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Adidas Skateboarding Recreates Iconic Venice Pavilion at BEYOND THE STREETS

4:45 PM PDT on May 2, 2018

    [dropcap size=big]A[/dropcap]didas Skateboarding will make history this Sunday as it partners with BEYOND THE STREETS (BTS) to resurrect one of the most iconic and historically relevant destinations in skateboarding history—the Venice Pavilion- opening this Sunday, May 6.

    With site-specific installations curated by Los Angeles graffiti legend RISK, the three-stripes brand will reveal a fully skateable installation of the sacred site known as one of the original birthplaces of street style skateboarding as well as the introducer of East Coast “subway style” graffiti to the western edge of the country.

    The installation opens this Sunday and runs through July 6th. Visit https://www.beyondthestreets.com for tickets.

    Photos below are from the curated Instagram account @earlylagraffiti, which is dedicated to showcasing early Los Angeles graffiti photos from the 80's and 90's. This is great account that shows some of the history of the graffiti scene in and around the city.

    Myser, Venice 1993
    Part of Vision, Cash, Tane and Tempt in Venice 1988. Photo by Tempt.

    Originally built in 1961 as an amphitheater, the Pavilion was later reclaimed as a haven for graffiti artists and skateboarders to co-exist and cultivate their crafts for decades. The area hit its glory days in the 1980s and 1990s, as an abundance of now-legendary artists and skaters flocked to the Pavilion, also known as the “Venice Pit”, to make their names and reputations that proceed them today. 

    Venice Pit, Mid 1990's
    Venice Pit circa 1979.

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