Shop now for Deathwish skateboard decks and t-shirts. Deathwish is all about hammers and getting buck. The company formed in 2008 when Erik Ellington and Jim Greco departed Baker Skateboards to fire up a sister brand under Baker Boys Distribution. Deathwish created an instant fan base by releasing an elusive joint promo with Baker entitled Baker Has A Deathwish in 2008. The Deathwish name and logo come from the Charles Bronson series of movies of the same name.
The early success of the company was reinforced by the release of the Baker Has A Deathwish Summer Tour Video in 2009, which saw the full Baker and Deathwish squad blaze a trail of carnage across America. Deathwish has assembled a well-rounded team of misfits – they may be party animals but they definately know how to get the job done in terms of gnarly street skating.
The team includes one-time Zero Skateboards protégé Erik Ellington and the man who’s gone through more costume changes in his career than a pantomime actor, Jim Greco. They have recruited a fairly serious line up of younger shredders to sure up their outfit, including dreadlocked heel-flipper Neen Williams, Furby (a dude somehow remaining credible in skateboarding despite rocking ear stretchers) and Brian Slash Hansen, a no-nonsense shredder who looks like he’s just come wandering out of the woods after an acid-fuelled hunting trip.
The Deathwish camp made their intentions clear in 2013 when they dropped their debut heavy hitting full length skate DVD, suitably named The Deathwish Video, which is an absolute hammer fest. The curtains part in this hammer banquet goes deservedly to the long suffering Jim Greco, who after a lifetime of throwing his raggedy body down intimidating gaps and rails proves that there’s life in the old dog yet. Each individual part of the video is seriously gnarly. It’s almost as if …these guys have a Deathwish!