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Artavi exists for the continued support and progression of skateboarding. Our commitment to focusing on stocking high quality, made in Canada and Canadian owned companies, alongside the highest quality gear available from major brands is made for the sake of the rider, both new and seasoned. We wanted to make sure that you are riding the best skateboard possible for whatever your intended use, and rocking gear that makes you feel good while doing it. We continue to support small scale - locally owned brands, that support local skateboarders and artists, as well as top brands that are still today owned and operated by skateboarders.
In June of 2013, Artavi started out as a skateboard company and clothing line, focusing on made in Canada products. By that fall, the first round of decks, sweaters and shirts were brought to life. Local shops began to stock the lineup and friends were stoked to help out. This began the works for our Western Canada Tour - “Ride the Wild”; in the summer of 2014.
During that summer, we sponsored the Tofino Bowl Jam, threw a party at the SBC Restaurant (The sickest indoor halfpipe in Vancouver), and held various BBQ’s and games of skate throughout BC and Alberta. In between these events, we had the amazing opportunity to vend at some of the biggest music festivals in BC including Pemberton Music Festival, Centre of Gravity, Boonstock, and Shambhala. It was upon the return from this adventure when the Artavi Skateboard Shop was formed in Victoria.
We are so grateful for all of the support we have received from the community, and we to continue to expand our selection of top brands that are still run by some of the raddest skateboarders in the industry.
Not all skateboards are created equal. Alongside our large selection of "pro" decks, from all of the brands you know and love, our shop decks feature modern shapes pressed with 7 plys of hard rock maple veneer from the great lakes region. This means quicker, snappier, higher pop, responsiveness and durability from your deck.
The suffix 'avi' has underlying significance to what Artavi skateboards is. It roughly translates to "Art Taking Flight" which means that we provide a framework for creative individuals to prosper, benefiting customers, and the community around us. Our skateboards feature original art, pressed in Canada, with hard rock maple, Our clothing utilizes ethical, responsive materials and workmanship, to make sure your gear not only lasts while cruising the streets, but feeds you the positive vibes you need to take on all obstacles in life.