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Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Here’s a bittersweet delivery of gold courtesy of Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding. When the great man tragically passed on March 31st 2020, SixStair (the company behind Loveletters) let it be known that Jeff Grosso had filmed a number of as-yet unreleased episodes prior to his death. In true Mothra fashion, both of these turned out to be highly poignant and focused, as always, on the lesser-known creative cultures beneath the previously-monolithic rockface of ‘mainstream skateboarding’. The first of these, (also pitched as ‘Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter’) paid homage to currently unstoppable force that is skateboarding’s LGBTQ+ community. If, for whatever reason, you missed that one – click here for a masterclass in non-patronising inclusion and community love.

Fast forward a year and with skateboarding’s inaugural Olympic inclusion only a month away and Vans have seen fit to deliver what I hope isn’t but probably is, Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding. Shrouded in mystery (partly self-imposed and partly down to the US-centric world view of much of the legacy media) until fairly recently, this here is a 30 minute tour of Japan’s skate history. With the land of the rising sun set to host the first Olympics to include skating, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. For those of you who know nothing about the Japanese scene, get ready for a shock because Grosso doesn’t hold back. From Japan’s first ever pro skater to a strong focus on Japan’s female scene; it’s all here. I can guarantee you that Japan will blow minds next month but it’s very likely that the biggest shock will come from their female contingent so get ready – there is a hell of a lot more to Japanese skating than Yuto Horigome, believe me.

Jeff Grosso's final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding

With the above in mind, if you fancy a bit more insight into the creative forces that are touched upon in Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to Japanese skateboarding, then worry not. Scroll down and peep a glimpse of the end section of Yuri Murai‘s all female Japanese skate video ‘Joy & Sorrow 2’ as discussed in the Loveletters episode. Also, bear in mind that this footage is 5 years old now so get your expectations in line with what’s clearly going to happen in Tokyo next month.

Rest in peace Grosso. We love you.


Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarding

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Jeff Grosso’s final Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarding just went live and stands in testament to the depth of loveliness that our much-missed sage represents. We can only hope that the big pink one is surveying the scene from above and is smiling that unmistakable grin as the Internet reacts to his Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarders the world over. Absolute magic this one.

I’m not going to waste your time by recounting who’s in it, what gets discussed or why it’s an extremely timely embrace of our brother and sisters in arms because, unless you’re stupid, you’ll already appreciate the significance of this being Grosso’s final Loveletter.
We’ve come a long way since the days of women featuring in skate brand adverts purely as eye-candy wearing skate clothing not designed for them, and even more so in the slow but exponentially increasing open acceptance of the huge LGBTQ+ community but there’s still a way to go and this Grosso/Vans release is going to do a lot to expedite that change.

Like I already said, I’m not going to patronise you, you know that this is the perfect send off to one of skateboarding’s most beloved voices. If you ever needed proof of the fact that Jeff Grosso loved the act of skateboarding with all his heart and soul, then this 36 minute video provides it.
We love you Jeff Grosso.

If this has put you in the mood for more of the great man, (and why wouldn’t it?) – head over to our very own Loveletter to Jeff Grosso here.

With the above said, we can also strongly recommend checking out the full-length ‘Euro There’ video from LGBTQ+ skate crew/brand There Skateboards (featuring a bunch of the people interviewed in Grosso’s final Loveletter to skateboarding). We’ve even made it easy for you by embedding it below.
It’s 2020 and there are millions of skateboarders in the world. Let’s try to make our shared universe that little bit more pleasant by trying to be nice to each other, it’s really not that difficult.

Jeff Grosso's final Loveletter to LGBTQ+ skateboarding


A loveletter to Jeff Grosso

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

 

 

The last twelve months have been rough as far as skateboarding is concerned.
Far too many people have passed long before their time and on March 31st we lost another stellar human being – hence this loveletter to Jeff Grosso.
Grosso passing has left a huge void globally and the reaction to his death speaks to the level of affection that our culture held for the lovable curmudgeon.

 

 

 

 

It ought to come as no surprise to any of you reading this that we loved the man.
All of us have had the pleasure of meeting Grosso a bunch of times in various destinations under the auspices of everything from ASR trade shows to unexpected demos in Shrewsbury. Always he was funny, talkative and the loudest voice in the room. A truly lovely man.

 

 

 

 

He was a walking, talking skateboard encyclopedia. A man who wore his heart and his flaws on his sleeve and didn’t give a hoot about who that might upset. As spokespeople for a culture go, we couldn’t really have asked for anyone better than Jeff Grosso.

A loveletter to Jeff Grosso

 

Like everybody else, we’ve been binging on Grosso content since his untimely death, so as a nod in the direction of the man, we thought we’d share some of our favourites with you as a loveletter to Jeff Grosso from some more people who loved him.

Skateboard culture should be forever grateful to Jeff Grosso – for his stalled inverts, for his resurrection from the pits of addiction that allowed him to reappear and become our collective mouthpiece, for his unswerving dedication to shining a light of every aspect of skate culture and not just concentrating on the hottest and the coolest, and for the fact that he was happy to share his private life with us all via his Instagram account.

 

 

 

 

Most of all though, in this sad time, we ought to be eternally thankful that Vans, Jeff and his friends at Six Stair recorded so much of his love for skateboarding over the last decade.
Grosso’s Loveletters to skateboarding are going to go onto to become some of the most influential, culturally deep and significant reflections ever made on skate culture.

 

 

 

 

So without further ado, and with no need to be in chronological order – here’s our loveletter to Jeff Grosso. There’s so much out there on the Internet so this is only intended as a pointer based on our own playlists since the great man passed. Either way – buckle up and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Thankfully, there are as-yet-unaired episodes of Loveletters still to come out with Season 11 episodes focusing on the Japanese and the LGBTQ skate scenes currently under production by Sixstair so we have much to look forward to. For now – tell your friends you love them and stay safe. Jeff Grosso rules!

 

 

 

 

The above are some of our favourites – if you want to catch the entire back catalogue of Grosso’s Loveletters – you can do so here: Vans playlist Grosso Loveletters in order.

Let’s close it off with Jeff’s appearance in the still fucking incredible Antihero ‘Destination Unknown’ video. All hail the man. We love you Oliver!

 

 

A loveletter to Jeff Grosso


Jeff Grosso – Love Letters -Cardiel

Friday, May 12th, 2017

 

Yes, yes and to right YES!

 

New season from Vans ‘Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters To Skateboarding‘ starting off with a serious bang. You by now will be aware of the saying “ALL HAIL CARDIEL” well this just further cements it up more with epic archival footage from the original skateboarding madman John Cardiel!

 

Way back in the late nineties I had to pleasure to follow the now legendary tour of which John was a part of, yeah I’d watched every video possible with Card’s in it and yes this is the reason we’d traveled the breath of the country to watch him along with the Gonz etc skate our crappy UK parks but not nothing could prepare you for watching Cardiel skate in the flesh. I don’t even say this likely as in this era we where quite acustomed to turning up at Goshen Sports Center (the only vert in the country at the time) to see Tony Hawk and likes tearing it a new one but witnessing Cardiel frothing like a madman and inventing impossible lines at Romford park and tweaking every which way at Leigh On Sea park he’s forever been an all time favorite (I’m pretty much sure I don’t stand alone on this one!)

 

Enough of the waffle, basically stoked once again to see the next season of Jeff Grosso’s Love Letters To Skateboarding return with a special part one all about John Cardiel.

 

Get watching now whilst chanting loudly “ALL HAIL CARDIEL!”

 

 

 

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