Can you play? Krooked Visits NOLA
I don’t think Bobby could've done this any better. The ride away was everything you could hope for. Gap to backside wallride
By Bram De Martelaere
Photos by Andrew James Peters
“The best musicians know Jazz isn't about ‘schools’ at all. There's only one school, the school of 'Can you play?’” —Wynton Marsalis
In the same way that Jazz is democracy in music, skateboarding is the great equalizer. It does not matter who you are, where you’re from or what your background is. It’s the old shut up and skate ethos.—ll that matters is that you give it your all. When you’re trying a trick, when you’re on the board, we’re all equal. Skateboarding will make us all feel on top of the world and will check our egos real quick, all the same. The skate scene is NOLA is small and tight-knit. People help each other out, have each other’s back and there is a great sense of pride and respect for one another in this community. When Brian Anderson moved there some-odd years ago, Philly Santosuosso—owner of Humidity Skate shop—and him became friends real quick, skating all the crusty spots in the city as well as Hammond Park about 40 minutes outside of town. When the Krooked X Humidity board came about it only made sense for Brian to do the artwork. Just as Jazz birthed in New Orleans and spread out all over the world, we came from every corner of the globe together in the Big Easy to skate, chill and eat some po’ boys.
Some spots in New Orleans require a sophisticated game of cat and mouse with local security
Philly and Bobby
Philly Santosuosso is such skate rat—hyped to take us to and skate every single spot. He has the energy of four people. Smith grind
Construction workers at this site actually offered up additional angle iron to make the spot a bit more stable. Southern hospitality at its finest
Brian Anderson, styled out back Smith
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Brian Anderson
Simon Jensen—you’ll see more of him soon
On this day we truly witnessed some New Orleans humidity. It was a multiple-t-shirts type of situation and apparently the locals thought it was pretty mellow. Simon Jensen, backside flip
This house spot was a block away from our place. It featured an old moldy porch, a bunch of barbed wire (to keep people like Bobby from ollieing the gap) and a wasp’s nest to boot
Support your local skateshop
This spot is completely made up out of butter bench™. Philly, backside tailsliding very, very far with a little help from Brian
Simon Jensen stretching his legs
Bobby and Simon at New Orleans’ prime plaza spot
Simon Jensen skidding through a switch back tail
Bobby Worrest switch back lipping in downtown New Orleans on our last night. Thanks for the hospitality, NOLA and Humidity!
5/20/2020Teddy Seeley, Simon Jensen, Alex Conn, Harry Lintell and the Homemix crew get to cookin' while Gerwer and Mason Silva pop in to spice up the sesh. The Bay does it best...
5/19/2020Zigzagging between cars and curbs in NYC, Gonz gets the goods while Cromer films and edits the magic. If the back lip at the end don’t make you smile you must be broken, homie.
4/16/2020Family man Mike and Uncle Jake session a mini junk jam in the backyard park for this Krooked clip. Who wins the sibling demo? You decide.
4/13/2020A mainstay of the DC scene, Pulaski park is still going strong three decades deep. Darren Harper shouts out the legends before taking the plaza by storm with Tiago, Suciu, Marshall, Curtin and Worrest. Every line hits with pop and authority. Learn your history and get stoked on the future.
3/14/2020It’s been a year but the love keeps flowing. We’ve added new testimonials to this retrospective page. Take a few moments and soak up more stories from the life and times of Jake Phelps.