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Scene Building: Jake Jonson to Open Shop in Hometown

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Heads up Jake Johnson fans: The Quasi and Converse pro is opening a shop in State College, PA. Located at 118 S. Pugh St., IQ is slated for a soft opening in August, and a grand opening in September when Penn State students return to campus. Johnson breaks down his vision in an article that ran in the latest edition of The Centre County Gazette.

“Really, we are just trying to help the local scene. Have a place for the kids to basically hide out and hang out and have some community,” Johnson said.

“I have traveled all over for skating and skate shops sort of tie you in. So, if you are out there, and you know that there is a shop, you are going to meet locals.”

The shop can be a community for new and experienced skaters, he said.

“They are going to show you around,” Johnson said. “I grew up in State College and I didn’t know what it was like to have a shop like that. So, what I want to do is bring that experience to town, so if kids are growing up here, I want them to know that there are skate shops all over … there is a community all over.

“I want to sort of bring in that kind of culture.”

With High Point Park skatepark in the planning stages, it sounds like this the beginning of a healthy scene. Read the full article here.

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Super Skate Posse Gives Back to Kids in LA

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Super Skate Posse teamed up with Punk Rock & Paintbrushes and gave away Powell Peralta skateboards, Converse Cons shoes, and ProTec helmets to 25 children from Alexandria House, a transitional home for women and children in Los Angeles, California.

Skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi graced the event and taught the kids to skate.

Founded in 2020, Super Skate Posse is a nonprofit that aims to remove the cost barrier to skateboarding for children in underserved communities nationwide.

The organization tours nationwide and partners with local communities to give away skateboards and gear to kids at events hosted by pro skaters.

The partner in this event, Punk Rock & Paintbrushes is an art management company and art show production brand.

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Eric Koston and Steve Berra Take Back Control of The Berrics

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The Berrics founders Eric Koston and Steve Berra are now 100% back in control of their company.

Established in 2007, The Berrics was a portmanteau of the founders’ names — Berra and Eric.

Back in 2018, Hypebeast acquired the majority stake in The Berrics. Hypebeast is a Hongkong listed company founded by Kevin Ma in 2005. It started out as a sneaker blog and became an online magazine covering fashion, culture, and other topics and also ventured into retail among other businesses.

But after five years, it appears that the partnership didn’t go that well. In their statement, Berra and Koston said they had little control over their company.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s been almost 5 years since we’ve effectively had any influence over what we created, how it was run, what we made and what it stood for. Five years forced to the sidelines, largely silent, being told what we can and cannot do… or else suffer the consequences. Suffice to say, it was painful watching and experiencing some of the things that transpired.

The two also mentioned that The Berrics website, social, content, and e-commerce will all undergo changes. They also thanked everyone who supported the company through the years.

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First Annual Abloh Skateboarding Invitational Held in Miami

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The first Abloh Skateboarding Invitational was held in Miami’s Lot 11 Skate Park last December 4 in honor of Virgil Abloh.

Abloh was a skater turned architect and fashion designer. He was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and also collaborated with Nike.

The event was organized by Architecture, Abloh’s Nike-housed creative studio. It featured cash for trick contest, food trucks, live DJ, and a professional skateboarder demonstration from the dozens of professional skateboarders in attendance.

Zion Wright, Ishod Wair, Dashawn Jordan, and Sal Barbier were among the attendees of the said invitational.

Abloh died in November 2021 after his battle with cancer.

Before his death, he was involved in the building of Ghana’s first ever skatepark which opened in December last year. Abloh is of Ghanian descent.

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