Etnies welcomes Chris Joslin to their main team and in an epoch of hidh definition is almost a guilty pleasure enjoy every single of his mutant skate skills. Enjoy.
“LET US ROAM” is an ongoing short film series that shows stories about photographers, artists, filmmakers and musicians inside of the skateboarding culture. For the current edition the company presents Arto Saari, a professional skateboarder born in Seinajoki, Finland. He’s been one of the most celebrated skateboarders of our time, while starring in several skate films and elevating the standard in the industry. In the last three years Arto has shifted his focus from skateboarding to photography. This short film captures that transition and his process to make photography his profession.
It’s time for another proper film from the guys at Desillusion Mag, for this occasion the subject was well known pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski who visually share part of his most personal life, opinions and thoughts. This video featuring is based on an article titled Saints Have Secrets seen on the recent new edition of the coffee book version of the mag. Enjoy.
The legendary skateboarder and artist Mark Gonzales is also a prolific zine editor with around 145 paper editions like magazines, fanzines and books. Now in conjunction with Printed Matter, Mark present Non-Stop Poetry: The Zines of Mark Gonzales, a compilation of all of this work. with an introduction by Kim Gordon and contributions from Harmony Korine, Aaron Rose, Rita Ackermann, Cameron Jamie and many more and distributed in a very limited of 2000 copies.
Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece. Haroshi became infatuated with skateboarding in his early teens, and is still a passionate skater at present. He knows thoroughly all the parts of the skateboard deck, such as the shape, concave, truck, and wheels. He often feels attached to trucks with the shaft visible, goes around picking up and collecting broken skateboard parts, and feels reluctant to throw away crashed skateboards. It’s only natural that he began to make art pieces (i.e. recycling) by using skateboards. To Haroshi, his art pieces are equal to his skateboards, and that means they are his life itself. They’re his communication tool with both himself, and the outside world.
The most important style of Haroshi’s three-dimensional art piece is the wooden mosaic. In order to make a sculpture out of a thin skateboard deck, one must stack many layers. But skate decks are already processed products, and not flat like a piece of wood freshly cut out from a tree. Moreover, skateboards may seem like they’re all in the same shape, but actually, their structure varies according to the factory, brand, and popular skaters’ signature models. With his experience and almost crazy knowledge of skateboards, Haroshi is able to differentiate from thousands of used deck stocks, which deck fits with which when stacked. After the decks are chosen and stacked, they are cut, shaven, and polished with his favorite tools. By coincidence, this creative style of his is similar to the way traditional wooden Japanese Great Buddhas are built. 90% of Buddha statues in Japan are carved from wood, and built using the method of wooden mosaic; in order to save expense of materials, and also to minimize the weight of the statue. So this also goes hand in hand with Haroshi’s style of using skateboards as a means of recycling. Also, although one is not able to see from outside, there is a certain metal object that is buried inside his three-dimensional statue. The object is a broken skateboard part that was chosen from his collection of parts that became deteriorated and broke off from skateboards, or got damaged from a failed Big Make attempt. To Haroshi, to set this kind of metal part inside his art piece means to “give soul” to the statue. “Unkei,” a Japanese sculptor of Buddhas who was active in the 12th Century, whose works are most popular even today among the Japanese people; used to set a crystal ball called “Shin-Gachi-Rin (Heart Moon Circle)” in the position of the Buddha’s heart. This would become the soul of the statue. So the fact that Haroshi takes the same steps in his creation may be a natural reflection of his spirit and aesthetic as a Japanese.
28 years old pro-skateboarder Andrew Brophy is now doing a transition from skateparks to a regular common guy after a hard injury. He speaks with the people from Acclaim magazine about his children, a new fatherhood chapter in his life and a career in skateboarding. Take a look.
Apart from an interview in Sugar Magazine and some pictures here and there, Anthony Boudard is not a “over-publicized guy”. So our sincere emotion comes from watch an amazing combination…great skateboarding and France.
San Mateo-based skate shop Atlas teams up wih professional skateboarder, director and artist Brian Lotti to create a brief capsule of goods. The collection, comprised of three decks and two T-shirts, all feature custom artwork by the former H-Street professional, fashioning brilliant watercolor renditions of sharks, cars, and trumpets.
DC Shoes is a big name in the action sports industry specializing in performance skateboarding shoes. The company is currently running a amazing creative project that invites artists, designers and innovators around the world to custom design the new DC Trase shoes. It is an opportunity to get your artwork on a trendy pair of sneakers, plus win $10,000 and see the final product sold at dcshoes.com and select DC Shoes retailers.
In addition to the grand prize winner, DC will be selecting one or more additional winners whose work may also get manufactured. These selected artists, along with the artist with the largest amount of support from the online community, will each receive $2,500. Find more information here.