in mid-2013 and stated in a July 2014 Thrasher magazine interview — conducted by Reynolds and Ellington — that he was scheduled to be released on August 23, 2014. Dixon also explained that he may be released earlier:
They say the 23rd, but I’ve been in this high-school-diploma program so I can get my high school diploma and you get milestone credits. And with these milestone credits you can earn six weeks, which means 42 days off. So if that goes through I should be getting out the beginning of July.
Deathwish released a tribute skateboard deck in June 2014 to provide Dixon with a financial base to rebuild his life after his release from prison. The deck was sold with a letter from Ellington explaining Dixon's situation and his relationship to Deathwish/Bakerboys ("Antwuan is one of the reasons we started Deathwish. He's been here since day one and he'll be here as long as we are."), in addition to a pre-addressed envelope for owners of the decks to be able to send Dixon a letter while he remained in prison.
- Erik Ellington
- Jim Greco
- Brian "Slash" Hansen
- Jon Dickson
- Mike "Lizard King" Plumb
- Neen Williams
- Taylor Kirby
- Jamie Foy a.k.a THE G.O.A.T
- Jake Hayes
- Pedro Delfino
- Erick Valdez
- Shredmaster Keith
- Antwuan Dixon
- Ramiro "Furby" Salcedo
- Luis "Moose" de los Reyes
- Pat Rumney
- John Koth
Created by England-born artist Mark "Fos" Foster, the Heroin brand was named after Fos' addiction to "skateboarding." The global premiere of the Heroin skateboards video, Video Nasty, was held in Los Angeles, US on June 27, 2013 and includes parts from Chet Childress, Deer Man of Dark Woods, Daniel Shimizu, Gou Myagi, Rogie, and Tom Day. Foster's debut American art show, "Diamonds And The Rough," was presented at the Kingswell gallery in Los Angeles, US on June 14, 2014.
The Palace brand was founded around 2011 in England, United Kingdom by Lev Tanju, who was part of a London-based skate crew known as the Palace Wayward Boys Choir. Tanju enlisted the assistance of friends like graphic designer Fergus "Fergadelic" Purcell (also design director at Marc by Marc Jacobs) and photographer Will Bankhead to launch the brand. Tanju explained in 2014: "I just wanted to make some skateboards that looked nice and skated nice."
- Danny Brady
- Chewy Cannon
- Lucien Clarke
- Benny Fairfax
- Rory Milanes
- Shawn Powers
- Olly Todd
- Charlie Young
- Lucas Puig
- Jamal Smith
Greco's skateboard and clothing brand "Hammers" was launched in October 2014 as part of Bakerboys Distribution. Greco explained in August 2014 that the brand is "based on individuality, the pure moment of creation ... It's just based on creating." In the first Hammers catalog, Greco explains that the company's products are made in the U.S. "...which in turn creates American jobs and manufactures better products."
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