Team Half & Half took first place. Riders Jordan Vigil and Sam Hubble throw up the Sk8 Mafia sign alongside Nick Hubble and Half & Half shop owner Milton. Photo: Niels Jensen

Folks gathered into the Post Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 19, to watch the epic Rough Side of the Lens premiere, an all-street competition that took place throughout Salt Lake City. The film was stacked full of talented skaters who put on for their city. In the theater room that night, people would raise their drinks and a holler at the screen, cheering for the homies and showing their respect for being so devoted to stomping their lines as properly and aggressively as was shown.

The team that took their seat at first place was team Half and Half. Representing Half and Half are skaters Jordan Vigil, Miles Vigil, Sam Hubble and Nick Hubble. Let’s not forget the dude himself, Milhouse, the owner of Half and Half Skateshop, who was also out there putting in work. Vigil not only earned first place but also some personal highlights as well. Sam Hubble walked away with some extra cash for receiving the Best Manual award and for displaying a solid heelflip manny to frontside boardslide on a handrail, and Vigil did the same when he nailed a 3 flip double set Downtown, and winning Best Flip Trick.

SSD took second place with riders Mike Zanelli, Gabe Segura, Izaak Cameron and Deng Tear on the team. Tear won Best Stair Gap after planting a backside sex change over a four block. The stair gap was undoubtedly phat, and because of Tear’s precision and aggressive style, the judges had to award Tear with the Best Trick of the competition.

The tie for third place was between team Flatspotter and AfterDark Skateboards. Flatspotter had skaters Lamar Rasmussen, Dustin Hill, Ashton Harris and Jacob Peterson. Squadded up on AfterDark was Sean Hadley, Isaiah Beh, Erik Jensen and Eric Ferguson. Ferguson also played a key role in the competition, helping edit the footage that he put on the big screen. Big ups to his hard work and dedication and for making the film as badass as it is! After the skaters and the teams were awarded their prizes, AfterDark Skateboards premiered one of their newest films as well. It was back-to-back, rad skateboarding on the big screen — that’s for sure.

Jordan Brown of Team Downtown & Brown received the best ledge trick award for a stomping banger of a backside tailslide backside bigflip. From team Drunk, skater Logan Summers was awarded Best Grind when he killed a heavy frontside 50-50 canyon rim big rail.

Special thanks to our awesome judges for the competition! Benny Pelligrio (Milosport), Pro Skater Adam Dyer, Andy Pitts (Graphic Design Deluxe) and Jake Smith (Volcom) are awesome. Respect to everyone who participated in this year’s Rough Side of the Lens contest! Way to throw it down for Salt Lake City — all of you killed it, especially the dude Cody Slade in the rollerblades. To everyone who showed up to watch the contest via projector screen, thank you for being such bitchin’ people who know to have a good time and making the overall vibe as dope as it was.

SLUG would also like to thank the awesome sponsors who were the backbone for this competition: Monster Energy, Rough Neck, Half and Half Skateshop, Graywhale, SAGA, Blueplate, Milosport, AfterDark Skateboards and Porcupine. –Zach Lambros

See below for the full Roughside edit, a photo recap from the premiere by Niels Jensen, winners, team rosters and individual parts.

First Place ($200) – Half & Half
Miles Vigil
Jordan Vigil – Best Flip ($50) – 3 Flip Double Set Dowtown
Sam Hubble – Best Manual ($50): Heelflip Manny to Frontside Boardslide Handrail
Nick Hubble

Performed by: Def Letter

Second Place ($100) – SSDD
Gabe Segura
Mike Zanelli
Izaak Cameron
Deng Tear – Best Overall Trick ($50), Best Stair/Gap ($50): Backside Sex Change 4 Block

“Nix Fury”
Performed by: Vour

Third Place ($50) – AD
Erik Jensen
Sean Hadley
Gabe Dusserre
Eric Ferguson
Isaiah Beh

“Darlin’ Darlin’”
Performed by: Joshy Soul

Third Place ($50) – Flatspotter
Dustin Hill
Lamar Rasmussen
Ashton Harris
Jacob Peterson

“Noise Decay”
Performed by: Conquer Monster

Downtown & Brown
Jordan Brown – Best Ledge ($50): Backside Tailslide Backside Bigflip
Nate Brown

Performed by: Color Animal

Eric Hess
Caleb Orton
Jason Gianchetta
Logan Summers – Best Grind ($50): Frontside 50-50 Canyon Rim Big Rail

“The Return”
Performed by: Mark Dago & Numbs

Joey Sandoval
Willy Nevins
Lee Roy
Cody $lade
Josh Ketterer

“Noose For A Halo”
Performed by: Pentagraham Crackers

Kewl Autumn Breeze
Dan Hadley
Tully Flynn
Hortman Mecy

“Anaglyphic Vision(s)”
Performed by: Conquer Monster

Mor Skateboards
Chris Kiernan
Andre Nash
Bryan Sweat
Jeremy Andelin

“The Return”
Performed by: Mark Dago & Numbs

DJ Brundage
Riley Winch
Coltyn Nelson
Luigi Arellano

“Boil That Oil”
Performed by: Task & Linus

Brian Berec
Kendall Johnson
Gabe Dusserre

“Anaglyphic Vision(s)”
Performed by: Conquer Monster

PAB Team #1
Matthew Bock
Josephus Magee
Cobe Harmer
Coda Bornell

“Mind, Body, & Skull”
Performed by: Mark Dago & Numbs

PAB Team #2
Ben Allen
Gauge Forshee
Victor Quintana
Tyson Herrera
Dillon McKee

“Mind, Body, & Skull”
Performed by: Mark Dago & Numbs

STE Code
Antho Herren
Brett Egbert
Ben Page
James Holmes

“Da Flow”
Performed by: Malev Da Shinobi

Xander Wiliams
Isaac Biggs
Tyler Bowers
Dillon Miller

Performed by: Color Animal

“Change of Mind”
Performed by: DJ Skratchmo (feat. Rhyme Time & Donnie Bonelli)

“Can’t Help Myself”
Performed by: Joshy Soul

Best Tricks
Performed by: Joshy Soul

Skateboarders all across the 801 hoarded onto the street in front of Half and Half Skate and Snow Shop in Salt Lake City on June 11th to compete in the 17th Annual Summer of Death Skate Contest Presented By Half and Half Skate Shop and Monster Energy. A display of some legitimate features were placed properly down the street for the skaters to throw some decent shit off of them. Man oh man, let’s just say that the weather did not put a damper on our moods this weekend.

Exchange Place echoed from rippers stomping shit on features such as a bank-to-bank, a couple of quarter pipes, benches, ledges and even a Gatorade ramp that was placed at the DIY spot by Fairmont Skatepark that recently was taken down. Let’s not forget about the handcrafted, close-out bump feature that the MC himself, Half and Half owner Milhouse, had manufactured day of for the contestants. This year’s first chapter of the Summer of Death contest branched into two divisions: a 17 and under division and an open division. Needless to say, what we witnessed throughout both divisions’ heats were people there to skate hard and have a kickass time.

The younger division stormed out first and threw down on the features. Youngblood Marshall Larsen landed a 50-50 on the bench and got some air over the bank-to-bank, earning his slot at Third Place. Kaleb Van Niel stomped a buttery noseslide shove-it off the bench, and he also planted a clean, half-cab noseslide on the same feature, earning him the spot for Second Place. The winner of the 17 and under division was Kai Taylor, who threw a fat front 180 off the ramp over the bench and effortlessly made a 50-50 front 180 out off the ledge. There was also a properly planted trick from Tyler Sim, who put in work and finally stomped a three shove-it off of the side of the bank.

Luckily, the weather held off on us until the last heat of the open division. Throughout this whole division, everywhere you looked on the course, hammers were being dropped left and right. The skaters put in heavy work on these features. Skateboarders such as Dino Porobic, who got some decent air with a nose grab off the close out bump and hucked a sweet frontside 180 over the bench, snagged Third Place. Garrison Conklin put in some serious attempts to finally lock down a hippie jump backside 180 over the sweet ass feature Milhouse built for us. Conklin also planted a backside 180 switch 50-50 on the bench and secured his spot for Second Place. Last, but surely not the least, Deng Tear put in some work on the course, throwing a fat-ass backside 360 off of the close-out bump feature, a backside late flip off the ramp and over the bench, literally tearing shit up on every other feature and earning First Place at this year’s Summer of Death.

Milhouse kept the hospitality flowing even after someone tried to come in and steal some contestants’ boards. Milhouse still then kept the party flowing with help from all his homies, even with rain, which made every feature five times sketchier. That didn’t stop Coltyn Nelson from earning the best trick award by planting a double tre flip over the bench. It was fucking tight.

After the contest, we all crammed into Half and Half to give out the awards, where the winners were given some awesome merch and skate decks made by Afterdark Skateboards owner Mark Judd.

That wraps it up for another successful year! SLUG would like to extend their gratitude to all the awesome sponsors who made the 17th Annual Summer of Death possible: Half and Half Skate Shop, Monster Energy, 3 Pyramids Clothing, After Dark Skateboards, Board of Provo, Blue Plate Diner, Graywhale, Heavy Metal Shop, Milosport and Saga Outerwear. Plus, SLUG extends a huge shout out to all the judges and to everyone who helped make this year’s contest as kickass as it was. See you all for some sweetened shenanigans at the next installment of Summer of Death.

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Mikey Martinez, early grab. Photo: @ca_visual

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Salt Lake City local Mikey Martinez has passion in spades. The dude fits a skateboarding archetype—including loose-fitting, blown-out pants and long, wavy hair. More importantly, he boasts ambidextrous skills to pump out of bowls in parks and jam down rails out in the streets. Mikey says, “For me, it’s just the way I live.”

Mikey Martinez. Photo: @ca_visual
Mikey Martinez. Photo: @ca_visual

As a young buck, Mikey grew up skating with his older brother, Ervin Martinez, and the Sk801 crew. Some of his other influences include Deathwish and Baker. Receiving hand-me-downs from his brother, he grew up ripping Sojo and Sandy Skatepark along with other street spots. He says, “I remember just cruising around, listening to Motörhead with my brother … just jamming so hard on the way to spots.” He has pieced his own style together, moving away from skinny jeans and puffy shoes to loose-fitting gear that helps the art flow. “Kinda like Brian Herman, kinda like gangster but still hesh, ya know?” he says.

Though there were a few years when Mikey tried new hobbies while living in Mexico, he says, “I always came back to skateboarding.” As an artist who’s passionate about his lifestyle, he compares the love he has to skateboarding with other artists who constantly work on their craft. “Anything I look at, anything I think about relates to skating.” With definite goals of becoming a pro skater, Martinez has been racking up clips with help from local videographer Tyler Adams. Last September, he dropped a video edit that you can find on YouTube called Mikey Martinez Manifest Your Mind. “I wanted to show people my art form … what I’m really about,” he says. Consistently grinding in the park or the street, he’s locked down wheelie grinds, frontside indie—he even enjoys pumping out airwalks. Mikey is also working on a new clip this year, in which you might see some back tails that he has been trying to get down.

Recently, Martinez was cleared to skate after breaking his elbow while trying to back 50 a down rail. “I couldn’t even extend it,” he says, but “I’m gonna keep skating till my body can’t take it.” Sometimes you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit, and though the injury left him with some screws and a rad scar, you can be sure that it isn’t going to stop him from chasing his goals and continuing to work on his craft. Even if it’s just looking at objects driving by: “In my head I picture myself grinding it,” he says, “even if it’s shit that’s impossible to hit.” He turns urban landscapes into dope street spots every chance he gets, to stack more footy and taking some heavy bails while he’s at it. Though authenticity is rare, Martinez strives to innovate every spot he comes across. “I wanna try and skate in a different way that no one’s really thought about,” he says. Sometimes you just need a new lens to look through to see things a little differently, and watching him do some rad wallie combos off a chair in the middle of the road at a police station prior to interviewing him definitely demonstrated that for me.

He’s on the come up in Salt Lake City’s skateboarding community, putting out burley video clips on his social media and YouTube. He is also currently working on releasing a new part, and during his free time, he enjoys doing some slappy street sessions on benches at police stations with his homies. Mikey has plans to continue to practice his craft everyday and search for new spots to hit. He posted a small clip of some throw-away shots on social media a while back, but due to his elbow injury, he was delayed on working on any edits until recently. He has been able to get back to the ol’ grind and start cooking up some sauce for a new video edit that’s aimed to be served later this fall!

Mikey lives the skateboarding lifestyle, aiming to party hard and skateboard harder. He brings flavor to the game, but just like he says, “Fun is first!” Martinez has a been making noise on a skateboard since he was knee high to a beer can, progressively growing his craft into his own style of skateboarding today. You’ve got to give respect to the painter expressing himself on the canvas. For a dude who does that shit with a skateboard but explains it like he’s painting, I could not see a better word for Mikey Martinez. He and Bob Ross would get along amazingly. He’s got passion for what he does, and that’s hands down got to be one of the dopest things you could have for something—especially skateboarding. –Zach Lambros

(L–R) Model Krista Bodily and designer Cartier Dior. Photo: Ryan Houston

On a rainy, spring Salt Lake City evening, music fans of all ages gathered at The Depot for SLUG’s 28th Anniversary Party Fashion Show. Upon first entering the venue, it seemed to be empty yet full of life. The night went on, getting closer to the time of the show, the building started to fill and the show began.

The format of the show was based on 28 years of fashion to represent the 28 years of SLUG. Starting back in the 80s and all the way to 2016. The designers created amazing interpretations of each year and style, and threw an amazing alternative vision to each design. One of my favorites was a design by Pretty Macabre, who created a very amazing rendition of Freddy Krueger, with knife hands, a bag filled with blood and a Jason mask—recreating Freddy vs. Jason for the year 2003.

Everybody throughout the show and party was having fun, enjoying each other’s company and taking in what these amazing designers created. The show was inspiring and an amazing look back on the 28 years of SLUG Magazine. They finished the show off by bringing out all of the designers and models, one by one, for one last look. All night the whole crowd basked in all the amazing designs.

SLUG Executive Editor Angela H. Brown closed out the show by thanking everyone who made the show possible and reflecting on the past years of SLUG—she also she had a pretty bad-ass outfit. Everyone left feeling inspired and excited about the future of SLUG and our ever-growing Salt Lake culture. –CJ Anderson

Relive the party with Bes Films Videography‘s video recap:

And take a look at He Travel‘s VR coverage of the fashion show on YouTube (Part 1/3, Part 2/3, Part 3/3 and Finale) as well as their multi-camera recap of SLUG‘s 28th anniversary.

Photos by CJ AndersonGarrett Dutcher, Jake VivoriMadi Mekkelson, Robert HirschiRyan Houston and Zach Lambros.

Thanks to DJs TypefunkAudioTreatsDevareauxSerge du Preea and Nightfreq, and to our sponsors, 24tix.comThe Depot and Smilebooth.

Featured designers: Andrea BlackAndrea HansenAyana IfèBetsy BarkerBrody AshtonCandice PughCartier DiorCas ReichCinamon HadleyDanny NappiDavis HongDesNeiges GregoryGaby OkitoHeggy GonzalezIngrid KapfhammerJenn McGrewJenny HillKatie WaltmanKimberly DunnLisa Miller MechamLiz BrysonMary RinoMcKell MaddoxMcQuiston StoddardMelody NoyRebecca Richards FentonRobin UataSnow Shepherd

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Photos: Niels Jensen

Local skater and filmmaker Eric Ferguson, aka Fergy, is a Salt Lake original who brings positivity to the skateboarding scene. Fergy executes a creamy style to hit anything and adds bangin’ finesse while skating. He also possesses the ability to smoothly transition to and from each side of the camera lens and shows passion and artfulness while doing so. Eric Ferguson is no doubt an O.G.: With each film, Fergy exposes the culture and lifestyle of skateboarding, creating a bigger impact each time he captures the true beauty of the sport. As he puts it, “The streets are our canvas, and our board and body is our paintbrush.”

It’s easy to see the emotion and passion that pour out of Fergy. He grew up influenced by pro skaters Jamie Thomas and Arto Saari. One of the first films Fergy bought was Zero Skateboards’ Misled Youth, which held a six-minute part of Thomas throwing hammer after hammer. Thomas’ “individual, raw style” influenced Fergy, who soon started his own pursuit to find the light-footed, smooth style he slays with today.

It hasn’t always been this way, though. “My way of skating has changed,” says Fergy. “Creating my style and way of skating was difficult when I was younger, as I was tall and skinny, but I had balance and agility from playing sports growing up, which helped.” Other influences include Fergy’s longtime friend Jared Smith, or “Snuggles,” Andrew Reynolds, who further helped develop Fergy’s style, and the Dirty Hesh 48 Krew. “Seeing skaters who were tall and who skated very well pushed me to achieve my goals,” says Fergy. Growing up

Fergy started filming in high school. With The Berrics’ mentality, Fergy’s approach was to “shoot all skaters.” No matter what style the skater has, Fergy says, “I like to involve everyone.” After endless days of skating with all of his pals, Fergy had stacks of footage. In 2002, Fergy released his first film, which was built off of a group of his buds just skating with no direction beyond having fun. Fergy edited the film in his middle school multimedia class. Showing a bunch of classmates throwing down hammers hyped the crowd.

Backside 50-50 no comply.
Backside 50-50 no comply.

Fergy went to school in central Washington for a spell, allowing him to experience a different environment all the while. He filmed and skated for a local skate shop called Mosaik, and he continued to collect footage. Shop owner and pro ATM skater Josh Mohs noticed how Fergy excelled at filming the homies around him before crushing it with his own skating—all smooth like a ninja. He soon nicknamed Fergy the “silent ninja.” Fergy says of filming those around him, “Knowing their abilities and mind state, I love suggesting something they didn’t think they could do, then [seeing] them hucking themselves and landing it.”When Fergy came back to Salt Lake, he started his own video/film production company called Fergy The Silent Ninja for projects beyond skating. He also gradually stacked up enough skate footage as he continued to film and skate and released the first Transcend film with help from Gabe Segura. The film series shows Salt Lake City’s finest skateboarders respectfully laying down hammers in some decent spots. One part featured Fergy’s friend Kevin Hutson, who stacked up a full part’s worth of bangin’ footage in four to six months. Fergy says, “He was dedicated.” Another homie was Clark Thomas, who skated every weekend at 9 in the morning to film his part. Fergy took Transcend to sell at local shops—such as BC, Milosport and Blindside—to “test the waters and see how local shops and the skateboard community felt about [Transcend],” he says. “It went very well.” Exposing more skaters and stacking enough footage, Fergy released Transcend 2. Fergy started filming for Transcend 2 in June of 2014 and finished in September of 2015, and the film is available at Half & Half, Good Looks, BC Sandy, Blindside Sugar House and on