Some dudes just plain out rip. The hours and hours of practice they have put in have paid off in dividends concerning not only their bag of tricks, but how effortlessly they achieve such great displays of art. These shredders are few and far between but luckily, Eastern Skateboard Supply houses a whole mess of talent all under one roof and even provides a canvas for each of them to express them selves freely upon during the daily hour lunch break. David Barnes (@dbarnez) is one of those #ESSCrew who takes care of business in the skatepark as well as handling it back in the warehouse dealing with all the clothing and protective equipment offered at ESS. Everyone knows the level of skating goes up a notch when this guy is around, yet he always keeps it mellow and skates simply because he enjoys it. Dave always has a smile on his face, even if he gets hung up on a trick all day, the dude never looses his cool composure. I was fortunate enough to be on hand the other day when he decided to throw down a banger of a line and obliged me to capture it digitally on film to share another glimpse into the "Best Break Room Ever" with all of y'all. Sit back and enjoy this extra grande backside flip paired perfectly with a buttery front board performed by David Barnes.
A Big thanks goes out to Eastern Skateboard Supply, a company who is for skaters, by skaters, and constantly looking to help progress this art we all have come to adore. Another HUGE thank you goes out to every single one of you who has helped support this site along the beginning of its journey. JAH Bless Y'all and Go Skate!
Happy Saturday shred world! This is the day I hope everyone has off from school or work long enough to make it out and enjoy this new fall weather that's starting to roll in! Knowing that I am planning on hitting the concrete jungle shortly, I always like to start my adventure off with a little bit of visual stoke whether it be reading and absorbing the images of a rad magazine article or watching a moving picture show depicting skating at its highest level. This morning I was fortunate enough to have the time to indulge in both selfish pleasures and figured that I must share the experience with you so that you may under go the same growth and inspiration that I received this morning. I am going to absolutely blow your mind this morning and include a video AND a link to perhaps one of the best, and most insightful interviews I have read in a long time. The video was done by JSM Skateboarding which is a sooper rad group of individuals who are helping to progress skateboarding in a fresh new direction. The video highlights the ripping done by "The Flyin Hawaiian" KJ Nakanelua (@nebulas_nakanelua) who brought his bag of tricks back to the main land to show us haoles how its done. The interview is from Magenta Skateboards, who has been featured in a pervious Simply Stoked on the Skating. These guys are core and are starting to mix all aspects and variants of skating together to make some of the most beautiful art I have ever seen. The interviewee is none other then fellow Rastaman Carlos Young (@kushite7), a ripper on the board and a master of the mind off of it. Many of his views that he express drive the nail home of things that have been echoed on this site time and time again. So stoked on Carlos Young's out look on life and that Magenta boards recognized this talent and has been helping to expose it!
With out further adieu, I bring you the double feature to help light that stoke flame underneath you today to get outside and experience the concrete landscape Babylon has put before us that is begging us to create beauty from. JAH Bless! and stop by your local shop or park today and plug deeper into your local scene!
Carlos Young Interview Pt. 1
Carlos Young Interview Pt. 2
Out of necessity the skateboarding industry has created labels for different products to distinguish them from other products of similar function. This sounds like a very logical and organized method of keeping house so to speak, but by inventing these labels for different genres of skating I feel that skateboarders have began to relate to the category of skating not to skateboarding its self. This creates one dimensional skaters who feel that they represent a singular category of skateboarding and they do not branch out and try other categories ultimately resulting in an individual who does not experience skateboarding in its entirety. This honestly is sad to me. I feel terrible for the skater out there who isn't eating the crust of the pie because they think the filling is good enough and there is no way anything could taste better. This extends universally around skateboarding from guys who only skate street or only parks who think "longboarding" is for kooks, and even the "kooks" who only skate downhill or freeride and not any transition or street because those Popsicle sticks are to small. Many skaters have fallen victim to this and I feel that it is time to break free of this mentality and promote a true SKATE EVERYTHING mentality through out the skateboarding community.
Growing up I got into skating street and never even considering downhill until I was 13 or 14. Once I mobbed my first slope there was absolutely no turning back; I was genuinely hooked. Street skating took a back seat as I began to find my self more and more mind surfing hills and less frequently concerned about spotting gaps or stair sets driving down the road. This continued for many years, where I had an interest and respect for street skating, but as far as participating in the scene or culture, I was absent. I am so very fortunate to say that street skating may have taken a back seat for a while, but thankfully it never left the car. Its always been a passenger in my "skate wagon" and now I am proud to say is reemerging more and more every day. Learning from the past is a must have trait and fortunately I was able to reevaluate how I had handled my love affair with street skating during my transition into downhill and not make the same mistakes on the opposite occurrence. Rather then isolate my self into the singular interest as it takes precedent in my skating life at that time, I now am trying to bring along all my skills and abilities and merge them into one fluid motion. Now as I drive down the road I am not just mind surfing a hill, but thinking of where I could throw a big standie to burn some speed so I could make that little ledge gapping some landscaping leading out of the up coming drive way. I have began to blend the "street" skating with the existing skills related to the downhill game. In essence, this takes all the joys and positive vibes from each discipline and blends them all together into a well balanced meal that all shred monsters deserve to experience.
"The best skateboarders are the ones skating everything..."
We're in a unique time and place in skateboarding history ladies and gentlemen. Everyone looks back to the Dog Town or Bones Brigade days and thinks that there is no way any group or generation could influence the game like that ever again. Those guys basically invented skateboarding and paved the path for all of us today which was and still is a monumental achievement that deserves utmost respect and consideration by anyone picking up a skateboard for the first time or millionth time. I feel that the pioneers gave us all the tools that are the different types of skateboarding and now we need to build the house envisioned and entursted to us by them. We have the opportunity to break down the labeled barriers and literally SKATE EVERYTHING. Skateboarding no longer has to be a one dimensional activity but rather it can morph and take new forms of progression in which all the skills needed to tackle all terrains is combined into a beautiful display of complete dominance of ones surroundings. This exact sentiment is expressed by Tony Alva in the newest issue of Concrete Wave in which he is interviewed on this very topic. Get your self a copy by any means necessary because you do not want to miss out on this one. "The best skateboarders are the ones skating everything like parks, pools, downhill, and street." says the legend Alva him self in the interview along with discussing skateboarding history and its likely future.
Skateboarding is growing and gaining momentum for something big and we have the power to tip the ball over to jump start the process. Skateboarding is going to become a multi-board gig in which every rider has a quiver so that they can skate multiple terrains. The quicker we all jump on board of the true SKATE EVERYTHING mentality, the sooner more and more progression can and inevitably will occur. I want to encourage everyone to go out and get your self a new set up, one that you may not originally pick out for your self but one that will challenge you to progress in an area of your skate arsenal that may have been neglected for a little while. Hit your local shop and ask any questions you may have regarding this new territory and its associated gear and then git you sum!! Get out there and drink the stoke smoothie knowing that its been mixed with only the finest shred vitamins and gnar minerals to ensure that you get the most bang for your skating buck!
JAH Bless y'all and make sure to follow us on our insta-famous @beautyoutofbabylon for rad visuals of skateboarding along its progressive path.
All I do is Bonz! Bonz! Bonz! California Bonzing has absolutely got it figured out ladies and gentlemen. When it comes to skateboarding of any discipline there is never any disappointment left by these artists. Like them on Facebook and follow @Californiabonzing for exclusive content delivered from their riders, sharpers, and artists. This addition of Simply Stoked on the Skating is going to focus on the "rider" contributing aspect of the Bonzing tree, in particular the Da Kine variety. This man's charisma is follows him onto his board and is evident by the numerous maneuvers effortlessly performed on a daily basis. He has been straight mobbin' his local runs since back before it was cool and shows no signs of stopping. I wanted to showcase a few of Adrian Da Kines raw runs that have recently been put out on the the intraweb. Take the time to tackle this trilogy of truly tantalizing talent and appreciate it for the wonderful skateboarding that it is being done on a product of equal greatness.
JAH Bless y'all and make sure to support California Bonzing and by doings so, all the fellow skaters that they help to feed and clothe! A portion of every sale goes directly to the rider and artist responsible for that product! Talk about community committed. Enjoy the show and until next time, happy skating.
This site is dedicated to skateboarding. Plain and simple. This is designed to be a forum that facilitates the true culture and lifestyle brought about by our community. With that in mind I wanted to showcase some of my homies who are as real as real can be when it comes to scooterboarding. The boys over at Eastern Skateboard Supply do not just work in skateboarding, they live skateboarding. Hours and hours of very hard work are logged by the #ESScrew but every day around noon there is a mass exodus from the expanses of the warehouse to the indoor skate park facilitated next door. This is where steam is blown off and nerves are reupholstered through the exercise in muscle memory and brain creativity only available through skating.
These sessions are not just your average roll around the park ordeal, but rather a full on spectacle of shred. Some high tier skating goes down on a daily basis, whether it be on the 9 foot deep end section of the bowl or the various hips and copings strewn through out the street course, this place gets destroyed with no mercy. This quick clip will be a teaser of what is to come in this newly created segment aimed to display high quality skating by a REAL skateboarding company composed of REAL skateboarders.
I hope you enjoy this appetizer and are hungry for more! Keep checking back to see all new material being constantly updated and remember to support your local skate community and hit up shops in your area for the latest gear you are interested in. JAH Bless and I hope you enjoy seeing our lunch break while you may be on your own.
Here is a list of the skaters in order of appearance: Robby Johns (@rabbit231), Kyle Lindley (@kwlindle), Lalo Peralta (@lperalta38), and David Barnes (@dbarnez).
It is crazy to see how far street skating has progressed in the last 10 years, going from rad to even radder on a train flying like a bat outta' hell. There has been a list of names that have helped engineer this train, with many only purchasing a short trip ticket and have had to exit a few stops down the track to fade off into the real world or at least out of the public's eye. This is the trend in the skate world and it seems to be inevitable, and then you have Andrew Reynolds. This man has been in the lime light for many, many moons and has some how manged to maintain control of this run away train the entire time. He has been throwing him self down ledges since 'Nam and is probably out there somewhere right now lining up the next gap he plans to nollie heel. The man loves skateboarding and has paid his dues to perfect his art and for that we all owe him a huge thank you. To pay tribute to the man who has inspired so many I wanted to give a video that truly displays the total prowess package possessed by this animal on wheels. Emerica's Stay Gold B Side was the perfect montage of clips to do justice. I have always loved this video and I am so stoked to share it with you today! Sit back and enjoy this 8 minutes and 25 seconds of paradise.
BONUS FEATURE: For all those who are as amped on this legend as I am here is a sick interview with the man the myth the legend him self, Mr. Reynolds done by Jenkem Magazine. Enjoy and as always JAH Bless! Get out and support your local scene and grab some shred gear at your local shops!
As humans we are constantly searching, subconsciously or consciously, for a place that we feel comfortable and accepted. It is something wired into our DNA and roots to our very nature. We search for a niche habitat in which we feel that we thrive and belong in; a place were we are truly allowed to flourish and blossom as the individual that we are. This place that provides stability and security is able to transpose all boundaries of the other aspects of our lives and provide the same relief and clarity originally only available in that single habitat. When a person is able to feel confident and comfortable with who they are and where they are, they are their own unique individual.
Skateboarding is in my opinion the single best host Community for someone to become a part of. I have searched my whole life for acceptance by teammates in organized sports, surfing, school, and even clubs of different kinds but never did I find a place where I felt okay to let my guard down completely. I've always skated ever since I was about 10 or so but it was never something I tried that hard at or really pushed to see progression in my self until relatively recently. Right when I really dedicated my self to this life style and really desired to progress in my artistic displays did I find the true blessing that skateboarding is. It is unlike any club or group out there that I have ever heard of or been a part of. This "activity" calls the participant to undertake a new outlook on life, to really slow down and see things as they are, not just as they seem. As discussed earlier, this skill seeps into other aspects of our lives as human beings allowing us to see past candy coated shells society has painted on so many things and all the labels they have placed on everything. Real skateboarders don't judge another skater on his skin color, religious beliefs, or fashion choices. The skateboarding community I have witness, and I have been accepted into has been full of punk rockers, black guys, and hippies all coexisting more peacefully then any other society on this planet. I see Satanist symbols plastered on decks sitting on a shelf right above the Rasta Lion of Judah, two virtually opposite religious view points, but I could all but guarantee that the purchaser's of those boards would have zero problem getting together and skating one afternoon with zero conflicts arising over that matter (or any other).
One of the first guys to really accept me into the Skate Fam, Austin Graziano, owner and founder of California Bonzing skateboards (Californiabonzing.com). Dude is huge in pushing and promoting all types of skateboarding and really focuses on his home town "niche" in San Fransisco. This man is Community Committed to the core!
Today's society seems to be one that wants to go about things in the future differently then how they have been done in the past. They preach change against race aimed bigotry. They scream down fighting and fussing over trivial matters. They scream for justice and equality for all. But the way I have been seeing it, "they" all seem to be preaching and stringing together fancy speeches and cool "Co-Exsist" bumper stickers while "we" are and have been practicing their preaching. We as skaters have learned never look at that concrete bank as simply a retaining wall; look at it as a wave waiting to be smashed or a canvas awaiting stall after stall upon the glorious top coping. We have learned to look past the color of a person's skin or what neighborhood they live in and look to a much deeper place. We see individuals who love to skate, just like us. Our minds have been opened and prepared to accept new ideas and new concepts on the fly because we have no idea what type of terrain we may encounter or experience that day. Skateboarding has been so good for so many people in that it heals and bridges wounds brought about by a society with so much hurt and pain. The skate community I have witnessed has been nothing short of a family and I am so thankful to be a part of it. And you know the best part about being a part of a family is? It can never be to big. I invite you to go out and meet your local skate family and your local shop is a great place to start. Go out and introduce your self to the owner and some of the employees. Who knows, maybe you'll even find your self a new skate partner.
JAH Bless y'all and get out there and color in the black and white land scape that is your local concrete jungle!
Precision is a skill craved by all skaters, but possession of this skill is what separates the men from the boys so to speak. Learning a new trick or slide is dope, but having it on lock is even doper. This is one of the things that makes a great skate video so captivating; it shows you the proper way a maneuver is to be performed which can be implemented into your next session attempting your own version. Skating is just muscle memory, the more repetitions you attempt and complete, in theory, the smoother and more natural the results should be.
In the downhill game when I think of sliding precision there are a few names that immediately pop into my mind but none exemplify this trait better then Blood Orange and Arbor's Liam Morgan in this video he did filming with Animal House Reference down unda'. The dude lays down some of the smoothest, most stylish lines possible on this run and luckily for all of us it was captured on film. We all know Liam rips, but I will never get tired of seeing his stand up toe sides as he gently leans in and dances on the tight rope that is traction. Enjoy this quick clip and go practice that maneuver you've wanted to dial in for so long!
JAH Bless y'all and make sure to get access to all the stoke material displayed between page updates on our facebook and as well on Instagram (@beautyoutofbabylon)
Happy Tuesday and welcome back from the holiday weekend! I hope everyone was able to get out and enjoy JAH's sun and hopefully you were even lucky enough to ride around on your scooterboard for a little and enjoy the freedom and serenity of that equation of motion. I was especially fortunate this weekend to discover a company whose beliefs and ideology's toward skateboarding are a mirror image of Beauty Out of Babylon's and decided to make a new segment dedicated to companies out there who strive to push the scene and our culture in a better direction. Satori Movement is a progressive skateboard company which focus' on the roots of our art and from there looks to help shape a more positive Eco-friendly as well as socially-friendly future for us board riders. They take conscious steps to help teach and mold the youth to behave in a more progressive fashion rather then falling into the same pit falls as those who came before them. I have nothing but respect for all of those who are associated with this movement and I for one will be closely monitoring their progression in our scene because not only do these guys have the right idea when it comes to manufacturing and distributing, they also have a heck of a team that rides for them.
In order to give these guys and gals the recognition that they absolutely deserve, I have decided to bust the mold wide open and go BOGO on all of y'all tunin' in out there! That's right, two Satori Movement videos for the price of one (okay so they are both technically free....). The first video is a quick clip that will give you more insight into the brand and should encourage you to give them some support! The second one is just some really really rad skating to get you all amped up to go out and try some new things that you may have thought impossible before! I hope you take the time to watch both and really consider the message that is being promoted here. JAH bless my brethern and sistern out in San Fran doin' it right and keepin' it rooted on positivity and high livity.
And to complete the BOGO deal, here is a link that will take you directly to Satori Movement's team video Kensho ,which is a full feature flick that is guaranteed to satisfy your Tuesday shred-film appetite!
Thank you so much for taking the time to check out a skate company that is looking to progress with us in a direction that will allow many, many more individuals to feel the simple yet holistic healing offered by urethane and wood bolted together! JAH guide and protect everyone associated with this movement as well as everyone of you who has showed this site support! Thank you and I hope you find what you are looking for in all of your pursuits until we meet again....
I am a skater who lives in Baltimore, MD. I am looking to spread the love of skateboarding through both visual and written means.