If you’ve ever gotten the chance to go to a skate demo as a kid you know there’s really nothing better than getting to watch your favorite pros skate in person. The demo can be an eye-opening event, showing you that your idols are human but also way fucking better at skating than you even thought they were. This has been the case pretty much forever. Ask any skater from any era about the first skate demo they saw and watch their eyes glaze over as they wax nostalgic about the tiniest little details of the memory. It’s amazing how impactful that experience can be, and the few minutes or seconds you spend interacting with the skaters can color your view of them for the rest of your life.
Most demos leave behind memories. But what’s cool about this adidas “Bring Your Build” tour that’s going on is that these demos also leave behind skateable obstacles. Adidas gave money to 5 New York skateboarding mainstays: Max Fish, Supreme, KCDC, NJ Skateshop, Labor and NY Skateboarding, to build and bring whatever skateable obstacles they wanted to Tompkins Square Park, a famous slab of cracked concrete in Manhattan’s East Village. What went down felt like an homage to simpler skate times – a big pop-up jam with some of the best skateboarders in the world and NY’s most colorful random park lurkers.
Skaters in order of appearance:
A GLIMPSE INTO THE BAKER HAS A DEATHWISH II WORLD PREMIERE
16 long years later, the second coming of Baker Has a Deathwish has arrived...
REMINISCING THROUGH THE YEARS WITH STATIC ALUMNI
We talked to 12 skaters featured in the long-standing Static series about their memories and thoughts on the videos.
SKATEBOARDING AND SOCCER WITH NEW YORK CITY’S CHINATOWN SOCCER CLUB
Meet the club of skaters, artists and notable locals that have casually played soccer together for the last 20 years.
A CHAT WITH LUDVIG HAKANSSON, THE OLDEST SOUL IN SKATEBOARDING
The man loves to read Nietzche, skates in some expensive vintage gear, and paints in his own neoclassical-meets-abstract-expressionist style.
CLOWNING AROUND WITH RILEY PAVEY, AUSTRALIA’S HOTTEST NEW EXPORT
If we lose any of you old heads in the process, just check urban dictionary.