Contributor Archives: Sandro Grison
Skateboarding exists as the base that brings many different strong personalities together and as a common thread, holds the ability to somehow erase differences and bring out the best in people. So when Sitka asked me if I’d like to help put together a capsule collection for their line my immediate thought was that we should explore the multiple personalities found in skateboarding. The Mechanic, The Artist, The Builder. The Writer, The Musician… Read more
Doing what I do, regretfully I need to be careful about the things I say because, well… publishing ain’t what it used to be and unfortunately magazines aren’t the invincible, insuperable powers theyonce were. So in the spirit of ‘treading lightly’, let me distinguish for the readers of this Time Capsule, that Shake Junt is (was) a phenomenon that is (was) happening (in the early 10s) sweeping a generation of skateboarders with fun antics and positive messages of drinking 40s, smoking weed, eating fried chicken—and celebrating it with a good ol’ fashioned booty shaking contest. It’s the type of brand any fourteen year-old would make if given the opportunity; Tacky, over the top, rude, and totally awesome.
Just over the border, before All Hallows Eve, the eerily quaint town of Lynden, Washington takes to the stables that play host to their annual event aptly dubbed the “Harvest Gnar Fest”. Free food, sodas, giant jack-o-lanterns and fireworks take over the stables of the Northwest Washington fairgrounds. A combination costume ball / skateboard contest / art show (courtesy of the likes of resident ripper and reaper Matt French) — this year I was honored to have been there and judge the contest too.