Magenta is skateboarder owned and run company. Soy Panday, Jean Feil (who’s a skateboard photographer and filmer) and Vivien Feil started the company a few years back. Magenta is the name of the neighbourhood in Paris where they all met; Soy and Vivien shared an apartment for a long time. Magenta started because we weren’t really satisfied with what was available out there. So at some point they got tired of spray-painting their boards or swapping them for the right wood (namely Generator wood, which Magenta exclusively use now) and seeing the kind of skateboarding that we’re excited about. Magenta is not trying to please everyone, there not trying to flood the market, there not trying to appeal to kids or to fit any “standards” as they believe everyone else in skateboarding is already busy doing just that.
The Magenta team like to skate in actual streets in actual cities, which is why all of our videos feature just that. They try to feature their friends and the local scenes of the cities they visit. Soy does all the graphics and they are all hand-drawn. All Magenta boards are made by Generator in the US and all the clothing is made in France. Magenta are trying to produce exactly what they like to wear or skate with and since we’ve all been skating for well over 10 years (20 for Soy), it means we’re after the quality stuff only. The team so far consists of Soy Panday, Leo Valls, Jimmy Lannon, Vivien Feil and Zach Lyons.
Here is a link to Magenta’s vimeo account that features all the videos they have made so far: http://www.vimeo.com/magentaskate/videos/