The skateboard has been pretty much the same ever since Marty McFly first ripped the bars off a scooter back in 1955. Four wheels, two trucks, one deck – that’s pretty much it. But Fancy Lad’s Orange Man is on a quest to change that. Maybe you’ve seen him before? He’s kind of hard to miss, dressed head to toe in safety orange and cruising around on some Frankenstein’s monster of a skateboard, something with a few too many trucks and wheels and maybe a hinge or two to clap it all together.
We’ve always been enamored with Orange Man’s oddball inventions, so we took a trip to his laboratory just beyond Boston to see his process in action. He was kind enough to tour us through his shop and even crafted a custom doohickey out of some Wet Willy’s to dick around on. It’s crazy the amount of prep work it takes to make some of the stupidest skate clips we’ve ever seen – but that’s what’s so brilliant about it all.
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICIAL BROOKLYN BANKS COMEBACK
We talked with Steve Rodriguez about the imminent reopening of The Banks, which has been in the works for 13 years now.
JENKEM MIX 126: ANTONIO DURAO
Much like Antonio himself, this one’s got it all… An auditory gumbo, if you will.
MEET THEO HAND, THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SHOT ALL YOUR FAVORITE ’90S PROS
Theo helped shape how skateboarding looks in the modern age, documenting names like Chad Muska, Tom Penny & Ali Boulala, all in their prime.
November 6, 2017 5:59 pm
feel like he dont knoe how many peoplw actually like him
November 6, 2017 7:21 pm
The orange man on the orange line from stony Brook to Sullivan
November 6, 2017 7:53 pm
“I can’t kickflip. I’ve done a few heelflips in my life.” — on behalf of all of us who still haven’t learned how to do flip tricks, WE ARE ONE. WE ARE ALL ORANGE MAN.
November 6, 2017 7:58 pm
I wish this was longer.