WHY THE BEASTIE BOYS WILL FOREVER BE IDENTIFIED WITH SKATE CULTURE

 

The Beastie Boys and skateboarding have some very real connections. Whether its the use of their music in noteworthy parts, the role that they played in Spike Jonze’s career, or their connection to the origin of Girl, the Beastie Boys and skateboarding have been intertwined for decades. But, on a cultural level, one could look at the trio as the forefathers of what skateboarding would come to represent in popular culture. From blending elements of punk rock and hip hop, to rocking adidas, vans, and skate gear, to the irreverent just have fun attitude, the Beastie Boys embody an aesthetic that’s still attached to skaters today. In honor of Throwback Thursday, watch this episode of Pitchfork’s Liner Notes from 2016 that provides some insight into how it all came to be.