Skating writ large prides itself on a “no rules, bro!” ethos. #Menswear, an entity with which skating has become increasingly intertwined of late (via Vogue Skateboarding Magazine, etc.), has all kinds of rules. No black belt with brown shoes. No wearing white after Labor Day. One’s tie can’t go past one’s belt. Skating has no such faux pas — except for MAYBE brand-mixing — i.e. one can’t wear a Venture shirt if one is skating Indys or Vans socks if you’re wearing Nikes.
But what if I told you that skaters have curated their own sartorial code for decades — painstakingly color-coordinating their shoes, shirts, hats, and even spots? However, the modern-day thrift store aesthetic has left color-coordination by the wayside, even as color-blocking seemed to make a comeback last year, or some shit. So, in conjunction with New York Fashion Week, enjoy this retrospective of color coordination while you’re waiting to get into the Wang party or whatever.
Max Palmer, Andrew Wilson, Chris Millic and Nolan Benfield went to skate Cuba this past winter. Sean Dahlberg made the video, and Colin Sussingham took da photos.
Chocolate is better than Girl in yet another enjoyable Bobshirt interview, this time with Scott Johnston. Includes Ty Evans’ full raw footage from S.J. trying the 180 switch crook on the J. Kwon gap-to-ledge from Carroll’s Modus part, A.K.A. The Greatest Trick Ever Done™, in addition to the story behind the sequence and clip.
We were talking about why The Bunt is the best, and figured it’s probably because it’s made by skateboarders who follow sports. Sports have been doing this shit for ages. Skaters, not so much. There’s a new one with Paul Rodriguez now live.
Reviews are generally a lost art in the fickle skateboard universe of today, where opinions have been condensed to “wack, “dope” or “mad wack.” Always nice to read an opinion composed out of full sentences. Speedway Mag reviewed Emerica’s Made 2 video (spoiler: Heath), and The Green Zine reviewed the Jenkem book.
ICYMI: The second chapter in a tumultuous month for sponsor resignations.
QS Sports Desk Play of the Week: Tayshaun Prince dunks on three Thunder players at once. You know what’s weird? Prince has been in the conference finals seven times in his career; Kobe and Duncan have eight appearances.
Quote of the Week:
— Badgalriri responds to a devout J.R. Smith fan. Unfortunately, she was right.
As skateboarding finds itself deeper in “everyone is good” territory, those at professional levels will begin to find ways of distinguishing themselves from the pack. Some will use flair, some will use fashion (see above), and others will take notes from the rapper handbook and do tricks with expensive jewelry, electronics (remember when rappers bragged about T-Mobile Sidekicks?), etc. in their hands. And since cameras are one of the the few expensive items skateboarders care to own, they are the easiest to relate. “So-and-so did a trick with $3,000 worth of electronics in his hand” is the new “So-and-so did a trick in a sick outfit.”
One last homie cam clip from a session at the Shenzhen Children’s Museum, best known to the western world as “that spot in China with the insane banks.” Towards the end, there’s another spot thrown in there for contrast, just so you know there are garbage spots out there that would fit well in New York. Features Omar Salazar, Justin Brock, Sean Malto, Theotis Beasley, Daryl Angel, Mark Whiteley, Alex Olson, Paul Rodriguez and Eric Koston.