The last time I posted about Rekiem was in 2009. Not much has changed since then, they’re still screening the veneer before they press the boards, which is about a million times easier, but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. Keep making videos about pressing and screening skateboards and I’ll keep posting them. Looks like they’re using a wood burner for the top graphic. That’s cool.
- Thanks to Matthijs for the tip.
Turns out that the Otro skatepark we showed earlier this year is now coated with phosphorescent paint. So now it glows in the dark and possibly gives you cancer if you knee slide without pads… Other sites are reporting that the concrete itself is phosphorescent, but on the architect’s site it mentions the paint. I can’t imagine how much radium it would take to make the concrete glow, so painting seems the obvious choice. OK, Ok, they probably don’t use radium these days, but it makes for a good pun.
[Source: Cnet] Thanks to Seth Levy and others for the tip.
There’s more than one paleolithic skatepark out there waiting to be re-sessioned. This one near St. Jean de Luz, France might require a mountain board with some 100mm 55a wheels to get rolling. The asphalt looks very pitted. Pretty mild terrain for a skatepark, even by 70′s standard. Maybe the bigger stuff is under the dirt. Check it out on, errrr… FatBMX.
Just don’t stray too far from the approved hoverboarding facilities… I know the supercooled exhaust is there for reasons of physics (I assume) but it also nice retro-futuristic icing on the hovering cake. Premiers tests du skate à lévitation supraconductrice construit à l’université Paris Diderot-Paris7. Hey, that’s French for Back to the Future!
- Thanks to Andrew Wahl for the tip.
If you’re a regular reader you know we cover skateable architecture here, even when it’s only marginally so. Many skaters have/had the adolescent fantasy of being rich enough to design your own house and make everything skateable, but nobody has really done it. I imagine if you find yourself in a situation where skateboarding is paying for your custom house, you’d probably want a bit of a break from it. Pierre Andre via Etnies funded a small prototype of a a design by architect Gil Le Bon Delapointe (scroll down). It features furniture from the Skate House Study collection. if it gets built it will certainly trump a certain domicile in Athens, Greece. The protoype was part of the Public Domaine show in Paris, France, the same one with the clever video of board graphics. Check out the action video and interview with the architect after the jump.
- Thanks to Marek for the tip.
So maybe it wasn’t feasible to make the giant halfpipe shaped roof of the Museum of Surf actually skateable. There’s still the bowl, right? Surely that pool-like structure in the roof is a skateable tribute to the connection between the roots of skateboarding and surfing? Markus Suchanek recently visited it and found otherwise. Check out his photos after the jump. How is that this museum has no web site?
Given the nature of the birth of our sport, it’s no surprise that a Museum of Ocean and Surf might draw inspiration from forms that inspire skaters as well. Seriously, it’s got to be a coincidence that it actually looks like a half pipe. There’s also allegedly a pool of sorts (see middle righr and bottom) but ironically enough, none of the surface of this structure appears to be actually skateable. I mean, that would have been something. See the Museum of Ocean and Surf in
Biarritz, France by Steven Holl Architects in collaboration with Solange Fabião.
[Source: ArchDaily] - Thanks to Matty B. and Urban Kravos for the tip.
Carhartt Europe converted a small ship in Hossegor, France to a bowl, or they made a bowl look like a ship, I’m not exactly sure. Old Man Army threw a BBQ and Confusion Magazine was there document it. Confused about about Confusion? Confusion has risen from the ashes Concussion:
Confusion is an underground skateboarding magazine with a primary interest in DIY skate spots and skater built concrete parks in local scenes all over the world. The magazine also covers sub-genres of these underground scenes with a partial focus on somewhat undiscovered music, art and hardcore surfing.
An issue recently showed up in my mailbox, and although it’s only #2, Jonathan Hay hasn’t forgotten everything he learned from Concussion. Check it out. Video after the jump.
- Thanks to Jeff Roenning for the tip. And possibly someone else that I forgot.
I asked my wife if she knew about some shi shi company named Hermes and she had no idea what I was talking about, but that was because I was pronouncing it like “her-mees” instead of the proper French pronunciation, something more akin to “err-mez.” These guys sell insanely ridiculously priced accoutrements. It looks like they hired the best fingerboard video director Alexis Milant to produce a segment for their web site. Alexis is the guy who does the Opus series of videos that we’ve featured before. There are no credits, but it sure as hell looks like his work, except the props are insanely expensive.
- Thanks to Seth Levy for the tip.
We’ve seen a lot of the same items tat Nils Inne makes out of recycled skateboards done before, like slingshots, sandals, but here’s at least one new one, a steadicam mount. Nils’ unique and consistent style makes his works stand out. Check it out L’atelier de Nils.