Ban on skateboarding in West Point may extend to park, stage – Tidewater Review

WEST POINT – The Town of West Point will consider approving a public hearing to extend its ban on skateboarding to include the town park and stage, located between 8th and 9th streets.

Town Council would need to hold a public hearing on the ban during the town’s August meeting, then approve the measure before the change can go into effect.

The change to the town’s existing ban on bicycling and skateboarding on public sidewalks or crosswalks between 6th and 10th streets along Main Street during work hours on weekdays and through the early afternoon on Saturdays, would still include a $25 fine.

Mayor Hudson said the proposed change came about after the town received complaints about skateboarders jumping off of the stage, located at the end of the park along 9th Street.

“I myself saw a skateboarder jumping off of the stage, and that’s got to be at least a three foot jump,” Hudson said.

Town Manager John Edwards said there was even a little damage to the stage, citing tracks left behind by skaterboarders wheels.

Members of Town Council have in the past expressed their desire to build a skatepark in town, but say funding for the project is an issue.

Hudson said he wished the town had the money to build such a park, but for now would have to continue enforcing a ban in town.

“I’m not trying to be a killjoy, but we can’t allow damage to the stage, and it’s only a matter of time before one of these kids hurts themself,” he said.

McMillan can be reached by phone at 757-298-4136.

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SUPRA Presents The Lizard King Signature Shredder | Transworld Skateboarding

Skateboarding is all about finding a way to do something new, or something old in a new way. In an era of copycats and one-uppers, Lizard King managed to carve out his own corner in skateboarding by doing the tricks he liked, where he liked, and all with his own signature style.
It is in that vein that SUPRA presents the all-new Shredder low top. Shredder offers a classic, straightforward design updated to meet the demands of modern skateboarding. A long, clean vamp offers exceptional board flick while a canvas quarters provides ventilation and small rifts between the materials improve the lifespan of the shoe. A new, dual traction sole provides exceptional grip and board feel and a lightly padded interior of Drilex mesh aids in wicking away moisture and keeping your feet cool.
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Supreme x Nike Skateboarding GTS – The Boombox


The team up of Nike and Supreme have always been a sure-shot and the “can’t miss” collaborators are back once again with another bullseye. This time, they’ve got their sights set on a skate shoe that could definitely use a little more time in the spotlight: the Nike Skateboarding GTS.

The Nike Skateboarding GTS is one of those models that could easily be eschewed by the uninitiated but slap a Supreme logo on it and the world takes notice. With a comfy canvas build and beefy vulcanized rubber outsole, the sneaker is set to come in five colorways but all of the insoles will be red because Supreme. All of the shoes also sport Supreme hangtags as well as gold stitched branding in the back for maximum stunting.

These kicks are set to release to all Supreme locations on July 16 except for Japan, which gets theirs on July 18. That means you probably want to go line up in front of the store right now to ensure that you get a pair.


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How Skateboarding And Hip-Hop Became Entwined – Uproxx


Cultures and social progressions need a soundtrack. There needs to be a rhythm there, a beat, something that drives the pulse of a community, incites refinements, and declares the arrival of a moment. Whether it’s Sam Cooke urging you to make a change or Eminem pushing you toward a better version of yourself, the human spirit feeds off music. It makes sense. Music can motivate and challenge. It can decipher and communicate, divide and coalesce. It can provide the pure energy needed to fuel one’s desire.

In the ’80s, it was doing all of those things when two burgeoning cultures – skateboarding and hip-hop – found themselves entangled with youth culture.

Today, it may seem natural that there’s no divide between the two entities, like it’s been that way forever. But it wasn’t long ago that the fairly nubile movements were finding themselves. Quickly, the rebel cultures became rebel yells, confronting one another and finding solace in similar principals. The two seemingly different cultures were not so different at all, but it all started with the necessity for a soundtrack…

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Les avantages de la nouvelle génération de skateboard

La nouvelle technologie révolutionne constamment le monde du skateboard. Des modèles inédits sortent régulièrement sur le marché pour apporter plus de confort et de sécurité à leurs adeptes. Voici une liste des skates les plus utilisés dans le cercle des riders avec leurs avantages.

Le tricks et ses avantages

C’est le skate classique avec ses fonctionnalités revisitées. Les dernières versions sont dotées d’un plateau en bois revêtu d’un grip pour une bonne adhésion des chaussures. Avec leur nose et leur tail arrondis, ses planches sont pratiques et vous permettre de réaliser des figures un peu partout, dans la rue ou dans les skateparks. Leurs trucks sont robustes et leurs roues petites pour donner à chaque skater beaucoup plus de souplesse pour faire des acrobaties.

Le longboard et ses importances

Cousin terrestre de la planche du surf, ce skate se caractérise par son plateau très long et ovale et ses roues plus grandes. Son avantage est qu’il est pratique pour se promener, car il se déplace très vite tout en garantissant beaucoup de confort. Même s’il n’est pas fait pour réaliser des figures, il vous apporte beaucoup de sensations surtout lors des descentes des collines.

Le cruiser et ses privilèges

Avec un plateau assez réduit, ce skate est pratique pour se déplacer en ville. Il est souple, ce qui lui permet de se faufiler dans les dédales des rues des grandes agglomérations. Il n’est pas idéal pour faire des acrobaties, néanmoins, il est léger et peu encombrant pour se glisser facilement dans votre sac.

Le skatecycle et ses atouts

Il s’agit du croisement entre le skate et le snowboard. Ce skateboard tendance est totalement différent du modèle classique, car il n’a pas de plateau. Chaque roue renferme en effet un étrier où se glissent les pieds. Le skatecycle est idéal pour se promener et surtout pour faire des figures avec beaucoup de sensations. Il est facile à maîtriser et à manipuler grâce à son extrême souplesse. L’apprentissage de sa conduite prend peu de temps, vous pouvez donc l’adopter si vous êtes débutant. De plus, il se plie aisément pour faciliter son transport.

Le skate électrique et ses attributions électriques

Il s’agit d’une planche de skate équipée d’un moteur qui fonctionne avec une batterie. Si vous aimez la vitesse, alors il est fait pour vous. Certains modèles peuvent même atteindre les 35 km/heure ! Il est facile à diriger, mais il est assez lourd.

Le mountainboard et ses utilités

C’est le skatecycle avec les attributs du BMX. Cet engin donc à la fois skate, snowboard et vélo est un tout-terrain qui peut circuler partout : sur les terrains accidentés, sur la plage, mais il est aussi fait pour les skateparks. Vos pieds entrent dans des fixations implantées dans le plateau pour le guider. Enfin, il est bon de savoir que ses adeptes font partie de la famille des riders et non plus des skaters !

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River art or 3-D graffiti? – Springfield News

Shauna and Toby Barnett enjoy paddling the Buffalo River and, during stops along the way, like to stack river stones.

During a recent trip the couple managed to build a stone “cairn” nearly 5 feet tall.

“I’ve done this since I was a kid,” Shauna said. “You stop and eat on a gravel bank and stack up some rocks. Sometimes we go down to the river with our two kids and they have fun stacking rocks. A lot of people are curious about it and ask what it means. Really, it doesn’t mean anything — it’s just something fun to do.”

But for hiker and paddler Josh McClane, the stacks of rocks he’s encountered along the Buffalo National River that were obviously built by human hands amount to three-dimensional graffiti.

“I live in Kansas City and my family and I frequent the Buffalo River area for the sole purpose of being in a natural setting and get away from man-made reminders,” McClane said. “It’s bizarre to me how humans everywhere want to leave their mark on everything.”

On any given weekend, paddlers along the Buffalo, Jacks Fork or Current rivers might encounter rock cairns stacked and left behind by previous visitors. River users say they are seeing more stacked stones every year, and it’s happening in state and national parks nationwide.

While stacked stones often have religious or spiritual meaning elsewhere in the world, random cairns in public parks have become controversial in the U.S., especially on Internet blogs.

Springfield paddler Kristie Rader snapped a photo of a “stone man” someone crafted on the Buffalo that generated dozens of comments.

“I do agree that if you’re on a backwoods trail trying to escape human presence it is unbecoming to walk across a stack of 20 of them,” Rader said. “But it is fun to do it for art purposes. The stone man I found at the Steel Creek area where there are a lot of people added to the feeling and made a great photo. There is a time and a place for this.”

Why get so worked up about a bunch of rocks?

Robyn S. Martin, a senior lecturer in the honors program at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and writer on environmental stewardship, recently wrote an essay calling for people to stop randomly stacking rocks.

Her essay appeared in the July edition of High Country News and also was cited in a Smithsonian Magazine article that urged outdoor visitors to stop stacking stones in public parks.

“We hike, we mountain bike, we run, we backpack, we boat in wilderness areas to retreat from civilization,”Martin wrote. “We need undeveloped places to find quiet in our lives. A stack of rocks left by someone who preceded us on the trail does nothing more than remind us that other people were there before us. It is an unnecessary marker of humanity, like leaving graffiti –– no different than finding a tissue bleached and decaying against the earth that a previous traveler didn’t pack out, or a forgotten water bottle. Pointless cairns are simply pointless reminders of the human ego.”

In an interview with the News-Leader, Martin said people might not be aware that removing river stones has an impact on the riverbank’s environment. Small creatures live beneath the stones and can be disturbed if their homes are removed. Moving the rocks can also increase riverbank erosion, she said.

In some southwestern U.S. parks, hikers might encounter dozens of rock cairns randomly built and left behind to visually mar the landscape, she said.

“It’s also not a good practice because rock cairns traditionally have been used to mark hiking trails so people don’t become lost,” she said. “A hiker who comes across these random cairns could be led astray. None of the people I hike with and spend time outdoors with do this. We try to leave no trace that we were ever there.”

Marlene Simoneaux of Harrison, Arkansas, said she, too, follows the “no trace left behind” mantra, especially in national parks.

“I’m a big-time believer in leaving our parks the way you found it,” she said. “I’m not against people stacking cairns elsewhere, like on graves or to mark trails. But in a national park you should leave everything as it is in nature.”

She acknowledged some stone creations “are really well done and have artistic value.”

“I can see the beauty in it,” she said. “But our parks are open to the public, and each of us has our own idea of what can or can’t be done. My biggest fear is that rock stacking will get out of hand.”

Mary Meghan Imhoff, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, said she feels the “leave no trace” mentality doesn’t apply to rock-stacking because she believes it doesn’t do any harm to the river.

“My canoe leaving a mark on a rock is a bigger ‘trace’ than a rock stack,” she said. “I think that it is a fun way for people to enjoy nature.

“I also feel that people want everything to be personalized to his or her self. ‘I go to the woods to get away from people’… well, does that mean that my very presence in the woods is offensive? If you smell the coffee that I brew in the morning, is that also offensive? I personally go above and beyond to leave no trace and do everything that I can to keep from imposing on anyone’s enjoyment of nature but what’s next? Do I need to make sure that me and my kids only speak in whispers because of noise pollution?

“I just really don’t think that there is a strong enough argument against them (other than ‘I just don’t like them’) to make me stop or tell anyone to.”

Karen Bradford, chief ranger at Buffalo National River Park, said many people are unaware that rock stacking is not allowed.

“In our regulations we do talk about not taking, removing or digging anything from its natural state,” Bradford said. “We want to preserve the natural state of our parks as much as possible. Stacking cairns shows that man has been there leaving a mark.”

Bradford acknowledged that policing rock-stacking visitors is not a high priority for park rangers, who are more focused on public safety issues than random artwork. But they will ask people to stop building cairns and rangers will tear them down when they find them, she said.

Rock stacking is becoming a popular trend on the Jacks Fork and Current rivers in Missouri — a trend park officials hope to discourage.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways spokeswoman Dena Matteson said she spoke with the park superintendent and chief ranger about the issue.

“While the practice of ‘rock stacking’ is not explicitly prohibited, we don’t advocate the practice,” Matteson said. “Most visitors come to enjoy the natural scenery of the riverways and rock stacks are man-made creations, i.e. not natural. Also, if the rock stacks get extensive it is possible that safety could be a concern, whether it be due to toppling or river obstruction.”

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Graffiti artist pleads not guilty in Detroit to charges of tagging buildings

DETROIT — Graffiti artist Shepard Fairey pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he illegally tagged buildings in Detroit.

Fairey was charged in a warrant last month with malicious destruction of property. Police say he caused about $9,000 in damage to some buildings while completing commissioned works — including a large mural — on other structures in the city.

Fairey was arrested Tuesday and later appeared in court via video from a police lockup. He was expected to be released Tuesday after posting bond, according to the Detroit Free Press. His lawyer declined to comment.

The newspaper reported that Doug Baker, an attorney for the city, said Detroit is enforcing laws against graffiti.

” … We get people coming into the city that view it as a free-fire zone, that view it as a place where no one cares,” Baker said. “We’re changing that culture of belief.”

Fairey completed a roughly 185-foot by 60-foot mural in May on One Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. The work was financed by businessman Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services, which owns the building. The artist also visited with Detroit high school students and showed them examples of his work.

But graffiti similar to Fairey’s style also was found on other structures, including a water tower, buildings and freeway underpasses.

Fairey was arrested last week at Los Angeles International Airport and later released. He returned to Detroit on Monday to face the charges.

A July 21 conference hearing has been scheduled, followed by a July 28 preliminary examination.

Fairey got in a legal dispute with The Associated Press after using an AP photo in his famous Barack Obama “HOPE” poster. He agreed in 2011 to pay the AP $1.6 million.

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McDonald’s emoji advert trolled by British graffiti artist

LONDON — When McDonald’s came up with the concept of an emoji-themed billboard, they probably thought they’d tapped in to the perfect advertising campaign.

Because emoji are ridiculously popular at the moment, aren’t they? They’re simple, highly visual and can be used to tell a funny or cryptic story in a way that will make people stop and think, right?

See also: This graffiti artist’s ‘experiment’ with the authorities escalated hilariously

Well, that was almost certainly the thinking behind McDonald’s “Good Times” campaign and the billboards like this that are popping up everywhere at the moment.

The only downside? When someone comes along and makes a subtle addition…

Oh dear.

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Police investigating graffiti in Northeast D.C. neighborhood

WASHINGTON (WJLA) – Police are investigating what residents in Northeast D.C.’s Edgewood neighborhood call an uptick in graffiti in the past few days around 3rd and Adams Streets NE.

Resident Holland Blanche said, “I’ve never seen [graffiti] in this neighborhood before and I just hope it doesn’t lead to anything else.”

While many neighbors worry the tags could be a pre-cursor to other criminal behavior, other neighbors said the real problem is not graffiti. They said drug-dealing and other illegal activity are already happening in the area, especially late at night.

One woman – who lives in the neighborhood and asked not to be identified because of safety concerns – said, “A lot of us who live here don’t spend a lot of time [outside], late at night.”

She said, “I think it would be great if there were more police presence, especially foot patrols.”

Responding to complaints on a neighborhood listserve about graffiti and other recent crime in the neighborhood, MPD’s 5th District Commander William Fitzgerald told residents Tuesday, “Due to increased activity in your area, I instituted overtime footbeats during the evening and midnight tours on the 400-600 blocks of Rhode Island Avenue NE. The footbeats will be expanded to include 4th Street.”

Longtime residents seemed less concerned, saying they didn’t think the recent tags were the work of gangs – just bored teens looking for something to do.

D.C.’s Department of Public Works will remove graffiti, but residents must call 3-1-1 to report it.

Still, DPW said its graffiti team would be in the area to assess the tags as soon as it can.

DPW Public Affairs Specialist Nancee Lyons said, “We have less than 20 dedicated staff tasked with cleaning graffiti for the entire city so as you can imagine they have their hands full.”

“Graffiti is cyclical and can depend on many factors that can change on a dime,” she added. “For the most part, if it is a highly visible, clean wall and there is an opportunity for vandalism, it is vulnerable.”

For walls that are repeatedly targeted, DPW suggests residents should consider installing lighting to deter acts of vandalism or signing up for DPW’s MuralsDC program which installs original works of art to deter future tagging.

Lyons added, “Property owners also may consider purchasing anti-graffiti coating from their local paint store, which makes it difficult for paint to be applied to an area and allows any attempt at tagging to be easily wiped off.”

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Summer puts bigger push to slow graffiti in Regina | Video – Regina Leader

REGINA — All hands were on deck Tuesday as the North Central Community Association and Gentle Road Church volunteers helped clean up an alleyway in Regina’s North Central community.

The association’s Renew Project started in 2013 with the help of Kari Herbert. The goal is to engage residents to renew their sense of pride in the community. One initiative is to target graffiti.

“I have seen it everywhere from on vehicles to church crosses. We even had a graffiti tag (on the NCCA building) until I gave the police a hard time,� she said.

In 2013, Herbert’s crew cleaned up the same site they were working at Tuesday. One garage in particular has had to be repainted at least four times.

“We noticed it had been tagged (again) but we hadn’t got to it yet. But, later we had seen the homeowners had actually covered it up,“ Herbert said.

Herbert hopes when residents see volunteers it will encourage engagement.

“We can come in here and bring a truck and remove (graffiti), which there are programs that do that. But it’s another thing to actually have residents come out here and do it themselves,� she said.

Through the years, the NCCA has teamed up with the City of Regina and the Regina Police Service.

Cpl. Todd Jerome started as graffiti co-ordinator with the Regina Police Service in January. The police use the Regina property maintenance bylaw alongside other programs in the city to compile a database of offenders, which Jerome then uses to investigate.

He acknowledged a graffiti problem exists in the city, but added it’s not unique to Regina. Since Jan. 15, approximately 150 graffiti-related mischief under $5,000 charges have been laid.

Jerome said location of the crime and age don’t always play a factor in finding out who the offender is.

“I thought it would be more concentrated to one area but it seems to be throughout the city,� he said. “It goes anywhere from 11 years old to 30 years old. Most of the time they go through in crews. It’s usually not just one single person.�

Jerome added within the police database, it is suggested that males are more likely to offend.

“You kind of have two ends of the spectrum. You have people who are remorseful, may have just done it a few times and are remorseful of doing it and then there’s others that are just going to continue on,� he said.

However, Herbert believes there are underlying reasons why people vandalize.

“The culture of it is that there is just not enough for kids to do. For me, if a kid wants to draw, that’s an artistic talent and maybe what’s needed are more artistic resources for kids that have that inclination,� she said.

That is why Herbert thinks a hands-on approach works well with offenders.

“Through these youth coming out and meeting victims of crime, but also having to give back to the community and paint over graffiti, they see how hard it is to actually to remove it,� she explained.

The City of Regina plays a role by engaging the public. The Let’s Wipe Out Graffiti program started in 2005 to create a proactive approach to preventing and reducing graffiti.

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