As different forms of roller skating become popular in various parts of the country, it’s important to acknowledge and honor it’s cultural origins and the unsung pioneers that have given roller skating it’s modern flavor and style.
Bill Butler – Video Bio
If you’ve ever seen these images pop up on the internet, please know that this is NO ordinary “ol skool” skater. When people were rolling to organ music in the 40’s, Bill Butler is the man that brought the funk and jazz to skating in Detroit and then most famously in New York. His artistry, skill and style inspired many of the popular incarnations of roller skating that exist today.
David Miles Jr. – www.churchof8wheels.com
While rinks are closing down across America, San Francisco’s Godfather of Skate, David Miles Jr. finds new ways to bring skating to the people. Whether indoors or outdoors, David has worked tirelessly with local community leaders for over 30 years to make sure skaters have a place to skate and a funky good time doing it!
Richard Humphrey – www.rollerdance.com
Known as the “Father of Roller Dance.” Richard is a renowned instructor, performer and inventor, featured on TV and in print. Richard choreographed many of the classic line dance steps that are still popular today. He has also partnered with Riedell to create the innovative “No Strings Attached” skate boot. He continues to teach weekly classes and hosts his own skating session at Cheryl Burke Dance.
Joi Stafford – Skate-a-Thon
2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Skate-a-thon in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s the largest annual skate party in the country and perhaps the world. Joi and her team work tirelessly each year to throw this amazing 3 day event.
There will be more to come! Please leave a comment if you know of someone with significant historical influence and contribution to the development and growth of roller skating!
If you love to roller skate, and you want to wear your skate pride, I’ve got dozens of great roller skating themed shirts for you!
In my 20 year career as a professional designer, I’ve designed apparel for some of the biggest names in entertainment including Usher, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, and even classic bands like The Beatles.
So you know these are premium designs you’ll LOVE to show off at your next skate party. That’s because they are designed by a SKATER, for SKATERS.
Be sure to join my facebook page (Or see button on the left), as I periodically post great deals and sale codes, so that you can save for that “wood tax”!
Here’s just a few available designs, click the photo below and start shopping!
1. When people ask me about buying their own skates
2. Beginning skate students
3. Students after my hour lesson #swag ;-)
4. How I think I look skating in a group
5. How I probably look skating in a group
6. That one dude who is always standing in the glide lane trying to show-off
7. When someone finally runs into him
8. Me skating when I first arrive at Golden Gate Park
8. Me skating at Golden Gate Park 5 hours later…
Throughout the twentieth century, African Americans challenged segregation at amusement parks, swimming pools, and skating rinks not only in pursuit of pleasure but as part of a wider struggle for racial equality. I wanted to share a few snapshots in time related to roller skating and black history to foster an understanding of the deep, rich history of this activity and some of its pioneers.
Here’s a wonderful video piece that touches on skate history from the folks at http://www.itsmyskatenight.com
Just finished this new skate design fresh for 2015!
Can you spot the hidden “8”?
For a limited time, you can reserve this design on a shirt through Teespring.
Here’s the link: http://teespring.com/roll-with-soul-2015
Just one catch. If we don’t meet our goal of 50 shirts sold, the shirts won’t be printed. So if you like the design, order several! There’s various styles and colors available.
UPDATE 1/16: Unfortunately, we did not hit our goal so the shirts were not printed. If there’s any additional interest in the design, perhaps I can activate another campaign. Maybe different colors?
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