June 2013 Skate Exposure-Meter Photo Wars
All Quiet On The Photo Front
All's quiet on the photo front for May. Atiba maintains top honors, with Colen in second and Burnett in third. TransWorld's Dave Chami takes over in fourth, bumping TransWorld's Sam Muller to fifth. Sorry, Sam.
June 2013 Skate Exposure-Meter Logo Wars
Independent Captures The Lead
The Logo Wars tally is always the least surprising. Every skater knows the logos that are most recognizable. But not so much this month. The big news for May is Indy bypassing Nike for the #1 spot. But will it last? It's neck and neck, with more than half the year to go, so really it's anyone's game.
In fact, Spitfire, Converse, Lakai, Volcom, adidas, Vans, and Creature are all top contenders, so it will be interesting to see how the rest on the year plays out!
June 2013 Skate Exposure-Meter Ad Whores
Evan Smith Rising
No one was able to topple David Gonzalez from the advertising throne this month (he even scored some Globe ads to keep him on top!) Other than that, there wasn't too much movement on the ad board this month. Gravette climbed to eleventh, Lizard King slithered from ninth to fifth, and new DC/Element pro Evan Smith climbed from fourth to second. Being awesome has its advantages.
June 2013 Skate Exposure-Meter Edit Wars
Suciu And Gravette On The Come Up
Gravette and Suciu are both nursing covers and interviews (Suciu has two, actually, in Thrasher and The Skateboard Mag). Not surprisingly, they also happen to coincide with video parts a-dropping. Gravette made the leap from 55th in April to fourth in May. Suciu's edit brought him from 77th last month up to second place!
Apart from these guys, Transworld has a Silas Baxter Neal cover and interview to coincide with his Perpetual Motion part. Silas jumps up from 48th to 11th. Not too shabby!
The other big success story for May is Jon Dixon. He leapt up from 47th all the way to 18th, thanks to some editorial coverage in The Skateboard Mag
June 2013 Skate Exposure-Meter Leaders
The New Jacks Are Hungry
This month is really interesting. Taken on its own, it showcases some of the newest and gnarliest skateboarding with two younger guys that are blazing their own trails to legendary status. The funnt part is, they each have two completely different styles.
Mark Suciu blew up last year with a video part on par with PJ Ladd's Wonderful Horrible debut. And since then, he's proven to be anything but a flash in the pan. He continues to put out videos and photos of tricks never before dreamed (outside of Rodney Mullen, maybe), and if you weren't already sick with jealousy, he does it with style.
David Gravette, on the other hand, is one of the gnarliest skateboarders alive. True, he's not exactly a "young buck," especially seeing as he manages to put out gnarly footage on a consistent bases for the past several years, but he's at the forefront of the new breed of gnarly skater—the kind that can grind the longest handrails for breakfast, and blow minds in the concrete park for lunch. This month isn't Gravette's first interview/cover, and lucky for us, it won't be his last, either.
With these two guys as ambassadors for the direction of skateboarding, it's sure to be an interesting ride.
See you next month.