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When Will They Make Better Skateboarding Shoes?

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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?)

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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.





When will they make better skateboarding shoes?

How to Paint a Skateboard

How to Paint a Skateboard Professionally at Home

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.


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The “Before” Shot

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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.

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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
  • Wood filler
  • 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

  1.  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.
  2. Using the knife, lift the grip tape at the end of the board and begin peeling

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    Remove the Grip Tape

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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    Sanding the Deck

  5. 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.
  6. 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.
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    Fill in the Pressure Cracks

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    Some Repairs are Needed – Apply Wood Filler

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    Apply Wood Filler to the Deck

  7. Re-sand the repaired spots with 150 grit paper.

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    The Wood Filler After Sanding – Looks Pretty Good

  8. 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
  9. 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.
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    Apply the Primer

  11. 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.
  12. Before painting the deck, again wipe extra primer dust from the deck with a damp cloth and again wait fifteen minutes before painting.
  13. 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.
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    Getting Ready to Spray the First Coat

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    First Coat Applied

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    First Coat Applied

  14. Wait 24 hours.  Seriously.  This is the most crucial step to allow the paint to dry.
  15. Sand the painted deck with 220 grit paper and again wipe with damp cloth and wait fifteen minutes


Thanks for reading How to Paint a Skateboard



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My New Shoes

I go through a pair of skate shoes about every three weeks.  My parents are getting annoyed but I got me a summer job mowing lawns so I’ve been pretty much buying all my equipment this summer.

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Raw Run + Original Skateboards – Arbiter KT and Axel Serrat

Smooth style, smooth music, and plenty of epic skating in this new feature with Axel Serrat and Original Skateboards.

Original Skateboards Pro Rider, Axel Serrat, takes a raw run somewhere in Spain on the Arbiter KT: more freedom, more simplicity, and more pleasure, but the same kickass attitude and value of our signature Arbiter 36.

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How to tell a skateboarding saga with a kickflip

Skateboarding professionally since age 16, Amelia Brodka ’12 was invited to compete as an alternate in the 2010 X Games’ skateboarding competition for women.

Although the then-sophomore at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences didn’t participate that year, she was hoping to compete the following year. But it was too late. When the time came, the X Games announced it was cutting the women’s skating competition. There just weren’t enough women to compete, officials said.

Heartbroken at first, Brodka became inspired.

“It got me thinking about how I could convey the message to a greater audience that women’s skateboarding was actually growing,” said Brodka, who earned her bachelor’s in narrative studies and communication.

As it turned out, her major in narrative studies helped Brodka send a powerful message. For her senior project, she made a feature-length documentary uncovering the thriving community of female skateboarders.

“I applied what I learned in narrative studies in terms of story structure and film, as well as what I was learning in communications about media representation and its effects on culture,” Brodka said.

Crossing a variety of cultures

Richard Fliegel, associate dean for undergraduate programs, created the narrative studies major with students like Brodka in mind.

“In narrative studies, we draw broadly upon storytelling across literary, cinematic and dramatic traditions from a variety of cultures,” Fliegel said. “We want to prepare students to tell stories for a globalized audience.”

The program, housed in the USC Dornsife Department of English, gives students the opportunity to study narrative across disciplines. They select courses from a broad range of subjects, including English, comparative literature, philosophy, theater, American studies and ethnicity, cinema, Slavic languages and literatures, and more. Students conclude their studies with a capstone project.

After all, storytelling is not just for writers, it’s an important component of many professions.

No matter where students find themselves, they will need a good sense of storytelling.

Richard Fliegel

“No matter where students find themselves, whether it’s in the publishing industry, in the entertainment industry or in law, they will need a good sense of storytelling,” Fliegel said.

“One of the few skills that translate across the board is the ability to write. And the ability to write persuasively is the ability to reach other people where they live.”

This is exactly what Brodka did.

The sport’s heavy hitters

In Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary, produced by fellow skater Brian Lynch, Brodka spoke with heavy hitters in skateboarding. They included the president of the International Skateboarding Federation, professional skaters, skateboarding magazine publishers and top marketers from skate brands like Toy Machine, Etnies and Skate One.

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Brodka photographs skateboarders at a Venice Beach park. (Photo/Julian Bleecker)

“As I was making the film, I was pleasantly surprised at how well-received I was,” Brodka said. “The people I reached out to were very supportive and really open to talking about the barriers that exist for women in skateboarding.”

Those barriers center on visibility, Brodka said. There are far fewer women’s skate competitions compared to men’s competitions, and skate brands rarely feature female skaters using their products.

“Most of the time, they have a model posing in their clothes or with their boards,” she said. “Rarely do you see a female professional skateboarder featured in an ad campaign.”

After graduation, Brodka screened Underexposed to audiences all over the world.

“It opened up a ton of doors for me to be able to continue to create platforms for women in skateboarding,” Brodka said.

Sponsors step up

In 2012, sponsors Armando de la Libertad, a reform activist, and Wells Fargo stepped up and offered Brodka funding to create an annual all-women’s skateboarding event. Called Exposure, the nonprofit event raises money for shelters for survivors of domestic violence.

This year, Brodka and her partner Lesli Cohen launched the nonprofit Exposure Skate, a program that empowers and educates women through skateboarding.

“Now, girls as young as 10 are launching ‘airs’ out of 14-foot half pipes,” Brodka said. “I had never seen that before in my entire skateboarding career. There’s just a flood of younger girls and women from all over the world truly progressing in the sport.”

Brodka said the skills she learned as a narrative studies major continue to apply to her life, whether she’s creating marketing collateral for Exposure, editing a short promotional video or even crafting an email.

“Storytelling applies to so many different areas of running a nonprofit,” Brodka added. “You have to think about how you frame the story behind your cause, event or brand in a way that will resonate with the specific audience you are trying to reach.”

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adidas Skateboarding x Palace: Chewy Cannon & Benny Fairfax

adidas Skateboarding and Palace share a common heritage through great product, raw street skating and two shared UK-based team riders — Chewy Cannon and Benny Fairfax.

As representatives of both brands, both Chewy and Benny exemplify the essence of London street skating, and can be seen in this exclusive edit extending the classic London style to spots all over the globe. This edit brings art direction by the man behind Palace, Lev Tanju, to a truly collaborative effort showcasing these two unique skaters.


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Teen suspected of South Bay graffiti vandalism

Menlo Park police on Wednesday arrested a teenager on suspicion of tagging property along Highway 101 between San Francisco and Santa Clara counties, causing more than $15,000 worth of damage.

According to police, Aderis Williams, 18, of Menlo Park, spray-painted graffiti on public and private property.

Williams wasn’t home Tuesday when officers arrived at his residence on the 1300 block of Carlton Avenue with a search warrant, but they uncovered evidence linking him to the recent spate of graffiti vandalism, police said.

Williams surrendered the next day and was charged with felony vandalism, according to police. He was booked into the San Mateo County main jail.

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Yes, Announcing You’ll Teach Teens to ‘Graffiti Up the Walls’ Can Get You Fired

In a decision released Tuesday (pdf), the National Labor Relations Board sided with management at a San Francisco after-school program for high schoolers, finding it didn’t break the law by letting go two staffers who’d taken to Facebook (FB) to air their frustrations with the job. Their lengthy and colorful thread, written one August evening in 2012, included such lines as “Let them do the numbers, and we’ll take advantage, play music loud, get artists to come in and teach the kids how to graffiti up the walls and make it look cool, get some good food,” and “F— em. field trips all the time to wherever the f— we want!”

In recent years, the NLRB has established that the same New Deal law that protects worker strikes or picket lines can also protect their tweets or Facebook posts. When a Buffalo nonprofit terminated five employees because of a Facebook thread complaining their hard work wasn’t getting appreciated, the NLRB ordered that they be offered their jobs back (pdf). When a sports bar fired an employee who wrote on Facebook that the owner was “an asshole,” and another who clicked “Like” on a status update complaining about accounting errors, the NLRB sided with those workers, too (pdf). In each case, the agency found that because the Facebook conversations involved multiple employees airing grievances about their work, the participants were legally protected from being punished. But as this week’s ruling shows, the Labor Board’s willingness to defend Facebook threads has a limit.

After the two lost their jobs, the NLRB’s general counsel brought a complaint against the company, accusing it of illegally cracking down on legally protected activity. The general counsel argued that in context (neither of the two had actually been insubordinate before), their off-the-job banter about teaching the teens how to make graffiti or taking rogue field trips shouldn’t be taken as serious threats. But the NLRB members disagreed, citing pre-Facebook precedents that have established that insubordinate talk can get you fired. The company, they wrote, “was not obliged to wait for the employees to follow through on the misconduct they advocated.”

In other words, complaining with co-workers or coordinating a protest online is one thing, but urging insubordination is another. And on the Internet, no one’s ever really sure if you’re joking or not.

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Suspect identified in eight graffiti vandalism cases in National Parks

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Federal officials have publicly identified a woman suspected of graffiti vandalism in at least eight national parks across the West, including Yosemite and Death Valley in California, and credit social media for helping pinpoint the alleged culprit.

Casey Nocket of New York state has not been arrested or charged but was confirmed on Thursday as “the major suspect” in an investigation of one of the most widespread acts of serial vandalism documented in the National Park System.

The case was brought to light in a series of photos obtained and posted by the Internet blog Modern Hiker and furnished to the National Park Service picturing numerous graffiti drawings, all signed “Creepytings” and dated 2014.

One shows a woman the blog identified as Nocket putting the finishing touches on an acrylic drawing of a cigarette-smoking figure scrawled on a canyon wall at Utah’s Canyonlands National Park in June.

Others show drawings of a woman with blue hair on a ledge overlooking Oregon’s Crater Lake and a bald man with a snake protruding from his mouth on a trailside rock in California’s Yosemite National Park.

The Park Service said initially it was investigating such vandalism in at least 10 Western national parks.

But agency spokeswoman Alexandra Picavet said on Thursday that Nocket had been tied as a suspect to graffiti in eight parks – Yosemite, Death Valley and Joshua Tree in California; Crater Lake in Oregon; Zion and Canyonlands in Utah; and Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument in Colorado.

Although instant gratification afforded by social media exposure was cited in a New York Times report last year for a rise in graffiti defacings on public lands, Picavet said social media in this case played a key role in the investigation.

The Modern Hiker said its photos were gathered earlier this month by screen shots taken of the suspect’s Instagram and Tumblr accounts, which have since been set to “Private.”

Park Service investigators also received numerous photos and other information from members of the public outraged over the defacings, Picavet said.

Vandalism is a federal misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, although prosecutors could decide to bring more serious charges.

“This is an open investigation,” Picavet said.

Yosemite spokeswoman Kari Cobb said vandalism occurred there occasionally but was “not common.” She added: “As far as a widespread case like this, it’s the first one I’m aware of.”

(Reporting by Steve Gorman; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Busted: RANE, serial graffiti vandal, sheriff’s officials say

The alleged serial graffiti artist rained graffiti for five years all over the Santa Clarita Valley. About 750 scrawls, authorities said.

But on early Thursday morning, detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station’s ominously named COBRA team — or Career Offenders Burglary Robbery Apprehension squad — finally arrested their quarry.

His name is Isaiah Garcia, 23, but his tagging nom de guerre is RANE, they said.

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Garcia also allegedly went by the moniker KASE, authorities said. But it’s clear which moniker is more pun-able: “RANE of Terror Ends,” read the sheriff’s press release.

Sheriff’s investigators said Garcia has been spray-painting graffiti over the Santa Clarita Valley since 2009. Authorities said the suspect would leave his mark on just about any “stationary object.” Some business owners complained about graffiti etched into the windows of their establishments.

The COBRA team was hot on the vandal’s trail, but only recently did one of its detectives find out the true identity of RANE, authorities said.

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When COBRA team members served a search warrant  at the 25300 block of Everett Drive in the Newhall area of Santa Clarita, they found numerous tools used for tagging, including spray-paint cans, spray-paint tips, permanent markers, etching tools and adhesive stickers known as “slap tags.”

Investigators said they found evidence linking Garcia to RANE and KASE.

Investigators are trying to determine a dollar amount for the damage.

If convicted of the vandalism, Garcia could be forced to pay for the damage caused by hundreds of graffiti tags.

If that happens, he might find himself in a world of PANE. 

For more California news, follow @hbecerralatimes.


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Active Ride Shop x Vans Sk8-Hi

2014 is Active Ride Shop’s 25th year supporting skateboarding and Vans created a special Sk8-Hi Pro shoe to celebrate. Active and Vans are both skate brands that originated in the heart of the skateboarding world in Southern California. The inspiration behind the materials used in the Active 25th Anniversary Sk8-Hi Pro shoe comes from its roots – a skate shop that created a sense of community and grew with the brands, skateboarders and people it supported.


Limited to 400 pairs worldwide, the Active 25th Anniversary Sk8-Hi Pro shoe will be released Novembert 1 at Active Ride Shop stores and

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newsHIT Interview: Gavin Nolan On Zoo York

Gavin’s made some waves on our site before, especially with this 5 Trick Fix in NYC. Now he’s officially the new am on Zoo York so we caught up with him on Monday just before he was heading out to his video part release party.

Tailslide. Photo / CRONAN

Tailslide. Photo / CRONAN

Interview by Blair Alley

Where are you from originally?
I’m from Boston, right outside of Boston.

How’s the scene in Boston these days?
It’s good, there’s a good amount of kids out there skating. This one spot, Eggs, that’s kind of where everyone meets up at and skates. Everybody kind of skates there, if you get kicked out you go to another spot that’s skating distance. It’s just a good scene, everybody is real cool and it’s just fucking sick, it’s a cool place.

I was just watching Kevin Coakley in Stone Soup this morning.
Yeah they had a lot of good-looking spots in there.

Yeah, I’m a fan of Coakley. His Blueprint video from a few years ago, Make Friends with the Color Blue, was so good and that’s when like he unveiled a bunch of his spots out there.
Yeah that’s definitely when he went into the cuts and looked for a lot of stuff. I haven’t seen a lot of that stuff that he was skating and I don’t think a lot of people did.

Yeah he has a good eye and rad little trick combos for those spots.
Yeah Boston’s very colonial, like there’s a lot of cobblestone and everything looks rough and kind of different. Kind of looks like England a bit.


So you’re in Brooklyn now, when did you make the move from Boston to New York?
About a year and a half ago.

Was that for skating or for Zoo York or why did you do it?
Well I have a girlfriend here and I really like skateboarding here. Kind of reminds me of Boston just a lot bigger. You can take the train into the city and skate from spot to spot and I really like the lifestyle here.

When did Zoo York come into the picture? When did you start getting flow and whom did you know over there?
I was getting flowed boards from Zoo a long time ago like years ago, and then I went to Cali for the winter. I would usually try to go to California for the winter so I could skate because the weather is pretty bad in Boston during the winter. So I would go out to Cali and Plan B started to flow me boards and I don’t know, I was just living in New York and I kind of grew up skating more in the city and Zoo kind of felt more appropriate for me and from what I come from. It’s kind of how I grew up and it just kind of worked out. I was already good friends with everybody over there.

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Switch kickflip. Photo / CRONAN

So you have a part coming out tomorrow? Is that right?
I think tomorrow morning and there’s going to be a premiere tonight.

Yeah I heard there’s a party tonight, it’s your official welcoming party.
Yeah exactly, I went out with RB [Umali] today and went to Flushing and got a last minute trick. It was a good feeling.

How did DJ Premier come into the mix? Did he make a beat just for your part?
The team manager at Zoo York, Ben [Oleynik], he got in contact with Premier’s people or whatever and started talking to them. RB always use to make the old Zoo York Mixtape videos and there was always a lot of music involved with those. So Ben got us involved, we went into the studio, met them and he showed us around. He talked about all the people that had been in there and made all the music with him. He’s a really cool dude, we showed him the part and he kind of just made the beat to the part. He didn’t make it on the spot, he just watched the part and made the beat after. He sent us over the beat and the beat just worked out perfectly, like we didn’t need to have him re-do anything. It all worked out pretty damn good, I was surprised.

Have you always been a big fan of Premier and Gang Starr?
Yeah I’ve always liked Gang Starr and I think that was a part of the thing too, like Guru moved from Boston to New York and I did the same thing. And Premier has made so many sick beats that a lot of people have skated to especially on the East Coast so it was definitely a pretty big honor to have him make a beat for my part.

What are some of your favorite Gang Starr or Premier tracks that were used in skate videos?
I remember [Josh] Kalis skated to Full Clip. I thought that one was pretty cool, I’ve always liked Josh Kalis footage.

So what else is going on in New York? It seems like it’s the most productive skate scene in the whole world right. There’s a new video trailer every day on the Internet.
Yeah there are just so many skaters skating around and so many different crews. Kids are just filming them and their crew and putting it up and people are really taking recognition to it. It’s really cool, I like it. You get to see more of the whole of skateboarding being represented instead of just like the top few dudes. There’re just so many kids out there skating and it’s just sick to be apart of.

Besides the Zoo York crew, who else do you skate with out there and who else is putting out rad edits and is killing it?
Seriously the only dudes who I’ve been skating with is RB and Dave [Willis] pretty much. We went to Chicago and I’ve just been skating with the Zoo dudes pretty much.

What’s Black Dave got coming out next skate and music wise?
He has a part coming out on Black Friday. We’ve been going skating Midtown a bunch at night and that’s been really fun skating around and getting kicked out. It makes me feel like a kid growing up in Boston again when I’m skating with him. As far as music-wise I don’t know, I think he has some stuff coming out. He just had a song about the Lower East Side that I thought was pretty sick.

Is that the one where he’s on with Slicky Boy right? Within The LES?
Yeah that was cool. I thought it was pretty true to them. Definitely appropriate.

Check out Gavin’s Welcome To Zoo York part:

More wit Gavin Nolan and Zoo York:
Gavin Nolan for Bones Bearings
Gavin Nolan for Skate Sauce

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