Hi! My Name is Omar Dean! I'm a Socal native, turned into a Midwest transplant! I moved to Minneapolis in 2003, and have loved every minute of it. From the local snowboard scene, to the people, to the overall vibe, the Midwest is the best in my eyes! For a brief moment in time I lived in Boise, Idaho and worked at a local resort. I started skiing for the first two years then quickly switched over to snowboarding because I used to skateboard so those two went in hand! Here I am, 17 years later, still holding the same love for snowboarding as I did when I started! Within the industry I help marketing teams shoot photos/ videos for various action sport companies such as DC, SPY, Joby, Lowepro Bags, Gopro, & Sota Clothing to name a few! When I'm not on snow, you can catch me wake surfing, working on my fitness, traveling, and establishing new friendships along the way!
My name is Eric Thomas and I am from Naperville, Illinois. I am 26 years old and a full-time Environmental Scientist. I have been skateboarding for 14 years and I have been riding for DC for 8 of those years. My other sponsors are YEAH Boardshop, Destructo Trucks, and Paradise Wheels.
I started snowboarding at Granite Peak in Wausau, Wisconsin when I was twelve years old and have been hooked since day one. I recently moved to Stevens Point, Wisconsin where I tend bar and go to school. I will graduate in December of 2015 with a degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. When I'm not working, going to class, or snowboarding, you can most likely find me enjoying the outdoors. In my free time I enjoy camping, hiking, backpacking, photography, and the occasional Netflix binge. I've spent the past few summers working as a camp counselor at Windells Summer Snowboard Camp in Oregon where I get to enjoy my passion for snowboarding and the outdoors all summer long.
I'm a Tattoo Artists at BlackEnd Tattoo Atelier in South Minneapolis. Nick Karels has been hugely influential to me since meeting him circa 1997, when he was running the local skate shop The Hut. Nick brought me onto the shops snowboard team, and later hooked me up and kept me looking and feeling good in gear from the brands he represents. After riding for him I worked under him as a sub-rep. Nick has been, and continues to be, a mentor to me in all aspects of life. Through some of the priceless relationships I built while working for Industry Sales, and the industry itself, I eventually did a tattoo apprenticeship and can honestly say I am one of the lucky people who gets to do what I love on a daily basis. Thanks to Nick, and his brands, for all of the support over the years.
My name is Sam Schiltgen. I'm from Somerset, Wisconsin and I ride at Trollhaugen. When I'm not snowboarding I enjoy skateboarding, fishing, riding my motorcycle or anything outdoors really. Shoutout to DC Shoe Co, Spy Optics, Trollhaugen, The Impaler Mag, Friends, Emmet Klocker, Nick Karels and Jon Macho!
My name Malik Jones and I'm 21. I live in Lakeville, MN. Skateboarding is my life along with chilling with my friends who are in other words my family. My sponsors include: Zombie Board Shop, DC Shoes, Mini Logo & Matix Clothing.
My name is Andre Colbert. I'm 24 years old, originally from Milwaukee, WI but currently living in CA. I've been riding for DC Shoes and working with Nick Karels for 11 years. I ride for Zoo York Skateboards, DC Shoes, Silver Trucks, Four Seasons Skatepark, and SkyHigh Skateshop. I'm also signed to Young Money, Lil Wayne's new group SQUAD!
Matthew Ratliff (RATNUTS). 30 years old, and live in Lincoln NE. I manage a local skateshop - Precision Skateboards & work at The Bay Skatepark as a skate instructor and teach private skate lessons to kids. Flow for SK8MAFIA and DC shoes. Family man with a beautiful wife and 2 kids, Gabriel and Gemma who are 6 and 2 years old. Been working at skateshops for over 10 years and worked for Industry Sales for a short period of time, 2012-2013. Outside of skateboarding I love spending time with my family outdoors, cooking, gaming and watching movies.