“I know ya wanna, you know ya wanna/I know ya wanna, you know ya wanna/gimme the finga” (Black Sheep)






It was january 2009 when I first told you about Close Up fingerskateboards. I told you the whole story of Damien Bernadet. It seems that his miniature world is still giving him satisfaction, since its production has now reached the third stage or as Damien himself calls it, the third generation. Here kids can go to the newsagents and buy a 4 euro plastic toy but Close Up fingerskateboards is the real deal and they start to recognize it. I can see kids at New School shop counter when mum agrees to buy them this ziplock bag with all the pieces to put together a miniature skateboard and their face makes me happy for them. I’m also happy to see the progression of this brand. Once the production consisted of blank decks, then paint all over, even on the sides (think about an all black and white let’s say Mistery deck). This tool for endless finger sport has now graphics thermoglued on the bottom and this process allows to see the veneers of the maple on the side. Graphics nowadays include a few Euro heroes skate companies such as Nomad, Dude, Mob and Antiz and their American counterpart 5 Boro. There is more: your wheels are now complete with graphics and a microscopic couple of bearings inside. Damn Damien, anybody that never met you must think you’re crazy. The Maxiemillion assures you about it: Damien is. Crazy about perfection, details and fun. That’s why instead of a pre assembled board you gotta fight for your right to fingerskate and DIY, putting it together piece by piece. Don’t worry if you lose a microscopic nut or a grommet, there are a few spare ones. Fun is to play with it but also to watch the latest clip from the creative squad at Close Up: the coffin ledge. Metal edges on the sides of a coffin shaped box that will make you drop your jaw once again. Exactely like when I saw that red tee shirt above. Thanks Damien, The Maxiemillion will never give the finger to your fingerboarding. Is the micro world the best way to escape from the real world? Size matters once again…

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