Pro skateboarders don’t usually “retire.” More often, they keep their name on a board for as long as possible (long after we’ve basically forgotten them) and pick up some hobby—photography, real estate, or CBD—that they can turn into a job once their sponsors quietly forget about them too.

But as the Zero team finished filming their latest video, Damn It All, James Brockman decided to officially call it quits.

If you don’t remember James from his early parts in Osiris’s Subject to Change or New Blood, or being one of the top bald skaters, he’s basically been chomping and eating shit on handrails for the past 15 years.

So in recognition, our friend Joey Sinko arranged this ode to commemorate James’ reckless style.

We wish the best to James in his retirement. Obviously, nobody who has skated for more than a decade can truly stop skating entirely, but at least now he can enjoy the more mellow things in life (curbs, curb cuts, and all-organic curb-ohydrates).


  1. No Fun

    February 25, 2020 4:18 pm

    Absolute machine! Always killed it and well under rated!

  2. Adam Howe

    February 25, 2020 5:20 pm

    Are you guys getting the Travis Scott dunks?

  3. Anton

    February 26, 2020 5:03 am

    My first board was his zero medusa one and I even contacted James back in 2013 to get hi-res of the graphics as I wanted to get it tattooed on me. At first he just took a photo of the board he got but it wasn’t too good so I insisted on getting graphics files from blackbox. I was 16 and truly amazed that he replied to my email and got all the files. True legend. It’s 2020 now and I’ve got medusa just half year ago (not the one from the board) but inspired by the overall idea to get first board’s graphic tattooed.


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