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QUICK TEN!!! BRANDON WELLS « CONFUSIONmedia.com

QUICK TEN!!! BRANDON WELLS

 
Brando loud & proud in-front of Higher Ground on Douglas Street.
[Photo: Jason Picton]

Brandon Wells
, is one of those people you don’t come across very often.  He’s the classic story of starting out in a small town, and then making his dreams come true in the big city.  This 28 year old was born and raised in Port Alberni, and grew up skating with an all-star crew of talented skaters.  Starting out working and managing at several local skate shops.  His dreams began to grow bigger when him, and long time friend, Jamie Collins, started talking about opening their own store.  This then spawned and morphed into a board company idea, which is now known as, Instrumental Skateboards.  These sexy boards can now be seen all over the island being ridden by young and old, and are heavily respected for what they represent.  Instrumental has their own team of skaters, and are 100% about keeping true to what a skateboard company coming out of a small town should be.  Being full of love, respect, wisdom and honesty…  Things that make you feel good about supporting a company.  Brando, now living in Victoria, has teamed up with Aden Ellis & Colby Spence of Concyse Clothing & Incite Screen Printing.  Working together, they have recently opened their new collaborative store on Douglas Street in Victoria, called Higher Ground.  Going full force now, bringing in all sorts of clothing product, and skateboard gear to keep true to their roots.  Higher Ground is getting more and more attention every day, locally and internationally, showing that because these guys care so much, they deserve every ounce of what they get out.  Plus with a guy like Brando on your side, a man who has absolutely no time or energy for hate, how could you go wrong?  Read it for yourself, this is the Brandon Wells Quick Ten Interview

1. HOW MANY YEARS SKATING?
16 years.  Skateboarding I love you.

2. ALL TIME FAVORITE SKATEBOARDER?
Ah man, I can’t do just one…  Kareem, Keenan, Gino, Kalis, Cardiel.

3. TOP 5 FAVORITE RECORDS YOU OWN?
1. Honey Drippers – Impeach The President.
2. Any James Brown record.
3. Lyn Collins – Think About It.
4. Original pressing of Biggie – Party and Bullshit.
5. Wendy Rene – After Laughter.


Brandon Wells flipping into a night-time bank.
[Photo: K. Kodric]

4. HOW MANY SHOES DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR COLLECTION?
Um, 68 pairs.  The P.A. crew got hooked up when I moved.

5. THE BEST ADVICE SOMEONE GAVE YOU?
“Brando, you got to come skate” – Jamie Collins on a weekly phone call for about a year straight, back in the day.  It was the only time in my life I was barely skating, and keeping up with the crew.  Those phone calls, and the sessions that followed, turned me back into a skate-rat.  Then fast-forward to August 27, 2007…  Instrumental Skateboards comes to life.

6. WHAT IS HIGHER GROUND?
Higher Ground is a new retail shop that myself, and the owners of Concyse Clothing (Colby Spence & Aden Ellis) opened last month.  The Higher Ground Family consists of Instrumental Skateboards, Concyse Clothing, Incite Screen Printing, Art For Life Tattoos, Dobell Sign & Design, and Confusion Media.


Doing his part for his fellow skater, Brando has a way with words.
[Photo: K. Kodric]
 
7. FIVE YEAR PLAN?
Expand Instrumental and Concyse Canada wide, and rep island skateboarding to the fullest.  Build a foundation for the Higher Ground Family, ’cause it ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none!

8. THREE THINGS SOME PEOPLE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
1. I’ve been wearing the same jeans for 2 months…  Unwashed.
2. I wash my kicks with Garbage-Face’s toothbrush, to keep ‘em box fresh.
3. I don’t really like sleep that much.  Why sleep when you can stay on the grind, HUSTLEMANIA!!!

9. HOW MANY FRIENDS DO YOU HAVE ON FACEBOOK?
1100, Instrumental and Higher Ground got the internet goin’ nuts.

10. NICKNAMES?
Brando.


The Instrumental cats in Vic-town, circa 2008.
(left to right) Eric Timmins, Aaron Sheare, Brandan Soros, Brandon Wells, Kris Hemmingsen, Jamie Collins, Sean Hanebury.
[Photo: Jason Picton]

 

SPECIAL THANKS?
Hemmi-Land & Ramsey, Odes, Shred-Dog, Steve & Brian Chase, Goorts, Cuz, Heavy-D, Juelz, Two-Pops, Francypants, Lil’ Sean, all the P.A. fam holdin’ it down, Instrumental team, The D-Bay Flop House, Nanaimo fam, Vic City, The Skate Palace, Garbage-Face, Don, Higher Ground Family, Colbs, Aden, Brett, Stu, Poppa, Andrew, Art For Life, Keighley, Jay Pic, Farles, KY, Molls, King, G-Baby, L.A., Lawson, Dank, Jay-Z, Barnes, Mom, Pops, Sharon, my sisters, Lace It Up, Storm, Community One, DNA, sorry if I forgot anybody, and thank you to everyone who gave me their love and support in helping me to make these dreams a reality… You’re all my family, peace, love, and hustle…  HOLLA!

 

…stay tuned & stay gold
-Picton

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