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Jeff Wolfe

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Jeff Wolfe

Featured below is an extended interview with our friend Jeff Wolfe from the latest Kingskate magazine.  Why did you quit skating for a couple of years?  Jeff: Simply put, I quit due to depression. When I came out of the closet, I was dealing with a lot of gay shame and self-loathing issues. I also felt a shift in my group of friends and was pushed into this outer circle. I felt lost. It was at a time where the words "gay" and "fag" were quite common at the skate park, so I didn't feel welcome. It was a few years later when...

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Birling the Archives

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Birling the Archives

The Garden of the Provinces and Territories has been the go-to staple Ottawa street spot for decades. Skaters refer to it simply as “Archives” due to the fact that it lies across the street from Library and Archives Canada. It is centrally located, with plenty of shade from numerous trees, and is rather large in size. Archives features 2 long, yet small ledges, a taller ledge and two eight sets. It also features plenty of room to hang out and play S.K.A.T.E. It’s the closest thing Ottawa has to a street plaza, but a far cry from legendary spots such as Pulaski, J-kwon, or Love....

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That was then, this is now: Ben Jensen

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That was then, this is now: Ben Jensen

Through his artwork, Ben “Way Bad” Jensen has become a household name in skateboarding. Behind the art and low brow comics we all know and love is a husband, a father, a mason and above all (to us), a skater. His skateboarding based comics act as a creative (and funny) means of expressing what’s on a lot of our minds.  They exude the kind of grumpiness that we at Birling appreciate. He has contributed graphics to many shops and brands out there, although his most valued contribution to our culture is undoubtedly, the "pizza beer bong". Chatting with Ben regarding the current state of...

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Le Bar A Savon

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Le Bar A Savon

Skin loving Blend of nourishing oils, butter and tallow. Smooth exfoliating Hemp Milk soap. Purchase in-store or online.    

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That was then, this is now: Marc Doiron

Interview Marc Doiron That was then this is now

A brief glimpse into the evolution of skateboarding since 1984, according to Marc Doiron.

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