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Jahmal Williams: Like an OG wave.

Sick seaside skateboarding. Photo: Marcus Manoogian.

We’re keeping it east coast this week at Like a Wave. From Boston to Phillie to DC and, of course, NYC, the Northeast has twisted the surf-oriented culture of So-Cal skateboarding. Despite our blog’s fine branding, everyone here at Like a Wave, fresh or hesh, sees skateboarding as stand alone. No other mode of transportation better synthesizes free expression and movement. Moreover, beginning in the late seventies, no other independent pursuit has played such a profound role in shaping street culture. All fashion, music, and art dubbed ‘underground’ is inherently tied, if not a product, of the skateboarding revolution.

Pursuit in NYC.  Bill Eppridge. 14 May 1965. Life Magazine.

Pursuit in NYC. Bill Eppridge. 14 May 1965. Life Magazine.

The above photo begs one to imagine skateboarding far removed from sunny beaches and dropped in the heart of the concrete jungle. While the Z-Boys of Venice Beach channeled surf into their aesthetic, skateboarding was already happening on the east coast in its own right.
Pushing aside one soapbox only to stand atop another, Like a Wave welcomes Jahmal Williams into our ever-growing sect of respectable skateboarders.

Hopps-icle vendor. Hopps Skateboards Ad. Summer 2010. Marcus Manoogian.

With deep roots in Boston, Jahmal has been on the skate scene for a couple of decades. Eastern Exposure III, as the name suggests, was a black and white video montage that quite literally put modern east coast skateboarding on the map. Jahmal was there, way back in 1996.

Jah-Wallie at the banks. Photo: Allen Ying.

Jah-Wallie at the banks. Photo: Allen Ying.

Jahmal has always demonstrated his commitment to art. In teaming with past featured skater, Ed Templeton, Jahmal joined one of the most art-fluencial skate companies of all time, TV. He then followed Ed onto another skate venture, the earliest conception of Toy Machine. Go figure.

Self portrait by Jahmal Williams.

Self portrait by Jahmal Williams.

Currently Jahmal owns and operates one of the sickest east coast companies in skateboarding, Hopps. Skaters out there, support his efforts. The company has terrific ads and the art direction in general is consistently on point.

The world as we see it. Photo: Ian Patrick Connor.

The world as we see it. Photo: Ian Patrick Connor.

Jahmal, thanks for making waves. Best wishes on the right coast.

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