New Brand Alert - Metal Skateboards

Dan Bunn

Fresh skate brand out of the depths of New Jersey, Metal Skateboards is championed by Fred Gall but that's far from the only reason you should love them.

Shop the full range of Metal skateboard decks at CSC now!

Shop Metal Skateboards and buy now from CSC - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

What is Metal Skateboards?

No, they're not skateboards made out of metal; Metal Skateboards is an exciting new skate brand out of New Jersey that's fronted by the one and only Fred Gall. Metal first came about in 1994 when Fred and his homie Lou were listening to Black Sabbath and drinking mushroom tea when they came up with the idea to make a video named 'Metal'.

Original Metal T-Shirt Design from 1995 - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store
Photo: T-shirt design from the first run of Metal T-shirts in 1995.

After spraypainting 'Metal' on their grip the idea gained traction and soon a load of Philly heads could be found repping Metal, which ultimately led to Chris Carter including a nod to Metal in Fred Gall's Alien Workshop 'Spider' deck. While Metal never really went anywhere at first, the boys have teamed up again almost 30 years later to get things rolling again and now you can finally get your hands on a Metal skateboard deck.

Ben Raybourn Frontside Air - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store
Photo: Ben Raybourn getting high at the DIY.

The Metal Skateboards team boasts legends like Fred Gall and Ben Raybourn alongside local East Coast homies like Donny Binaco and Richie Blackshaw for a proper wholesome brand that celebrates skating with your homies. What's more, with an emphasis on crusty spots and graphics centred around spooky, metal-inspired artwork as well as references to cult films, it's safe to say we're big fans.

Fred Gall Switch 5-0, photo by Paul Garr - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store
Photo: Uncle Freddy switch 5-0 through the crust, photo by Paul Garr.

Metal Skateboards Decks

Metal have come out swingin' with their first run of skateboard decks, coming through with a load of incredible film-inspired graphics that are a must-have for any cult film fans. First up, the Metal 'Fred Gall Predator' deck features a bangin' tribute by artist, Tom Ruane, to one of the most legendary series ever: the original 'Predator' film. While we're kinda disappointed about the lack of Arnie or hunky handshakes, you really can't go wrong with two mean look Predators screaming into the woods. Although rather than being based on the film, the graphic is inspired by the 'Bad Blood' comic series which is based in New Jersey's Pine Barrens forest - yeah, the same one as 'The Sopranos'! Plus, it's Freddy Fuckin' Gall.

Metal 'Fred Gall - Predator' 8.5" Skateboard Deck - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

Next up, Metal pro and transition wizard, Ben Raybourn, has been treated to a similarly iconic graphic, this time drawing inspiration from legendary horror film, 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre'. The Metal 'Ben Raybourn Chainsaw' 8.125" deck features artwork by Sean Pryor with all the blood, chainsaws, and creepy masks you expect from a design which draws on one of the most famous horror films of all time.

Metal 'Ben Raybourn - Chainsaw' 8.25" Skateboard Deck - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

Last but definitely not least, we've also been treated to a guest pro model for the one and only Brian Anderson. The Metal 'Brian Anderson Barbarian' deck sees BA reimagined in the style of yet another 80s Arnie banger, 'Conan The Barabarian', with BA looking tough in a loincloth carrying a decapitated unicorn head as a trophy with a Pride flag in the background. Yeah there's a lot going on but what's not to love?

Metal 'Brian Anderson - Barbarian' 8.5" Skateboard Deck - CSC, Cardiff Skateboard Club - UK Skate Store

That's enough chit-chat though. Head to the shop to buy the latest Metal skateboard decks from CSC. Or, find out more about the latest skate product on the CSC Blog. Safe.

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