How to Roll the "Nollie Hardflip" of Joints with Skateboarder Jamal Smith - Culture | MERRY JANE
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How to Roll the "Nollie Hardflip" of Joints with Skateboarder Jamal Smith

Palace Skateboards am and Internet sensation Jamal Smith teaches us his unique method of rolling a joint in the inaugural episode of MERRY JANE’s “How We Roll.”

by Zach Harris

Skateboarding and marijuana have had a long, fruitful relationship for decades. Ever since SoCal surfers first subbed the pacific ocean for pool coping, the skater/stoner venn-diagram has essentially been one giant overlapping circle with a few Phish fans and straight-edge skaters creating slivers on the periphery.

To explore the similarities between getting stoned and shredding, we teamed up with Raw and enlisted one of the internet’s favorite skateboarders, Palace am Jamal Smith, to take a break from his busy schedule and give us a lesson in one of skating’s most important skills - rolling a joint.

Everyone rolls joints with their own style, technique and flare, with no one form or fashion reigning supreme. But with so many possibilities, approaching a pack of papers and a bag of bud can sometimes be intimidating, for newcomers and seasoned stoners alike. 

Outside of Tony Hawk’s iconic straight to VHS ollie and kickflip instructions, Jamal has been skateboarding’s finest empresario of trick-tip education. And with what essentially amounts to a tenured position as a professor of obscure transition maneuvers, it only made sense to invite Jamal to transfer some of that instructional expertise into his love for weed.

Jamal’s joint rolling skills are a lot like his skating style; unique. So listen close, take notes, and get to work rolling those joints and learning those tricks. Who knows, maybe one day your roll game will be tight as fuck, just like Jamal’s.

For more cannabis fueled ripping, be sure to check out Jamal and the rest of the Palace Skateboards team in the newly released The Merchandise.


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Zach Harris is a writer based in Philadelphia whose work has appeared on Noisey, First We Feast, and Jenkem Magazine. You can find him on Twitter @10000youtubes complaining about NBA referees.



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