And on a day when the wind-chill brings the temperature down to 12 degrees, we bring you some… good news.
Space 198, the new free, INDOOR Vans park is opening on January 2nd at 198 Randolph Street in Brooklyn. Unlike the belated House of Vans, which was more of an event space inside of a skatepark (and brought out people’s inner savages anytime there was a mid-winter open day there), this park is a community-oriented space built for skateboarding.
It’s going to be open Thursday through Sundays — you just need to to sign up on the website beforehand. And it’s off the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick, making everyone’s life a bit easier than a 20-minute walk through the snow to Greenpoint that we used to do ;)
As they were putting the finishing touches on it, they gave a handful of crews the chance to check out the park last week, and here’s what we came back with. Be nice to Jersey Dave when you see him, because chances are, his phone has not stopped buzzing for the past two weeks.
Filmed by Will Rosenstock, Paul Young, Max Hull, Cristian Berrios & Kyota Umeki.
It was a rainy day in May of 2011. The reigning Skater of the Year was Mike McGill or Leo Romero or someone like that. Blue Park didn’t exist. Kader Sylla had not yet been born. Derrick Rose was about to become the youngest MVP in NBA history, as Future and YC’s “Racks on Racks (on Racks)” rung throughout car systems and night clubs in post-Great Recession America.
On E. 6th Street, we were helping Mike Gigliotti pack up his apartment as we scoured through bags of gear, leftover from fashions of yesteryear, and otherwise bound for Goodwill. He was due to set sail home for Los Angeles that next morning.
“I’ll be back!” he told us, ignoring in our tear-strewn faces.
At a time of debate about where to draw the line with security confrontation, how to interact with property owners, and a reappraisal of each word’s weight in the phrase “skate and destroy,” it’s nice to see a video full of nice young men clapping for each other’s tricks in unison, and enjoying ice cream cones with smiles on their faces.
No, obviously, they’re not from the U.S. ;)
Thrasher just posted Jake Kuzyk’s kinda full-length (three parts is a full-length today, no?) since The Antisocial Video back in 2016. This one features pretty much every single person who skateboards in Canada, and isn’t Wade Desarmo or on Adidas (…not entirely sure if I can think of a Canadian who skates for Nike right now?), with full-length parts from Dime comp mainstays Leon Chapdelaine, Dustin “Blondes Have More Fun”* Henry, and Etienne Gagne, doing some of most rabble-rousing two-trick line choreography since Mike York’s nollie flip crook + crook line.
Here’s the outfit, on the minuscule chance that you’re not on the Twitter fit roasting circuit.
And so, the prolonged afterlife of a full-length video released in 2018 comes to its close: the final “B-sides” clip.
No Idea was the video that earned Etienne a Gucci polo. These are the bits that didn’t — in fact, they didn’t even earn anyone a Ralph Lauren polo. B-sides are the U.S. Polo Assassins polo of the golf shirt hierarchy, and these are the ones that took place on various filming trips to Boston, that time E.T. got stuck in Spain for ten months, and Canada. Alltimers for Adidas available in skate shops now.