Welcome Skateboards was started by Jason Celaya, Minister of Magic, and has managed to build up a pretty good following with their unique shapes and artwork. Jason’s the skater behind it all.
Jason started it at the end of 2009 with $2,000. They have no investors or loans… truly independent. It’s funny because people sometimes are so used to pros ‘starting’ companies, which a lot of the time means there is some distro or business guy funding it and doing most of the work. Day one they have advertising in magazines and are in all the shops around the world (which is awesome for them). However, that’s not how it was for Jason. He had to wait until people asked shops to bring Welcome in.