In the Easily distracted by cameras and skulls shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this relatively staid world of skate shoes, the Hyperfeel, with its socklike silhouette and ultramodern look, may test the sartorial comfort zones of many a skater, something Koston himself acknowledges. But despite the oftentimes fraught relationship between skating and fashion (designer Adler noted that he “didn’t want to do something [with the collection] that wasn’t true to skate culture”), Koston joked that the two communities might be more essentially enmeshed than the former would care to admit: “Even the skateboarder who portrays this image of not caring about how he looks in a way that’s him caring about how he looks!” He recalls a few of the greats he revered in the same way Adler admired him: “The pros I looked up to they were fewer pros [then], and they all had a different style or persona. Some were artsy and weird, this guy’s a rock star, this guy’s super dark and emo. But that defined those guys really well. You could always see what kid [was] a fan of what pro; that guy’s into Mark Gonzales, that guy’s into Christian Hosoi, with all the fancy flair.” Those fans hoping to tap into the Koston and Soulland look will have to act quickly, though it’s already well on its way to being completely sold out. The International Olympic Committee and Japan announced today that they have agreed to postpone this summer’s Tokyo Games. Safety comes first in the COVID-19 pandemic; if anything, the decision felt belated. Still, hearts broke around the world at the news. But not because the Games would’ve been a welcome distraction come late July, a date when all of us are hoping the worst of the coronavirus crisis is over, or at least well on the wave. It’s the years of effort put in by the athletes and the dreams dashed that’s so devastating. In particular I’m sad for the women skateboarders who would’ve had their first chance to compete for Olympic gold. The sport was to have made its debut in Tokyo, and my 11-year-old shredder and I were looking forward to watching the competition. Since the Olympics are postponed until next year and since we can’t make it down to the Lower East Side skate park where he practices his backside 180s off five-foot ledges (his words not mine) with the current stay-at-home rules, we’ve been revisiting this Vogue photo shoot from 2018, which starred the Olympic hopefuls Leo Baker, Jenn Soto, Alexis Sablone, and Mariah Duran, among others.
Easily distracted by cameras and skulls shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Now 49, Mullen has in recent years been equally absorbed in a new endeavor: conditioning his body to perform the Easily distracted by cameras and skulls shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this tricks he came up with more than three decades ago, as well as new ones, with his opposite foot forward. He has not been aiming simply to ride switch, as many other riders do and have done, however. Mullen has set out to reverse his native stance to feel as adept at skating with his right foot forward as he is with his left. He is seeking genuine goofy-footedness. What makes a soul regular, and what makes a soul goofy? To understand why this question began to grip Mullen, you have to go back to 2003. That’s when his body began to lock up. Decades of skating had yielded decades of scar tissue; his right femur had started to grind against his right hip. “Like anything that grinds, the body will fuse it, will calcify it,” explains Mullen. “I could feel how fast it was cinching me down. I couldn’t roll out of stuff anymore. And if you can’t fall, you can’t skate.” Doctors were wary of breaking up the fusion. One doctor in particular, says Mullen, “said with his eyes what he wouldn’t say with his mouth: There’s no way out for you with this.” Mullen was determined to find a way out. With wrenches, knife handles, and other instruments, he began to jam open the scar tissue that was locking him down. In time he graduated to pulling the tissue apart, using large objects as leverage. “You know it’s a little rope in there that’s binding you,” he explains. “So you pull, you pull, you pull, and right when you think you can’t take it anymore, that’s when you give it all you have.” Late at night, Mullen would look for things against which he could hoist, heave, and winch himself, tearing the tissue into submission. “Fire hydrants are great,” he says. “Shopping cart racks: Those are really useful.” When scar tissue breaks free, it feels like dried gum snapping in half, or uncooked spaghetti cracking apart. Mullen was twice approached by police who, hearing his screams, thought he might be getting mugged. “You have to be so desperate where you actually don’t care what happens to you at some point.” To gauge his progress, Mullen would skate a couple of hours each night, exploring his restored range of motion.