In my head was always the idea to run ‘that company.’ The one that nobody ever really knew much about but everyone knew of. Drone was released on the absolute down-low and people only knew what we wanted them to know. Shops didn’t know the face of the owner, they didn’t know about my history in extreme sports and still many remain in the dark.
Drone was an abstract mismatch of insane thoughts that didn’t really make much sense. We were thinking wasps, rastas, forks, decks and all sorts for months and months, scribbling notes and ideas on pieces of paper and showing mates for approval. It was just one of those things that people looking in on never really thought would amount to anything until the first pegs were made about 3 years ago. Shortly after this and strangely enough, riders that used them thought they were good and all of a sudden more people were asking for them, then they started to ask, ‘when are you making other stuff?’ So that was it, I was hooked and after drawing wasps or ‘drones’ and scribbling the word in lots of different ways and styles, the brand was given an identity.
Drone illustrations at the outset were pretty dark, each riddled with gnarly monochrome wasps and characters. The art side of things was something I was particularly stoked on and whenever I saw a new piece of art work it spurred me on to design more parts to suit the image of the brand that was forming… it was still crazy though.
Before I knew it there was a selection of over 20 products and a team started to take shape. Now the Drone team is the most important part of what we do as a company. Without the guys who ride for Drone, the brand would have gone nowhere. Luckily I had and eye for the right guys starting with my mates Chay Lane and Reece Prince. They were the two guys who were always at the top of the list of people to ask, mainly because I knew them and like them as people. I skated at the same parks as they did and I could tell early on that Reece was a superstar in the making. These two together would give the brand a real presence in the North West. I wasn’t wrong either – they kill it every day and deserve all the recognition for riding they get.
Next to join was Liam Griffiths who I met through working on Scoot- Nation. We did a profile on the DKA wheels team that he was then a part of. We set the guys riding at their local (Deeside) and we got some snaps but Liam was there for about 20 minutes before being picked up and absolutely killed the place. Huge gaps, fronties (obviously) and combos that I had never seen before. He didn’t know it at the time but he had become another must for the team when the time was right.
Last to join was ex slamm rider and Scoot-mag resident Kyle Cropper and lastly Crucial Scooters’ very own Connor Rafferty. I had known Kyle for years and his fluid style fitted right in. He was a good personality, a solid, consistent rider and everybody seems to get along with him. Connor is the newest member of the team and reps the company down south along with Crucial Scooters. They are all now important to me as riders but even more as mates. They are totally what this sport is about. Seeing potential and helping them improve, see more parks, get to comps… you know how it is.
Drone is just about ready to hit the Australian and New Zealand market this summer so the team and I are all stoked to see where things go from here. Hopefully along with some huge product drops there’s going be some serious touring gong on and edits getting filmed. The next major product release will be the Reece Prince signature wheel. It’s going to be a beast so make sure you cop a pair
– Andrew Wolosianka