„The Survivor“ follows on from previous collaborations between Carhartt WIP and Lovenskate obviously involving skateboarding, tea and a good amount of humour. Massive tea consumption during skate sessions in packed Skateparks by the Lovenskate guys gave birth to this really special item. This thermos, designed and printed by Lovenskate in the UK, besides keeping your tea warm while you skate, has a double illustrated guide to successful tea making and good times. Full of essential steps to take in order to make a proper British brew, it also enforces the inherent skatepark etiquette which has to be obeyed by all, to avoid screaming at those session killers every five minutes!
The driving force at Lovenskate is Stuart Smith. When Stu printed the first fanzine about skateboarding he started the whole idea of Lovenskate, he was soon joined by many like-minded skateboarders and artists around him that wanted to be a part of the project. Nowadays Lovenskate is a proper company managed by friends who print whatever they feel like in their facilities. They „go skate, drink tea and talk nonsense“ and develop new ideas together. Skateboard decks, T-Shirts, fanzines of mugs, it might be something funny or stupid; as long as it portrays their affection for something „skateboarding“, they‘ll do it. The Lovenskate team consists of Alex Barton, Lucy Adams, Matt Ransom, Liam Sproat and Ewen Bower. Their head quarters are in Bethnal Green. To keep up to date with this crew check out Lovenskate.com.
Stuart Smith grew up in Maidstone in Kent where he, at the age of 16, quit his job at Burger King to skate more. The merging with Carhartt came about through a common friend, French, who had designed a T-Shirt for Carhartt and let Stu‘s company finish the printing job. Since then Stu‘s printed various T-Shirts for skate events and companies also with illustrations by French, printed products for book and record releases and of course „The Survivor“. To promote the collaboration, a clip of the Lovenskate and Carhartt WIP fellows skating a skatepark, drinking tea and teaching the kids how to behave in a crowded skatepark, will be spread via each company‘s website.