Maybe it's the music—the jazz AND the Freebird—or maybe it's just my fascination with legendary pro skaters, but Patrick Pearse's new video for Desillusion Magazine just makes Steve Olson look SO COOL. He's one of those old school, badass dudes, who lives in Cali, drives a motorcycle and spends his days sitting by the pool (empty ones, duh) not giving a single fuck.
Levi's and Nike have released this quick preview of their upcoming 511 Skateboarding Collection. Rooted in the same marriage of style and sport as the popular Levi's Commuter Series, the line will add skate-centric details to the 511. The video features Nike SB pro Omar Salazar, whose ability to mix old school tricks into an aggressive style fits well with the theme of classic brands continuing to innovate. The 511 khaki is my go-to skate pant, so I'm stoked to see what details this collab brings to the table. -Angelo
In collaboration with Exit Skateshop (825 North 2nd St.), Roger Skateboards presents Newark, an art show put together by for friends, by friends. The show will feature work by Roger's Owner and Art Director, Michael Sieben, with art school friends and team riders Bill Pierce and Nate Lacoste (who you may recognize from our Men's catalog last November).
Opening night is this Friday from 7-10PM, so for all of you who shred till you're dead who happen to be hanging around Northern Liberties this weekend (who are you kidding, you know you will be) stop by for a fun night with the boys. See y'all there! —Ally
Nate, who just recently went pro with Roger
Did you know Major League Baseball spring training just started? Of course not. Why would you? Baseball is mind-numbingly boring, and between spring training and the playoffs, the season takes up like 11 months out of the year. But witty Tumblr Baseball Card Vandals has me at least mildly interested in the sport again. Damn nostalgia. I mean, every boy had baseball cards growing up, and who doesn't love a tasty pun or a solid dick joke? Send the link to your dad. He probably still likes baseball and here's an opportunity to e-bond over America's dreadfully slow, outdated pastime.—Angelo
Valentine’s Day has arrived and your girl just dumped you? Weaksauce. But don’t kill yourself bro! Hey, hey, suicide is no joke, and offing yourself over a girl? That’s doubly ignorant. Unless those things are the subject of an '80s John Cusack comedy, then they’re fine.
Don’t emulate Better Off Dead protagonist Lane Meyer and try (unsuccessfully) to take your own life after getting dropped by your girlfriend. But do take a tip from Lane when he gets his shit together in the second act and decides to get with the hot French exchange student next door and beat the local douchebag in a ski competition. No French cutie in your neighborhood? Well at least you can get over your breakup by crushing a box of Russell Stovers chocolates and watching one of my favorite, most inadvertently stylish and lovably morbid '80s movies.
Sure, everybody loves Say Anything, but before Cusack developed his leading man swagger he was navigating dancing hamburgers, genius siblings and murderous paperboys in this cult classic. At the very least you can distract yourself from the breakup by getting stoked on the dope vintage ski style, which is relevant anyway because there’s probably still three feet of snow in your backyard. -Angelo
We've made it to 2013, and New Year's resolutions are definitely on everybody's minds. A common one is to begin being healthy, and getting into shape. I feel laziness kicking in already, but thought, maybe looking cool while working out will help? Streetwear brands like Adidas, Nike, and New Balance have all been making their way back into the street style scene in a super retro way. Check out our inspiration behind this trend, followed by a few of our favorite items you can wear while you work out that translate into your everyday wardrobe! - Maddie
Quinn Asteak, aka Health Coach Quinn, ditched a career as a fashion stylist to dedicate herself to helping people get their shit together—at least in the kitchen. We turned to her for advice on getting your butt in shape when all your butt really wants to do is eat Combos and watch reruns on TBS.
Hot babes. Cool printed skateboards. Dudes doing all the tricks. OKAY, so this video isn't 100% female focused, but these Globe Bantam ST graphic cruisers are fuckin' adorable and obviously meant for the skater girl in all of us. Excuse me while I fawn over the pretty floral one, appropriately named "Grandma's Couch."-Ally
Tonight in L.A., be sure to stop by Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Caheunga Blvd) for a book signing of Surf to Skate: Evolution to Revolution - Vol. 1 hosted by book store Hennessey + Ingalls. The book brings together years of skateboard history, mostly focusing on boards from the '50s and '60s, collected by board collectors and authors Jason Cohn and Stanton Hartsfield. There will also be an exhibit featuring skateboards from the '60s, put together by Cohn and Hartsfield's company, Scavenger Brand. What's pretty cool is that this coffee table book is literally shaped like the 'Roller Derby' skateboard, which was the first board to be ever mass produced. I suggest all skateboard enthusiasts attend, and learn more about the history of skateboarding! RSVP here. - Maddie
I'm really into this Tumblr and its love for the three Adidas stripes. Not only has sportswear been majorly trending lately, but site this shows that it's mainly girls who are owning it. Sorry guys, but this one is for the ladies. -Ally
Dear Jeff Grosso, my swellbow thanks you for your Love Letters to Skateboarding Girls series. Hopefully videos like these inspire some of you babes out there to get into skating and get hyped about it! We already run the world, next it'll be the skateboarding world. Sorry I'm not sorry, dudes. -Ally
There are only a few names in basketball that I even know (like Lam Lam and that douche Kris Humphries because of Keeping Up with the Kardashians) and even less that I have rooted for. However, as a kid, I thought Allen Iverson of the 76ers was a frickin' god. During the 2001 playoffs against the L.A. Lakers, I remember jumping up and down, cheering him on and telling myself I'd marry him one day. That day never came but I'm still crushin' watching AI talk about his iconic signature Reebok shoe "The Question" which are being rereleased today! (via Hypebeast) -Ally
Dank is the artsy skateboarding periodical you've likely never seen or heard of if you haven't been looking for it. Something tells me you won't find page after page of advertising filler in here, just great content. Don't speak Norwegian? Worry not, every story is also printed in English. Though no stockists are listed stateside, the magazine can be order from the UK at Flatspot.
I don't know if it's my inner need to rebel against my Catholic upbringing, or the fact that this dude can just shred like a motherfucker, but I have a major crush on Flip skater David Gonzalez. That long hair, sneaky smirk and badass attitude? Sounds like a recipe for a guy you can never bring home to your parents (but that you'd totally sneak out of your bedroom window in the middle of the night to go see). Watch his Possessed to Skate video on Thrasher to see what I'm talking about. Swoon. -Ally
Vans Presents Classic Tales is my new obsession. Animated and directed by Jim Dirschberger, and illustrated by Jay Howell, these videos feature hilarious stories from some of your favorite Vans team riders. Seriously, the Christian Hosoi one had me cracking up for days. -Ally
Jay Howell is by far my favorite artist of the moment. The skateboarding, partying, and full on don't-give-a-shit youth culture vibe of his illustrations make me want to shrink myself down to the size of a joint and join in on all of the fun. His new decks for Creature have me begging my boyfriend to take me to the skatepark. His answer? "No fucking way." Oh well, looks like I'll just to hang one of these on the wall and daydream about doing fakie flips. Buy them here!-Ally