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How Aaron Wiggs Started a Movement With a Sidewalk Sale

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New York’s death toll from COVID-19 was still the country’s highest at the start of May. Many hadn’t left their neighborhoods in over a month, and were wearing rubber gloves along with masks to venture out for necessities.

This was the climate in Brooklyn in which Aaron Wiggs and his friends Perry and Sasha were living when the news of George Floyd’s murder broke. It was the straw, or in this case body, that broke the proverbial camel’s back.

As the nation erupted into civil unrests—the likes of which hadn’t been seen in 40 years—Aaron and crew were struggling to come up with a way to contribute in a meaningful way. Over coffee in Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park, they hatched a simple plan that would turn into something much bigger than any of them could imagine—a sidewalk sale with all of the proceeds being donated to social justice causes.

Aaron used his connections through his job at Supreme to round up as much gear as he could, and got some friends in the neighborhood to help build tables. By June, they launched what’s become a neighborhood tradition that attracts people from all five boroughs to congregate in the park; pick up some gear for cheap, and donate to a worthy cause.

The Sidewalk Sale has generated roughly $150,000 and counting thus far; all of which has been given to organizations supporting people of color and the LGBTQ community. It’s one of the more inspirational stories to emerge from the most turbulent summer on record in recent history.

And, in the middle of it all, Aaron was personally touched by the pandemic via the loss of his brother-in-law to the virus a few weeks ago. Tragic twists in triumphant tales typically only happen in the movies. But, unfortunately, this is real life. Lee gets the full story during his most poignant interview yet in Episode 19 of Mission Statement. It captures the vibe of 2020 perfectly.

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Shecks Guests on the Latest ‘The Nine Club’ Episode

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Pro skater Ryan Sheckler talks about growing up in Southern California, starting skateboarding at the tender age of two, his over two decades of career, and his personal struggles in the latest podcast episode of “The Nine Club”.

He also discusses starting his skateboarding company, the Sandlot Times, and the story behind the name.

The Nine Club is a skateboarding podcast started and hosted by professional skateboarder Chris Roberts in 2016. The show is co-hosted by Roger Bagley and Kelly Hart.

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Catch up with Lee Smith in the ‘The Nine Club Podcast’

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If you follow Lee Smith on Instagram, you might have seen some of his artworks posted there. In this episode of The Nine Club Podcast, Smith talks about he got into art and how he relates it to learning skateboarding.

“You feel you’re really not good at it and you keep doing it and keep doing it. And then one day something in your brain clicks. And you’re like, I think I kinda figure it out.”

He also narrates growing up in San Francisco and meeting Karl Watson as a kid, moving to Barcelona, starting his own podcast Mission Statement, and more.

Watch the full interview above.

 

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It’s Official: Spencer Hamilton Announces NB# Deal

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Spencer Hamilton has been prolific over the past year or so. His hard work has paid off in the form of signing a deal with NB#, which is revealed at the 55:04 mark of the latest episode of The Bunt.

I’ve been loving the Tiago. You know how it is. When you get to your 30s, your feet are bruised and battered. You need some protection. I don’t know how these kids skate in these thin-ass shoes. Ever since I’ve been skating the Tiagos, I’ve been feeling pretty good. Yeah, I just recently signed on with New Balance.

Good to hear that Spenny landed on his feet (pun intended) after the demise of Supra.

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