It should come as no surprise that Dustin Henry — who has swept “Skater You Are Most O.K. With Dating Your Daughter” accolades at the QS awards for seven years in a row — had our favorite section in Vans’ globetrotting, multi-editor endeavor, Nice To See You. A month after every single person we know shared his perfectly balanced kickflip front nosegrind around the curve might seem a bit early to remind everyone how much that part fucking ruled, but it’s never too early to have Crazy T remix it with some Third Eye Blind ♥
Thrasher just posted up the first fullish Alltimers video in a minute — yes, a part’s worth of footage from two skaters, plus a bunch of cameos is fullish by 2021 standards. It bounces back and forth between Europe, both coasts, and clips from extended stays at home, stringing together the old world of travel-friendly skateboarding with today’s for one last hurrah: “Remember when it was like this?”
Nothing like 5 P.M. on a Friday in mid-December to post something new ♥
To cap the year off, Zach Baker put the finishing touches on Baker 2k — a holiday film that seizes the “video magazine” format of yesteryear and primps it up for our frazzled social media brains.
In a series of vignettes, we get the remaining morsels of pre-pandemic European skateboard travel, parts from Dallas Todd + Emilio, Antonio third-eye-open over the Flushing grate, a portrait of the Museum of Natural History as it returned to skateboard prominence, and a check-in on Staten Island’s ABC ledges nearly two decades after they have receded from skateboard prominence.
Dustin Henry shows up early with what is quite frankly an iconic slice of skateboard choreography.
I asked Zach if he wanted to “write a thing” about his year-long project…
“Nope. Grateful to anyone who watches the whole thing.”
There is no shortage of evidence to conclude that the future has proven to be a colossal disappointment. Even the dystopias predicted by Hollywood for the better part of a century feel sexier than the actual calamities humans face today. We were promised alien invasions and flying cars; instead, we have a plague and can order a burrito to arrive at our door via a piece of glass.
Skateboarding’s future is also no stranger to sexy, doomsayer predictions.
Keith Denley by Josh Stewart
Dustin Henry and his brother Tristan are asking for skaters’ aid in fundraising for Nations Skate Youth, which helps build indigenous communities, provides skate lessons, and advocates for skatepark construction. Any donation helps.
Max Palmer and Ryan Mettz curated a group art show with some friends to fundraise for SNaP Co. and Emergency Release Fund. You can buy a raffle ticket for any piece of your liking via a $20 Venmo, and all proceeds go to a good cause.