San Francisco, CA – Thrasher Skateboarding Magazine’s longtime Editor-In-Chief Jake Phelps died out of the blue on Thursday (March 14) at 56.
Thrasher co-founder Tony Vitello broke the information in a prolonged Instagram submit and eloquently touched on Phelp’s legacy.
“Jake Phelps was 100% skateboarder, however that label sells him approach too quick, as a result of past his monumental affect in our world, he was really a person past this world,” Vitello wrote partially. “When family members move we generally mythologize about their full lives wealthy in friendships and experiences.
“Sometimes we have to speak ourselves into believing all of it. It makes us really feel higher, and helps us address the loss. Well, within the case of Jake, the duty turns into wrapping your head round simply what number of lives one individual may probably reside. He actually did see all of it, do all of it, and that unbelievable mind of his may relish each final element.”
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Jake Phelps was 100% skateboarder, but that label sells him way too short, because beyond his enormous influence in our world, he was truly an individual beyond this world. When loved ones pass we sometimes mythologize about their full lives rich in friendships and experiences. Sometimes we need to talk ourselves into believing it all. It makes us feel better, and helps us cope with the loss. Well, in the case of Jake, the task becomes wrapping your head around just how many lives one person could possibly live. He really did see it all, do it all, and that incredible brain of his could relish every last detail. But most of you reading this now identified primarily with Jake Phelps the skateboarder, and editor of our magazine, so I will leave you with this truth – I never met anybody who loves anything more than Jake worshipped skateboarding. Just as we need food and water to survive, Jake needed skateboarding to keep his blood pumping. It was more than a hobby or form of transportation or way of life – it was his oxygen. Here’s another thing. Jake never bailed. Jake fucking slammed. And there is a big difference. He only knew commitment. He was going to go for it without hesitation, and there were only two outcomes. Either you’d see his triumphant fist pumping in the air or it’d be an earth-shaking collision with the concrete. I remember him telling me once that he never fell backwards, he always fell forward. Leaning back meant there was hesitation, and Jake was all the way IN. There was no myth. The man was the myth. We love you, Jake. -Tony Vitello
Phelps’ reason for loss of life hasn’t been disclosed, however his uncle Clark urged in a Facebook submit that it was fast.
“My illustrious nephew Jake, famed editor of Thrasher Magazine died out of the blue and straightforward at present,” he wrote. “If you knew him you knew a personality. He’s received more room on Google than anyone I do know. We cherished one another, and if he was anyplace close to Salt Lake City he would crash for an evening or two. I’ve dozens of tales and can inform a couple of within the subsequent few days.”
Although Phelps had a popularity for being tough across the edges, he typically confirmed his softer facet when coping with blossoming skate boarders. He embodied the very essence of skateboarding till the top.
As Vitello put it, “I by no means met anyone who loves something greater than Jake worshipped skateboarding. Just as we want meals and water to outlive, Jake wanted skateboarding to maintain his blood pumping. It was greater than a passion or type of transportation or lifestyle – it was his oxygen.”
Thrasher’s employees photographer Joe Hammeke informed GroovyTracks, “The key issues about Jake have been he was an encyclopedia of skate information, blunt when it got here to opinions, lived on the highway and cherished skateboarding greater than anybody in your complete world. Dude gave me the best job on earth. Skateboarding won’t ever be the identical.”
Of course, Hip Hop and skateboarding have at all times been inextricably linked.
From the previous 411 movies that featured music from artists comparable to Souls of Mischief, Mos Def, DJ Rhettmatic and Del The Funky Homosapien to the numerous rappers who skate — together with Del, Lil Wayne, Odd Future, Lupe Fiasco, Joey Bada$$ and Beastie Boys — they’re without end intertwined.
Tributes have been pouring in for the reason that information broke. Tony Hawk, Questlove, Shepard Fairey and Ed Templeton are only a few who’re providing their condolences on social media.
Check out a few of the reactions under.
Such tragic information in regards to the passing of Jake Phelps. He was a real skateboarder to the top, a fan of numerous types and a ardour for the historical past of skating. He jokingly known as my bizarre fakie footplant inconceivable the “Spaghetti Western” so I’ll without end use that identify in his honor. pic.twitter.com/aeDKnVAIig
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) March 15, 2019
Oh rattling Jake Phelps died???!!! Wooow, i don’t even skate & I do know that is devestaing. Got to cut it up w him in Utah as soon as. Man….rip & god bless his soul.
— Questlove (In E flat) (@questlove) March 15, 2019
I'm very unhappy to listen to that Jake Phelps handed away yesterday. Even although I didn't know him effectively, he was 100% dedicated to representing skateboard tradition the best way I'd prefer to see it represented. Visit my web site: https://t.co/y4GsmrhEdW to learn extra. – S pic.twitter.com/3JVYuUw5NN
— Shepard Fairey (@OBEYGIANT) March 15, 2019
Thank You Jake Phelps.
My first time to Europe in 1990 I used to be misplaced in an airport in Germany, had no concept the place to go and was bewildered – Jake pulled me beneath his wing and helped me get sorted out, only a skater reaching out to a fellow skater. I’ll always remember that. pic.twitter.com/B324ABju5L
— Ed Templeton (@TempletonEd) March 15, 2019