Been wanting to write this blog for a very long time. Jay Adams is widely consider as the greatest skater of all time. A true Style Master, Adams, Tony Alva and the Z-Boys brought style to skateboarding. It is thanks to them that skating is a multi billion dollar a year industry.
In the 70’s as HipHop culture was coming to life in N.Y. Cali kids created their own subculture and just as Hiphop got exploited, so did skateboarding(only much sooner). It was then that Jay found himself headed a different direction.
Jay Adams speaking to the youth:(0:50 – 7:00)
Jay like many got cough up in “the life”. Something that seems to be happening a lot in our own community. The drinking, partying and drugs never lead to anything good. The life has taken many of our own great pioneers. As the community grows and more opportunities open up, we hope bboys/bgirls can understand of the dangers that await. From addictions to STD’s its very important to stay sharp with decision making. The last thing we want is to see many of todays great bboys/bgirls locked up, in the streets or 6 feet under.
You can get small glimpses from this interview but we encourage the readers to learn more about the legendary Jay Adams. He was a skater and could have very well been a bboy. To learn more about Jay Adams check out the incredible documentary Dogtown and Z-Boys.
Dogtown and Zboys Trailer:
Rest in Peace Jay Adams: February 3, 1961 – August 15, 2014