OJ's "Fuck It Dude, Let's Go Bowling" Photos
These days, it's seems like if dudes aren't in the streets getting it, they're at the bowling alley knocking back pins (and brews) and kicking it with the homies. With that vibe in mind, OJ took some of the crew out to the Midwest to hit KC, St. Louis, Nashville and Memphis to throw some rocks with the locals. Major shoutout to everyone at Escapist, Infinity and Hunt Supply Co. for helping make this happen. —Eric Palozzolo
It all begins here, the OJ Wheels “Fuck It, Dude, Let’s Go Bowling” tour. First stop: Kansas City
When you’re in KC you gotta check out the Harrison St. DIY. It’s so much fun. Willis Kimbel picks up a first-try andrecht. That counts as a strike, right?
Showed up a day after the rain came. Time to bucket out the watermelon bowl
John Gardner on bucket patrol. He prefers a dry melon
With hard work comes the glory—JG, frontside invert
Winkowski cuts some aerial grass in KC before heading into the streets
But first, lunchtime. Kevin Braun orders up a 14-stair Smith grind before we get our sandos
Next up, one kid’s cement slide is another man’s skate spot
Ryan Townley does the unthinkable—way over waist-high hippie jump
A narrow approach is what Gardner likes best
Riding, grinding, bonelessing—John Gardner is an original
Govs, switch wallie 180, sliding into the spot like a GDL
Mandatory stop, Gates of Hell. Winkowski knew of this graveyard that’s supposedly super haunted. They hung witches here back in the day. Rumor has it that the graveyard bursts into flames every year and that it once burnt down a church. After hearing all of this it was clear what we had to do.…
…hop the fence and take some photos, of course
It’s hard to describe this place. Take all of your good ideas, mix in some fantasies and sprinkle some early’ 90s vibes on top—that’s Barnside! See that? That’s the face you make when you hit Barnside
Willis boosts a frontside air on the steep transition
This place has everything! Ryan Townley, rope-swing nosegrind tail grab
Rainbow rail extension added—check! Erick Winkowski lays way back over the rainbow
Barn after barn of things to skate. Henry Gartland, pickup-truck kicklfip
Bowl meets Hot Wheels racetrack. Erick Winkowski airs into unknown territory
Thats a wrap. Time to go chop into the demo
Kansas City comes correct. Thanks for the support. Shoutout to Dan and Nick at Escapist, Keelan, Hunter and the crew.
Time to rack ‘em up and knock ‘em down. Kimbel stretches out a FSA and knocks a few down in the 7th frame
Teamwork makes the dream work—Winkowski with the assisted spare
Time to hit the lanes for real
Willy got himself a truck-stop special—the ol’ red, white and blue guitar. Next stop: St. Louis
Thought we’d found a dream spot but looks can be deceiving. This one turned out to be fool’s gold. Winkowski 50-50d it for the neighbors anyway
Ryan Townley found the route and pulled through with a tailslide
On the grind at every spot, Kevin Braun can’t be stopped—18-stair feeble
The peoples champ, Ryan Townley, pulled off this lipslide with magic feet. Peep the edit for clarity
Willis dabbling in Hall of Meat territory…
…before finding a new exit strategy out of the park
Back in the streets and onto a fatbar-esque handrail, Winkowski starts the session off with a back Smith
Wallie? Pole Jam? Ryan Townley combines the two and adds a boardslide
A construction vest means you’re putting in work. Kevin Braun, nollie flip back lip
With daylight fading, there was time for one last spot. Kevin Braun, slappy crooks past the DIY tranny
The battle in the streets is real when you’re filming five clips a day. Ryan Townley ends the day with a nosegrind. To the victor…
Gardner is no stranger to danger—Matt Rodriguez-inspired trash grind
St Louis, y’all know how to do a demo! This was one for the books. Now let’s hit the lanes. Thank you to Jason at Infinity, Gabe Kehoe and the crew!
Fuck it, dude, let’s go bowling
Kimbel with the ol’ overhand technique
Gartland’s an alley cat
Nashville pitstop at Hunt Supply Co. Jason and the crew are the shit
The streets are calling! Erick balances a backside 5-0 on a dream ledge
Braun, back lip pop out
Downtown Nashville is loaded with spots. Erick, over the rail into the bank
Govs back in the alley for one last night
And that’s gonna be time. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed us around. It was next-level hospitality all over the Midwest. We'll be bowling through again, for sure. See you in the lanes, the parks and the street
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