2013 might seem like a random arbitrary year to most people, but to us, it’s the year the current era of skateboarding was born.
2013 kicked off with a number of notable pros leaving their long-term sponsors, setting off a chain of events. Many of them went on to start some of the most dominant brands of today, as well as mentor and support the current generation of influential skaters. Our friend and contributor Andrew Murrell picked out and wrote up the most notable events of 2013 in a neat timeline for us, and together we turned it into a feature for Jenkem Vol. 3.
Because we know not everyone owns the book, we had Alex Coles bring it to life in his usual video essay format, throwing in a few more important details we couldn’t fit onto the two-page spread.
If you dig the video, make sure you pick up a copy of Jenkem Vol. 3 at your local shop, or ask ’em to restock if they’re out. You can also order it directly from us in our web store. Inside, you’ll find this piece in its original print format, along with a ton of other juicy deep dives on the past, present, and future of skateboarding (…and maybe a few typos here and there).
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.
PLOTTING THE LIFECYCLE OF A TRENDY TRICK
"Pressure flips are cool again. Actually, their second act has lasted longer than their first did."
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.
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.
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.