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    Custom Series - Los Angeles River

    Posted on: May 05, 2018 | Posted by: Futures Team

FUTURES ALONG WITH LOS ANGELES BASED TATTOO ARTIST, STEPHEN CARBALLO, CAME TOGETHER TO COLLABORATE ON FUTURES. T2 TWIN TEMPLATE IN OUR CUSTOM SERIES LINE. CUSTOM SERIES IS OUR PRECISION CNC-CUT, HAND FOILED LINE OF FINS PRODUCED IN OUR FACILITY IN HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA. WHAT OTHER WAY TO HAVE IT MORE CUSTOM THAN HAVING A LIMITED RUN OF OUR T2 WITH CUSTOM HAND DRAWN ART WORK BY THE LOS ANGELES RIVER TATTOO ARTIST. THIS TEMPLATE FEATURES A LARGE SURFACE AREA AND UPRIGHT DESIGN, ALLOWING FOR TIGHT TURNS IN THE POCKET, AND ELIMINATES THE NEED FOR A STABILIZING FIN IN THE REAR. THE BASE OF THE FIN REMAINS STIFF FOR MAXIMUM DRIVE, WHILE THE TIP IS THINNED OUT, ALLOWING THE FIN TO FLEX AND PROVIDE THE RIDER WITH A RESPONSIVE FEEL. THE T2 IS BEST SUITED FOR MR STYLE TWIN FIN BOARDS.

STEPHEN CARBALLO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN LOS ANGELES, IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY AREA. HE STARTED TATTOOING AT THE AGE OF SEVENTEEN, PRACTICING ON HIS FRIENDS AT HIS PARENTS HOUSE. WHILE SKATING ALL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND HAVING THE MOUNTAINS CLOSE BY, HE BECOME HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH THE SNOWBOARDING, AND EVENTUALLY GETTING INVOLVED WITHIN THE INDUSTRY IN HIS EARLY 20’S COLLABORATING WITH

COMPANIES SUCH AS, TECHNINE. AFTER GETTING SNOWED OUT AFTER A WHILE, STEPHEN MADE A 180 DEGREE TURN. HE LEFT THE SNOW COVERED GROUND AND CHILLED AIR AND ENDED UP IN THE WHITE SANDS AND HUMID AIR OF BALI, WHERE HE BEGAN SURFING. ONLY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE LAID-BACK, SLOW-PACED MELLOW LIFESTYLE. THE REST IS HISTORY, “IT’S BEEN FUN TIMES EVER SINCE,” HE SAYS.

HAVING STUDIED INDUSTRIAL DESIGN IN SCHOOL, STEPHEN BECAME QUITE SAVVY WITH TOOLS AND FABRICATION. FROM BUILDING HIS OWN TATTOO MACHINES AND MAKING HIS OWN CLOTHES, HE FIGURED, “IT WAS A NO-BRAINER THAT I SHOULD SHAPE MY OWN BOARD.” ONLY SHAPING HIS FIRST BOARD A COUPLE YEARS AGO, HE’S RECENTLY BEEN FEATURED ON HURLEY’S LIVE INSTAGRAM FEED, SHAPING HIS BOARDS. MOSTLY SHAPING SIMON ANDERSON STYLE BOARDS ALONG WITH CRAZY-LOOKING FUN BOARDS. NOW RESIDING IN SILVERLAKE, STEPHEN AKA THE LOS ANGELES RIVER TATTOO HAS TWO SHOPS IN LOS ANGELES, ONE IN DOWNTOWN LA, AND ONE IN THE LA ARTS DISTRICT. IF YOU WERE TO CATEGORIZE HIS STYLE YOU MIGHT HAVE TO NAME A NEW ONE BECAUSE HE’S IN HIS “OWN LANE”. WITH THE USE OF BOLD LINES COMBINED WITH STICK AND POKE SHADING. WITH HIS PROCESS FOCUSED ON THE CONCEPT OF THE PIECE RATHER THAN THE EXECUTION OF THEM, “I THINK THERE’S SOMETHING SUPER FUN ABOUT MAKING SOMETHING REALLY SIMPLE, BUT WITH AN INTERESTING CONCEPT BEHIND IT”.

SYMBOLIC SIMPLICITY

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