‘Action’ has always been at the heart of Huck. In the early days, the mid-noughties, that relationship was perhaps more literal. The magazine was born out of surf and skate culture: our first eight cover stars, for instance, came directly from those worlds. While, back then, Huck involved itself with all manner of topics, the rebellious heritage of action sports remained the constant thread.
As time went on, the publication evolved in conjunction. Huck’s tradition was never in question (again: surf, skate), but its connection to those core scenes – those core ideas – became more tangential. As attitudes, they became vehicles through which to navigate new corners of culture. So physical action became political action, social action, creative action, and so forth.
You get the point. What I’m trying to say is, it seems strange that we’ve managed to go this long without dedicating an entire magazine to the notion that has long helped bind everything together. Because in times such as these, the act of getting up and doing something – of making something happen for yourself – has never felt more urgent.
So here we are. Huck 74: The Action Issue.
In our latest print installment, you’ll find skateboarders in Beirut fighting for public space, months after that cataclysmic blast changed their city forever. There are surfers, too, this time in the form of ‘Color The Water’, an LA surf collective who formed during the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. We have roller skaters, basketball players and a teenage quad bike crew in Oman. Vic Mensa is here as well, plus Chuck D and Róisín Murphy, while there’s a tour of Red River Gorge, Kentucky, courtesy of climber Kathy Karlo.
In short: these are stories of people in constant motion, all of whom are actively working to change the world around them. Because in this respect, there’s always work to be done.
See inside the issue here