Skaters and Outlaws
men of manhattan
When the New York Supreme Court granted a temporary restraining order for the state in order to prevent thousands of skateboarders zooming through traffic this weekend, Broadway Bombs founder Ian Nichols said okay. He told us that most skateboarders “aren’t criminals,” and that he didn’t want to get in trouble or break the law. The image of the anti-establishment (or girl) skater was just an antiquated stereotype left over the sport’s early punk origins. Most skaters who participated in his race, he told us, were over 30, had jobs, and found skating to be meditative.
Mr. Nichols said that he was no longer involved with Broadway Bomb, and that the event was canceled.
Apparently, some people didn’t get the memo about any of this.
At the age of 50—after helping to birth professional skateboarding; after hustling orange juice futures and working as a Hollywood stunt man and having his face plastered across Times Square billboards; after dating runway models and Oscar-winning actresses—Steve Olson had himself his first tabloid flare-up. It came in the summer of 2011, as he was strolling through the West Village with his girlfriend, the actress Paz de la Huerta.
We’re a little disappointed with the Penguin Classics Skateboard Photo Contest on Facebook, in which literary skateboarders submit photos of their skateboards with a copy of a Penguin Classic to compete for the opportunity to win a Huckleberry Finn skateboard deck.
Is that a schoolyard status symbol these days?
Anyway, a few of Read More