Jamie Thomas

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Jamie Thomas
Born (1974-10-11) October 11, 1974 (age 39)
Dothan, Alabama
Residence Encinitas, California
Other names The Chief[1]
Occupation Professional skateboarder
Spouse(s) Joanne
Children Julien Tiger, James Ruby, Maximus Trey
Website
http://blackboxdist.com/

Jamie Thomas (born October 11, 1974), is an American professional skateboarder and skateboard industry entrepreneur. Thomas is the owner and president of Black Box Distribution, a company that distributes brands such as Zero Skateboards and Fallen Footwear. Thomas's nickname in the skateboard industry is "The Chief".[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Dothan, Alabama, United States (US),[2] Thomas started skateboarding at the age of eleven.[citation needed]

Skateboarding career[edit]

After relocating to the West Coast of the US to pursue skateboarding, Thomas was sponsored in 1992 by Thunder trucks, Spitfire wheels and Real Skateboards, under the Deluxe Distribution company. While still living in San Francisco, Thomas then rode for the San Diego-based Invisible Skateboards skateboard deck brand.

After relocating to Southern California in 1994, Thomas was featured on the cover of TransWorld SKATEboarding magazine and filmed video parts for Spitfire and Invisible. In 1995 Thomas left Invisible to join Toy Machine, founded and owned by skateboarder Ed Templeton, and filmed and directed two of the company's videos, the second one being Welcome To Hell.

The Official headwear brand announced Thomas as an addition to their skate team in April 2014. The brand plans to collaborate with Thomas to release a line of signature beanies and hats, stating: "As a 20-year veteran of professional skateboarding with an authentic do-it-yourself style, Jamie brings a unique level of diversity to our program."[3]

"Leap of Faith"[edit]

The Zero video Thrill Of It All featured Thomas's attempt at what would be coined "The Leap of Faith"[4] (an "ollie melon" over a handrail and then down an 18-foot, 8-inch drop). The location of the "leap" was the Point Loma High School in San Diego. Although Thomas did not successfully land the trick, his attempt garnered notoriety.

Sponsors[edit]

As of April 2014, Thomas is sponsored by Official headwear,[5] Zero skateboards, Thunder trucks, Fallen footwear, Bones Swiss, Mob Grip, Spitfire wheels and Active Ride Shop.[2]

Business career[edit]

In 1996, Thomas started a small clothing company through Toy Machine's distributor Tum Yeto. This company later became Zero Skateboards. Thomas is the owner and president of Black Box Distribution, which was created in 2000 and is the parent company of Mystery Skateboards, $lave Skateboards, Zero Skateboards, Threat By Zero, Insight Clothing, and Fallen Footwear. In 2006, Thomas won a regional "Entrepreneur of the Year" award from Ernst & Young.[6]

Reflections[edit]

Thomas has stated that he constantly wishes that he is not a perfectionist: "Yeah, I wish that all the time. My whole life is wishing that I didn't need to have something a certain way. I don't like to use the term "perfectionist" because I don't think perfection is accomplishable. But I wish I wasn't obsessed with trying to make things perfect. Yes. It's terrible; it's a curse."[1]

Personal life[edit]

Thomas is married to Joanne and has three children (Julien Tiger, born October 30, 2003, James Ruby, born March 30, 2006, and Maximus Trey, born June 11, 2008). The Thomas family resides in Encinitas, California, US. Thomas is also a Christian, with several board graphics that feature Christian imagery and scripture.[7]

Thomas has explained that his nickname, "The Chief", was started by professional skateboarders Elissa Steamer, Erik Ellington and Jim Greco.[1]

Videography[edit]

  • Spitfire Wheels: Spitfire (1993)[8]
  • Invisible Skateboards: Invisible (1994)[9]
  • Toy Machine: Heavy Metal (1995)[10]
  • Etnies: High Five (1995)[11]
  • Toy Machine: Welcome to Hell (1996)[12]
  • Emerica: Yellow – shared part with Adrian Lopez (1996)[13]
  • Zero: Thrill of it All (1997)[14]
  • Zero: Misled Youth (1999)[15]
  • Landspeed: CKY (1999)[16]
  • Transworld: VideoRadio (2001)[17][18][19][20][21]
  • Transworld: Chomp on This (2002)[22]
  • Zero: Dying to Live (2002)
  • Zero: New Blood (2005)
  • Reason to Believe (2005)
  • Thrasher: King of the Road (2004)
  • Thrasher: King of the Road (2005)
  • Thrasher: King of the Road (2006)
  • Zero promotional video (2007)
  • Fallen: Ride The Sky (2008)
  • Bill Maher's Religulous (2008)
  • Zero: Strange World (2009)
  • Insight: Untitled (2011)
  • Zero: Cold War (2013)[23]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d RIDEChannel (6 March 2013). "Jamie Thomas Gets Karate Chopped, Ollies The Gonz Gap Daily, and More ..." (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Jamie Thomas". Black Box Distribution. Black Box Distribution. 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Official Welcomes Jamie Thomas" (Video upload). Official Skate on Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 18 April 2014. 
  4. ^ audiomasterk91 (7 February 2006). "jamie thomas leap of faith" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Templeton Elliot (4 April 2014). "Jamie Thomas On Official". The Skateboard Mag. Strictly Skateboarding. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Matt Higgins (24 November 2006). "In Board Sports, Insider Status Makes Gear Sell". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Transworld (22 May 2003). "CASHING IN ON GOD". Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Spitfire". Skatevideosite.com. Skatevideosite.com. 2005–2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Don1970 (23 July 2008). "Jamie Thomas - Invisible (1994)" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  10. ^ gamblingproblems (27 March 2009). "JAMIE THOMAS HEAVY METAL TOY MACHINE" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  11. ^ skaidernation (2 November 2009). "Jamie Thomas - Etnies High 5" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  12. ^ James Padilla (29 November 2011). "Jamie Thomas - Welcome to Hell [HD] [720p]" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  13. ^ bigPantsLittleWheels (23 November 2009). "Jamie Thomas & Adrian Lopez - Emerica - Yellow" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  14. ^ SoFaK1NgBeAsT (31 July 2012). "Jamie Thomas Thrill of it All" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  15. ^ skaidernation (10 November 2009). "Jamie Thomas - Zero Misled Youth" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  16. ^ ParisIsHesh; 623skates (2005–2013). "Landspeed: CKY". Skatevideosite.com. Skatevideosite.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  17. ^ OstownArmySpoon (28 December 2008). "Tom Penny - Nollie Hardflip" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  18. ^ skaidernation (12 November 2009). "Montage 3/4 - Transworld Skateboarding Videoradio '01" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  19. ^ skaidernation (12 November 2009). "Montage 2/4 - Transworld Skateboarding Videoradio '01" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  20. ^ skaidernation (12 November 2009). "Montage 1/4 - Transworld Skateboarding Videoradio '01" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  21. ^ skaidernation (12 November 2009). "Montage 4/4 - Transworld Skateboarding Videoradio '01" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  22. ^ skaidernation (13 November 2009). "Jamie Thomas - Chomp On This" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Jamie Thomas skate videos". SkatevideoSite.com. SkatevideoSite.com. 2005–2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.