Shop now for Anti Hero skateboard decks and skate clothing including coach jackets, beanies and t-shirts. Anti Hero skateboards was founded in 1995 by Julien Stranger following a proposition from Jim Thiebaud (co-founder and owner of Deluxe Distribution), who is reported - by Jake Phelps, editor-in-chief of Thrasher magazine - to have offered Stranger the opportunity during a period of time when both Stranger and Phelps perceived skateboarding as "stale".
Anti Hero combines no nonsense blue collar skateboarding with that good ol’ fashioned American outdoorsman image, and is synonymous with camping trips, searching for full pipes, shredding concrete, beers and barbecues. The Anti Hero team includes John Cardiel, Frank Gerwer, Tony Trujillo, Peter Hewitt, Andrew Allen, Tony Miorana and Jeff Grosso. Since their humble beginnings in the mid nineties Anti Hero released many classic skate videos, including The Antihero Video, Fucktards, 2 Song Video, Tent City and Cash Money Vagrant. Thrasher Magazine editor and iconic instigator Jake Phelps is a long running associate of the brand, regularly accompanying the AH crew on their annual camping road trips.
Probably the most iconic Anti Hero team rider is John Cardiel, the all round nice guy and legendary all terrain ripper who has been part of the family since its inception. In 2003 Cardiel sustained a spinal cord injury during a tour of Australia. Cardiel and his mother were informed by the treating medical staff that he would not be able to walk again; however, being the indominable spirit that he is, following five months of hospital-based rehabilitation and six to twelve months in a wheelchair, Cardiel regained the use of his legs and can now skate again to a limited extent and also tear it up on fixed gear bicycles, in which he has developed a passion. His undefeateable positive outlook has helped inform the brand and is thought by many to encapsulate the spirit of skateboarding, and John’s pro boards are still issued alongside those of active riders.