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Jason Jessee Takes a Step Towards Redemption With Art Board for Brujas

Jason Jessee’s fall from grace as a result of an unearthed 1995 interview with Iron Horse magazine was well-documented in Vice’s exposé  from this past May. His use of swastikas in artwork was punctuated by the Iron Horse piece in which Jessee used several racial epitaphs. The controversy proved to be too much for Jessee’s sponsors. Santa Cruz and Converse abruptly parted ways with him.

Since then, Jessee has been keeping a relatively low profile. We reached out for an interview last month to get his perspective on it all. It has yet to manifes. But we do have the below statement, which was received via text several weeks ago.

[This is] old news from my childhood retardedness. I don’t really need to bring that up. It’s so boring. I never killed, raped, or molested anyone. [These were] just some words [that I used] as a kid. I definitely payed for those sins, and made mistakes. I grew, apologized, and was forgiven. And [I’ve been] blessed; [the] last 15 years [have] only [been] healthy, positive living. I’m down to talk about skateboarding, and life lessons I’ve learned. But yeah, I don’t know.

The sincerity of the above statement is supported by Jessee’s new art project. All of the proceeds from his latest collection available through San Francisco’s Equal Dist. are going to Brujas—a New York-based organization that is dedicated to inclusion in skateboarding and beyond.

We still hope to hop on a call with Jason Jessee at some point in the future. Until then, have a look at his latest artistic offering below.

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‘Good Work’ Episode 2 Now Playing on Redbull Skateboarding Channel

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business in this episode of “Good Work”.

Good Work episode 2 features Alphonzo Rawls and his #EVERYBODYSKATES and Savalé Footwear brands.

Alphonzo talks about how his past time of photoshopping images of celebrities skateboarding and sharing them on social media turned into a full-fledged business.

#EVERYBODYSKATES brand sells shirts, hoodies, hats, boards, and accessories.

He also had been involved in designing shoes for international footwear brands.

After 25 years of working with other companies, he decided to launch his own luxury footwear brand, Savalé.

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Alf was also a pro-skater back in the day.

He started skating when he was 10 and turned pro when he was just 16 years old.

He thinks that skateboarding has somehow helped him be successful in business.

“Skateboarding, it’s for the most part, a really inconsistent sport, which means you definitely have to have some patience and some perseverance…It’s allowed me to think outside the box and apply that ‘out of the box’ thinking to run my business”

Redbull’s Good Work Series features skater-owned and skater-operated businesses.

You can watch the first episode here or on the Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel.

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DC Shoes Drops Andy Warhol Collection

DC Shoes just released its WARHOL X DC: COLLISIONS in honor of Andy Warhol, one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.

In collaboration with The Andy Warhol Foundation, DC created four themed capsules under the collection namely: Strength and Fragility, Life and Death, Saint & Sinners, and War & Peace.

You can browse the collection here.

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Independent Trucks Welcomes Leticia Bufoni to their Team

Leticia Bufoni is Independent Trucks’ newest team rider. The six-time X Games gold medalist from Sao Paulo, Brazil began competing at the age of 14 (2007 X Games) and moved to the United State since.

She turned pro in 2017 with Plan B Skateboards. She competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics representing Brazil.

She was named one of the Most Powerful Women in International Sports by Forbes Magazine in 2018. She also made it to Forbes Brazil’s “Under 30” list.

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