Buy A Brick, Build A Park

Help build the Alix Rice Memorial Peace Park by purchasing a personalized brick with your name or business name on it! The park will have a 4 foot retaining wall, which will display 2,000 personalized memorial bricks detailing all the individuals and businesses that have contributed to the construction of the park.

For the Sponsor and Donation Response form, please click here to download the donation form. Please return the completed form to the Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation with payment and filled out information.

We cannot wait to finally break ground for the building of the park and provide a west coast-style skatepark to the Western New York area.

Bricks can be purchased at the shop which is located at 2889 Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda, NY. For more information on the Alix Rice Peace Park and purchasing a donation brick, please call the shop at 716-837-8743.

 

Alix Rice Memorial Skatepark Will Be Built July

Yes, you read that correctly. After years of litigation, exhausting all resources, and some honest blood, sweat, and tears, the Alix Rice Memorial Skatepark will begin construction in April or May.

The final design of the park will be presented at an Alix Rice Memorial Skatepark Fundraiser on March 26th over at the Main-Transit Firehall.

We are beyond excited to finally have the Alix Rice Memorial Skatepark built. The location of the park will be right next to the Northtown Center in Amherst, across from UB’s North Campus on Millersport Highway. The park will be a great addition to the number of outdoor FREE skateparks that have been and are being built in Buffalo.

The Alix Rice Memorial Skatepark will feature two bowls and a street section. It’ll be the first skatepark that will offer a West Coast construction to it.

The Buffalo News offered a great write up on the park and how it finally came to fruition. Click here to check it out.

Below is a rendering of the Alix Rice Memorial Skatepark. It’s not the final design but it’s a pretty solid idea of what will be built.

 

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Cupsole vs Vulcanized Skate Shoes: The Great Argument

An argument that has been hotly contested as much as is a hot dog a sandwich? Who really was JFK’s assassin? Did Yoko break up the Beatles? Is it considered blasphemy to eat pizza with a knife and a fork?

All of these questions have typically two sides. Much like the bipartisanship of skate shoes. Vulcanzied or Cupsole. Both equally represented by skaters but usually different in pricing and the manufacturing process. If you understand the conceptual difference between cupsole and vulc, then this article means nothing to you unless it’s a rainy day and you’ve somehow stumbled upon this blog. If that’s the case, crack open that tall boy of cheap beer you got by your side and enjoy the next three and a half minutes of scholastic writing.

If you actually are here to learn about the difference between vulc and cupshole shoes, then prepare yourself for a complete miseducation of the subject.

Vulcanized Shoes 

Vulcanized Shoes are:

  • Better boardfeel
  • Easy to break in
  • Insole makes the difference
  • Less expensive

Now to fully explain what vulcanized shoes are, you have to imagine yourself in a hot, steamy factory in the middle of the Guangdong province in China (and that’s not a dig at China, they just happen to have the world’s largest population thus leading to a comparative advantage in human labor intensity, thanks college). Moving on, vulcanized shoes are twice baked, like your mother’s potatoes she makes whenever steak is being served.  The rubber outsole of the shoes is assembled onto the typically heat-resistant upper part before the rubber is completely cured. The first baking takes place before the assembly and the second ‘steam baking’ takes place after assembly to ensure a tough, durable yet easy to break in shoe.

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Vans Rowley Solos. Example of a Vulcanized shoe.

The important part to remember here is that many of the materials have to heat resistant, so that means no foam material such as EVA (Ethylene-vinyl acetate) or TPR (Thermoplastic rubber). These kind of materials, however, you will find in cupsole shoes. Since vulcanized shoes are much easier to make, thus leading to mass production (if economies of scale exists…if you don’t understand what economies of scale means, check out microeconomics, it’s essentially the reason why the american economy became so fucking dominant) and a much cheaper price than you would pay for a pair of cupsole skate shoes.  Additionally, since vulcanized shoes do not typically have EVA or TPR in them, which act as a cushioning agent, the insole of the shoe is going to be the most important.  That’s why you’ll see Vans offering the Ultracush, Ultracush HD, and Ultracush Lite, which offer those pretty little feet of yours some protection when you’re hucking yourself down a ten stair. Footprint Insoles, which just creates insoles for both skate shoes and snowboard boots, found a niche market for people who wanted something more of out of their insoles for both vulc and cupsole shoes (just rip the liner out of the cupsole and you can put in one of their insoles).

So what does all of this mean for skating in vulc shoes? To make it simple and because I’m sick of typing already, it gives you a better boardfeel overall, quicker and easier time to break in the shoes, option to replace the insoles (most of the time), and usually a lower price tag which is easier on your wallet. Also, if you’re concerned about protection (I’m not, was raised Catholic but that’s neither here nor there), don’t go looking to vulcanized shoes for it. They usually have minimal padding which can lead to blowouts in the shoe but companies have been inserting second layers into toe caps to combat this.

If what was just written about vulc shoes tickles your fancy, then we’d recommend going down the road of Vans, Lakai (Selects), Emerica (Vulcs), Nike SB (Janoskis) and Adidas (Vulcs).

Cupsole Shoes

Think comfort. Think nestling yourself between two giant, all natural, warm and supporting…pillows. Could’ve turned this article into something your aunt reads on vacation but for time being, we’ll stick to cupsoles.

Cupsole Shoes are:

  • Supportive
  • Protective
  • Harder to break in
  • Offer less boardfeel
  • More expensive

Cupsoles are special. Special in the sense, they were specifically designed for skateboarding.  Skaters complained they kept getting heel bruises, designers listened, and voila, cupsole is born. Creating a cupsole is a lot like making pizza, put a solid layer down first, then some cushion and then finally a rubber layer sprinkling. Cupsoles, as mentioned previously, use EVA or TPR as a cushioning foam that is placed inside a rubber ‘cup’. The rubber ‘cup’ is traditionally bigger and filled with the EVA or TPR foam which gives more space between you and your board but more support to your foot and ankle.

What’s getting baked though? Am I baked? Why so many food metaphors? Cupsoles don’t get baked. This is mentioned before if you were reading carefully. Cupsoles are traditionally stitched to the top part of the shoe. Since there is no baking, companies can puts all sorts of technology and goodies into the cupsole before it is sewn to the upper portion. This is why you’ll see things like airbags, arch support, heel support, and any support you need besides financial and emotional in the cupsole. Moreover, the ability to put all this feet saving tech into a pair of shoes is why cupsole shoes are the preferred shoe amongst folks who jump down giant shit. Would you rather tie paper bags to your feet when you’re about to drop 15 feet in the air or foam reinforced bubble wrap? I’d go the latter but I’m a firm believer in libertarianism so you can choose whatever makes you sleep at night.

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Nike SB Koston 1 – Example of a Cupsole shoe.

Why do you cupsole shoes make the most sense to you? If you’re down for big stair sets, huge rails, and overall man-sized shit. Recommendations? Emerica was pretty much founded on cupsole technology, so getting a pair of those is always a solid move. Lakais with XLK or VLK technology (click the link to learn more about that, I’m not typing it, that’s plagiarism, and you should always be learning something new everyday). Nike SB’s such as P-Rod 9, Koston 1 and 2 (not the vulc), Adidas Busenitz, and any Vans Crocketts (Waffle Cup technology, again, look it up, it’s like a hybrid of vulc and cupsole).

I hope this article has answered some questions regarding the vulcanized vs. cupsole argument. Pick one side, or pick both, it doesn’t really matter. If you’re old and over the age of 30, I’d recommend cupsole. Why? Because your knees and ankles are on the brink of collapsing and cupsoles may prolong the inevitable demise of your lower body joints. You under the age of 25 and slightly healthy? Go vulc for the reasons of it’s easier on your bank account and your body can take the abuse. Or if you want to be a big spender and spring for a nice pair of P-Rods, go for it, I’m not one to judge.

Fortunately, here at the shop, we have an extensive selection (90+) of shoes that are vulc, cupsole and hybrids so you can come in and find the pair that’s right for you. Remember, buy a pair get the next pair half off. Questions? Call us at 716-837-8743.

New Phatman Decks!

Ask and you shall receive. New Phatman buffalo logo decks are in! We got you covered for all sizes. From 7.75 to 8.5. They are priced at $40 and come in a variety of colors. Stop in and get setup before this weekend begins, weather is supposed to beautiful.
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Spring Skate Shoe Sale!

The refreshing smell of wet grass, the racy instagram posts of your friends or girls you know in Cancun, the impending feeling of snowboarding season coming to end…spring is here. Which means Spring Break, St. Patrick’s Day…numerous occasions to find an excuse to slam mimosas, cheap beer, and talk smack about your friends who left to go somewhere warm for a week. Also it means you’re in need of new shoes. Coincidentally, we are having a huge blowout SALE on shoes at the shop. Even if you don’t need new shoes, most of these shoes are going to be half off. Half off equals more money in your pocket for late night pizza, dollar pint night, and paying rent on time.

Skate Shoe Sale in Buffalo NY

Our Neat Little Sale Tent

 

In addition to the plethora (thanks college vocabulary) of shoes we have on sale, we also have jackets, t-shirts, pants, hats and all other sorts of accessories on sale. Think of this as spring cleaning for the shop. We’re trying to move inventory so we can get new product in the store, product you guys tell us you want. Help us to help you. See how that works? Ok, great. Oh and there’s going to be a skate jam soon. Details TBA. There will be a food truck.

Skateboard Apparel for Sale in Buffalo NY

Blowout Sale!

New Shoes – Vans and Emerica

What’s up homies. Dog days of summer are in full effect. Although the weather has been a bit moist, there’s been some days full of sunshine and perfect summer nights. We’re still in the process of setting up an online shop to sell Shop Shirts, Decks and some other stuff so check back in for that. This is a bit late but we do have the Rowley Solos in stock (in Black and Blue) and the new Westgate Mids. We also are restocked on the Herman G6 from Emerica.

 

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Vans new shoe, the Rowley Solos, feature the Vans’ Duracap technology in the toe, Ultra-Cush HD cushioning and the OG Original Waffle outsole. It’s a shoe designed and built for skating.

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After Westgate’s last running inspired shoe, Emerica has gone back to a simple Mid with a vulc sole and a stabilizing tongue so that sucker stays in place. Just might be your new favorite Mid.

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Stay tuned for updates on the online store and check back for new products, videos, and all that other shit. Cheers and oh, read this article on Jenkem about why you should still shop at and support local skate shops. Because if you don’t, we’ll end up homeless and doing favors for unsavory characters.

 

 

 

New Politic Decks & The Top 5 Moustaches in Skateboarding

We would to let you all know that we are now carrying Politic decks. These bad mamas are proudly crafted right here in the USA and are waiting to be skated. Sizes range from 7.75 – 8.5. Something for everybody.

 

Politic Skateboards in Buffalo NY

 

Also since today and the rest of this weekend is supposed to shitty and rainy, we figured we would get creative and make a list of the best moustaches in skateboarding right now. This isn’t a cumulative historic list but a who’s got ’em right now list. We’ll start from #5 and make our way to #1.

5. Ernie Torres – Almost a dirt lip but enough there to not be considered pedophile-esque. Reppin’ the John Waters pencil-thin moustache hard. A bold and difficult moustache to pull off but Ernie does it well. Savor the flavor son.

 

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4.  Leo Romero – You could land a plane on the gap between these caterpillars. Is it natural or from the friction from all the ladies he’s been getting at the Travesura shows? We’ll leave that up to imagination but Mr. Romero walks the line between creepy and dignified mustache well, very well. Viva el bigote!

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3. Dolan Stearns –  The dude rocks overalls, has some of the best bonelesses in the game, and offers a style that is unmatched.  Including a decent ‘stache that would give your local cop a run for his money. Keep it up Dolan and you’ll be looking like Salvador Dali in no time. Dolan’s even got the artwork to match. 

 

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2. Billy Marks – Billy Marks or Burt Reynolds? This thing’s got character, power, and the ability to make married women single. On top of that, Billy Marks has thrown down some heavy tricks on some man-sized shit. His parts in Toy Machine’s “Good and Evil” and Fallen’s “Ride the Sky” are prime examples. The dude also looks like Luke Wilson.

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1. Richie Jackson – You know that quote “Creativity is the greatest expression of liberty?” Pretty sure Richie Jackson lives and dies by it. One of the most creative guys in skateboarding both in style, fashion, and overall skating, no rock or bush is considered out of bounds for him. Also, if you haven’t noticed, his moustache is something short of a work of art. That’s why Richie is coveting the number one spot. And maybe those vests. And the skating. Watch the vid below.

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We’re Busy

So I haven’t updated this thing is terribly long time and I half-heartedly apologize. Grad School, Work and more work kinda takes the steam out of you and the last thing you want to hear about is me bitching about it all. We’ll be revamping the site with a butt load of new pictures and products soon and hopefully, fingers crossed, creating an E-Commerce section of our website so all you super hesh ‘I order all my shit online’ folks can get our products delivered right to your door step. Stay posted and in the mean time here’s a 45-minute skate/art/avant-garde film called ‘Symirroretry’ by Andrew Lovgren. Variety is the spice of life. Stay tuned for more..

Symirroretry.com from Andrew Lovgren on Vimeo.

Why to be a Snowboard Bum, Flour City’s Edit & Nyjah Huston

We all have dreams and ambitions. Firefighter, Entrepreneur, Pet Store Owner…etc. But dig deep down and find your inner bum. There’s a part of all of us that wants to get up and go to a resort town to bum it for a few years, hell, maybe even life if you’re committed. Living the life of riding 60+ days a year and eating a combination of ramen, free soup crackers and tap water really doesn’t sound so bad. So how come you haven’t got up, packed a few pairs of underwear and your board and left town yet? Maybe because of financial stress? Credit card bills? Girlfriend? Forget about that stuff and live the dirtbag life. Here’s 5 Reasons why.

  1. You get to ride all season long at Resort. Granted you bought a season pass. And if you didn’t, well you just made the biggest mistake of attempting be a bum in a resort town.
  2. Your new job is probably pretty simple. If you’re living in a resort town, get a job. We’re not talking some crazy super responsible job but every restaurant needs a dishwasher. It’ll pay for your seasons pass if you save up and sometimes you can even work at the mountain’s restaurants.
  3. You have no real residence which means no more credit card bills! Crash on some guy’s couch or get an apartment if you want to be fancy.
  4. Showers? Never heard of ’em.
  5. Older Resort town ladies buy you beer. Maybe more if they’re feeling frisky. Hey, who ever said having a sugar mama was a bad idea?

So there’s 5 pretty convincing reasons to leave your 9-5er behind and go enjoy the freedom of living the snowboard bum life. You might even get lucky and make friends with a guy who happens to run a company that they need a waterboy for and boom, endless product and a weekly paycheck for life.

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This could be you. Naked, Shredding, and full of life. 

In other news, did you get a chance to see Trickapedia today? I mean it is Tuesday. and Andrew Reynolds is up at the plate. Serving up a Nollie Frontside 360. Click here to watch. And if you haven’t seen this yet, well, you’re just living underneath a rock cause you can hate him but god dammit, you better respect him. Nyjah Huston’s Fade to Black.

If you don’t know, now you know…Our dear friends at Flour City Distribution have released an edit. They’re our dealer for ThirtyTwo, Coal, Capita, Union & Crab Grab! Also they offer Howl and Ashbury and Poler Stuff. Check this shit out. Solid edit with some up & coming young bucks. Boom shaka laka.

Skateboard Jewelry, Nike SB Lock In & SOTY

So the jewelry part might have you thrown you off and you may think that we’re not into jewelry here, but this jewelry is pretty rad. It’s made from old skate decks and really well crafted. It’s a one woman operation behind Trebird Jewelry and she’s based right here in Buffalo, NY. Her work is unique and unlike anything we’ve seen before. There are chairs made from old decks and shelves too but how often do you see bracelets & earrings? The jewelry is different every time because a different deck is used each time so no one piece is alike. So if you’re looking to get your girlfriend a gift for the holidays or your mom something personal, find your old skate decks and send ’em to Trebird Jewelry! Skateboard Jewelry at its finest…and we’ll let you in on a little secret. We’ll be selling some here at the shop just in time for the holiday season. The first link is to her Etsy page and the second is to her Facebook. Go check it out!

Also if you’re not watching the Berrics Nike SB lock in, you should. Cause it’s a great way to waste your Saturday. A list of 616 tricks from Tranny to Manny. Flatground to Ledges. All have to be completed in 24-hours while locked inside the Berrics. So head over there to watch PRod, Shane O’Neill, Ben Raybourn, Ishod Wair & the rest of the Nike SB team try to check off this insane list of tricks. Is there even food provided? Are bathroom breaks allowed or is Theotis Beasley rocking a nice pair of Depends? We don’t know. But we wouldn’t mind wearing adult diapers. Saves time and really diminishes the use of wearing underwear. Also it’s the time of the year to Vote for THRASHER’S SKATER OF THE YEAR. You gonna go with the OG Jim Greco or the young buck slayer of tranny Ben Raybourn? Ishod Wair, Collin Provost, Bob Burnquist (Old but still ripping), Mark Suciu, Clint Walker, David Gravette (Dirtiest Mustache), Brandon Westgate (So hot right now), Dane Burman (Mad Man), Nyjah Huston (Will Win either this year or next year), and Tommy Sandoval are all on the list as well. Choose wisely and Vote your little hearts out. Here’s Ben Raybourn’s part Raybourn Identity. Enjoy.