To celebrate our Anti-Hero X Slam City collaboration, the good folks at DLX flew Raney Beres over to put the goods through their paces.
The Anti-Hero X Slam City ‘Classic Liz’ board by Todd Bratrud. photo: Gabe Morford
Since Anti-Hero’s inception, we’ve had their boards on the wall with an astronomical amount of ‘Classic Eagles’ running through the till over the years. Therefore, the graphic was quickly settled on as the foundation of our Anti-Hero X Slam City project. Our majesty, Queen Elizabeth, commandeers centre stage in this reworking by Todd Bratrud. Liz’ corgis even joined her for the ride. And Anti-Hero’s Raney Beres took a pitstop trip to sample the collaboration.
Raney Beres at House Of Vans, London in the Anti-Hero X Slam City’ Classic Liz t-shirt. ph: Mark Jackson
As luck would have it, London was rainy for Raney Beres during his stint in the city. Despite leaving sunny San Francisco and landing into the drizzle, he was excited to make the most of out his time with us.
We sheltered at Waterloo’s House of Vans accompanied by his Anti-Hero team, Div Adams who missioned down from Scotland. Afterwards, we hit up Palace’s Mwadlands skatepark, just days before it was demolished, joined by Slam rider, Blondey McCoy. For the two hours it actually was dry, Raney even got to sample some ancient Crystal Palace crust.
Raney Beres at Mwadlands for Anti-Hero X Slam City. Video by Mark Jackson featuring ‘Are You Around’ by Dead Arm (Permanent Slump Records).
Raney Beres at Mwadlands, photography by Henry Kingsford.
This action ensued thanks to a transatlantic conversation and working with DLX continues to be a pleasure. Our West Coast cousins are keeping skateboarding very much alive and we’ve forever been fans of what they are doing over there. We leapt at the chance to work on this special project as soon as Jim Thiebaud threw it out there, and DLX flying Raney over to mark the occasion was the cherry on top.
The Anti-Hero X Slam City ‘Classic Liz’ board in 8.25″ (blue woodstain) and 8.5″ (black woodstain). ph: Morford
Todd Bratrud’s twist on a timeless classic appears across the Anti-Hero X Slam City collection with two board colourways, a t-shirt and a hoodie. It’s even Frank Gerwer approved.
Frank Gerwer in the Anti-Hero X Slam City ‘Classic Liz’ hood. ph: Gabe Morford
With thanks to Jim Thiebaud, Raney Beres, and everyone at DLX. The Anti-Hero X Slam City collection is available now.
The Slam City collaborations archive – 2022: Skate Shop Day 2021: Slam City Skates X Oliver Payne, Thrasher X Slam City Skates, Blast Skates X Slam City 2019: Slam City X RaD Archive, Slam City X RaD Launch Gallery, Slam City X RaD Archive – Curtis McCann by Winstan Whitter 2018: enjoi X Slam City with Ben Raemers, Gonz and Toby by Thomas Campbell and Mark Gonzales 2017: Dickies X Slam City – Fall 2017 with Tom Knox, Darius Trabalza and Neil Smith, Krooked X Slam City, DC X Slam City, DC X Slam City Southbank Gallery, DC X Slam City: Josh Kalis & Mike Blabac Interview, DC X Slam City: Josh Kalis ‘Memory Screen’ Remix 2016: Vans x Slam City ‘Lampin Pro’ & ‘Native American Pro’, Vans x Slam City Launch Gallery, HUF x Slam City Skates, HUF x Slam City Skates Launch Gallery, Slam City “Artists” Decks with Tod Swank, Fos, Don Pendleton and Nick Jensen, Slam City Skates X Spitfire Wheels, Dickies x Slam City Skates (Summer 2016) 2013: Vans Syndicate x Slam City, House of Billiam X Slam City, DC Kalis x Slam City 2012: Slam City x Converse CTS, Silas X Slam City Skates, Real x Slam City Skates, Slam City Skates x Spitfire Classics 2010: Emerica x Slam City “Laced”, Toy Machine x Emerica x Slam City 2008: Penfield x Slam City Skates 2007: WeSC x Slam City Skates 2006: Etnies x Slam City Skates 2005: Nike SB x Slam City Dunk