Why interview Calvin? In my opinion he is a longboard influencer. He might not have the mega subscribers or the million view videos, but he has a loyal following, and he is respected in the community. Part of that is he is trusted, so when he recommends a product, it carries more influence. An example of this is the review he did for the Hopkin Youtube channel on Optimo wheels. Although that video is now has 5000+ views, when we released it, there was less than 500 views in the first 30 days, but it was enough to sell out the wheel in our shop and at the distributor! You can go to our longboard wheel page, and it is sorted by best selling wheels, and the Optimo is (as of writing this) number 2! If you listen to the podcast we talk about what wheels Calvin is currently recommending, the Byron Esserts, and that wheel is sold out and creeping up our best seller list.
This is a fun interview, we talk a lot about how Calvin has been building his brand Beggars Supply Co.
This blog post is a companion to the podcast - it is the show notes!
If you want to visit the websites we mention or watch the videos we talk about or unsure of the person or skater that is talked about, the link should be here. If not please message or DM me and I will get it added. Any mistakes, let me know.
First skateboard stormtrooper skateboard. First longboard a Tan Tien bought from the old Hopkin website, set up with Paris trucks and yellow Stimulus wheels.
US trip in July
California -> Seattle -> Vancouver
Motion Boardshop - stocks Beggars boards
Calvin's video from his 2018 tour
One of Calvin's biggest influences, and he aims to mimic that Wes Anderson framing
The amazing Mr Linus Marsh
Longboarding video game video <- watch the series here or my favourite below
Music found on Spotify Discover weekly
The East Coop facebook page, the page where taken down videos go to live
What are Calvin's different media channels? He uses Youtube for a Calvin Skinner film or bigger edits. The East Co-operative is now Facebook video only now. Beggers does only Facebook and Instagram video.
Longer content goes on Youtube - minimum 8 minute videos. Facebook is videos anywhere from 30 seconds to 6 minutes.
Backbone longboard deck
What is Beggars drop 3 looking like? It is available end of November or December.
First board: Downhill single kick around 39 inches long
Second board: a symmetrical downhill top mount board 35.5 inches long
Third board: a big double kick that is 38.5 inches long!
Shops that are stocking Drop 2:
Small indy board builders we talk about:
Highway Jam X Paris Trucks - best skate event Calvin has been too.
Monkeypig Midnight Madness
Essert freeride wheels - slide so perfectly
How does Calvin pick his team? Individuality is the biggest factor.
Can a skater get sponsored without racing or doing events? Calvin and I discuss this, other than himself as an example Brandon DesJarlais is another example of skaters building a following and using that to get sponsored.