Celebrating 20 Years of skateboarding with Grant Taylor | "GTXX: Down South In Hell"
Volcom is celebrating 20 years of skateboarding with Grant Taylor!
GT has been on Volcom for 20 years and we thought it would be fitting to showcase his progress and growth throughout the years as part of the Volcom Stone. As told by his friends and family. The Full length movie premieres on November 19th on ThrasherMagazine.com along with a LIMITED EDITION capsule drop!
This collection celebrates Volcom working with Atlanta born team rider Grant Taylor for 20 years. Inspired by Grant’s youthful memories of his earliest days with Volcom, this graphic collection utilizes Volcom’s bold organic hand built art style of the 90’s. In addition, synonymous with the name Grant Taylor in the skateboard industry is his personal handle, “Down South In Hell” seen throughout the collection along with either 98-18 or XX symbolizing his 20 years riding for VOLCOM.
In addition to the GTXX “Down South in Hell” movie and collection release, we have also made LIMITED EDITION long sleeve tees with with the following skate shops across America! Hand written by Grant Taylor himself and printed on the left sleeve, these LIMITED EDITION ‘Down South in Hell” are only available exclusively in the shops:
Stratosphere, Kinetic, 303 Boards, Val Surf, Subsect, Civil, Pharmacy , Familia, Plus! Skateshop, Skatepark of Tampa, The Board Room, Pacific Wave, Jack’s Garage, Relief Skate Supply, Asylum, Island Water Sports, Tactics, Sunrise, First Gear, 7B , Phase 2, Waverave, ROV Rideshop, Union Ave, Waterboyz, WRV, Savvy , Boarders, CCS, Embassy, Central Boardshop, Viva!, Surfside, Milosport, Brotherhood, Identity, Theory, Revolution, Board of Missoula, Sidewalk Surfer, Crooks Skateshop & Board of Provo
The Grant Taylor Story
Grant Taylor’s beginnings start in Atlanta, Georgia, son of Thomas Taylor, a local ATL Legend himself, Grant was born into skateboarding. Legend has it that Vice President of Skateboarding at Volcom, Remy Stratton even held Grant as a baby while passing through the south on a skate tour and visiting Thomas at his home. Grant and Volcom’s story starts at the young age of six-years-old when he was approached at the Surf Expo trade show in Florida by Remy himself, since then Grant has been riding for Volcom ever since.
Grant Taylor Volcom ad shot at Surf Expo
Fully rev’d with no signs of stopping
Grant’s dad Thomas even admitted that he thought Grant was just going through a phase with skateboarding, but somewhere in his teens he felt his “talent needed to be addressed.” Other than Volcom he found a spot on the convented Alien Workshop board company. It was then that Grant had the opportunity to start traveling and skating the rest of the world outside of Atlanta. As Volcom teammate Colin Provost explains “it was during the first filming trips of (Volcom’s) Chichagof where we started going on our first trips together.” Since then Grant has been all over, skating some of the best spots and skateparks in the world.
Grant Taylor and Jason Dill during the Alien Workshop days
This is just the first 20 years
Grant shows no signs of stopping. He plans on skating and traveling as long as he can. This look back on the first 20 years of his career with Volcom is nearly just the halfway point, if that. We look forward to the next 20 years of skateboarding with Grant Taylor, Thrasher Magazine’s Jake Phelps put it best “Skate Rats forever!”
A lookback on some of Grant’s Volcom ad’s