A few months back we met Cory Keen, who builds all kinds of pre-made ramps, flatbars, and other high-quality obstacles that most of us made bootleg versions of with scrap wood and shipping palettes.
Cory said he’s been wanting to build a replica of the L.A. High handrail (the almost tiny looking one from back in the day) and put it in exactly where the school took it out 15 years ago. This was a no brainer for us. It’s not like we were going full-Berra and inventing a new spot designed to our specifications, just reviving a little bit of history for everyone to share. So after a little bit of planning and historic photo research, we worked together to recreate the famous spot as close as possible to its original glory.
We snuck into the school late last Saturday night to bolt the rail into the stairs, then Sunday morning invited a bunch of skateboarders over to session it. For guys who were too young to skate the rail when it was still around—Ishod Wair, Jamie Foy, Neen Williams—it was inspiring to see them tear into it.
The rail will be there until/if the school decides to tear it out or knob it, so get there while you can if you want a piece of re-history.
NERDING OUT WITH THREE RARE DECK COLLECTORS
If you ever wanted to reclaim a piece of your childhood and cop that one deck you saw in a CCS catalog, hopefully, this will be a solid place to start.
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.
THE FRONT BLUNT HAT IS BACK… AGAIN
We know we sound like the boy who cried wolf but this might, just might, be the last chance to get your hands on one.
SKATERS RECOMMEND THEIR FAVORITE SKATE PANTS
We hit up some pro skaters and Jenkem contributors known for their 'fits to offer recommendations.
A MINDFUL APPROACH TO WATCHING SKATE VIDEOS
If you love a video, watch it over and over, become obsessed, notice everything, and move on only when you feel it’s the right time.