In the middle of LA there is a tin roofed warehouse that houses a machine shop. Behind that there’s a brick building dotted with loading dock doors. Behind this is are a row of taller, better looking warehouse slots spottily occupied by businesses and non profits. Tucked up against the Los Angeles River behind all of this is a obscure, low slung office building with no markings that, over the past decade, has become the physical totem of west-coast skate culture.
The Berrics was started by Steve Berra and Eric Koston (the collective’s name is a portmanteau) as a place for kids to skate without getting hassled on the street. Both are legendary skaters that have managed to ride the wave of booms and busts that have characterized the business of making skating your life over the past thirty years. Over that time, skating the business may have ebbed and flowed, but the culture never died and thanks to its influence [...]