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.
PLOTTING THE LIFECYCLE OF A TRENDY TRICK
"Pressure flips are cool again. Actually, their second act has lasted longer than their first did."
WILL TIKTOK BE THE NEW HOME FOR SKATEBOARDING ON THE INTERNET?
We called up some "skate TikTokers" to find out what they've learned and seen so far.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ILLEGAL CIV?
The Illegal Civ stuff feels like an ongoing soap opera, so to air out any confusion we talked to a few key characters.
CHECKING OUT A HIDDEN DIY FINGERBOARD PARK IN QUEENS
When we heard about a mysterious concrete fingerboard park hiding in Brooklyn, we knew we had to go find it.
INSIDE THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF EMERICA’S “THIS IS SKATEBOARDING”
We stopped by to pay our respects and see if we could squeeze a few stories out of the crew.