Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Refer to decks, tricks, styles, music as "old school" and i'll probably tune you out, but there are some concepts I feel are legitimately "old school" that we should all be talkng about more. Things more relavant than pointed noses and no-complies. You want to talk about :"old school" lets talk about about old school skate culture, and I'm not talking about jim phillips graphics, flipping the bill up on your suicidal tendencies hat, or paint penning a bad approximation of the Rat Bones logo on your griptape, either. The term "old school" ought to be trotted out in instances where it can really matter, in reference to values and practices that are getting lost in times when skateboarding is more accesible, more codified.
Monday, May 19, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
|The Kid at the Transportation Unit red curb invitational. 1st place. Time to start thinking about Street League|
Among the greatest practitioners of the way of the slap is San Jose’s own Jason “The Kid” Adams. He’s perpetrated slappies in the darkest days of the flipped out 90’s, he’s thrown them down in video parts when no one else has dared, and, as decades of pro skating have taken its toll on his mind and body, it’s the slappy that keeps Adams stoked. I spoke with this slappy guru about the mechanics, magic and mystique of the slappy. We soon found ourselves probing deep into the tao of slap in a way only two curb-crunching fanatics could:
Saturday, March 22, 2014
|(Mine had neon green zigzags)|
Monty’s bike skidded to a halt in the gravel at the end of the driveway. He glanced back at me from the seat of his hot pink GT, a familiar look of exasperation on his face. “The WD-40 is on the workbench. Hurry up. Jimmy Wallace built a ramp in his driveway.”
I ran into the garage and fetched the can. It was time to roll the boulder up the hill one more time...whatever leaning, ramshackle wedge of lumber remnants Jimmy Wallace had crammed together in his driveway would have to wait.
By summer 1988 I had been skating the same $50 Variflex for three years. At that point, the application of lubricant to bearings was more of a neurotic tic than any sort of real remedy for my board’s eternal lock-ups. The scrap metal spheres rattling around the grooves of my cheap wheels had degraded to the point that they could be considered a real locomotive force only by the broadest and most forgiving mechanical definitions. Nothing ever stopped the seize-ups, especially not wd-40, and deep down I knew it, but I would stick that little red straw in to the wheel and spray away anyway, the cut-rate lubricant pooling so deep that I could have lifted up my wheel and knocked back the ounces of WD 40 like Jack Daniels from a neon shot glass.
Sometimes the WD-40 helped a little. Sometimes
Monday, March 10, 2014
Saturday, February 22, 2014
In 27 years as a working pro, Mike Vallely’s impact on skateboarding has been nothing less than comprehensive. In pursuing his craft, Vallely has not only helped shape what people can do on their skateboards, but also the shape of the skateboards they do it on. Through his relentless touring, vocal advocacy, and plain old trucks-to-the-grindstone ethos, Vallely’s influence goes well beyond the tricks and video parts and deep into the mind state of skateboarding. As famous for speaking his mind, burning bridges and busting security guards as he is for busting bonelesses, Vallely has always seemed fearless, militant even, in his passion and pursuit of skateboarding.
But standing on the decks at the Skatepark of Tampa during the Tampa pro contest in 2012, He’s nervous.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
So what the hell does this have to do with skateboarding?