We did an end of the year inventory over at the warehouse, and turned up some loosies of things we had marked as sold out. Check the webstore in case you missed out on something from the last release. It’s not a restock, e.g. maybe we found quite literally two larges of a tee and threw them back online. Once they’re gone, they’re gone. Thank you everyone for all the support throughout the year.
Need a playlist with a sizable chunk of the Young Thug leaks from 2018? Yeah, you do. It’s insane some of these are sitting in purgatory compared to what gets released by the label. This playlist > the sum of his “official” 2018 output, and his “Let It All Work Out” is better than his dad’s ♥
It is also falling way behind in another metric correlated to high quality of life: ledges.
“Spain. Brazil. Sweden. Denmark. Czech Republic. The Ukraine. All these countries are kicking our ass at #plaza skating.” We are not talking about homogenized California Skatepark creations that yield the same crooked grind nollie flip from Astoria to Stoner. This is about coincidences of granite that were freely skateable before ledges began to fade from America’s cultural heritage during the Bush-Cheney administration. Ledge skating has been outsourced and sent abroad, just like hundreds of other inventions that made America great.
Should it come as any surprise that a Frenchman has dominated L.E.F.S. (Literally Everyone’s Favorite Skater™)-status for the full duration of the current decade? Or that a Brazilian has emerged to potentially claim it in the next several years?
One of Mountain Dew: The Movie‘s more poignant moments was the narrator explaining that Tiago and other Brazilian skaters who are better than every American exist because they must skate in spite of rugged terrain, crime and poverty. Brazil sits twenty places away from us on the “Where to be born”-index, but at least they got ledges. You’re five times more likely to get murdered in Brazil than in the United States — the flip side is that you’re five times less likely to learn fire switch back tails.
Presidential hopefuls may have a tough time “making America great again” through education, healthcare and infrastructure. Freeing the ledges and restoring a once-thriving American export is the easy part …it’s just unlikely that a wealthy toupée’d racist whose New York properties are riddled with skate-deterants is the one bring us there ;) #freetheledges
Yes, this entire post was an excuse to post this Vine :)
There is no question that Yaje is one of the most talented New York skaters to emerge in recent years. Except after gaining momentum with a multi-page Skateboarder interview, some solidvideoparts and flow from one of the best companies around, he disappeared. Both from Tompkins and from skate media altogether. Well, we caught up with Yaje over Skype (an in-person interview wasn’t exactly possible) to talk about where he’s been and what he’s been up to. Thanks to Emilio Cuilan, Brian Kelley and Luke Clerkin for your help.
Where are you right now?
I’m chilling in my beautiful apartment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It’s the third largest city in Brazil. I was born here and moved to New York when I was three, so it’s good to get in touch with your homeland. I moved back in the winter of 2011. Autumn and I left at the same time. No Autumn Bowl, no Autumn Skateshop, what’s the point?
Any other reasons for the move besides Autumn closing?
I initially came out to help heal a knee injury, but I stayed because we have a much better quality of life out here. My family lived in that one little shitty apartment [in New York], so this is luxury.
Is where you are a beach city like Rio?
No, but I have a house on the beach in Espírito Santo and one more house in the jungle.