We have a special treat for your minds following our Pop-up Skateshop on Saturday, The Rosa Parks Boys will be premiering "Giant Spider Skates to Rave (On weed laced with PCP)" get ready for some mind bending shit. As painful to watch as it was to film, this is pure bliss. We'll hit play on the old VHS player around 8:30PM
with parts by:Stephen Thialand Ostrowski
and many others
Here's a promo you probably shouldn't watch if you're at work or your grandmothers house...
We are happy to announce that we will be hosting another Pop-up skateshop at The Rosa Parks Boys space located on 2051 Rosa Parks Blvd in the Corktown district of Detroit this weekend, July 26 and 27 from noon - 8pm.
In similar fashion, We will bring a tightly curated selection from Vans, Levi's Skateboarding, Brixton, RVCA, Coalatree Organics, Altamont, Converse, Magenta, The Killing Floor, Welcome Skateboards, and of course, People Apparel.
We will be doing a limited print of 30 T shirts and lots of stickers to commemorate the weekend.
Come out for good music, great times and some killer apparel. Bring your friends for a relaxed approach to retail in Detroit.
here are some photos from the last event...
Here is some more great coverage of the 2051 Rosa Parks space! Most of the photos were shot before the space was even open and captures Nick Jaskey painting the now iconic red triangles adorning this flexible space.
RPB is a flexible creative warehouse space in Corktown, Detroit's oldest neighborhood. There's no shortage of artists, entrepreneurs, photographers, and creative individuals in this city, and they are there to provide them with a space to express themselves and their ideas. They recently had their Grand Opening and hosted an art show for Nick Jaskey. There is a gallery portion of the space that features new art every two weeks. Basically, every other Friday they host an opening reception featuring a new artist.
Behind the gallery, there is an open event space/movie theater. As fans of architecture and skateboarding, they've designed and incorporated sculptural/skate-able elements throughout the space. You don't have to skate to enjoy the space, as everything is multi-purpose and easily transformable. If you have a fresh new idea, contact @rosaparksboys
"Dirty," is a collection of photos and paintings that focus on the application and breakdown of exterior surface sign painting in the city. The photos capture hand-painted signage typical to Detroit, which communicates messages effectively, though often crudely due to a lack of resources.
For Jaskey, however, these signs exceed their goal of communicating a simple message. They are a more honest form of the outreach efforts often seen today; they involve no planning, rely on no technology.
The paintings featured in "Dirty" are Jaskey's response to these signs and their surroundings. They draw from the color, texture and breakdown of the surface over time.
In painting the mural on the exterior of the gallery, Jaskey aimed to mimic another function of the signs: Their ability to offer a glimpse into one's surroundings. In a city where face-to-face interaction is limited, the signs are an indication of life going on around us. The triangles applied to the facade's peeling paint suggest that there is new energy breathing into the once-abandoned warehouse.
Eric Carlsen of 74 Films has set out to document an epic norther michigan skateboard adventure.
Skating in the beautiful northern part of our state is often overshadowed by the recent popularity of Detroit for skateboarding. People have been flocking to Detroit to explore the decay and failed industrialization. Often calling it a skateboarders paradise. Eric Carlsen has chosen a completely different environment to document and pull inspiration from. What we Michiganders affectionately refer to as "Up North".
Teaming up with Cameron Carmichael, John Ryan Hebert, Charlie Hoffman, and Jake Breed.
This video will lend proof that Michigan really has it all, but you'll have to wait till winter 2014 to see it, they have a lot of skating, camping, and hatchet throwing to do. In the mean time, check out the teaser!
Mishigami Teaser #1 from 74Films on Vimeo.
Robert Gutowski just may be the hardest working Filmer in the Detroit skateboard scene. He is out there everyday making it happen with a sick crew of local skateboarders. The raw footage from his VX as witness, this is what makes our scene the best.
StreetBird Ep. 1 from Robert Gutowski on Vimeo.
In Order of Appearance:
Filmed and Edited by: Rob Gutowski
Animation by: Josh Gaudette
Illustraions by: Kevin Sherub
We are open on the fourth of July so you can stock up on some summery items! We have new RVCA board shorts, RVCA womens sundresses, short sleeved button up shirts from Brixton, cheap stylish shades from Happy Hour, and hammocks from Coalatree. Come see us while the sun is shining!
Check out the local events happening this weekend...
June 20th @ Rosa Parks Boys
The Rosa Parks Boys and H-Street Skateboards presents...
Ron Allen AKA MC Intelligence.
Event starts at 8pm at 2051 Rosa Parks Corktown Detroit, MI
June 21, 2014
A2 skate park opening day in Ann Arbor 10am-6pm.
Skateboarding legends Ron Allen and Tony Mag will be there!
350 N. Maple Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
On Saturday, May 31st We had the pleasure of meeting with Emma Ockerman from the Metrotimes while we were hosting our Pop-Up Skate Shop and Static IV premiere. She wrote this article which materialized into a Metrotimes cover story!
The Rosa Parks Boys' skateboarder paradise
Right off the main drag of Michigan Avenue, there’s noise on Rosa Parks Boulevard where there hasn’t been for months. Cars are pulling in and out of a small parking lot across the street from a crumbling white brick house, bright red triangles painted on its sides. You can hear the sound of urethane wheels slapping the cracked pavement from a block away, and a group of girls in heels have stopped to watch the commotion.
It’s almost 9 p.m. on a late spring day, and there are about 80 people gathered, high-fiving and hugging the two men who made the lonely white house a home for many these past few weeks.
They call themselves the Rosa Parks Boys: a handful of twentysomething locals claiming 2051 Rosa Parks Blvd., as the home for their skate park, art gallery, movie theater, and creative space, all while living just steps away — hence the name.
Skateboards launch through what used to be a crumbling doorway to a ramp below. Either a pop-up skate shop, art gallery, or venue space tends to occupy the old white-walled garage, its doors open and visible from the street. Tonight the space is being used by People Skate and Snowboard, a shop out in Keego Harbor, and neighborhood locals are leafing through pants and shoes. The rest watch from the parking lot, beers, ice creams, or Faygos in hand, as music pours out from somewhere inside.
The property was purchased months ago, with Corktown friends Jim Tumey and François Decomble heading the project to restore it. You could call this place a weeklong house party.
“Right now this is more of a friend thing,” says Decomble, a 29-year-old who moved to Detroit four years ago from the south of France. “But I definitely want this to be a part of Corktown in the future.”
Tumey, a real estate agent, had been eyeing the 100-year-old property for a while — its location was prime and its unique floor plan promised a variety of opportunities, including garage doors that could be opened to widen the space, creating an indoor-to-outdoor environment that’s made the property a hit since it debuted May 24.
A myriad of friends, skateboarders, artists, and strangers were enlisted to assist in sprucing the place up. Most had been attending Decomble’s weekly movie nights at his apartment long before.
Ben and Jessica Clarke, owners of People Skate and Snowboard, were out painting, building, and cleaning as much as possible the past two months.
“Jim pitched this idea for a space where they could showcase aspects of skateboard culture, whether with video or art,” Ben says. “They pitched that idea to Levi’s Skateboarding, and they were into it and gave some money toward the project.”
“Some money” wound up being $7,500 toward making the property something stunning and fresh, Decomble said. Every dime was put to work, and now the space relies on citizen donations to pay rent.
Decomble said that so far, anyone who has enjoyed the property has helped with a $5 to $10 donation, and that it’s all going better than expected — especially considering that nothing similar to Rosa Parks Boys has hit the area.
“People from the neighborhood were stoked to buy shoes and pants,” Decomble says of People hosting a pop-up shop one weekend. “There isn’t anything like that around here. People who don’t skate come to hang out.”
Events have included live music and art, skateboarding and film. Each Sunday at 9 p.m., Decomble hosts a movie screening, offering ice cream bars to his guests. He recently screened Lost in Translation, and the week before it was Bagdad Cafe. They’ve featured local artists, including Nick Jaskey and photographer Casey Davis.
“Since Day One, ideas have been flowing,” Tumey says. “A lot of our friends have been doing crazy stuff around the world, and this was inspired by a lot of them.”
Inside the building there are a variety of brightly painted portable cubes and triangles, multipurpose objects Decomble says can be used as seating, a skate-able sculpture, even a table. There’s a mural of dripping ice cream cones. There are end tables made from tree logs, and a few couches.
However, most stick around outside, enjoying the parking lot with friends.
Parents, lawyers, skateboarders, strangers off the street — a surprising variety of people want to experience the intimate setting with friends in this formerly dull area.
“There’s skateboarding involved, but we tried to make this more design-oriented,” Decomble says. “There weren’t too many places for creative types to go.”
Down the road, the boys hope to host poetry readings and possibly start up a zine. Right now, they’re about getting by and growing their space.
“This really changed my perspective on the area,” says Jordan Zuppke, a lawyer and friend of the founders. “This draws me into an area I’d drive past. I discovered a whole new street.”
To follow what’s going on at the house, check out the Rosa Parks Boys’ Instagram account, @rosaparksboys.
When you get frustrated skating, just remember to PUSH. It's the most fundamental part of skateboarding. Pushing is everything.
by: Ricki Bedenbaugh
I am super excited to share this documentary about my friend, The Rosa Parks Boys and the space that Levi's Skateboarding and The Skateboard Mag helped create. Over two months of long days and long nights went into this place. I am happy to have been a part of the building process (Check out my paint scraping cameo!). The Space has already been an awesome asset to Corktown's young creative crowd. Showcasing Casey Davis and Nick Jaskey's art work, Our, People Pop-Up Skateshop, and The Detroit Static IV Premiere. That all happened in less than a month of being open!
Many awesome things will be happening this summer at 2051 Rosa Parks. Stay Tuned!