Blader Digest: Who Do You Skate For?

Man, what a fucking week. Let’s just skip through all the cutsie bullshit and get right to it.

Murda Kills Pro

In case you haven’t heard, Mike ‘Murda’ Johnson is done with professional rollerblading. Done. Over.

It all started with a simple Facebook status update.

Now, of course, this was going to be a big deal because as we’re all aware, Murda’s been a Razor‘s pro for quite some time. Sure, he didn’t have a section in Game Theory, but he did have the sickest true fish ever captured on film.

Actually, we haven’t been seeing much of him lately.

Oh, and there’s good reason for that.

Anyway, so VX/Street Artist’s Adam Johnson had to put Murda’s status up on his Tumblr. That got some people talking, especially the Be-Mag message board. No one can blame that kind of information to raise some eyebrows  because you have the pro of one company waiting to put together his set-up.

Then again, he was just skating Razors at the Razor’s house in Vinny Minton‘s recent Razor’s Swag edit.

Considering Razors axed Don Bambrick seeming for less (or more, I’m not sure who’s to judge outside the Razor’s owners), we’re all sure riding a pair of Valos—and telling people about it—is a fireable offense for sure. And no one would blame them for it.

So, Murda decided to set the record straight on what was really going on:

And as we all know, he’s not the first person to call it quits from getting paid to blade. It’s happened many times before from lots of skaters. Hell, go watch a video that’s five years old and some of those dudes don’t even skate any more.

That’s fine. Life moves on. We all grow up.

But, since AJ had to stoke the fires on all of this, I’ll let him have the last word out:

And that’s that. I really hope we still get to see some clips from Murda in the future because he’s one skater that has such style and confidence in his skating.

Truth III section? That’d be fucking sick.


Be-Mag killed it this week with up-to-date coverage of Winterclash. If you’re really too impatient to go over there and look everything they posted, here are the quick results:

1. Dominik Wagner
2. Roman Abrate
3. Brian Aragon

The Europeans kept their grasp on Winterclash, but always-a-top-finisher/American/former world champ Brian Aragon kept the pressure on them.

It’s pointless to even try to slap anything down about Winterclash.

For photos and edits and more, head over to Be-Mag. They own that shit.

Shima, the new Nimh

Last week, we all watched the clock tick down on what was going on at What we got was a very simple, yet clear message. Brian Shima said all that needed to be said without saying anything. They unraveled some of the HTML 5 shit on this:

Yup, all your favorite skaters from Nimh—Brian Shima, Montre Livingston, Jon Bolino, and Joey Chase—have drawn the proverbial line in the sand and gone out on their own.

Word is on the street that Nimh had been experiencing some inner troubles for a long time. While the announcement is

And that message was all good and fine for anyone what was going to be happening to such an awesome array of talent, but what about the skates? People who ride those skates seem to have a passionate and devout following.

People want to know about their gear!!!

People love gear!!!

What the hell is going on?!?!

Oh. Very good then. Winterclash was the place to be at.

I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Shima Manufacturing is the new Nimh. Doesn’t look like much has changed outside a skin for Montre’s new skate.

If you want to know more or share your opinion of them over on the Be-Mag message board.

Good, good.

Want another long-time blading legend holding the latest model of the skating brand he owns?


The long-await Valo Lights!

If you’re in the market for a new pair of digs, it seems like the time to join the buyer’s market is nigh!

Anyway, that’s it for now.

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I’d like to extend some blading love to everyone.

See you at Bitter Cold!

Blade or Die,

— Brian Krans

One Comment

  • Rob Mauk (Rawb Rambles) wrote:

    Love AJ’s comment about the differences in people. Using a brat, and a modest person as examples.

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