Nic Dobija-Nootens


I live in Brooklyn and write about skateboarding, podcasts, and art and culture broadly. My writing has appeared in Slate , VICE , Baffler Magazine , The Los Angeles Review of Books , and elsewhere.

I also create editorial artwork, animations, motion graphics, and special effects.


Slate
...My obsession with obscure adverbs

VICE
...The history of skateboarding's most illusive trick
...My favorite skateboarder of 2018

Nike (branded content)
...Interview with pro skateboarder, Paul "P-Rod" Rodriguez
...Interview with legendary skateboard photographer, Bryce Kanights
...Interview with Olympic park skater, Nicole Hause
...Interview with skate shop owner, Philly Santosuosso
...Interview with skater and Air Jordan aficionado, Josh Velez
...Interview with China's skate ambassador, Johnny Tang

The Baffler
...Croissants and existentialism

The Millions
...Review of Shea Serrano's essay collection about The Office

Highsnobiety
...The fight to save one of NYC's most beloved skate spots

LA Review of Books
...A cult survivor speaks out
...Dealing with death and porn humanely
...Rat laughter and other strange sounds in the New York Times Magazine
...What Serial teaches us about criminal justice
...Malcolm Gladwell argues delicately on his podcast
...When a podcast feels like a novel
...The Onion 's hilarious murder podcast
...the New York Times' vicarious self-help podcast
...Confronting YouTube haters through a podcast
...A nerdy podcast for non-nerds
...Bigfoot gets its own podcast

Hyperallergic
...Meeting NYC's last surviving mimes
...Looking at fine art through a VR headset

Jenkem Magazine
...Profile of Stefan Janoski, the man behind Nike's most successful skate shoe
...Could Trump make skateboards more expensive?
...Interview with Bob Burnquist on skateboarding into the Grand Canyon
...Fighting White Supremecy with a skateboard graphic
...The history of skateboarding's most taboo trick
...The science of overcoming fear on your skateboard
...Can a city ban skateboarding entirely?
...Interview with Dan Mancina, a blind skateboarder
...The oral history of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater video game
...Instagram and the future of skateboard publications
...The ethics of skateboard photography
[more...]

TV Worth Watching
...Dave Chappelle's ill-fated attempt at social commentary
...House of Cards is a bleakly welcome alternative to the Trump presidency

Monster Children
...Interview with Justin Henry on skateboarding and meeting LeBron James

Cannabis blogging
...CBD Hacker

Humor writing
...Welcome to the spam folder
...A defense, of sorts, for me setting your house on fire
...My new leaf blower is the shit
...I still cannot figure out hand turkeys



I'm available for writing and graphic design assignments, or to just get coffee. Please get in touch through email at: nnootens[at]gmail.com