I’ve been following the work of PASS PORT for some time, an Australian skateboarding brand with a strong emphasis on design & quality made products. Their videos & the clothing they make is really brilliant, so I thought it made sense to catch up with the owner Trent Evans, have a chat about his beginnings & how the fantastic little brand started.
1. Who are you & what do you do?
My Name is Trent Evans & I run PASS~PORT. I guess I deal with a wide range of things from graphics, to the site, to packing orders and working with friends & artists on series and specific projects…
2. How did Pass-Port come about?
I definitely realised that in Australia there was not a lot coming out from any of the companies over here that was too exciting or different. I was keen to start creating a brand that could really do what ever we wanted at the time. If I knew of an artist I was really into or any other medium, I could approach them & we could slowly work on something together.
Be it decks, beers, a clip….what ever really.
3. How important is design to you ? All of your pieces / campaigns seem to be really well thought out
It is a huge part of our company, but at the same time we want to back that with quality of the product as well, seems to work for us so far. In way of direction, it comes down to what I have been into over the last 6 months & also the people that have got on board for each range. Will Brown has helped out with one series of graphics for the latest range & I am so stoked to be working with him both as a friend and an artist.
4. What skate brands around the world are standing out to you ?
Always and forever brands like ANTI HERO, KROOKED, GIRL & CHOCOLATE will be doing things right.
Other brands like HOPPS, POLAR, PALACE all seem to be on their own page as well, stoked on that.
5. Talk me through the new collection.
The amount of deck selection & attire we are trying to release each time seems to be growing, so its good for the people into our shit to have a broader selection to pick from every range. Really into the project we worked on with ARCADE in Auckland New Zealand. We have guys we hook up who are from NZ & we have always had a lot to do with our neighbouring country so it just seemed to fit. We produced Caps, tees, pins & decks & a percentage of sales went to the POPPY APPEAL for the ANZACS. Plus Will Brown worked on a series, always solid. Then I got to buckle down & work on a series of different boards & tees myself. Plus some new pants that I worked with Max Olijnyk called “DIGGERS”. I also try & release a new edit each range, I got to work on a clip for Geoff Campbell & his secky presh crew in Melbourne.
If you have not seen SECKY PRESH you should, GEOFF CAMPBELL not only is a solid skateboarder, but he also filmed & edited it>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNruxl8qnOw
6. What’s next?
Plenty… Also would be stoked to get our stuff over to places like the US, but all takes time I guess. If anyones keen to help just holla…. Cheers.
Have a look at what Pass Port do by clicking here.