To celebrate the the release of his newest Pro Thunder Truck, Marc Johnson opened the doors of Brandon Biebel’s park to the public with free pizza and best-trick contests. Looks like everyone had a ripping good time, no?
Every time we’ve skated NorCal’s Glory Hole we always wondered what it would be like to see Lake Berryessa blasting right on through. Well, thanks to some drone footage, we all know. It’s one massive brown eye of death. It also looks like it’s going to be a while before anyone is slapping stickers past 10 o’clock. Then again, if you slapped one last fall, it’s probably still pretty safe right where it is.
Vans had a press release to go along with this photo that had something to do with a new marketing campaign they are launching for “Off The Wall,” but we never made it past this photo Tony Alva skating a pool. Just look at that would you?
It’s good to see downtown photographer Ari Marcopoulos still hangin’ with the action crowd. His current incarnation features a collab with adidas skateboarding.
Central to the collection is a specially made zine “AIGHT’.” Masterminded by Marcopoulos, the zine is 26 pages capturing a winter day of skateboarding in New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood and features an amalgamation of mixed media, vibrant color pops and signature aesthetic made consistent throughout the entire collection. Capturing select members of the adidas Skateboarding team, “AIGHT'” is a modern take on Marcopoulos’ early and now iconic work capturing the unique styles and personalities of New York skateboarders during the 1990s Golden Era of skate.
Ari’s photos are always good to see, especially when he’s in charge of their presentation. Watch for more details on the actual product drop on February 27, 2017.
Matt Hensley and Flogging Molly are setting sail on the seas of cheese for the third tour with the Salty Dog Cruise 2017. It’s on the world famous Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas with a mini ramp and bands. Joining Hensley will be other old skaters including Danny Way, John Schultes, Eddie Elguera, Art Godoy, Ron Allen, Tony Mag, Steve Ortega, Sal Barbier and Steve Godoy.
Fans can spend their weekend aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Enchantment of the Seas cruise ship with some of their favorite bands and skateboarding legends – with food, late night dance parties and plenty of other surprises included! Artists set to perform include Flogging Molly, NOFX, Devotchka, Less Than Jake, The English Beat, Bouncing Souls and more! To book a room or for more information, please visit: http://floggingmollycruise.com.
Last time we rolled Sacramento, California’s Granite Skatepark, half the park was growing mold from being under a constant January deluge. Looks like things have dried up at one of the bossest skateparks on the West Coast.
Deep in San Francisco, California’s Sunset district there is a house with a bowl in the backyard and a woodshop in the garage. This is where maker George Rocha creates new old skateboards out of old skateboards. The business is called Iris Skateboards, but from the sounds of it Rocha makes a lot of cool stuff. And his friends are obviously pretty good at building websites, shooting photos, and making slick films featuring Iris Skateboards. Which all works out pretty well for a guy who claims he doesn’t know anything about marketing. Check it out in Jeremy McNamara’s film Day by Day.
Like snowboard bindings that rotate, motorized skateboards have forever been a solution to a problem that does not exist. That hasn’t stopped a slew of Northern California tech heads from trying to design the perfect electric skateboard. (You may remember Boosted Boards whose batteries “vented”). Fast Company checks in with Ryan Evans “the 32-year-old CEO of an electric skateboard company called Inboard Technology” the latest producer of unaffordable longboards few skateboarders want to buy.
With the M1, Inboard hopes to snare early adopters who the company identifies as mostly men between 30 and 55 years of age who live in urban areas and earn more than $130,000 annually. According to Inboard’s analysis, a million people fit that description, and with more than twice the median income in the U.S., they can afford the $1,399 price tag. As the price drops, the potential customer base grows. If the board costs less than $1,000, college kids are more likely to buy it, and at a price point under $600, high schoolers get in on it.
Want to roll on a skateboard without pushing? Go down a hill. Want to get to work without driving a car (or pushing a skateboard), ride a bike. Want to look like a total tool while riding a skateboard in a suit, talking on a cellphone, and swerving through pedestrians? Looks like the Inboard M1 is just for you.
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.