Deathbowl to Downtown
A documentary about the history of skateboarding in New York City.
With promises to be an unprecedented film, the documentary not only explores the culture of street skating, but also provides an anthropological overview of skating’s shift from the 70’s to modern day.
It also digs into broader issues such as how urban planning changes the environment of skaters and how skateboarders went from being ignored to being loved.
Never-before-seen footage and interviews ranging from old school skaters to current innovators,
Deathbowl to Downtown is definitely a film worth checking.
PROPS RATING – 5/5
NY Times – City Room (Swipe)
It was gorgeous. It was abstract. It was criticized. It was confusing. And it’s back.
With its 45- and 90-degree angles and one color per subway line, the 1972 subway map by Massimo Vignelli was divorced from the cityscape, devoid of street or neighborhood names. It was criticized because its water was not blue and its parks were not green. Paul Goldberger called it “a stunningly handsome abstraction” that “bears little relation to the city itself.”
Now Men’s Vogue has asked Mr. Vignelli to update his iconic subway map for the May design issue.