• Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    Bikers, Skateboarders Tug of War Over Skate Park

    Despite 78,000 square feet of ramps, rails, pipes and pyramids, Houston skateboarders believe the city's newest skatepark still isn't big enough to share with BMXers. Spring Skate Park currently stands at Kuykendahl and Rankin as America's largest statepark. Opening day last week drew huge crowds o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Steve Olson Has Come a Long Way From Appearing In Devo Videos

    To be sure, Steve Olson is the modern equivalent of a renaissance man with a street edge: he is a man of action, not bulky proclamations, weak dribbling philosophy or crimped visions. He steadfastly helped revolutionize skateboarding in the late 1970s, brainstormed the clothing line SOS, was cast in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2013

    Old School Christmas: 9 Gifts That Got (Get?) Kids Out of the House and In Better Shape w/Video

    Since the advent of video games, kids have increasingly spent time inside huddled around game consoles. Even for an older guy like me, I grew up with Atari and early handheld video games that were pretty damn addictive, but nothing like the sophisticated games out today that not only look amazing, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Houston Bucket List - 100 Things To Do in Houston Before You Die: The Death Train

    The Houston Press is presenting a series of posts leading up to a feature story in the print edition of the 100 Things to Do in Houston Before You Die. Each blog post contains one of our top 10 bucket list items along with nine others in the top 100. To narrow our list, we chose only items unique to ... More >>

  • Music

    July 11, 2013

    Another Skate of Mind

    The Jamail Skatepark ignites Houston's music culture.

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Another Skate of Mind: The Jamail Skatepark Ignites Houston Music Culture

    This article was written by David Ensminger. Downtown Houston's Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park, like a plethora of other skate sites across the globe, is a gripping locale that merges edge-culture sports and underground music. It reflects an earlier era of Thrasher videos from the 1980s, when skate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Largest Skate Park in America Being Built Near Greenspoint

    When I tell people I grew up near Greenspoint, they jokingly respond, "Oh, you mean Gunspoint?" Thing is, I'm old. Well, I'm not OLD old, but I'm old enough to have grown up in a neighborhood just north of Greenspoint Mall that was more like living in the country than a demilitarized zone as it beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2012

    8 Cool & Cheap Weekenders: October 19-20

    Matt & Kim House of Blues, October 19 Infectious pop, bright-eyed wonder and criminally catchy hooks have made Matt & Kim one of the best live acts to emerge out of the Aughties. The duo -- keyboardist Matt Johnson and drummer Kim Schifino -- feed off the energy of the crowd, and usually end up in ... More >>

  • Music

    October 18, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 6, 2012

    Deep Time Goes on a Ghostly Holiday in "Gold Rush"

    As the resident goth expert I am required to morbidly obsess about death for a certain number of hours a year in order to maintain my license. Luckily, Austin's Deep Time has come through with a new video directed by Cassandra Hamilton that explores the afterlife in such a wonderful, darkly humorous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Spike Jonze's Top 9 Music Videos

    There's no doubt that Spike Jonze is an enigma of a director and artist. He's worked in all types of mediums: he filmed bullriders at the Astrodome, changed the world of skateboard videography, and visually recreated the brilliance of Maurice Sendak's Where The Wild Things Are. Plus, he's made us al ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Celebrity Tech Endorsements: 5 Cool and 5 Highly Annoying Examples Of Product Pimpage

    Celebrity endorsements are nothing new. They have been around as long as there were celebrities and companies willing to pay them to say they smoked Kool's or drove Chevy, or force us to explain to children and the elderly why we would giggle every time we saw the milk-stained upper lip of a famous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    SXSW: Lil Wayne's YMCMB Showcase At Austin Music Hall

    ​"I believe in three things: I believe in God; I believe that I ain't shit without you, and I believe that I ain't shit without you!" - Lil Wayne to his fans After being shut out of the T.I./B.O.B show at La Zona Rosa by order of the fire marshal, I headed over to see Lil Wayne at the Austin Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2011

    Two Local Helmetless Teen Skaters Suffer Life-Threatening Brain Injuries

    ​Tara Csatlos is 16 years old, but her vision is equivalent to a 40-year-old's. In the past year, she has almost died several times, traveled back and forth to Illinois to see medical specialists and dropped out of spring semester at Cypress Woods High School. All of this due to a freak skateb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    The Best Tony Hawk Video Game Soundtracks

    ​It sounds like heresy to most older folks, this writer included, but for about the past decade, a lot of younger gamers have been discovering punk rock, ska, and classic and indie hip-hop through the Tony Hawk series of skateboarding video games. The idea may be repellent to those of us who r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Free Concerts Keep Skateboarding And Rock Connected

    Disfrutalo!​"The genesis of the Skate & Rock Free Concert Series was to bring live music into our skate park," says Barry Blumenthal, a skater who helped put together the upcoming concert series and also assisted in raising funds to build the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark just west of downtown. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Austin Men Jailed After Skateboard-Whipping Photographer for Mohawk Shot

    This guy's hair is impervious to photography.​You'd think Johnathan Washburn would dig it when strangers snapped his picture. After all, his unusual triple-Mohawk hairstyle seems like little more than a 24-7 "look-at-me" adornment, or possibly even a cry for help. According to this American-S ... More >>

  • Music

    January 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Johnny Romano Skate Jam: World's Largest Skatebording Charity Event

    Photos by Taylor Turner​Every year Southside Skate Park brings together fans and amateur and professional skateboarders from all over the country to raise money for a good cause. South Shore Distribution hosted the 14th Annual Johnny Romano Skate Jam at Southside Skate Park Saturday, November ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 28, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Jacob Isom: Skateboarder Stop Koran-Burning, But What About The Houston Boycott?

    This video, of an Amarillo skateboarder stopping a local wingnut pastor from burning the Koran, has gone viral.But in the course of its viral-ness we've learned the bookburning Man of Faith is none other than the guy who called for a boycott of Houston after it elected Annise Parker -- who is a les ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2010

    Tarp Surfing: Pipeline Tubes Coming To A Parking Lot Near You

    Wait! Where's your tarp?​It may be storm season in the Gulf, but so far the local breaks have been far from fruitful. For stir-crazy surfers looking for their tube-riding fix, you may want to look no further than that massive blue (or black, for an authentic Gulf surfing experience) tarp folded up ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2010
  • Calendar

    March 18, 2010

    Babes on Boards

    Sisters are doing it by themselves

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009
  • Calendar

    September 17, 2009

    Ace of Skates

    BooTown gets you off your ass and out of the theater

  • Calendar

    July 30, 2009

    Roundwall Rumble Skateboard Contest

    Local kids grind out a win at today’s open call competition

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2009

    Summer Session at the Skatepark

    Photo by Katharine ShilcuttThe Kingpinz Summer Session will soon be underway at the Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark tomorrow afternoon. Skater or not, the contest will be fascinating to watch, as the two events -- grommet run and best trick throwdown -- will feature some of the slickest skatin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    Galveston's Skate Park Gets A New Name, For A Great Kid

    Galveston had a ceremony recently naming their skatepark after Johnny Romano, a 10-year-old skater who died last year after fighting leukemia."He would be embarrassed we were making such a fuss over him," Rhonda Gregg, a family friend who spearheaded construction of the skate park, told the Galvesto ... More >>

  • News

    June 19, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    To Do: Grand Opening for Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark

    Be sure to scope these preview photos of the Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark... Fasten your grip tape and polish those trucks, all you skaters. Finally, there’s a place to grind the rails and carve up the bowls without the cops busting your balls. That’s right, the city’s first skate park, loca ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2008

    Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark Grand Opening

    Houston’s first public skate park is ready for business

  • Music

    November 15, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 27, 2007

    Skating By

    How weird. PUSH's site no longer calls us the Houston DePressing. Barry Blumenthal was at it again today, beating his drums for the proposed public skate park in Houston proper. He and his group, Public Use Skateparks for Houston, aka PUSH, have been trying to raise money to fund the park. To d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2006

    Get On Board

    Finally, skaters, an art show for you. It's art for your daily grind. Tonight Commerce Street Artists Warehouse hosts "Houston, Are You Board?," a skate deck art auction benefiting Public Use Skate parks for Houston (P.U.S.H.). Up for grabs (get it grabs, it's a skateboard — never mind) a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 3, 2005

    Roll Aid

    It's an all-day skate-apalooza at the Texas Skate Jam

  • Film

    June 2, 2005

    Skate Bored

    The Z-Boys roll into Dogtown again, and truth is cooler than fiction

  • Calendar

    May 19, 2005

    Jane's a-DJ

    Alterna-god Perry Farrell's been caught spinning

  • Calendar

    April 15, 2004

    Do the Indie Thing

    WorldFest celebrates the obscure

  • Calendar

    November 6, 2003

    Smoking the Halfpipe

    Top skateboarders, BMXers and motocrossers do trippy tricks

  • Calendar

    July 17, 2003


    H-town skydiving options

  • Culture

    June 5, 2003

    Idiot Savant

    Brad Tucker retains a quirky, casual approach as he tinkers with his art

  • News

    March 20, 2003

    Reeling from Wheeling

    Sleepy Waller wrestles over rights for skateboarders

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Skate Park

    Vans Skate Park

  • Culture

    May 2, 2002

    Skate or Die

    In the 1970s, the Z-Boys were hell on wheels. Today, they're shredding the big screen.

  • Culture

    November 29, 2001
  • Culture

    August 17, 2000

    Hot Wheels

    Or: How Tony Hawk turned skateboarding into a multimillion-dollar international obsession

  • Music

    December 29, 1994

    News from Nowhere

    Clearing the desk for the New Year, and other excuses for a column

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