Over the past couple decades there has been a proliferation of skateparks across the country. Their presence is a boon and a curse. A boon for the kids that want to roll on smooth transitions, grind perfect ledges and immaculate flatground. There is nothing wring with that, most skateparks are a paradise of sorts. The curse, is the loosing the lessons of the streets. The ability to adapt to different situations and explore the towns and cities in which we live. Some of our most iconic spots have been found in back alleys and side streets. Thankfully, there is a generation of kids that have been inspired by the past and not just the fashion. Youngsters like Kyler that have a searcher’s lust and wanderer through stinky alleys and lonely rooftops. Hunting for something untouched by urethane. He and his crew based out of Denver’s Emage shop have an average age birthday post 9-11 but their skating, ideas and tools of documentation are (mostly) older than they are. Kyler’s interests are on the artistic side of the skate spectrum. With a more than passing interest in creative use of his time - painting and videography he follows in the skater/artist tradition that goes back to Neil Blender. Combined with the support and encouragement of a tight crew and a shop he has a solid foundation upon which to grow and learn. He was recently bumped up to full AM by Hopps and over the past year has been putting out a lot of respectable footage, culminating in the recent Hopps edit. The Covid pandemic has put a pause on the world but somehow I don’t think that will stop this young urban deviant and his back alley antics and search for stoke and good times.