Archive for the Inspirational Category

New Video for Vans takes a look back at Ray Barbee’s Career

Posted in Inspirational with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by monskeez

Check out this new Ray Barbee 20 Year Retrospective video for Vans. One Word – SICK!

From his beginnings at Powell Peralta, to riding for Element and Vans today, Ray Barbee continues to kill it with his original styles.

So whatever you are doing right now…STOP and take a break to check the video out! It’s a great look at Ray’s well-documented career.
– MS


Project Kaisei

Posted in Inspirational, Knowledge with tags , , , on May 3, 2010 by akila004

You’ve all heard about this huge plastic garbage that is hanging out in the middle of the ocean. Not enough people talk about it.

When one of my friends sent me an email to announce that she was hosting the premiere of a documentary discussing the issue, I was stoked there was someone out there speaking up. Project Kaisei is the work of a group of people dedicated to educate others and find solutions to the problem.I went to see the documentary and what’s going on is bad.

Here are a few links that you should check out:

– CG

Check out Snowboarder’s premier issue (1988)

Posted in Inspirational with tags , on March 10, 2010 by akila004

This is just too amazing! The premier issue of Snowboarder, 1988. Whether you were already on a board back then or not, you guys got to check it out. It’s awesome. I can send you a pdf of the full issue, just become our friend on Facebook (ima lifer) and email me at our FB email address. I’ll do my best to get it over to you asap. Enjoy!

As Sure As The Sun Sets…

Posted in Inspirational with tags , on January 25, 2010 by Artform

There will be Competition.
Unless you’re in the bubblegum shoelace market… (you get my point).

I was reading an article this weekend about how a business that doesn’t see growth will eventually be seeing the “closed for business” sign. The article then went on to address why this is. The key reason stemmed from competition. In a capitalist market such as ours, competition is inevitable, especially for products that have a healthy demand. Competition is good because it let’s us know that we’re still in the game, it also let’s us know where we stand against our competitors. A good question posed was this – is your company leading the pack or trailing behind? The author then went on to give his strategy for dealing with competition. He first made a list of his direct competitors. Then he went to work on eliminating the competition through offering better service, quality, price, and so forth.

The article made me wonder… how many brands out there are truly trying to differentiate themselves by simply being better? We all know that competition exists and I hope you know that growth is a necessity. What we don’t know is who is going to grab market share by eliminating the competition? I know for a fact that Big business has their eye on the action sports industry. They also have the resources to compete (Target and Shaun White anyone?). This is why it is imperative to know your competitor and outdo them before they have a chance to outdo you. It is a dog eat dog world out there and the dogs stay hungry, which means you need to stay on your toes.

My question for you is this… what are you doing today to stand up against the competition?


Welcome to 2010…

Posted in Inspirational with tags , , on January 4, 2010 by Artform

Over this past Holiday I spent my down time (which seemed to last forever) reading tons of articles both print and online about the future of business/marketing in various sectors from healthcare to small business, etc. There was one point where I said out loud to myself “everything has changed”. Looking at companies like Hulu and Twitter, it’s easy to see that new models of business are being created before our eyes and yet it’s hard (if not impossible) to see the what the future will hold for those businesses or any other for that matter.

We are entering the dawn of big businesses needing to find ways to increase sustainability and social responsibility. We are seeing humans take online social interaction to new levels and the technological age seems to be in full swing. Add to the mix the global financial crisis and it is plain to see that things are not only changing, but that they need to change fast.

To tie it all together, what does this mean for your business moving forward? One thing is for sure… nothing will ever be the same and you need to remain elastic enough to adjust to the certain changes that lay ahead. Not only is it important to be able to roll with the punches, but I’d suggest getting out there and throwing a few punches of your own, because the only way to change the world is to get out there and change the world.


Merry Christmas/Happy New Years!!!

Posted in Inspirational with tags on December 24, 2009 by Artform

From all of us at iMa have a happy relaxed and safe Holidays! See you in the next decade.


Creative Inspiration

Posted in Creative, Inspirational with tags on December 21, 2009 by Artform

Simply wanted to kick this week off with a little creative inspiration…