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Dusting off the VCR: Bloody Chicken Boots at 16

Bloody Chicken Boots Title Screen

 

My first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots

Rarely do I remember the exact moment I watched a skate video for the first time.  That is unless I attended the video premiere, or the video made some sort of immediate impression on me.  The impression doesn’t necessarily have to be good either, it can be bad too.  With that, I do distinctly remember the first time I watched Ambush’s first skate video, Bloody Chicken Boots, and it wasn’t because the video was particularly spectacular.

I remember rolling up to the shop with some friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon sometime in 2001.  This was Ambush’s old location, the one with the infamous three stair.  Anyway, I was posted up on the couch, which sat across from on of those antiquated big screen televisions.  You know the type…the old projection ones that have the VCR’s timecode burned into the screen.  Admittedly, I was a little hungover from the prior night’s endeavors.  Still, I had no idea a skate video contained the power to augment my hangover.  Was it was the filming or the odd techno songs that caused my stomach to churn.  Who knows?  What I do know is that my first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots was nauseating.  This made the viewing permanently burned into my brain, just like the timecode burned into the big screen it played on. Read More >

Always need shoes?: Skate Shoes – Why It’s Worth Buying Two Pairs

A lot of articles will say there are over 10 types of shoes a guy should have in his arsenal, but for a skateboarder it’s usually two; one to wear and one to skate.
Don’t get me wrong, plenty of skateboarders have lives outside of the sport, and to some skateboarding is everything, so skaters will have more or less, but to a huge chunk it’s all about the rotation.

The rotation, also known as “one to wear, one to skate,” serves two purposes: function and fashion – a pair to perform in and a pair to chill in.
So, it’s always beneficial to double up at the register, especially if you like the shoes!  But, we’ll go further into that another time.

The premise that buying an extra pair keeps you fresh is intuitively easy to agree with.  The logic is tough to pick apart.  Using one pair specifically for skateboarding and the other for everyday wear stops you from walking around with Swiss cheese on your feet. Read More >

Fun All the Time

We’re all getting older and there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it.  The passing of time is a hard thing to come to grips with.  It’s something that cannot be escaped or outran…and, apparently, it also flies when you’re having fun.  I’m calling BS on the latter!  In short, I believe, having fun is a vital component to staying young…at heart at least.  Admittedly having fun all the time is easier said than done, but it’s worth a shot.  What’s more fun than skateboarding?  Nothing.  This probably explains why we’re watching our favorite pros skateboarding for longer and longer.  In no particular order, here is a look at some of my favorite “aging” skateboarders. Read More >

Women in Skateboarding

It’s nearly impossible to ignore the 24-hour news cycle today.  Everywhere you turn, look, or swipe it’s in your face…and, to me, it’s depressing.  As far as I, personally, am concerned, there is the the constant reminder that our leaders seem bent on making our nation less inclusive.  We seem to take 10 steps forward only to be knocked back two.  However, I remain optimistic after witnessing the worldwide support of women’s marches a couple weeks ago.  It seems that progress will continue creeping  forward.  I mean…things have to keep getting better, right?  Skateboarding has always been the most diverse of the so-called “board sports”, and it’s trending towards being ever more diverse.  Nowhere is it more apparent than in the coverage of women in skateboarding.  The past couple months their coverage has been boomin’ and that makes me proud to be a skateboarder.  So, shout out to all the ladies killing it out there!  Women have definitely more than earned their seat at skateboarding’s table.  Here are a few of my favorite examples of this in the past couple months. Read More >

Winter Skateboarding in Georgia

It’s not uncommon to hole up inside during winter.  The days are short, cold, and for us in Georgia, the days are actually, well, pretty mild.  As I write this today Tuesday, January 17th 2017, I can’t use the weather as my excuse not to skate.  It’s currently 72° and cloudy in beautiful Kennesaw, GA.  Admittedly, it’s unseasonably warm.  Still, I find myself counting the days until spring.  For your information, spring is 61 days, 14 hours, and 9 minutes away.  Look at the forecast for the next 10 days.  Despite some rain here and there, it’s definitely not too bad, eh?

You’re crazy if you aren’t stoked on this forecast.  Time to move the beanies, sweatshirts, and jackets back to storage?  Maybe not quite yet…because, out of the 61 “winter” days left, more than likely we’ll experience a couple more cold snaps and inclement weather that may render the streets “un-skateable.”  I’m by no means a meteorologist, but I’d guess it’ll be due to negligible amounts of ice or rain.  (Knock on wood!) Read More >

Nerding Out: Thrasher Magazine Covers over the Years Pt. 1

Bi-weekly, we get together for a marketing meeting.  During these powwows, we lay out our marketing schedule and agenda, and discuss content.  A LOT of times during these meetings we sit around figuratively throwing shit at a wall and hoping some of it sticks.  A few months ago, sitting around the conference table discussing our marketing plans, it hit me.  That little voice in my head said, “Hey, Ben!  I don’t think anyone has ever analyzed every Thrasher Magazine cover.”  And…without thinking, I immediately blurted this out to the group.  Little did I know that this idea would stick and I’d be the one to undertake this endeavor.

Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?  Ever taken a bite so large you instantly regret it?  We’ve all done it, and after nearly asphyxiating, we say, “Never again!  From now on, I’m only taking small bites.,” but…if you’re like me, your eyes are always bigger than your stomach, and after surviving that first enormous bite, all you know to do is settle in for the feast. Read More >

5 Skaters with Extracurricular Interests

The world of skateboarding is incredibly vast and fast moving.  Its influence is felt in the music we listen to, the art we look at, and the movies we watch. Skateboarding has always attracted a creative class, but some skaters have interests that completely transcend the world of skateboarding. As skateboarders, we have an ability to blend in while also standing out.  We appreciate all the different walks of life that one can encounter, so it comes as no surprise that top tier pros have found interest in so many numerous things.  Everyone on this list is still out there ripping, while also redefining what it means to be a skateboarder.

5. Eric Koston

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Koston has been in the game a long time now, and still makes waves through the skateboarding community. He popularized being a well rounded street skater, being one of the first guys to take switch skating to both a manual pad and handrails. But, between nollie heelflip nosesliding Wilshire ten, and doing a tuck knee air out, he found the time to pick up a golf habit. As a matter of fact, Koston’s not alone on this one, it would seem a lot of fine people under the Crailtap banner have followed suit. He’s also a self professed sneaker head, stacking up a huge collection over the years. He love Jordans so much, his third shoe on es was a dead ringer of the Jordan 12. Nike proved a good fit for Koston, and has helped in developing tech skate shoes that still have a classic fit and function. Stay Frosty fools. Read More >

Catching Up With The Crew

To me, it’s always seemed like getting footage is cyclical. Sometimes, it comes easy and the crew logs several minutes a week and then the next week, nothing. While the process can certainly feel tedious at times, it’s absolutely worth it. When there is enough footage to stitch something together, it doesn’t get much better than that! So it always gets me hyped to see anyone from our team putting out footage. No matter the format or platform.

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Gary gets a back tail while Cole documents

With that being said, I wanted to compile the most recent clips our riders have been featured in and put them into one place. So sit back, watch, and get stoked to go skate with the homies and put out your own clips.

First off, we got Travis Glover skating through Spain with Chaz Ortiz in this clip for JBL Audio. Yo Travis! Let me get some headphones! Read More >

Insane Terrain: Garfield High School

Here’s the scenario, for the past couple weeks every night you get home from work dead tired and ready for a solid night’s sleep. You lay in bed waiting for sleep to come but it doesn’t. You’re cursed! You are suffering from a certain compulsive vision and you can’t shake it long enough to put your mind at ease.  Most skateboarders can empathize with this because we all know the struggle of having trick stuck in our mind. Literally you can’t rest until you make your vision a reality. The spot is lined up and ready for the taking and, maybe even, you’ve already tried the trick. Regardless, you are stuck with the pain of bringing your thought into fruition. Finally the day arrives and you go out and bust. The thrill of riding away is what we all are searching for, unfortunately, for you, today, it’s short lived. You check the photo or footage and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. The trick was gnarly but nothing will do it justice no photo or clip. Nevertheless, people will figure out how gnarly the trick is by visiting the spot. You have left your mark and the madness continues to the next spot. Read More >

Five Reasons Why I Won’t Be Skateboarding Saturday

Unless you are lucky and get to skateboard for a living, the older you get, naturally, the less time you have to skateboard.  Priorities change from chasing the next session to chasing the next paycheck.  These are just the facts of life.

As aging adult skateboarders, after we’ve put in our 40-50+ hour work week you would think that we’d be excited to skate.  Well, that isn’t always the case.  I certainly can’t speak for all adult skateboarders, but here are my top five reasons I will not be skateboarding Saturday.

Slams

You know it, I know it, slams are very capable of extinguishing any desire to skateboard.  Why is that?  If I see someone eat shit, I’m not stoked, I’m done!  On the flipside of that, there are humans  who seemingly love to slam (think Leo Romero).  Whatever your stance is on slamming, I think we can all agree that seeing slams invariably sucks.  Sorry @hallofmeat but I had to unfollow 🙁 Read More >

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