By Andres Pachon
A. Pachon, a journalist and skateboard addict, is a full-time writer for SHIT® Magazine.
Skateboarding always had different communities within it, crews that had the “skate or die” motto tattooed on their core. Strenght in numbers is not only a nice slogan. A great group of people with a passion in common can go further than you may think. With unique tricks, styles and slang, skate crews have become the basis of am and pro skaters. Being attached for life to their crew, that are remembered for their influence in a specifical time and place within the skateboarding culture. In this article we will talk about the most notorious ones, the members that have made their mark on the skate world.
Current and former skaters of San José, California. Some of it’s bigger names are Marc Johnson, Louie Barletta and Jerry Hsu. In the 2000s they released videos like “Man Down”, were Marc and Jerry have most of their greatest shit. This is a group that jokes around without giving a damn about how they appear in their videos or if somenone likes them. Tiltmode Army is now a little quiet but skaters recognize their irreverence and joy for skateboarding.
Pulaski Park Locals
Back in the 90s a lot of street spots were used for skating every day, and all major sowntown plaza was the home of skate crews. When it comes to Washington D.C. the place was Pulaski Park. Pepe Martinez, Chris Hall and Andy Stone where some of the dudes that are part of this crew. Hall was the man who introduced the crew to the rest in the first New Deal Videos. Martinez landed a spot on Element when the Pulaski Park Locals were cementing their legend in skateboarding.
It is known as an accesories Company, but what really defines them is skating. Part of this crew are Andrew Reynolds, Theotis Beasley and Erik Ellington. All begun with a skating video, to then become the family that it is today.
Vincent Alvarez, Cory Kennedy, Raven Tershy, Stevie Perez, and Elijah Berle. They tend to stick to the back of the van on girl and chocolate trips. A young crew that could hold down the trunk.
Love Park Locals
Philadelphia’s Love Park was the spot of two skater camps: the Ricky Oyola crew and the Stevie Williams crew. Ricky and his friends (Matt Reason, Sergei Trudnowski and others) were recognised because of their no-holds-barred approach to skating the city. Stevie and the rest saw the Love Park as a trick incubator. Stevie crew was known as DGK and he turned that nickname into a successful brand.
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A crew with skaters such as Colin McKay, Rob “Sluggo” Boyce and Moses Itkonen. The Vancouver Red Dragons began as a joke among kids for annoying security guards, then it turned into a skateshop that doesn’t exist anymore. The RD symbol (a stylized rendition of the chinese center carácter) has been used by som pro skaters like Steve Caballero and Stevie Williams.
The brigada that influenced recent skateboarding culture since the 80s, they were massive names then and are massive names now: Mike McGill, Rodney Mullen, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero, Steve Caballero and Tony Hawk. In their video of 1987 “The Search for Animal Chin” it seemed that they use to hang around almost all the time.
Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, better known as Embarcadero was the epicenter of skateboarding. Mike Carroll, Jovontae Turner, Justin Girard, Henry Sanchez and Mike Cao along with others, changed skateboarding and the tricks people did the gear they wore and music they put. It has been more than 20 years but companies Girl, Chocolate, Fourstar and Lakai are heavily influenced by them.
Almost everyone knows about the Z-Boys. The skaters of Santa Monica and Venice Beach will never be forgotten, and they have their own documentary to assure that. Stacy Peralta, Jay Adams, and the others of the Zephyr team decided to have their surf-inspired style in schoolyard Banks and empty pools, starting with a skateboarding aggression that remains to these days. They made what skateboarding is right now and their influence is carried on by companies such as Alva and Powell-Peralta. We owe them.
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