Professional skater and Thrasher’s 1999 SOTY Brian Anderson has disclosed his homosexuality in this video piece produced by his friend Giovanni Reda for Vice. Long frowned upon and unaccepted by skateboarders and the skateboarding community, being a gay skater was often likened to career suicide – until now.
Thankfully times have changed for the better and we are proud to share this video with skateboarders across the world. Much respect to you Brian for all that you’ve done and continue to represent as a skateboarder, gay or not.
Patrick O’Dell and Vice’s Epicly Later’d have recently released a four-part series which brings to light the rise and fall of Ali Boulala. Known as one of skateboarding’s most colorful and entertaining characters off and on the board, Ali’s solid and powerful skills early on got him noticed and recruited on to the Flip team soon after his arrival to the United States. In the months and years that followed, alcohol and drugs consumed much of Ali’s daily life as a skateboarder; these substances not only fueled him, but they impaired his function and judgement as well.
In these four episodes Ali looks back upon his salad days explains what went so right and so wrong while skating and filming video parts, partying, and traveling the globe with his skateboarding career. It is in our hopes that by sharing this series with Ali Boulala that we can help to guide and influence skateboarders worldwide with positive choices and opportunities in their lives.
Were relieved that Ali has survived the horrific accident that killed his friend and teammate Shane Cross and has been sober over the past two years. Please have a seat and take in these heavy episodes and share with your friends as well.
– Bryce Kanights
Ali Boulala – The Original Baker Boy – Part 1
Ali Boulala – Remote Control Cars and Being a Piss Drunk – Part 2
Ali Boulala – The Crash That Ruined Everything – Part 3
Paul Alexander was a young British skateboarder full of charisma and drive. He discovered the opportunities of sponsorship, travelling and recognition during a move from Leicester to Bristol in his late teens. Living with professional skateboarder Danny Wainwright he became engulfed in the fun, responsibility free lifestyle that came with his chosen pursuit of becoming a pro skateboarder. Paul seemed destined for success then something came to get him, something he’d never experienced before that would take his personal goals and freedom far away from his grasp in a seemingly never ending battle.
Brought to you by VICE, this is his story, directed by friend and skateboarding companion Tim Crawley.
Munchies is a new food channel from Vice that chronicles diverse global topics within the world of food. In this episode, Tony Trujillo shows you how to create mission-style tacos. In case you missed Andy Roy cooking prison style pork, you can see it by clicking here.
In the final part of Ed’s episode, he discusses the many highs and lows that Toy Machine has faced since he began the company. And when a leg injury sidelines Ed from skating, he and Deanna confront the possibility that he may not be able to stay on the path he’s carved out for himself.
In this third episode, Ed looks back what was arguably the peak of his skate career—when he dropped out of high school to conquer Europe in 1990 and landing the covers of Thrasher and Transworld in the process. He also tells the story of how he met his wife, Deanna, and what led him to leave New Deal to start a new company with Mike Vallely.