Ben Mackay has been obsessed with skateboarding since he was five years old. But it wasn’t until he quit his job to build skateboards full-time that his passion became his life.
Back in 2007, Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich started a revolution in Afghanistan. Roaming the streets with his skateboard, he immediately attracted the attention of children, most of whom spent their time begging on the streets. That’s when he got the idea for his award-winning NGO: ‘Skateistan’.
The crew at hip Australian fashion label Insight have been busy building ramps every summer around the Czech Republic. You’ll notice the typical brash Insight humour and colour running through the installations. A nice initiative to help out with places to skate, and also to show a colourful side to skate culture.
Along with San Francisco and Barcelona, New York is arguably the modern street skating city, both in reality and image. Because of the unique background, experience and perspective of the film’s creators and the decision to “cast” the city of New York as one of the main characters, Deathbowl to Downtown promises to be an unprecedented, seminal film.