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Here’s the Real Story Behind the Skate Shop From ‘Mid90s’

If you’ve seen Mid90s, then you know that the story centers around a fictional skate shop called Motor where the main characters hang out. What you might not be aware of is that it’s 100% based on Hot Rod in West Los Angeles, where Jonah Hill spent many of his formative years. Mackenzie Eisenhour takes a look at Hot Rod during the era by talking to several of the shop’s key players including: Matt Solomon, Kevin Horiuhi, Chris Casey, and Mike Damski. They give a good bit of insight into what it was like, and how Hill’s portrayal of the store stacks up against the real thing. And, of course, they all provide their own recollections of Hill from that time, which should answer the burning question of what his real connection to skating is.

Jonah learned from Canale and he would just clown everything like, “Oh that’s already been done. So and so did that so much better.” Except Jonah didn’t have any background at all. But little by little he was there enough and he watched enough videos that he really did start to kind of know. But it was also annoying as fuck because you’d be trying to work and this kid would just talk shit non-stop.

Head over to Transworld to read the entire piece.

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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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‘My War: Gabriel Summers’ Now Playing at Thrasher Magazine

Watch “Gabbers” Gabriel Summers as he narrates how the story behind the “Damn It All” part where he got a broken collarbone while trying to conquer a massive kink handrail.

I will think about that forever because that’s something that’s like, took me so hard, and it’s so hard to accomplish and that I actually did it.

The gnarly goofy-footed Australian Skater has been a member of the Zero team since 2019.

Watch the “Damn It All” Zero part below.

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Skate Tales Season 2 is Coming

Skate Tales Season 2 is coming on Red Bull TV starting April 20.

Madars Apse’s documentary series takes us through skateboarding underground to share life experiences and ask more skateboarding mavericks to find out what skateboarding means to them.

You can also watch the series on Red Bull Skateboarding YouTube Channel on these dates:

  • Ep 1 – April 20th
  • Ep 2 – May 5th
  • Ep 3 – May 19th
  • Ep 4 – June 2nd
  • Ep 5 – June 16th
  • Ep 6 – June 30th

You can watch all the season 1 episodes here.

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