The Skateboard Mag
“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.
The CONS crew recently took a trip to test their luck on the desolate landscape that was once America’s industrial heartland and found gold amongst the rust that was spread throughout it.
But maybe Taylor McClung, Ryan Reyes, Shawn Hale, David Loy, Clive Dixon, Trevor McClung, and a few others can help translate it in this new Chalk Talk edit from their voyage to Colombia.
Get your hands on Issue #129 of The Skateboard Mag for the article that ties into this edit that was filmed and by Adam Mills.
Dive in to the latest installment of “Pooling Around” for your monthly fix of backyard-pool action, featuring Lance Mountain, Ben Raybourn, Willis Kimbel, Stu Graham, Mason Merlino, Chris Gregson, and many more.