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STREET LEAGUE… ON ACID!

Before Vice started taking on politics and the news, it used to be primarily filled with stuff about sex, music, drugs and all sorts of DIY, humor type articles. It was pretty cool, like an extension of Big Brother without the skating (which some claim Vice ripped off). While the mag is focusing more on big news stories and documentaries now, they still do come out periodically with features that feel like “old Vice” – with their On Acid series being one of them. I always thought the feature looked…

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LOCALS: THE UNPUBLICIZED SKATESHOP RUN OUT OF A TINY NYC APARTMENT

Skateboarding goes through economic ups and downs, and when it starts to look bleak, it’s the people who actually care about skateboarding, who will do anything to make it work, that will survive. Eugene Kang is one of these people, running Terminal skateshop out of his tiny living room in NYC, making a living selling skateboards. There are no store hours or restrictions: If he picks up the phone and he’s awake, he’s open for business. Eugene will even deliver and bring skate goods to you, if you aren’t too…

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LOCALS: FRITZ MEAD’S MINI HOUSE & BACKYARD BOWL

When Fritz Mead moved to NYC, there wasn’t any space left in his friends’ house for him, so he came up with an idea – he’d just build his own room. Moving into their backyard, Fritz built a tiny 1 person house entirely from scratch, where he lives and sleeps in all year round. The project went so well that he started expanding, using the micro house as the foundation for the construction of a full sized bowl. These days you can stop by the backyard anytime and find a…

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LOCALS: BUILDING NYC’S NOTORIOUS DIY SPOTS WITH JERRY MRAZ

Whether you know it or not, you have probably seen or skated a spot built by Jerry Mraz. Over the last decade, Jerry has been creating skatespots throughout the 5 boroughs, pouring concrete in the middle of the night and tinkering with obstacles – all on his own dime. Many of his spots have come and gone, but some of his most recognized work, like the BQE, still remains standing and is famous among skateboarders throughout the world. While these days he has been spending more of his time actually…

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HANGING OUT WITH… SHAWN POWERS

The thing that always bothered me about “Day In The Life” sections is that they always seemed so planned and scripted. Like the camera guy comes in and “wakes the skater up”, they visit a couple cool spots, “accidentally” bump into all their homies, crack a beer and fade to black. So naturally (stupidly) for this segment, we did the total opposite and came in with absolutely no preparation or really any idea of what we should be shooting. I figured we’d spend a couple of hours and hang out…

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LOCALS: BEHIND NEW JERSEY’S D.I.Y. HAVEN

Building stuff is hard – it takes time, commitment, money and there’s always the risk of fucking up or your creation being torn down the next day. And at a time in skateboarding when Street League plazas and pre-fab ramps are popping up more quickly than ever, D.I.Y. ethos and creating your own spots is becoming more and more scarce. Metropolitan areas such as SF & NY make it even more challenging, with escalating rent costs and rapid gentrification – space is never safe or vacant long. With that in…

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MAX GERONZI’S “GYPSY LIFE” B-SIDES (SEXY EDIT)

France is the most famously romantic nation on Earth (just ask your girlfriend about her semester abroad in Paris), so when we got sent these Max Geronzi outtakes from Cliche’s “Gypsy Life” tour video, we felt that a sexy saxophone cover of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was the only soundtrack that fit. Even the girls of ShutterStock™ can’t resist the smooth groove of Max’s unbelievable skating. Check out the B-Sides above, then download a copy of the full “Gypsy Life” tour video via iTunes, or pick up a…

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AN ODE TO BAM MARGERA

Skateboard media moves pretty fast these days, and I think it’s good to occasionally remind ourselves that just because something came out today or went viral on Facebook 4 minutes ago, doesn’t necessarily make it better or more valuable than skateboarding from years ago. It’s even easy to neglect the timeless and progressive skateboarding of our most beloved skaters just because they aren’t in the vortex of daily content. With that in mind, we had our friend Joey Sinko edit some of Bam Margera’s most memorable video moments so far…

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LOCALS: THE BROOKLYN SKATEBOARD COLLECTOR & HISTORIAN

The history of skateboarding can be told in many different ways. It can be traced through the evolution of tricks, from the surf style of the 70’s to the ledge dancing of the 90’s to the ATV assault of today. It’s visible in the development of skate videos, from Searching for Animal Chin to Misled Youth to today’s onslaught of web clips. And you can track it through the hard goods themselves, looking at how the shape of the deck and the substance of the wheels have changed over the…

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SKATE & DESTROY… THE YEEZY 350

Over the weekend while you were out getting drunk and maybe even getting laid, I was hunting for a shoe. But not just any shoe – I was hunting the new Kanye shoe for Adidas. Now I’m no Hypebeast, but when I heard that the demand for this little sneaker crashed the Adidas app, Footlocker.com, and JimmyJazz.com, and that they were going for $1000 a pair on Craigslist and eBay, I knew we had to get a pair of them. Why? To skate them of course! We made this clip…

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