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.
“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.
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Red Bull Skateboarding and their world-renowned band of concrete killers rode through town on Saturday and delivered an epic day of skating and super good times. Ryan Sheckler, Torey Pudwill, Joey Brezinski, Zion Wright, Jagger Eaton, Alex Midler, CJ Collins, and of course, SOTYJamie Foy destroyed Kennesaw Skatepark in front of hundreds of devoted skate junkies.
After the demo, the Red Bull team opened up the park to a locals best trick contest. Pudwill, Zion, and Foy handed out decks, tees, and Ambush gift cards for the heavier bangers of the session.
The notably down-to-earth crew spent most of the day among fans signing autographs and taking pics. If you wanted to meet your heroes, the Red Bull Drop-In event was the place to be.
It comes as no surprise to hear “Beer and Skateboarding go together like PB&J,” or as a true “Millennial” might say, “Avocado and Toast.” Most of age skateboarders would probably agree with this. Responsibly sharing a couple of brews with the homies amid a mini ramp session is great and it’s no secret. It’s a trend made clearer when you see bigger brands like Brixton collaborate with Coors Original, 686 partner with Pabst Blue Ribbon, or the fact your favorite Street League pros will retire fruitfully off their windfall craft beer investments. More so, it wouldn’t be a stretch to draw parallels between the craft beer renascence of recent years to the boom in small, independent skateboard brands currently taking the industry by storm. Seemingly every time you blink a new skate brand is created. With this in mind, it makes total sense for me to pair my favorite local brews with my favorite independent skateboard brands. What’s not to love? Boards and Breweries.
2017 is nearly a wrap and for the first time in ages I feel that collectively we can all breathe a slight sigh of relief. Why? Well, we made it out of the dumpster fire that was 2017, guys. While that is reason enough to tie one on and celebrate, let’s not get too excited. Regrettably, 2018 is revving up to be just as turbulent. Whether it’s the constant barrage of bad news or social media overload, it’s apparent that it is harder to focus now more than ever. Like many, my mind has was cooked by 2017. So that’s my excuse for why my very cliche year-end “best of” or “listicle” may be missing some very noteworthy things. With that said, in no particular order, here are somethings that made some crumby days brighter in 2017.
We recently ran a enter to win contest for a complete kit…we’re talking head to toe clothes and full skateboard set up. Entries from all over the globe poured in for it and our random winner ended up being this guy Eric Britt from Philadelphia. You never know who will when these contests when we do them and hands down the right person won this contest! Eric’s instagram is filled with some smooth skating and he is easily a good follow so get on that. Congrats again for winning and keep pushing big dawg!
Peep a few of these!
Following up on their latest video, the Creature team launched a full-scale tour throughout the US. On Wednesday, June 7th, we at Ambush hosted the team at Swift-Cantrell Skatepark. The roster included some heavy hitters with names such as David Gravette, Truman Hooker, Willis Kimbel, Kevin Baekkel, and Chris “The Muscle” Russell. The team piled out of the van and the day was underway.
To keep things light, the team opted for a jam style skate session, giving the locals a chance to skate with their favorite pros and not miss out on the session. Not lacking in all-terrain ability, this team has something for everyone. Kevin Baekkel ripped the street course, hitting all the rails with ease. Chris and Truman effortlessly flowed the bowl.
After twenty-three renditions of the same contest, it’s easy to think that things can become a little stale. It’s hard to be inspired when the same group of skaters compete in the contest and the same select few seem to always win. And, although that might have been true in past Games of Skate, GOS #23 was anything but typical.
What jumped out most was how much the girls killed it. The ladies’ progression, style, and skill earned the respect of the guys. The girls were viewed and competed against as equals. Three won at least one game and advanced on to the next round. And, Miana Fishman turned heads by earning second place in the Beginner Division.
All the fresh faces in this years’ contest proved that skateboarding is an ever evolving culture with young guns always pushing it and trying to come up. Outside of skateboarding standard bearer, Niko Howard, the rest of the top spots in each division were won by new names with a different interpretation of how flat ground skating should be done.
Ambush Skate Team does Milledgeville
After an hour and a half of riding in the van, and Dakota and Wes trailing behind us in the Mazda (D had to leave early on Sunday. He has a job), we opened the doors at a DIY skate spot in Milledgeville. We were so graciously greeted by a small amount of rain. A lil drip drip. Everyone was hyped to get out of the van and stretch their sea legs that no one minded a little wet pavement. Time went by and redundancy set in as the DIY wasn’t too big and spot searching became more prevalent in everyone’s mind.
There is this chilly spot in a church parking lot by where our good buddy Dave used to live. It’s a concrete car ramp that runs from parking lot to parking lot with a small embankment on either side. It also has parking blocks bolted in the ground at just the right place (You’ll see it in the edit). It was a fun little spot until some dude came up and started asking us questions. He was sketchy, and we thought he was trying to steal our stuff out of the van, so we packed it up and left.
Bi-weekly, we get together for a marketing meeting. During these powwows, we lay out our marketing schedule and agenda, and discuss content. A LOT of times during these meetings we sit around figuratively throwing shit at a wall and hoping some of it sticks. A few months ago, sitting around the conference table discussing our marketing plans, it hit me. That little voice in my head said, “Hey, Ben! I don’t think anyone has ever analyzed every Thrasher Magazine cover.” And…without thinking, I immediately blurted this out to the group. Little did I know that this idea would stick and I’d be the one to undertake this endeavor.
Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew? Ever taken a bite so large you instantly regret it? We’ve all done it, and after nearly asphyxiating, we say, “Never again! From now on, I’m only taking small bites.,” but…if you’re like me, your eyes are always bigger than your stomach, and after surviving that first enormous bite, all you know to do is settle in for the feast.