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.
HOW CHAD CARUSO SKATED ACROSS AMERICA
Chad did it the way most skateboarders would: independently and without much of a plan.
JOSH KALIS ON BUILDING AN INDOOR SKATEPARK WITH GRANITE FROM LOVE PARK
"Laying the granite tiles was the most torturous part because you’re on your knees. It was a month straight of doing 1,600 tiles."
WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE OFFICIAL BROOKLYN BANKS COMEBACK
We talked with Steve Rodriguez about the imminent reopening of The Banks, which has been in the works for 13 years now.
JENKEM MIX 126: ANTONIO DURAO
Much like Antonio himself, this one’s got it all… An auditory gumbo, if you will.
MEET THEO HAND, THE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SHOT ALL YOUR FAVORITE ’90S PROS
Theo helped shape how skateboarding looks in the modern age, documenting names like Chad Muska, Tom Penny & Ali Boulala, all in their prime.
January 4, 2021 11:03 pm
this ruled on every level. great work.
January 5, 2021 8:59 am
Baby schizo invented sk8mafia and the hand sign
January 5, 2021 12:30 pm
Really enjoyed this, thank you! Respect to Brandon Turner!
January 5, 2021 10:04 pm