We randomly came across the Public Housing Skate Team in 2016 when we saw their video “THUG”. It felt experimental and raw, like a strangely satirical mix of short film, skate video, and kung-fu flick. Mixing stereotypical “hood moments” with tongue-in-cheek antics, like finding bullets in your hardware stash, we weren’t sure how much was comedy and how much was real.
When PHST hit us up to come hang in the Bronx, we didn’t know what we’d be getting into. So we took a train an hour and a half north and met them at Gun Hill Road projects.
What we found was a group of dedicated and pretty successful young guys running a small brand right out of public housing. All their products are inspired by real-life stories, like the New Yorker who raised a tiger in his apartment, or a family member who spent time in jail. Despite their rough environment, these guys lead genuinely positive and creative lives. Rather than feed into their surroundings, they’re using the hood to build a brand that could take them wherever they want to go.
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.