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The name “Blondey McCoy” stirs up a lot of feelings among skateboarders. He’s an outspoken guy who has been extremely successful at the art of straddling two worlds at once: fashion and skateboarding. Whether that’s a good thing for skateboarding has historically been a mixed bag (only a few style studs have managed to pull this off)—the attention from the mainstream can be a ticking time bomb.
But by maintaining a skate career AND running his apparel brand, Thames—which, incredibly, has collabed several times with OG Brit-centric culture brand Fred Perry—McCoy seems to be pulling it off masterfully. To top it all off, last year McCoy been named as the Vogue Hommes 2018 Stylish Icon Of The Year.
“I will be forever appreciative of the upbringing and opportunities with which Palace has provided me.”
McCoy delivered the surprising news over the weekend that he is no longer associated with longtime sponsor Palace. In typical McCoy fashion, this was a very classy send-off. Caption below:
“I no longer represent Palace Skateboards. I have always considered myself very fortunate to have been dealt the cards I have in life, and have always recognised that my being welcomed into the Palace family in 2012 (when I was 14 and the brand was 3 years old) as one card dealt that bore immeasurable significance. In a sense, the company and I have grown up together, with the stories of our formative years intertwined and dependent upon each other. But now the time has come for us to part and pursue our separate futures.
“Needless to say, I will be forever appreciative of the upbringing and opportunities with which Palace has provided me. Above all, I will always be proud to have been a part of the Palace skate team – who I love and support to the fullest degree.” Spoken like a true G.
McCoy most recently appeared in the Bronze x Palace video “Serenity Now.” Check it out below: