The Norwich-based skateboard and apparel brand ships worldwide

Published:
3:14 pm February 8, 2022



A 22-year-old who created his own skateboarding and streetwear ’empire’ during lockdown now ships his products worldwide.

Ross Woodrow said he was “incredibly proud and grateful” after the highly successful start of his Cigarette Skateboards business.

The Norwich-born artist and graphic designer launched the brand during lockdown after graduating from university.


Ross Woodrow, owner of Cigarette Skateboards, has published a book which is sold in skateboard and streetwear stores in Norwich.
– Credit: Ross Woodrow

And he quickly made a name for himself within the city’s skate scene.

Her online business sells a range of items – all featuring her artwork – including T-shirts, hooded hats, socks, tote bags and phone cases.

Last year he also started selling clothes at Supply Norwich, an independent streetwear and skateboard stand in the market.

Since then, Mr. Woodrow has made his way into The Drug Store, one of the city’s most popular streetwear and skate retailers.


Ross Woodrow has published a book which is sold in skateboard and streetwear stores in Norwich.

Ross Woodrow, owner of Cigarette Skateboards, has published a book which is sold in skateboard and streetwear stores in Norwich.
– Credit: Ross Woodrow

And with demand growing, he partnered with a manufacturing company so he could ship his products around the world.

But it didn’t stop there.

Following this, Mr. Woodrow collaborated with the famous Champion brand and designed a limited edition baseball cap.

He said: “Opening up to the manufacturing business has been really cool.

“Before, I was so busy shipping things, but now I can focus on designs and give everyone better quality products.


Ross Woodrow, owner of Cigarette Skateboards, collaborated with the Champion brand to create a limited design baseball cap.

Ross Woodrow, owner of Cigarette Skateboards, collaborated with the Champion brand to create a limited design baseball cap.
– Credit: Ross Woodrow

“There’s been some really exciting news coming out of this, in America the Champion brand uses the same manufacturing and distribution company.

“So we got together to design a baseball cap and did an advertising campaign around Norwich. It was weird to see Cigarette Skateboards alongside such an established brand.”

Mr Woodrow has also sold his products on tour with Norwich-based band Red Wine Talk.

And more recently he published his own book called Teach A Man To Fish – a short story in poetry form accompanied by his art.


Ross Woodrow has published a book which is sold in skateboard and streetwear stores in Norwich.

Ross Woodrow, owner of Cigarette Skateboards, has published a book which is sold in skateboard and streetwear stores in Norwich.
– Credit: Ross Woodrow

It is currently available at Elm, The Drug Store, Supply, Lowell and Slayyy Vintage in Norwich.

Mr Woodrow added: “When I started this brand I was blown away by the support it got. But it just kept growing.

“I dreamed of selling art and all of this resulted in a cascade.

“I’m super proud and obviously very grateful.”

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