The Gel Lab Los Angeles is an underground creative skate community that has gained attention on YouTube for its weekly garage sessions. These sessions, which take place in various cities across North America, bring together skateboarders to ride and practice together in empty parking garages. The Gel Lab and other groups such as NoBull, Skate Invaders, and Team Pizza have helped cultivate a vibrant skateboarding subculture that operates outside of the mainstream.
In addition to skating, the Gel Lab is also involved in music and event production. This is evident in their upcoming event, the Midnight Parking Longboard Session, at The Stowaway Bar in DTLA. This event will feature DJs Shark & Yev playing a mix of funk, disco, house, and soul beats, inviting attendees to get down on the dance floor. The event is free to attend and offers stiff drinks, making it a perfect opportunity to let loose and groove to the music.
Weekly garage sessions like the ones organized by the Gel Lab are an excellent way for skateboarders to come together, practice their skills, and connect with others who share their passion. If you’re a skateboarder in a major city, it’s worth looking into whether any garage sessions are happening near you. And if there aren’t, don’t be afraid to take the initiative and start your own. Whether with a group of friends or just yourself, skating together can bring joy and vitality to your life.