On Friday, February 25th, throngs of skate enthusiasts descended upon the Empire Garage and Control Room in Austin, TX, to celebrate No Comply skateshop’s 15-year anniversary. Despite the 30-degree weather, all the homies showed up to enjoy some bands, beers, videos and free vibes. There was even a big surprise for two of the attendees. Who were they and what was it, you might ask? You gotta scroll to find out, yo. No free rides. —Michael Sieben

Photos by Dylan Makar

no comply 15th anniversary party 1Lord Lightheart (aka Zach) Emceed the event. Gotta have a hype man

no comply 15th anniversary party 2DJ Bubby Mane warmed up the chilly crowd

no comply 15th anniversary party 3Followed by local legend Lexito

no comply 15th anniversary party 4JD Clark and the Stuck in the Mud Band brought the Texas-Country vibes, adding some regional specificity to the festivities

no comply 15th anniversary party 5And Pinky Rings absolutely slayed it. I need some of their energy

no comply 15th anniversary party 6And what would a skate party be without a tiny little halfpipe? It would be total crap, that’s what it would be

no comply 15th anniversary party 7So who the hell was in attendance? Rob, Lake, Cristo and Max J were definitely there

no comply 15th anniversary party 8Justin, Mikey, Chowder and Dante, crushin’ cans and flippin’ birds

no comply 15th anniversary party 9John, David, Drew and Wil—H-Town showing up

no comply 15th anniversary party 10Matt, Keagen, Trey and Luke. I was never this cool, never will be

no comply 15th anniversary party 11Sean, Mikey and Ed posting up in front of the No-Comply backdrop. Sobriety is a state of mind

no comply 15th anniversary party 12Max T, Ed and Max J (with Dakota in the background looking like Jeremy Fish’s doppelgänger)

no comply 15th anniversary party 13Dante, Hawkeye, Cosmo and Justin. Guess whose dad is in this photo

no comply 15th anniversary party 14Cosmo and Lydia

no comply 15th anniversary party 15Cosmo and Paloma

no comply 15th anniversary party 16Flint and Cosmo. Damn, how many photos is Cosmo in?

no comply 15th anniversary party 17Stevie, Calvin, Zach and Bobby—some of my favorite humans

no comply 15th anniversary party 18Jes, Zach and Austin. Wait, is that the dude from…

no comply 15th anniversary party 19Kat and Ryan. R-Thomp got that Blue Steel

no comply 15th anniversary party 20Kevin and Alexis

no comply 15th anniversary party 21Ellie and Igna

no comply 15th anniversary party 22Calvin and John, both of whom have videos hitting the site this month (maybe even this week!)

no comply 15th anniversary party 23Reese and Esma. Reese has no clue what’s in store for him

no comply 15th anniversary party 24Matt and Trey, probably tripping out on the Loki 2 vid

no comply 15th anniversary party 25We hired a mariachi band for the big surprise

no comply 15th anniversary party 26The big surprise being—immediately after the new Roger R11VM video premiered…

no comply 15th anniversary party 27…two riders were ambushed with their debut pro planks

no comply 15th anniversary party 28David Langston and Reese Barton, you are no longer eligible to enter the Tampa Am

no comply 15th anniversary party 29I think they were genuinely caught off guard

no comply 15th anniversary party 30Garrett might have been more hyped than anyone. And there’s Cosmo again

no comply 15th anniversary party 31Checking the spelling…

no comply 15th anniversary party 32They got it right!

no comply 15th anniversary party 33Time to let the suds fly

no comply 15th anniversary party 34You know the drill

no comply 15th anniversary party 35If you can stoke out the youth, you gotta be doing something right. Huge thanks to everyone who made this night happen and to everybody who came out to support the shop and the scene. Shout out to Yeti, Voodoo Ranger, New Belgium Brewing (we see you, Dave), Roger Skate Co. and Empire Garage and Control Room. Oh, and shout out to me for writing this event post. I think I did a great job. And if you’re wondering who David Langston and Reese Barton are and why we turned them pro, keep your eyes glued to this site, as both of them have video parts (hell, David has two) dropping soon. Later, skaters. See you at the 16th anniversary party. Hopefully my COVID PTSD will have chilled out a bit by then.

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