UK-based Death Skateboards has been owned and run by Hertfordshire-born skater Nick Zorlac since the company’s inception in 1998. It is part of Power Distribution, a company also owned by Zorlac, along with other skateboard brands including Heroin, Landscape, the Stella Supply Co., Consolidated, Antiz, Kill City and Traffic.
The Death team features Zorlac along with talents including Dan Cates, Patrick Melcher, Matt Pritchard, Mark Nicolson, Richie Jackson and Dave Allen. New members of the squad for 2013 were 24-year-old Cornish rider Adam Moss and 25-year-old Aussie Dean Palmer, whose signature ‘Death Dome’ board with artwork by Alistair Mooney followed soon after.
Over the years, the Death range has featured boards such as the Death Laugh, I Love Death and the Stretch Skull. Current models include the distinctive Creeping Death range made up of signature boards from Pritchard, Cates, Rob Smith, Melcher, Boots and Jackson. New for 2013 were the Richie Jackson Stoned and Patrick Melcher Bottle decks with graphics by AyeJay, and the Ordinary Madness Swirl Deck with graphics by JayBone, as well as eight new decks in the ‘Supervillain’ series with artwork by Jon Horner.
Since its birth, Death has produced many videos, beginning with unofficial films Death Squad: The Movie (1999) and Squadrophenia (2004) before the first full-on Death Skateboards DVD Escape from Boredom in 2006. This was followed in 2008 by Better Than Life, and then in 2013 by Ordinary Madness, filmed and edited by Alex Radovanovitch, and featuring a stand-out joint section by Jackson and Melcher.