More than simply a bi-annual print magazine, Quell is a full on media company that includes a podcast and event production. One element that people outside of media might not fully realize is that it takes a lot of strength and a thick skin to put your voice out there. Many people at her young age don't possess that level of maturity. But Adrian Koenigsberg ain't no basic bitch.
Instead of the city's yearly "Go Skate Day" gathering, creative minds in Portland listened to the word of the streets and made appropriate changes in both name and purpose. "No Hate Day" provided an opportunity for skaters and skate-adjacent to gather, skate, educate, appreciate and enter a raffle that raised funds for Black Lives Matter affiliated organizations. Before the event wrapped, Smart Collective reported that donations of $875 were made to Black Resilience Fund, Don't Shoot PDX, The Okra Project and $900 to Equitable Giving Circle.
ROLL WITH US was held on June 21st in Seattle. The event consisted primarily of skateboarders but included any wheeled ally- rollerskaters & bladers, bicycles, longboarders- could literally "roll with us!"
The purpose of this peaceful rally was to take a stand against police brutality. The rally started at the Carl Anderson Tennis courts now part of the C.H.O.P area in Capitol Hill and ended at the Jose Rizal Bridge approximately 1.5 miles south. Once reaching the final destination all wheeled friends chanted against police brutality and for Black Lives Matter.
Van, Amy and Jamie sitting on my couch, one of many stops on the historical 'Black Eye Please' road trip of 2001
Amy and I met at Ashland skatepark in 2001. She was with Van Nguyen and Jaime Lopez that somehow dissolved into a "punching each ...