On 12:15 a.m., October 6, 2010, Instagram went live and became a thing.
As ever, skateboarding was quick to jump on the bandwagon and embraced the early popularity of the #tbt hashtag to interrupt the flow of selfie narcissism and aspirational salads with badly cropped benihanas and shitty scans from old skate mags.
It was the introduction of video hosting to Instagram in June 2013 that firmly cemented its place as the social media platform of choice in skateboarding and its cultural influence has never stopped growing from that moment.
With Instagram’s announcement of them hitting the 400 million user mark last week, we thought it’d be as good a time as any to pay homage to the app that launched a thousand no comply variations onto an unsuspecting but hungry skateboard collective consciousness.
The following are by no means the most viewed or shared videos out there – they just happen to be some of our favourites.
Big up to all the greasy thumbed phone maniacs out there making each brown sit down that little bit more interesting than it would be otherwise….
Cover image: Reece Leung
Chris Atherton – The Zen Flip
Posted: 61 weeks ago
This is the oldest Insta post on the list and as such probably received way fewer views than it ought to have done but it’s included as an example of why Instagram is so bewitching.
Taken from a VHS rip of a long-out-circulation Karma video ‘Shit on the Lens’, this is Avi at his most magical in Accrington.
Viral status: Psilocybin. Mushrooms. Intense.
302 comments: our favourite being – @schiffmanator “That was definitely not first try”
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