Now In The Stash, Cassette Deck Graphic for Street Skaters
Don’t sleep on it. This retro gem may not be around for long.
BustinBoard.com/Stash is where we hide our limited offerings.
With Surf Expo & King of Kona going on this weekend, both happening in Florida. It got me thinking about when I was a Grom growing up in Miami and spending my youth traveling around Florida going to skateparks and contests with my Runway Skate Crew.
If you are into Skate history and evolution or appreciate an amazing collection of photos and information. You must check out Craig Snyder’s book A Secret History Of The OLLIE released in 2015 by Black Salt Press.
The Ollie, a move super critical to how modern Skateboarding wound up where it is today was invented by Alan Gelfand. Gelfand is from Hollywood Florida. As a young kid I got to witness him crafting his first generation Ollies when my parents would take me to the skatepark in Hollywood where Alan was a local. Years latter I was honored when the book’s author contacted me to hear my stories and memories of that incredibly explosive period in time for skateboarding and Florida’s place in it.
“Every culture has a creation myth and skateboarding is no different. The Ollie forged a new identity for skateboarding after its invention in the 1970s, and it lies at the root of nearly every significant move in street skating today. This groundbreaking no-handed aerial has also affected the evolution of surfing and snowboarding, and has left a permanent impression upon popular culture and language. This is the story of the Ollie, the technology that set the stage for its creation, the pioneers who made it happen, and the skaters who used it to start a revolution.” – A secret history of the Ollie
With 2016 coming to a close I dove into what I do at the end of each year. Start making space for the future by clearing out my phone and camera of old photos and video clips. Before I hit delete I make it a point to repost some of the year’s highlights all in one place as a small time marker of current skate culture and style.
Enjoy the video and photos. 2016 was epic in NYC Skateboarding. 2017 is looking even better.
Stephan Lewis recently hosted “Picture This” at The Woods in Brooklyn. A night featuring local photographers from the NYC Skate Community. Between the Photos, Bartender, DJ, and Live Music, the night was Off The Hook. Check out the event photo highlights in the gallery below. Thanks to NYC Prince for photographing the event.