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I have been troubled with the notion that skateboarding shoes need much improvement. I am realizing that a good skateboard obsession requires new skate shoes just about as often as you need a new deck. What’s up with skateboard shoes lately? I have seen others try all kinds of different shoes but at the end of the day the sport wears out your shoes faster than Fred Flintstone’s feet wear out from braking in his floorless car.
There has been much improvement in terms of skateboard technology such as lighter and more reliable decks, polyurethane wheels, and frictionless bearings, but where are we with grip tape and shoes?
I spoke with my sons who are competitive skaters and I suggested that I develop a pair of shoes that came with the grip tape on the sole (imagine this on a wood top board – the grip on the shoes, not on the deck?)
Brand New Vans Shoe Torn After Only 4 Minutes!
I’m sure the combination of gritty sand on your soles and braking after doing tricks is the main cause for premature sole wear but what about other wear and tear on other parts of the shoe? (see photo below)?
I’m sure Vans, DC, and now Nike can come up with a winning formula for making better skateboard shoes. Oh yeah almost forgot to mention that we don’t see the problem of worn skateboarding shoes with longboarders, only with those who skate short decks.
Hey folks if you are trying to figure out how to paint a skateboard professionally jump in the blog and comment or criticize in the comments section below. This article is meant to solve the problem of those decks you trip over in the shed that the kids don’t want anymore.
I’ve read several similar articles but they don’t go into detail more than “sand board, then prime”. I wanted to provide more detail as to what sandpaper to use, etc. Please consider that these tips are for the hobbyist and produce as much a “professional” result as possible, but do not equate to a professional skateboard manufacturer’s methods. The point being that skateboards, in order to gain speed and agility, require the lightest weight possible in order to defy physics. Believe it or not, painting a deck in your backyard can produce great looking results, but manufacturers take great lengths to keep the manufacturing process as controlled as possible in order to apply the minimum required amount of paint. Applying too much paint will increase the deck’s weight and even if you were to increase the weight by only one gram, that would be all too noticeable to a professional skater. I’m sure Tony Hawk and Shaun White are past the stage of backyard shed projects.
The “Before” Shot
The Other “Before” Shot
Unless you can guarantee that you will not sand off too much of the underside art to the detriment of the wood, and apply the exact same amount of paint as previously applied, please ensure that if you are repainting the deck of a pro skater that you set the expectation.
First you’ll need a decent workspace, whether it be a shed or garage or even outdoors. If you intend to work outdoors, careful when spray painting in a breeze.
You’ll also need some work clothes. You will get dirty and unless your clothes and workspace has been previously approved by your partner, spouse, or girlfriend, you could find yourself in trouble and ultimately skating alone.
You’ll need to have adequate clean up materials such as a wet cloth to wipe excess paint, a paint area covered by a sheet of cardboard or dropcloth.
Also, though these steps took me about an hour to complete, the whole process took about three days to complete, allowing for the primer and paint to dry sufficiently between steps. Also, sanding by hand is not recommended. I highly recommend the use of an electrical sander as it will sand the surface uniformly without creating valleys or carve lines in.
Before beginning, do make sure that the board you are restoring is in fact repairable and that the plies have not separated.
Unrepairable Deck – The Plies Have Separated
Tools & Equipment for How to Paint a Skateboard
An X-Acto or surgical knife
A putty knife – a metal one, not a plastic one
A blow dryer or paint heat gun
40 grit sand paper
150 grit sand paper
220 grit sand paper
An electric sander – with protective glasses and a dust mask
Acrylic aerosol primer
Acrylic aerosol paint
Aerosol lacquer or Varathane
Mom, dad, or the babysitter’s permission and approval before proceeding
Steps to Prepare for How to Paint a Skateboard
Take a photo of the “before” deck top and bottom for sake of posterity. If you can, weigh the board so you have a reference as to the weight of the removed paint and the paint you’re to add.
Using the knife, lift the grip tape at the end of the board and begin peeling
Remove the Grip Tape
If required, use the heat gun or blow dryer to warm the grip tape glue in order to facilitate the peeling process. Removing the grip tape should take between three and seven minutes.
Using the sander and 40 grit paper, proceed to remove the graphic from the bottom of the deck. Be patient as this can take 20 minutes. Apply a lot of pressure on the sander but avoid digging or carving into the wood with the edge of the sander.
Sanding the Deck
Once the graphic has been removed, re-sand with a 150 grit paper in order to smooth out the wood. This step should take no more than five minutes.
Repair the board as needed using a carpenter quality wood filler paste. Wood filler is available in many colours and you can even collect some of the sawdust from the previous step and mix it in. Apply liberal amounts of filler and don’t worry about getting it perfect. You are not icing a cake. The important point to remember is not to over work the filler. Put it on, let it dry, then you will re-sand. This step should take five minutes. Then wait 24 hours before sanding the filler.
Fill in the Pressure Cracks
Some Repairs are Needed – Apply Wood Filler
Apply Wood Filler to the Deck
Re-sand the repaired spots with 150 grit paper.
The Wood Filler After Sanding – Looks Pretty Good
Using a damp (not wet) cloth, wipe any excess sawdust from the deck and wait about fifteen minutes. Next is the real how to p
For the primer, ensure you have properly mixed it. Apply the primer to each surface of the deck. I used a paint brush but try finding an aerosol primer. The trouble with brushes is that you may apply too much primer in certain areas.
Apply the Primer
Wait for the primer to dry (about 30 minutes) and re-sand with 150 grit paper. Do not resand the primer off to the point you will see the wood grain. Just provide a light sanding to remove any blistering or bubbles from the primer. You may see the wood through the primer, this is ok.
Before painting the deck, again wipe extra primer dust from the deck with a damp cloth and again wait fifteen minutes before painting.
Shake the aerosol primer can for at least two full minutes. Hold the can about ten inches away from the deck and spray very lightly until the paint covers the entire surface. Aerosol cans cause drips and bubbles so if this occurs, wait for drying and resanding, do not overpaint or try to fix wet paint.
Getting Ready to Spray the First Coat
First Coat Applied
First Coat Applied
Wait 24 hours. Seriously. This is the most crucial step to allow the paint to dry.
Sand the painted deck with 220 grit paper and again wipe with damp cloth and wait fifteen minutes
C’est un film exceptionnel, on vous aura prévenu. “We Are Blood” répond à une question simple mais encore jamais racontée au cinéma : pourquoi le skateboard est un phénomène mondial, autant populaire et transversal à toutes les communautés dans le monde ? Après “The Art of Fly” et “That’s it That’All” qui avaient révolutionné les prises de vues dans le sport, la boîte de production Brain Farm Cinema et Mountain Dew font une démonstration de leurs meilleures techniques de cinéma avec le film documentaire “We Are Blood“. Pour ce long-métrage, la production soulève la barre encore plus haut. Utilisant les techniques des caméras haute définition 4K et RED, les prises de vues nous offrent des ralentis sensationnels et des travelings d’une grande qualité. Des drones ont même été utilisés pour filmer des prises de vues aériennes. Au final, le rendu est époustouflant.
Pour “We Are Blood”, la production a fait appel à l’un des meilleurs cinéastes de la planche à roulettes : Ty Evans. Ce dernier a réuni les meilleures riders pour donner les plus gros tricks à l’image. Ainsi se succèdent Paul Rodriguez, Jordanie Maxham, Chris Colbourn, Tiago Lemos, Mikey Taylor, Chase Webb, Clint Walker, Clive Dixon, Sean Malto et bien d’autres. Et on peut dire qu’ils ont donné de leur personne. Entre gamelles à répétition et skate cassés, le réalisateur ne les a pas ménagés. Parce que c’est aussi ça le skateboard : du sang, du bois et des os brisés. Outre le casting, l’équipe a voyagé aux quatre coins du monde (Chine, Barcelone, Californie) à la recherche des plus beaux spots mais aussi des plus insolites comme l’héliport sur le toit du Burj Al-Arab à Dubaï. De quoi faire monter l’adrénaline. Pour le reste, le teaser annonce la couleur. Un film digne du 7e art ! Sortie prévue en août 2015. A lire aussi : Brain Farm : Coulisses de la maison de production.
Pour la quatrième fois, la marque Cliché a organisé une “Gypsy Life” avec Nike SB. Le principe est de filmer le quotidien de skateurs, venus des quatre coins du monde, pendant un certain temps. La différence avec d’autres vidéos de skateboard est que les riders ont peu de moyens et doivent vivre comme des gitans, d’où le nom “gypsy”. On retrouve notamment Lucas Puig, Sammy Winter, JB Gillet, Andrew Brophy, Flo Mirtain, Daniel Espinoza, Adrien Coillard, Javier Mendizabal, Kyron Davis et Maxime Geronzi. La vidéo, réalisée par Boris Proust, a été dévoilée en avant-première à Paris le samedi 21 mars dernier, à l’espace Commines. Quelques riders étaient présents pour fêter en grande pompe l’avant-première comme Chet Childress, qui a conçu l’artwork de la vidéo, ainsi que les skateurs Maxime Geronzi et Kyron Davis. meltyXtrem a eu la chance d’interviewer les deux riders en exclusivité pour recueillir leurs impressions sur le tournage. A lire aussi : Nike : Vidéo skateboard de Sean Malto et Shane O’Neill.
Comment s’est passé le tournage et combien de villes avez-vous parcourues ?
Maxime Geronzi : Le tournage s’est déroulé sur un an. On a traversé près de six villes, toutes en Europe, en Allemagne, en Belgique et en Espagne par exemple. J’avais un problème de visa donc je n’ai pas pu voyager aux États-Unis.
Selon toi, y a-t-il des différences sur la vision du skate selon les pays que vous avez traversés ?
M.G : Non, je n’ai pas ressenti ça. Vu que je suis resté en Europe, ce n’était pas le cas. Nous n’avons pas eu de problème avec les populations locales. Pas en Europe en tout cas.
Aviez-vous un programme particulier à respecter durant ce “Gypsy Life ?
Kyron Davis : Non. Nous étions vraiment libres. Le but était de se lever tôt, aller d’un lieu à un autre et de filmer en train de skater. Rien n’était prévu en tout cas. La seule condition était de prendre du plaisir et partager de bons moments, tout simplement. Par contre, nous devions trouver à manger et nous avions 15 euros par jour. Nous pouvions réaliser quelques défis pour gagner un peu plus d’argent.
Avez-vous une anecdote sur le tournage de “Gypsy Life” à nous raconter ?
M.G : Je me suis cassé la cheville, à la fin du tournage. Cela m’a mis un peu en stress. J’ai pu mettre le dernier trick et trois jours après, la cheville a cassé. Mon corps était à bout, il n’en pouvait plus. Je suis encore en pleine rééducation. Je n’ai pas trop l’habitude de faire ça mais il faut passer par là pour que ça revienne bien.
K.D : Nous avons eu un problème avec le van. Quelqu’un a cassé la vitre et a volé des objets qui se trouvaient dans le véhicule. C’était aux Pays-Bas. Il a dérobé un ordinateur, avec beaucoup de photos, du matériel pour filmer et quelques portefeuilles. C’était un moment dur.
Y a-t-il quelque chose qui vous a vraiment marqué pendant “Gypsy Life” ?
M.G : Je dirais le premier trick que j’ai sorti pour la vidéo. C’était limite avant qu’on commence la vidéo. C’était un switch back nose grind, presque tombé dans le vide. Je ne m’attendais pas à le faire comme ça. Cette figure m’a vraiment fait plaisir. C’était en Suisse.
K.D : Sûrement voir Maxime skater. J’adore sa façon de skater. Il est vraiment impressionnant. C’était un plaisir de partager ses moments avec Max.
Avez-vous des projets pour la suite ?
M.G : Participer toujours à des projets avec Cliché. Filmer toujours autant et pourquoi pas découvrir le monde américain. Je suis déjà allé là-bas. J’ai vraiment envie d’y retourner. Je viens d’être accepté pour mon problème de visa. Donc ça devrait se faire dans les prochaines semaines. Je pars également de Perpignan pour m’installer à Barcelone. Je suis très impatient.
K.D : Je pense que je vais continuer à filmer pour Cliché. J’ai beaucoup aimé ce tournage. J’ai envie de continuer à voyager. J’aimerais bien me rendre en Asie pour le skate. C’est une culture différente que j’ai réellement envie de découvrir.
Why not place a one-dollar-a-month fee on our electric/water/solid waste bill, and create a “graffiti removal fund.”
Enough would quickly be collected to hire a full-time graffiti removal technician. Residents then could report graffiti and have it promptly removed, and the cost would be shared across the entire community as it should be.
The “graffiti fund” could also be strengthened through any fines collected from perpetrators.
Earlier this month, at the opening of an exhibition dedicated to his work at Brisbane’s GOMA, David Lynch got stuck into street art, calling it “ugly, stupid, and threatening”. Apparently, shooting movies can be very difficult when the building you want to film is covered in graffiti and you don’t want it to be.
Is there a distinction between art and vandalism? This is the question that always seems to rise up when graffiti becomes a topic of conversation, as it has after Lynch’s outburst. This is, however, not just important for those of us who want to know the answers to obscure questions such as, “what is art?” It affects everyone.
Why? Because graffiti exists in our public spaces, our communities and our streets.
Let’s for a minute put aside the fact that an artist such as David Lynch, known for pushing the envelope in terms of what art is and can be, is criticising one type of art on the grounds that it is inconvenient to the kind of art that he prefers to undertake.
There is something more important to discuss here. The opinion that street art is vandalism (that is, not art) is widely held. Many people despise graffiti – but we are more than happy to line our public spaces with something much more offensive: advertising. That’s the bigger story here, the use and abuse of public space.
At heart, I think this is why people don’t like graffiti. We see it as someone trying to take control of a part of our public space. The problem is, our public spaces are being sold out from under us anyway. If we don’t collectively protect our public spaces, we will lose them.
Two types of graffiti
I would like to make a bold distinction here.
I want to draw out the difference between two kinds of graffiti: street art and vandalism.
We need something to be able to differentiate between Banksy and the kids who draw neon dicks on the back of a bus shelter. They are different, and the difference lies in their intention.
Tagging, the practice of writing your name or handle in prominent or impressive positions, is akin to a dog marking its territory; it’s a pissing contest. It is also an act of ownership. Genuine street art does not aim at ownership, but at capturing and sharing a concept. Street art adds to public discourse by putting something out into the world; it is the start of a conversation.
The ownership of a space that is ingrained in vandalism is not present in street art. In fact, street art has a way of opening up spaces as public. Street art has a way of inviting participation, something that too few public spaces are even capable of.
If vandalism is abhorrent because it attempts to own public space, then advertising is vandalism.
The billboards that line our streets, the banner ads on buses, the pop-ups on websites, the ads on our TVs and radios, buy and sell our public spaces. What longer lasting sex? A tasty beverage? To be young, beautiful, carefree, cutting edge, and happy? For only $24.95 (plus postage)!
Advertising privatises our public spaces. Ads are placed out in the public strategically. They are built to coerce, and manipulate. They affect us, whether we want them to or not. But this is not reciprocated.
We cannot in turn change or alter ads, nor can we communicate with the company who is doing the selling. If street art is the beginning of a conversation, advertising is the end. Stop talking, stop thinking – and buy these shoes!
Ads v graffiti
We are affronted by ads. They tell us we are not enough. Not good enough, not pretty enough, not wealthy enough.
At its worst, graffiti is mildly insulting and can be aesthetically immature. But at its best, it can be the opening of a communal space: a commentary, a conversation, a concept captured in an image on a wall. Genuine street art aims at this ideal.
At its best, advertising is an effective way of informing the public about products and services. At worst, advertising is a coercive, manipulative form of psychological warfare designed to trick us into buying crap we don’t need with money we don’t have.
What surprises me is that the people who find vandalism in the form of tagging and neon dicks highly offensive have no problem with the uncensored use of our public spaces for the purposes of selling stuff.
What art can do
If art is capable of anything in this world, it is cutting through the dross of everyday existence. Art holds up a mirror to the world so that we can see the absurdity of it. It shows us who we really are, both good and bad, as a community.
Street art has an amazing ability to do this because it exists in our real and everyday world, not vacuum-sealed and shuffled away in a privileged private space. Its very public nature that makes street art unique, powerful, and amazing.
If we as a community can recognise the value in street art, we can begin to address it as a legitimate expression. When we value street art as art, we can engage with it as a community and help to grow it into something beautiful.
When street art has value, our neon dicks stop being a petty and adolescent attempt at ownership, and become mere vandalism. When we value our public spaces as places where the we can share experiences, we will start to see the violence that is advertising as clearly as the dick on the back of a bus shelter.
A surge in downtown graffiti complaints has had authorities busy in the past few days, Lafayette police announced Wednesday.
Sgt. Grant Snyder, who posted a message about the graffiti on the department’s Nextdoor.com social media account, said it’s important for officers to document each instance with a written report and photographs.
Although some graffiti is simply the result of criminal mischief, certain markings are indicative of gang activity, Snyder noted.
By documenting each case, police can contact property owners to have the markings removed or covered up.
“We all can take a small part in keeping Lafayette as clean and beautiful as possible,” Snyder wrote. “If you see graffiti anywhere … please contact us and file a report.”
Capt. Kurt Wolf said about half of the graffiti his officers document comes in the form of “tagging” by gangs or groups.
A self-proclaimed “765 Anarchists” group appears to be one contributor.
As first reported last summer by the Journal Courier, the anarchist group caught the attention of local law enforcement after 22-year-old Samuel Bradbury was arrested for allegedly making death threats against four officials on Facebook.
Bradbury had claimed in his post to lead a group of 50 death-ready militia members.
But the group’s graffiti appears to be the extent of its activity, Wolf said.
“We don’t really have any information right now that says they’ve done anything other than the tagging,” he said.
Officer Heath Provo documented three instances of graffiti on Wednesday alone, according to a daily incident log.
Markings were found on the sides of a business in the 400 block of North 13th Street and two garages in the 900 block of North Street and 300 block of North 10th Street.
To contact Lafayette police in non-emergency situations, dial 765-807-1200. In case of emergency, dial 911.
Anonymous tips can be submitted via the We-Tip Hotline: 800-78-CRIME (2-1463).
It’s every skater’s dream to travel the world with their friends to explore new terrains, and going to Madagascar is the trip of a lifetime.
Unfortunately, sometimes for reasons beyond us, certain lives are ended sooner than others. Sadly, Wilko Grüning‘s was cut short not long after this trip. Devastating news, but in hindsight spending some of his last days doing something he loved at one of earth’s most exotic locations is nothing short of inspiring.
Check back Thursday, April 2 when the first chapter of Melodies for the Lemurs kicks off in Antananarivo. In the meantime, do what Wilko would have done: grab your board and go explore your world with a smile on your face.
Exclusive: Skateboarding to hold global summit as sport tries to present united front for Tokyo 2020 bid
By Nick Butler
“Unifying all stakeholders” for the benefit of skateboarding has been declared as an aim by SportAccord ahead of a major conference seeking to help the sport’s campaign for Olympic inclusion at Tokyo 2020.
It follows a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne between representatives from the International Roller Skating Federation (FIRS), the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) and the World Skateboarding Federation (WSF).
While the FIRS is the umbrella organisation for both roller disciplines and skateboarding within SportAccord, there is opposition from some skateboarding groups at being amalgamated with another sport.
Such a collaboration has negatively impacted the snowboarding community since the discipline joined the International Ski Federation in the 1990s, it is claimed.
But a further split exists between the ISF, the body led by Gary Ream which organised the exhibition event at last August’s Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, and the WSF, led by Tim McFerran, organisers of the Global Skateboarding Summit.
Other groups oppose any Olympic participation altogether.
The Summit, scheduled for May 22 to 24 at the Conrad Hotel in Istanbul, is being billed as the first meeting of all the global stakeholders in the sport and is seeking the “establishment of the structure for one world governing body for the sport”.
Olympic inclusion is a key theme throughout the three-day programme, with round-table discussion topics including “Skateboarding and the Olympics how it will work” and “Olympics new opportunities and how to take advantage”.
Skateboarding is one of several sports seeking a place on the programme in Tokyo 2020 following the increased flexibility promised in the IOC’s Agenda 2020 reform process.
Baseball and softball remains the favourite to be chosen when the IOC make a decision at its Session in Rio de Janeiro next year but karate, squash, snooker and surfing are also lobbying hard.
But, unlike most of these others, skateboarding is not currently even an IOC-recognised sport and is unlikely to become one until the divisions between the various governing bodies are resolved.
“A meeting with representatives of FIRS, the ISF and WSF took place in Lausanne to discuss the ongoing development of the sport and its relationship with the Olympic Movement,” an IOC spokesperson told insidethegames.
“The meeting followed up on constructive discussions throughout the course of 2014 and the inclusion of both roller sport[s] and skateboarding in the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Sports Lab.
“All parties reflected on the positive nature of the discussions and look forward to further dialogue.”
Tagged as the Post Modern Skateboard, the Sidewinding Circular Skates feature a pair of 10-inch wheels with foot platforms and nothing else. (Photo : Hammacher Schlemmer)
A product being tagged as the Post Modern Skateboard has popped up in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, and the item certainly does live up to its name.
Officially named the Sidewinding Circular Skates, the product consists of a pair of 10-inch wheels that have platforms where the user’s feet go in. The product also features, well, nothing else.
The Sidewinding Circular Skates certainly do not look like a skateboard with the “board” entirely missing. However, in terms of moving with them, the product functions similarly to longboard skateboarding, as the wearer would be leaning side-to-side to make the wheels rotate. The user’s motions move the skates forward in a serpentine path without the need to push off the ground, as is being done to propel the normal skateboards and its riders forward.
A video posted on the product page in the Hammacher Schlemmer catalog shows riders using the skates to move across sidewalks and grassy areas, with the ability to make tight spins and turns.
Because the wheels of the skates are not connected to one another, the rider can easily pull off 720-degree spins and tight turns. Users can then stop the motion of the wheels by placing their toes on the ground.
Moving with the skates seems to be something that requires practice though, which may take some time before the rider can comfortably do so outside the garage.
To help with the adjustment to the skates, purchasing the product will include an extendable rod that can connect the two wheels together, which would make it look a bit more like a skateboard. However, with the rod, the skates will more closely resemble a casterboard, which is a skateboard that has a metal spine underneath the narrow but flexible board and two wheels that can travel in any direction.
According to the product page, the Sidewinding Circular Skates can support riders that weigh up to 200 pounds, while the wheels themselves weigh 5 pounds each. The page also states that the product is designed to be used by skaters 8 years old and up.
The Sidewinding Circular Skates, which are expected to be shipped by the end of the month, have a price tag of $99.95.
While the product has earned the title of the Post Modern Skateboard, as picked up by several tech news websites, the title of next-gen skateboards is surely still held by the Hendo hoverboard that emulates that which was used by Marty McFly in the Back to the Future movies.