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.
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.
“CHROME ZONE” IS THE LATEST NYC HOMIE VIDEO YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
Babe, stop Cyber Monday shopping, there's a new Sam Zentner video.