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    Quickfire With Milan - A chat with PagalXoro

    We managed to catch up with our man Milan to get the low-down on how 2016 treated him, his plans for 2017, and also to find out just what makes him such a busy guy.

    Haul: What’s up Milan? How’s it going?

    Milan: I’m great man, currently working on my dreadlocks, as you can see. And I just got a new deck, but it doesn’t have any griptape yet. Not that that’s ever stopped me - I still skated without it! #nogriptapenoproblem

      

    Haul: How was your 2016? Could you sum it up in 5 words.

    Milan: 2016 was a kick-ass year. To put it into perspective, for 365 days, I skated nearly 3 hours per day. I also did a load of travelling, like to Thailand with the Whiteline team, to China for the Asian skateboarding champs, and to Bangladesh to find some skaters (but I didn’t have any luck there).

     

    Haul: Have you got any new tricks up your sleeve?

    Milan: Yeah I've actually got a couple new ones, for example 50-50 to kickflip, 50-50 to heelflip and nollie 5 O's, to name a few.

    Picture Courtesy: Pagalxoro Comeback Video.

     

    Haul: We’ve watched your comeback vlog and loved it! Could you give your fans some insight?

    Milan: Now that my episode 2 comeback is out in the open, let me give you some behind-the-scenes intel… Well, one of the trickiest stunts to capture was a line that I was trying in China; it was a manual to kickflip to ollie over 8 stairs. Though it took me a few attempts, I finally did bag it!

    Click HERE to watch Milan's comeback! 


    Haul: Any big plans for the first half of 2017?

    Milan: Yeah, I've actually made some big changes to my schedule this year, by stopping dancing and also quitting my job. Instead, I plan to skate full time this year. For the immediate future, I’ve only got a trip to Bangalore planned, as I really want to meet my brothers from Haul Apparel and skate with them!

     

    Haul: Describe a typical day in the life of Milan?

    Milan: Doing what I do, I usually get to have a lie-in, which is great. I end up waking up between 9 or 10 every morning, I then grab some breakfast and head out to my go-to skate spot by around noon. Once I’m there, I shred till it gets dark by around 6pm, and then the other skaters and I tend to hang out at the local cafe for the better half of the evening. After this, I guess I would just go back home, have dinner, watch a few skateboarding videos and browse my social media. And then lights out.

     

    Haul: Tell us about Cryptic Crew.

    Milan: Cryptic Crew started in 2015 on youth day, and I'm one of the founding members. The main aim was to increase the level of skateboarding in Nepal, by uniting us skaters to grow as a family, whilst learning new tricks together and supporting each other.

    Picture Courtesy: Pagalxoro Comeback Video.

    Haul Apparel Athlete Roster 2017

    “Haul

    Since 2014, we at Haul Apparel have strived to connect India and Nepal’s creative youth by bridging the gap within a niche of emerging subcultures; these include extreme sports such as skating, surfing and mountain biking, and also arts like graffiti and tattooing. In the past, being passionate about these subcultures did not offer our youth the opportunity for a sustainable form of self-expression or career path, nor did they have the backing of a like-minded community to support them.

    So our mission at Haul Apparel has been to fuel India and Nepal’s apparel market with clothing that combines South-Asian culture with Western style. Why? Because we believe that the best way to link like-minded individuals is to provide them with fresh, relevant merchandise that is of the best quality available in the market, but also appeals to their tastes.

    On top of this, we ourselves want to give back to the youths that are impassioned by the same subcultures as our brand, and those that have supported our venture. We want to support their ventures and passions too. So as a brand, we sponsor talented individuals across the spectrum of these subcultures, and give them the means they deserve to be at the top of their game.

    In this way, we hope that more and more people will be made aware and inspired by the subcultures that these action-athletes and artists are involved in. In fact, in the near future we also plan to invest in the journeys of fledgling musicians in our region. By cementing our status in the apparel market as a fashion brand that encompasses these rich subcultures, we at Haul Apparel aspire to create a new industry that will motivate the upcoming generation.

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Milan Shah.

    Milan Shah Thakuri

    Age : 22

    Location: Kathmandu, Nepal

    Since starting to skateboard at the age of 18, there has been no stopping Milan. In fact, he has been a game changer, representing the sport as one of the most hardcore skaters in Nepal. Whilst maintaining his reign as the face of skateboarding in his region, he also co-founded Cryptic Crew back home. Most recently, he spent a month in Thailand to expand his skillset, which has evidently reached a whole new level! Since this shift in gear, he felt led to leave his job and now plans to skate full-time, with the dream to make it as a professional in the industry. Looks like 2017’s going to be a big one for Milan!

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Kumar Sawan.

    Manikandan D a.k.a Appu

    Age : 27

    Location : Kovalam, India

    It was 14 years ago that Appu began surfing on the East coast of India. Soon after, he started his own surf school by the name of Ocean Delight. This school has been a great support to the local kids and surfers of Kovalam, churning out surfers as ace as Appu himself! Currently, Appu is completing a season on the West coast at Vaayu, Goa as a surf instructor. He has also initiated a mission to keep his surfing environment clean, by encouraging cleanliness drives on surrounding beaches.

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Kumar Sawan.

    Velmurugan a.k.a Velu

    Age : 36

    Location : Auroville, India

    Velumurugan a.k.a Velu is a veteran surfer from Pondicherry, India who picked up surfing 16 years ago. He was actually so keen to learn, that he began surfing on a broken board that he found lying beside a trash can. Over the years, he has travelled to various surf destinations - such as Bali, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, etc. - and has in turn mastered the sport. He now runs Aloha Surf School in Goa, India. This 2017, he plans to travel to the many surf spots that India has to offer, but his prime focus remains on the Andamans.

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Shekhar Agarwal.

    Suman Tamang

    Age : 19

    Location : Kathmandu, Nepal

    For around 4 years, Suman Tamang a.k.a Khatra has been riding mountain bikes, and has managed to grab a podium at nearly every race he has entered. When he isn’t racing, he can be spotted in the mountains working as a freelance mountain biking guide. For 2017, he plans to compete in all the races found across Nepal and India, and he is also going to attend his first ever Asian Downhill Championship.

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Gaurav Sherchan.

    Shyam Gyan Limbu

    Age : 32

    Location : Kathmandu, Nepal

    Shyam has been professionally mountain biking since first taking a liking to the sport in 2010. It was after representing the Nepal DH team at the 2013 Asian Mountain Biking series, that he realised how passionate he was about the sport. So in 2014, Shyam started his own mountain biking company, called Gnarly, which promotes the sport in Nepal through organising events and managing guided mountain biking tours. In fact, Gnarly successfully organises about 5 mountain biking events a year, and they especially focus on training kids with their project, Gnarly Squadron. For 2017, he will be organising the Asian Enduro Series in Nepal for the second time, and this year they’re expecting more than 100 participants!

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Shekhar Agarwal.

    Ajay Padval

    Age : 21

    Location : Pune, India

    Ajay Padval was born and bred as a mountain biker, as from an early age, he was mentored by Indian mountain biking pioneer, Vinay Menon. This relationship has proved to be an inspiration, and has fuelled Padval’s ambitions to go big in the sport. In addition, Padval is also a team rider for Psynyde Bikes, and a trail correspondent for Freerider Mountain Bike magazine. His main discipline is Downhill, but he has also gets his hands dirty in the fields of Cross Country and Freeriding. This 2017, he aspires to participate in more races, and he also plans to sink his tire treads into some unexplored territories. We also hear that Ajay will be shooting some more of the sick videos, like the ones that he’s previously released.

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Ten10 Racing Team.

    Shankar Sarath Kumar

    Age: 25

    Location : Chennai, India

    Shankar Sarath Kumar is a professional motorcycle road racer and a national champion in the 125cc class.He is also india’s first entrant to the Moto GP circuit He began his racing career in 2008 and has not looked back since. In August 2010, Kumar participated in the FIM UAM Asia GP Indian Championship round as a wild card entry, and based on this performance Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India offered Kumar a sponsored entry for the Japan round of the UAM championship.This year he will be representing India in Asia road racing in 600cc super sport category and also plans to participate in suzuka 8 hours race which is the most competitive endurance race in the world.

    Showcasing A Culture - Heartwork Tattoo Festival 2016

    “Eekma

    Picture Courtesy: Jads Tattoo.

    Tattoo artists from around the world wait to be a part of India's most coveted tattoo Event. Between the 2nd - 4th of December, The Indira Gandhi Stadium Delhi, hosted the Annual Heartwork Tattoo Festival. The event was intended to give a rising subculture, a stage to showcase what it is capable of.

    The best artist from many parts of the world came together in one arena to showcase, teach and understand what Tattooing is all about. In the past the Festival has attracted world class artists and this years line up was nothing short of incredible. The Final line - up consisted of upwards of 100 artists from around the world all of which are masters in their respective styles. Notable examples from this years event were Jay Freestyle from Dermadonna Custom Tattoos NL, Stepan Negur of Stepan Negur Tattoo RUS, Fabrice Koch of Fabinkognito GER, John Maharjan from Jads Ink NP, Bimal Rai from Static Engravers NP, Eric Jason D'souza from Iron Buzz Tattoo IND , Deep Kundu from Krayonz Tattoo Studio IND. Being at the event for all three days was such an amazing experience. Talking and understanding all these artists and learning about their work and styles was Inspiring.

    “Tattoo

    Picture Courtesy: Photobooth - M. Farid Jalil

    During All three days artists came together through connections/ seminars and pure love for what they do. Each day a "Best" prize was distributed to a single artist in recognition of his work. Everyone who took part came to show off their best work so it was no surprise that the judges had a tough task choosing just one. Everyone's work was exceptional but unfortunately only one artist could take home the prize in each category.

    Day 1 - Best Of The Day / Stepan Negur

    Day 2 - Best Religious Tattoo / Bimal Rai

    Day 3 - Best Of The Day / Mik Lepcha

    Not only artists, but Indian Tattoo admirers were gathered in huge numbers to show their support and love for Ink. Many of the crowd who attended got inked by some of the most recognized names in the industry. While the others made connections so they could plan and search for inspiration for their future masterpieces.

    “Tattoo

    Being the Apparel partner for the event, we also got to showcase our very First Winter Collection ahead of the launch date. The response from both Tattoo Artists and Enthusiasts was amazing. As a lot our designs are tattoo influenced, the crowd totally connected to our clothing. Our best seller at the convention was our "Basanti" Pin Up Girl and our premium Snapback hats.

     

    Overall it was a Great Effort from the management team No wonder people wait all year for these three days. We were so stoked we were a part of this Event, we had a tonne of fun. That Shit was So Legit!!

    Haul Apparel's Long Awaited 2016 Winter Collection Is Here!

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Sanjog Rai

    We’ve been receiving tons of messages, phone call and emails about the new winter collection. People are calling and saying man the winter is already here and we are waiting for your products, we wanna buy Haul Apparel. We wanna thank our loyal followers for giving us a lot of love for what we do. We are happy and excited to show you guys the new collection.

    Picture Courtesy: Sanjog Rai

    Featuring a wide range of new designs to select from Haul brings in its 1st ever line of warm wear to the Streetwear Market. Haul is introducing new styles such as sweats and long sleeved tees, all inspired by the Global Streetwear Culture. Also back by popular demand are a new range of Flannel Shirt colourways.

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Sanjog Rai

    All our new collection features a unisex fit to caters to all genders. The collection also includes a very exciting line of Hoodies with new designs from artist around the world.
    This season gives more focus to Quality fit and fabrics. All of which are sourced and developed by premium manufactures specializing in high Grade organic cotton. In order to cater to the larger fit, Haul has introduced more quantities and sizes to its collection in XL and XXL sizes.

    “Haul

    Picture Courtesy: Sanjog Rai

    As India is taking a digital turn Haul Apparel is prepared to take on this challenge by providing their Hauligans swift online solutions to all digital payment options. Most importantly cashless payment options are readily available to make sure we keep you warm this Winter even if you don't have cash. Happy shopping.