That’s what I heard each time I told anyone, skaters or otherwise, that I was traveling to Sweden for an academic skateboarding conference.
“I didn’t know that was even a thing.”
It’s the second one, actually. I skipped last year’s in London, not wanting to commit to a trans-Atlantic flight for something that definitely had the potential to fall flat. But, when media started trickling back from Bartlett School of Architecture, which hosted the inaugural Pushing Boarders, I knew I would not make the same mistake next time around. Once I heard Malmö, Sweden — arguably the world’s most progressive skate city — was chosen as Pushing Boarders’ next destination, I booked a ticket. Then I spent six months trying to convince someone to come with me.
“4 Cities, 100 Nuggets” is a mini video featuring some Canadian dudes (…I think?) doing a two-week road trip through North Carolina, Philly, New York, and Boston. That back noseblunt bigspin at Baldi really came out of left field + good to see people coming up victorious over the speed bumps at the recently-knobbed plaza on 110th and 8th (which is sure to be utilized by absolutely nobody now, considering it’s in the middle of the street, with no shade, and across from a 840-acre park full of trees…)
“It’s not a boot-camp for the Olympics.” “No, it’s a boot-camp for life.” Given the stature of its alumni, you likely know of its existence, but you probably don’t know much about the skateboarding high school in Mälmo, Sweden. Skateism has a full interview about Bryggeriet, and how’s its not exactly what you would expect.
“If 2016’s tale of political and social upset is one of old against young and the educated against the left-behind, actually sharing space and interacting with different kinds of people is more important than it’s ever been.” Caught in the Crossfire has an incredible piece on Malmö, Sweden’s status as the world’s most forward-thinking small city with regard to skateable public space.
Pretty sure we were in Spain when this happened (maybe its even older news than that), but official final R.I.P. to 12th & A. They repaved the entire court with shitty, soft blacktop. And there’s a “No Skateboarding” sign for the first time ever…at a school that once included skateboard classes in its phys ed curriculum. Cool.
We were fortunate enough to be flown out to Sweden on the occasion of DJ Thando’s (of Alltimers shirt notoriety) European debut. When not handling entourage duties or tending to his rider, we were given brief moments to sleep, and a small block of downtime to also orchestrate the Swedish premiere of Bronze and Palace’s cocaine-addicted Paramount video.
Sweden may be the fourth best place on earth to live, but we were in a dark pocket of the Scandinavian nation that did not know the word “wifi.” Forced to improvise, we attempted to create a mobile hotspot with a 4G iPhone, and later a 3G iPhone — only to wait thirty minutes for Blondey’s part to load halfway, twice. Then, a dark artifact from the past emerged to the rescue: a BlackBerry.
Many Swedish and American skate celebrities huddled around the three-inch screen to watch the twenty-minute pro-chiz PSA, as it was the only device capable of loading the project in its entirety. The video concluded with a text message from AT&T informing the owner of the phone that they just accrued $50 in international data roaming overages over the course of twenty minutes. We are proud to have experienced Paramount at the highest cost:screen size skate premiere ever held.
Don’t throw away your old phones, I think 56 nights crazy, and Kevin is the best.
Who’s the genius responsible for this abomination of concrete work? Way to ruin one of the best ledges at the spot. Lurker Lou recomended the offender serve Jerry Duty: “The act of riding with Mraz, and looking out while he creates masterpieces.”
Ball Forever > Rich Forever. “Party Heart” is a jam though. After all, it does say “featuring 2 Chainz” on it. Someone in the YouTube comments said “All this needed was OutKast” and they are 900% correct.