Trying to exit from a pro skate career is a lot like trying to leave a gang. There are only a few ways out (none of them are ideal) and you’ll slowly realize how hard “real life” can be outside of it.
However, a few rare pros have been able to leave their careers behind gracefully. Donny Barely is now one of them. He’s swapped the title of “pro skater” for a more traditional job within the skate industry managing east coast sales and events for Element. Although it might sound like some lame office gig in comparison, we’re all just happy that Donny bowed out before his switch hardflip down the Santa Monica triple set could be overshadowed by accusations of him “milking it.”
In appreciation of one of skateboarding’s most powerful skaters, our friend Joey Sinko edited his most memorable video moments into a mega compilation. Don’t worry if this video makes you feel a bit mushy and nostalgic, especially you Eastern Exposure fanatics.
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.