Skaters Build a Railroad Riding Half-Pipe & Rowboat Ramp in the Latest Film From Zenga Bros.

You might recall the Zenga Bros. from their energy charged, nostalgia inducing film Ski Boys (and if you haven’t seen it yet, I’m envious). Now they’re back with a new short that’s equally enthralling. They worked with a load of skaters to create imaginatively artistic mobile skate ramps like you’ve never seen before. One is a railroad-traveling half-pipe with a conductors cabin on either end. Just roll it down the rails for a different view.

3D Print UK has Created the World’s First 3D Printed Twin Tip Skateboard

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Last month 3D Print UK teamed up with CGTrader to host a competition for the best portfolio. The winner was highly creative and skilled artist Sam Abbott. The prize? Abbott was chosen to have his design for a twin tip skateboard printed on a 3D printer. Looking at the final product, you would imagine it was as simple as one big piece, but since the board was longer than the build tray, they had to cut it into 3 sections, and combine it with connector pins to add strength. The skateboard is fully ride-able, but may not be the best for stunts. It’s still an awesome looking board and a huge step for functional 3D printing.

Fingerboarding: Still Going Strong in Indonesia!

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Fingerboarding is the art of using a miniature skateboard replica and maneuvering it with your fingers to perform tricks on mini ramps, rails and pipes. While fingerboarding has been around since the 1970s, it’s only became popular at certain periods. In the country of Indonesia, however, once fingerboarding was introduced it never lost its appeal. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of fingerboarders with competitions happening every week.

Skateboard Travel Photography by Jonathan Mehring

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Once skateboarder Jonanthan Mehring was bit by the travel bug, he challenged himself to find “the gnarliest, most culturally different places” to skate. His passion for skateboarding and travel combined with his amazing camera skills have allowed him to make a career out of his talents. He has been to over 30 countries with his friends, scouting the most unique locations to skate, often garnering quite an audience. Mehring’s photos have been published in Rolling Stone, Spin, Skateboarder, Thrasher, Monster Children, Slap and Kingpin and shown in galleries all over the world. Below is his fascinating interview with Andrew Norton for The Photographer Series, which “tells the stories behind some of skateboardings most epic images and the dudes who made them.”

Shred Again: Old Skateboards Become Electric Guitars

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After the invention of the electric guitar in the 1940s and the skateboard in the 1950s, it was simply inevitable that somebody would combine the two classic instruments of shredding. Now Buenos Aires based duo, Ezequiel Galasso and Gianfranco de Gennaro have created Skate Guitar – a project which recycles old skate decks into something ready to soar again… at least in a musical sense.

Visual Bits #314 > Taking It To The Extreme

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Mike Giant: Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder

San Francisco based artist Mike Giant has been a fixture in the graffiti, skateboarding, tattoo and illustration scene for years. This past Friday, July 20th, he had his first solo show at the FFDG Gallery entitled “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder.” The show featured a wide assemblage of recent drawings and a rare opportunity to view the personal collection of skateboards he’s illustrated over the years. Black ink is his specialty, and his signature style inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration is unmistakeable. When you’ve seen a Mike Giant piece for the first time, you’ll be able to spot his artwork from across a crowded room.

We Love Friday- The Art of Skateboarding

If you want to know the definition of resilient, watch some kids working on their skateboarding tricks. No matter how quickly they stumble or how hard they hit the ground, they keep going back for more. According to Bam Margera, “Skateboarding teaches you how to take a fall properly. If you try to kickflip down some stairs, it might take you thirty tries – and you just learn how to take a tumble out of it without getting hurt.”

Visual Bits #220> Study Your Skateology



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Never Before Seen DogBowl Footage

Paul Caridad and I have been on a Visual News road trip throughout the US to connect with artists of all kinds since the beginning of March. At our first stop in Carpenteria, California, we were introduced to one of Brooks Institute’s most highly regarded film students, Jake Janisse. The 27 year old from Windsor, Ontario, Canada is in his 2nd year at Brooks Institute and is excited to be finally fulfilling his dreams of becoming a feature filmmaker.