After five long years of construction, Astor Place is back. Along with the refurbished Cube, the redesigned plaza includes new outdoor seating, fresh trees and landscaping, and restored lampposts from the Mosaic Man. But the new Alamo Plaza features a few additions that are unwelcome to some of its most loyal visitors: “no bike riding or skateboarding” signs spaced at regular intervals around the Cube. These days, simply carrying a skateboard near the Cube is enough to earn a suspicious glare and a warning from the security guards sometimes enforcing the ban. It wasn’t always this way—for generations of New York skaters, Astor Place was a landmark that held an iconic, if unlikely, place in the city’s skateboarding history.
Welcome to the first installment of Why That Tat?, in which we bring you the origin stories of the best/strangest/most hilarious/bizarre tattoos we encounter.
It’s always funny to me how much people respond to this tattoo. I only did it because the rest of the band was getting them. Not trying to prove I like pizza more than you or anything (but I probably do). Lele from 8BallZines gave them to us while we were trying to finish the last song on the record at Electric Lady Studios. It was more distracting than I thought, but no problemo man.