Skateboarding Shoes

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.

 

Recommendations

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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Graffiti artist Mobstr just took on the council and won

A graffiti artist just took on the council and won
(Picture: Mobstr)

The tag ‘RED’ on this building is the work of Hackney graffiti artist Mobstr.

He cycles past it every day and noticed council workers had painted over other art with red.

So he decided to play a game.

On his website, Mobster said: ‘I noticed that graffiti painted within the red area was “buffed” with red paint. However, graffiti outside of the red area would be removed via pressure washing. This prompted the start of an experiment.

‘Unlike other works, I was very uncertain as to what results it would yield. Here is what transpired over the course of a year.’

Here’s what happened:

Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: wMobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)
Mobstr presents The Curious Frontier Of Red in London Credit:  Mobstr Link back: http://www.streetartnews.net/search/label/Mobstr
(Picture: Mobstr)

Article source: http://metro.co.uk/2015/07/01/graffiti-artist-vs-council-art-wins-5275573/

The secret graffiti on Parliament Hill

 

Peacetower signatures

It’s a breathtaking view of the nation’s capital that a select few have experienced. And if you work on Parliament Hill, or know the right people, there’s a slim chance you might one day be allowed to enjoy it, too.

With its small, crown-shaped windows that overlook downtown Ottawa and across the river into Gatineau, Que., the cramped upper chamber of the Peace Tower—at the apex of the steeply pitched roof, immediately below the soaring flagpole, where flagmaster Robert Labonte runs up a new Maple Leaf every day—is not part of any official public tours. Yet, somehow, the cubby hole’s walls and ceiling are festooned with red- and black-inked signatures and giddy proclamations. “We made it up here!” reads one. “Karim the Dream,” says another.
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The signatures are clearly visible in a video published today by Maclean’s as part of the magazine’s “What it feels like to be Canadian” video series for Canada Day.

Who are these people and how did they get up there? A spokesperson for Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) says a handful of visitors have been permitted to ascend farther than the Peace Tower’s observation deck over the years, but the area is “not suited to general access, as the space is cramped and accessed by steep, ladder-like stairs.” As for who gets to go, Public Works says it decides on a “case-by-case” basis, and past visitors have included politicians, contractors, parliamentary tour guides and federal employees—all of whom are under strict “health and safety supervision by a PWGSC employee.”

There also appear to be several regular Canadians, albeit with fortuitous connections to the right people, who have made the climb. Victoria Oosterveld, from London, Ont., says she visited the upper chamber back in 2013, when her boyfriend, Jonathan Cameron-Arthurs, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, was performing ceremonial guard duties in Ottawa and got to know a security staffer on the Hill.

Peacetower selfie

Photo courtesy of Victoria Oosterveld

When she reached the upper chamber, Oosterveld recalls seeing the names of comedian Rick Mercer and hockey legend Wayne Gretzky scrawled on the walls, and didn’t hesitate to print her own name on the ceiling in big, bold letters. “There were obviously very few who had the privilege to go up there, so we decided to add our names to the collection,” Oosterveld recounted in an email. “I guess you could say the excitement took over, which explains the large font.”

Similarly, Elise-Marie Walsh, who works as a massage therapy manager at the nearby Westin hotel, signed her name at the top of the tower during a 2012 visit that began with a look at the waste-diversion program in the building’s bowels. The tour was arranged by the Hill’s engineering staff, who knew the head of engineering at the hotel. “[We] ended up touring in all of the places that the general public are not allowed to go,” Walsh says. In addition to the tower’s highest room, that included the area behind the clocks and the carillon, a 60-ton, 53-bell instrument that’s played with an organ-like keyboard. “One of our group even got to change the flag, which, as I understand, fewer than 50 people have been able to do.”

At first blush, granting random Canadians special access to off-limits areas of the country’s most important building seems out-of-step with our security-obsessed times. In the wake of gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau’s harrowing attack on Parliament Hill last fall, some were even calling for U.S.-style security checkpoints to be set up outside the Centre Block’s front lawn—long a popular public gathering place. There will also, inevitably, be those who will say it’s unfair that some lucky Canadians are given special access to a public building, while others must settle for the regular tour.

Yet, there’s something to be said for having a few quirks left in the system. Just as commercial flight lost a bit of its magic on the day kids were prevented from seeing the cockpit (another ad-hoc arrangement that was usually made at the discretion of the captain), barring everyone but staff from the Peace Tower’s upper chamber threatens to make Canada’s historic Parliament buildings that much less special. And it’s not as though it’s the only place on Parliament Hill where a select few have sought to etch their names into history. Walsh, for one, says she also signed her name inside the Library of Parliament in an area near the roof that’s also technically off-limits to the general public. There are also several signatures underneath the marble that surrounds the Centennial Flame, according to Public Works. They belong to the workers who refurbished it in 2006.

In an age when voter apathy has become a dominant theme of every federal election, it’s refreshing to see visual evidence of citizens so enamoured with the the bricks and mortar of Canadian democracy that they would jump at the chance to make that big climb. As for anyone worried about the iconic building being defaced from the inside out, they can take solace in the fact that the graffiti won’t be around forever. The oldest signatures appear to date from 2004—right around the time the room received its last fresh coat of paint.

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Article source: http://www.macleans.ca/news/the-most-exclusive-graffiti-in-canada/

Man accused of scrawling graffiti against vaccine law in Beverly Hills

Police in Beverly Hills arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of scrawling graffiti condemning California’s new mandatory vaccine law, SB 277, in various locations around Los Angeles County.

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Shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to reports of vandalism at the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, said Beverly Hills police Lt. Lincoln Hoshino.

With black spray paint, the vandal had written a statement rebuking the new law, which bars religious and other personal-belief exemptions for schoolchildren’s required immunizations. 

Investigators learned that similar graffiti was found on the West Hollywood City Hall and two locations along the 10 Freeway, Hoshino said.

The suspected vandal, Marlon Andrino, was reached by telephone, Hoshino said.

Andrino, 28, surrendered to police Thursday. He is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail on multiple felony vandalism charges.

The graffiti in Beverly Hills was covered up after officials unsuccessfully tried to remove it from the chamber of commerce’s facade, Hoshino said. 

Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 277 into law Tuesday. The new law allows exemptions for schoolchildren only when a doctor “believes that circumstances — in the judgment and sound discretion of the physician — so warrant,” Brown said in a statement announcing his approval of the bill.

The law’s passage was met with disappointment by opponents, who contend it infringes on the right of parents to make decisions regarding their children’s health.

“The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases,” Brown said in the statement.

“While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”

For breaking news in California, follow @MattHjourno

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Article source: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-anti-vaccine-vandal-20150702-story.html

Graffiti artist toys with cleaner over electrical substation wall

Red paint was used to cover up the word ‘red’ written in black letters (Mobstr / REX Shutterstock)

This video captured what happened each time, as some of the wall was covered over in red paint but other times a pressure washer was used to remove the words.

Mobstr jokes with the cleaner to use a pressure washer on the area outside of the red zone (Mobstr / REX Shutterstock)

This exchange went on for a year.

In April 2015, Mobstr admitted defeat and said: “Well, that’s one way to end it. Thanks mate, it’s been fun.” (Mobstr / REX Shutterstock)

It was, however, the cleaner who had the last laugh when the whole wall was eventually covered over in red paint.

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Article source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/11713214/Graffiti-artist-toys-with-cleaner-over-electrical-substation-wall.html

World Skateboarding Federation Unveils First Ever Street Skateboarding Rankings

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – July 01, 2015) – World Skateboarding Federation, a governing body for skateboarding, released today its ranking system for street skateboarding. The ranking system was one of the key elements of the Skate 20/20 Agenda designed to help skateboarding organize in preparation for a potential Olympic opportunity, set forth at the first ever Global Skateboarding Summit in Istanbul in May 2015. The ranking system was well received by the WSF board members and the summit attendees and was adopted following summit.

The ranking system is the first-ever street skateboarding ranking to include all the top contests. Individual skaters are ranked based on their contest performance in the top 10 skate events globally, including Skateboarding World Championships, X Games, Dew Tour, Street League, Copenhagen Pro, Tampa Pro, Simple Sessions, Mystic Cup, PS4 Series, Adrenalin Games, and DC Invitational Sao Paulo.

Top 10 Street Skateboarders for 2014 (Beginning July 15, rankings will be updated live for 2015)

1. Kelvin Hoefler – Brasil

2. Nyjah Huston – USA

3. Ryan Decenzo – USA

4. Ishod Wair – USA

5. Luan Oliveira, Brasil

6. Trevor Colden, USA

7. Chaz Ortiz, USA

8. Alec Majerus, Canada

9. Ryan Sheckler, USA

10. Shane O’Neill, USA

For the complete list of 2014 rankings, click here. The WSF website also features rankings from other skateboarding disciplines, including slalom, downhill and street. The street skateboarding ranking system was based on discussions at the Global Skateboarding Summit as well as meetings with key international skateboarding leaders. The ranking system uses multipliers for international broadcasting rights and the size of the contest purse.

“This comprehensive ranking system was based on months of research, and finally discussions and meetings among our board and other prominent leaders in the international skateboarding community,” said Tim McFerran, board president of World Skateboarding Federation. “The challenge was how to use the three prominent, invite-only contests — X Games, Dew Tour and Street League — in the ranking system since there are no qualifiers for those contests nor criteria for skaters to be selected. While most sports rankings would not include the invite-only contests, after much discussion, we determined that because of the high profile of these events, at this time, they should be used in the ranking calculations. We hope that some of these contests will convert to an open qualifier or utilize these rankings in their invites, so that skateboarders from around the world are given an equal opportunity to compete. This ranking system will allow skaters tremendous exposure, providing the best competition to challenge skaters and furthering the growth and exposure of the sport and its athletes by offering them a global platform.”

WSF has assembled a strong board made up of core international representatives and pro skateboarders from all disciplines and is working to unify skateboarding as part of its five year plan: the Skate 20/20 Agenda. Based on feedback from the global skateboarding community at the summit in May, WSF has been working to provide some of the needed infrastructure within the skateboarding community. The six key initiatives of the Skate 20/20 Agenda are:

1) Develop 40 National Governing Organizations over the next two years (WSF is already working with eight countries and will have those governing bodies set up by the end of the year)

2) Create a minimum of 17 WSF-sanctioned regional and national contests that feed into national championship events, by 2016

3) Create and support a global youth development program

4) Create a universal scoring system

5) Host International Judging Conference (Inaugural contest to be held in October 2015 in Kimberley, South Africa to coincide with Skateboarding World Championships)

6) Host annual Global Skateboarding Summit. The 2016 summit host candidates include Glasgow, Montreal and Mexico City.

About World Skateboarding Federation (WSF)

World Skateboarding Federation a governing body of skateboarding and the leader in providing skateboarders around the world with funds to help pay for travel expenses to attend international contests. The WSF Board of Directors are: Tim McFerran, WSF Board President, Sasha Steinhorst, United States; Maga McWhinnie, Peru; Paco Manzanares, Mexico; Stefan Lillis Akesson, Sweden; Kevin Harris, Canada; Cyrille Harnay, France; Felix Arguelles, United States; Tim Gavin, United States; Jani Söderhäll, France; Andrew Brophy, Australia; and Hans Koraeus, Sweden.

WSF actively donates skateboards to youth in poverty stricken areas and supports worthwhile skateboarding organizations like Skateistan in South Africa. WSF is currently working with a number of countries, providing leadership and expertise, to help them form national federations. The mission of the World Skateboarding Federation is to promote skateboarding around the world; to grow and connect relevant skateboarders, organizations, brands and manufacturers for the further expansion of skateboarding; to assist in building quality skateparks; to provide financial assistance to top skateboarders to attend international skateboarding contests; to create a centralized judging and scoring system; and to provide a platform to create national, regional and local contests. World Skateboarding federation is a USA incorporated nonprofit 501-c-3 organization. For more information visit www.worldskateboardingfederation.org or call 888-660-1113 toll free.

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County to Enforce Skateboarding Ban After Damage

Lackawanna County leaders are planning to better enforce a ban on skateboarding and rollerblading on Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton.

“That is what they do. They get up here and glide along,” Kevin Shaughnessy said.

Shaughnessy is the new Director of Buildings Grounds in Lackawanna County.

He showed Eyewitness News damage all around Courthouse Square in Scranton that skateboarders have recently left behind.

New signs, highlighting a previous ban on skateboarding and rollerblading, have just been put up.

Besides causing damage, Shaughnessy also says it is a liability issue.

“We certainly don’t want anybody’s children, your daughter or son, to smack their heads on one of these monuments or this granite or this rock,” Shaughnessy said.

Henry Vitz moved to Scranton one year ago.

He feels bad for the kids who are just having fun but has noticed the damage.

“I love coming out here when I can,” Vitz said. “I don’t like to see it being disrespected.”

Shaughnessy says when skateboarders “ride the rails” on the granite, they often leave behind a wax residue.

Even after it is power-washed, it still stains the area.

“The taxpayers of Lackawanna County come out here, sit here, have their lunch and you don’t want to sit in a big lump of wax,” Shaughnessy said.

Besides cracking down on skateboarding, county leaders also plan to seek a $3 million grant to fix other parts of Courthouse Square, including cracked sidewalks and a broken pipe that has prevented fountains from working.

The county spent tens-of-millions of dollars to turn this area into a Veteran’s Plaza and many local vets are glad it is being preserved.

“This is pristine. It’s a memorial plaza for vets,” Lackawanna County President Judge and Vietnam Veteran Tom Munley said.

County leaders say Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Deputies will be doing extra patrols outside at night to help enforce the ban.

They plan to warn kids at first but say citations will be given out if people don’t listen.

Article source: http://www.pahomepage.com/story/d/story/county-to-enforce-skateboarding-ban-after-damage/24273/pv5BPO9uAkOCxcI2JkGlyA

Paint Memphis Working on Large Graffiti Mural in North Midtown

A large graffiti mural, spanning about .3 miles from North Evergreen to Chelsea and painted by more than 70 artists, is adding some color to the floodwall along the Chelsea Greenline.

The mural, a project of the Paint Memphis organization, will be the centerpiece of a July 18th neighborhood festival along the greenline. Festival goers will get an up-close look at the mural, while graffiti artists do a little live painting. There will be food trucks and family-friendly activities.

The Urban Arts Commission is sponsoring the Paint Memphis project along the greenline, and the grassroots arts organization plans to eventually do similar graffiti murals in other areas of the city. They’re hoping the project helps boost acceptance of graffiti as an art form. Once the Chelsea project is done, Paint Memphis members will monitor the wall regularly to ensure objectionable or offensive graffiti isn’t added to the wall. And they’ll keep the trash picked up in the area.

“Giving these artists a palette, time, and materials can help them to find a safe and legal space to showcase their talent,” says Karen Golightly, a Paint Memphis event coordinator and street art photographer. 

The Home Depot contributed 35 gallons of paint for this project, as well as paint sprayers and volunteers.

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    Article source: http://www.memphisflyer.com/NewsBlog/archives/2015/07/01/paint-memphis-working-on-large-graffiti-mural-in-north-midtown

    Cane-wielding teen attacked patrons at Graffiti Junktion in Orlando, cops say

    A fight that broke out at a popular Church Street bar early this morning injured Graffiti Junktion patrons and led to the arrest of one teenager who allegedly attacked people with a cane.

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    A large group of young men entered the bar after midnight Wednesday, and one began “swinging a stick/cane like object at him and other bystanders,” the restaurant’s manager told an Orlando police officer in an incident report.

    That suspect, a 17-year-old from North Dakota who had been using a fake ID, fled the officer and ran along a train track until he was apprehended, the report states.

    The 17-year-old was arrested and charged with resisting an officer without violence, possessing an unauthorized ID and trespassing.

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