Stoked to finally share the new video Kids of the Black Hole, I decided to move away from my usual wavey aesthetic to portray the essence of my friend Daniel Bunker along with an underlying feeling on youth culture.
I first started SMBH with the idea of London being a Black Hole at the centre of the UK, sucking up all the inspired youth. This is the case even more so today, with its pull expanding across the globe. Which makes it all the more upsetting that we’re currently under one of the most aggressive attacks on youth culture in modern times; audacious increases in tuition fees, blanket bans on drugs not seen anywhere before, even in the Regan era and most importantly the serial closing of world music renowned venues.
However skateboarding seems to be going in the opposite direction, some of the largest globalised companies are investing millions into moulding it into a ‘sport’, skaters constantly striving for more perfect and technical tricks, epitomised most with the recent inclusion in the olympics.
I feel It shouldn’t be this way, it should be fun and about creative expression. Hence my direction in this new video, punk vibe, voice of the disgruntled youth, fuck the system. Filmed only in the streets or skater-made DIY spots.
Dylan Rieder was one of the most stylish and talented skateboarders to ever grace this planet, even typing this I am struggling to come to terms with how monumental a loss this is. Dylan sadly passed away yesterday, at the young age of 28, due to complications with Leukemia. This is for you, all your family, friends and fans; Galaxy wide.
Whether it was the pages of Vogue magazine, modelling for DKNY, or shredding the streets, Dylan had an almost effortless cool which influenced our culture more then anyone else I can think; his influence spanned through many generations and industries making waves in both skateboarding and fashion . His black/white New York chic has been imitated by many, but replicated by none. The sheer amount of social media posts is a moving homage to just how many hearts he touched.
The real essence of Dylan however came out in his skating, explosive, powerful and of course stylish he was a true don papa. Unique in his trick selection, no one else was doing impossible tail-grabs and definitely not as audaciously high as Dylan.
He was a true inspiration, and one legend who will be immortalised within skateboarding’s history.
Enough words, as they’re really just scratching the surface on his brilliance, below are a selection of our personal favourite from the don Dylan.
For Dylan xxxxxxxxxx
Now you’re suitably amped, please, go out there and shred…
It’s been a very bleak few years for skateboard print magazines, but luckily we have Grey – a real Phoenix from the ashes. In its small form size its super easy to grab from your local skate store an read on the go. Always packed with the interviews you wanna read an shots you need to see. Grey magazine have been a truly essential part of the UK scene for the past few years, an it shows with this brilliant retrospective
Here’s to another five more amazing years of Grey!!!
Globe are kicking of this summers European Tour, #GLOBEEUTRIPPIN, at Southbank today @ 3pm. All their best skaters have made the hop across the Atlantic including legends Rodney Mullen, Chris Haslam and Mark Appleyard; full roster can be seen on the flyer.
Bronze 56k coming in hot with their second collab of the year, building on the hype from the Palace x Bronze paramount video, they bring out this dope as fuck shoe with HUF. A rad iteration of the HUF classic hi with stronger materials an hype bronze branding on each ankle.