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r o t i d E f e i h C Jarvis Stanley
For those of you who may not
Like many of you, I enjoy having
know me, my name is Jarvis and I
this connection and sharing this
love roller skating. I started
hobby with so many skaters. I also
skating back in 2005 while in
feel there is an opportunity to fill
junior in high school. My sister
a void by doing this project. I am
wanted to go skating with her
not aware of any existing skate
friends, so I took them to Sparkles
magazines that cover our culture.
skating rink in Smyrna, GA. That
As a result, I want this project to
experience started my interest and
showcase a variety of roller
involvement in the skate culture. I
skaters, styles and demographics.
was lucky to come across Linda Brown, who was a manager at
Lastly, my goal for this project is
Sparkles, and her close friend
to uplift each other and bring
Vernon Keys. These two individuals
more unity into the skate
had a lot of influence on my skate
community. We can certainly use
journey at the early stages.
more positivity in this day and age. So, I hope this project can
Nevertheless, my purpose for
bring us all closer together.
launching this digital magazine project with my colleague, J.
P.S If you are in the Atlanta area,
Renard, was to connect with other
you can catch me at Sparkles,
skaters and share their
Cascade, SkateTowne, Golden
experiences through this project. I
Glide, Skatezone or Skate Along
also want to show the outside
world what we love to do.
my goal for this project is to upli t each other and bring more unity into the skate community. We can certainly use more positivity in this day and age. So, I hope this project can bring us all closer together.
Featured Music Producer "ItsYaBoy" Donte
Submitted by Kimsey Head Old School OG Rollers Columbus, OH
Terron "T-Stacks" Frank
William Hixon & Berri 'Blanco'
Alex Sellers of WE Sk8 HSV
Chloe Seyres Montreal Canada Photo Credit: Julie Bruhier
Dunbar Zeroni Washington, DC
Alex Sellers INTERVIEW BY J. RENARD
Put in the work, find people who skate better than yourself and follow them around. Consistency is huge, if people see you working to get something time and time again, week after week, eventually they will help you. Currently you will see us at local parades, food truck events, local warehouses, downtown Huntsville, etc. We will promote the benefits of skating everywhere we can skate. It’s a lifetime passion, once a skater, always a skater. It’s a sport that you can enjoy at all stages of your life. SK8: You are known for your proficiency with JB style skating. Where did you learn and who are the most influential skaters who taught you?
PIONEERING THE HSV WE SK8 MOVEMENT SK8: You are one of the pioneers behind the skate movement in Huntsville, AL. Can you talk about your skate background and how you arrived in the Huntsville skate scene? I received my first taste of the adult skate scene in DC. I had some pretty amazing skate mentors up in DC, who taught me that discipline and hard work on the wood pays off. If you want to be a good skater you have to skate A LOT. I accepted a job change and moved to Huntsville in 2008 from DC. I came to HSV with the same mentality and almost immediately met some like minded individuals here who also loved to skate and wanted to be better so we linked up and started skating together. That’s when we started my group Talented Tenth, from WEB Dubois’s philosophy that it only takes 1 out of 10 “exceptional men” to lead and effect positive change. Our founding principle is that as black men we have a responsibility to handle our business first, then if time permits, we skate. All the brothers in TT hold their own in the skate world and in the real world. Presently, I am an engineering manager at the Boeing Company and my coworkers are still surprised when I mention that I travel the country to roller skate. So after a couple of years of TT rolling together, we ran into a lot of people who not only enjoyed watching us skate but also wanted to know how they could help promote skating in Huntsville. Based on that feedback we created the We Skate Huntsville movement and the Huntsville Skate Nation. We left it open ended in case other cities also wanted to identify with the skate nation movement in the future i.e. Atlanta Skate Nation etc…
I appreciate that statement; however I will state that I consider myself a skater who knows some JB. But it’s really hard for me to detach the style from the city of Chicago, of which I am not a native. On the other hand, I certainly have eaten a lot of JB pills and was trained by some of the best in the game. When I moved to DC, a very accomplished JB skater by the name of Pooh (JB Elite) lived there and he had a cult like following. I remember my first time seeing him at the rink; he had a train around 8 skaters deep following his every move. It was quite intimidating, but eventually I just got in the back of the line and tried to keep up with what he was teaching and went home to practice, practice, practice. My first real skate teacher was one of the people who also learned JB from Pooh. His position was in the front. His name was Ricky and he spent a lot of time teaching me the fundamentals of the JB style, which was challenging because I was also learning to skate at the same time. Ricky was my guy until I left DC and then I linked up with other JB skaters who were in range: DJ of the Rich Boyz (when he moved to Atlanta for a bit), Paul of JB Committee (from Chicago) and DK who worked with me when I was taking frequent trips to skate at Rich City in Chicago on Friday nights. Lastly, another JB Elite member named Don moved to Nashville and I was able to learn a lot from him. SK8: What advice do you have for up and coming skaters that are frustrated by the process of trying to become great? Stop trying to be great, just have fun. I have been on the adult skate scene for 12 years and have seen hundreds of amazing skaters. I can count the ones who are being paid to skate on a few fingers. That tells me this is a hobby for 99% of the people who skate. Enjoy your hobby. Of course put in the work, find people who skate better than yourself and follow them around. Consistency is huge, if people see you working to get something time and time again, week after week, eventually they will help you.
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SK8: Can you tell us about your background in roller skating? Also, who has inspired you along the way?
I got into skating at the age of 12. I was really inspired at the age of 16 by some of the older skaters while I was working at a rink called Plaza Skate Center in Portsmouth, VA. I skated there until it closed that same year. The OG skaters inspired me to skate and get better. They still inspire me!
SK8: Where are some of your favorite places to skate in Atlanta and beyond? My favorite rink skate at is Cascade and particular session would be the Wednesday night session. Outside of Atlanta, The Chino Skate Express in California on Sunday night!
SK8: What is the most interesting thing about you outside of skating? The most interesting thing about me outside of skating is my love for fashion and the latest fashion trends. I like different, bold, and daring fashion trends.
SK8: What advice do you have for all the up and coming skaters out there? My advice for up and coming skaters would be to practice. Also, have respect for the culture and the craft. Do your homework on your current skate style and its origins. Lastly, respect the people who paved the way for you... simple as that.
THE MOST INTERESTING THING ABOUT ME OUTSIDE OF SKATING IS MY LOVE FOR FASHION AND THE LATEST FASHION TRENDS. I LIKE DIFFERENT, BOLD, AND DARING FASHION TRENDS.
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IT'SYABOY DONTE Interview by J. Renard
Sk8: Where are your favorite cities to skate outside of your hometown? My favorite cities to skate in outside of Charlotte NC would have to be Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Baltimore, and somewhere in Virginia lol.
Sk8: Thanks for taking time to do this interview with us. You are well known in the skate scene for your music production. Can you briefly tell us how you got into making music for skaters? I was already into music production before I started skating. One of the guys in my skate group suggested that I make a skate track for our group. Once people heard it, they liked it and wanted more. I started thinking maybe I could do it on a national level. The rest is history. Sk8: Do you have a favorite skate track that you’ve produced? That's a tough one since I have so many. But my favorite skate track would have to be "Snappin Makes The World Go Round” and "Carta.” Sk8: Who are some other producers that you enjoy? Other producers I enjoy listening to are Dame-O, he’s one of my favorites. And the OG’s Keezo, Sha Pro Style, Tim Jones, and T Rell. As far as, my generation goes CJ , P@hix, and Reggie “Premiere” Brown. But honestly I try to keep up with everyone's music because they all got some heat! Sk8: Skate music is a relatively new genre of music and you are one of the pioneers. Where do you envision this genre being 5 years from now? Thanks, I envision skate music growing on a much bigger scale in the next 5 years with the addition of hot new producers from different states. Also the growth of universal skate music that every style can skate too. It would also be great to be able to download and purchase skate music on more major platforms.
Sk8: What advice do you have for any other up and coming producers trying to get their music heard in the skate scene? My advice for up and coming producers is to be personable and network. Reach out to DJ's and form relationships, without them you won't be heard. Secondly, just make music and don't be afraid to put it out there. You never know which one is gonna put you on the map. And don't try to sound like anyone else, just be yourself and do it for the love of skating not for the fame. SK8: What is the best way for people to support your music? The best way to support my music is to purchase from my bandcamp page, but also to talk about it to your friends and local DJ’s. Also reach out and let me know you appreciate it because I definitely appreciate the love!
My advice for up and coming producers is to be personable and network. Reach out to DJ's and form relationships, without them you won't be heard
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William Berri 'Blanco' Hixon discuss their skate journey, inspiration and skate sponsorship! Interview by Jarvis Stanley Sk8: Thanks for taking time out to do this interview with our new magazine. We are honored to feature you. For those who may be unfamiliar with your skate journey, can you talk about how you got into skating? William: My 1st style of skating was Chicago JB. I did that for 10 years and I just fell in love with the music and culture. My introduction to jammin' technique came from Bill Butler. This enhanced what already had inside me: to skate with pure finesse. My obsession was to have complete control of my body with finesse at any speed, any direction, and any given time regardless of the music. Berri: At age 9 in New York City, my mother went to meet someone near this Skating Rink in Manhattan. The rink was upstairs and she took me there as a punishment. Oops! I gravitated to the whole scene (the ambiance, the music, and the fashion). I became a regular at Skate Key in the Bronx, NY. Since then I've been planning my life entirely around My Skate Lyfe. It sounds crazy but it's true. It started with the fashion. I noticed all the women wearing jeans. None of the ladies were looking like ladies. So here I come, skating in cute skirts, dresses and stockings at age 14.
Don’t let anyone tell you that having a skate life is just a dream. Your dreams are your reality! If it's a hobby then this message ain't for you. If you want more, stay focused, quiet the noise around you and keep believing in your dreams. Sk8: How did you'll meet? Berri: I was living in Baltimore MD and one day literally I said, "I'm out, I'm moving to Atlanta." Shortly after moving, I spoke to Mr. Bill Butler over the phone and I was in his skate class the next day. Mr. Butler paired William and I together as his 1st Pair team. We practiced a lot until one day I said "Hey don’t like me, I'm not the likeable kind, I'm just your Sk8 partner." Yea right. William Hixon not only became my skate partner, he became my husband, co-worker and best friend. William: I met Strawberry Perez at Bill Butler' Class and we have been inseparable ever since, 4 years now and counting. Sk8: Becoming a sponsored skater is quite an accomplishment. Can you tell us a little about the process of attaining sponsorship?
William: Me and Mrs Footwork are the only rhythm and dance roller skating team in the world sponsored by Skates US. Our sponsorship came out of nowhere. We were at SkateA-Thon and Mr. David Ripp approached us and said he would like to see us in his skates. He handed me a card and I gave him a call the following day. He eventually offered us a sponsorship for pairs with Edea and Roll-line products.
Sk8: What advice to you have for up and coming skaters out there?
Berri: Hard work pays off. We practiced hard to learn the "Jammin Technique" as a pair. Unfortunately we were teased and ridiculed by some skaters for what we learned. Eventually the President of Skates US approached us at Skate-A-Thon with his phone and says, "Hello, isn't this you on my phone? I've been watching you for a while. Call me!” Next day contract was sent in an email.
William: The advice I have for new skaters is to never give up on your dream and always reach for what others may say is impossible. We are more powerful than what we know. If you can feel it and see it, you can dream it. Life is about experiences, if you don't experience the failures, you'll never appreciate the wins.
Berri: The advice I have for anyone coming into the Skate game is this: Don’t let anyone tell you that having a skate life is just a dream. Your dreams are your reality! If it's a hobby then this message ain't for you. If you want more, stay focused, quiet the noise around you and keep believing in your dreams.
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