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Tom's Palestine Sketchbook

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Tom's Palestine Sketchbook

Palestine Sketchbook is an unfiltered and complete, one-to-one scale reproduction of a sketchbook from a month spent in Palestine. Although the focus is on the art and experiences, it also includes a short and fragmented narrative of how Birling co-owner, Tom Pajdhlhauser's time in Palestine reshaped his perception of world politics and helped him reconnect to his own family’s migration from Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe. In October 2019, Tom joined a small group of international volunteers in the West Bank to teach skateboarding at an after-school program led by the UK/Palestinian organization SkatePal. Having experienced firsthand how inclusive, empowering, and life-changing skateboarding can be...

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Royal Ottawa Charity Fundraiser Announcement

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Royal Ottawa Charity Fundraiser Announcement

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our Royal Ottawa charity raffle has raised more than $7k over the course of March! Not only are we touched once again by the outstanding support of our community, but also by the personal messages shared to us by folks dealing with mental health issues. Reducing the stigma of conversations surrounding mental health is tremendously helpful to all. A special thanks goes out to Billy Johnson for coming to us with this fundraising idea and to Vans Canada for contributing to the prize pack. Lastly, thank you to the Royal Ottawa for all...

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All New Vans Skate Classics Available Now

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All New Vans Skate Classics Available Now

We are very excited to take part in the global launch of Vans' all new skate classics footwear line. It's a big deal! Vans has significantly upgraded their classic line-up of skate shoes while maintaining a great price point. They will be a staple on our shoe wall from here on out. Reinforced materials plus upgraded construction provide added durability and energy return cushioning for longer skate sessions. As part of the first offerings from this line-up we've got some Authentics, Slip-ons, Eras, and Lampins available online. Try em' out and see what all the hype is about!

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The Royal Ottawa Charity Raffle

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The Royal Ottawa Charity Raffle

Conversations regarding mental health issues are always tough, and long term solutions are very challenging to identify. The complexity of these issues cannot be overstated. The skateboard community is not immune to mental health issues and skate shops are not equipped to handle them above and beyond being a sounding board and connecting you to proper resources. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reach out for help. Always reach out for help.We recognize that there are devastating effects caused by mental health issues in our community and that mental health issues take on many forms. We look to leaders in our...

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TANGENT by Jordan Wiens

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TANGENT by Jordan Wiens

The debate of superiority between “HD” or “VX” skate videos is an unnecessary one to have. One does not have to be better than the other, as they both serve their own purposes. The debate continues due to how sentimental skateboard culture is to the relic known as the Sony VX1000. It was the golden standard video camera used to produce so many classic skateboard videos. Skaters were quick to describe HD videos as “whack” when they first emerged because that’s their knee jerk reaction to any sort of change. Try suggesting a truck brand switch to a skater over...

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