Pro skateboarders don’t usually “retire.” More often, they keep their name on a board for as long as possible (long after we’ve basically forgotten them) and pick up some hobby—photography, real estate, or CBD—that they can turn into a job once their sponsors quietly forget about them too.
But as the Zero team finished filming their latest video, Damn It All, James Brockman decided to officially call it quits.
If you don’t remember James from his early parts in Osiris’s Subject to Change or New Blood, or being one of the top bald skaters, he’s basically been chomping and eating shit on handrails for the past 15 years.
So in recognition, our friend Joey Sinko arranged this ode to commemorate James’ reckless style.
We wish the best to James in his retirement. Obviously, nobody who has skated for more than a decade can truly stop skating entirely, but at least now he can enjoy the more mellow things in life (curbs, curb cuts, and all-organic curb-ohydrates).