My homie Benny and I go wayback, the early 90's skateboarding days to be exact. The Asian Connection also crossed paths off-board when Ben-G opened up shop in the same building that housed the previous Patta store, creating a powerful community and supporting family.
We both share a passion for classic skateboard graphics by great artists such as Sean Cliver, Marc McKee, Jim Phillips, V. Courtlandt Johnson, Mark Gonzales and many others, as well as quirky, hilarious rip offs, inspired by the whole World Industries-era.
One of our favorites from that time period is Chris "Dune" Pastras' first pro deck on World Industries, released in 1990. The graphic by Marc McKee was an "Africanized" version from a children's book illustration by English author and illustrator Helen Oxenbury. Since Benny and I are both of Asian descent and fans of the graphic, we just had to do an Asian version. The sitting baby on a shirt, the standing baby on a deck. Vely Special, Vely Asian. Exclusively available in store and online at Ben-G November 2.