Product Spotlight - King Skateboards Holiday '23

by Dan Bunn

Available in the UK for the first time, we've got an absolute belter of a drop from two-time SOTY Tyshawn Jones' skate brand, King Skateboards, with a load of decks and clothing featuring references to some other all-time greats.

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Coming in hot with their first UK release, King Skateboards have absolutely smashed it out the park with their Holiday '23 collection, treating us to a load of tasteful pop-culture references you don't want to miss. We've got skateboard decks and clothing with graphics ranging from Omar from cult TV show, 'The Wire', to soul superstar Sade, all of which feature a King-based theme.

King Skateboard Decks

First up, we've got two kings for the price of one with the King 'Tyshawn Jones Tut' Deck which pays tribute to the most legendary Egyptian pharoah, Tutankhamun. The Tyshawn Jones Tut graphic merges the faces of these two kings of kings alongside a load of other Egyptian imagery for an optical illusion-esque collage that borders on the conspiratorial.

Alongside the Tyshawn Jones Tut deck, we've also got the King 'Nakel Smith Flyer' Deck which features a reference to one of the most legendary hardcore punk bands of all time: Bad Brains. The graphic is based off the OG Bad Brains 'How Much Can Da Youth Take' T-shirt which King have put their own twist on. While they may not be as well-known or as wealthy as King Tut, Bad Brains are definitely kings in their own right and they deserve just as much respect on their name.

Alongside TJ and Nak, the drop also features a new pro board for young gun, Zach Saraceno. The King 'Zach Saraceno Bros' Deck features a vintage circus-inspired design with various animals, including an elephant and a seal balancing a ball on its nose, alongside some retro posters for the King Bros circus for that nostalgic Americana aesthetic.

Easily my personal favourite deck from the collection (I mean, who doesn't love Sade?!), the King 'Spades' Deck pays homage to one of the most sensual musicians to ever step into a recording studio, Sade, with another eye-straining collage graphic. You may be wondering where the King theme fits in but, aside from the fact that Sade is a certified queen herself, she's also well-known for her absolute banger 'Your Love Is King' which fits the theme nicely.

Last but not least, we've got another pop-culture banger in the shape of the 'Rules' graphic, which pays tribute to one of the most celebrated TV shows of the 2010s, 'The Wire'. The King 'Rules' Deck features a black-and-white graphic with infamous 'The Wire' character, Omar Little, alongside his equally infamous quote: 'You come at the king you best not miss' alongside the show's tagline: 'Rules change. The game remains the same'. It goes without saying that this one's a must-have for any fans of the show and it's a certified wall-hanger!

King Skateboards Clothing

Alongside the 'Spades' deck, King have also come through with the 'Spades' T-shirt and hood which also feature bangin' Sade-themed designs. Both the King 'Spades' Hood and T-shirt feature a chest print with Sade holding the King of spades card alongside the slogan 'You Can't Play Me', while the hood also features a bangin' 'Your Love Is King' back-print for some extra flavour.


Likewise, the drop also features the King 'Rules' T-shirt and hood which again share the same graphic as the 'Rules' deck with a large chest print featuring Omar from 'The Wire' alongside his iconic line: 'You come at the king... you best not miss', as well as a back print featuring the signature tagline: 'Rules change. The game remains the same'. This graphic goes hard whether you've watched 'The Wire' or not.

That's enough chit-chat though. Head to the shop to browse the full range of King Skateboards decks and clothing and buy now from CSC. Or, find out more about the latest skate product on the CSC Blog. Safe.

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