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New York, New York

Sep 1 2005 / Thursday

A man and his art

Some meaningful art that travelled across the US a few times before being hung on this wall.

On Wednesday, August 16, ThirtyTwo snowboard boots decided to host a gathering/art show/party/hipster fest in downtown Manhattan to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of ThirtyTwo, bid farewell to the summer of ’05 and say hello to the upcoming 2005/2006 season. You could say they were multitasking, perhaps even killing four birds with one stone—but hey, any excuse to party in New York City right?


In the little microcosm we call snowboarding, 10 years is an eternity. Companies come and go by the dozen and by the season—sometimes sooner, but ThirtyTwo’s decade of existence is a testament to their quality boots and staying power. And proudly displayed in the center of the studio was a boot chronology spanning ThirtyTwo’s ten-year span as a boot manufacturer, from their first model, the Lo-Cut, which was inspired off of the popular skateboard shoe and designed by owner/founder Pierre Andre Senizergues to their hot-off-the-press high performance ’05/’06 Vader.

John Jackson with the other guest of honor, Tyler Lepore!

Loads of Manhattan’s finest snow/skate scenesters showed up to spread the love. ThirtyTwo/etnies pros Tyler Lepore and Wille Yli-Luoma like to get artsy behind a lens when they aren’t on the mountain, so each displayed their photography for all to see. Tyler has had art shows in NYC previously, but this was Wille’s freshman attempt. Both were stoked on the response their work got from onlookers and Wille even sold a few pieces after the show. What’s he gonna do with the money? Probably cover the shipping bill that accumulated as a result of his paintings being accidentally shipped across the country a few times and to a few wrong addresses the week prior to the show—good ‘ol courier services, I guess they figure its more exciting to keep people biting their nails and waiting until the last minute for packages.


Teamates Alexis Waite, Leanne Pelosi, Benji Ritchie and John Jackson all came to support Wille and Tyler’s art extravaganza and guzzle free beers. By 10 pm, security started flashing the lights and demanding everyone depart the studio, the party moved to the uber hip and trendy Lotus club. Unfortunately, what happens in Lotus stays in Lotus—so the story ends here.

Sherlock Holmes x 2

More pix from the event in the gallery!

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