A few days later the official press release was issued:
5BORO SKATEBOARDS COLLABORATES WITH THE BEASTIE BOYS ON LIMITED-EDITION BOARD GRAPHIC
New York, NY - September, 2004 -
NYC's 5boro Skateboards is proud to announce a special art-inspired collaboration with the Beastie Boys in celebration of their critically acclaimed new release, To The 5 Boroughs. "When Cornerstone Promotion approached us on behalf of Capitol Records to discuss teaming up with the Beastie Boys to produce an exclusive co-branded board graphic, we were really psyched to make it happen," says 5boro Skateboards Founder and Owner Steve Rodriguez. "The 5boro crew and I grew up skating to the Beastie Boys' music, and we're honored to work with them and be a part of their history." Only 500 5boro / Beastie Boys decks exist (100 to be distributed domestically and 400 internationally), and only the first 100 decks were signed by the Beastie Boys and Mix Master Mike. While they kept the first 4, be on the lookout for the remaining 96! They will definitely be highly sought after, and very difficult to get a hold of.
Interview Part 2:
In August 2005, we re-contacted Steve to ask him a few more questions:
There seems to be some color variations in the decks. The image we have above has a blue logo while other decks we have seen have a green and/or gray color to it. Whats the situation?
The images at the top of the page were works in progress as Capitol made us change the art last minute to the designs below. As far as color variations, it all depends on the printing, if they were printed first, last, how they are displayed, in the light, in a box, etc. The situation is about time, light, temperature, fading, environment, things weather with age. If you kept your board in the shrink wrap and in your closet like I did it would still look like it did the day you got it.
Apparently some fake Beastie Boys decks have been created - is there an easy way to spot the real versions from the bootlegs?
I guess I'm the only one who knows how to spot a fake, take a picture of the top and bottom and send it to me and I will let you know. I don't want to give out any red flags otherwise the bootleggers will be able to make them that much better. [If you want to check your deck - email us here at Beastiemania and we will pass the images onto Steve]
The UK band Gorillaz have a new 5BORO board coming out, also limited to 500 copies. Have you guys made any other band boards?
Nope - we've had offers but stick to bands we are stoked on.
Alison from SayonaraBeat.com
Dave "Day-Z Daze" Parsons
Peanut Butter Wolf
Peder from The Prunes
Quami De La
Taco Zip, Max Tannone and DJAK47
Jim Evans from T.A.Z.
Andy VanDette at Masterdisk