The Artifacts Journal
A man in a spring suit sharpens the tip of a spear by the dock. A joint possibly hangs out of his mouth, my memory evades me. He points out a large grouper beneath the dock. I nod, thinking little about the significance of the large predator swimming idly beneath us. That large fish, I would soon learn, isn't as common as one might expect in this part of the Caribbean.
Rockers International record shop is not in a particularly flashy part of Kingston, Jamaica. Orange Street, once dubbed Beat Street by locals and the birthplace of reggae music, is now dusty and sun-baked and quite evidently off the beaten tourist trail.
A vibrant island with hurricane-battered city streets, Jamaica’s far more famous for reggae, rastas and herbal remedies than skateboarding. Regardless, Jamie Thomas has that special quality to (literally) roll with any punch the journey throws at him, blending into environments like some kind of travel chameleon. “I’ve found that when going into some gnarly areas while traveling,” said Jamie, “if you have something that’s different or impresses the locals—like skateboarding for me—it’s kind of disarming in a good way…”