In the final part of our docuseries exploring how DC broke the boundaries of skate in the early ‘90s and continues to push the sport forward today, we get a glimpse at what the brand has in store for the future as DC experiences a rebirth.As skateboarding has adapted to the digital age of the last two decades, DC brings its rich skate DNA with it. Today’s insatiable appetite for brands to collaborate means DC’s able to spread its skate expertise to not just a new generation of designers, but esteemed DC alumni as well, merging the fashion world’s obsession with the sport while being a true skate pioneer.
RETURN TO FORMWhen co-founder Damon Way returned to DC in 2016 after after an eight year break from the company, it was a strategic maneuver to bring the brand back to its roots and strip away the corporate glitz that appeared during the wake of his departure. “I actually kinda like sitting in the background now, working a little bit more from a distance,” explains Way. “My role is really to keep the brand authentic to what it was built on.”
THE DC TEAM TODAYPart of returning DC back to rare form is investing in its global skate team and consistently recruiting some of the best skate athletes in the world to represent the brand. While OG heavyweights like Josh Kalis, Danny Way, and Wes Kremer still ride or die for DC, young blood from the likes of fiery 21-year-old Tristan Funkhouser aka T-Funk, Brazilian sensation Tiago Lemos, and up-and-coming Nordic skater Jaakko Ojanen have reenergized the DC squad. With fresh talent on the roster who never had a chance to skate some of the iconic sneakers that DC was built on in the ’90s, all the right pieces were in place for a comeback. Thanks to the brand’s gambit of reissuing the bulky yet much-loved Lynx early this year—the first time in its 20 year existence, the shoes sold out almost instantly and served as another reminder that the market was ripe for a DC resurrection. Case in point: In 2017 they collaborated with Montreal skate brand Dime on the Legacy OG, another storied icon in the DC catalogue which also ended up selling out.
Tristan Funkhouser (T-Funk)
“My role is really to keep the brand authentic to what it was built on.”