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Porous Walker, Todd Francis: Fools Show

by The Editors on March 15, 2019

Monster Children (another surviving print magazine) and a blue-collar beer company invite you to FOOLS, a two man show by Porous Walker and Todd Francis featuring the artists’ mutual love of irreverence, bad situations, and bodily functions.

Shown will be all new works never before seen by mankind, as well as a large collection of unique, signed and numbered products designed as gifts for the April Fools in your life.

FOOLS launches with a March 21, 2019 opening at 1700 Naud, an evening that will be filled with music, food, laughter, and lamentation. It run until March 28th and is in partnership with Vans. For  more details and to RSVP please click this link.

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AMI Kills Off TransWorld SNOWboarding

by The Editors on March 8, 2019

Just as the snowboard industry was getting used to the idea of a future without TransWorld Snowboarding in print, the brand announces that as of March 6, 2019 the entire brand is dead and over. In a post on the site someone explained it like this:

All good things, unfortunately, must come to an end, and effective March 6, 2019, TransWorld SNOWboarding has closed; the 32nd volume of magazines will be our last, and Kamikazu will be our final film. Over the coming weeks on our site and social channels we’ll publish tributes and reflections from the photographers, editors, filmers, and riders who defined the title over the years, so please check back regularly.

According to a Keith Kelly story in the NY Post, what is left of TWSnow will be “rolled into in-house rival Snowboarder” and go digital. So what’s left?

Only three titles — Bike, Surfer, and Powder — will survive with regularly scheduled print editions after 14 titles of The Enthusiast Network were quietly sold to American Media Inc. . . “We always viewed the Adventure Sports Network as an acquisition focused on significant digital scale and unparalleled experiential events,” said an AMI spokesman.

It’s good to see that at least an unnamed AMI spokesman has a plan for the recently purchased titles.  We can’t wait to see how this all pans out.

[Link: TransWorld SNOWboarding and NY Post]

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The End of Print At TransWorld Media

by The Editors on March 5, 2019

In letters to subscribers that began arriving in mailboxes the week of March 3, 2019, American Media Inc, the current owner of TransWorld Skateboarding and Snowboarding magazines announced that both publications will “no longer be published.” Adding insult to insanity, the company also promised to fulfill remaining subscriptions to the legacy titles with copies of their recently acquired (June 2017) magazine Men’s Journal. 

Founded in 1983 by Tracker Trucks owner Larry Balma and Peggy Cozens, Transworld Media built a place where creative kids could flourish mostly undisturbed by outside forces. Aside from helping to usher in the modern board sports era and making skateboarding and snowboarding central to mass youth culture, TransWorld also served as a launch pad for innumerable success stories in fashion, design, photography, music, and filmmaking. Simply put Transworld’s contributions to pop culture cannot be overstated. 

As expected the news lit up social media with eulogies, remembrances, and words of thanks for the part both magazines played in lives of millions. Athletes, artistsmagazine editorsphotographers, designers, legendsTV personalities, brand owners, and even sports agents praised the magazines and lamented the end of what was a really good run.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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@transworldskate 1983-2019 I Helped from Issue #1 back in 1983 and worked there as Photo Editor and Senior Photographer until leaving in 2003. Before computers, internet, phones, podcasts, live-streaming ,etc, Skate Mags and Zines were the only way to see and share what was going on in Skateboarding around the world. We would work on an article or interview for months and skaters would have to wait to get their Skate Fix in the mailbox and then they would pass it on. Readers would study each photo and read every word and soak it in and never forget it. Covers were a big thing, Centerspreads too. Transworld grew organically over time from the tiny black and white amateurish rag into a thick high quality and collectible magazine. The page count varied with the financial ups and downs and popularity of skateboarding, but it always came around, that’s Skateboarding. The digital revolution has taken its toll on all Print, humans just don’t get their news and entertainment from print anymore and they want it Immediately. Hey, time marches on and hopefully future skaters will get creative and produce compelling stories, magazines, books, art, photography and music that need to be felt, held and listened to. Cheers to all of the people that worked on Transworld Skateboarding Magazine and thanks to Larry Balma and Peggy Cozens for taking a chance and starting it. TWS supported a lot of families over the years, we can’t forget that. Sorry to see something with such a Legacy go. This April, 1986 Cover is of @lancemountain in Stockholm, Sweden, Summer, 1985. Photo: Brittain #transworldskateboardingmagazine #transworldskate #larrybalma #peggycozens #skatemagazines #skateboardingmagazine #skatezines #skateboardingisfun #lancemountain #jgrantbrittain

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When we mentioned to a publishing executive that this must be what it feels like to outlive an era, he replied, “I think the era we have outlived is the era of niche media as corporate commodity. Doesn’t seem to work so well.”

And that is true. Independent action media brands like Thrasher Magazine and The Snowboarder’s Journal continue to thrive in print, suggesting that the end of print at TransWorld may have more to do with corporate greed/overhead than anything else. Then again, we have yet to see anyone under the age of 30 lamenting the news, so there’s that as well.

As for the future, TransWorld Skateboarding will live on as a digital property (the staff has already begun posting “thanks, but we’re still here” to their social media streams) and sources tells us that management is working out the details on how and/or which of the company’s two snowboard brands will be preserved online rolling forward.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Thank you for all the love❤️❤️ While the subscription/newsstand based print mag is no longer, (sorry about that notice letter) TWS is still a brand with a crew here working on digital projects like: A feature length Daewon Song documentary out in May and other quality content on our website, youtube, and other social channels. Special Limited Print editions are being planned. Thank you to everyone that has worked here on the magazine over 36 years for all of your inspiration and dedication to skateboarding. And Thank You to all of our subscribers, readers and audience for the support and love through the years.❤️❤️ Onto the next chapter. -TWS crew

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We’d be more optimistic about Transworld’s digital future if it weren’t for AMI. Their reputation for always doing the wrong thing (along with their reportedly toxic CEO David Pecker) doesn’t bode well for the brands.

Through all the sadness we are cheered by the fact that these magazines lasted 20 years longer than we thought they would when we first began preaching the digital revolution. Good work. And, as this has all happened before (remember Skateboarder Magazine and Action Now?) we’re looking forward to what the next generation of creative kids will assemble out of the wreckage.

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This Is The Guy Running Action Sports Media

by The Editors on March 4, 2019

Lately, we’ve been wondering what it’s been like for that small group of action sports media professionals who survived the AMI takeover of The Enthusiast Network. How is working for Trump pal David Pecker?

So far we’ve heard nothing from inside the building, but The Daily Beast posted a profile on March 2, 2019 titled How David Pecker Built His Tabloid Empire on Fear that might give some insight into how it could be going for those who still remain. The old story, written nearly two decades ago, suggests that Mr. Pecker has morphed his management style very little over the past 20 years.

[Link: The Daily Beast]

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Sweeping Up The Headlines Into A Little Pile

by The Editors on March 1, 2019

News, dog. News. It’s that time of the week when we corral up all the headlines for the stories that got away into one big ol’ list and post them up. Take a look at what’s been going down over the past few weeks, follow the jump.

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Glory Hole Not Skateable For Awhile

by The Editors on February 28, 2019

Looks like NorCal fullpipe skaters will be waiting awhile before launching any missions to the world famous Glory Hole, as the lake behind the dam is pretty full right now. Sidetone: we laugh every time we see the mainstream media calling it “the Glory Hole.” 

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Action Sports, Pecker & The Saudis

by The Editors on February 8, 2019


As if this whole TEN sale couldn’t get any stranger, a deeper dive into the backstory reveals a The New York Times story from March 2018 that hints at where the money used by American Media to purchase the TEN action sports properties (among other things) may have come from. . . Saudi Arabia.

The intersection of the tabloid publisher [David Pecker, pictured right with The Donald] with the Saudis, enhanced by the White House visit, is a previously untold chapter in the long, symbiotic relationship between the president and Mr. Pecker, which was forged in the 1990s. At the time, Mr. Trump was celebrating a real estate comeback after his casino bankruptcies and was both the subject and the source of much gossip in New York.

One action sports executive wonders if this all might be part of a plan to use actions sports as a way to improve the public’s perceptions of a county that, in addition to various human rights violations, has allegedly murdered at least one journalist:

Sports have been an increasingly viable way for despots to soften their image and market a national brand (Russia/Sochi; Qatar/World Cup; Saudi Arabia/PGA events). . .Doesn’t seem a crazy reach that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, et al. would have interest in creating action/participant sports events, promoting tourism, etc. And these would be cheap and effective markets for this purpose. . . It all does line up: money gets laundered, Pecker gets ass saved, Saudi’s get backdoor to Trump administration, and a bunch of cheap sports/travel media properties run influence campaigns.

Is this really why American Media had interest in a few small circ. action sporting brands? Click the link to read the rest of the story.

[Link: The New York Times]

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Bezos Accuses Pecker Of Dick Pic Blackmail

by The Editors on February 7, 2019

In a story posted on Medium today (February 7, 2019), Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claims that Surfer Magazine, Transworld Snowboarding, and Transworld Skateboarding’s new parent company American Media (through its tabloid The National Enquirer) has threatened to publish photos of Mr. Bezos’ penis “as well as nine other images” if Mr. Bezos didn’t call the Washington Post off its investigation of American Media CEO David Pecker’s relationship with Donald Trump, according to a story on the Huffington Post.

Here’s a little of what Mr. Bezos is claiming:

I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten. . . They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.

Usually these stories that have nothing to do with skateboarding, snowboarding, or surfing would be well outside our “lane.” But last week’s sale brings it all home to our world. Think about it? This suggests that those left at what once was TEN are now in a not-so-roundabout way working for the Trump Administration, forcing action sports marketing people to ask themselves, “Do we really want to support Donald Trump by spending advertising and marketing dollars with American Media in light of all this?”

We can say this: if this is how American Media does business, then the people who had their jobs eliminated last week are the lucky ones.

February 8, 2019 Updates:

Jeff Bezos’ investigator suspects ‘a government agency’ intercepted Amazon CEO’s text messages
Could the National Enquirer—Bezos scandal end AMI’s federal plea deal?

[Link: The Huffington Post]

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Adidas Makes An Interesting Skate Shoe

by The Editors on February 4, 2019

It is, right? We’re not usually into the whole Adidas sporty spice thing, but look at that. The 3ST.004 doesn’t look too sporty, or too skatey. It looks like Adidas got their stripes going backwards on this one, but we’re okay with that. Tyshawn Jones will look smooth in these flip catchers, for sure. Here’s what Adidas says about them:

“Building off the design mentality of the 3ST family, the 3ST.004 is positioned to further progress and challenge skateboarding footwear. The low-profile forefoot and super tacky wrapping on the sidewall provide board feel like no other. With such great board feel, the intent is to never bail, but let’s face it, it happens. Therefore, we’ve placed BOOST in the heel of the shoe for protection and support when bailing.” says the brand’s Senior Footwear Designer, Scott Johnston. “Considering that Tyshawn Jones was the muse for the project, the shoe needs to not only perform, but look iconic and stand out. The shoe incorporates classic adidas aesthetics and modern design lines to keep you looking fly in the streets.”

And yes, we all want to be “looking fly in the streets,” Scott. We certainly do. The 3ST.004 will be in specialty retailers and Adidas online starting February 7, 2019. If you’ve got $120 they can be yours.

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News From A While Back Today

by The Editors on January 29, 2019

Links? We got ’em. Not much more to say about it than that, right? Follow jump for a whole slew of links.

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