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A Farewell to Portland’s Brooklyn Street Skate Spot

Brooklyn Street Skate Spot
Portland’s renowned DIY Brooklyn Street Skate Spot met its doomsday fate and was rendered into a pile of rubble early last week. From the beginning back in the summer of 2010, the City of Portland officials made it clear that the emergent skatepark built upon its land next to the Union Pacific rail tracks would not be permanent. Unfortunately, the expansion of TriMet’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project would include tearing down the old pedestrian bridge and the skatepark beneath it would be taken out as a result.

The City of Portland allowed this awesome little skatepark to be built and remain on their land for many months and the officials responsible have been more than accommodating to skateboarders and skateboarding over the past three years. And on behalf of the BSSS skateboarding community, we thank them for that generosity.

With plenty of notice, Dark Tuesday happened on November 12th, 2013 and now all that remains are great memories and an empty dirt lot. But before the destruction, a farewell “Shred a Tear” session commenced amongst many friends and locals on Saturday, November 9th. It was a great time shared by all in attendance.

Drop on by Curb Cut Mag where Spencer Knutilla shares some words and his photos on the saddening circumstance as well.

RIP Brooklyn Street

– BK

Rodney Mullen at Tedx OrangeCoast: On Getting Up Again


Rodney Mullen has returned to the Tedx program to share his thoughts on skateboarding and to discuss battling injuries and overcoming diversity to improve and progress. Grab a chair and listen in!

Created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

Visual Traveling: East Meets West with Michael Mackrodt

We’re impressed with this creative short film by Patrick Wallner featuring Michael Mackrodt skating through the streets of Berlin and in our opinion, solid film work matched with sick skateboarding always wins. Have a look!

– bk

Nowness: New York La La La

New York La La La on Nowness.com

Hollywood Skaters Prowl the Set in an Aaron Rose and André Saraiva Film for L’Officiel Hommes

“Paramount Studios is fantastical by nature,” says artist and filmmaker Aaron Rose of the faux New York City streets and sun-baked Los Angeles location of today’s cinematic fashion short. Sweeping through the vacant lot, Rose and his co-director, L’Officiel Hommes editor André Saraiva shot a dreamlike portrait of professional skateboarders Jerry Hsu, Austyn Gillette, and Josh Harmony, besuited in Dior Homme, Saint Laurent, and Prada. Set to the epic pop of Duran Duran’s “The Chauffeur,” the slow-motion skaters are confronted by a trio of models in lace lingerie led by Belgian beauty Anouck Lepere, in a touch that echoes the band’s 1980s videos. “It is his bicoastal perspective which started the idea for the film,” explains Saraiva of Rose’s past as founder of downtown New York institution Alleged Gallery, that is juxtaposed with his recent experience as a West Coast-dwelling artist. “We share a similar evolutionary process as creators, so it was natural to work together,” says Rose of his multidisciplinary Paris-based collaborator. “We were shooting two elements simultaneously, this film and a photo editorial. André would be shooting photos, then all of a sudden, he would hand me the stills camera. It was a wonderfully creative ping-pong volley.”

The Devil’s Toy

The Devil’s Toy by Claude Jutra, National Film Board of Canada

This short 1966 documentary film dedicated “to all victims of intolerance” depicts the dawn of skateboarding in Montreal. A new activity frowned upon by police and adults, skateboarding gave youngsters a thrilling sensation of speed and freedom. “The Devil’s Toy” – the first Canadian documentary ever made about the activity – captures the exuberance of boys and girls having the time of their lives in free-wheeling downhill locomotion.

This rare 15-minute film is available for purchase as a DVD through the National Film Board of Canada.

Tiltmode Episodes #15 – Who’s Your Daddy

In 1999, Tim Brauch went on a skateboard adventure with Chet Childress, Jason Adams and Jai Tanju. They brought a video camera and documented the trip. The tapes from this trip have been lost and unseen until now. The Seeing Things Gallery had a show called “Timspiration” that was based on memories, art and awesomeness of our good friend, Tim. This is an edit that was shown at this event and now is made viewable to you. This one is for the people that were blessed to know “Beans.” Sit back, watch and remember an amazing human as he travels with his friends. Never Forget, Tim Brauch.

For some more awesomeness from the recent Timspiration show, please visit seeingthingsgallery.tumblr.com and visit seeingthingsgallery.com.