Uniqueness is a trait that is desired across many spectrum's by everybody in this world with many conscious steps taken by people to try to achieve this in their day to day comings and goings. Perhaps a new wardrobe is obtained to try to stand out amongst the endless crowd of other human beings out there, or better yet, driving a fancy car with all the bells and whistles available to man today in an effort to make sure not to blend in with your surroundings. I firmly believe that we as those souls who compose the skateboarding community have discovered the absolute best way to stand out from the crowd and really portray boldly the uniqueness of our selves. We are an underground subculture that feeds off of the mainstream and composes art out of urban artifacts and infrastructure that was never at first intended or even imagined. They try to stop us by installing artificial barriers in our natural environments, all in an effort to discontinue and degrade our habitats that feed our very survival. We are a creature being constantly hunted and attacked by those who claim we are disruptive and destructive, forcing us to always be ready for this run to be our last one before we have to find an area that will allow us to practice and produce the art we have grown so found of. Skateboarders are a misunderstood group whose intentions are read in a completely wrong context by those who don't push. Although this is stated in the sense that a problem is associated with the disconnection between the general public and skateboarders, I do not find this to be the case at all. I thrive off of the fact that I am seen as someone fighting the current rather then submitting to the general public's ideologies of how one is to behave around man made structures. This mindset of sane and humane rebellion is one that allows so many of us to cling to a feeling of one-ness that makes us know we are different then every single other person out there. Every time a trick is attempted on terrain and accomplished as the indivual controlling the plank saw it in their head, it goes into the history of time and shall never, ever be repeated in the exact same manner by anyone ever again.
If further proof is needed to convience those of you reading this that skateboarding is the most influential art form of our current time, I invite you to stroll around the downtown of any large metropolis and carefully observe all of the ledges that have been "Skate Stopped" by the propitiatory business. The resulting structures that meet this criteria is staggering and is a clear sign that skateboarding breeches into the mainstream and truly is an art form unrecognized by its modern viewers. These obscene objects intended to leave us with out a canvas to conduct our painting also outline the reality that our creativity is absolutely observed and noted, speaking testimony to its existence as a thriving community which reaches out to all who chose to embrace it. The skate community is alive and thriving y'all which means we are doing something right. Go make beauty out of things that other wise are just plain and ordinary objects. Society may think that wax makes their property look tacky and ugly, but they've never tail slide the set of ledges they own so don't be to upset when they come out and ask you to leave or skate stop your favorite spot; they know not what they are doing. JAH Bless y'all and don't let them win, our art is to beautiful to be contained despite their efforts to do so. Hit your local hard streets and go for a rip knowing that no matter how hard they can try, no one will create art the way you do and no one can stop you from doing it.
Eastern Skateboard Supply's skate park is a haven of shred for all those who are blessed enough to call themselves employees, but it definitely has also been known to play host to some homies who know their way around on a skateboard. Being the holidays, Eastern has had many visits from industry friends in the past few weeks with their goal being to help spread the joy and cheer of our art. I was lucky enough to snag a few pictures of one of these guests, Andrew Cannon, who thoroughly impressed me with his ability to rip the park like it was his own personal ramp collection from his very first run. Please take the time to go through the visuals that are to follow which will high light the skateboarding done at Eastern in between shipping out all sorts of stocking stuffers and packages that soon will be underneath your Christmas tree.
I am so stoked to have the opportunity to take a few shots of Andrew Cannon for all of y'all to enjoy but mainly I am still amping on what a great guy and ambassador for our art he is. I want to thank Andrew for spreading nothing but stoke to everyone at Eastern during his visit here. I would also like to send out a huge thank you to Eastern for being dedicated to helping promote and host great skateboarding brands as well as skateboarders who run those brands and help push our scene in a positive direction. JAH Bless y'all and get out for a rip and embrace the simple satisfaction you're bound to experience.
Greetings and salutations shredders of all kinds, and welcome back to the next rendition of Beauty Out of Babylon's 2014 Holiday Buyer's Guide. This is meant to be a tool for you, the actual skater, to use as an aid in finding exactly which tools of shred will supply the maximum joy for you at the end of this year and on into the next one. Hopefully you caught the previous publishing on wheels to help reassure you that the up coming purchase in the 'thane department you intend to make will be the right one. But what good are four solo wheels without some way to coral their individual motions into a conjoined effort of artistic pursuit? This issue was recognized and addressed by our forefathers in the form of the skateboarding truck; a mechanical wonder whose principles of simple geometry make it possible for us to move through this world different then the average human being.
The wide world of trucks is a vast worm hole that has been addressed in a previous Shreducation that I highly encourage everyone reading this to either read for the first time or re-read as a per-cursor of what is to follow. This will explain the basic differences and purposes of the two categories of skateboarding trucks on the market today. These categories of course being Traditional Kingpin's (TKP) and Reverse Kingpin's (RKP) each of which is designed to tackle various terrains and situations that are bound to come across your path whenever you are out for a rip. To help keep things rolling straight in the minds of all you out there, I am going to publish two separate guides, one geared toward TKP's and the following part will tie up the RKP part of the 2014 Holiday Buyers Guide. Without Further ado, lets get these bells a-jigglin'!
Traditional Kingpin Trucks
Certain skateboarding pursuits demand equipment that is tried and true to be up to the task of routine beatings dished out on and by multiple surfaces and materials. A design is needed that can absorb impacts well time and time again with minimal corruption of the structural integrity of the truck its self. The design that has become the staple for shredders who fit this bill has become known has the Traditional Kingpin truck. The baseplate and truck are attached by a kingpin whose angle is nearly straight up and down to provide the maximum balance between strength and absorption properties. Both factors are key during aerial pursuits or during those frictionless grinds that keep us all coming back for more. The brands and models of trucks that are to follow have proved to stand up to all the demands placed upon them by my self and/or other credible shredders who know what they want and how to get it out of skate products.
Going with a "less is more" approach, Ace has come into the truck game and really turned some heads all the while putting together one of the most talented teams in the skate world right now. When a rider is looking for a truck that is going to hold up to abuse during grinds on multiple surfaces, and still offer stability upon arriving back to the planet earth after what ever gap or stair set your town holds, then Ace should definitely be on their wish list this holiday season.
While many truck companies can honestly boast about having the same qualities of sturdiness and durability, not many of these other companies have the ability to compete with Ace when weight where weight is concerned. Featuring a hanger design based off an early truck model that takes a minimalistic approach delivering an end result that contains less material and therefore weighs less then competitors trucks. For flip tricks this comes in very handy, not weighing the board down during rotations which can be the key for some skaters to open up many new doors in this discipline of skating.
I highly encourge anyone out there who is looking for a set of trucks this holiday season for the purpose of taking it to the streets with confidence that you will come out the victor, I highly suggest looking into the many options of heights and hanger widths offered by Ace Trucks. A predictable and even hanger wear can be expected producing a long and enjoyable shred life for this critical piece of equipment.
Bear Trucks, Polar Bear
Bear Trucks is no stranger to the truck scene, having been heavily envolved in the downhill scene from its infancy Bear has come to be a trusted and true name when it comes to high performance hard goods. Seeing a need in their arsenal for those riders both on their pro team and all those shredders out there who support this brand, the good people at Bear put their paws to the grind and put out the Polar Bear, a traditional kingpin truck that is afraid of nothing you can put in its path.
The thing I think I like most about the Polar Bear's is their beefy design that makes them a candidate for putting on a downhill deck as well as a street deck depending on the individuals mood that day. Although I use the word "beefy", this does not mean these are monsters that weigh a gazillion pounds either. Bear ain't no spring chicken so they knew how to design a truck to help you stand tall in both your grinds and your slides.
The Polar Bear's will absolutely provide a feeling of confidence underneath any rider, which is one of the keys of progression in this art form we love. Feeling good with whats under your feet will lead to more makes on less takes so don't be afraid to poke the Bear that's wrapped up for you this season!
Progression is not achieved by being stagnant and sticking to traditional methods that have been worn out, but rather by breaking the mold and casting one of your own. Caliber Trucks has done just this by adding new branches to their truck trunk and sprouting the Standard series for all the harvest and enjoy. Known far and wide as a company who houses a power house team of riders determined to obliterate any obstacles that can possibly find a way to skate. To facilitate to this desire Caliber budded a gift that no one will be disappointed with picking to stuff their stocking this year.
You're only as good as what you're made of and Caliber took this into account when they stuffed each truck full of Blood Orange bushings. This thoughtful addition means that bushing upgrades are no longer necessary when purchasing that new set of trucks this holiday season, though I am not discouraging personal tweaks merely saying that Caliber has supplied a very high quality hanger seat for your riding pleasure.
Quality meets functionality with the Standard's coming straight out of the package ready to accept all wheel types and all shred ambitions with no questions asked. There will no longer be the question of which trucks should I throw on because when rockin' these beauties, going fast is just as natural as smashing the coping. Get your self a set of Caliber Standards this year and feel what its like to have no limits on your next rip trip!
Independent Stage 11
Independent is known as the archetype when it comes to trucks which is justly earned seeing as they have been in the game longer then many of you reading this, and even my self as I write this, have been alive. This time in the spot light means that they have had plenty of time for some research and design when it comes to their product. With a slogan like "Built to Grind" its not hard to figure out just what these trucks are meant for. Composed of a solid hanger seated perfectly on an equally strong baseplate, you can bet that you will be riding your set of Indy's long and hard as you wait for next Christmas season to roll around.
I have chosen to merely highlight the baseline model with knowledge that even the most simple model of trucks put out by Independent is going to stand up to any rigor demanded of it. Also knowing that there are multiple color options as well as titanium or forged options only adds to the delight of picking out a new set of trucks for your self. High's and Low's models have been put out to further aid in tweaking that perfect set-up. Hanger sizes range from 129 all the way up to 215 which facilitates all types of riding styles somewhere within that range.
When you're on top of your industry like Independent is there are certain perks that come along with that. Many bushing companies make sure that their product is compatible with Indy's simply because they know how many sets are out on the market. This means that personalization is made even easier. A wrong choice simply cannot be made when it comes to this brand, which should give you the buyer confidence this season when branching out to try a new truck, that if you go with Independent you're bound to be a happy camper.
Paris Truck Co.
With the quiver mentality becoming a sweeping reality all across this nation of shred, its only fitting that all aspects of our equipment come along in this mentality. Paris Truck Co. is another downhill company that has seen the light and the value of diversifying by offering a TKP truck in their line up. I am so grateful for this revelation on their part because oh my what a great product they have graced the market with. Taking what they knew about going fast with style and grace and teaming it perfectly with the desire to tear apart the streets, the Paris TKP was born!
Not trying to break the mold, Paris has come out with a classic yet light weight design that has all those riding it raving about the results. This truck is ready to be put through the ringer and suggests any new possibilities of ways you can think to test it. Parks, hills, ditches, curbs.... now everything is accessible and shreddable thanks to the wonderful minds at Paris! Taking as many good qualities as they could such as light weight and ample grind surface, this truck facilitates so many positive designs while minimizing any negative aspects that may be associated with them. Plain and simple this truck rips and will do nothing but help you unleash your in aspirations next time you hit the streets!
I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to read through this guide to the 2014 Traditional Kingpin trucks as well as Eastern Skateboard Supply for supplying the showcase of brands featured in this write up. All of the brands highlighted on this site have been not only approved as high quality pieces of skateboarding equipment, but also as companies who are positive contributors to our scene as a whole. I want to encourage the spread of shred joy this holiday season in an effort to once again help build and strengthen the skate community that so many of us call home. Head down the street to your local shop and check out the selection of trucks they have to offer by these companies if any of them tickled your fancy as you looked through this publication. If your home town shop happens to not carry the so sought after model you desire, all you have to do is ask them to order it from Eastern Skateboard Supply and within normal shipping times to your area, it will be delivered and ready for you to pick up! Shopping local not only helps your local economy as a whole, but this keeps a shop who is invested in your skate interests right in your neck of the woods. Shops are often community leaders in getting new parks built or lightening the bans or punishments associated with making our art in certain parts of your community. Lets share some shred love this year and band together as a community and continue to take this art in a positive progressive direction in which we are sitting in the drivers seat! Stay tuned for part 2 of the trucks buyers guide which will feature a guide to the 2014 Reverse Kingpin trucks that will be dropping very soon....JAH Bless y'all and shred on!!!