June 12, 2015/ / ARTICLES/ Comments: 102


Go to any skate industry event and you’ll realize how surprisingly out of touch many skate biz folk are with the younger generation of skaters. A couple of beers deep and you’ll hear a group of grown men reminiscing over dinosaurs like Tom Penny and Brian Lotti, comparing VHS collections and sharing tour stories from the 90s. Despite the fact that the average age of the skateboarder is older than ever before, skateboarding is and always will be fueled by the youngins.

But kids are dumb, and their opinions should be taken with a grain of salt and a shot of tequila, right?

Wrong, you old geezer! Like it or not, the kids we scoff at today will be like us – the jaded generations of the future, so their tastes are just as valid as your own. And instead of just sitting around stalking Instagram and hypothesizing who the younger kids are hyped on, we went to three of Manhattan’s busiest skateparks and asked them ourselves.



Age: 16
First skate video: Ryan Sheckler’s first Plan B part on Youtube
Favorite skaters: Ryan Sheckler, Andrew Reynolds, Luan Oliveira, Louie Lopez, Trevor Colden
Favorite company: Organika


Luke Rinay

Age: 13
First skate video: Pretty Sweet – Girl
Favorite skaters: Grant Taylor, Nakel Smith, Ben Raybourne, Ben Kadow, Jesse Alba
Favorite company: Anti-Hero


Ethan Garcia

Age: 15
First skate video: Nick Mullins’s video on the Berrics
Favorite skaters: P-Rod, Luan Oliveria, Shane O’Neil, Carlos Riberio, Brian Peacock
Favorite Company: Nike SB and Plan B


Mecca Morris

Age: 15
First skate video: Some local skate video, but Baker 3 was the first real skate video I saw.
Favorite skaters: Brandon Westgate, Ishod Wair, Shane O’Neil, and I don’t have any more…
Favorite Company: Real Skateboards and Vans


Shane Gordon

Age: 15
First skate video: the first online part of the Brunner twins
Favorite skaters: Marc Suciu, Louie Lopez, Kevin Bradley, Ishod Wair, Trevor Colden
Favorite company: Real, Emerica, Thunder, Spitfire, Skate Mental


Carlos Wilson

Age: 16
First skate video: Parental Advisory – DGK
Favorite skaters: Jimmy Carlin, Theotis Beasley, P-Rod, Keelan Dadd, Tom Asta
Favorite company: DGK or Real


Mickey Bellam

Age: 14
First skate video: Pretty Sweet – Girl
Favorite skaters: Luan Oliveria, Trevor Colden, Curren Caples, Manny Santiago, Torey Pudwill
Favorite company: Plan B


Tal Radke

Age: 13
First skate video: Pretty Sweet – Girl
Favorite skaters: Chris Joslin, Chris Cole, Mike Mo, Torey Pudwill, Youness Amrani
Favorite company: Any Kayo company for boards



Age: 14
First skate video: Pretty Sweet – Girl
Favorite skaters: Ryan Sheckler, Trevor Colden, Aaron “Jaws” Homoki, Torey Pudwill, Nick Tucker
Favorite company: Trophy Griptape and Plan B


Julian Aprende

Age: 15
First skate video: Alien Workshop’s Memory Screen on Youtube, it was one of the suggested videos to watch…
Favorite skaters: Daewon Song, Curren Caples, Ryan Sheckler, Trevor Colden, Chris Joslin
Favorite company: Real Skateboards

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  1. James

    June 12, 2015 12:44 pm

    The moment your life goes from filming in the streets to working in an office you are guaranteed to be out of touch.

    • Moe

      November 20, 2015 12:10 pm

      It hurts to read this, working in an office since sept. 2k14 and it feels oddly comfortable but i feel how “old” i got

  2. Han

    June 12, 2015 12:48 pm

    Nothing too strange from the above except for that Luke kid’s favorite skaters. Good for them.

    • Jenkem Staff

      June 12, 2015 12:51 pm

      True – a lot of kids got into skating from Pretty Sweet.
      Gonna do this in different cities / countries I think if people are into it.

      • D_arcy

        June 12, 2015 1:59 pm

        You should totally do that. It be cool to see how different geography might play a part. Though most of the kids seem to have love for heavy california companies. Interesting how no one mentioned the “cool” companies (palace, polar, F.A etc etc)

      • B$$6969

        February 4, 2017 12:23 am

        Yo jenkem SoundCloud is wack (or I am, psh, whatever) fix alien work shop mix, yo! It’s my favorite

    • Jack Sullivan

      June 13, 2015 5:30 pm

      What was strange about Luke’s favorite skater?

  3. Christian

    June 12, 2015 1:00 pm

    This is pretty sad

    • Evan

      June 12, 2015 1:07 pm


      • im cool because I don't watch street league

        June 13, 2015 3:33 am

        Most of the skaters suck, hardly any individuality or old skaters, they’re all just modern street league guys. Would’ve liked to have seen the likes of Ray Barbee and stuff on there

    • whatever you like

      May 13, 2016 11:34 pm

      Ray Barbee?? They’re like 14 yo, most of them have a couple of years skating, let them find their shit alone, I see names like Luan, Grant Taylor, Daewon Song and Marc Suciu and those dudes are awesome. 420mcyolonuzzsk8 is on point, you guys need to chill and let kids be kids.

  4. B-Diddy

    June 12, 2015 1:13 pm

    ‘sad’?! ohhh, you meant Rad. an easy mistake to make… the R and S are pretty close together on a keyboard.

    • matt

      June 13, 2015 12:32 pm

      he meant sad. this is horribly sad but still kinda rad

      • 420mcyolonuzzsk8

        June 13, 2015 9:15 pm

        how the hell do you want these kids to know about ray barbee? the guy hasnt done anything in ages and all those kids got into skating three years ago… yeah and by the way, they dont know about natas kaupas either! still, a lot of them mentioned ishod and westgate who both have style for miles.

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