Recently, we saw that Keith Hardy (aka Shredmaster Keith) had taken a trip to Bulgaria, of all places. Even more surprising, he was on that trip with a brand called Stinky Socks. The owner of Stinky, Risto Petkov, reached out to us shortly after and said he had put together an edit of Keith skating around his home country he wanted to share with us.
Quick history intermission: Bulgaria is an incredibly old country located in Europe right next to Turkey and Greece. Most recently, it was subject to the Soviet Union’s Iron Curtain and was under communist rule up until the 1990s. Since then it’s become a free country and has joined the EU, but it has that post-Soviet feel in some ways still.
If you don’t know Keith by now, he’s a New York native and although LES Skatepark is his home, he looked just as comfortable skating through Balkan plazas and cracking beers with Bulgarian locals, and we’re glad to get to see Keith living up to his “Shredmaster” nickname. We didn’t know what to expect out of the edit, but it was pretty refreshing to not have to look at a cropped-in pair of shoes skating the same old spots in New York.
Watch Keith zip around on this Bulgarian tour through towns like Stara Zagora, Haskovo, and the capital, Sofia and check out some of our favorite flicks from the trip below.
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.
WE TALKED TO A SNEAKER BOTTER ABOUT THE STATE OF RESELLING
We tried to understand one of the most obnoxious new hustles.