When we hear Olympics rumors and gossip at Jenkem HQ, we usually crack a couple of jokes about it and go about our day creating oddball skateboard content. Yeah, 2020 is coming up soon and we’ve even heard that Shane O’Neill has been given a $20,000 (AUD) “medal incentive bonus” from Australia, but most of this stuff doesn’t really seem to affect our daily Jenky lives as much as some people think.
It wasn’t until here in our own backyard, we caught word that Luis Tolentino, SHUT Skateboards pro and Queens’ hometown skate hero, is in the preparation process himself. In a classic 21st century move, Luis was contacted by the Dominican Republic Olympic Committee via an Instagram DM and was asked if he would be interested in representing the DR in the Tokyo games. Now, with some cash in his pocket coming straight from the government, Luis’s life has been flipped as he quit his 9-5 job and skates and trains on the daily.
Curious to know more about his life and to check in on his skating, we visited him in Forest Hills, Queens to get a look inside the mind of one of East Coast’s favorite brothers.
NERDING OUT WITH THREE RARE DECK COLLECTORS
If you ever wanted to reclaim a piece of your childhood and cop that one deck you saw in a CCS catalog, hopefully, this will be a solid place to start.
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.
A MINDFUL APPROACH TO WATCHING SKATE VIDEOS
If you love a video, watch it over and over, become obsessed, notice everything, and move on only when you feel it’s the right time.
THE FRONT BLUNT HAT IS BACK… AGAIN
We know we sound like the boy who cried wolf but this might, just might, be the last chance to get your hands on one.
SKATERS RECOMMEND THEIR FAVORITE SKATE PANTS
We hit up some pro skaters and Jenkem contributors known for their 'fits to offer recommendations.