Brandon Turner has come in and out of the skate spotlight over the years, but if you kept up with his output over the course of 2020, then you saw him shock the entire industry and redefine what we thought skaters were capable of.
Brandon first came up in skating’s era of excess, and as a teen had access to the lavish lifestyle that skaters like Chad Muska and the Shorty’s crew were known for. That of course came with access to alcohol, drugs, and everything else that can lead to some bad decisions, all before the age of 21. After repeatedly doing jail time and several horrible injuries, a lot of people thought Brandon’s best years skating were behind him.
Instead, Brandon got his shit together, brushed himself off, and went through recovery — both from substances and for his injuries. Over the last couple of years, he’s come back stronger than ever, putting out the best footage of his career despite being almost 40.
While we were out on the West Coast cooking up some other special projects, we decided to link up with Brandon to film a Hanging Out With, but once his story started unfolding, we knew we had to dig a little deeper than usual. What became of it was this long, Epicly Later’d style documentary that’s ~newer territory for us, but necessary if we wanted to do Brandon’s long and complex story justice.
AN ORAL HISTORY OF THE SKATE PARK OF TAMPA
"It was a young person's dream. Nonstop fucking chaos."
BETTER OFF DEAD: BRANDS THAT SKATEBOARDING DIDN’T NEED TO COME BACK
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should."
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...