Watching the GONZ skate has always made me think of skating as a cycodelic art form, but watching Gou Miyagi do his thing makes the way the GONZ skates seem normal. He does things with a skateboard that will have you saying to yourself, how the fuck does he think of this shit – because it’s just that bugged out! Gou’s part in Heroin’s Video Nasty is the most original skate video you will see all year!
It’s flash back time: check the one of the videos that helped push skating to where it is today! New Deal’s Useless Wooden Toys – this visual just might make you remember how rad it was to be young!
As a youngster, two frontmen stuck out to me, one being HR of the Bad Brains and the other Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat. I never got to see either of them live during the 80′s because I was a dumb fuck and I would go to a lame show the week before, then when it came time for them to play L.A. I would be on punishment, and if tried to leave the house my mother said don’t come back home, and she wasn’t bluffing. Even though I didn’t see them live, Bad Brains & Minor Threat still hold a special place in my memory bank. Check out these pictures of both HR and Ian when they were young!
Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat
Art & Skateboarding have gone hand in hand for a very long time. In recent history, the skate deck has been seen as a canvas for many different artists to express themselves on. I can not front, I have seen certain decks that I would never want to set up, but I would love to hang them on my wall. A new skateboard company from Los Angeles called SOVRN has a new line of decks that could work in an art gallery but also function as something to roll on the asphalt. Check out the decks now and imagine what you would do with them if they were yours? I look forward to seeing what SOVRN has to offer the world in the future!
I have been skateboarding for almost my whole life, and I have so much respect for the sport. I also see it as an art form that is always pushing the boundaries! When I saw the video TENGU: God of Mischief Roof Skating directed by Colin Reed, my jaw dropped! I lived in NYC for many years and never thought about skating a roof top.
This video is so awesome you can’t just watch one time and it should be said that no one was hurt while creating TENGU: God of Mischief Roof Skating…Here is some of what Colin had to say about his work.
And then, it’s hard to find spots. You can’t just go walking around. We’d scout for potential spots by riding the elevated trains all around the city. But it mostly involved a lot of trial and error, and what you might call illegal activity. We had a few tactics: we’d wait for people to walk into buildings, just catch the door before it closed (or hit all the buzzers and hope someone got annoyed and buzzed us in) and run up to see if we could get on the roof from the stairwell. We’d jump and grab the bottoms of fire escape and climb up. And we’d ask everyone if they had roofs we could get onto to check out. Many attempts at getting onto a roof or finding a spot were fruitless, but just as often we’d finding something unique and exciting.
Finally, of course, it was dangerous. There were some close calls where people got terrifyingly close to falling, and a few boards were lost off the edge. (But we always made sure no one was walking on the sidewalk or street below before we tried a trick.) And we had to run away or hide form the police a few times, too.
Behind many radical skate tricks are the vicious slams that a skater might have had to endure in order to land that trick. I have so much respect for skaters who sacrifice their bodies to do what they love and are willing to pay the cost in injury. I’m just saying, having your bones smashed against the asphalt and then getting back up to to it all over again takes heart! Today we have put together a video essay of some the gnarliest slams we could find…These are the kinds of scenes that will make you say DAMN!!!
The biggest rivalry in skateboarding when I was young was Christian Hosoi vs. Tony Hawk. They both brought something really special to the sport and there impact is still evident today. These board warriors had many showdowns during their time in the sun. Today CVLT Nation brings you Christian Hosoi vs. Tony Hawk at the Chicago Blowout 1986 NSA Pro Jam. I’m way beyond stoked that I got to see both of them rip in person during the 80′s.
Sick graphics have always been important to the world of skateboarding. Many underground illustrators who started in the metal & punk scenes have created some of the most coveted decks on the planet. Beyond that, not only are these pieces of wood used to grind ourselves all over the city in which we live, but illustrated skate decks are art pieces in their own right. So when I heard that the master of death and decay himself, Mark Riddick, had started a skateboard line through Boardpusher, I had to share it with our readers! They have have released six morbid decks featuring art that makes the underworld come to life. Even if you do not skate, hang these bastards on your wall and collect all six…SKATE OR DIE!…Riddickart skate decks are available HERE!
Right now I’m driving this car called life, and everything around is closing in on me. I feel like I need a release for these unwanted emotions. So I crank up the new DRUGS OF FAITH EP Architectural Failures that will be released on Nov. 26th via Malokul! Over the course of four songs, this band will have the ghost of our human condition knocking on your skull. CVLT Nation is ultra hyped to be streaming Architectural Failures in full below!
Check this out the sickest skate video you will see the month! The VHS Mag crew from Japan put this together and it fucking KILLS! Just like many things that happen in this country, these skaters are taking it to the next level! SKATE OR DIE!!!