In this episode, the crew gets together to discuss being out of “skate shape,” the new United Skates Documentary film, their trip to Detriot, and much more.
It’s My Skate Night’s Hosts a Free99 Skate Jam
It’s My Skate Night’s Free99 skate jam! Too much sauce! Thanks to all that came out and Shake & Bake Family Fun Center for sponsoring this event.Support your local roller skating rinks!
#itsmyskatenight #IMSN #FREE #Rollerskating
2015 It’s My Skate Night Recap
It’s My Skate Night has had a great year! We shared a lot of memorable moments with our supporters throughout 2015 and we thank you for riding along! Here’s a brief recap of a few of IMSN’s top moments of 2015.
IMSN and the Baltimore Uprising
#IMSN – Baltimore Peaceful Protesters
As you may know, after the height of the the civil unrest in #Baltimore, the Bmore skate fam got together to demonstrate peacefully in our skates at ground zero. This is a mash-up video tribute of my personal experience of that. The positive energy was flowing. It was truly a great sight. Love.#IMSN #itsmyskatenight #HealBaltimore #OneBaltimore #AmericanOxygen #RihannaDontSueMe
Posted by It's My Skate Night on Friday, May 8, 2015
Even though we didn’t set out to get publicity we’ve been featured in the Baltimore Sun Paper and on Vice Sports (Click to read full article).
Jubilee Arts Community Building Event
IMSN helped Jubilee Arts celebrate the local professional and teen artist as they unveil the Sandtown mural project. Complete with trolley tours, music, performances, and food this event was one for the books.
1 of 8 new Murals produced by @jubileearts1 in the #baltimorecity #Sandtown area. Reveal party was yesterday. Happy that @itsmyskatenight and the skaters of Baltimore was there to help celebrate. #IMSN #skatenight #rollerskating #skatelove #skatelife #healbaltimore #jubileeartsbaltimore
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Such great work happening in the community! (Click here to see more).
Artscape Weekend (during heat wave)!
2015 marked the 2nd year we performed at Artscape – the nation’s largest free arts festival. The temperatures reached well into the 90s and yet the skaters kept rolling to the live music provided by DJ JB. Kudos to all that came out and skated in oppressively humid tropical rain forest like conditions!
Grit Fund Free Skate Jam
Directly after Artscape we put on a free Skate Jam and showcase for the community sponsored by The Contemporary. Thanks Harm City Roller Derby team for coming out and showing your support!
Free Skating. Free exhibit. Why not? Come join us! Here until 1am. Rentals available! #IMSN #skatenight #skatelife #rollerskating #itsmyskatenight
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Hampden Skate Park Vs. It’s My Skate Night
Inspired by Chicks in Bowls and stupidity, the It’s My Skate Night crew tackled the skate park in Hampden Baltimore with near disastrous results. We vow not to do it again unless the Chicks in Bowls accompany us to show us the ropes (yes, we’re calling you gals out ;-).
New Home for the IMSN Baby
After a two years of taking (marginally) good care of our “mascot” we found a new home for the IMSN baby doll. She’s in better hands now. Please send photos. We’d love to see her in her new home. CLICK HERE to listen to our Podcast to get the full back-story.
DJ Jammin’s 3rd Annual Fashion Show
Kickin it at Dj Jammin’s fashion skate party. The invite is much appreciated. Check out #jamminwear#IMSN #itsmyskatenight #skatenight #rollerskating #skatelove #skatelife #fashion
Posted by It’s My Skate Night on Friday, October 9, 2015
#IMSN 2015 Vending Tour
We Launched Our Podcast!
Back To Cali Skate Jam Recap
Back to Cali was nice from the stand point for a newbie. I’ve never been to this event nor the rink. The host rink was at Fountain Valley right outside of Long Beach, CA. Fountain Valley floor was surprisingly nice considering that the wood floor is painted blue. The rink was very well maintained and clean.
Thursday night was packed – it was nice to see others from all over, especially the Midwest (they really came out to support). The greeting at the door was blah and the overall direction upon entering the rink was also blah (once I paid no one said anything to me, I feel that they recognized only the people that they knew personally, which is kinda discouraging to a newbie like me…). You really never notice the important roll of door greeting until it’s missing. There was a man selling tickets but, he looked scary, Lol. We’ll just call him “Hustle Man.” Every jam has to have a Hustle Man. Any way I got my tickets the next day from DJ “Big Bert.” Bert was very visible and friendly! The music was on point. The DJs catered to ALL – from East to West. Again, it was on point! I heard no complaints of the music; the vibe was right!
There was a fight in the rink barely worth mentioning… a rarity. But, fortunately I brought my fresh mint tea to sip, so that was none of my business, LOL.
The focus was that the music “Rocked” the rink and everyone appeared to be having a Wonderful time. All Smiles!!
The Music was Great
Thowback Back to Cali Video:
My 6th Annual Houston Rolling Roundup Skate Jam Review – #IMSN
My Houston Roundup 2015 Review.
I arrived at the Houston hobby at 7:30 pm local time and went directly to the host which is about 5 minutes from the airport. The hotel provided a shuttle which I appreciated, as I did not rent a car on this trip. After checking in I went over to the Meet and Greet (which I think need a new name, but that’s a convo for a different time). It was at a bar next door. Honestly, I didn’t even go inside – I got there so late it was pretty much at capacity. Skaters spilled over in to the parking lot just chopping it up. The weather was great, no complaints there. Definitely wasn’t missing the snow storm back home. Left the Meet and Greet and “broke bread” with the skate fam. before a quick nap – had to get my mind and body “rink ready.”
The Friday night set at Fun City Rink, 12am – 5am with DJ Joe Bowen didn’t disappoint. I felt like he did a great job playing to the crowd and touching on the different styles. He even played some new and old school local flavors. He could have played that “H-Town-knocking the boots” twice and no one could have been mad at that. It was Neon NIGHT, so the lights were low all night and the skaters shined bright under the black light.
[Check out our Instagram page to see the few clips I managed to get in the low light.]
The rink was small with deep corners. The wood felt great, only one bump patch off second turn, no biggie. Seating around the rink was plentiful – decor was on point. The large skaters’ mural on the long wall stretch was a nice touch to the rink.
I skated the entire night – no real reason to get off the floor, until the music stopped. Good size crowd for a Friday night. 15-20 min ride to the hotel for some R and R.
Day two, Saturday. I’m up and out early to set up a vending table at the indoor BBQ/concert. The venue was switched, due to the predicted rain storms which, came true (good call). I didn’t see any of the concert since I was on vending duty outside under the tents. It would have be nice to have the backup of the IMSN crew to relief me of duty to check it out… apparently “extreme yoga class” and “full body waxing” was more important. Again, a convo for another time.
The bull riding was cliché for Texas but it fit in well and was entertaining.
I only had the fish fry, but the food was plentiful even though it was served late (kind of a stickler for timing especially when hungry). The Roundup committee was VERY hospitable. I had a small headache and one of the team members offer to walk across the street to a gas station to get me Advil. I tell you folks it’s the small things. I wish I knew her name. I eventually packed up and met up some skate fam. to break bread at the Texas famous Pappadeux (sp). The food was terrific! Good convo. So worth it. Stopped at DQ for some dessert and back to the hotel to chill before skating.
Saturday night 12-5a with DJ Big Bob and DJ Joe Bowen. I didn’t skate the night away because I left 1 skate in the hotel. Smh. I cried a little inside at the thought of considering wearing rentals, but someone was able to pick-up my other skate. #lifesaver #therealmvp. The crowd was thick but bearable. There was no roll-call or style-call which actually worked really well. More events should consider that in my opinion. Not all, just some. The roll call has its place.
All-in-all Houston is a good look for the skate community. Props to the producers of the event. If I could’ve done it differently I would have stayed longer to check out more local flavor. I hate 2 day trips. I was there less than 48 hrs. …but that’s the skate life.
Till next time folks.
21 Things Style Skaters Understand To Be True
It’s apart of the gig. It happens to even the very best of us. The trick is to playing it off as smoothly as possible…
2. …Unless you’re hurt pretty bad. In which case you should stay down for a while.
3. Unwanted Sexual Advances
Women in tutus, stretchy pants, belly-tops, jeans, sweaters, or pretty much anything are always targeted with the most disturbing sexual advances. The thirst is very real.
Limbering up for your skate night is never a bad idea. Your muscle will thank you!
The host hotel scene at an out-of-town skate jam can be pretty crazy. …some go over board and deal with the regret the next morning.
Some of us revert to toddlers if we can’t get our skate fix.
7. Skate Hang-overs
Oh the mighty “Skate Hang-over” is real! Working after a skate jam is torture.
When your skate crush agrees to skate with you.
9. The Middle
When you finally get the courage to skate in the middle.
10. Having the Proper Skate Gear
Having the proper outfit is essential!
11. The Skate Shake
When you see it, you’ll know. The complexity ranges from double fist bumps to running laps and meeting hands first 4 feet in the air.
12. Skate Routines
You practice your skate routine for months to reveal at a skate party… but there’s always one that can’t remember the steps and is separate by the group by 8-10 feet (off screen).
13. Non-Skaters Will Never Understand
…and unfortuanately for many couples their boy/girlsfriend is home waiting for a detailed report on your where-abouts at 2am.
Men skate better when the girls watch (and vise versa)… Seriously.
15. The DJ hate you!
…and your stupid requests!
16. Two words, “ALL SKATE!”
The sweet relief from the extended specialty skate sets.
When you realize your special move isn’t so special…
When your boy/girlfriend that can’t skate join you for a late night session. You’re trying your hardest to give many f*cks that he/she isn’t enjoying the view from the sideline and is ready to go… So hard to do while going all out in the fast backwards set.
19. Derby Chicks!
They’re awesome! …but will also put you on your ass! And in that order.
20. The Cyber Skate Rink
Skate related drama unfolding on social media. The real entertainment.
Also known as little devils on skates that want to kill you.
And this goes without saying… You’re totally addicted!
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