Zumiez decided it would be a good idea to have a “celebrity appearance” by Steven Fernandez and Keelan Dadd at the Stonewood Center Mall in Downey, California on Saturday March 28, 2015, but when more than “2,000 screaming girls and adoring fans” showed up the police shut it all down, according to a story on ABC 7.
“The clothing store and event staff were overwhelmed with the large crowd inside the mall, which caused the business to close their doors and cancel the event,” Downey police released in a statement. . . Authorities could be seen in riot gear and stores had their security gates closed as crowds were dispersed. The mall was temporarily closed, but reopened by 4:30 p.m.
Ah, the cult of personality powered by social media.
We’ve all seen his work on Vans shoes, Burton Snowboards, and Flip Skateboards, but Laguna Beach, California’s AR4T Gallery is giving us all a chance to get a much closer look at Taka Hayashi’s incredible work in a solo show titled Portraits of Nature.
Central in Hayashi’s works are landscapes, birds, symbols and cultural signatures that refer to tribes worlds apart: Native American craft, ‘80s skate culture, North African tribal art, and ‘60s psychedelia, to name a few. The mystery is in how Hayashi traps, and then connects, quick flashes and deep feelings of these worlds on canvas. . . Working in charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor, acrylic, and spray paint, this new series by Hayashi is presented in a range of earthy tones, vibrant hues, and black-and-white, and range in size from 24”x36” to 51”x51”.
If you can’t make it to Phoenix, Arizona this weekend (March 28-29, 2015) for the 14th Annual PHXAMbrought to you by Cowtown and Vans, then do the next best thing: watch it live online. Some who watch might even win something thanks to a clever online promotion.
Sign up now for the PHXAM “Watch and Win” contest for your chance to win a hefty prize pack from Vans and PHXAM sponsors. Winners will be announced during the Webcast. Cowtown’s 14th annual PHXAM presented by Vans will be webcast live beginning at 11AM PST on Sunday, March 29 on phxam.com and on your mobile device via the Vans Live app, where you can watch all of Vans’ live Webcasts.
Rob Dyrdek is taking the Street League Skateboarding message into all the world for 2015 with a “pro open” scheduled for Barcelona, Spain May 16-17, 2015.
Following the SLS Nike SB Pro Open in Barcelona, the 2015 SLS Nike SB World Tour officially kicks off in Los Angeles, CA, moving on to New York City neighbor Newark, NJ, then on to Chicago, IL. The season’s first arena stop will return to skateboarding’s hometown of Los Angeles, where in 2014 SLS saw its first ever sold-out crowd. Also a first in League history, SLS will bring the full 25-Pro League roster out to the East Coast where traditionally fans there have witnessed only the Top 8 Pros battle it out in the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship. In 2015, the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship will now be held in the America’s heartland in Chicago, IL, bridging the East and West Coast skate scenes.
For the official word from Street League, including dates, locations, and TV broadcast schedule, please follow the jump. [click to continue…]
After watching Luan Oliveira over-kill the 2015 Tampa Pro we’re seriously wondering if there will ever be a better display of technical contest skateboarding, ever. Not only did Oliveira hit every single thing he tried in his final runs, he kept going long after his time was up with five or six more makes before a miss. In fact, in his winning run he went 20 tricks deep before a falter. It was mind-blowing.
Sure, Nyjah Huston, who finished in second, gave it a solid go with his practiced precision, but Oliveira’s threw everything he had at it and he didn’t miss. Watch the video and you’ll see. For the complete results, follow the jump. [click to continue…]
Last night, at Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Los Altos Skate Park, seven people were shot and one has died, another is in critical condition, according to a story in the Albuquerque Journal.
One person is dead and six others injured following a Sunday night shooting at a skate park in Northeast Albuquerque and police don’t know who the shooter or shooters are, a spokesman said. . . Officers were called to Los Altos skate park just before 10 p.m. Sunday night. They arrived to find a large crowd, with one person dead on the sidewalk and others injured, Albuquerque Police Department spokesman Tanner Tixier said. Three people were immediately rushed to a local hospital.
According to a story on KRQE.com it all started with a fight:
Police are not saying what led up to the shooting, but witnesses said it started as a fight, then one man went to his car, grabbed a gun and started shooting. . . At this time one subject is deceased and another is in critical condition. The other five victims appear to have sustained non-life threatening injuries. . . Witnesses said the fight Sunday possibly started over a stolen skateboard. Then they said someone started shooting. . . “I don’t know, I can’t even explain it because I’m just hoping my sister’s alright because I don’t know really what happened,” said witness Mariah Cruz. “They just started shooting and stuff and my godmother and stuff were just holding their kids.”
The Los Altos Skatepark reportedly has a long history of violence. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families and we hope justice is eventually served.
Okay, so it’s taken Active Ride Shop a while to truly embrace the digital future, but since they made the effort we might as well welcome them with open arms. Yes, On March 19, 2015 Active launched its first “digital catalog.”
Viewers that click on an Active team rider or brand spotlight within the catalog are brought to the online store where they can see the entire collection and easily make a purchase. Known for providing the best product and service in the skate mail order business, this new digital catalog will compliment Active’s multi-medium mail order business that will still include its classic printed catalog. . . The world has become a very digital and social place in the time since print catalogs and magazines were king. The new Active Ride Shop Spring 15 digital catalog connects with people’s lifestyles through their phones, iPads or computers with social media buttons built into it so readers can easily share the newest signature product, Active Team Rider skate shots and brand features with their friends.
Again, it sounds a lot like what we were telling people in 1996, but then we were a little too far ahead of the curve on that one. Maybe now is the perfect time to jump in. Gotta admit, it’s a pretty smooth way to look at all the gear that’s out for sale right now. Much easier than burrowing through all the brands’ websites. For the official word from Active, please follow the jump.
powerHouse Books will be releasing a new book of photos and text featuring Vancouver’s mythical Barrier Kult skateboarding gang titled BA. KU. The words will be provided by Deer Man of Dark Woods with photography by Anthony Tafuro.
They’re an assembly of incognito professional skateboarders that ritualize their skill on concrete barriers. The team was created ten years ago by Deer Man of Dark Woods and Depth Leviathan Dweller, who decided to adorn a mask of anonymity after growing tired of the repetition of the professional skate world. One would argue that the Barrier Kult’s entire way of skating is repetitive, but the team takes this as a challenge to land big tricks… on stone cold concrete.
There were rumors. There were rumors that it “only took Trevor Colden one session to destroy the Diamond Park and hook up the locals up with some free trucks for the newest Thunder Trucks Parks & Wreck.”
Okay, it wasn’t a rumor. It was a press release. But that’s okay, isn’t it?