skate generation


You know what time it is? It must be YUZURU PARTY TIMMEEEEEE!!!

Notes for Yuri on Ice panel at 221b Con 2017

Here’s basically what I said for my five-minute comments at the #221bcon2017 Yuri on Ice panel.

Notes on genre and political context for Yuri on Ice

Yuri and Victor, the main couple, are examples of what Mark Gatiss describes as “incidentally gay,” meaning their sexual orientation isn’t the main focus of the story.

In my opinion, YOI is primarily a skating story that has male/male romance in it because it’s structured around the rhythms of the skating season.  We get to see the full programs of even the minor characters.  It’s so accurate about technique and everyday social details that actual figure skaters are obsessed.  It’s an insider’s portrayal of figure skating as a subculture. That explains why homophobia and gaybashing aren’t intrusive plot elements.

Figure skating is at once the gayest sport and a homophobic sport. 

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If the GOM Went Ice Skating Together:


  • Would probably already know how to ice skate
  • Would also be constantly bumping into others because they didn’t see him 
  • Would be trying to help those who can’t skate but would just end up scaring them, making them slip and fall down in shock.
  • “Aomine-kun, it’s actually very easy once you get the hang of it.”


  • Probs doesn’t know how to ice skate.
  • Would pretend that he isn’t trying when he falls down
  • Would probably give up after falling down 3 times
  • Would probably try again when he sees Kise get the hang of it due to his competitiveness 
  • “This is such a bother, I’d rather be sleeping…”

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Kanako’s Retirement Special on Spoken! (05/05)

N = Narrator, K = Kanako, H = Hikaru, M = Maya


N: There was one dream that she wanted to fulfill…

K: I’ve held myself back from a lot of things, so right now I’m exploding.

N: …to eat a lot of kakigori. On Twitter she has posted kakigori from around the country. On some days she would even eat nine plates of kakigori!

K: Itadakimasu! I’m so happy. It’s melting. The powder of kinako went like ‘paa’.

N: Her mood was great. Then…

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October Skating Challenge Day 24: Favorite national team
↳ Team Japan


Borden, Hosoi, Russell, Omar & Pedro all threw down pretty hard Sunday atThe Red Bull Skate Generation contest in Brazil. Pedro probably would’ve ended up taking it if he didn’t dislocate his ankle in practice. You can check out a full recap on Red Bull’s site

Photos: © Red Bull Media House 


Yeah! The new boards from Solid Skateboards just arrived!

This is kind of my company, as I’m the creative director, designing all the graphics, logos, choosing the colour ways of the hardware, and designing the specific shapes for specific age ranges.

From left to right: 

Beginners board. This is for the 3 to 6 age range. We know that kids spend as much time kneeling or sitting as standing when they begin, so we made this one wide, 8 inches, and have developed a special foam grip tape, to protect knees and clothes - it will grip, but it won’t rip!

The Twin Tail is for 5 to 10 year olds. A more regular shape, but with identical nose and tail to encourage switch stance skating, creating a future generation of ultimate rippers!

The Kids Kruiser is for the skater 8 years and older that can’t decide whether they want a regular board or a longboard. We also make a longboard, but those sold out straight away, so I don’t have one yet!

All these boards come with Gumball wheels, 53mm and 85a - softer than a regular wheel so they don’t stop dead on little stones, so your kid will slam less and have more fun.

If you’re thinking about buying a board for your son or daughter, invest in one designed by skateboarders and made with professional standard parts. That way they’ll enjoy themselves way more, and your money will have been well spent.

TBT to Grosso getting inverted at last year’s Red Bull Skate Generation at Pedro Barros’ house. Next weekend’s contest will go down at the all new Rio Tavares Skatepark. Look for all the live webcast details next week.

Photo: Helge Tscharn