an exclusive first look at thames and palace's skateboard collaboration
Blondey McCoy’s label, Thames, is releasing a super limited edition skateboard collaboration with Palace.
Blondey McCoy, London's coolest skater, is branching out from creating clothing under his Thames label and releasing his first drop of skateboards in collaboration with Palace. Set for release this Saturday, it's the first time the old friends have officially collaborated on a project together, despite Blondey and Palace founder Lev working together from the beginning.
The punk-inspired collection (think classic Jamie Reid iconoclasm) is based around artwork that Blondey made for his Thames art show last year. The selection of three boards are all based around subverted images of British currency and the Queen: Blondey took fivers, tenners and twenty pound notes as design starting points and drew all over the currency -- covering the Queen's face in Thames and Palace logos and scrawling St George's crosses.
"It's the first ever Thames and Palace co-branded project, and contextually nothing made more sense than releasing a small board series." Blondey tells i-D. "They are adorned in artwork from my first Thames branded art show, Thames A.D. back in September in the theme of currency, monarchy and all things British. They are by all means as much of a 'wall board' as an actual skateboard." Get a first look at the boards below.