It’s heartbreaking and powerful. It bums you out and pumps you up. The video below, Skateistan: To Live and Skate Kabul is raw and epic, depicting what skateboarding really means in the world at large. An escape, a sanctuary, a pastime, and an identity, skateboarding is a little bit of everything to these boys and girls. Made possible through a group called NGO Skateistan, the video pairs with a new book nearing release titled Skateistan: The Tale of Skateboarding in Afghanistan, containing photographs, essays, interviews, and personal stories from Oliver Percovich, Skateistan’s founder and Afghan youths effected by skating. This project is about ‘Skateistan’, and how a grassroots skateboarding project has impacted the lives of kids living in a war-torn community.
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For decades skateboarding has been a hugely popular pastime and culture on Native America Reservations. Ramp It Up is a traveling version of an exhibit exploring the ties between skateboarding and life as a Native American previously on display at the Smithsonian Institute. The exhibit has made its way to San Diego, California where it’ll kick off on April 28th.
Ramp It Up spotlights Native American skateboarders Augustin “Augie” Lerma (Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians) and his younger brother Armondo. Armondo, a seven year old who competes, and Augie, a ten year old who has earned corporate sponsorships, product contracts, and travels across the country to amateur competitions throughout the year, represent Native skateboarding in the United States.
Within the exhibit is everything skateboarding and Native America, from art objects to decks created by Native America artists and images to video footage. Check to see if and when the show will be at a city near you, HERE.
Tom Karangelov headed over to Zero Skateboards as the newest am. Check out Cold War due out soon.
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Last week Felipe Gustavo joined the ranks of the Tampa Pro and landed a spot in the finals, finishing 5th. Life Extention welcomed the epic talent of Eric Fletcher. And Dave Abair headed to FTC.
About 5boro’s newest video Join, or Die. Thrasher said, “In an era dominated by one-trick schoolyard stunts, raw street skating has become that much more special. 5Boro’s new video takes you on an epic journey through the concrete jungles of NYC and beyond. Join, or Die…” The guys hit D.C. and Toronto, too. 5boro’s Join, or Die. features the likes of Dan Pensyl, Danny Falla, Jimmy McDonald, Joe Tookmanian, Steve Rodriguez, Guillaume Dulout, and Willy Akers. Check out the trailer below and head over to Skate Warehouse to get your own copy, HERE.
We’re looking forward to LRG ‘s Skate The Void Japan tour video, Zero’s Cold War video, and Fourstar’s Florida tour. Skate Warehouse will keep you posted. In the mean time head over to the DVD section, HERE and check out our entire selection.
LRG ‘s Skate The Void
Zero’s Cold War
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