In just the last 12 months, Shima Skate Manufacturing team rider Brian Weis managed to put out a Watchlist 13 section for Ground Control, a full profile for The Haunted’s first team video Die High, and released the third opus of the now famous Not Cereal series with partner in crime Don Bambrick. In addition to all his video appearances, he also received his first signature wheel, and gave in-depth interviews to both Be-Mag and Wheelscene (we were first, of course)!

If that wasn’t enough already, Brian’s photography made it to this very website, and illustrated Ground Control’s Road to Pow-wow and Don Bambrick’s interview, two great features which we are genuinely proud of! One of the hardest working man in blading, Brian sure is Detroit‘s most promising up-and-comer at the moment. In order to understand what keeps him going so strong and blading so hard, we decided to take a look at his ride: enjoy!

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Words: Freddy White
Portrait: Randy Molina
Action shots: Craig “Birdie” Mirasola and Al Dolega, in an abandoned school gym in southwest Detroit

Boot: SSM

Wheels: Street Urethane

Bearings: Detroit Bearing Co

Frames: GC featherlite III

Cuff: SSM

Buckle: SSM

Soul Plates: SSM

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Describe your personal blade set up:
I’m skating the SSM Bloodline III‘s, pretty much ride them straight out of the box minus changing liners if need be, or switching the wheels and bearings. Other than that I ride them pretty stock.

What parts do you wear through the quickest:
I go through the typical souls, wheels and bearings most often.

What part do you break most often:
Don’t really break to many things.

Which parts are you paranoid about breaking:
Any part of my actual body.

What spares/tools do you keep in your backpack:
Wax, lighter, Allen key, wheels, bearings

Where do your parts go once you are done with them?
Either they’re too shot to use or a homie hand me down.

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Flat or Freestyle:
Anti-rocker.

Anything you plan to change on you current setup?
Nothing in particular, maybe some new insoles soon or switch up the color scheme.

Do you skate different setups for different terrain?
Sometimes switch back and forth between the BIG‘s and flt III’s.

What was your very first skate setup?
Some Kmart recreational blades to cruise the neighborhood and play hockey, then RB Swindlers.

What was the best setup you’ve had to date?
Razors Creams.

Could you describe your dream setup?
Tough one, I’d need some time for that. Let’s say Im skating what I like right now!

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