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25. Missouri: Escapist

Many know of Escapist because of Sean Malto’s affiliation, but the shop was doing big things for the scene before Malto was a household name, and in fact, Escapist played a big part in getting him sponsored.

Since May of 2000, Escapist have nurtured the scene by hosting demos, art shows, video premieres, and contests. Their shop videos, like 2012’s Red and Yellow, are gnarly and have helped give Escapist a profile outside of their city.

For any skater visiting Kansas City, a stop at Escapist is a must. Malto may even be behind the counter, gripping a board.

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