Erik Ellington

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Erik Ellington
Erik Ellington in 2010.jpg
Ellington in 2010
NicknameMule
Born (1977-08-09) August 9, 1977 (age 41)
Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.
Home townTempe, Arizona, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles
Children2
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Skateboarding
StatusProfessional
StyleStreet
StanceGoofy
Active1980s–present
BoardsDeathwish (co-founder)[1]
ShoesSupra
TrucksThunder
Clothing
Other sponsor(s)Bakerboys Distribution[2]

Erik Ellington (born August 9, 1977) is an American professional skateboarder.

He established Bakerboys Distribution with Andrew Reynolds and Jim Greco in 2007. The company provides distribution for closely related skateboard companies. In 2008, Ellington co-founded Deathwish Skateboards with Greco.[1]

Early life[edit]

Ellington was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. In his teens, he moved to Tempe, Arizona.[3][4] On the "Epicly Later'd" episode of Vice Media's Internet channel, he said of his early life,

We moved around a lot. When we lived in Alaska, my stepdad had money. He made a decent living; he had a body shop for cars and stuff. But then you move back and forth. Shit goes wrong up there, you move into a janky apartment, whatever. But we['ve] been up and down. I think it's a good experience, you know? To know both sides of the tracks.[5]

Ellington said about living in Anchorage that "There wasn’t a whole lot to do up there in winter. But in the summer you’d get between 16 and 22 hours of daylight. So you kind of got a year’s worth of skating in those four months."[4]

Ellington's early skateboard influences were the brands H Street and 101. As a teenager he sent video footage of himself to H Street and was sent a Mike Carroll signature model skateboard deck in response.[5]

Professional skateboarding[edit]

Ellington first appeared on video when he played a Zero rider in Thrill of it All. Prior to this, he had appeared in the "Friends" section of the Toy Machine video, Welcome to Hell, but the part was uncredited.[5] Ellington had relocated from San Diego to Tempe around the same time that he was recruited by professional skateboarder Jamie Thomas, the founder and owner of Zero.[4] He explained the initial development of his relationship with Thomas:

Jamie Thomas came out to Arizona. Me and Scott Copalman talked to Jamie quite a bit. We were on Balance at the time, and [Thomas] was starting Zero clothing. So he wanted us to ride for the clothing. Actually, he wanted Scott to ride for the clothing. And then Scott said he wouldn't do it unless I was on too. He just said, "I won't leave Balance unless Erik comes with me." So, by default, I got on Zero.[5]

Following the 1997 release of Thrill of it All, fellow professional skateboarder Adrian Lopez told Ellington that Ellington was on the verge of being dismissed from Zero's roster.[5] Thomas explained the situation in a telephone interview, "We were trying to film for Misled Youth and Scotty and Erik went through a spell of several months without doing absolutely anything."[5]

In 2005, Ellington co-founded the Supra footwear company. The company has released six different Ellington signature skate shoe designs, with the sixth model, "The Ellington", released in late 2012.[6]

He established Bakerboys Distribution with Andrew Reynolds and Jim Greco in 2007. Bakerboys Distribution provides distribution for closely related skateboard companies.[2]

In 2008, Ellington co-founded the skateboard deck brand Deathwish with professional skateboarder Jim Greco and, as of 2013, the two partners continue to co-own the company. The company's initial professional team roster consisted of Ellington, Greco, and Lizard King. Deathwish and Baker released the promotional video Baker Has A Deathwish.[7][8] As of 2013, Copalman is an employee of Deathwish.[9]

Ellington travelled to the Philippines as part of the "2012 Supra Asian Tour"[10] where he was welcomed by the local media as a "living legend".[11] While in the Philippines, Ellington participated in a street skateboarding demonstration at the Centris Walk in Quezon City and got a tattoo that reads "Thrilla In Manila".[9] The Asian tour also visited Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, and Taipei.[12]

In April 2013, the first full-length Deathwish video was released worldwide and Ellington appeared at premiers to promote the video.[13] Entitled The Deathwish Video, the brand's inaugural production features Ellington, Greco, Jon Dickson, Hansen, Neen Williams, Furby, Moose, and Lizard King.[14] Production of the video was overseen by Ellington with assistance from other professional skateboarders like Dustin Dollin.[9]

Sponsors[edit]

Ellington is sponsored by Deathwish, Supra, KR3W, Thunder, Spitfire, Mob Grip, and Shake Junt.[15][16][17][18][19][20]

Bakerboys Distribution[edit]

In 2007, Ellington and fellow professional skaters Andrew Reynolds and Jim Greco established Bakerboys Distribution as an umbrella company for four skateboard companies—Baker Skateboards, Deathwish, Brigada sunglasses, Heroin, and Shake Junt.[21][22]

Influence[edit]

Skateboard journalist Patrick O'Dell has identified Ellington as one of his favorite skateboarders.[5]

Fellow professional skateboarder Daewon Song, who received a signed copy of a 2014 Deathwish signature skateboard deck, posted on Instagram telling Ellington to "keep inspiring with all your amazing video parts."[23]

Personal life[edit]

Ellington resides in Los Angeles with his two children.[5]

In a 2011 interview, Ellington said that in his group of friends he is "probably" best known for "being a bit of a lagger. I'm always late. Nobody can really rely on me, for, uh ... being on time." In his spare time, Ellington enjoys carpentry.[20]

Videography[edit]

  • Zero: Thrill Of It All (1997)[24]
  • 411VM: Issue 20 (1997)
  • Baker and Bootleg: Baker Bootleg (1998)[25]
  • Zero: Misled Youth (1999)[26]
  • Landspeed: CKY (1999)
  • ON Video: Spring 2001 (2001)
  • Baker: Summer Tour 2001 (2001)[27]
  • ON Video: Fall 2002 (2002)
  • Emerica: This Is Skateboarding (2003)[28]
  • V7: Teenage Tour (2004)
  • Emerica: Kids In Emerica (2004)[29]
  • Baker: Baker 3 (2005)[30]
  • Thrasher: King Of The Road 2006 (2006)
  • The Berrics: "Battle Commander" (2007)[31]
  • Streets: LA (2007)
  • Baker and Deathwish: Baker Has A Deathwish (2008)[32]
  • Shake Junt: Chicken Bone Nowison (2009)[33]
  • Baker and Deathwish: Baker Has A Deathwish Summer Tour (2009)
  • Supra: European Tour (2011)[34][35]

Ellington has said that the music record label companies make it difficult to get rights to music for skateboard videos and that he doesn't think that the companies understand that kids end up buying music they hear on video featuring their favorite skateboarders.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Skately: Deathwish Skateboards". Skately. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "About Bakerboys Distribution". Bakerboys Distribution. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Erik Ellington Interview". Place Skateboard Culture. 17 August 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Inked People: Erik Ellington". Inked Magazine. Quadra Media L.L.C. 2007–2010. Archived from the original on 4 April 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Vice; Patrick O'Dell (31 August 2011). "Pro Skater Erik Ellington - Epicly Later'd - VICE" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  6. ^ Pam Pastor (17 November 2012). "One Minute with Erik Ellington". Philippine Daily Inquirer - Inquirer Lifestyle. INQUIRER.ne. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  7. ^ Erica Yary (14 April 2008). "Erik Ellington & Jim Greco - Deathwish!". Active People. Active. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  8. ^ XxWeebzZ (15 April 2012). "Baker Has A Deathwish" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  9. ^ a b c RIDE Channel (27 March 2013). "Erik Ellington -The Deathwish Video, Antwuan Dixon, and More on Free Lunch" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  10. ^ Take it to The Streets: Thriving skateboarding scene attracts top international riders to the Philippines by Bryan B. Garcia (Manila Bulletin, 26 November 2012) Archived November 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Anne A. Jambora (11 December 2012). "What skateboarders wear for style–and action". Philippine Daily Inquirer. INQUIRER.net. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  12. ^ Pam Pastor (17 November 2012). "Rock stars on skateboards". Philippine Daily Inquirer. INQUIRER.net. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  13. ^ Morgan Campbell (16 April 2013). "DEATHWISH PREM TONIGHT". Skateboarding Australia Blog. Skateboarding Australia. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  14. ^ "The Deathwish Video: Deathwish Skateboards". iTunes Preview. Apple, Inc. 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  15. ^ dlxsf (January 2012). "Erik Ellington on Thunder Trucks" (Video upload). dlxsf on Vimeo. Vimeo LLC. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  16. ^ SpecialtySportsCom (30 September 2009). "Spitfire Wheels 3rd Degree: Erik Ellington" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  17. ^ bakerboysdist (5 April 2010). "Erik Ellington New Shake Junt Bolts" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  18. ^ "Erik Ellington Skater Profile". SPoT Skate Shop. Skatepark of Tampa. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  19. ^ "Erik Ellington". KR3W. One Distribution. 2013. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  20. ^ a b Zumiez (9 December 2011). "Erik Ellington: Zumiez x Deathwish" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  21. ^ "Blog". Bakerboys Distribution. Bakerboys Distribution. January 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
  22. ^ Erik Ellington (2013). "About". Bakerboys Distribution. Bakerboys Distribution. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  23. ^ Daewon Song (15 April 2014). "4 minutes ago" (Image upload). daewon1song on Instagram. Instagram. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  24. ^ iLikeZeroSkateboards (2 November 2010). "Erik Ellington - Zero: Thrill of it All" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  25. ^ bigPantsLittleWheels (20 November 2009). "Erik Ellington - Baker Bootleg '99" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  26. ^ ThrasherMagazine; Mikey Taylor (1 August 2012). "Classics: Erik Ellington "Misled Youth"" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  27. ^ "Baker Skateboards - Summer Tour Video 2001 (2002)" (Video upload). Skately. Skately LLC. 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  28. ^ thierrybenji (2005–2013). "Emerica This is Skateboarding - Erik Ellington" (Video upload). DailyMotion. Dailymotion. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  29. ^ Kees Bouwmeester (22 April 2012). "Emerica DVD Extras Kids In Emerica" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  30. ^ devilgaby2000 (7 June 2008). "ERIK ELLINGTON - BAKER 3 part" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  31. ^ "BATTLE COMMANDER Erik Ellington". The Berrics. The Berrics. 13 June 2008. Archived from the original (Video upload) on 4 December 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  32. ^ Jannik Raeder (28 May 2012). "Baker - Has a Deathwish - Erik Ellington" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  33. ^ theclick96 (22 October 2009). "Shake Junt Video "Chicken Bone Nowison"" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  34. ^ TWS (7 December 2012). "SUPRA 2012 EUROPEAN TOUR VIDEO" (Video upload). Transworld Skateboarding. Bonnier Corporation. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  35. ^ "Erik Ellington skate videos". SkatevideoSite.com. SkatevideoSite.com. 2005–2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  36. ^ TransworldSKATEmag (15 November 2012). "TAPEDECK: Erik Ellington - TransWorld SKATEboarding" (Video upload). YouTube. Google, Inc. Retrieved 17 January 2013.

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