Style is everything.
While driving home from the Streets tonight, I realized how lucky I am to have such an amazing group of friends and people around me. The photo included here is from June 2007 when Refuge hosted its first annual “King of the Avenue” contest. At the time, this picture contained the core group of people that I considered part of my second family. Four and a half years later, I’m still very good friends with many of the people in this picture, and am lucky enough to say that I have met even more people who share the same love for skateboarding since this photo was taken.
December was a great month for skateboarding in the state of Michigan. Ruff Ryderz 2 premiered on December 22nd, followed by the final installment of the Datsnare trilogy and Jeremy’s new flick Spazzatura on the 23rd. Each video showcased many different unique skateboarders from Michigan, and as a collective, these videos represent much more than a higher level of skateboarding. They represent a community coming together to embrace the one thing that everyone shares: their love of riding a skateboard.
With 2012 now upon us, things can (hopefully) only move forward in an even more positive and encouraging light. Jim Tumey’s long awaited all Detroit film is expected to be finished (Jim, we are counting on it!), a potential “combo” video is in the works, and the long awaited Refuge video is slated to drop. Together, these projects will hopefully continue to show why skateboarding in Michigan is more worthwhile and unique than anywhere else.