Lets face it, 2013 was basically a gift. The Mayans told us the world was supposed to be over 9 days earlier, but when that didn’t happen, we were handed at least one more year to do whatever we want (cue: Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop”).
We here at Color were incredibly thankful for this borrowed time, and took the opportunity to make 2013 as fun and fruitful as possible. Here’s a look back at some of our favourite moments of 2013, both inside and outside the pages of Color.
After 10 years of publishing square, we decided it was time for a change, so we beefed up our size, cleaned up the design, and stepped out with a magazine that draws more attention to your coffee table than ever before. Huge thanks to Wedge & Lever for their support in the design process and for all the loyal fans who responded so warmly to the new look.
Color 11.1 Available Now from Color Magazine on Vimeo.
2013 was the first year that the relatively young culture of skateboarding truly felt like it was developing a history of its own. Not only did the pioneer Bones Brigade release their historical documentary, we dug deep into our vaults and discovered that our #1 most published skater was the ever-prolific Russ Milligan with an astonishing 100 photos (ads and editorial). In other news, adidas commemorated 15 years of The Gonz with a special collection and Girl Skateboards blew out 20 candles on their cake with a special celebration tour that included an iconic art show and the announcement of Official Rick Howard Day here in Vancouver.
Russ, Frontside Bluntslide in SF [ o ] Terry Worona. Click image above for a taste of what 10 years of Russ Milligan looked like.
We knew we wanted to do another Ramp Party this year, but we had no idea it was going to turn into what has since been lauded by Instagram users and local media outlets alike as “the best party Vancouver has ever seen!” So how did we do it? Well, we booked out an entire hotel, had the Zenga Bros build us a crazy ramp for the inner courtyard, brought in a bunch of talented musicians and stuck 24 artists in 24 rooms to install as they see fit. What we got: a stack of 50 McDonald’s cheeseburgers, live tattooing, an African Cerval in a closet, nudity, drunkenness and a night that won’t soon be forgotten. Of course, the whole thing wasn’t just for kicks, it was also where we announced the formation of the Jamcouver Cultural Society and the team rosters for Jamcouver 2013.
HOTEL RAMP PARTY from Color Magazine on Vimeo.
Skaters with Substance
One of the greatest fears an editor of a skateboard magazine can have is: What if the interviewee has nothing more to say than, “I just wanna skate” and a handful of sponsor thank you’s? Lucky for us (and with a reminder that, unlike other skate mags, it’s okay to be honest and thoughtful in your Color interview) skaters like Matt Berger, Joey Larock and Nolan Waller opened up about learning to be a man, being thankful for their opportunities, difficulties with their home life, and what it’s like living with anxiety. We think it’s the responsibility of a magazine to tell it like it really is, and we’re proud to give skaters the chance to truly be themselves.
Joey Larock, backside smithgrind in Vancouver [ o ] nicholas
Mike Campbell, kickflip backside tailslide in Barcelona [ o ] delaney
Nolan Waller, backside ollie in Toronto [ o ] comber
Riley Hawk [ o ] o'meally / from his feature interview (Also featured on the cover of the Autumn Issue.)
Matt Berger photographed by Alana Paterson / Interview by Dan Post for Color (Summer) 11.2
After nearly a year of planning, hundreds of forms to sign, meetings, phone calls and outright begging, we were stoked to be able to bring world-class professional skateboarding back to Vancouver for the first time since Slam City Jam. “Jamcouver 2013” picked up where Jamcouver (2011) left off, this time upping the ante with 50 skaters (including some HUGE names) skating together as teams for $10,000 worth of prizes. It was an incredible day that saw thousands of spectators converge on Sunset Beach during The Celebration of Light, to experience all the joy of skateboarding and support the Jamcouver Cultural Society’s goal to put a spotlight back on our Canadian culture and raise funds for a sustainable indoor park in Vancouver. It was all worth it just to see the looks on kids’ faces ( both big and small) as they watched Andrew Reynolds blasting signature fronstide flips on yet another Zenga-inspired street course.
JAMCOUVER 2013 from Color Magazine on Vimeo.
Street Demon DVD
In Search of the Marble Halfpipe
Wallie World Cup
Rick McCrank stops by the office for an episode of SKATE