Trejo Boards: Trejo Owned and Operated.


Skating for 13+ years, you meet a lot of people who start or are starting, a skateboarding brand/company. The skateboarding business is harsh though, and often not very lucrative for many start ups. The brands I've seen blossom however, often do so because the goal is not necessarily to make a ton of money, but rather is already a passion so that 'work' doesn't seem like work. This also helps when telling others about your business; if you're passionate about it, chances are you can get that other person passionate about your idea and vision. Having said all of this, I'm not sure if I've ever seen such an unwavering love for a business or a more kind and caring owner than Tamarisk Trejo, the owner of Trejo Boards. 

 Tamarisk Trejo

Tamarisk Trejo

I met Tamarisk for the first time not through skateboarding, oddly enough, but through my current job at an app company in Dallas. I soon found out after working there, that her passion for skateboarding has been woven into the very fabric of her life for some time.  Her ex-husband, son, and most friends have been skating for years. It would be obvious to assume that skateboarding has a lot to do with what kind of person she is today when you consider how hard she works to achieve her dreams in the wood-pushing world and outside of it.

How did Trejo Boards come to fruition though?  

My son inspired me, he was on a board at 2 years old and in his first competition at Eisenbergs in Plano, when he was maybe 4. His dad (ex-husband) was an aspiring pro-skater as well. When I saw him watch his dad skate and the smile he got...I wanted to make sure that would last, so when we started buying blanks, painted them, and put grip on - he was hooked. When he was 14, we decided ‘why not share our boards with more than friends and help make him some moolah.’
— Tamarisk Trejo

One of the super cool things about Trejo Boards, which started in 2012, was that Tamarisk would (and still does) goes to skateparks and helps kids who have broken their board or have no board at all, and then hooks them up. This usually only comes with the price tag of taking a picture holding the deck for social media. This is a trait I wish a lot of other start-up skateboarding brands would acquire. I'm not so jaded to think that money doesn't matter at all, but it's important keep your sense of community and generosity, especially when you have that chance to help others.

I've heard some interesting stories about Trejo Boards while they were out and about, so I thought it would be fun to ask her to briefly share details about some of the people who have helped grow her brand.

We have been blessed enough go to LA for the X-Games twice and Volunteer in Austin. We have met a few great people who have been a great motivation and support to us: Industry Print Shop, Baker Boards, Travis Barker, Danny Trejo (No Relation), all the guys at Original Skateshop in Venice Beach, including Mike and Jim Muir, as well as Apparition Skateshop in Austin.

The Austin and East Texas skate communities were so supportive while I was going thru health issues, Industry PrintShop and Apparition Skateshop stood by me and helped keep my guys on boards. The support was amazing, the team have stood by me for a long time now.
— Tamarisk Trejo

'What are your future plans for the company?'

We are aiming at possibly a small shop (skateboard and equip only) in the Deep Ellum area, I was born and raised in Oak Cliff and now that I’m back, I want to plant some roots, if possible. My team has grown up and all the guys are in their early 20’s now, have jobs and responsibilities. My goal is to to keep those guys and anybody else on a board, as long as that makes them smile. Some shops have a big overhead that they have to account for. That’s why I’ve always sold out of my car, so a board and grip are doable.

If we can find a small space, the same goal remains: keep people on their boards and help them keep some moolah in their pocket. I’d like to be a part of the Skate Community here in Dallas more and help skaters stay on boards and start entering competitions!

I’ve always giving boards away to anyone that can bring me their broken board, so I’d like to keep that tradition going.
— Tamarisk Trejo
 Tamarisk outside of a skatepark in east texas

Tamarisk outside of a skatepark in east texas

Tamarisk is truly an inspirational individual for many reasons, not just skateboarding, but in day to day life. She has overcome so many odds in her life and continues to do so. It's hard to fully explain, but every conversation you have with her, you can feel her positivity fill the room.

At the moment, she has put her website on hold, due to health reasons, but her Facebook and Twitter are up and are the best places to reach her (which I have links to at the bottom of this article). 

Now that chemo is over, Ill start painting and posting pics again.
— Tamarisk Trejo

I definitely recommend that you support Trejo Boards, not because they are another skateboarding company, but because they exist for all of the right reasons as a skateboarding company. Plus, supporting local shops/businesses is always important, especially when they are reasonably priced like her decks are. Keep independent skateboarding alive!

Shred Social will also be re-posting and retweeting a lot of Trejo Boards stuff in the future, so keep a look out for that! In the meantime, reach out to her through the links below. After you sheck Trejo Boards out social media-wise, GO SHRED!