California born skateboarder Mikey Taylor grew up during a time when the past time wasn’t looked at with as much regard and positive attention as it is today. Having come full circle in his journey, the newfound part business owner of Saint Archer Brewery (San Diego, California) explains his involvement with the project and how a lifetime of riding has now led him to this new chapter. From fatherhood to entrepreneurship, the poetic spokesman paints a philosophical picture about how endeavors like skateboarding, beer, and even family are ultimately “bigger than just us.”
Toronto based skate squad, Street Feet, recently paid a visit to Detroit to explore its terrain. The result is “Free Doom,” a jazzy and freeflowing video that explores the 4wheeled depths of the controversial city. Which just goes to show, if the politicians and business men can’t do anything with the place, ambitious skaters can.
Adidas pays homage to their 15 year partnership with legendary skateboarder, Mark Gonzales, with a special documentary about his career and artistic milestones. Journey back with some of the photographers and filmers that know firsthand how unique and inthemoment a rendezvous with Mark Gonzales (on or off the board) truly is.
Levi’s new foray into the skateboard world has taken the international route thanks to a skatepark initiative in India. Check out episodes one and two of the building of the first official public skatepark in Bangalore, India. Watch out for guest appearances from Nike skate greats like Stefan Janoski and Omar Salazar, both joining in the efforts to bring DIY skate culture to remote parts of the world.
The Adidas skateboard team paid a visit to one of Spain’s most renowned cities, Madrid. While there Mark Gonzales, Dennis Busenitz, Silas BaxterNeal, Rodrigo TX, Pete Eldridge, Benny Fairfax, Nestor Judkins, Mark Suciu, and Lem Villemin shot upcoming season campaign photos and filmed respective video parts. Here’s an 8minute culmination of the trip.
California’s Odd Future group teamed up with legendary skateboard shoe brand Vans (Vans Syndicate) for a special “Wolf Gang” edition of the Old Skool shoe. The collaboration was a nobrainier for the brand considering how loyal the popular group has been to their core skateboarding footwear. The series includes 4 color ways (black, royal, tan, red) of the shoe with Odd Future embroidery featured on the tongue and rear of the shoes and gum soles.
Mention the South Bronx (New York City) to anyone and we’re pretty certain that they’ll conjure up two imagesHip Hop or poverty. Now while both aren’t necessarily inaccurate, they’re also not representative of the huge skateboard culture that exists among the brown and black local youth. Take the annual Battle For The Bronx competition, for example. While it may not be on the mainstream media, the yearly event, hosted by Indigenous Skateboards, brings out hundreds of skateboarders to compete in a day full of riding and comradery. Here is a visual recap of the 2013 gathering:
They say that dusk and dawn are the proverbial “magic hours”the transition between day and night that evokes the ethereal in all. Check out the new Balmorhea “Pyrakantha” video featuring professional skateboarder Danny Garcia and 42 day/nights worth of shooting at dusk to complete their objective. Los Angeles never looked so magical and intimate!
Rapper Lil Wayne continues to dedicate himself to skateboarding. This time around he and some professional homies (Greg Lutzka, Tyler Hendley, Yo Yo and Christiona Sereika) hit California’s Orange County to capture some nighttime thrills. Weezy and company laid it down, hitting everything from grass gaps to rails and even a ditch! Props to this. With all the negative publicity surrounding Lil Wayne, it’s great to see him have fun doing something he truly enjoys.
Desillusion Magazine and Videographer Patrick Pearse team up to give viewers a glimpse into the life skateboarding antihero Steve Olson. The 6minute short, set to black and white for an even more poetic feel, doesn’t really focus on anything stellar. In fact it emphasis the focuses on the nonmoments, the candid snapshots of Olson’s American livingcigarettes, motorcycles, driving and skateboarding with friends. Welcome to your firsthand look at the stoic character that is Steve.