In the somber wake of the one-year anniversary of Love Park’s end, DC shoes and Slam City Skates have decided to release a collaborative shoe dedicated to one of the skate mecca’s princes, Josh Kalis.
“Memory Screen #7 “features salvaged clips of the Michigan-born and East Coast-bred rider, from some of the most renowned skateboard videos and compilations of the past decade, including the iconic 411 series, Static, and the Alien Workshop holy trinity of Timecode, Photosynthesis, and Mindfield. The edit is sonically set to Artifacts’ “Wrong Side Of Da Tracks”, an underground rap cut from ‘94 that fits the throwback-era footage like baggy cargo pants and a 2X tee; quite freely, know what I mean?
Classic rhymes and skate lines aside, this installment of “Memory Screen” is a bittersweet reminder of the incredible leap of progression that the entire skateboarding culture took thanks to one single, open, architectural, municipal space. Without cats like Kalis learning to finesse the ledges or using makeshift concrete jump ramps using granite tiles to tre flip over chest-high garbage cans at Love, we certainly would not be privy to the level of advanced street skateboarding that currently exists all over the globe. And that’s worth remembering.
Peace to Love Park and all of it’s skateboarding children worldwide.