Our main man Luis Tolentino (professional skateboarder/philanthropist) was back on the Quisqueyan island spreading love. This time he went over with the Harold Hunter Foundation and the support of Red Bull to skate, give out equipment and give lessons to his people, the natives. The trip has been cut into online episodes with the first one now playing.
We wouldn’t live up to our “República” title if we didn’t cover things happening in the Quisqueyan Motherland of The Dominican Republic. And it just so happens that Mr. A$AP Rocky just put out an edit of his recent exploits on the island. He joins electronic music god, Scrillex, and the rest of his A$AP Mob for the visuals to Wild For The Night. Enjoy. We guess.
A few months ago Shut Skateboards pro rider, Luis Tolentino, took a trip back to his native rootThe Dominican Republic. The introspective ripper speaks a bit about what it meant to return in the following Red Bullsponsored short. It features Tolentino ripping by the countryside and an abandoned sugarcane factory in the village of Monte Llano, Puerto Plata. As it turns out, our Editor at Large is actually from there! Oh, and Tolentio flies over a cow too…
Our Editor In Chief is spearheading a very special passion project of his. The Rat Collective and the Feed The Rats initiative is a philanthropic endeavor dedicated to civically empowering youth via media, technology and the Arts as it pertains to the actionsports industry. The group is currently working on creating a digital media lab and skateboard plaza in the town of Monte Llano, Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic). Proceeds from their “Vintage Pom” Winter Rat Hats go directly towards fueling that project and connecting those kids. For $20 USD supporters get to rock an awesome “Feed The Rats” beanie and plug into an even more awesome cause. We salute!
Queens, New York Citybred BMX superstar, Nigel Sylvester, visits the Dominican Republic in the latest episode of his showGet Sylvester. The young phenom explores the good, the bad, the ugly, and the inspiring live and direct from the Caribbean island. Definitely worth the watch as the narrative is told in own words, where he describes how much the disparity and “hustle” inspires his professional dedication.
New York Citybased purveyors of a great coffee now have a new venue to wrap their hands around and sip. Darling Coffee, located in Inwood, Manhattan is now open for business and offering locals (and visitors) some of the finest roasts that the world has to offer! You see, owners Nick and Nichole were drawn to the neighborhood because of the eclectic community, so to honor that they offer a myriad of coffees hailing from the same regions as their nextdoor neighbors: Ethiopia, Sumatra, Honduras, Mexico and the Dominican Republic!
Came across this little imported gem thanks to one of our Dominican connects. Apparently the phrase Teke Teke derives from a Japanese folklore about a vengeful female spirit. We’re no sociologists, but the fact that there’s a very vengeful young lady after our heroes, Crazy Design and Carlitos Way (Los Teke Teke), certainly justifies a correlation. Check out the official El Teke Teke video. Shot and directed by Nelson Paulino of NP Studios. Guaranteed Caribbean banger and vengeful spirit provider!
Dominican hub for all things skateboard related, La Isla, recently hosted the Santiago Street Tour. Here’s a video compilation of all the radness that went down. Much respect to all of the parties involved, keeping skating alive and well, even in the Third World!
Nearing the two year anniversary mark of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, a recent article in the New York Times reports of dwindling patience and sympathy for the impoverished country by its bordering neighbor, the Dominican Republic. The piece highlights how conditions in Haiti have deteriorated from bad to worse as health issues like cholera and a government stalemate have added to the country’s cocktail of setbacks. Add that to the fact that the general Dominican consensus blames Haitians for driving up crime and taking jobs, and sentiments appear to be bleaker than ever.
Dominican president, Leonel Fernandez, has just appointed Ellis Perez as the new director general of Cinematography in the DR. The move, coupled with an advisory board and the General Department for Cinematography (DGCINE) is expected to encourage the growth of a film development on the islanda potential $375 million dollar industry with the potential to employ 24,000 people.