Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Resolution on ESPN

This past winter month has been brutal, with freezing temperatures, gusting winds, the gnarliest blizzard to hit NYC in years, and very little to no skateboarding. It's been rough, but before we head into the new year, I'm ending 2010 on a positive note, with this ESPN "Pro skater New Year's resolutions" link. Thanks always to Chris Nieratko, and HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Skateboard Mag 82

The January 2011 Photo Annual issue of The Skateboard Mag #82 features a miscellaneous black and white portrait of my head scar as well as a skate photo in their "EXPOSED" article from my recent trip to Camp Woodward PA. I want to thank Zoo York for the trip, the staff at Woodward for their hospitality and Grant Brittain for scheduling those photo shoots with me during my time there. I really appreciate it, had a great time, and I hope to do it again next year.

FOCUS east coast skateboarding culture MAGAZINE

The newest issue of Focus Magazine Vol.6 No.6 just hit shops all across the country. Peep the spread that sets off the "PHOTO INCENTIVES" section of the mag. Many thanks go out to Allen Ying for shooting the photo. Thanks hommie!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

AWH Distribution/Zoo York AD in Thrasher Magazine

Look for the latest AWH Distribution and Zoo York collaboration advertisement in the December 2010 issue of Thrasher Magazine which just hit shops and news stands across the country. I want to say thanks to my hommie, photographer, Ryan Zimmerman for shooting the ad, Rob at AWH and everyone at Zoo York for making this possible. Now go out and buy the magazine!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

NY Daily News

Today's NY Daily News newspaper published an article on the grand opening of the new Astoria skate park. The park has been all the rage lately. Peep the article link below and checkout the Astoria skate park video courtesy of Naysayer skateboards...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Master deck inducted into the Queens Museum of Art

On October 23rd, The Queens Museum of Art (Q.M.A) in Flushing Meadows Corona Park held their "We'll Scare the Art out of You" event/benefit which had an amazing turnout.

The event began at 1pm with a Zoo York demo at the Maloof skate park featuring myself, Jarod Brandreth, Dave Willis, and Kevin Tierney followed by some Halloween festivities held inside of the museum.

The opening Zoo York demo got all the kids and their parents psyched to head over to the Q.M.A benefit-event which consisted of face painting, costume making, a haunted tour and parade, plus, food and drinks for the whole family.

One of the Highlights of the event was the Zoo York "skate-clinic," where we were able to work teaching the basics to some amazing kids who are aspiring to be professional skateboarders.

For me, another highlight was the honor granted by the museum of carrying my Zoo York Master Division pro model as a part of their permanent World's Fair exhibit collection.

Everyone that participated in the event had such a great time. Many thanks go out to the Q.M.A, Zoo York, and all the families that participated. Thanks for all the love and support. For more info checkout the links below.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Harold Hunter Day IV

On October 12th, The 4th annual Harold Hunter Day event took place at the Coleman skate park in downtown Manhattan. The event was organized and ran by The Harold Hunter Foundation (HHF) with support from Zoo York, DVS, CCS, Woodward, and Redbull. There were product tosses and live music plus some amazing skateboarding from some of NYC's finest. HH Day 4 brought hundreds of skaters from the local NYC skateboarding community together to honor the legendary Harold Hunter. Check out the links below for some more write ups...

Monday, October 4, 2010

A.Skate Foundation

The A.Skate Foundation is a non profit organization that has been working with autistic kids teaching them basic fundamentals of life through skateboarding. Zoo York recently teamed up with A.Skate for their NYC clinic and I'm psyched I was able to participate in such an awesome experience. I can honestly say that being able to put a smile on one of those kids faces made it all worth it. Thanks to Crys Worley and Peter Karvonen at A.skate and Ben Oleynik at Zoo York for including me. I really appreciate it. Peep the video.


"FULL BLEED" is a newly released book on the art and history of NYC skateboarding photography. The book contains over 250 photos spanning the last three decades with contributions from more than 60 photographers. I'm definitely honored to be in the book as well as featured in this interview. Check out the link below then go out and buy the book!

Thursday, September 23, 2010


This just in: Hot off the presses! ZooYork and Tech Deck have joined forces to release for the first time in history, the RODNEY TORRES-MASTER DIVISION-TECH DECK. Loaded with all the accessories to make you the best finger boarder ever. get'em while they're hot!

The Queens Museum of Art

Ok. Here's one for the whole family. On October 23rd, The Queens Museum of Art is hosting a Halloween benefit, filled with lots of fun activities and featuring a ZooYork demo. The Q.M.A. is going to carry my Master's board in their permanent Unisphere collection and will also be selling the board in their gift shop. Check out the flyer and for more details click the link below. Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Skateboard Mag 79

Check out the October 2010 issue # 79 of The Skateboard Mag for my "cold call" interview and pro model product review. Thanks for all the love and support guys!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


This is footage of the Zoo York product toss and "road to better tricks" contest that was held at Camp Woodward. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Time Out New York

Time Out New York magazine, just posted in the "Own this city" section of their website and newest issue, the best places to go skateboarding in NYC. Check it out...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


"FACE TIME" with Rodney Torres
By Chris Nieratko

Rodney Torres has been a good friend of mine for nearly 15 years and he's been an even better skateboarder for even longer. Through that time he's pushed a windy road through the skateboard industry from up and coming NYC am to almost Zoo Yorker a few times. He went pro for the old Arcade skateboards just before it folded and then rode for the NY brand Official for a while. Through it all Torres has always been the skate Mayor of New York City, being one of few pros actually raised within the five boroughs.

Recently, Zoo York acknowledged Torres' contributions to skating in the city, which includes literally building the new Queens skate plaza used for the Maloof Money Cup NYC, and gave him a spot alongside Donny Barley and Kevin Taylor on their Master's Division. In the early morning before the Maloof Contest went off a little over a week ago, I filmed Torres skating the park he helped create and got him to talk about his new deal with Zoo.

Look for much more from Torres soon to come including a "Cold Call" with in next issue of The Skateboard Mag. His boards are in stores now. Show some support for one of New York's finest.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Fuel TV's "The daily habit" Loft segment

This loft/warehouse segment recently aired on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit"

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Maloof for the kids

On June 4th 2010, 300 elementary school kids came to check out the new Flushing Meadows skate park course for the Maloof Money Cup competition. They all received a bunch of free products from all of the sponsors of the event and got to see a game of skate followed by a high ollie demonstration. Check out the video courtesy of Homage Media...

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Skate New Spot, a Canadian website created four years ago by Ben Oleynik, just put out my retrospective time line interview feature. Check it out.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Queens Chronicle

The local Queens Community News Paper, "The Queens Chronicle" published an Article today on the Maloof course that's being built at Flushing Meadows Park. Check out the Article...

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Chelsea Piers skate park grand opening!

On May 17Th 2010, the official grand opening of the pier 62 skate park located at Chelsea piers kicked off with an early morning reception. The political parties involved in making this pier project a reality, publicly spoke to the people of New York, the media and the skaters about the development, progress and success of the new pier. The reception was followed by a classic ribbon cutting that welcomed all of the skateboarders to an open "skate-session" in the new park pioneered by Andy Kessler (r.i.p) and built by California skate parks. Thanks to the Hudson River Park Trust, Open Roads of New York and the NYC skateboarding community for making this historic event possible.