The Story Behind the Series

Skateboard graphics have reached a really good spot at the moment. Gone are the ho hum days where every graphic is a parody or revolves around some sort of skull, weapon, flames, or some generic attempt at badassery. Contemporary skateboard brands have developed their own distinct art directions that are clearly identifiable and evoke cranial innervation. Modern skateboard graphics tell a story and give skaters something to enjoy and react to that is fresh and new.

Brands are experimenting with multi-stained top sheets, employing vintage screen-printing techniques, adding textures to their graphics (check the new decks from Madness), collaborating with accomplished artists (like Isle’s series with Jack Brindley), or incorporating culturally iconic elements from their respective locations (a la Evisen and Pass~Port). Read More >

Skateboarding and the Olympic$

Thoughts on the subject by two dudes with sometimes varying opinions.

Figgy getting in the spirit for the Olympics! LOL

Perhaps foretold by Neal Hendrix a suspended USA Skateboarding executive committee member who is not to be named, et al., in Atlanta in 1996, skateboarding is now an Olympic sport.  Skateboarders are a seriously opinionated lot…and there is, of course, a dearth of opinions on the topic all over the place.  Most of these opinions are predictably negative.  We’re not that interested in calling people kooks or offering up vapid generalities.  Instead, we’d like to talk about a few specifics.  Paradoxically, though, we’ll start with the most elemental question:

Should skateboarding be in the Olympics?

Eric E.:
Yes.  I feel that there are three reasons that this is even a question: Read More >

Sesame: The Contest #5 Photos & Video Recap is Live!

As told by Matthew Goodison-Orr

The morning of March 23rd was clear, with a promise to be sunny.  The temperatures promised a beautiful Spring day.  At Brook Run Skate Park, tables and chairs were being set up, pens and clipboards put out, signs erected.  The music started to fill the air.  Sesame: The Contest was being held.  This would be the 5th contest in the series hosted by Christian “Drizzy” Hanna.  Soon, the skaters would roll up to the tables to sign up for the beginner or advanced divisions.  Drizzy is busy filming a few of the skaters for the highlight video shown here.  The skaters are warming up and practicing their tricks while sizing up their competition. And then Drizzy slowly skates out, megaphone in hand, and announces the start of the contest. Immediately the park clears out, he thanks everyone for coming and calls out the first 3 names. Read More >

Top Nine guest I’d like to see on the Nine Club.

Nine Club Guests Wish List.
The Nine Club Wishlist…

If you are anything like me by the time Sunday afternoon rolls around you are already planning out your week. While the thought of grabbing your lunch pail and heading out the door Monday morning is a drag, you’ve at least got a grip on reality and you are readying yourself for the workweek. Part of my Sunday ritual is checking out The Nine Club’s Instagram account in the late afternoon to see what guest they’ll be hosting Monday morning. Chris Roberts and the gang have been bringing us these amazing episodes every Monday morning without fail since January of 2016. I certainly don’t speak for every desk jockey but their show definitely brightens every working skateboarder’s morning. Read More >

Independent Trucks | Best of 2018 | DVD Collection

This is MENTAL. Indy just dropped 78 minutes of footage. Ride The Best 👊 .

Wes Kremer, Leo Romero, Lizzie Armanto, CJ Collins, Erick Winkowski, Tiago Lemos, Kader Sylla, Ray Barber, the list goes on… 2018 was a heavy year for the Independent Trucks team. From Detroit to Australia, follow Milton Martinez, Pedro Delfino, Tristan Funkhouser, Kevin Baekkel, Blake Carpenter, Ryan Townely, Lacey Baker, Nicole Hause, Brighton Zeuner, Tristan Rennie, Cole Wilson, Wilson Kimbel, Lance Mountain, Peter Hewitt, Taylor Kirby, Ben Raybourn and more on their 2018 skateboarding journey. Here’s the best of the best in 2018 from Independent Trucks. Enjoy! Filmed and edited by TJ Gaskill, Dan Stolling, Cody Long, Joe Perrin, Tylre Wilcox, Gavin Denike, DAF Noah, Peacock, Rhino and more!
Tiago Lemos Indy Part 0:002:16
Tristan Rennie RAW Ams 2:175:39
Ray Barbee Indy Collection 5:4010:09
Erick Winkowski Indy Part 10:1013:54
Mud Sweatin Beers 13:5521:22
Pedal To The Metal 21:2344:30
Gotta Pray To Play 44:3153:38
Kader Sylla My Indy’s 53:3955:08
CJ Collins RAW Ams 55:0958:35
The Kids Are Alright 58:361:00:47
Please Don’t Grab My Boob 1:00:481:09:08
No Meat Pies, No Glory 1:09:091:18:39 Read More >

Ambush Skateboarding x Cole Vanthof “Good Ol’ Boys” Video

We are stoked that Cole Vanthof‘s project “Good Ol’ Boys” has come to light and even better the the crew at Thrasher put it up on their site for all to see.  This project was shelved for a time while Cole’s focus was pulled elsewhere,  but we’re glad it came out and the final product is a visual pleasure of some of the best skateboarding in Georgia.

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The Big Bang | 2018 OuterSpace Project | Ambush + Friends

Skateboarding has had a long and lusty love affair with art.  If you want to get hippy with it, skateboarding can be construed as analogous to a type of performance art where the skateboarder is the artist, the skateboard is the tool, and the streets are the canvas.  All abstract mumbo jumbo aside, skateboarding and art just go together.  We celebrate board graphics, have a deep respect for filmers and photographers, and basically can’t function without music.  And, many skateboarders are accomplished artists, filmmakers, musicians, graphics designers, illustrators, chefs, and more.  Skateboarding and art are so closely aligned culturally that they have essentially morphed into two distinct subcultures of a larger, broader lifestyle.  The OuterSpace Project is Greg Mike‘s full embodiment of this concept. Read More >

Jumping Off a Bridge: Skateboarding’s On-Trend Viral Challenges

“If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?”  This sentiment pops into my head every time I see a new viral challenge.  Whether it’s covering your eyes while flipping your skateboard in hand, skating in freeway traffic, or the ghost ride challenge, there is always some new craze to amuse us.

board flip challenge
On-trend victim, Clint Walker takes on the board flip challenge.

 

Of course, fads like these are not exclusive to skateboarding.  Look at the mannequin challenge, dance challenges (#inmyfeelingschallenge), or the infamous Tide PODS challenge.  People love to film themselves doing stupid stuff.  It’s like the apps were designed just for it.

Back in the day, we had to wait for latest Big Brother video, CKY, or episode of Jackass for inspiration.  Afterwards we’d grab our parents’ camcorder, replicate, and that was about the extent of it.  We never had any intentions on something being “viral” because it didn’t exist! Read More >

Go Skateboarding Day 2018

Go Skateboarding Day 2018
Photo: Levi Dills

Without fail, every year “Go Skateboarding Day” sneaks up on us.  Could you blame us?  It always seems as though the day just passed.  Why shouldn’t we get deja vu since we consider every day “Go Skateboarding Day.”  Truthfully, nothing outside the ordinary happens on June, 21st.  Sure, there are a few special events, some sanctioned by the governing board of the International Association of Skateboard Companies, and other events that aren’t trademarked.  Regardless, to me the day always tends to feel about the same wherever it’s observed.  That’s because, at its core, “Go Skateboarding Day” is just another day revolving around kicking it with friends both new and old and celebrating the ever continuous joy of riding a useless wooden toy.  The spirit of the day is truly infectious.  Although, with all due respect, if the freestyler brainiacs that make up the IASC (in all their infinite wisdom) could pick a shorter day next time around, maybe, my sunburn won’t be so bad.

This year after weighing our options, we decided to keep it simple.  “Don’t overthink it, let’s pack up the van with boards, water, Gatorade, and hit the road,” I said.   “It’ll be sick because we’ll grab doughnuts and pizza too!  Everyone’s hungry, right?”  However, as our impromptu “Go Skateboarding Day” progressed, pizza seemed far from mind and, in retrospect, maybe the missing puzzle piece was the missing pizza slice?  Next year, I swear we’ll make pizza a mandatory.  That…and maybe beer.  Like you, I’ll keep my fingers crossed too. Read More >

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