The wonderful art of Upendo

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Who is Upendo?

Upendo Taylor was born in Watts, California but moved to New York to make the city “his canvas” according to his website. He draws inspiration from everything in his life and puts them back into his art in the best possible way.

His aesthetic has covered topics such as pop culture, cartoons, and his love of hamburgers with different media like hand drawings, painting, and computer designs.

Leroy Jenkins!

In 2005, Upendo teamed up with Ron Upperman to create their Leroy Jenkins clothing brand (named after the infamous Leroy Jenkins meme). The biggest endorsement of the brand came from Jay-Z who wore a Leroy Jenkins cap in 2012.

Upendo has worked with the likes of Adidas, Burton, Gatorade, Stones Throw Records, and Black Milk over the years and he’s one of my favourite modern artists and artistic inspirations.

Some of Upendo’s work

UPENDO ART

Corey Johnson's Top 5 Skateboarders

Skateboarder doing a trick in a skate park

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Corey Johnson via Twitter and Instagram over the years and I’m a big admirer of his aesthetic and the aesthetics he admires. So it seemed fitting to ask him to be part of the inaugural chapter of this Top Five series where I asked him to pick his top 5 skateboarders.

Stevie Williams / The Reason

Video Vortex: Stevie Williams, The Reason | TransWorld SKATEboarding

Terry Kennedy / Baker 3

Baker 3 Full Video

Christian Hosoi / Christ Air

skateboarding Christian Hosoi Christ air

Tyshawn Jones / Away Days

Tyshawn Jones - Away Days Part

Daewon Song / Round 3

ROUND 3 - DAEWON SONG

Honourable mention

Kevin Booker / Ice Cream Skate Team

Ice Cream Skate Team - Kevin Booker

An empty water park In Dubai made a dope skate park

An Empty Water Park In Dubai Makes A Dope Skateboarding Venue

Imagine having an empty waterpark all to yourself. And when I say empty, I mean without any water. That’s what a group of skateboarders had at their disposal during a maintenance day at Aquaventure Waterpark in Dubai. So that could only mean one thing: an epic session.

You take for granted just how big the chutes are in water parks until they’re drained. The video is pretty short but there are no signs of a longer version (much to the chagrin of some YouTube commenters). This would make the sickest level on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater though.

Skating an Empty Water Park | Xtreme CollXtion