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Skateboard Men Vow "To Never Return To Dallas Ever Again"

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Joe Hammeke's a pro photographer best known for his pictures of skateboarders, most of which appear in Thrasher, for which Hammeke's also a contributing writer. Like, in the new issue, he's got a piece headlined "Dangerous Technology," which isn't online but which documents a recent trip he made to Dallas during a skateboarders-across-America tour. Also among the ranks: Keegan Sauder, Jamie Tancowny and Sheldon Meleshinski and other gentleman of the Skateboard Man persuasion. Their trip to Dallas was a total bust, for reasons detailed after the jump. Among the reasons, though: overpriced weed. --Robert Wilonsky

Update: Apparently, the piece is indeed online. My thanks to the fine folks at FrontBurner for all their diligence and consideration today.

DALLAS TURNED OUT to be a bummer for numerous reasons. The one spot we knew of is at a school, and when we arrived at 11:00pm people were still there and they wouldn't let us skate. The next day, some calls were made to try and track down something else, until it got late enough to hit up that school again. This is what we found. There's a decent skatepark in the Dallas suburbs. It's overrun by bikes, rollerblades, and believe it or not, more razor scooters than all the bikes, rollerblades, and skateboards added together. To top it off, some dude who introduced himself as "Super Chase" was selling weed at twicethe market rate.

Baby Jamie had to get a new pair of shoes, and the only shop in town we could find is owned by a pro rollerblader. They made Jamie buy them at full price since they refused to believe him or the people at Emerica that he was on the team, despite having an Emerica ad in the current issue of every magazine for sale on the shop's counter. To top it all off, by the time we were en route to the school to skate around midnight, the van was involved in a hit and run. After waiting an hour for the police to no-show, we decided that we were better off doing what we came there for. Everyone vowed to never return to Dallas ever again. Maybe things would have turned out better if someone at the skatepark could have pointed us in the direction of Mike Crum's skateshop instead.

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