This week's featured Analogue Lifestyle article is "Skateboarding in the East Village" by US City Slicker jeabzz. In celebration of Go Skateboarding Day 2012, he visited Manhattan's skater-laden area with some B&W film and had a chat with a pinball-loving skateshop owner. Good analogue times!
“After skateboarding, most of the skateboarders like to chill at a really uncommon skateshop at 11th street with First Ave. The shop is called Reciprocal and has the particularity of having a lot of working pinball machines inside. It’s a really nice place to chill and to have good time. The owner, Jon, is a very nice and cool guy who agreed to talk with me for a few minutes and tell me how he got into owning a skateshop.”
About skateboarding, shopowner Jon says: “Skateboarding is one of the healthiest thing kids could do, you know, it’s athletic, it builds strength, it builds camaraderie, acrobatics, hand-eye coordination and foot-eye coordination. It was kind of considered a crime and now it’s a very embraced sport. I think it’s a totally healthy thing for society. It’s good to see that everybody’s got access to the sport now.”
We like the approach jeabzz took to covering the special day for skaters which is why we chose this article. Instead of photographing skateboarders doing their thing, he took it up a notch by interviewing someone from the industry who is genuinely into skateboarding. Plus, the black and white lomographs are great accompaniments to the story!
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