Zoo York Skateboards

Zoo York is a Skateboard brand that started in New York City in the 1970s.

A gang of graffiti-writing skateboarders led by Mark 'Ali' Edmunds started a crew called 'the soul artists of zoo york'. They became respected throughout the five boroughs for bombing subways with spray paint as well as bombing hills on their skateboards.

By 1993, a new generation of new york city kids had taken over. Sick of being overlooked by the California-centered skateboard industry, and with the blessing of the original zoo york crew, Rodney Smith, Eli Morgan Gesner, and adam Schatz set out to disrupt skateboarding by making the first skateboard brand to represent new york city in its very name. Starting with skateboard decks and t-shirts run out of a grimy warehouse in lower manhattan, zoo york quickly grew to be an international streetwear sensation, evolving into one of the most recognizable lifestyle brands to come out of skateboarding.

Now, just after the 25th anniversary of zoo york, the founders are back to bring the original flavor of the brand back to its roots - to represent New York City street culture. Zoo York - under old management.

What is the history behind Zoo York Skateboards?

Zoo York was established by skateboarders Rodney Smith, Eli Morgan Gessner, and Adam Schatz. The name "Zoo York" was inspired by a group of graffiti artists called the "Soul Artists of Zoo York," who were active during the 1970s. The brand has since become an icon in the skateboarding community, reflecting the raw energy and spirit of New York City.

Are Zoo York skateboards suitable for beginners?

Yes, Zoo York skateboards are appropriate for skaters of all skill levels, including beginners. The company provides a range of complete skateboards, designed with high-quality components, which make it easier for new skaters to learn the basics and improve their skills.

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