For the last couple of years Japanese skateboarding has been getting a good amount of shine outside of the land of the rising sun. Between the Hongo brothers, a bunch of impeccable homie videos, and Yuto beating Nyjah by seven places in the Olympics, Japanese skateboarding is doing everything right.
Magenta skateboards was ahead of the Japanese curve and has been a part of the skate scene there ever since they started sponsoring Koichiro Uehara and filming with the Tightbooth crew nearly a decade ago.
More recently, Magenta has been sending boards to Shogo Zama, and today, we’re hyped to premiere his part from the latest upcoming Magenta video, Magentapes.
In his new part, Shogo highlights the typical Japanese urban design that we’ve come to love, filming almost entirely lines. These aren’t the drawn-out lines of Southern California that end with a tre flip on flat, nor are they the chopped-up lines you come across on Instagram. These are quality lines that capture the terrain and the style of Japanese street skating, both visually and audibly.
Shogo is fast, calculated, and his pants are just the right amount of baggy. What more could you want?
PLOTTING THE LIFECYCLE OF A TRENDY TRICK
"Pressure flips are cool again. Actually, their second act has lasted longer than their first did."
WILL TIKTOK BE THE NEW HOME FOR SKATEBOARDING ON THE INTERNET?
We called up some "skate TikTokers" to find out what they've learned and seen so far.
WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON WITH ILLEGAL CIV?
The Illegal Civ stuff feels like an ongoing soap opera, so to air out any confusion we talked to a few key characters.
CHECKING OUT A HIDDEN DIY FINGERBOARD PARK IN QUEENS
When we heard about a mysterious concrete fingerboard park hiding in Brooklyn, we knew we had to go find it.
INSIDE THE 20 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY OF EMERICA’S “THIS IS SKATEBOARDING”
We stopped by to pay our respects and see if we could squeeze a few stories out of the crew.