ALLEN YING AT THE 43 LAUNCH PARTY. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOSHUA STEWART
Allen Ying has been taking incredible photos for so many years that he needed his own magazine. Hence 43, the new non-profit magazine strictly about skateboard culture. Clearly a market for the new venture exists, seeing as the launch party last week at Recess in Soho was filled with the familiar faces that ride the streets of Manhattan every day, professionals included. “The idea to start a skateboard magazine came up a few years ago, after hearing a lot of skaters’ disinterest in skateboard magazines that we all used to love,” Ying says. “It took quite some time, but gradually it grew from an idea to part-time concept development to full (and overtime) commitment to making it happen.”
Included in the show were photographers Andrew Peters, Ian O’Connor, Brendan Klein, Brian Gaberman, Hendrik Herzmann, and Marcel Veldman, who displayed some of their shots from the first issue. The magazine will be available in a week or so, Ying says, in skateboard shops throughout the US, with a relaxed pay-as-you-wish (or free with purchase) pricing structure. International availability will follow shortly afterward. In the meantime, visit 43 online.