|Store Type |||Art, Sporting Goods|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Neighbourhood |||Vancouver Lower Mainland|
|Getting There |||Bus: #3 to Mount Pleasant|
|Cross Street |||8th Avenue|
|Mon - Sat: 11AM - 6PM, Sun: 12PM - 5PM|
Profile Last Updated: February 16, 2009
Since 2002, Antisocial has been the hub of skate culture on Main Street. Skaters are always encouraged to drop by and try out the store’s own mini-ramp. And with their innovative window displays and open floor plan, Antisocial attracts non-skaters as well. The store carries popular skate brands such as Antihero, Krooked, Chocolate, Girl, and Toy Machine. In clothing and shoes, look for Vans, Altamont, RVCA, and Matix. Antisocial also has accessories and a good selection of books. And if you’re looking for the hard-to-find ANPQuarterly, Antisocial is the exclusive Canadian retailer.
A Community Hotspot
Antisocial was voted 2008’s “Best Skateboard Shop” by Georgia Straight readers. And no wonder, since the store cultivates a real community spirit. The shop is the regular meeting place for the Vancouver Skateboard Coalition, an organization that advocates and lobbies for skaters’ rights in the city. Antisocial has also been involved with the ongoing development of the Leeside Tunnel skatepark. This skatepark, brainchild of the late Vancouver artist and skateboarder Lee Matasi, continues on in his memory. Matasi was a victim of gun violence, and proceeds from “I ♥Lee Matasi” items go towards Leeside.
Chock-Full of Arty Goodness
Behind the skate shop, Antisocial also houses an art gallery. Expect to find a diverse range of works from artists within or connected to the skate community. Exhibitions feature new pieces from local and out-of-town artists, from places including California, Australia, and Europe. New shows are launched about every six weeks, and open with an evening gallery event. The store has also played host to numerous other local events, including craft fairs and literary readings.
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes, from front of store; gallery wheelchair access from alley.
Gift Certificates: Called “antibucks,” these are available in twenty- and five-dollar “bills”.