RIP: Thrasher Magazine’s Jake Phelps

by The Editors on March 15, 2019

Jake Phelps the loud, hard-living, punk rock, soul of skateboarding, and conscience of Thrasher Magazine for more than 26 years has died according to a March 14, 2019 post on the Thrasher website. He was 56.

“Jake Phelps was 100% skateboarder, but that label sells him way too short, because beyond his enormous influence in our world, he was truly an individual beyond this world,” said Tony Vitello, Publisher of Thrasher. “When loved ones pass we sometimes mythologize about their full lives rich in friendships and experiences. Sometimes we need to talk ourselves into believing it all. It makes us feel better, and helps us cope with the loss. Well, in the case of Jake, the task becomes wrapping your head around just how many lives one person could possibly live. He really did see it all, do it all, and that incredible brain of his could relish every last detail.”

So far his cause of death has not been released. Our thoughts are with the entire Thrasher family. And we mourn along with skateboarders around the world.

[Link: Thrasher Magazine & SF Chronicle & Deadspin]

Photo: @BryceKanights

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