Alien Workshop skateboards started out of Dayton Ohio in 1990 as the brainchild of Chris Carter, Mike Hill and Neil Blender who had recently left G&S skateboards. Just like anything that Neil Blender had his hands in, the Workshop was destined for greatness. Along with well built products and a strong team, the thing that really set Alien Workshop apart from the rest of the skate industry in the early 90s was their distinct and powerful art direction. Using the Paranoid and Paranormal themes they started with, Alien Workshop kept a strong team and distinct attitude throughout the rest of the 1990s and into the 2000s. Through the years Alien Workshop boasted such team members as Rob Dyrdek, Fred Gall, John Pryor, Jason Dill, Duane Pitre, Scott Conklin, Bo Turner, Lennie Kirk and many more. In 2008 Alien Workshop was bought by Burton Snowboards, but then in 2012 bought again by original team member Rob Dyrdek. Earlier this month the news came in that DNA distribution, home of Alien Workshop, Habitat Skateboards and Reflex bearings, had gone out of business. The future for Alien Workshop is unknown, and we may never know Dyrdek's exact reasons for putting an end to a company with such a rich history and image. We can sit here all day and talk about whether or not the Workshop will get bought again, and whether or not it would be the same, but in the end nobody knows what the future holds. We will have to just wait and see.
Here is some ads featuring artwork:
Some Alien Workshop Board Graphics:
And Here are some advertisements and video parts featuring skating:
Rob Dyrdek's Part from the Workshops first video Memory Screen (1991):
Lennie Kirk's part from the Workshops second video Timecode (1997):
And a few classic photos of Workshop team riders:
Study up kids... I will explain later: