“In the 60s and 70s, as America’s manufacturing and industrial complex came apart at its rusty fasteners, the Rust Belt was born—wide awake and never to sleep again—and for the last 50 years it’s slowly worn itself down to a corroded nub.”
Converse recruited Mike Anderson, Zered Bassett, Jake Johnson, Al Davis, and Aaron Herrington to film their latest video “Rust Belt Boon” far from any prefab skateparks or indoor “training facilities”.
While cities in America’s heartland like Detroit, Cleveland and Pittsburgh have plenty to offer a skater in their downtown areas in the form of rails, ledges and architecture, it’s the unique components of these particular cities that were most appealing..the wastelands.
Blown out buildings and vacant lots long forgotten my many are the perfect environments for creative and resourceful skateboarders. Adapt or die.
“Rust Belt Boon” appeared on the Berrics website earlier this month and an accompanying article in the February issue of The Skateboard Mag. Check out a gallery of images shot by Jon Coulthard.
Has social media hurt or helped skateboarding? In Chapter Two of ‘Pushing Forward,’ a skate documentary from Red Bull, they take a look at the impact of social media on pro skateboarders and how the modern pro utilizes social media to manage their own brand.
To help answer this somewhat obvious, but complex question, they looked at the different ends of the spectrum. Joey Brezinski is quite active on social, as is Alex Midler, who at the age of 16 was born into the social media era and doesn’t know anything different. And then there’s Wes Kremer, who has a different approach entirely to the medium. Veteran pros Jamie Thomas, Mike Vallely, and Steve Berra weigh in on the subject with some strong opinions that provide interesting context to how the profession has changed.
Is the traditional skate video as we know it really dead? What is the relevance of the skate video in this modern digital age?
The latest skate documentary from Red Bull, ‘Pushing Forward’ takes a look at the emergence of the solo video part, the impact a traditional premiere still has, the hype behind the biggest team video in recent history and we look towards the future of skate videos.
Chapter One shines the spotlight on Ryan Decenzo during an important time in his career: as he prepared to drop his online solo video part “Double Down” for Thrasher. Ryan dedicated two full years filming for this part. The question is raised: Was it worth it?
Zered Bassett was recently featured in “Outliers,” Transworld’s 26th full length team video. Reaping the benefits of a traditional Hollywood premiere, Zered defends the significance of the skate team video.
With the much anticipated Plan B video set to drop in two weeks, Chapter One reinforces the core nature of a traditional skate video and why the concept of longevity and shelf life can never be replaced.
‘The Golden Age of Video is…Dead’ features Decenzo and Bassett, as well as skateboarders Torey Pudwill, Felipe Gustavo, Wes Kremer, Joey Brezinski, Dane Burman, and industry heavy hitters Ty Evans, Steve Berra, Erik Bragg and Chris Thiessen.
For two days in October 2014 some of the best skateboarders from East and West were connected to share their passion on the top of the world at Finland’s Helsinki Airport. This first-ever skate session was directed and hosted by Arto Saari and includes his Flip Skateboards teammates Curren Caples and Louie Lopez along with Golden Tickets winners Matt Berger, Hiroyuki Matsuo, Kasperi Kropsu, Andreas Larsen and Gosha Konyshev.
Have a look at the amazing footage from a 48-hour period when these heavily skilled skaters got access to totally unique skate spots to test the limits of the gateway between East and West.
For more about this unique event, check out Match Made in HEL and be sure to check out Arto’s introduction with this truly unique skate session right here.
As the release of Glen E. Friedman’s new forthcoming book MY RULES nears, he and Ian MacKaye got together at the Dischord House just outside of Washington DC to discuss some of the rare and important photographs that appear within the pages.
You can advance order the book through this link.
Bridge to Bridge is a view into the world of skatepark building and more notably, the evolution that exists between renegade DIY projects and local government funded skateparks. This short documentary gives a glimpse into the amount of effort, passion and sheer dedication it takes to construct the nation’s largest covered skatepark and the key players that pour their sweat and blood into the making of these vast concrete structures.
Also a full DVD version is currently in production and will be available soon. Visit Dreamland Skateparks’ Facebook page and website for more information.