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.
In the first part of Malto’s Epicly Later’d, Sean discusses some of his skate history in Kansas City, skating for Escapist Skateshop and his transition from flow team to becoming part of the Girl family. Look for part two next week.
Zoo York just dropped their latest video, “King of New York,” a montage of hammers filmed 100% in NYC. Check it as Timbo talks to Chaz Ortiz & RB Umali about what it takes to get a video shot in the city, how most people think Chaz is from New York & what a close call this year’s Skater of the Year award was.
Share this Dose video from Network A’s Facebook page for a chance to win a King of New York skate deck and T-shirt from Zoo York.
Grey Skate Mag was invited to the Paris premiere of Nike SB’s Chronicles Vol. II last weekend and caught up with newly crowned Thrasher Skater of the Year, Ishod Wair for an interview. Check it out by clicking here.