Author: Daniel Kratochvil

MI VIDA LOCA: AN INTERVIEW WITH JULIO DE LA CRUZ

  Photo Credit: Guilhermo Guillis Most skaters can recall the first skateboard magazine they read, or the first skate video they saw, like it was yesterday. And if you started skating in the early-to-mid nineties – arguably street skating’s heyday – that video was likely on a VHS cassette tape. The baggy pants, über-technical tricks, and classic rock-influenced soundtracks represented the essence of what skateboarding was at the time. One company that etched its presence in the industry was Neighborhood Skateboards. Its founder, Julio de la Cruz, brought a distinctly Latin vibe to the brand when he started it...

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SKATEBOARDING VS. MINIMALISM: AN INTERVIEW WITH RODNEY MULLEN AND SHAUN GLADWELL

If there were an ancestry website for skateboard tricks, Rodney Mullen would be at the top of its genealogical tree. From ground-breaking freestyle tricks, an unprecedented competitive reign in the seventies and eighties, to a complete reinvention as one of the most influential street skaters throughout the nineties, Rodney has literally shaped street skating’s DNA as we know it. I had the unique opportunity to speak with Rodney, and contemporary video artist, Shaun Gladwell, about their recent collaboration, Skateboarding vs. Minimalism, at the Drake Hotel, before a talk they hosted that evening. The event, hosted by Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch...

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