There will never be another Josh Kalis, and certainly nobody will be able to impact skating like this skate rat turned icon did in ushering in the golden era of LOVE Park. His bump-to-can images will forever be etched into skateboard legend as an immortal frame of its history. And with so many great video parts under his belt we had to ask: what gets Josh Kalis out of bed to be a part of this whole thing? It’s not only to represent the brands he’s riding for, but to show the future generation of skaters that if you stay true to who you are and seize the right opportunities, “You can damn-straight make a career out of skateboarding.”
This entire week is dedicated to the enduring symbol of downtown skate-culture, Josh Kalis. The only Pro to call every major skate metropolis his home. Since his early days with Toy Machine to Alien Workshop and now DGK, Kalis always stayed true to his vision of pure professional skateboarding. And in a world changing to accommodate contests and corporate skating, Kalis stuck to the streets, staying true to those aspects of skating that made him fall in love with it in the first place. That’s why to this day you can still find him skating downtown with as many skaters as possible, having fun and filming new projects. Today as a brand ambassador and tenured skateboarder, nothing but respect can be thrown his way because Kalis forged a legacy by his own rules. We’re all forever indebted to Kalis for reminding us next time you feel pressured to participate in something that doesn’t feel right, you don’t have to—because skateboarding is about doing what you love. It quickly becomes clear why Josh Kalis sustained one of the most profound careers in skateboarding, as one of the rare few to truly be one of a kind. Josh Kalis truly dedicated his life to skateboarding. No matter what city Josh Kalis called home, he was always respected as a true skateboarder. We wrap up our Josh Kalis LIFE ON VIDEO project with a brand new part from the man himself, in Josh Kalis LIFE ON VIDEO Part 5.