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04.02.13 Andy Cush

The latest offering from skate/art gallery boom-art puts Renaissance painter Heironymous Bosch’s notoriously trippy and nudity-filled Garden of Earthly Delights rendered across three skate decks. Though the original is also a triptych, the skate version appears  to only feature its middle panel (the most trippy and nudity-filled one, natch). Incidentally, the last boom-art decks we featured […]

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03.29.13 Aymann Ismail

You never get to see the bottoms of skateboards, so we asked these skaters around Chelsea Piers and Times Square to flip their boards over. Check out the stickers, the tags, the scratches and the gashes that tell a story. Shred. Check back every Friday for a new photo essay. See the photos in the gallery […]

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03.11.13 Andy Cush

The Sk8room is a new online store devoted to collecting and selling skate decks festooned with images by renowned photographers, graffiti writers, and street artists. Their catalog is full of heavyweights–check out examples from Damien Hirst, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy in the gallery–and they’re debuting with a set of original pieces from Belgian animal artist […]

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12.11.12 Marina Galperina

This skate video is not like the others. It’s shot in drones-eye-view via RC helicopter and features a glowing board. It’s gets a little CGI-around the edges with the cinematically swooping overhead shots and the Tron-like skating, but damn if it’s not a beautiful. The short video Firefly was directed by Jan Minol from Samadhi Production and the behind-the-scenes is […]

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10.22.12 Andy Cush

Despite a judge-issued court order and a phalanx of police on scooters and in vans, skaters decided to go ahead and race down Broadway on Saturday, continuing an annual tradition that started in 2002. Affectionately called the Broadway Bomb, the race begins on 116th Street and traverses eight miles, finishing at the Wall Street Bull. […]

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10.19.12 Andy Cush

Every year since 2002, hundreds of longboarders have taken over Broadway for one day, racing from 116th Street all the way down to Bowling Green. The 2012 race, which was scheduled for this Saturday and was expected to draw some 2,000 boarders, has just been officially cancelled, after the city successfully filed a temporary restraining […]

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09.10.12 Andy Cush

Last month, ANIMAL reported on Skateistan, an organization focused on empowering Afghanistan’s youth through skateboarding and in-classroom education. Today, Buzzfeed points to a tragic update from the organization–four of Skateistan’s students and youth leaders were killed Saturday in a suicide bombing in Jabul. “It is…with great pain and heavy hearts that we share our memories […]

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08.27.12 Monihan & Aymann Ismail

ANIMAL stopped by Afropunk Festival’s Battle for the Streets skate competition this weekend and took the opportunity to ask a few participants for their experiences as “minority” skaters, specifically with the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy. “It’s just a tactic for the NYPD to touch my balls and stuff. It’s not cool,” skater Leo Heinert told […]

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08.24.12 Andy Cush

The idea began as a joke, when Zach Baker was living in Boston and Adam Abada was living in New York. Someday, the pair of childhood friends would traverse the 225 miles between the two cities using only their feet and their skateboards. The plan gestated for about two years before they made it happen, […]

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08.21.12 Monihan & Aymann Ismail

Converse wrapped up its annual music and skateboarding bash they call City Carnage here in the Rotten Apple. Because New Yorkers get sort of bored with overly organized events, they just give away money to the skaters who are most adept at destroying themselves and/or the concrete terrain. Hence the name “carnage.” It’s way more […]

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