Punk Rock and Paintbrushes planned this dirty south tour off the success of 2021’s tour through the midwest. In St. Louis last summer, we met Matt, the owner of Change skateshop in Tupelo, Mississippi, and over the course of the last twelve months, he, Emily from PRPB and Paul Kobriger planned the Change Tupelo Festival, the first of its kind, for Matt’s hometown of Tupelo, Mississippi. Along the way, Chris Nieratko’s awesome giveback/non-profit Super Skate Posse joined the party and a massive crew of skaters and artists descended on Elvis’ birthplace (that’s right!) on September 2-4. Scroll on through to see who pulled up and how rad the art shows and giveback were: Elvis landmarks, local bands, wild skate demos and more.
We all flew into Memphis and actually got a few hours to check out the historic city. Beale Street, home of the blues, B.B. King, Elvis’ Graceland—it was a loud and eye-opening night in Tennessee!
First day in Tupelo we were treated to a city tour. First stop: The house Elvis was born in! Chris Nieratko and Jamie Reyes take a break from the humidity on Elvis’ porch swing.
Hosoi is never short on the good vibes! Selfie in Elvis’ family room.
Clyde strikes his best Elvis pose in Tupelo Hardware where Elvis got his first guitar.
Tupelo is full of murals and statues dedicated to its most famous resident.
Locals from Tupelo and other nearby shops came and ripped the demo.
Words can’t describe the feeling of seeing 100 kids all learn to skate for the first time. Truly spectacular and heart warming.
Full squad, all learning to drop in together. So rad.
The kids! The Super Skate Posse! Tupelo!
Original Article: Skateboarding Transworld