Thank you, #Canada! Felt like I was a part of Canadian history yesterday. The new permanent @vansparkseries park is going to help create the next generation of MTL gnar. I have joked about 🇨🇦 forever but I truly fell in love with its skaters traveling with the Premium team for Big Brother. What is going on north of the border right now blows doors off anything. And What @antoine.asselin and the @dimemtl crew has done for both Canada and comedy should be the model of how we all need to get down as the we get closer to the jocks at the gate next year. I feel like the Brazilians get that. Watching @pedrobarrossk8 @yndiaraasp and the RIO TAVARES MOTHERFUCKER crew crush everything so hard and celebrate even harder is inspirational. I’m thankful to be a part of all this magic. #ThankYouSkateboarding
THIS IS AMERICA. Always has been. #NeverForget. Happy birthday, you hate/war mongering old prick. F your fireworks, your parades and your couch! I’m not down with your scene. #CincoDeJulio
“Hand Jobs by the jacuzzi?” That’s not what Heather said but that’s what I heard. Or chose to hear. I absolutely adore these two women & I feel terrible that they’ve had to put up with my crass humor for nearly two decades. @heatherleejonesdixon is working on a wonderful art job about hands i.e. she’s sort of giving out hand jobs wherever she goes. #MyInnerSun #TheInnerSunProject #OldFriends #BSTS Support her efforts at TheInnerSun.org
A Love Supreme. I never envisioned a love so deep that I’d gladly cut my heart from my chest and give it to another person if they needed it. I’m thankful my boys let me feel that in this one life I’m given. #FirstTry 📷 @aacostaa
HE IS RISING! The Boy claims he hates California but the truth is he is well loved and forming strong bonds. His classroom wall was a much needed reassurance after a heavy stretch. 🎄
💔💔💔 July will mark the 13th anniversary of our honeymoon layover in Paris... these photos and our memories are all that remain of the sacred place that our children were conceived. 🙏
The inspiration of what we didn’t want @njskateshop to be.😂 In the 80s/early 90s skateshops in Jersey were never just skateshops. They sold baseball cards or comic books or flowers or some other weird shit. This epic @mikevallely & @tommyguerrero @tdoteric photo was shot at T&F “skateshop”. It stood for Tony & Frank’s, a hunting & fishing supply store. I remember being frightened by all the guns & poor taxidermy when I walked in the door. I only wanted to go there because I saw Mike in a public access commercial for T&F. I hate hunting. I hate violence against animals. (Watch the documentary Earthlings...). When we opened @njskateshop in 2003 we vowed we would follow in the footsteps of @bob_losito’s Ollie Pops & @proskateboardshop and be 100% skateboarding. No snowboards. No Tail Devils. No bullshit. We wanted a place like, Bob had created, that skaters could feel was their own. I love this photo & Mike & Tommy & even T&F for teaching us what to do by showing us what not to do. (For more Jersey vibes go watch Mike on @thenineclub & #SkatersInCars )
One could make an argument that NJ has produced just as many, if not more, skateboard heroes than any state in the Union. But no Jersey boy has done more for skating than @mikevallely. Listening to his @thenineclub episode this week & hearing words like Tastees, City Gardens, Edison & Deiner Park made me both homesick & nostalgic but also blessed to have lived through those formative years of street skating’s infancy & to have seen guys like Mike, @chrispastras, @freddygall & so many others on the regular at our childhood park in Sayreville in the late 80s. I could’ve listened for another 5 hours. Stoked to see Mike putting his stories out there. Cheers to #JerseysFinest & the only person to hop The Banks fence. 📷: @giovannireda
In 20 years no one will speak of this meeting, but I will tell my kids skateboarding in China forever changed yesterday. I’m honored to have been invited to sit at the table. It was a magical 48 hours in Beijing. Thank you to @grossosucks, @sixstair, & @buddycoan; the work you’re doing this year is opening up doors for kids everywhere. Thank you, @vans_cn for always being so kind & hospitable.
I cried when @mikevallely sent me this photo of the #Sayreville Skate Zone. I immediately saw the Dad-Cam in the background between Mike’s legs. I knew it was Mr. Bob Fulton, father of my buddies Craig & Jay that I grew up skating with, who had recently passed. Bob was a ball-sport dad and His eldest daughter, Michelle, was a cheerleader. I don’t believe he knew much about skating at first but he knew his boys & the neighborhood kids had nowhere to go without getting kicked out. He set out to change that. He Jersey’d City Hall so hard and single-handily got the only skatepark in our area built right across the street from my grammar school. I lived at that park. I saw the best in my world first hand: Mike, @chrispastras @freddygall @fieldrasa etc. Without that park, without Bob Fulton, I don’t know if I’d have ever done anything with my life. Shout out to all the rad dads that try and make childhoods as magical as possible. Rest easy, Bob. Thanks for sharing your photo, @toddlaffler ! (Watch more Mike on @xgames #SkatersInCars, link in profile.)
Spent #InternationalWomensDay with the glue that holds our 🌎 together. Thank you @crisnieratko & all the women who run things. The dipshits & ding dongs would’ve nuked us all without ladies to keep everything in line.
“Everything dies, baby, that's a fact.” Nothing that dies ever comes back. Love what you love while it’s still alive. Lovers, family, friends, magazines, skateshops, board brands, mom & pop restaurants, record stores, whatever it is; show love when it matters most. Thank you, @transworldskate for igniting a lust for life & travel and showing a lot of small town kids that there was a way out. Everyone that ever worked on TWS left a lasting impression on the lives of kids around the globe. It’s our job as a community to always seek ways to nuture that outlet to the youth. Some day Instagram will die too and we’ll all be shooting brain lasers of radness at each other and that will be just as cool to the 13-year-old of tomorrow as this @matthensley22 @jgrantbrittain cover was to me in 1989. In case I wake up dead tomorrow, I send love to everyone who rolls.
The universe is magical. 18 years ago we laid my dear friend, Chris Marshall, to rest. That night @matthensley22 & @floggingmolly were kind enough to open their Birch Hill show with IF I EVER LEAVE THIS WORLD ALIVE (swipe to listen/cry) dedicated to Chris. That song will forever make me cry. This morning on the anniversary of his passing I woke up to an insta ad for free tickets to a st. Patrick’s day FM show at @hollywoodpalladium. I’ll take the signs wherever I can get them... Rest easy, Chris Marshall. Not one spin of a ball bearing sounding in my ear fails to remind me of you. I will love you until the day we skate together again. Thank you, Flogging Molly for playing this in his honor that night. The gesture, the moment, the tears have never diminished. I look forward to crying with you on St. Patrick’s Day. To anyone who has read this far, I love you. Life is fleeting and precious. Don’t waste a moment of it on bullshit. #18AndLife
Was asked last night if we had any family in California. The simple answer is yes. I want to thank & send love to everyone who has shown us love since the day we arrived nearly 8 months. To everybody that has continuously checked in on @crisnieratko & the boys you’ll never know how much your kindness has helped ease this transition. We heart you all. 📷: @r.barbee
🙏Thank you, @the.london.vagabond for the bday #BooksForTheBoys. I imagine in the year 2040 when they finally see these nothing will be shocking anymore. 😂
Thank you, @socksonmafeet for the hilarious #BooksForTheBoys bday 🎁 You kill it. Keep pushing buttons.
Dread it, run from it, the Berle Pro still arrives & #Thanos smiles. @berlehaggard’s world destroying first pro model is now available in #JerseyCity & NJ’s online store in 2 colors (Link in @njskateshop’s profile.). “The hardest choices require the strongest wills.” Congrats, Eli. Well deserved. 📷: @aacostaa
@ed.templeton has been unbelievably kind & supportive of the #BooksForTheBoys collection that I plan on giving my dudes in the year 2040. Can’t thank you enough, Ed, for the personal touch on each of their books you create. 🙏 “Oh, Rusty. You don’t want to look like a rooster, do you?”
Tomorrow is today. Live with the fierce urgency of now. #mlk
2019 inspiration: teach my boys to self-publish, starting with The Boy’s How To Suck Less at Chess PowerPoint presentation. Thanks for the #BooksForTheBoys Loren & @sorenbaker. Published at 8-years-old? So jelly. Both books available on @amazon. Soren was my editor at #RapPages & he was fine with me asking Charlie Baltimore if Biggie was BIG down there & talking drugs with @redmangilla. Crazy to think that was 20 years ago...
❤️When our whole world got turned upside down @crisnieratko stepped up, embraced the new normal & held us down. We heart you, “Queen with a crown that be down for whatever.”❤️ Love to all the moms that casually keep planets aligned. I know I couldn’t pull it without this lady.
We are not the same family that arrived in California six months ago. New Years 2018 feels like a lifetime ago...I cannot even recognize the person I was 15 years ago when I last lived in LA for @bigbrotherskateboardmag. I thank my wife and kids for opening my eyes to what life & love could be & trusting in me through this journey. I am inspired daily by the bravery of these children facing their new life. I pray for the strength to face each day with the courage of a 7-year-old facing his fears of the sand & sea. We are not the family who left New Jersey in June...We are far tighter than we could’ve ever imagined. All I hope for in 2019 is more smiles...from my family, my friends, myself, my world. Peace, love & smiles to all. ❤️
Merry Christmas to all. A huge thanks to all who have shown our family love during this wild year. For those that have opened their arms to welcome us to California, your acts of kindness will be the tales we tell our great grandkids. To our loved ones in NJ, we wish we could hug and kiss all of you today. To the universe, thank you for galvanizing the bond between our sons. Seeing them so in love and supportive of each other has made all of this worth it. Seeing them smile again is the only gift I asked for. They’re truly starting to warm up to their new life...
Did a little @abriefglance interview about life, love & laughter and it made me realize my 40+ years of laughing at everything has really effected the skin around my eyes and mouth. I might need to try the opposite for a few decades to balance things out. (Link in their profile.)
Fact: @njskateshop doesn’t make it to 15 years w/out Steve Lenardo. 🎂HBD, Sven! Skateboarding & the Jersey scene owe you a debt of gratitude. And I miss you like crazy. We’ve spent the last 15 Christmas Eve’s at NJ laughing with drunk last-minute shoppers... I really don’t know what I’m going to do with myself next Monday...
If you ain’t up on thangs...you need to follow/buy everything @olskoolsean does. Thank you for the #BooksForTheBoys & the thoughtful words. I always trip out thinking over their possible reactions to the images of our world when they receive their libraries in 2040. I imagine it’ll be similar to a sense of time travel (if we haven’t figured that out by then.).
@jen_uman is one of my favorite arters. Her new book, Ego No Ego, is only $15. Kids love it. You should too. #BooksForTheBoys ❤️
The magic @surfershealing blesses children on spectrum with cannot be overstated. I’ve seen guys like @buckzaster (here w/The Boy) enter the ocean with a screaming, angry kid fighting to get off the surfboard & then ride a wave triumphantly to shore with a changed child who doesn’t want to leave the water. To see if first hand I promise you will cry. If you can afford to support their cause, I beg you to. If you have or know a child with superpowers I urge you to sign them up for a clinic, no matter how far the drive. Their life will be forever changed. Thank you, Izzy. You and your crew are saints. 📷: @orangecountyregister
What if...this was the ultimate plot twist? #RIPStanLee? Or not? #excelsior to The Man.
Low ball, I think The Boy & I have spent at least 2 months of our lives on store/restaurant floors crying/working it out. Maybe closer to 6 months. I think we might have shingles at this point. As draining as it is for both of us, I know some day I’ll miss those floors. #AutismAwareness
Real talk. It’s only a matter of time before one of the fathers/mothers of one of the victims of these senseless shootings goes full Frank Castle. “There’s a storm coming...” #GunControl
“Hey, babe. How are the kids?” 💔
“Life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough.”
Skateboarding is ❤️. The welcome wagon ushered in the first day of our new life in epic fashion. Thank you all for the warm welcome & good vibes. Our family needed the juice of your love & I’ll never be able to repay your for today. 🇺🇸
“Our Tram has been running 30 times a day since 1965 without fail.”-Chuck Lutheran. Then the Nieratkos show up & #GracelandIsClosedOnTuesdays
12 years ago today I became the luckiest man alive and she became the poster girl for buyer’s remorse. Glad one of us is still laughing after all these years... Heart you, @crisnieratko. Thank you for all the magic you’ve conjured into our lives including this new adventure.
The Boy x Andy Warhol Collab! The good folks at @thewarholmuseum allowed Christopher to alter the ‘You Have Power’ silkscreen so he could create something far more powerful & personal. The Boy owns his superpowers & his self-awareness is so inspiring to me. (This moment of happiness was immediately followed by a nuclear meltdown because he couldn’t grasp why his new design couldn’t be silkscreened onto a t-shirt. I should have let him spend more time at @tdtscreenprinting over the years...) This journey is a series of remarkable highs and heartbreaking lows. But we’re still truckin’. #autism #autismawareness
“No pictures. This joke isn’t funny anymore.” #GracelandIsClosedOnTuesdays
Eight years in & I still can’t believe the universe trusted me with 2 human lives...stupid universe. Thank you to my boys for straightening my ass out when I needed it most. #HappyFathersDay to all the men who stepped up, not stepped off. And Happy Father’s Day to all the moms who do it all by themselves. You are changing the world for the better.
🔊Many tears have been shed in these final days. I take solace in knowing these kids have been taught the greatest coping skill of all: Life is short, laugh at your problems.
🍦Never wanted to be an ice cream cone more in my life! 🎂 HBD, my dude!🍦”Big up to my french vanilla. Parlez vous francais, mi amor, merci, oui oui, bon bons & all that good stuff.”