Sorry about the lack of posts this week, my plane got delayed and TAM Linhas Aéreas lost my luggage. It took a while to get things sorted out, but I’m happy now, and tripping out cause I’ve never been in the southern hemisphere before. The toilets flush backwards! What???? Crazy! Anyway, I finally got the go ahead to post a couple of pics I took of Jake Brown. Holy cow, he landed the world’s first backside 720 Ollie over the gap in during the Big Air contest…
MC found this Nike SB outdoor advert that was produced in Brazil circa 2006, so don’t go looking for these here and now. There’s not much information from the source because you have to (pay) subscribe to actually read the content. It’s called Mub Skateboard, from a firm called F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi. It looks like an appendage they add to existing structures to make them skate able, like a skate-prosthesis. I don’t remember I we talked about this earlier or not, but Nike had plans to tear down the artificial barrier they erected between SB and the rest of the company, and looks like they’ve been absorbed at last, the old url redirects to the corporate site. Very sterile.
I finally found a board of my favorite band, McRAD. The board is produced by VILA Skate out of Sao Paulo, Brasil and is available in different sizes and shapes.
Roadside advertisement for a new skatepark in Lima, Peru, or technically San Borja? I’m not even gonna front on my south american geography. There’s not much out there about this park, and non of which I can actually read. I did find some photos at Radar Skate, and a few more at SkateparksPeru.com. Apparently Peru has 42 skateparks already, who knew? It’s scheduled to open this month. Maybe it’s open now. Who built it? Doctor Skatepark, the same guy behind that glow in the dark park in France.
[Photo: Seth Levy]
Placed to Ride recently finished a park in Peñuelas, Puerto Rico. It’s on the south side of the island about a half an hour drive from Ponce, the second largest city in PR. PTR’s Stefan Hauser also has an interview on EuropeSkate.
More, more, more. How do ya like it? How do ya like it? What do you do with a couple hundred misprinted design retrospective books? Invite other designers to see what they can make of them. Alberto Villarreal and his team at AGENT, ended up weaving them together and covering them with resin in a homemade mold to make skateboards. Super strong, but heavier and more flexible than wood, so it’s not going to be mass produced any time soon.
[Source: Make] - Thanks to Eric Cherry for the tip.
This is supposed to be the Ministry of the Economy building in Mexico City. It’s kind of hard to tell from this screen capture, but those supports have transition on both sides that meet in a point. Read John Aguilar says this super tight spot used to be sessioned back in the 80′s and early 90′s before there was a fence surrounding it. You can get a sense of it if you go to Google Maps and choose the street view, escept for that damned delivery truck that’s in the way at the crucial moment. I tried doing an image search for the building but came up empty handed, at least in English.
CNN has a follow up on the recent skateboard emissary mission to Cuba. You might recall we posted about a Christmas day session that was also a drop off for new and used equipment to be brought to Cuba. So how did it go? Check out the story and video on CNN.
At the end old Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode they always had a split second production company tag for Williams Street that consisted of some people yelling “skull” with the reverb turned up and no explanation whatsoever. Beto Janz makes these skulls out of old skateboards, and they look pretty damned cool. It’s a project for Ultraseries Skate in Brazil.
[Source: Design You Trust]
- Thanks to Michel Skart Poulin for the tip.
Darío Escobar is an artist born and living in Guatemala. He’s made a habit of deconstructing sports equipment, and has a fondness for skateboarding. The top image is a 2000 piece made from silver, tin, and aluminum applied to a skateboard. One of the coolest things on his official site actually happens to be a pair of inline skates.
- Thanks to Boy Ipoh for the tip