adidas Skateboarding as partnered up with BEYOND THE STREETS ( BTS ) to resurrect one of the most iconic destinations in skateboarding history—the Venice Pavilion. With site-specific installations curated by Los Angeles graffiti legend RISK, the three-stripes brand will reveal a fully skateable installation of the sacred site known as one of the original birthplaces of street style skateboarding as well as the introducer of East Coast “subway style” graffiti to the western edge of the country.
Originally built in 1961 as an amphitheater, the Pavilion was later reclaimed as a haven for graffiti artists and skateboarders to co-exist and cultivate their crafts for decades. The area hit its glory days in the 1980s and 1990s, as an abundance of now-legendary artists and skaters flocked to the Pavilion, also known as the “Venice Pit”, to make their names and reputations that proceed them today.
All photos © Josh “Bagel” Klassman
adidas Skateboarding has also partnered with non-profit mentoring group, STOKED, to run a hands-on program for high school students across the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Over the course of four weeks, the workshops will allow participants to skate the Pavilion, as well as include them in educational conversations around art, interactive art demos, and tours of the wider BTS exhibition.
More infos: beyondthestreets.com
And here is a little side note, back in 1994, I had the chance to skate and shoot photos at the Venice Pit while on a road trip with Montreal legendary skateboarders Steve Cantin and Frank St-Pierre. Here are some of the photos I shot that day.
Steve and Frank