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Local skateboarders had an opportunity to join the pros from the Slave skateboarding team from 3 p.m. until nearly dark last Friday as Escapist skate shop hosted a BBQ and skate jam at Penn Valley skate park in KC. Afterwards many reconvened down the street at Escapist skate shop for the First Friday gallery exhibition.
“The whole Slave Team is here tonight, there are a lot of pro and amateur skateboarders here right now,” said co-owner of Escapist, Dan Askew. The Slave Skateboarding Team is currently traveling across the country filming for an upcoming video
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Interview with Jon Allie
by: Mike Goehring
Skateboarding in Kansas City is nothing new to skateboarder Jon Allie, who shredded Penn Valley Skatepark, on Nov. 5, 2010. Allie has been skateboarding for 17 years and has previously skated Penn Valley with teams like Zero, Mystery, and Circa. This time around he joined Slave Skateboards for a skate jam before heading to Escapist for Ben Horton's art exhibition.
Allie is originally known for his time spent with Zero and his roles in videos such as "Dying to Live" and "New Blood", both video products of Zero Skateboards. More recently he was approached by Ben Horton, owner of Slave Skateboards, to become a pro addition to the Slave team--which he accepted.
"The Zero team was getting big and this was my chance to be more of an independent skateboarder," said Allie.
Allie is currently on a small filming tour collecting footage for a promo video for Slave.
"We aren't trying to do the first video again, we are just trying to skate and have fun. Everyone still goes and rips and does their thing but there's no set standards. As long as it looks good and feels good you can use it." said Allie.
Allie is not in it for the money, he spends his time doing what he loves. Becoming a pro to him was about getting free boards so he could continue his dream.
" Im not trying to make that million dollars, I'm just content with living," said Allie.
Allie plans on continuing his career skateboarding for Slave and doing what he loves most, skateboarding.
"No matter what it is you just have to be happy doing it. If you aren't happy with what your doing find something else otherwise it will burn you out," said Allie.
Below are a few Gif files of Jon Allie at the Slave BBQ on Nov. 5. Enjoy.