For all of us here at B.O.O.B. we have had very little besides fine ditches on the mind which is clearly evident by assortment of ditch related postings recently. This fire is 100% fueled by the stoke supplied by the legendary Ditch SLAP scheduled to go off next week. In the spirit of this glorious season, Southwestern local and official B.O.O.B. Crew member James Tracey paired up with our good homie and fellow desert dweller James West to collaborate on an absolutely mental compilation of media that they just dropped earlier this week. "The James's" are a radical duo that know all the cutty nooks and crannies that their home has to offer. Enjoy your self a free trip to the "City of Ditches" via this media presentation and hopefully we will see you on the bus next week for SLAP. JAH Bless y'all!
The time of year for the skateboarding event that Big Dave Tenaci refers to as a "Spiritual Holiday" is nearly upon us and things over at Ditch SLAP are starting to really look radical. This year being the 10th annual holding of this outlaw event that invites its participants to go rogue on some prime Southwestern spill ways, promises to be a banger through and through. Event organizer and Community Legend Joe Lehm has spared no expense in making this years SLAP one that will go down in the history books. SkateSlate just interviewed Joe and got the inside scoop not just on the event but also on the man behind the scenes making this possible for all of us rats to enjoy. Peep that interview here to help max out your stoke meter on this sure to be epic gathering.
As an Official Event Sponsor, all of us here at B.O.O.B. highly encourage anyone reading this to immediately hit up DitchSLAP.com and reserve your bus pass because this event promises to be one of the best 2016 has to offer! With two days consisting of various races (cash purse included) integrated into ditch friendly formats followed by two days of all you can handle fully shuttled ditch free riding, this is the best bang for your shred buck. This is the best chance to bro around with some of your favorite big name riders as well as kick it with a few of the elite members of the B.O.O.B. Crew. Hurry! You do not be late to the bus stop and miss out on all the fun going down May 10th-14th. JAH Bless y'all and I hope to see you at "X Marks the Spot"!
Skateboarding was born out of innovation and creation fueled by the mental stimulation of individuals dwelling on the fringe of society. Due to this unconventional upbringing, skating has always transcended boundaries and the typical labels that society has been able to slap onto most other aspects of everyday life. This liberty at expressive freedom is what allowed "Jay Boy" Adams to obliterate the mold by riding off of the typical competition platform during his introduction into competitive skateboarding. Skateboarding has no rules and no regulating body that enforces the proper technique to take when you stop walking and start pushing. If you're cranium can conceive the concept, translating that dream into a reality of motion is the essence of good skateboarding.
In the early 2000's a monkey wrench was thrown into this stigma free, creative atmosphere with the introduction of the category of skateboard that was to become the "Longboard". This break through technology capitalized on the variation of approaches to skating that was once very prevalent within our ranks by affording todays riders the technology to attempt feats of speed and forays into a practical transportation option. For many various reasons, rather than just allowing this new implementation of skate-ablity to simply slide in along side the ranks of their smaller counterparts as simply "skateboards" these new sleds were dubbed "Longboards" for obvious reasons. The lack of creativity in the naming of this broad label was not even close to the lamest aspect of this debacle. With out even knowing it, those who choose to market and push their products under the term "Longboards" built a massive divide within our community. All of a sudden rather than just being another skateboarder, those of us whose creative expression took place on a greater volume of wood and softer wheels suddenly were outcasted and chastised by many of our peers.
Skateboarding has been pigeon holed by this catagorization making it so that every individual is presented a choice when they embrace the Push Life of whether to "skateboard" or "longboard". There is a huge disconnect by the younger members of our Community who seem to be missing that longboarding is still skateboarding. By implementing this categorization of our art we have isolated so many of our own and discouraged them from expanding their expressive potential while on their board. It is time for our ranks to band together and take back our unregulated expressive potential found exclusively within skateboarding. It is time that the term "Longboarding" is utterly and permanently put to rest and replaced simply by what it is at its essence: "skateboarding".
Skateboarding is meant to be a home for the outcasts free from bigotry and reservations but we have allowed mainstream society to infiltrate our art and distract us from the lessons we have learned along the way. I encourage everyone who reads this to ride off what ever platform you have been skating on by branching out and trying something new within your skate life. Opening up your mind to alternatives is healthy and the only true way to experience growth as a member of the real Skate Everything Movement. JAH Bless y'all and remember, Longboarding is a dirty word.....
Spring has begun to peak its head out from under the blankets and allowing her warmth to radiate to thaw out all of us anxious skaters. Spring around Beauty Out of Babylon generally means more skating at our local spots but it mainly marks the arrival of SLAP Season. This year's Ditch SLAP going off in the deep Southwestern desert is one for the books seeing as it is the 10th year in a row that organizer Joe Lehm has hosted this legendary gathering that showcases the spillways he calls home. This is truly an event designed and oriented around the Skateboarding Community so naturally the allure is strong for B.O.O.B. to attend every year possible. This year however, I am incredibly honored to say that Beauty Out of Babylon is an official event sponsor and is going to be providing updates via social media as the event unfolds as well as a written re-cap after all the mashing has ceased.
Its not to late to buy your Bus Pass to join the B.O.O.B. Crew along with a lengthy list of high profile shredders at the Ditch SLAP by simply hitting up DitchSLAP.com and signing up! If you are unable to make the event in person be sure to follow us on Instabook (@BeautyOutofBabylon) and FaceGram to stay plugged into all the action. JAH Bless y'all and see ya at the Riders Meeting!
Welcome back to the latest, and perhaps greatest, Photo Editorial to drop since the conception of the category. This latest batch of images portrays the essence of skateboarding, telling the story behind each expression of freedom experienced by the individual rider at the time of the exposure. Images are about to flood your computer monitor that originated from locations across the country featuring varying artists who span the entire spectrum of skateboarding. From legends to those just fostering their own stoke, this publishing has it all. Sit back and take it all in and allow inspiration from these photos to corse through you. A huge shout out goes to all the contributing photographers as well as to you for the support of this site. JAH Bless and Viva La Skateboarding!
A man that no caption will ever do justice, Joe Lehm out for a rip helping to instruct the younger generation on what it truly means to wrongboard. Thank you Joe for everything you have done for the Skateboarding Community, you are without a doubt a living legend within our ranks. Photo: James Tracey
Sean possesses a creative skateboarding oriented mind with the raw talent to make those fantasy's become realities. The only thing he lacks right now is sponsors to help keep him rolling. Be on the look out for video footage to be drooping soon showcasing this guys insane talent... Photo: James Tracey
Beauty Out of Babylon is a skateboarding oriented, multimedia platform that showcases a plethora of write ups as well as hosting publishings that are solely image based. Every single one is dedicated to helping to progress our community in a sustainable direction that will allow for many future skater/creator generations. However, there is a special group of individuals who have proven them selves to be above and beyond dedicated to this mission of stoke, and those select few comprise the B.O.O.B. Crew. If you have been paying any attention to previous postings, you will see images of this posse lurking and lighting up their local spots around the country. Until now this exposure has been solely in the form of still photography but I am incredibly stoked to announce a new segment dedicated to bringing those images to life and showcasing the B.O.O.B. Crew's immense talent via moving pictures. This space is reserved for video projects either produced by Crew members or for any footie that is originally mixed and matched in house. This new addition to our publishing categories is meant to supplement our normal Simply Stoked on the Skating segment which features outside material, but also as a way to help further promote a unified skateboarding community.
Without further ado, I am excited to present an original production from the newest official member to the Crew, James Tracey in which proper use of a full quiver is deliciously demonstrated. James knows good skateboarding and doesn't discriminate making his footage some of the most entertaining avaliable to the skateboarding world. I hope you enjoy James tearing up his Southwestern home on a variety of wood provided by our Community Contributor, Bonzing Skateboards. I look forward to expanding upon this column in the near future and thank you for all of your support for this grass roots effort! JAH Bless y'all!
I just felt the need to once again bring the focus of everything that is going on here at Beauty Out of Babylon back to the ultimate reason for the existence of this website. This is not a publication founded to self promote but rather promote those who help to make our community the single best group of individuals on planet earth. Skateboarding is a half way house to all of us who feel like out casts and experience radical disconnect from modern day culture and society. It is, for many of us, the only sanctuary that offers peace and relief from day to day struggles and stresses. Skateboarding grants us a new lease on life and makes the unbearable, bearable again.
I personally owe so much to skateboarding. It has adopted me and completely accepted me as one of its own, even going as far as providing for all of my needs and many of my wants. I have met so many incredible people who I am honored to call my friends now simply because we all enjoyed the simple act of playing with skateboards. Because of all the good and positivity skating has brought into my life, I feel I owe it to skateboarding to honor and protect it from those who want to come in and exploit her for their own personal gain rather than the benefit of the community as a whole. This community based project was constructed for this guardian mission (as well as to educate and stoke out my fellow skate rats) and will not back down to outsiders trying to penetrate our ranks. Skateboarding is OURS and should remain in OUR control in order to preserve it for future generations rather than having it become as washed up as any other "childhood activity".
B.O.O.B. is dedicated to all the homies out there who never have un-torn laces. To the groms who go hungry at lunch in order to buy fresh skate gear. To the Old Heads who still hit up the deep end during Adult Swim. To all the lurkers. To the guys who may not know geometry but can still nail the apex of any mountain road turn. You compose the core of our community and are the fuel for the fire here at B.O.O.B. As skateboarding continues to grow and evolve, I promise that there will always be a voice resinating out of Babylon, fighting for your rights and demanding "Leave Our Skateboarding Alone!". JAH Bless y'all, get out and ride your skateboard now....
Once a year, a gathering occurs out in the Southwestern desert that is unrivaled and unsurpassed as the most fun skateboarding event scheduled for the year. Community and companionship rule the day as homies of all skate backgrounds skate some of the best paved terrain offered on planet earth. I of course speak of the legendary Ditch SLAP hosted by Sante Fe Skate School and am stoked to announce that there will be a heavy BOOB Crew presence when this years SLAP goes down! To help spread the stoke of SLAP awareness, a montage of all the best slap's through the years of competition has been compiled! This documentary is a first of its kind as it pertains to SLAP Life and does an excellent job of showcasing all the excitement that could await you if you commit your self to attending the best event on the calendar.
To secure your spot on the bus, head on over to DitchSLAP.com to sign up for this years event and by doing so guaranteeing yourself an opportunity to experience all around skateboarding like it was intended to be done. JAH Bless y'all and make sure you sign up before all the seats are taken!!
The essence of skate spots is that they are often a fleeting oasis avaliable one day and then dried up the very next. The fact that so many of our canvas's are subject to such a temporary existence stands to only add substance to the memories of the time spent there. There is a certain satisfaction knowing that you were on top of things to the point that you were able to sneak past Babylon's guard and get some well deserved session time in repurposing what is soon to be nothing but an addition to the seeming endless concrete jungle. What follows is a story about one such spot whose days were numbered from its very conception but due to diligence and an adventurous attitude, a solid session went down on a feature that almost every skateboarder has always wanted to skate but seldom would ever have the chance. This is due to the fact that skateboards do not normally comply with the minimum highway speed limit but this complaint was tested by a crew who took them down a pre-opened mega over pass many moons ago...
Stumbling upon skate spots may be one of the best feelings. It is a like being thrown a free-bee when normally the struggle is real trying to find something new and exciting to facilitate your artistic endeavors. Finding 49's was an accidentally blessing literally on top of a previous blessing found by our group just a few weeks earlier. The Concrete Wave was discovered as a highway underpass that had a hill leading into a very skate-able wall of concrete. This mythical find was enough to keep us occupied for multiple visits with out ever wondering what this wave was "underpassing". The credit for taking the initiative to poke their head over the lip goes to Bill Dunn who initially explored the unopened high way atop the Concrete Wave.
What was found was a four lane mega highway that was completely virgin to any traffic minus the construction crew who had made it and now our skateboards. A short push down the landing stripe was a huge over pass that was marked by an exit sign bearing "49" which was about to play host to an eager crew of shredders. The apex of the beast was such that both the front side and back side were rideable with nice grades of decent both ways and a double lane construction made for a wide enough platform to really explore our surroundings. Conditions were prime with all the expansion joints on the over passes tightly sealed due to the warm weather with the most beautiful black butter pavement in between the concrete sections that was just begging to host urethane wheels.
This unique session will forever live in the memories of those who participated in a once in a life time experience. We did not execute the most radical maneuver's of the day or even come close to ripping the spot to pieces but each of us felt the essence of skateboarding that day. Our boards may have been longer than the ones our forefathers rode but their adventurous spirit certainly lived on that day in each of us. Personally I can say this session was a piece of the foundation that would help to solidify my lifelong commitment to the Push-Life.
Moral of this story is get out and explore. Grab your board, get out the door and search for you never know what may be right on top of you! Never limit your self to one discipline of skateboarding but allow your mind's eye to expand and express its inner visions by equipping your self with the proper gear to tackle your own virgin territory. Hit up your local skate shop to snag what you need before your expedition and help support skater owned/operated brands that are pushing and progressing our community. JAH Bless y'all and good luck lookin'!
Last week I had the opportunity to skate with an OG homie who helped me get back into skating about 5 years ago at the newly built Team Pain park in Apex NC. Collin Gueterman is a wizard on his board making every maneuver look effortless no matter what the obstacle he is hitting. I pulled the camera out to digitize these movements and within a single hour, Collin had produced enough footie to throw together an edit. I will preface this video with the fact that Collin fell on only one attempt and was even able to replicate the back lip down the hand rail when I blew it and missed it the first go round. This boy good and he has an extensive bag of tricks that I am looking forward to further documenting in the future fr all of y'all to see! JAH Bless y'all and get out and skate today!
I am a skater who lives in Baltimore, MD. I am looking to spread the love of skateboarding through both visual and written means.