It’s now been just over a year since AVE and Dill delivered that handwritten note on May 1st stating that:
OUR DECISION TO LEAVE THE WORKSHOP IS PAINFULLY DIFFICULT…
IT WILL ALWAYS BE THE GREATEST TIMES OF OUR LIVES…
THE TIME WE SPENT GROWING UP WITH THE ALIEN WORKSHOP.
THANK YOU DYRDEK.
THANK YOU CARTER.
THANK YOU MIKE HILL.
SINCERELY, DILL & AVE
Whatever AVE and Dill were planning was obviously going to be ‘their company’ as rumours of ‘Fucking Awesome’ skateboards spread initially. Months went on leaving us puzzled as to why the two riders, who embodied the brand and built the company roster to what it was, would walk out. It’s safe to argue that they symbolized the brand as much as Chris Carter and Mike Hill and that Dylan, Gilbert, Donvon Piscopo, Big John and Terps’ welcoming to the company was thanks to them. But while managing the team was their official role, after fifteen years they were “just riders” as AVE put it when shedding some light on the matter. Hearing, “We watched the company get bought and sold…to the point where I didn’t know what was going on in the end. I didn’t know that the company was sold from Dyrdek and then bought back by him until after all that happened.” was surprising but I guess after sticking by the company only to be left in the dark would make it hard to stay.