Meow. . . Brian Anderson talks with FourTwoNine about what it means to be a gay skater who comes out at the ripe old age of 40. The interview mostly goes over everything he’s already gone over in other interviews (and videos), but Brian’s answers to questions regarding sexual preference and skateboarding are always enlightening and entertaining, and the fact is with each interview he’s getting better at communicating his thoughts. For instance:
I’ve never been tempted to throw a purse over my shoulder, but that doesn’t mean I am not really gay, nor does it mean that people who chose to do so are more so. I think we are all just one varied community, and we all have to respect our different understandings of what being gay is. It’s such a difficult thing to not be informed, especially when you’re brought up in a town away from the two coasts. When you’re brought up in the middle of the country, you’re not exposed to as much, and that can lead your parents to be really closed minded and make it more difficult for you as a child growing up.
You could just read the headline again if you’re wondering why we’re posting this video, then click the arrow on the Trent McClung: Welcome to the Team and that should pretty much explain everything. If, after viewing the welcome to the Venture Trucks team video, you have more questions, please feel free to ask them in the comments where you will undoubtable be “first.”
This Thursday, December 15, 2016 legendary skateboarding photographer J. Grant Brittain will be showing many of his iconic skate images in a gallery setting at Univ in Encinitas, California.
The event represents a long-standing friendship between Grant and SLVDR‘s Tim Swart and the opportunity to showcase many from the vault of Grant’s 37 years of iconic skateboard imagery. Grant‘s photos have helped document the progression and creativity of skateboarding for decades. “Archive” will highlight many of the classic photos and some not often seen over the years.
The show opens at 7 PM and will feature music by Chris Cote. Univ is located at 1053 S. Coast Highway, in Encinitas, California. For the official word from SLVDR, please follow the jump.
Vans has announced the schedule for their 2017 Vans Park Series. The second annual event is the official International Skateboarding Federation World Championship park terrain tour with contests around the world.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled by the phenomenal success of Vans Park Series in our first season out of the gates and we are stoked to be making history once again as we expand in 2017.” – Justin Regan, Dir. of Global Marketing, Skateboarding at Vans.
The series kicks off in Sydney, Australia on March 4, 2017 then travels to Brazil, Sweden, Canada, and the USA. For the official word from Vans, please follow the jump.
The 16,000-square-foot Hilltop Skatepark in San Francisco replaces an old skatepark originally built in 1979. Photo by Miki Vuckovich
Now is the time to turn in your application for a skatepark building grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. The Foundation only accepts applications from communities twice a year. The current application period is live on the foundation’s Web site and will be open until January 16, 2017.
THF funding won’t pay for the whole park, but as many cities have found out, getting a Tony Hawk Foundation grant really helps jumpstart fundraising.
“The value of winning the Tony Hawk Foundation Grant cannot be measured by sheer numbers,” said Sarah Anderson, who led the Nyack, New York public skatepark to its grand opening in 2015. “The esteemed THF grant not only filled the skatepark coffer, it legitimized the project in the eyes of the public and activated donors, both public and private, to carry us forward to the finish line.”
For the official word from the Tony Hawk Foundation, please follow the jump or click here.
Adidas Skateboarding celebrated the launch of their Snoop Dogg and Mark ‘Gonz’ Gonzales’ limited edition LA Stories footwear and apparel collection at Randy’s Donuts on Monday, December 5, 2016, with a “lowrider show paying homage to Snoop and Gonz’s deep Los Angeles connection and history.”
adidas Skateboarding hosted an old school West Coast day party that included a special DJ performance by Snoop Dogg, the ‘LA Stories’ collection on display, and a lowrider show that also featured Snoop’s custom lowrider that was painted by Gonz, whose art is featured throughout the ‘LA Stories’ capsule collection. adidas Pro team riders Daewon Song, Na-Kel Smith, Tyshawn Jones, and Jack Fardell alongside influential tastemakers, industry executives, prominent media, and ecstatic fans, also enjoyed specially prepared Snoop x Gonz donuts fresh from the oven compliments of Randy’s Donuts.
Doesn’t seem possible to manufacture a better event, right? Atiba Jefferson and Skin Phillips were even there. We just wonder how Snoop really feels about his new Gonz paint job?
Merge4 brings together four boardsports heavies in the pursuit of quality socks. Founded by former Sessions co-owner Cindi Ferreira Busenhart, skater/artist Keith Meek, Las Vegas restauranteur Gigli Locatelli, and legendary skater and Santa Cruz Bicycles founder Rob Roskopp, Merge4 is delivering a slew of art socks featuring the works of artists and athletes including: Mofo, Ed Colver, Dave “Nelly” Nelson, Bad Otis Link, Dirk Vermin, Scott Greathouse, Timmy Reyes, Koa Rothman, Matt Rockhold, Steve Caballero, Wee Man, and Mike Basich.
How’s that for a deep crew? For all the details (and to order some sock for your drawer) click the link.