This week Toy Machine is celebrating the skateboard career of Austin Stephens with the release of the Austin Stephens Farewell deck.
From the mouth of Ed Templeton – “I recall Austin coming to me at the Toy Machine Halloween demo a few years back saying that he didn’t think he could do it anymore. And I said, ‘Do what?’ and he said, ‘Skateboard. My ankle doesn’t work anymore.’ It was a heavy realization, one a skateboarder hates to actually come to grips with. Every skateboarder thrashes their ankles over time, and for Austin, it was just one tear, tweak, twist too many and after loads of procedures and healing time it seemed to be worse than when he started.
I respect a man who is willing to see things as they are and make an honest choice. So it was with great sadness that we retired Austin Stephens, the rider who was on Toy Machine the longest aside from me.”
Toy Machine will be doing a number of blog posts in remembrance of Austin’s stylish and graceful career and his contributions to the Bloodsucking Skateboard Company.
Jenkem mag continues to ruffle feathers and open the dialogue in Christian Senrud’s “free thinking” online editorial piece with a recent post titled 10 Articles That You Won’t See in a Skate Mag Anytime Soon. Dig in and read on and perhaps have a few laughs as no punches get pulled here and now.
Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk and renowned singer-songwriter and musician Ben Harper came together for a press conference at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles this week to launch the second annual Boards + Bands auction to benefit at-risk youth.
During the press conference, which was held in the museum’s Clive Davis Theater, Hawk and Harper revealed all of this year’s board collaborations, including Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin “Candle In The Wind”/Chris Cole; Daft Punk “Technologic”/Aaron ”Jaws” Homoki; Panda Bear “You Can Count On Me”/Andrew Reynolds; Ben Harper “Pleasure and Pain”/Christian Hosoi; and Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash “London Calling”/Tony Hawk.
The Boards + Bands initiative brings together the worlds of skateboarding and music to benefit the work of the Tony Hawk Foundation, which helps bring high quality public skateparks to underprivileged children in low-income communities. The chosen recording artists have hand-written the lyrics on one-of-a-kind skateboards from each skater.
“The second annual boards and bands has arrived!” said Harper. “I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’ve done at the Tony Hawk Foundation—it is an honor to serve as a member of the Board. Skatepark building is community building, so please help us spread the word about this year’s auction. Thank you!”
The second annual Boards + Bands auction has officially launched via eBay and will be open for bidding until December 15th at 7pm/PST. These boards are one-of-a kind collectors items which any musical or skate enthusiast would be excited to own. They also make for the ultimate gift this holiday season.
Last year’s Boards + Bands auction raised over $126,000 for the Tony Hawk Foundation, and this year Hawk and Harper hope the auction surpasses that.
“It’s exciting to present another amazing group of unique boards,” said Hawk. “The combination of top skaters and musicians has resulted in some one-of-a-kind works of art, all being auctioned to help build skateparks.”
These special collaboration skateboards will be on display at The GRAMMY Museum through the end of the auction on December 15th. The GRAMMY Museum is located in the L.A. LIVE district at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90015.