The Ganja Grind: RIP “Transworld,” But Print Skate Mags Nevertheless Reside On


Subsequent month, for the initial time in extra than 30 years, subscribers to Transworld Skateboarding magazine will not obtain a pile of skate images, pro interviews, and ad spreads in their mailbox. As an alternative, they’ll obtain a brand new edition of Men’s Journal magazine, no matter if they like it or not.

Began in the early ‘80s as a optimistic ray of print skateboarding sunshine to offset Thrasher’s “skate and destroy” mentality with some “skate and create” optimism, Transworld sooner or later turned into the world’s greatest print skate mag — each in Vogue-style thickness and international distribution.

Like all items, although —&nbspand with rising haste for print periodicals — Transworld’s run had to come to an finish sometime. And thanks to a new acquisition by American Media Inc., that time has officially come, with just about every subscription now straight away supplanted with a men’s overall health and fitness magazine.

Above, the initial problem of “Transworld” from ’83

With a concentrate on Southern California skating and miles of marketing that, at instances, incorporated military recruitment spreads alongside groundbreaking tricks, Transworld lost traction as skateboard media moved on line. The publication also went via various corporate buyouts prior to final month’s final print problem.

For most modern day-era skaters, although, Transworld will be remembered for its prolific video output, particularly at the turn of the millenium, when filmers Jon Holland, Ty Evans, Greg Hunt, and other individuals pumped out classics like Feedback, Modus Operandi, and Sight Unseen. The videos stand out for featuring skaters from across the sponsor landscape to develop cohesive cinematic masterpieces.

Transworld will continue to publish as an on line magazine, posting original and aggregated content material from about the skate planet. But as print editions come to an finish with problem 397 —&nbspfeaturing Lance Mountain on its cover&nbsp— and the skate market goes complete-on nostalgia trip, we believed it would be acceptable to appear towards the future of print skate magazines, and highlight some of our favored outlets that will continue releasing glossy pages into 2019 and beyond.

Skate Jawn

From the streets of New Jersey, Philadelphia, and New York City to skate shop counters and mailboxes about the planet, Skate Jawn is a household for all items East Coast skateboarding. Printed in the classic folded-more than eight.five x 11 zine format, Skate Jawn showcases nearby photographers, skaters, artists, writers, skate scenes, and backyard ramps. Given that its inception, the outlet has worked to combine the delinquency and comradery of documenting your personal nearby skate crew with a scale that has grown to cover not only the Eastern seaboard, but skaters and scenes in San Francisco, Spain, Berlin, and extra.

Published bi-month-to-month, Skate Jawn is no cost at skate shops about the planet, with $30 annual subscriptions obtainable for any one who cannot obtain an problem, or does not really feel like finding vibed by the nearby shop lurkers.&nbsp


Cost-free Skate Mag

Birthed from the print demise of Europe’s two most preferred skate monthlies, Sidewalk and Kingpin, Cost-free Skate Mag debuted in 2015 and has given that printed 23 troubles of pan-European skate brilliance. Focusing nearly completely on the other side of the pond, Cost-free offers U.S. skaters a taste of skate scenes in London, Berlin, Malmo, Holland, rural France, and extra.

Outdoors of the common fare of interviews and photo captions, Cost-free also capabilities in-depth and inventive articles from writers like James Davis and pros like Rick McCrank. You can study articles from Cost-free on their web-site, and you can invest in difficult copies of the magazine for the low low price tag of $two, courtesy of New York-primarily based skate distributor Theories of Atlantis.


Jenkem Books

When Jenkem Magazine launched on line in early 2011, the complete point was to reside on the web and steer clear of becoming beholden to the classic ad-fueled, spend-to-play, two-hand touch editorial restrictions that frequently come with conventional print media (I’m searching at you, Thrasher). But immediately after 5 years of results and a developing cult following, that program went out the window.

In 2016 the Jenky crew published Jenkem Book Vol. 1, a huge-format hardcover coffee table book featuring essays, interviews, photography, a pull-out poster, and of course, skating. In 2018, Jenkem followed up with Vol. two, featuring a photo essay about pro skaters’ bedrooms, a appear at the Bay Area’s developing LGBTQ skate scene, and extra.&nbsp

Jenkem hasn’t announced no matter if or not they’ll be publishing a Vol. three, but for the sake of skateboarding in print, we confident hope so. In the meantime, you can invest in a copy of Vol. two for $40 more than at the Jenkem webstore.

North Skate Mag

Yet another European item, London-primarily based North Skate Mag was founded in 2011, and has given that printed 21 troubles comprised of film photography-focused skate documentation. Eschewing skateboarding — and the rest of the world’s — move towards digital, North is maintaining skate photography alive in print, alongside interviews and stories about hometown heroes and lesser-recognized pros from England, the U.S., and other international skate destinations. The most recent problem of North, which hit skate shops this week, orbits about skaters from New York and Philadelphia. North is obtainable in skate shops across England, and is also obtainable to U.S. skaters for only $two via Theories Of Atlantis.&nbsp



A quarterly publication run out of the Twin Cities, Anomaly has only published two troubles so far. But with 60 pages of complete-colour images, interviews, zine-style collages, and even a Minnesota skating crossword puzzle at the finish of problem two, the photo-heavy mag is a excellent new addition to skateboarding’s printed matter canon. You can invest in Anomaly at many skate shops across the U.S., or for $10 at the publication’s webstore.&nbsp

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