Santa Monica Courthouse – Skateboarding is not a crime… anymore.

West L.A. Courthouse: Skateboarding is not a crime… anymore.

July 25, 2014

West L.A. Courthouse, Santa Monica, CA

Words and photos by Dan Levy.

If you’re of the mind that companies with ridiculous amounts of money need to give back to skateboarding at the core level, then you will give props to Nike for putting a turquoise and dark blue feather in their cap and making the West L.A. Courthouse a legal spot to skate. Without getting into the ultimate irony of this situation, I will say this. For years, skateboarders have been arrested and ticketed for skating this place. Being able to throw down something for a video part here was only for the elite who could get in and get out as fast as possible to avoid getting busted, making it one of those holy grail type spots. Well, the good news is that it has been perfectly remade and now you can spend all day there working on your ledge and other manual tricks without any pressure or harassment. Have fun, kids.

West LA Courthouse: 1633 Purdue Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90025

SEAN MALTO AND ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY SEAN MALTO AND ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY

KEVIN IMAMURA. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY KEVIN IMAMURA. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY

ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY

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ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

ERIC KOSTON AND PAUL RODRIGUEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. ERIC KOSTON AND PAUL RODRIGUEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

MALTO'S BRO, SEAN MALTO, ALEC BECK, ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY MALTO’S BRO, SEAN MALTO, ALEC BECK, ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY

BIG BRUCE THOMAS AND JIM "REDDOG" MUIR. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY BIG BRUCE THOMAS AND JIM “REDDOG” MUIR. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY

PAUL RODRIGUEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY PAUL RODRIGUEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY

AMELIA BRODKA AND ALEC BECK. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. AMELIA BRODKA AND ALEC BECK. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

HUNTER (NIKE). WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. HUNTER (NIKE). WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

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WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

ALEC BECK, WEST LA NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL CHAIR, JAY HANDAL, PAUL RODRIGUEZ, ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. ALEC BECK, WEST LA NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL CHAIR, JAY HANDAL, PAUL RODRIGUEZ, ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

PAUL RODRIGUEZ AND ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. PAUL RODRIGUEZ AND ERIC KOSTON. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

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ERIC KOSTON AND JORDY CLOT. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. ERIC KOSTON AND JORDY CLOT. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

SCOTT OSTER AND HUNTER. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. SCOTT OSTER AND HUNTER. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

KEVIN IMAMURA, ADAM (NIKE), PAUL RODRIGUEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. KEVIN IMAMURA, ADAM (NIKE), PAUL RODRIGUEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

RICHARD MULDER, JORDY CLOT, DANIEL CASTILLO. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. RICHARD MULDER, JORDY CLOT, DANIEL CASTILLO. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

THEOTIS BEASLEY AND HOMIES. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. THEOTIS BEASLEY AND HOMIES. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

STEVE HERNANDEZ AND ALEC BECK. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. STEVE HERNANDEZ AND ALEC BECK. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

CHRIS ROBERTS AND THE LAW. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. CHRIS ROBERTS AND THE LAW. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

SEAN MALTO AND HIS MOM. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. SEAN MALTO AND HIS MOM. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

ANNA KOZMA. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. ANNA KOZMA. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

CHRIS CASEY AND STEVE HERNANDEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY. CHRIS CASEY AND STEVE HERNANDEZ. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY DAN LEVY.

WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY VANS DAVEY. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY VANS DAVEY.

WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY VANS DAVEY. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY VANS DAVEY.

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WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY VANS DAVEY. WEST L.A. COURTHOUSE. PHOTO BY VANS DAVEY.

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