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The new (November/December) issues of Focus and FTK came out and here are our ads from each. We also had a four-page article on the Naysayer Tour, which I will share on here tomorrow with the text and photos in a larger format. If you can find a hard copy, you should totally do that though. Anyway, here are the ads:

Focus Nov/Dec Issue. Jerry Yates – Ollie. Shot by Ben Kilpatrick.

FTK Nov/Dec Issue. Hadrien Buhannic – Backside Flip. Shot by Etienne Lobelson.

Since I never posted the last ads, I guess I should do that now. From back in September/October.

Focus Sept/Oct Issue. Jerry Yates – Smith grind through kink. Shot by Ben Kilpatrick. Featured Shop: Park Delicatessen.

FTK Sept/Oct Issue. Dylan James – Stale Plant. Shot by Riot Chris. Featured Shop: Blacklist.

Hollow Weiner!

Hollow Weiner from Naysayer Skateboards on Vimeo.

Halloween is approaching…

This time of year means only one thing: Naysayer Halloween Montage!

Well, sorry, it isn’t ready yet. We are working on it, but we have finished filming for it, just have to edit. In the meanwhile, here is a preview of things to come, in photo form. We didn’t have a real photographer out with us this time, but I did have my LX3 and snapped some shots along the way. Scroll to the bottom of this post for some old Halloween clips from the last couple years. Enjoy!

The first night of filming I met up with Maurice, Nabi, and Esti (who filmed most of the clip this year) at Columbus Circle around 11am and we geared up in costume and skated around midtown through around 8am. Lots of spots, lots of skating, lots of awkward glances, and of course, lots of kicks outs (though there were two instances where someone came to kick us out, took one look at us and just went back inside, haha). This was our gear for the night:

Maurice as MC Hammer.

Nabi as Clint Eastwood’s character “The Man With No Name.”

Esti as Tyrone Biggums from the Chapelle Show.

Me (Eby) as a robot.

We were skating some spot we found and some French girl game out of the bar across the street (Oyster Bar) and yelled at us to come have some drink when we were done. Maurice was getting a trick and as soon as he landed it we went over, mostly out of curiosity. Once inside they were offering us bottles of Grey Goose, glasses of champagne, and all the fixings.

Maurice was stoked!

I don’t drink, but I was getting sauced on cranberry juice and San Pellegrino.

Esti was in character…

When worlds collide.

Nabi got artsy with some photos of me using street construction lighting.

I tried to get a skate photo with the point & shoot, haha…not too bad. Nabi – Backlip.

By around 7am, Maurice was done. Street naps.

The next day I met up with Pat Galloway at the Astoria Skatepark to get some more clips. I think the kids skating there were both stoked and confused.

Pat was Batman. And as you can see (by his griptape), he is part of

My second costume was a “moon” man. You can’t see in this photo, but as shown in the ones of me and Pat above, the word “moon” has a double meaning (har har).

On another night, back as the robot, I got this flatbar 5050 in a line in Brooklyn…

Maurice bigspinning off the Dobbin bump.

Much more went down, but you are are going to have to wait for the montage to see it. It will either be up tomorrow night or Sunday morning, but while you are waiting, have a look at the Naysayer Halloween montage (Bummer in the City) from last year:

Bummer in the City from Naysayer Skateboards on Vimeo.

Or the Halloween clip I made the year before, titled New York, New York, Big City of Screams!

2 ads and a review

Since I am stuck here with an injury (lacerated kidney from a slam), I might as well make some update, huh? I know, most of you see this stuff on Facebook anyway. Let’s look at this site as more of an archive of what has been going on with Naysayer. Deal? Since I never posted the last two ads we ran with Focus and FTK on here, now if your chance to give them a look (assuming you didn’t already see them in the mags or on Facebook or Twitter). Afterall, the new mags are coming out any day now with new ads.

Here is Jerry Yates summoning the ghost of The King for this quick-footed 5-0 in the last FTK Magazine. The Featured Shop needs no introduction: The Skatepark of Tampa. Go spend some money with them so they are happy they carry Naysayer boards. Photo courtesy of Ben Kilpatrick.

Over in the last Focus Magazine, Hadrien Buhannic balanced this nosegrind pop out in Paris, despite the dreadful beams of those mangy cats. The Featured Shop is RAW (formerly Assemble and Conquer) out of Somerville, MA. Stop by, skate the manny pad up the street, and of course give them all the money in your pockets for whatever product that will net you. Photo courtesy of Benoit Renaux.

Oh, and it looks like the review train still had some steam. The latest Lowcard Magazine included a review of the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee and NaysLayer boards. Not to mention the review of some boards from our homies over at Open Skateboards on the page right below us. Check it out and go pick up a copy of the mag at your local shop. It’s a good one.

I still haven’t really gotten started on editing the clip from the Naysayer Tour, but I have been busy…uh, who am I kidding? I’ve been skating, a lot (up until being hospitalized on Friday, so expect progress to happen since I am off my board for a while). I have most of the footage, just waiting on a couple more things. There are actually some new graphics in the works now too. “In the works,” as in still being drawn up, but they are getting close to being done. So we should have some new graphics soon than you have come to expect from us. We will try to keep some of the graphics you all love so much around for a bit too (Aliens, NaysLayer, and Biggie Stardust). Stay Sassy!

Naysayer Tour…it’s a (w)rap.

So the first ever Naysayer Tour is a wrap. The tour included Jerry Yates, Hadrien Buhannic, Maurice Leeke, Nabi Salomon, myself (Eby Ghafarian), Ben Kilpatrick, and special guests in the form of Piro Sierra (Tampa/Bronx) and two goofs from The Bloby’s Crew (Paris): Gregoire Cuadrado & Roman Gonzalez. Two weeks and over 3k miles later. The Bloby’s went back to Paris, Jerry went back to Georgia, and Ben went back to Florida. While Ben has been editing the photos from the trip (for a possible tour article), he put together a blog post of some highlights. I have re-posted it here with some corrections (but it can be seen in its original form over at his blog here). I will add some things following Ben’s post…


First Stop.. Philly!

Maurice and French Greg. Cuddle Buddies.

Piro getting his Wombat on.


Andrew Metzger- BS Smith

Jerry Cruising

Pushing for one of the most epic tricks of the trip.

Young Buck Roman.

Thanks to Greg and Asad for letting us crash at their house for 2 nights!

French Gregs nip hair.

2nd Stop…Durham, North Carolina!

Tit’s lolz

Roman with one of his many toys. haha

Thanks Dwayne for the Bday cake!

Warming up

Thanks Robert for putting us up!!

3rd stop.. A quick day in Jacksonville, FL!


Nacho Cheese Freak.

Matt Mac has 6 toes!



4th stop… Tallahassee!

Eby climbing to the top of Ray Gordon for an angle.

Pops cooked up some grub for all 12 of us. Burgers, baked beans, corn on the cob. Beer and Wine too. So good.


Greg trying to fulfill the American Stereotype.

Mr. MacMillen

Smoke Ring Kings.

The beginning of a rough night for Piro. haha

The first 11 balloons of the 500 that were filled up that night.

Mike Tuten owner of Fine Art For Life with the late night Tattoos.

And it Begins..

1 down.

Romans squeal tactics.


Nabi’s 2 sec. tattoo

French Greg’s

Had to cut out Miami, Orlando, and Skatopia, cause we were running out of time. Super quick stop in Birmingham, AL!

Ghetto Quarters


Packed up and we out to Atlanta!!

Sleep Life. Hadrien and Roman are in there too.

Skate Coach.

Skated the slide, and Eby got sandy

The Bloby’s

Charlotte Next!

Eby drove the whole time. Beast.

We Need To Pee!!

Eby’s dad’s peacock.

Eby’s nephew had some very interesting stories.

Eby Sr. passing out some feathers from his birds last molt.


Last Stop was Washington D.C.!

Freedom Plaza

The Capital of the U.S.

Jerry was trying to ollie over the rail into the bank, and he was coming so close after a few tries. This security guard came out and Jerry started to throw down for one more go, but she just started charging him. He barely got away from her chubby hands.

Back to NYC! Atouri Ca! Chiozo!

-Ben Kilpatrick


I would like to give a special shout out to the following people who helped us along the way, be it with a place to sleep or with spots or anything else:

Rick Sulz @, Jon Legere @ Project Bushwick, Park Delicatessen Skateshop (Brooklyn), Jimmy McDonald, Andrew Metzger, Asad Chaudhry, Greg Oakes, Dwayne Dixon, Nik Spaulding @ Ujamaa Boardhouse (Durham), Robert Clark, Rashad Williams, YDG Skatepark (Graham, NC), Trevor Stevens, Josh Adams, Steve Shiver, Nick Blanco, Matt MacMillen, Orly Vazquez @ Phaze One Skateshop (Tallahassee), Mike Tuten @ Fine Art For Life, Ben’s parents, Peter @ Faith Skate Supply (Birmingham), Cole Frazier, Blake Lee, David Morico, Ruin Skateshop (ATL), Blacksheep Skateshop (Charlotte), Andrew Bumgarner, my (Eby’s) parents and sister, Eric Johnson @ Kook Skateboards, the Naysayer team (especially Hadrien for filming almost the whole time, on top of skating!), Piro Sierra, The Bloby’s Crew, and Ben Kilpatrick for shooting some epic photos.

The tour was great and a lot of fun (though 100+ degrees the whole time!) and while we are going to save the best of the footage for the Naysayer video, we are working on a trip clip with some of the footage that we won’t be using. So look out for that soon. Also, we posted this clip on Facebook a while back. Our first day in Durham, NC we got rained out, but the kind folks at Your Daily Grind (YDG) Skatepark in Graham, NC gave us a place to skate. We threw this clip together from that session the same night.

Naysayer at YDG Skatepark from Naysayer Skateboards on Vimeo.

-Eby Ghafarian

Farewell Keith Denley

Sometimes life throws so much at you that you have to buckle down and focus on what is important at the moment to maintain sanity. Keith Denley has been at that point and while he will continue to skate, he has decided to part ways with Naysayer to focus on other priorities outside of skateboarding. Keith is one of the more stylish skateboarders to come out of Long Island and we wish him the best moving forward. He is sure to kill it in whatever he pursues!

Good luck, Keith.


We have been getting a lot of exposure in terms of product reviews this week. It started with our boards reviewed on the Transworld Japan site, as seen here. Then the NaysLayer board (standard shape, not cruiser) was reviewed in the new issue of Soma Skateboard Magazine (out of France).

And finally, I went into KCDC Skateshop a couple days ago and was told that we had a board in the Product Geek section of The Skateboard Mag. I flipped through and found that they reviewed our Aliens board!

That is on top of us being in the Board Forum section of the last FTK and we also have a couple other things in the works too. We have been busy overall. Our booth at the Maloof Money Cup in Queens went pretty well. Besides the clouds of dust blowing through the tent, we got to meet a lot of you and Queens has a new skatepark! Team rider, Jerry Yates, and photog, Ben Kilpatrick, are coming to NYC in a week and half and are ready to get to work killing some NYC spots proper. Jerry has never been here before, so he is pretty stoked.

We have been keeping the shop page pretty up-to-date, so check it to see if we are in a shop near you yet!

New Focus Ad

I just got the new Focus mags in yesterday. Here is the Naysayer ad, featuring Keith Denley:

In the same issue, Jerry Yates has a Fresh Find. Check it out if you can find a copy!

New FTK Ad

Here is our new FTK ad featuring Dylan James:

Here is the alternate version of this ad, which we didn’t run (as referenced in the one we did):

Also, in the new issue of FTK, we have some boards in the “Board Forum” section and Jerry Yates has a gnarly fs pivot photo. You can check out the online version here.


I hope you are following us on Facebook or on Twitter, because we are updating those much more than we are updating the website. If you are then you already know about Nick Blanco winning the Naysayer Pop Off Contest, with Andrew Metzger and Alan Osgood coming in second and third, respectively. Here is the video of their submissions:

Naysayer Pop Off Contest Winner from Naysayer Skateboards on Vimeo.

All three of them were epic and it wasn’t easy to pick a winner, but the team casted their votes and Nick came out on top. He sent in this photo of his prizes:

We also posted some footage from the trip to Boston I took with the flow guys, Maurice and Nabi. Well, me and Nabi went because Maurice is going to school up there at Northeastern, so he showed us around. Most of our time was spend getting kicked out of almost every spot before we even took the camera out to film, but here is what we did capture.

Naysayer Boston Flow Trip from Naysayer Skateboards on Vimeo.

I spoke to Jerry today and it looks like we will have some footage coming out way for a proper clip or two of our Georgia boy. So look out for that in the nearish future. He is on a mission, because on top of all that, he is still filming a part for the Naysayer video and working on a full interview for FTK. Speaking of, grab the new FTK and Focus mags when they come out. There should be lots of Naysayer goodness in both of them.