Tony Mag got together with Christian Hosoi’s dad Ivan for this art colab of one of Mag’s most famous board graphics. The original Kid’n’Cross deck was originally drawn by Francesco Jekill Albertini in the later 80’s and in the Spring of 2018, T-Mag and Ivan talked over a “Pops Hosoi” re-interpretation of the classic graphic.
Ivan has a very unique style of art that is based on having had a front row seat to skateboarding since the 70’s and he’s done countless art pieces for his legendary son’s company, Hosoi Skateboards. This is the first Ivan Hosoi art piece to adorn any company outside of Hosoi and we couldn’t be more stoked on the colab!
This is the shape that T-Mag rides on a daily basis and features a 16” wheelbase, something T-Mag swears by for anyone that rides Parks&Pools, and is taller than he is (T-Mag is only 5’4”) and older than say 25. The 16” wheelbase provides a more stable ride and if you’re so inclined, works way better for really high airs. According to T-Mag, most boards in the 80’s had a 16” wheelbase and the modern and shorter WB is a direct product of street skating and some vert/pool skaters that wanted to do technical flip tricks on vert. So unless that’s your thang, ride a 16” wheelbase and be stoked!
The construction is the updated and standard 4-3 layup, that features a good mix between thin, light and stiff and this board rides really well for most weights. If you’re a buck 80 or more AND you’re charging really hard, you may want to look at the 5-2 layup or the “thick bitch” (7 layers of 1/16, like in the 80’s, see the Hackett boards).
The Kid’n’Cross Ivan Hosoi version is built on the Supreme Concave technology; the ultimate design to ride any park, pool or ramp. The Supreme concave features a seamless and elliptical concave curve across the body of the board and a dual radius curved tail with a fair amount of concave. The dual radius in combination with the concave tail forms a pocket for your back foot that is unbelievably comfortable and secure.
It’s made in California at Watson Lam and constructed with high quality maple wood and available in a variety of natural, stained and full dips with the best silk screen job that could be had anywhere. There is only 50 made in the A Series of the Kid’n’Cross Ivan Hosoi version and it’s laser marked as such, including the series number.
32.8 X 8.5 / NOSE 6 / TAIL 6.6 / WHEELBASE 16