Before I ever got the chance to move to Austin, everyone I had known from there had already moved away. So by the time I had decided to uproot from my current situation and give the town a go, I no longer had the huge catalog of friends that I used to. The new scene that I was experiencing was larger than it had ever been, but it didn’t have the essence of a “community” like what I’d enjoyed coming from a smaller town.
That was about to change.
Over time, with some effort, a handful of the older heads had everyone’s numbers and were making sessions, bbq’s and camp outs a regular thing. People from all around TX were taking notice of the amazing scene we were creating and Austin was getting new recruits every month. During this time, a few of us, myself included, experienced some hardships and were taken in by our friends until we could get back on our feet.
(Sidenote: Austin has the tastiest waves a couch surfer has ever seen!)
With the amount of selflessness going around, it didn’t take long for all of my friends to feel like family.
“Blank was created as a division of Rollerblade so that myself, Robert Guerrero, and David Sizemore could have specific control over the product design and marketing of the products. Blank is a creative outlet for us. We’re all creative skaters with an unique vision of how we want skating to look and be presented. Blank allows us to channel our creative energy into skate products. We design products that we created, tested, etc. We’re all involved with Rollerblade which makes this possible. Rollerblade has been making skates and skate parts longer than anyone, so they’re an amazing asset to making good products for Blank. Our liners and frames come on the RB street skates because they make the skates better. If you have skated Blank liners or frames you know the deal. Blank product is made of the highest quality materials with attention to the details. The brand is in the beginning stages, stay tuned for more as we grow!”