RP ambassador, Chris Pastras, and friend of the brand, Jason Lee, recently took a trip to Atlanta, Georgia for an Adventure in Stereo. During their time in ATL, the two co-founders and owners of Stereo Skateboards got the chance to discover new places, skate new streets, and meet some rad people along the way.
Here are a few highlights and photos captured from their travels worth sharing…
First Stop: MailChimp at Ponce City Market
“Our first stop on the trip is to the headquarters for MailChimp, the leaders in email marketing. Stereo Skateboards has used the service since 2012 to keep connected to our fans and customers. MailChimp invited Jason and Chris to speak at a “Coffee Hour” event they do, where guest speakers talk about their business/life and inspirations.
What a cool idea to offer your employees on a Friday morning. Turns out MailChimp isn’t just an email powerhouse, the team is full of creative and innovative people, due in part to the unique atmosphere in their Old Fourth Ward HQ. Jason and Chris shared a slideshow of Stereo artwork & graphics, and told the story of Stereo Skateboards with old photos and anecdotes from the road.”
Second Stop: Victory Sandwich Bar in Inman Park
“Victory Sandwich Bar is this rad lunch spot right off the Beltline. We pulled up at the local cafe and a crew of vintage bike enthusiasts Brother Moto were parked out front for the lunch rush. I’d recommend the Boss Hog pork sandwich. We met up with Stereo artist Ron Rauto to review some new graphics in development and make plans to visit some super inspiring spots around town.”
Third Stop: The Madam C.J. Walker Museum & WERD Radio Station in the Sweet Auburn District
“Next we head down to the Sweet Auburn Historic District to visit the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a National Historic site, and stop into The Madam C.J. Walker Museum & WERD Radio Station. We met Ricci de Forest, museum curator and DJ of WERD Radio in the same station where MLK used to broadcast and coordinate many of the civil rights efforts in Atlanta.
Downstairs is a salon and museum dedicated to Madam C.J. Walker, an African-American beauty pioneer in the early 1900’s. She invented a line of African-american hair care products in 1905 and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire. Housed in the salon and museum is a huge collection of Blues & Jazz vinyl records still being spun on live radio everyday. We stop in to visit with Ricci, dig through some vinyl and soak in the art and history, taking a moment to reflect on our favorite Jazz albums and the influence the genres have had on stereo’s aesthetic.”
It’s always a good time following along the adventures of Chris and Jason and RP looks forward to seeing what city is in store for them next as “Adventures in Stereo” continues.
Jason Travis , MailChimp.com
Ron Rauto, Stereo Skateboards