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Mike Carroll Talks About the Beastie Boys’ Influence on Skate Culture

The Beastie Boys recently released a book, which was followed by a capsule collection with Girl that features photos of the band shot by Spike Jonze. The Beastie Boys influence on and perpetuation of skate culture is undeniable. Anthony Pappalardo delves into topic in his latest piece for Highsnobiety in which he gets Mike Carroll’s insight on how Mike D, Ad-Rock, and MCA played into his matrix during that pivotal time when Plan B’s Questionable was released in 1992.

After a string of successful singles, the Beastie Boys made a meaningful connection while working on a promo video for “Time For Livin’.” Even though the under two-minute hardcore punk track wasn’t a proper single, it was edited and featured “out of focus” live footage shot by a young skate photographer, videographer, and writer “put on by Yauch,” named Spike Jonze, who they had previously met in 1991 while he worked at the short lived magazine Dirt. Jonze fused the black-and-white and color performance footage with raw skate footage taken from Plan B’s “Questionable” video. Heralded as a superteam, Questionable was the most innovative skate video released at the time and featured three Beasties tracks during pro Mike Carroll’s part.

“I got an advanced copy of the album from Lance Dawes at Slap Magazine,” Carroll told Highsnobiety when we discussed the video. “When it came time for the video we used the music from that advanced copy – I didn’t think anything of it, because the album wasn’t even out yet. So yeah, we didn’t get the rights and the album didn’t even come out for two weeks after Questionable. It’s pretty fucked up. [laughs] We were recently on a Lakai trip in Japan and Tony Hawk actually asked us if we got permission to use those Beasties tracks. Years ago he was snowboarding with MCA and Tony asked him if Plan B had gotten permission. MCA told him we didn’t but said it didn’t matter because he thought the video was ‘sick,’ well… he used some other words, but getting that sign off was all that mattered.”

“I’ve always tried to figure out how it all started [the retro craze],” Carroll says. “It was going on before Check Your Head but that album – the cover, the videos, especially ‘So What’cha Want,’ that whole style is where it started for me, really set it off. Stop dressing like a goofy boy and get back to normal. When I first started skating I had Puma Clydes, then I saw Cab [Steve Caballero] wearing them, then a few years later this was happening. I got a pair again at a place in SF called Famous Footwear, but when we traveled to England on a Plan B tour I must have bought 10 pairs of shoes because we couldn’t get those old shoes in the US. There was a store in SF called Kaplan’s that would sometimes have Campuses or Shelltoes, but I don’t think I ever even got any there. Later on Nick Tershay [Diamond Supply Co.] met Paul Shier [Pro skater and current team manager for adidas Skateboarding] and he’d start sending shoes to him, and for me too.”

Head over to Highsnobiety to read the entire piece.

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Skating Across Borders Mini Ramp Jam Registration Now Open

This year’s Skating Across Borders charity event will be held on May 21st from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Green Bench Brewing, St. Petersburg, Fl.

Presented by the Stoefs Studio in cooperation with the Skatepark of Tampa, the fundraiser features a mini ramp jam as well as live band performances.

Register at to join the mini ramp jam.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Board for Bros, a non-profit dedicated to providing skateboarding equipment, safe skate spots, and youth mentoring in their community.

Board for Bros will also have a tent during the event where they will be accepting old boards and skateboard parts that will be refurbished and given to kids who can’t afford their own.

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Monster Energy Crew to Kick Off Euro Tour

Ishod Wair, Grant Taylor, Aurelien Giraud, and the rest of the Monster Energy Crew will shred the best skate spots in Europe this summer in the upcoming Monster Euro Tour.

The tour is in partnership with local skate shops.

The first stop will kick off in Bristol on the 8th of May.

The rest of the tour schedule follows.

  • Hamburg – May 14
  • Berlin – May 17
  • Munich – May 21
  • Athens – June 5
  • Warsaw – June 10
  • Helsinki – July 1
  • Vienna – July 9
  • Tel-Aviv – September 3
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Watch the X Games Chiba 2022 live on YouTube and ESPN App

Hey X Games fans. You can catch X Games Chiba 2022 live from April 22-24 on the ESPN app and the X Games YouTube Channel.

You can find the schedule and the links to the live streaming for each game here and the full list of participating athletes here.

Two hours of event recap coverage will also air on ABC as part of the World of X Games series on May 14 and 21 from 2 – 3 p.m. ET.

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