This is reposted from instagram, but belongs here as well. I haven’t update much and dropped the ball on delivering all the news over the past 2 weeks about the LOVE ban getting lifted due to the renovations coming to the park.
I didn’t get to skate last week at the open invite to LOVE one last time but I went last night in the rain and slush to take a walk around for old time sake and revisited a lot of memories and still don’t know what to think or how to feel about it all.
I first visited Philly in ’96 with Steve Healy via LowRider Skateshop. I had just graduated high school and had no idea what to do next. Skateboarding was life at that point in time but I knew Philadelphia was the place to be. We stayed in West Philly in Fat Bill’s tiny 1 bedroom apartment. We watched Trilogy for the first time. We watched it almost non stop at the apartment when we weren’t skating.
We pushed from 38th and Spruce all the way down South Street. I remember seeing the skyline from the bridge for the first time. I remember being amazed at the entire mission and how far we had skated yet it felt like normal. We skated the entire time. I learned pole jams and wall rides. We met up at Love Park every day with so many other skateboarders. I hadn’t seen anything like it. It was an amazing, eye opening experience.
I fell in love with LOVE park and the city of Philadelphia. I knew I wanted to live here.
2 years later I moved to Philadelphia and aside from a 2 year “vacation” in Albuquerque, I’ve called this city my home. I’ve made endless amounts of new friends and memories.
They say they are going to donate the granite and relocate it eventually but how, where, and when is anyone’s guess. We are losing a world renowned spot and the city will never be the same. Everything happens for a reason I guess and although skateboarding is no longer life the way it once was, I hope this city can continue to grow and remain influential to skateboarding. I don’t claim to be an OG by any means but I’m happy to have put my time in and contributed how I could.
Thank you Skateboarding. Thank You Edward Bacon. Thank you to all of the people I’ve met in this city, especially those who are carrying the torch. Thank you LOVE Park. Rest In Peace.
#lastdaysoflove #lovepark #philadelphia #riplovepark #skateboarding
I skated 2 days in a row! Yesterday I even learned that I can still do nose grinds both ways if the ledge or box is just right. I’ll take it!
Tonight Wagner met up with me for a quick evening Paine’s Park session and decided to film a few fun tricks.
JP Gillespie skating Trackmasters. Photo by Andrew Maholsic.
My home town of Buffalo recently had a spot check article published that JP of Sunday Skateshop where he runs down 6 famous Buffalo Spots old & new. I didn’t get to skate all of these as a few of them were after my time in Buffalo or plain old just out of my skill bracket. I’m really iching to skate Trackmasters again now after this.
The main photo kickflip in the article at the main place mall is pretty gnarly. There is a granite slab right after you land that if you don’t turn away from it you could get pretty messed up. Aside from drop ins, the 1st major thing I remember going down on that thing was Ricky O’s manual to ollie in. Go check the article to read about Dave Weaver’s gnarly kickflip into that thing. Rest in Peace Dave! Go watch his original edit from Sunday’s “Whatever the Weather” video after you read that interview and spot check to see that amazingly scary kickflip. Do we really care that he didn’t completely roll away clean knowing he went and did it after going through Chemo? Hell naw.
Thanks for helping keep Buffalo on the map for skateboarding, JP! It’s grown so much since I left.
JP & I two and a half years ago on a visit to Sunday Skateshop.
After 10 years and 60 issues of helping push east coast skating to the world Focus Skate Mag will be throwing in the towel. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to help them out and work with them on their website In the beginning. Thanks for putting out so many awesome issues that helped showcase some of the best skateboarding on the East Coast, guys. The mag will be missed, no doubt.
Tonight some people from the warehouse are setting up a screen to have a viewing of the new Van’s Video, Propeller, upstairs at American Sardine Bar. Viewing is at 9. 21+ since it IS a bar.
We’re going to put a donation jar on the bar for the Warehouse. Vans will match your donation dollar for dollar so please donate! We don’t have to do cool shit like this. We do it for fun, for skateboarding and to keep the Warehouse going strong so please show your support. Thanks!
Black Diamond X-Park, previously known as X-Games Skatepark* and the Slippery Skatepark, at the Franklin Mills, I mean Philadelphia Mills Mall is trying to raise money to keep the park open. As of this post they’ve raised $1,335 of the 13K they are trying to raise. The lease is up and the landlord wants a “substantial security deposit down on the lease, and a significant chunk towards the insurance for the park”. I’m not sure what the exact breakdown of that price is but they need o raise the money by the end of May in order for the park to remain open.
* I think it was originally a Vans Park.
The bro vid 3 première is going down shortly at exit Skateshop. Check back for the post with details.
Tomorrow there is word out they need some muscle to help bud down at FDR tomorrow. Find the facebook group or just go down to the park tomorrow.
7th st also has a planned build for tomorrow and Sunday from dusk till dawn. Any help you can give them, they’d love it.
Tomorrow afternoon is the warehouse fundraiser where you have a chance to win some original Mark Gonzalez art. Go get some!
Get some rolling around in this weekend. It’s not so cold anymore and support your local skate scene.
Bro vid première this Friday at 8 at exit. Do it!
I had the opportunity to skate burnside for the first time last year and I really hope it won’t be my last. The place is so much tougher to skate than you could imagine despite being told by nearly everyone that you won’t believe it until you see it.
Read up on what’s going on in Portland and the possible future of a legendary park.
Shout out to Mike Stein for putting me up for the last minute trip and shout out to Julius for the photo!
I guess I don’t pay attention to the industry too much anymore because today I discovered that Tampa Pro is run by Street League now. Things done changed. Then again, I only skate in Nike SB hi-top Dunks anymore. The contest is also sponsored by Nike.
Anyway, here is a screenshot of Vern lurking on the webcast to keep the tradition alive.
The Alter Street bowl is having a fundraiser on April 11th to raise money for our annual property tax & insurance. We have some great sponsors & awesome prizes to raffle. They will also be auctioning a framed piece of original Mark Gonzales art! Be there!
Someone recently unearthed a decent throwback video of Jeremy from Exit. It’s from around 03⁄04.
jeremy weiland — YouTube.
Check out this interview about Lennie Kirk over at VICE with the author of Heaven, Dennis Mcgrath.
Heaven is a new photo book coming out that documents the “entire ascent and the downward spiral” of legend that is Lennie Kirk. Lennie is currently in prison for 13 years on kidnapping charges.
I don’t want people to ever think I’m exploiting him. I’m trying to give his life some dignity. He’s going to have a lot of time to look at this book and maybe this time he will try and change. What he did isn’t right, but by happenstance I was just there and able to document his life since he was 16 years old.