All the bombs, guns, and tanks in the world can't change AFGHANISTAN, but maybe skateboarding can. In war-torn KABUL, where women wear burkhas, and school age children roam the streets instead of studying in classrooms (less than 1% of Afghanis attend college) the first skateboarding school, SKATEISTAN has just opened its doors and is teaching more girls than boys how to ollie. It's also educating young rippers on the finer points of bowl skating in an abandoned swimming pool formerly used by the Taliban for public executions. Take that, Mullah Omar!
One of the skate world's best-kept secrets is the ultra-collectible but hard to find SKATE BOOK. A 350+ page hardcover "mag," from the minds of skaters SALMAN AGAH and MIKE BALLARD, the refreshingly formatted quarterly periodical is a welcome departure from the copycat skate mags that could once call themselves cutting-edge. Featuring beautiful photography and in-depth articles, Skate Book embraces several themes and riders per issue, delving deep into each in a timeless manner befitting the magazine's hard cover status. Volume 3 is a must-have featuring lengthy profiles on OG pro and Supertouch homie LANCE MOUNTAIN, vintage skate stickers, and cover boy BART SIMPSON who was illustrated especially for the issue in a series of spreads depicting "El Barto" ripping hard across legendary SoCal spots like Carlsbad, Hollywood High, and the Sunset Carwash Gap. Available for the bargain price of $19.95, you can find copies in person at BARRACUDA LA, or online HERE (subscriptions are only $49.95 for 4 issues). Meanwhile, HAVE A LOOK: Read More
Legendary skate company SANTA CRUZ SKATEBOARDS has paid grand homage to underground art world godfather ROBERT WILLIAMS with their new "Malicious" series of signature decks for OG pros ERIC DRESSEN, TOM KNOX, JASON JESSEE, and KEITH MEEK that harkens back to a bygone era of gnarly skating at its finest. Culled from some of Williams' most iconic oil paintings of the same era, including "Meat of Love," "Snuff Fink," "Planet skinner," and "Hot Rod Race," the four deck series marks Williams' first major graphic appearance in the skate world since his introduction in the pages of THRASHER 20 years ago. True believers should keep their eyes peeled for a show of new work by the master imagist at NYC's starmaking TONY SHAFRAZI GALLERY in late 2009.
Expanding upon their highbrow forays into the blue chip art realm, cooler-than-you (and seemingly recession-proof) NYC skate brand SUPREME today launched three new collaborative decks bearing original artwork by the legendary monochromatic abstract painter CHRISTOPHER WOOL (decks launch Saturday, October 4th in Japan). Beginning his career in 1984 with a solo show at Manhattan's Cable Gallery, the 53-year-old artist who splits his time between the artistic hotbeds of NYC and Marfa, Texas, undoubtedly left urban skate gremlins scratching their heads with this esoteric release, yet still strangely compelled to buy all three decks to later resell on eBay for great profit, all without stopping to ponder the meaning of said graphics. But, then, such is life in this postmodern world. HAVE A LOOK: Read More
The only redeeming aspect of the culture killer that is X GAMES is the annual appearance of Icarus himself, aka: DANNY WAY. This year was no exception. "Balls of steel" begins to describe this drop in...
With the corporate youth culture marketing exercise known as X GAMES upon us, we thought it was the right time to take a look back at some highlights from the career of a man whose futuristic style wrote the book for what would be known as street skating in the 21st century: one RODNEY MULLEN. Back in '84 what he did on a shapeless band-aid board was called "freestyle" and his tech-obsessed, kickflip powered riding was awe-inspiring but relegated to the ranks of sideshow acts like Primo & Diane and his signature Powell Peralta deck was the company’s worst selling model. In hindsight, he was a good 20+ years ahead of his time. We still don't even understand half of what we're watching here:
It's been a painfully slow year in streetwear but the event of the summer kicks off this Friday in Hollywood when NEIGHBORHOOD, STUSSY, and NIKE unveil their "Boneyards" collaboration at the 144 LaBrea installation space. Unabashedly celebrating OG Southland beach and skate culture, the Boneyards project brings together a like-minded group of skaters and artists including JUAN PUENTE, JEREMY CARNAHAN, JOHN HALL, JACK RUDY, JESUS "CHUEY" QUINTANAR, ERIC DRESSEN, MISTER CARTOON, ROB ABEYTA, and ESTEVAN ORIOL to create a hard-edged clothing collection and sneaker collab that real SoCal skate rats have been dreaming of. Event space is extremely limited, RSVP now (see below) if you're even dreaming of showing your ugly mug at the spot. Don't sleep... HAVE A LOOK: Read More
OG skate legend CHRISTIAN HOSOI is best known for his signature "Christ Air" and the inimitable and groundbreaking shape of his best-known deck design, the original HAMMERHEAD. Now, teaming up with LA fashion boutique BARRACUDA, Hosoi has produced a limited run of 50 exact reproductions of the pioneering board shape in the to-die-for color combo of black-on-black. Releasing at noon this Friday, May 9th at the Barracuda store (7769 Melrose across from Fairfax High School), and online at Barracudashop.com, each board will be signed and numbered by Christian Hosoi himself. DON'T SLEEP...
NYC-based graphic/fine artist RYAN McGINNES' skateboarding-themed mural, "Have You Seen Him," originally created for the container exhibition at Art Basel Miami 2007 has just been installed in the courtyard of progressive art institution PS1 in Long Island City where it will remain on display until May 3rd. The 200-foot-long panoramic mural consisting of 50 individual enamel paintings is based on the "Citizen Kane" of skate videos, Powell Peralta's epic "The Search For Animal Chin," from 1987, and incorporates visual and narrative themes from the seminal Craig Stecyk (nee John Smythe) penned masterpiece. HAVE A LOOK: Read More