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Garden State Skate magazine, blowin’ your trumpet of skate, art and love all over this fine state... Well, that was one nasty winter. But that’s over now. It sure is time to get back to what you do best and that is shredding everything that’s left standing in the wake of the brutal winter months. Jersey rules, we all know this to be true. But, we need to hear some more from you. Please, enjoy another year of GSS. Please, contribute some sick photo love. Please, write into us and tell if we suck or if we are makin’ you proud. Anything. We love to hear from you, we want to hear from you, and best of all, when we hear from you, everyone hears from you. SS
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CheckOut: Below the Bridge Skate Park by Frankie Lopes Tucked away at 9-11 Gertrude street in Bayonne, NJ is a gem of an indoor park. Newly opened this January, Below the Bridge is the indoor park local skaters have been waiting for. This park was designed for die-hard skaters. With a street section that actually feels like the streets and ramps made of strong and smooth birch wood, this park has everything you need for any style of skating. Ledges and a manny pad await the techy skater, and a six stair with a handrail and two hubbas beckons anyone looking to throw down hammers. With bikes prohibited and scooters only being allowed on Sundays, the environment is nothing but positive vibes from your fellow skaters.
With a floor that’s made for power-slides, there is no loss of speed at Below the Bridge. The flow of the park was one of the top concerns of the owner and designer Vic, and he took special precautions into the design of the park. “We were so concerned with the flow of the park that we actually moved a single ramp all over the park just to make sure you would have enough speed to go anywhere in the park without slowing down.” That extra effort in the design of the park is seriously noticeable in your sequences and tricks. You simply won’t find another indoor park with the smooth flow and feel of Below the Bridge.
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Vic himself maintains the park, so you won’t find any holes in the ramps for your wheels to get snagged on, and he’s constantly planning out new additions to keep the park up to par with today’s styles and to make an atmosphere that will keep the skaters in his park progressing and trying new tricks. A brick vert wall was recently added to the street course and it perfectly gives the street section that “hometown skate spot” feel that is seriously lacking in most indoor parks. Sessions consist of 3 hours for the price of $15 or a monthly membership of $59.95, so even the minimum wage skater can afford to skate this utopia. Helmets are required for those under 18. Below the Bridge has all the gear you forgot at home or in your homie’s car with a rental service offering helmets, pads or boards.
Below the Bridge offers “beginner only hours” to eliminate intimidation for newer skaters, and it also offers lessons and summer camps taught by the manager and local skaters. Soon-to-be shredders will be learning from real skaters in a real skateboarding environment. There’s plenty going on at the bridge for every level of skill, with the addition of contests on the first of every month for those looking to prove themselves. Below the Bridge is the perfect park for everything from rainy day sessions to everyday skating. With smooth floors, perfect ramps and a gnarly six stair, Below the Bridge has everything you need—including free wi-fi so you can tell all your facebook friends about that backside tail you just landed.
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SKATE SURF ART KIM by Kim Shady
My name is Kim Shady, I’m 22 years old and I’m an artist who LOVES to surf and skate. Why do I do what I do? I started getting hooked on art in high school. I’m severely dyslexic, so I hated regular classes, but realized that in art I could make a ton of mistakes, and not only would I not get an F, but usually the mistakes made my work better. Painting, drawing and photography came natural to me because there is no logical order of thinking involved. It’s all about being in a free state of mind. It’s the one thing other than surfing and skating the truly makes me happy and is something I feel very strong and confident about. I do most of my work in my bedroom and my dad’s garage. I’ll start off by creating a playlist off my ipod to get my mind thinking and my hands moving and then stuff just starts happening. I come from a family of 6. My parents put me and my siblings into anything we asked for whether it was sports, horse back riding (never again), art classes to music lessons––we pretty much did it all. I stuck to sports mostly until I went into high school and really found my love for art. I’ve been drawing and painting ever since. I do a lot of it just for myself––I spend entire days drawing charac-
ters and making up different scenes. Eventually friends started asking me to draw up tattoos for them and I think it was then that I realized that if someone wanted to get one of my pieces permanently etched onto their bodies, they would probably also buy a painting for their house. I think that’s when it started to become more than just a hobby. I attended Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC majoring in Visual Display and Design. In High school I had no idea what I wanted to do––I just knew that it was something in art. Visual Design and Display touched based on every subject that I wanted to take. My class was full of characters. Xina was from the deep south with a killer southern accent. We were working late into the night over this horrible project that was due the next day. I put my ipod on for time to pass and Eminem came on and I just remember rapping to the songs, so the whole night she kept calling me Kim Shady. The next day my professor lectured how you shouldn’t have your real name on Facebook for business reasons. So as a joke I changed my account name to Kim Shady. The funny part was my class had students from Korea in my major, who would call you by your first and last name, They thought my last name was Shady so every time I would see them they would say “Hey Kim Shady.” So it just stuck.
When I start a project I try to find the humor in the character or piece that I’m creating. I’ll usually express it in color or the main character trait the piece has. If it isn’t funny or interesting, why bother? I guess to keep other artist inspired. Help creating ideas, pushing others to go forward with their art work, put a smile on people’s faces or to make people understand what kind of message they’re trying to get across. Art is powerful. There are many things that you can take away from a piece of art, and so many different ways to see one thing. It funny, people always ask me who’s my favorite artist, I can’t say I have a true favorite. I’m a big fan of Fernando Vicente and Jamie Hewlett. I have such a wide range of favorite styles of art it’s hard to pick. For a boost of Inspiration I usually do the following: 1) Turn on my ipod––without it I can’t think, just the constant change of music puts me into work mode of how to create something; 2) I’m always looking up comic art whether it be the style or character and base a new idea off of that; 3) I love graffiti art and photography so if I see something that I like I’ll write it down and make a web of ideas around it to crate something. I would love to have Fernando Vicente and Jamie Hewlett on my wall. Fernando had this great way of capturing his characters with a humor style and use of color. As for Jamie I’m a big Tank Girl and Gorillaz fan. His illustrations have a very edgy style and he captures the characters. I do skate. I was a Fruit Boot skater for the longest time, age 6-12. I know you’re laughing but I really loved it and I was really good at it. My cousin got me into longboarding about the age 12 and I’ve been bombing hills ever since. Kearny is great for longboarding, my favorite hill to skate down is Stuyvesant. In high school I skated everyday with the boys from my classes. We would skate down to Harrison take the path train into JC and just find random stairs and empty rails while they would grind and I would shoot. I use to sub-teach at my old high school and I would have students come in and ask if I’m that blonde chick that skates on a longboard. They always laugh and when I say, “Yes, that me.” 14
I’ve pretty much done it all in terms of medium. I work with a bit of everything now and then. I just got into airbrushing and I LOVE IT. My dream job is to custom paint Surfboard and Hotrods, maybe even skateboards. My friend just took a Graffiti class. I went to his opening and now I have to get into that. I use to only work with watercolors but I’m working with a lot of airbrushing and acrylic. I would like to get back into watercolor and pastels, just haven’t had the time. Banksy is unreal and truly an artist. I like how forward he is with his work and how he keeps things exciting with surprise and humor. That man is very slick. I hope there’s a skate deck in my future! That would be SICK! I have about 5 ideas in my head right now just thinking about it. Most inspirational place in Jersey would be Avon. Growing up In Kearny I had a really hard time with schoolwork and friends. It sounds cheesy but Avon is my happy place. I have the best group of friends who are always inspiring me to make other creations in art and pushing me in surfing. Best piece of advice? My parents are always giving me the best advice. My dad always makes me feel better when he says, “So what if you never graduate, as long as you get up every morning, work hard to do what you love, you can never fail.” My goals? As long as I can Surf/Skate and make a living in art I have reached my goal of success and happiness––and one day Graduate from FIT for my mom––just 3 credits short (I cant pass the math lol). What wouldn’t I do without? My surfboard, camera and ipod. Thanks to: My Siblings Kelly, Kate and Kyle, THE AVON CREW, 1225 HOUSE APPARTMENT, Seven3two, Noel, 10th ave Burrito, Tj Reddick and SKULLBOY––you really made my year, thank you for all the help and support you have given me! Mom & Dad thank you for giving me every opportunity in reaching my goals in art. Giving me the chance to experience everything and anything, never ever saying no, even if I did make a mess. I LOVE YOU ALL AND THANK YOU SO MUCH!
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followup: gaby ponce In our very first issue of GSS, Gaby Ponce was kind enough to give us some of her time. That was Novenber/December 2009. She was in high school in Tenafly, NJ. Now she is in college in San Diego, CA. Since then she has placed as Number One Female Vert in X-Games!!! Obviously vert is in her blood in both life and skate. Here’s a few words from our questions with Gaby... Well, hello again… It’s been a little over a year since we first met you and you graced our first cover of Garden State Skate magazine. Now you are all grown up, going to school in California… California?!!? Why did you go there? G: I went to college in San Diego because it is the mecca for vert skateboarding. I had to drive 2hrs to get to a vert ramp back at home. How do you keep skate and competition in your life with school? G: There aren’t many girls’ contests. There is one Dew Tour stop usually in June where they support the girls and host a contest and there is also XGames in August…So competitions are mainly a summer thing. I practice all year around though. Any correaltions or discipline similarities? G: Being a chemistry major, I’ve noticed that if I stop reviewing math or science, my brain becomes rusty and forgetful. If I don’t practice skateboarding, then my muscles become forgetful. Is art playing a role in school and to what degree if so? G: None, however, I paint or draw when I find free time.
In your opinion, what is your role as a role model, especially for girls as skate is so male-dominated (for now)? G: Demonstrate to future girl skaters that it is a laid back sport– a lot of times guys will cheer for the girls or guys will show the girl how to do a trick. Kick-flip-indy is on top of your list, what’s next? Anything giving you a hard time and what is your ultimate trick to learn/invent? G: Any 540 variation or flip trick variation. Jersey or Cali when you have to get back to the real life after school? G: Cali. Any big surprises in life since you’ve moved on since we last met? G: I now have a car (Toyota Prius) and a house with 2 other roommates. Any shout outs? G: I would like to thank my family and sponsors for all their help and support. When’s your next big event? G: XGames. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given or could give to someone who is looking up to Gaby Ponce? G: Nothing comes easily—how much work you put in is how much you will get out. You can only control yourself, you cannot control others.
What’s integral to your skating or that of an artist or both? G: Independence and creativity.
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Seven3two is small and local, but hardly unknown. We had a few questions for this local company that’s been making a lotta noise lately, here’s how the conversation went: How, when, why did seven3two come about? We started our co. in the summer of 2010. I had just quit my job teaching, and really didn’t want to work for anyone. My girlfriend Kerri, the other owner, always wanted to start designing shirts, so we thought why not? Where do you find inspiration for your designs? We are heavily influenced on the skate/surf culture, art/music in all its purest forms, and we usually have help from a little green friend. I know your brand’s gaining ground, but how’s seven3two doing in this economy? Everyone is struggling in this economy. What’s good for us is that we were never into this to make money. Seeing people rock our gear and getting stoked about new products is good enough for us.
Are there any skate parks near you? If so, do you sponsor any events etc? We are from Belmar, NJ. We have a skate park, but it is kinda bogan. We linked up with Kelsey from Liberation Skateboards and put on a demo, but that was pretty much it. The turnout was good, but it was more about spreading the word, not a legit contest. We tend to go to events that are being held by others; Philly Pro Am, Gatorade Pro AM, Shredfest in Woodbridge, etc... Who are your team riders? Mark Humienik, Tyler Nelson, Gio DeMarco, and Matt Flesch What does role does art play in your brand? Art really never played an important role when we started designing, until we met TJ Reddick. His has really been an inspiration for our co. His designs are so unique that every time we come up with an idea, we try and put a spin on it like he would.
Can anybody start a Tshirt company? So many have tried and end-up with boxes of Tshirts... Anyone can start a clothing co, but you have to be what you are selling. No one is going to buy a design from you if you are not submerged in the culture. Every one of us skates or is at least inspired by those who do skate. What does seven3two offer that’s different from other gear companies? We print everything in house and buy our products locally. We are big on that and will never change that. Do you have any future events coming up? Nothing that we are planning, but our riders typically go to 2 events a month. We don’t ever make them do events, they just find some usually a day before it kicks off and decide to go. From your point of view where is skateboarding going? It’s amazing where skaetboarding is at. These kids are so freakin talented and fearless. When I was young we were all about basic flip tricks, slides, and grinds. Now, you see kids sticking a 10 stair tre flip and it just blows my mind. I can’t event imagine what kids are going to come up with next. gio demarco
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richie blackshaw, rock to fakie
BL CKSHAW by Dakota Caulfield
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richie blackshaw, wallride nollie out
richie blackshaw, noseblunt into bank
I first met Richie when I went filming with my friend Scuba Rob. He introduced me to him and I thought he was a cool kid since my friend Rob would hang out with him. We eventually became pretty good skate buddies. All three of us would go out on missions and get stuff done. I later found out that Richie is a very hyper kid that rips every spot he goes to. Most of the photos you are about to see were taken over the course of three days, and there is much more to come from Richie Blackshaw. -Dakota Caulfield
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D: So Richie, let’s start off with a general question and work our way into the goods… How did you first get into skating? R: I first got into skating because of my cousin always watching him skate around. Then I got my first board and I haven’t stopped skating since. D: What kept you involved in skateboarding? In other words why haven’t you stopped yet? R: Basically I have no life in the easiest words (laughs). I love the feeling I get from it and it keeps me out of trouble mostly. D: What is it like growing up and still skating in NJ? R: It’s really not as bad as everyone says it is. There is always a ton of spots that aren’t too far from each other. No one said they’re the best spots to skate, but a crappy spot is better then no spot (laughs). D: I feel you on that one. What are some of your favorite types of spots to skate? R: I like to skate a lot of transition spots. Wallrides in that same field but honestly I like to skate anything that I’m feeling at the time. D: Are there any famous spots of that type that you like in particular? R: Ehh not really. I like a lot of low key stuff that no one likes to skate.
richie blackshaw, backside 5050
D: Gotcha. So besides skating, what other hobbies do you have? I’ve been seeing some flicks up on Facebook that have been looking pretty legit. R: Thanks man I been shooting a lot of photography. I just ran into it around last November. I’ve just been having a lot of fun with it and it’s something new to learn. D: Photography is a very fun hobby, it usually sticks with you forever. What’s your favorite thing to shoot? R: I really like doing portraits right now and looking for columns/landscapes and attempting to get better at shooting skate photos (laughs). D: Nice. It’s always fun to go out skating and shoot some photos of your friends. So getting back into skating, who has influenced you the most in skateboarding to keep you trying the hammers you throw down? R: There’s only one person and one thing, Scuba (Rob Orlowski) and Taco Bell. He threatens me if I don’t land the trick he wont buy me Taco Bell (laughs).
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Friends are where it’s at, you always get more stoked! D: Hell yeah! That’s what I like to hear. Any shout-outs that you’d like to give? R: My Mom/Dad/Family, Carlo and Joe from Standard Skateshop for always being there for me and always backing me up. Ipath footwear, Scuba Rob Orlowski, and his Mom for dealing with me during Easy Jersey, Edwin Carrero, Alyssa Gioia, all the Cartericans, Domestics Clothing, Fred Gall, Dakota for hooking this interview up and everyone that has supported me over time you know who you are Thanks! D: Good stuff man, keep on pushing!
D: (laughs) And then he makes you buy him food to go filming! It’s the circle of life. Why do you like filming with Scuba Rob? R: (laughs) Scuba and I have been homies for years now. It’s always good to go skate with a close friend of yours and it gets you more pumped to actually land tricks in front of your friends, instead of some random filmer or something. daniel trujillo: gymnast plant 23
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What do, onstage defecation and “performer on audience” violence have to do with freedom? A hell of a lot. Since the beginning of time it seems art has propelled the human race forward. In the expression of art the unbearable can be made bearable and plans for a better future can be forged. The ultimate censorship of art would truly be a death sentence for humanity. GG Allin, the self proclaimed messiah of rock and roll, perhaps best remembered for his notorious live performances which typically featured transgressive acts, such as defecating and urinating onstage, rolling in feces and often consuming excrement, performing naked, committing self-injury, and attacking audience members, is a necessary sign post on the road of free
speech. Whether you’re a fan of GG and his fecal body painting or not, you have to admit that his existence as a performer is an important parameter. His legacy is like a roaring fire. It can burn you to death or it can sustain and enhance your life, artistically speaking. The freedom to create without fear of censorship leads to new ideas and progress. If humans were afraid to think outside the box there would be no Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups or street skating. An artist like GG Alin gives the lovers of free speech or lovers of the creative process, breathing room. His right to be out there lets all of the free thinkers of the world fear no boundaries. By John Bis www.blendre.com
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checkout NAME justin giannuzzi HOMETOWN point pleasant GO TO TRICK 3 shove FAV JERSEY SPOT point park BEST PART BEING A SKATER FROM JERSEY no spots STOKED ON point skatepark NOT STOKED ON getting busted BEST TRIP STORY crazy people in cities SPONSORS hook me up! THANKS peace and love 27
NAME: Frank Castineira AGE: 34 YEARS SKATING: Since Back To the Future... FAVORITE NJ SPOT: Washington Park ledges in Newark. STOKED ON: Skating with the bros. Filming for the STANDARD video and John Cardiel. NOT STOKED ON: Spot blowers, municipal parks and wheelbite. SPONSORS: STANDARD SKATESHOP WORST BAIL: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been pretty lucky in this department, fractured my right foot doing a bluntslide off a concrete ramp and landed primo, that sucked. SHOUT OUTS: Joe and Carlo @ STANDARD, Rob A and Jim D for making that happen, my wife for dealing with me, and my buddy Danny Mell for always being shred ready.
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SOCIAL DISTORTION: Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes Mike Ness is going on 50 years old, his music has grown and matured with him. Don’tcha love reading reviews that say they aren’t “punk” anymore, or have “lost their edge”? From Social D’s eighties’ “Prison Bound” on up, they have been, and always will be a ROCK & ROLL band with few peers. About half of these songs have been in and out of Social D’s setlists for years now, so some may be turned off that this is not all “new” material, but for the rest of us, it’s finally good to hear these songs layed down in the studio. Lets rundown a few... California (Hustle & Flow)- A classic rock & roll riff (hints of Black Crowes southern chinka-tang rhythms), background gospel singers, not the best lyrics Ness has ever written, but a sugarsweet, light beer song overall. Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown- Classic lowkey SD. Sounds like it could have been on Sex, Love, & Rock n’ Roll. Meh. Machine Gun Blues- Back to what you love in this one. The most popular song on the disc on iTunes. Good summer rock song... Bakersfield- This song is not new and is certainly not brief. A pretty little ditty about being away from your lady, while hoping things rock on when she comes back. The spoken part fails here, but it’s still an OK song. Far Side of Nowhere- A hoppy poppy fresh yet familair SD offering. Good to get going with what you’re doing providing it’s not sleeping. Overall, good solid album. Has a few cheese flakes where it seems Ness tries too hard to sound hard. A freshy rock record, which is EXACTLY what the music industry needs right now. Too bad it won’t get the attention it deserves. Well worth the long, long wait. Go see them and enjoy with a beer.
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NAME: PJ Olsen AGE: 22 YEARS SKATING: 9 FAVORITE NJ SPOT: Jackson skatepark because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a little of everything to skate. STOKED ON: I am stoked on LIFE and SKATEBOARDING NOT STOKED ON: I am not stoked on Nothing, because life is too short to not be stoked on something, plain and simple, so keep SOLID DREAMS and stick to them SHOUT OUTS: SOLID DREAMS, My mother and father for giving me life, Garden State Skate Magazine, EWcrEW production, Nick Vespe, Meredith Hudson, Bernie, and SKATEBORADING SPONSORS: SOLID DREAMS WORST BAIL: I would have to say my worst bail is, I was trying to front board this waist high hand rail in Lakewood, NJ and full speed racked the rail but after a brief intermission to make sure everything was ok, I went back and landed the front board.
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KOSTON1 SIGANTURE PRO SHOE Kobe Bryant and Eric Koston may seem like a strange combination at first, but both Nike-signed athletes are proven superstars in their respective sports and have long called LA home. In honor of Koston’s upcoming first signature with the Swoosh, the two partnered up to not only create an amazing and limited shoe, but also to give back to their hometown. Nice.
LIBERATE YOURSELF DVD Liberation Skateboards’s first ever full length video has now dropped! Featuring riders Jared Castellazzo, Mike Carfora, Scott Krzywicki, Matt Rice, Jay Bertsch, and Kelsey Arcoleo, the film documents the team skateboarding on the east coast, giving an in depth look at what we do in the streets and at the parks. The whole package is delivered and the feeling of wanting to go out and ride is the least you’ll get after viewing this one. For all purchasing inquiries, contact Kelsey Arcoleo via cell at (732) 597-6284.
STREET LEAGUE, NJ The stakes are being raised in 2011 with the addition of the SLS Championship on August 28th at the Prudential Center in New Jersey, featuring the top ten Street League pros competing for $200,000 – the largest first place prize purse in skateboarding history as well as the Street League championship watch and ring. Winners of the first three stops will have a golden ticket directly to the SLS Championship. The remaining contenders will be determined by overall ranking. Adding to the excitement, the tour will introduce section elimination during the finals. Two riders with the lowest 32
scores will be eliminated in each section, reducing the field from ten finalists to six for the final big section at each event - adding a dramatic story line from start to finish..
THURSTON MOORE, “Demolished Thoughts” When news surfaced last year that Thurston Moore had hired Beck to produce his new album, it was easy to imagine their collaboration taking one of two paths: They could go loud, or they could go quiet. Considering the body of work the two iconoclastic musicians have amassed over the years, either would have made sense. For nearly 30 years with Sonic Youth, Moore has created everything from eccentric pop tunes to lengthy rock-outs and free-form noise experimentation, and he’s earned the freedom to explore his esoteric musical interests in various side projects. Similarly, Beck has been known to toggle back and forth between rambunctious, hip-hop-infused rock and moody, cosmic folk. For Demolished Thoughts — out May 24 — Moore went the latter route, eschewing the tension and noise for an introspective acoustic sound. His songs here are about as lyrically earnest and evocative as anything he’s written. “Simple pleasures strike like lighting, scratches spell her name / Thunder demons swipe her halo and then they run away / But I know better than to let her go,” he sings in “Benediction,” an ode to the stability of love. At the song’s center are layered guitar textures formed around open tunings that ring out underneath Moore’s cool, composed vocal delivery. We suggest you check out this epic musicians recent offering. OUR BAND COULD HAVE BEEN YOUR LIFE As if Thurston’s news above wasn’t enough indie pop for ya, here’s more: Published in 2001, Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life featured the story of thirteen seminal indie bands from 1981–1991. Since then, his accounts of the decade’s underground do-it-yourself punk ethos has inspired a generation of music geeks, connoisseurs, and professionals—many of whom have gone on to found or play in various contemporary indie bands of gardenstateskate.com
note. On Sunday, a ten-year anniversary show at the Bowery Ballroom will unite fourteen such bands—from the Dirty Projectors to Titus Andronicus—each covering songs by one of the groups he documented. I recently sat down with Azerrad, an old friend and former bandmate, to talk about his book’s ongoing role in the music being made today.
SKATEBOARDING KEEPS 76-YEAR-OLD ON HIS TOES Lloyd Kahn doesn’t go anywhere without two or three skateboards and a variety of helmets and pads in the back of his truck. Kahn, 76, is the owner of Shelter Publications in Bolinas, CA where he lives. Started skating when he was 65, by trying out the skateboard of his son’s friend, and was hooked thence forth! MYSTERY HEART WAX The Heart skateboard wax from Mystery Skateboards. Rub this precious heart on the rail or curb you want to grind on, and you’re going to have a smoother grind.
SANTA CRUZ MAKES BENEFIT SKATEBOARD Santa Cruz skateboards is joining forces in the fight against cancer. With a modern twist on one of their classic graphics, Santa Cruz recently released a board that benefits Jacob’s Heart, an organization helping provide children’s cancer support services throughout California. As for the graphic itself, the board features the traditional Screaming Hand, an iconic skateboard graphic originally used for Speed Wheels, an affiliate brand of Santa Cruz’s under the NHS distribution and manufacturing umbrella. The graphic has since been incorporated into Santa Cruz’s iconography. Santa Cruz is also producing a sticker and T-shirt with the Jacob’s Heart Screaming Hand. All proceeds from the sale of the boards, T-shirts and stickers go directly to the foundation. You can purchase a Jacob’s Heart Screaming Hand board at skate shops where Santa Cruz and NHS products are sold. You can also purchase directly from their online store. To learn more about Jacob’s Heart, check out their website.
NEW from Stimulus Squidulus boards available now at Drop In Skatepark & Division East! Coming soon to Underground, Standard, 2nd Nature, Skatewerks and Holmes skateshops!
LIBERATION SKATEBOARDS New from Liberation Skateboards is their “Collaborative Artist Series, 2011” that showcases the talents of up and coming artists making their bones. Deck’s from the likes of Doug Z, Mike Sledziona’s and Kasey Tararuj, all inspirational artists. Each board has an original graphic that will be limited. Check them out at your local skateshop.
INDEPENDENT The 139 Forged Bar skateboard truck from Independent Trucks, in a raw silver design. The Newest and Hottest featuring forged alluminum baseplate, 356 T6 aluminum hollow body hanger, 4140 chromoly steel axles, and rugged grade 8 kingpins. Ultra responsive and durable. They’re “SUPER LIGHT... NOT STUPID LIGHT!” 34
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