Chris portrait: Mark Nickels | Words: Jan
As you can see here or here Chris Haslam has been in town (Berlin to be exact) a few days ago. And since Globe International, parent company to Hardcore Enterprises and Dwindle Distribution (thus, Almost skateboards and Globe shoes among others) had announced the launch of UnEmployable for their 30th anniversary – a
5 incher 700 pager – we took the chance to ask Chris about what we can expect from this mother of all coffee table books:
Chris describes UnEmployable as "a dense visual look at the 30 year history of Globe and Hardcore distribution", and adds: "They have been a huge force in skateboarding for the past 30 years especially in and around the Australian region." With a heavy roster of pros alongside Chris and influential graphic artists such as Marc McKee involved, it's no wonder he's speaking of "a visual journey that you can follow from the start to present day of how they have been able to do that. From how the brand started, to tons of photos of tours over the past 30 years, to the history of dwindle and brands like Almost and Enjoi. It definitely has something for everyone."
And although Chris doesn't recall a single fondest memory from his time with Globe, he speaks of the the times spent in Australia as some of the best: "There are lots of photos of those trips in the book, with Mumford, Shane, Duncombe, Machnau and everyone. Those were fun times.."
There is no denying: three decades of maintaining and staying relevant as a skate/surf company is a heavy achievement "for any brand", as Chris points out. "Globes biggest accomplishment in the skateboarding realm to me would be that they have stayed true to what they have believed when they started the brand so many years ago."
More personal, for the many riders and creatives featured in the book, the 700 pages also tell the stories of episodes from their lives. "For many of us", Chris explains,"UnEmployable is a published and well maintained scrapbook of a part of our lives and histories in the skateboard world. From super old ads, to how we got on the teams, to how the teams and brands have changed throughout the years." Just to humbly conclude being stoked that Globe included him, he added a tongue in cheek challenge: "If you read it in one sitting you're a champion cause it's massive. Definitely worth a look."
And although Rodney Mullen made it to the UnEmployable launch in LA, we were unable get to speak to him. Hope this doesn't have anything to do with it…
‘UnEmployable’ will be available in bookstores in Australia and globally online at www.globebrand.com this December. Coming to North American and European skate/street/surf retailers and bookstores February 2016.