Leaving a pro skate career is a lot like leaving a gang. Exit quietly and you’ll slowly realize how hard “real life” can be outside of it. Publicly announce your retirement and be hated on for your pretension. Lose all your sponsors and become skate industry laughing stock. Seems the only “respectable” way out of skating is death.
However, there are rare skateboarders who can leave skating gracefully. Daniel Shimizu is now one of them. Skateboarding’s hive mind accepted Shimizu’s recent retirement because he didn’t leave to make cringy rap music or ditch us before we were ready to let him go. Shimizu left just in the nick of time, before he could be called out for completely milking it.
In appreciation of skateboarding’s cleanest scumstache, our friend Joey Sinko edited Shimizu’s most memorable video moments into a vintage compilation. A reminder for older folks of when they first wanted to skate in button-up shirts, and a primer for young bucks on how to look good on a rail. No judgments if this one makes you feel all warm and gooey inside.
BETTER OFF DEAD: BRANDS THAT SKATEBOARDING DIDN’T NEED TO COME BACK
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should."
AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE SKATE PARK OF TAMPA
"It was a young person's dream. Nonstop fucking chaos."
RAW TAPES: NOT ANOTHER SWAMPFEST EDIT
Somewhere in between Woodstock 99 and a redneck civil war re-enactment.
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 GLIMPSE INTO THE BAKER HAS A DEATHWISH II WORLD PREMIERE
16 long years later, the second coming of Baker Has a Deathwish has arrived...