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Friday, March 16, 2012

Jay Adams Prison Release July 2008

Christian Hosoi waiting for Jay Adams Prison Release back in July 2008
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Jay Adams Prison Release July 2008

After three year in prison, legendary skater Jay Adams was eventually released. When he arrived at the Los Angeles airport, Christian Hosoi and a team of Risen Mag were there with what Jay had asked in an interview with Dan Levy for Juice: a hamburger from In-N-Out...

Jay Adams is one of the most prominently known American skateboarder, as one of the original members of Z-Boys skateboarding team. He is actually considered one of the most influential skateboarders of all time.

Jay Adams was born in Venice, California. In the late 80’s, Jay Adams was initially propelled on the top wave of skateboarding and into fame status but he eventually became extremely annoyed at the sport’s increasing emphasis on commercialism. Soon his rebelliousness overshadowed his skating. He acknowledges that “We were wild and acting crazy and not being very positive role models.

This inner rebelliousness led to serious legal problems for Jay Adams starting in 1982. While out in Hollywood after a concert, he insulted a couple of gays, which led to a fight. He said he fled the scene, but a crowd joined in and stomped one of the men to death for which Adams was later convicted of felony assault and sentenced to six months in prison.
He spent the next two decades in and out of prison as he battled drug addiction and his own demons. Unfortunately, in less than two year, his brother, father, grandmother and mother passed away; he then hit bottom during the late 1990s and became, in his words, “a down-and-out junkie.”

In 2001, the Stacy Peralta award-winning documentary, “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” chronicled Jay’s early rise and fall which catapulted him back into the limelight, but at the time, Adams was serving two and a half years in a Hawaiian jail on drug charges and was released in 2002. In 2005, Hollywood followed up on the documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys,” with a feature film, “Lords of Dogtown.”

Thanks to the popularity of the movie, Jay Adams became again part of the skateboarding industry: he signed endorsement deals, but subsequently failed to pay taxes for three years. He relapsed into heroin addiction and in June 2004 he was tricked on a federal wiretap introducing a crystal meth dealer in California to a buyer in Hawaii although he was not arrested until November 2005.

In the meantime, he stopped using drugs, got married and was expecting a child. All of this weighed at his sentencing when the judge showed leniency.
Jay Adams was transferred from a federal prison in Oregon on July 7 to a halfway house in Garden Grove, Calif., where he served the final months of a four-year sentence. The video on the left was filmed at the Los Angeles airport on July 8, 2008.

Take a look at this emotional video from that day

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