Angel Acevedo is a skater and artist from Pennsylvania, who runs Terror of Planet X, a sick new East Coast board brand.
TOPX’s nods to graphic novels and nostalgia are unique and creative but it’s not just its boards and clothing that’s making them stand out.
Angel has put together an incredible team headed by two of the East Coast’s most super legendary pro’s Kerry Getz and Mike Maldonado.
We are stoked that Angel is a No Comply Network Member.
So we hit him up to find out how he came up with his graphic style, how he put Kerry Getz and Mike Maldanado on TOPX, working with Henry Jones and Leon Was Here, partying with Bam Margera, meeting Stan Lee and his favourite things about East Coast skateboarding.
What’s your full name, where did you grow up and where do you live now?
My full name is Angel Acevedo.
I grew up skating in this little city called Coatesville in Chester, Pennsylvania and I have just moved to Delaware.
When did you start to skate?
Early 2000‘s in Coatsville.
It’s funny, we knew Mike Manidis, who was riding for Fairman’s and New Deal then.
This kid called Tim who we used to skate with was his cousin.
He would stop by to skate with Tim and we were there and we were all little bum ass kids so Mike would bless us with used New Deal boards, gear, stickers we were so hyped that’s what sparked it for us.
He rode for Fairman’s so he opened those doors up for us to the whole West Chester scene.
Any Bam stories from West Chester?
I didn’t grow up with Bam but I met Bam though Kerry eventually.
I started skating in the 2000’s and he was a fucking rockstar then.
The only time I would see him then would be if he was in Fairman’s, and there would be fucking lines out the door down the block, like a mile.
It was wild because if you were just trying to get grip, bushings, bearings you’d have to jump the line and hear hissing from the soul sucking goth mother fuckers.
Man, I miss those days.
Bam fans were like depressed sneaker heads with top hats and eye liner.
Those times were crazy!
Have you skated at Bam’s House?
Yo, this one time, Kerry said that Bam was filming a movie at his house and needed skateboarders to come be a part of it.
I don’t think Kerry knew what they were filming because he invited a few of us.
We packed a few cars and went to Bam’s to skate his barn.
We got to the barn, it was a full-on porn production
You skated in a porn movie?
Gina Lynn, the pornstar was standing there, directing this shit in the skatepark.
They saw us and said “ok guys we just need you to skate around”
I was bugged the fuck out!
People were banging on the pyramid in center of the park it was wild!
But Bam loved it, he was laughing so hard at our reaction.
It was funny because the main dude in the porn complained about us laughing at him.
He was so bummed on us!
We weren’t being ‘professional’ he said!
I said “I’m fully clothed….you’ve got nothing but fucking tube socks on with a god damn seashell necklace and you want to talk about professionalism!?’
It was classic.
Ryan Gee was there, he has a bunch of photos of Kerry skating.
Ridiculous. Where do you skate now?
When did you start TOPX?
Terror of Planet X was conceptualised by me and Henry Jones back in 2014.
We wanted to start a company based off nostalgia from the 80‘s and 90‘s and 2000‘s.
All screen printed, low-run, quality product that pays homage to the artists and brands that inspired us.
Henry helped me get it off the ground in the beginning and still does stuff here and there for us.
I’m the owner, designer, sales, marketing, tm, collections dept.
I don’t have a specific role. I just keep things rolling.
Who skates for TOPX?
The Squad is: Mike Maldonado, Kerry Getz, Chris Mathis, Corey Huber, Joey Pyle, Adam Hribar, Dylan Jeffers, Josh Fiest, Shamus McDonough, Seb Housset and Brandon James
How did you get Kerry Getz on?
Kerry is just the best nicest dude you’ll ever meet too.
Kerry was hooking me up for years through his shop Nocturnal and we skated together all the time.
I just told him that I had this idea to start this brand and told him who was going to be a part of it.
I remember asking him to do a guest model and he just told me that he’d be down to ride for the brand and help me build it up.
Kerry Getz, Kickflp, Love Park Fountain. Shot by Ryan Gee
Guys like Kerry have a wealth of industry knowledge, whenever I have ideas I usually bounce it off of either him or Maldonado and they tell me what’s up.
Favourite trick by Kerry?
It’s a toss between the ollie onto the ledge then gap front lip at Love from his mosaic part, or Kickflip into the fountain from “Jump off a building”.
They were just fucking insane for that time I think the kickflip was like 20 years ago? Crazy.
Mike Maldonado is a legend. How did you get him on the team?
I moved out to West Chester with my girl a while back.
Mike lived in West Chester, so he’s the only dude I’d really skate with we would link up and go skate the city all the time.
Mike was actually the first dude I asked to ride for Terror.
I told him my idea to start a brand.
We talked about the direction and he seemed pretty hyped on the idea.
He had his reservations about the name because it was a “mouth full”.
We actually tossed around a few other names for a while but eventually TOPX just stuck.