Never Ever, Ever, Ever02/15/08, 3:43 AM
After loosing Slash to the yet to be officially announced Deathwish Skateboards, Black Label skipped no time acquiring some fresh talent. Up and coming amateur, Vince Del Valle has left Kris Markovich's Crimson Skateboards and found a new home over at the Label. Vince has been on a steady rampage of spot murdering over the last year or so, which helped land him a coveted spot on the growing Adidas Skateboarding roster. Could Vince be bumped up to pro status soon? Only the John Lucero and God himself know for sure. Be on the lookout for a full part from Vince in the upcoming Label video, "God Save The Label."Word came in about some very sad news yesterday. The longstanding Huntington Beach Skatepark will soon cease to exist. Though many of the locals were fighting to keep it open, including Peter Townend, father of Tosh, The Huntington Beach Union High School District voted unanimously to demolish the skatepark that has existed in front of Huntington Beach High School since 1994. Not only has park has been described as a hotbed for "bad behavior" and vandalism in recent years, the city has plans to build a $7.5 million football stadium that will omit any room for the existence of the park. It's a damned shame. The Huntington Beach park has a solid place in skateboarding history, once sessioned regularly by dudes like Tom Penny, Ed Templeton, Andrew Reynolds, Brian Sumner and Erik Ellington. Not to mention, this is one of the funnest park I've ever skated. To learn more about what happened, check this out.
There's a bunch of good videos to peep online. DC TV has just posted a bunch of stuff. And O'dell has just posted the Cardiel Episode 5 on Epicly Later'd. Be on the look out for 6. And did you see the new kid on The Berrics, Lem Villemin? Kids killing. Also, new Mystery rider, Pete Eldrige makes us all wonder why he lurked so long without a board sponsor with his ten tricks. It's all good, cause Pete is safe and sound as part of the Blackbox squad. Amen.
St. Valentines Day Massacre02/14/08, 9:12 AM
Well today is the day when we should all be wooing our significant others, right? And if you're lonely without anyone specific to woo, fear not...just pick yourself up a fifth of whisky and a slice of pizza (do a sicilian slice, it's hearty and gets the job done quicker than a straight up cheese slice). Hell, it beats $50 roses and $100 dinners. Anyway, enough of that. Back to skateboarding, our one true love. The good people over at Lakai have just released a limited edition Mike Carroll shoe that features images of Mike and the rest of his crew during his days as an EMB local. In case you just started skating, EMB or the Embarcadero Plaza was a common area in San Francisco pedestrians to eat, socialize and buy drugs. It was also filled with ledges, steps, a "seven stair", the infamous Gonz gap and the noisiest brick paved survace one could ever hope to ride upon. The spot was birthplace to talent like Henry Sanchez, Karl Watson, Lavar McBride, Mike York, Chico Brenes, James Kelch and of course Mike Carroll, amongst tons more. Well the Mike Carroll EMB shoe, or the Carroll Select Embarko Limited Edition shoe pays homage to infamous EMB era of skateboarding and comes with a free 18 minute DVD that's filmed and edited by legendary skate videographer, Jacob Rosenberg, containing never before seen footage from the EMB era. If you need some explaining, the disc has commentary by Jake and Mike as well who talk you through the good times that were last had 15 years ago. Damn, it's been that long? Embarcadero is gone, but Lakai brings back a little bit of nostalgia with this badass shoe/video package. Get on this one fast, it's gonna be selling on ebay for lots real soon. I guarantee it. See an interview with Carroll and a teaser of the video that comes with the kicks here. Some insane vert skating is sure to go down on March 8th at Clash At Clairemont II, a benefit for Grind For Life. If you're in Clairemont, California be sure to stop by and check out Tony Hawk, Bucky Lasek, PLG, Lincoln Ueda and more skate hard in an effort to stomp out that lame disease known as cancer. There will also be a best trick contest that'll be going down that will undoubtedbly get buck wild. Buck. Buck. A $10 donation is required for admittance and the rest of the enjoyment is up to you. It starts at 11 AM and ends at 5PM. So bring the kids, the family and celebrate the end of the long eventful day with dinner at Del Taco. If I was in California, that's exactly what I would do. And buy yourself the Macho Burrito. It's a violent assault on ones concept of flavor.
Duffy Gets Down With Shakespeare02/13/08, 12:47 PM
So after months of technical idiocy on my end, I think I'm getting the hang of uploading stuff. I should be posting fresh video clips each week soon. So stay tuned. Got a sachel of raw footy from tons of dudes that you may or may not recognize. So after spending a long-ass time without a full-on shoe sponsor, Pat Duffy has been scooped up by Macbeth Footwear, a brand not know for their skate team at all. As a matter of fact, I'm pretty sure Duffy is their first real rider. Perhaps this is Macbeth's first step into penetrating the skate market. We'll have to wait and see. "Pat Duffy represents so much authenticity in the sport of skateboarding and we are very excited and honored to work with such a legend," says Marketing Director Rick DeVoe. And with that, here's what Duffy had to say about things. "I'm so excited to have been asked to join the MACBETH family," claims Duffy, "I really dig the look, feel and whole vibe of the company. I look forward to getting started on building a clean line of good-looking, functional and kick ass skate shoes, with something for everybody!! MACBETH ROCKS!!!!" There you have it. Pat and Macbeth are currently in the process of designing a Duffy signature kick. I'll keep you posted. A while back I had posted photos of a visit to Bam's house where I had conducted an interview for a London-based magazine. Well the issue containing the story just hit newstands last week or something like that. If you consider yourself a legitimate BamFan or simply think his wife, Missy is sexually attractive, you should get yourself to the store and pick one of these up. In the story he covers fame, hurting himself and cheating on his ex-fiance. Ooohh. Juicy. Got to get going before this post gets scoop-slammed by the lame police. Oh, speaking of police, have you seen this lame sh*t? So crazy. Parents be warned, there is something called "a blatant abuse of power" that exists in the hearts and minds of law enforcement.
Breaking And Entering02/12/08, 1:00 AM
Got a shocker today. Mikey Taylor has left his longtime shoe sponsor and home to his pro shoe(s) at DVS for Etnies. Crazy, right? Even crazier is, Girl super-am Sean Malto left DC to join up with the Etnies crew as well. Etnies seems to be making the right power moves as of late, with the recent addition of Jason Dill, also heisted from DVS. Could an Etnies video be in the works? It would be the first in years. Remember Etnies' High 5 video? That thing was revolutionary. Penny, Shao, MJ...so good. Anyway, a Mikey Taylor pro shoe should already be in the works. Start saving your lunch money now to snatch up a pair once they drop. A while back I spoke of an interview I did with Bam Margera for a London based mag. Well, the issue just hit the newstands. If you're a Bamfan or simply just find his wife sexually attractive, you'll be into checking the issue out.
Like art? Especially amazing work of ex-consolidated art director and current Flip, Nike SB, Volcom and The Skateboard Mag illustrator, Todd Bratrud? Me too. Bratrud's the illest. Well the Volcom site has a lengthy video interview up of him that gives you some minor insight into the man behind the cartoony gore and sinister sense of humor.I heard about this maybe a year ago and had completely forgot about it. But it is being announced that it is almost completed and ready to be shipped. The French company Cliche' is putting out a sort of new video called Deja Vu that applies a new aesthetic concept to its appearance. The DVD will feature footage froml four of the teams videos (Europa, Don Appetit, Freedom Fries and Hello Jojo) and have a star-studded guest editor for each of their riders parts. I'd normally say, "Big deal, sounds boring." But after seeing the names attached to each riders part, the video can't help but come out looking amazing. Check out just a few of the contributing editors...Ty Evans editing Lucas Puig, Greg Hunt handling Ricardo Fonseca, Dan Wolfe editing Jereme Daclin and that's just a few. Apply some talc to your neck, drop a listerine strip and slide into those dancing shoes of yours, this is gonna be a good one for sure. Oh, and I just got word that I'll be going to Tamps Pro this year. Stay aboard for updates and full coverage of the contest once it gets poppin'.
Artsy Fartsy02/11/08, 9:20 AM
So it's Monday morning and it's freezing outside. Skating isn't an option and neither is walking outside my apartment. It's burlly out there, so I'm staying in here. As I was waiting for my cup of coffee to brew I learned that actor Roy Scheider died. How wack is that? Scheider destroyed in Jaws and The French Connection. Damn, that sucks. Tonight I drink to you, Rob Scheider...tonight I drink to you. So anyway, have you had a chance to check out Billy Rohan's blogspot. The Acapulco Gold rider and NYC legendary transplant has some updated photos and video footage of a soon to be not so secret spot. Stay tuned. At the moment there isn't too much happening on the breakthrough, news side of skateboarding, so instead rambling on about some stuff that's fresh on the horizon, I have for you a review of Habitat's second video offering, Inhabitants. Once again the Habitat crew has come correct with a super solid video offering that worthy visually of some independent film festival awards. With a bunch of new talent aboard since their first video, Mosaic, Habitat's newest flick still has a roster of some of the best riders in skateboarding. Overall, Inhabitants doesn't flow quite as flawlessly as Mosaic did from beggining to end, but it still has it's fluid moments and despite any debatable flaws, it still features some of the most amazing skating happening at the moment. Silas Baxter-Neal, the teams newest pro and assumed hippie has the first part and breaks things off with a buffet of solid lines and smooth tech stuff...plenty to go around. Silas does an ally-oop frontside flip to wallride that is just straight up gnarly. Enough said about that. Danny Garcia is as smooth and effortless as ever with a good part. One of my new favorites is Habitat's newest am acquisition, Austyn Gillette. This kid kills it with loads of pop and tech precision that reminds me of Danny Renaud in his early days. Steve Durante is another new am who's switch skills are insane, switch heeling waist high and switch bluntsliding every which way possible. Fred Gall's part was the one I was looking forward to seeing and is without a doubt his best video part since the Sub Zero video over a decade ago. Skating to Sabbath, Gall skate's like nobody else, hitting transition and kicking fast as hell for line after line. A fronside shuv-it wallride and giant hip to hip frontside bigspin are just a couple of Freddy's bangers in this part. Introducing each guys part is a healthy dose of artsy graphics and filming that isn't overkill like it is in some of the other Workshop inspired videos. Inhabitants keeps it real mellow as the filler works for, not against the video. The rest of the team have good, well put together partsl, but in the end, Stefan Janoski takes last part with his signature, hunchback stylings that make every trick, both switch and regular, appear to be as easy as flippling a coin. The DVD comes with a bunch of extras including a Habitat International Team section, a best of Habitat Field Log (the companies weekly podcast update) and a Regal Road Tour UK Tour Video from 2005. Go to your local skateshop and pick this bitch up. You'll be psyched you did. Got to go to work now. Toodles.
Know The Chi, Repulse The Monkey02/08/08, 3:00 AM
Ok, so yesterday I forget to mention that the Epicly Later'd Cardiel 3 Episode was dropped. You need to check it out and continue to learn (or be reminded of) why John Cardiel is the best skater ever. Part of the Girl Skateboard crew will soon be eating Kangaroo and slurping shrimp straight off the barbee in Austrailia. To mark the occasion, Girl has announced the "Yanks On Planks" tour (except McCrank cause he's Canadian and a vegan). The two week tour will feature Brian Anderson, Rick McCrank, Eric Koston, Brandon Biebel, Mike Mo, Alex Olsen, Sean Malto and Skate Mental's Brad Staba. A series of demos will go down in, in the land down under from Feb. 15th to March 1st. If you're around, be sure to check some of these dates out. This sh*ts gonna be bangin!. Oh yeah, go here for updates and insight into how the Girl family gets down.Whether you're a new jack or an old timer, DIY skate zines are without a doubt a valuable piece of skate history. Fine artist, Rich Jacobs is the curator behind the art exhibition entitled, "THERE IS XEROX ON THE INSIDES OF YOUR EYELIDS." The show will feature such monumental and breakthrough zines by legendary skaters like Tod Swank, Chris Johanson, Andy Jenkins, Kevin Wilkins, Jocko Weyland, Mofo and Rob Cameron. The show will open on this Saturday, Feb. 9th at the Needles and Pens Gallery in SF. Go there and get a taste of what raw skateboarding was and what is all about.
Remember that dude that kickflipped El Toro? I interviewed the guy a year ago and didn't even remember it was him. I was partially drunk and for some reason, was under the stupid impression that I was interviewing some dime a dozen shop sponsored kid. I know, I'm an idiot. Anyway, his name is Dave Bachinsky and the kid has been destroying over the past year, with tons of coverage, footage and gnarliness to grant him pro status. His board sponsor, City Skateboards seems to think so, as they are soon turning Davey pro, but not before they drop this video to accompany his first pro board.
Shut Up02/07/08, 8:00 AM
Big things are happening tonight in NYC. Or at least one big thing. After word had been released months ago about the opening of a Shut Skateboards flagship store in the Lower East Side, the actual place is ready to open its doors tonight with a preview party. Tonight is the sneek peak of the new Shut shop called "Shut Skate Mechanics Shop." Located at 158 Orchard Street, the proverbial peeping of the store will be followed up with drinks at 205. Though this thing is supposed to be VIP and exclusive, if you've ever been to any NYC skate event, you know that that's usually not the case. Come down and show your support. Even if you do get turned down at the door, you'll be sure to catch a glimpse of the soon to be legendary store front, as well as see some NYC skate legends lurking nearby. I'll be there if I can beat this stomach flu that's rendered me useless, and turned my complexion Gatorade lime green. Element has just announced it's Future Nature Contest Series for all you Cali kids that want to come out and flex your skills. They'll be three divisions: 13 and under, 14-17, 18 & up/sponsored. Winners of the 14-17 division will get a scholarship to Elements YMCA Skatecamp. The top six in each division get an invitational to the championships where they compete for a years supply of Element Skateboards. Damn. I'm faking my age and entering. For more info on the event, be sure to check out Elmentalawareness.org for facts and updates.
If you call yourself an amateur skateboarder, than you better start getting your training on, stat. April 4-6 will mark the 7th annual Pheonix Am Contest, brought to you by Circa Footwea, and held at the Rio Vista Skateboard Park in Peoria Arizona. Aside from the street cred of high placing at this thing, $3,000 go to first place. Also, Alpanumeric, which I didn't know was still in business, is sponsoring a Best Trick Contest that will contain a $2500 purse. Come down, come up and walk away rich and famous.Legendary New Deal rider and DC veteran, Chris Hall has a blog spot that he's been playing around with. Recently he announced that he'll be doing a trivia thing where he'll be giving away 50 bucks to each of his skate trivia questions answered correctly. His first question is a doozy. "Who invented the cabbalerial?" Damn, I thought I had that one. It was Cab, right? Guess not.
A few posts ago, I had mentioned that Wieger is riding for Enjoi. Well now it's official, as it was announced yesterday. Check this funny as hell clip of Wieger being welcomed to the Enjoi family. Redheads of the world unite!
Indie Goes All Biggie02/06/08, 5:00 PM
Alright, alright. So after having tons of technical problems with my fold-out computer robot and all the little electrical power sources that enable me to post things, I've been able to get back on my internet feet once again. For the record, these EXPN technical people are no joke. After one phone call, a busload of technicians showed up to my house at 3 A.M., quickly resolved my difficulties, baked me a batch of delicious brownies, rubbed my tummy (to ensure proper digestion) for 20 minutes and sung me a beautiful song as I drifted away into sleepy town. If that wasn't enough, they even had time to slow dance with my downstairs neighbor, Roberta Sanchez. These dudes are thorough, son. Mad thorough.
So anyway, here goes. After being picked up by Plan B, Silver and now FKD bearings, Ryan Sheckler's Syndrome Distribution abduction seems to be complete. Now, Shecks will be wearing gold medals and breaking teenage girl hearts while rolling deep on his speedy FKD's. Speaking of Plan B, the reemergence of the powerhouse skate team has just announced it's first amateur. I was beginning to think they'd go out of business, paying all those deck royalties. Anyway, Scott Decenzo is the teams newest am and street prodigy. If you're curious about the criteria needed to become a Plan B am, just check out their website and see the newly posted footage section of Scott destroying. All I have to say is, the dude does a switch frontside hurricane down a big ass rail amongst other technical wizardry. Kid rips.It some crazy, crazy, crazy news...the skate industry got a shocker yesterday when DNA Distribution (Alien Workshop, Habitat and Reflex Bearings) announced that Burton had purchased them. The Workshop camp has without a doubt been the most successful, independent board company in skateboarding history. While most of the industry is based out of California, DNA Dist. managed to remain one of the top brands in the past ten years, despite being based out of the otherwise obscure, Dayton, Ohio. The two companies began discussions over a year ago and found that they share a similar approach in the way that they contribute to "boardsports" culture. Yep, that's what the press release states. Weird. I know. DNA Distribution will continue to operate in Dayton, Ohio and CEO and Co-Founder Chris Carter will continue to oversee the DNA brands. Here's what Mr. Carter had to say about this shocker. "We are very excited to bring the DNA family of brands to Burton - a company that we truly respect. Burton clearly leads their market in terms of team, innovation, marketing and values. Joe, Mike and I look forward to leveraging Burton's strengths to reach the full potential for the DNA brands: Alien Workshop, Habitat and Reflex." Well, I wonder if the brand will be affected at all by the acquisition. At the very least, I hope their giant pro roster gets a boost in their board royalty checks.
Ok. I'm getting sleepy. Gonna polish off those brownies in the fridge.
Tickle Me Furby02/04/08, 3:00 AM
This post has been cursed since I started. I had a bunch more images to post, but since this computer is being lame, frustration has kicked in full-force while simultaneously kicking my patience directly in the ass. So there. It's been said. And that's why there's only one lousy image up here. Hopefully tomorrows will work. It was 50 degrees yesterday, here in New York. That's exotic East Coast skate weather for all you West Coast folk. All in all, it was a good weekend. In between my girlfriend catching my porno web surfing (when you get a new computer, be sure to check off the history box in your preferences) and picking up dog poo (my pup likes to drop'em), I managed to get some actual skating in. But as us regular humans went through our off-day motions, the industry of skateboarding kept it's giant ass shaking with progression and bass thumping beats. I made up the last part, really. It seems that Baker flow-dude and the one guy who is on the absolute verge of blowing up, Furby, has just been thrown down with the X-Rated, Hubba Wheels crew. May all his photo incentive checks be spent on female excess. Why do they call him Furby anyway? The skate world's favorite out-spoken pressure flipper, Nate Sherwood, has got his own web module and running. Olliemag.com is filled with a bunch of sick reviews, news stuff, exclusive interviews and trick tips by Nate himself. Ever want to learn frontside shove-it pressure flips? Learn straight from the OG pressure king himself and give Nate-O some hits. Once again there is even more skate stuff that uses the Fully Flared imagery. This time it graces the signature Venture truck of Lakai rider and French powerhouse, JB Gillet. I'm not sure exactly what the process was, but JB's solid as hell part and all around amazing career as a pro have certainly given the Venture higher ups a reason to give this dude a truck. Shane Heyl, Baker filmer, Beagle and a bunch of the other PD crew members who gave us the super memorable, lightning quick cutting, SHAKE JUNT a couple years ago are back with some new sh*t, and this time it's free as an open bar. This one's entitled "Chopped and Screwed" and has all the gnarliness one would expect from this gang of ragers, including badass skating and shenanigans. Parents beware, this flick's filled with tons of drink, smoke and straight gangsta. If I were living in the projects and not across the street from them, I'd say this video is straight Hip Hop. If you're in or around San Francisco tonight, be sure to swing by Parkside for the double feature video premieres of Natural Kocepts, "Dysfunctional Family" and Thrashers, "K.O.T.R." There's absolutely no cover at the door, so you have no reason not to go, unless you're under drinking age. That's all for now. My ladies still giving me sh*t about my overall interest in online pornography. Whatever, I'm done with computers and technology altogether. It's more difficult to fall asleep when you're angry right? Did I mention I was pissed.
The Opera Goes Down Under And So Does A Brand02/01/08, 1:00 AM
The world famous Sydney Opera House in Australia will be the spot for the Thrasher and Globe sponsored event, "Slaughter At The Opera." Going down on March 1st, the Opera House's back to back 7 stair to 11 stair steps and handrails will be the subject of top talent annihilation. 50 G's are on the line as confirmed dudes like Brian Anderson, Matt Mumford, Sean Malto, Peter Ramondetta, Rick McCrank, Justin Brock, Chima Ferguson and more will be entering for a shot at the cash, the coverage and the motherf***in glory. Globe will have a live webcast of the event that anyone in the world can access by clicking here. Tune in, this sh*t's gonna get burly.
In some sad news, Yellow Skateboards which has been a solid member of the High Grade Distribution family for years now, is finally calling it quits. With a long list of riders like, Adam Crew, Ryan Nix, John Buchanan and more, it'll be interesting to know where their riders end up next. I'm sure it'll be someplace nice and comfy. In their notorious tradition of spoofing other companies and brands ads (sh*t, they even spoofed a Thrasher cover), they have dropped a super memorable press release, addressing their demise. Check the FULLY FAILED spoof pictured. If you ask me, that's an amazing way to go out...straight swinging, fool.
Etnies has a brand new site going. Be sure to check out the newest stuff they got going on, including special features with Jason Dill and am, Eric Fletcher.
Active Mailorder has been consistently releasing "Day In The Life" segments of their riders. The newest one is of Toy Machine's Billy Marks who takes us through a ridiculous day of nonsense, debauchery and yes...skateboarding. God, why couldn't I be good enough to be a pro skateboarder? They've got it made. Yes they do.
Buddy Nichols and Rick Charnoski have a new documentary in the works about the history of New York City Skateboarding called Deathbowl To Downtown. Go to their site for teasers, trailers and updates and learn about your street skating roots on the East.
Oh, and by the way...Epicly Later'd's Cardiel Part 2 is up today. Get on it.
A Steaming Hot Cup Of Fresh Buttery News To Your Face!01/31/08, 9:47 AM
This past weekend, Simpel Session in Tallinn, Estonia held it's seventh annual street contest. While tons of pros from around the world entered this sort of obscure contest in the US skate world, it was two Americans who took top honors. Peter Romondetta took first place with a series of insane runs, one of which can be seen here. Also, Sierra Fellers walked away with first in the best trick category. I couldn't tell you exactly what Mr. Fellers did because I wasn't there.The only person sending my wack-ass anywhere is my girlfriend, telling me to get to the bodega to buy her some BBQ chips. My little lady loves a good chip. Though I have no idea what trick exactly granted Sierra first place, I'm sure it was dope as all hell. Anyway, as an American, I think I speak for all my fellow country dwellers when I say, "God Bless America...Cause These Motherf***n Colors Don't Run, We Skate Instead." That's right! Big ups USA! Buck, buck! Ok, enough of that.
We've all been holding our breaths waiting for the Epicly Later'd John Cardiel Episode to drop. It seems that Epic director Patrick O'Dell has been working super hard on getting this exclusive behind the scenes mini-documentary ready for the public. After two super sick teasers, O'dell has just posted Episode 1 of John Cardiel, dedicated to one of skateboardings most incredible skaters ever. Go to Epicly Later'd TV to check it out immediately and get schooled and inspired on everybodys all-time favorite, all-terain killer. A little while back I had written about Salman Agah's new coffee table-style skate book, fittingly entitled SKATEBOOK. As reported before, in conjunction with the book, Skatebook.TV was to soon follow and drop accordingly. Well, just last night Skatebook.TV was made live. Each short episode on the site acts as a video version of each printed section of the book, containing short but sweet segments with Koston, Jake Phelps, Max Schaaf, Jason Lee, Dune, Louie Barletta, Jason Adams and more. Well, that's it for now. My puppies stool is still stlightly soft, but she's a g'damned trooper and you better believe that it'll be back to normal by my next post. Go skate and watch out for dog poo.
Across the Damned Board01/30/08, 11:01 AM
So a bunch of random news has surfaced since yesterday and in the good, loving spirit of diversity in the wide world of skateboarding, I decided to give you a tad bit of everything. Well first up is a little summary of the Studio 411 produced DVD, "Via Marina." Created by Eric Longden, Mike Marasco and Christopher Thurber, this trio of dudes have succeeded in producing a solid video, independent of particular companies, and that s**ts not easy. This one stars a bunch of unknown and well known talent. Dudes like Nick McLouth, Joey Brezinski, Chris Roberts, Sierra Fellers and everyones favorite creative burner, Richie Jackson. And oh yeah, Billy Robper of Sugar Skateboards fame has a good-ass part. The flick opens with a guy I never heard of, Jeff Mikut. Jeff skates smooth and solid with a lanky style that attacks everything from handrails (this bastards not afraid of a kink or two) to gaps to ledge lines. Chris Roberts and Joey Brezinski share a part of technical wizardry with enough nose grind pop outs, flip in sh*t and manual goodnes to ignite a procession M-80 filled ledge/manual blocks. Richie Jackson keeps it refreshingly fresh as always with his signature approach to skating. Wallrides to nose manuals, nollie flip hippie jumps and some of the sketchiest pole jam stuff I've ever seen. The curtains go to Baker dude, Furby. This kid is insane. Super solid, poppy and feearless. Switch heeling picnic tables in lines, nollie flipping and nollie b-side flipping Carlsbad and a giant fakie flip down that super big set of steps that Greco switch frontside flips in Baker 3. I can't remember the name of that spot. Whatever. Furby is gnarly as f**k. Go to Studio 411 and find out how to get yourself one of these.
In seperate news...as I reported yesterday, the wonderful, horrible life that is PJ Ladd is on DC Shoes. Yeah, you know. But did you see his two trick introduction on DCSKATEBOARDING.TV? Didn't think so. Jesus Christ himself has a new clothing sponsor. Sike. Jesus Fernandez does. After blowing minds in his Fully Flared part, Jesus has just been put on the Matix Clothing squad. In some exciting news, if you're gay for skateboarding like myself, Holland's own Weiger Van Wageningen has finally found himself a new board sponsor. Afer the demise of The Firm a few years back, Weiger's been killiing it ridiculously, only without a board sponsor to call his own. After getting tons of coverage the last few years and dropping my favorite part in Nike's video, Nothing But The Truth, Weiger has been scooped up by the silly fellas over at Enjoi. Hopefully everyone's favorite ginger will have a board out real soon. Also, vert's French speaking specialist, Pierre Luc Gagnon, otherwise known as PLG, will be repping Canada's infamous crew and clothing brand, The Red Dragons. Live in fear little ones. Live in fear. That's all for now. Have to run to the Vet. My dog has produced some of the most viscious diarrhea the human world has ever seen over the last four days. Wish us luck. We'll need it.
Spreading Like Wildfire01/29/08, 10:01 AM
Beginning February 8th, San Francisco's legendary skateshop, FTC will be joining up with the folks over at Fourstar Clothing for an art show called "Good To FTC You." The whole thing is supposed to transpire in the form of some collaborative installation while featuring the stunning works of such talented skateboard brethren like, Brian Anderson, Mark Gonzales, Max Schaaf, Nick Jenson and the rest of the Art Dump collective. It's gonna be hot, so be sure to stop in before grabbing a stuffed, SF-style burrito. That is, if you're in town.
A bunch of happenings have surfaced on the team change front. There's been some serious high flying rumors as of late that DC Shoes would be picking up another heavy hitter pro to add to it's already hot as sh** team roster. After a stretch of speculation and uneducated guesses, DC has finally announced that PJ Ladd is their newest rider. Leaving es' and Fourstar, PJ will now be rocking both DC Shoes and Apparel. If I was a betting man, I'd say PJ's signature shoe is already in the works. We'll have to wait and see though now won't we.
Brian Hansen, aka Slash, has been on a killing spree lately, destroying everything in his grimey path. After securing a spot on Black Label not long ago, Slash has just jumped ship to Andrew Reynolds' still forming, Deathwish Skateboards. So far, the only other reported rider is Lizard King who has also been seen walking around shirtless with a giant Deathwish torso tattoo. Oh, I almost forgot, Slash has officially been snatched up by Jamie Thomas and placed on Fallen Footwear.
Also this weekend's ASR Tradeshow was set off with the execution and completion of the newest Matix sponsored contest, Lord Of The Lines. Torey Pudwill took first place and the $10,000 cash prize, while Bobby Worrest took second and Joey Brezinski nabbed third. For footage of some of the gnarly lines that went down, be sure to go here.
That's all for now. Damn, these pretzels are making me thirsty.
Being Bad For The Camera01/28/08, 9:15 AM
Yesterday I finally got ahold of "Naugty", the buzz-worthy follow up to Krooked's/Mark Gonzales and friends low budget and super artsy skate flick, "Gnar, Gnar". Much like "Gnar, Gnar", "Naugty" is super bootsy on the production tip, with footage looking far from the polished Digital and HD camera work you see in most skate videos nowaday. Though I thought the concept of "Gnar, Gnar" along with the skating was cool, I was sort of taken out of the pleasurable viewing process by the ghettoness of the video filming and overall quality. However, for some reason "Naugty's" same aesthetic not only didn't seem to bother me, I actually liked it straight through. Hell, I loved this g'damned video. Filmed almost entirely on the video option on basic point and shoot digital camera's, you can sometimes see the filmers hand holding the fish eye lens in place over the cameras lens as he follows each dude. Yeah, it's that grimey. But that's why it's so dope. Featured throughout is footage of Gonz himself, skating super creatively, the way he wants and quite frankly, the way only Mark Gonzales could. His high speed lines through busy Manhattan and weird choice of tricks are awesome. Krooked am who should be pro real soon, Van Wastell kills it. He skates fast as hell, has a sick-ass style and has pretty much single-handedly brought back the ollie switchstance out of obscurity. That's a good thing by the way. Rookie pro Bobby Worrest kills it once again with solid skating and tons of f**k around footage that's still better than you could ever hope to ride away from. A shared part from Andrew Pearl and Luke Crooker document the two skating spots around the US, including a bunch of amazing NYC footage. Dan Drehobl kills tranny as always. David Clark comes smooth, tech and effortlessly with an impressive full part. Cameos from Jason Dill, Rick McCrank, Lee Ralph, a bunch of Krooked ams I never heard of and many more grace the video throughout the DVD's 30 minutes. I have to admit, initially I thought that the low-fi digi cam shooting of this video was sort of pointless and just an excuse to do something different. But after watching this thing twice, straight through, it's visual technique achieves something much more important than more polished videos have yet to acheive. "Naugty's" grittiness captures a purity of real life street skating that presents itself completely uncontrived. Not to mention, I feel that the skating throughout this thing comes off looking more fun and free than anything I've ever seen because the low-fi filming was able to take a lot of pressure off the skaters. It was kind of like, "Oh, you're gonna point that tiny thing at me while I skate? Cool, I can't get a 411 opener, so I'll just mess around and have fun." Cool editing, trippy visual effects, sick Gonz animation and amazing music thorughout keep this video going strong til the credits drop. Whatever the intention of "Naugty" might have initially been, it lives as a unique visual documentation of skateboarding that succeeds in doing what skate videos are meant for...getting one psyched to go out and skate. Now put your jacket on and go get Naugty. Oooooh, no you didn't!!
Little Rob & Big Black's House01/25/08, 9:30 AM
The last couple of weeks have been crazy. In between destroying cups of coffee, eating Chinese take-out three times a day and convincing myself that i was dying internally, due to the rotting stench that continually rose from my backside, I managed to get some writing done and miraculously meet my deadlines. Trading sentences for money feels good and in my opinion, is a far better transaction than exchanging loose change for bodega-style quarter snacks (now raised to 35 cents due to inflation and the apparent profitability of ingredients that do nothing in the way of nourishment).
Anyway. I had just begun to feel a bit of relief when I realized that I was scheduled to head to California for a few days. The purpose of my trip was to interview Rob Dyrdek for a feature story for the mag I work for, Mass Appeal. I've been a fan of Rob since his early days on Alien Workshop and have followed his skate career fairly intently over the years. However, his new found stardom omitting from the MTV hit show, Rob & Big, was about as familiar to me as an untasty slice of pizza* (a little side note...I love pizza, even the wack kind, like Ellios and Diagiorno. So there's no such thing as an untasty slice. Ya dig?). So with that being said, I struggled to watch as many episodes of the show as I could before take off. If I was going to kick it with Rob for a few days, I needed to find out some minor, behind the scenes type stuff about his life.
I also got to spend most of the next day with Rob, checking out his and Big's enormous house up in the Hollywood Hills. It was sick. Rob's walls are covered with just a portion of his pro boards on Alien, starting with his first deck ever. I wonder how much that thing is going for on ebay at the moment? Rob's a busy dude with more obligations and responsibilities than a battalion of stock brokers. But throughout his busy as hell weeks, he still manages to find time to skate, film and shoot photos. Unlike other skaters who make their way into stardom, Rob still takes skating super seriously. After all, he still is a pro skater. Right?
I got to peep his trick list that he's put together for the new Workshop video, MINDFIELD. The dude is determined as any new jack trying to come up as I've ever seen despite being a veteran of the skate game. He's got pages ripped out of mags with spots he wants to hit and posted index cards filled with tricks and spot names all over his bedroom wall. He told me he wants to put together one of his best parts ever. I can't wait for the video to drop, cause if Rob films only a portion of the tricks from his list, his part will kill it. It's going to be insane. That's all I can tell you for now, so when the story hits newsstands I'll let you know for sure. Got to go get some more coffee and decide what type of Chinese Food lunch special I want today. So make love, dance hard and skate harder. Bye Bye.
Real Talk01/24/08, 11:58 AM
Real Skateboards are doing skaters right once again by hooking us up with free s**t. At the moment, all Real decks are shrink wrapped with a free DVD called, "From The Vaults Volume 1". And did I mention that this little disc of wonder is free? "From The Vaults" is a tight collection of super exclusive, never been released or seen before by the public compilation of footage. Mixed in with archival footy are brand new clips that were never used and quite frankly, needed to be seen. Though it hasn't been officially stated in press release form, the "Volume 1" in the discs title suggests that there may be more of these gems on the way. Either that, or I'm a rambling retard. If you're a fan of Real and their team, go get your buy on...you'll be able to have a little sample of treats while the Real team kills themselves for an upcoming 2008 full-length release. In other news, Satori is giving away product as well, but it's strictly available during demo product tosses during their mult-stop tour around Panama. Featured riders who will be killing it for the public daily are, Ron Allen, Matt Pailes, Dave Caddo and Brian Delatorre. Each stop will be filled with good skating, good vibes and you better believe some of that friendly old fashioned PMA! And have you seen Satori Movements gear constructed from natural fibers? I'm no hippie but the goods are looking sick. They're made from all types of sustainable fabrics like bamboo, organic cotton and hemp, so you can look dope as hell while promoting a healthy-ass environment. Boo Yah! Oh yeah, and for details on the tour be sure to stop here.
A Land Of Talking And Skating Animals01/23/08, 11:56 AM
It seems that Disney has been dipping it's giant white fingered gloves into the world of skateboarding, in particularly, the legendary world of Hosoi. Though specifics are still not crystal clear, it appears that Disney has brought in legendary pro skater Christian Hosoi to design and endorse some of the brands limited edition skate decks and apparel. Did you see that pick of Mickey in mid Christ Air before the infamous Hosoi Rising Sun? Priceless! With Christian's background and celebrity lifestyle behind him, irony can be comfortably left behind as a world of child-like wonder ensues for the better of good intention, skateboarding children. Wink, wink! Can you even put an exclamation point after a wink? Whatever. Let's move on here. While on the topic of vert skaters, Van's has just announced the dates for its fourth annual Bowl-A-Rama contest at Autstralia's famous beachside Bondi Beach Skatepark. Taking place on Saturday, February 23rd, the contest will have a $30,000 Prize Purse and feature some of the best pro tranny skaters from around the globe. Pros who have attended in the past include legends like Omar Hassan, Lance Mountain, Bucky Lasek and Steve Cab, Bob Burnquist and Rune Glifberg. Speaking of Mr. Rune Glifberg, have you seen his site yet? It's genius and takes a light hearted stab at other pros who might take themselves too seriously when purchasing a domain name that sounds an awful lot like their own. If you're not already in Australia, tell your mom and pops to buy you an early Christmas present now in the form of a rountrip to the land down under. This one's gonna be hot.
It's Bright In The City01/22/08, 10:20 AM
Alright, now...It's absolutely official. Kareem Campbell's City Stars Skateboards is back. In case you don't know, City Stars was a board brand that was an extension of the World Industries camp about 6 or 7 years back. Under legendary pro and founder, Kareem Campbell's watchful eye, he recruited some of the freshest, youngest talent of the time. Household name's like Paul Rodriguez, Devine Calloway, Kevin "Spanky" Long and Bryan Herman all got their start on City Stars. After some riders parted ways and persued other endeavors, City Stars was left to sort of fade away into obscurity. Over the last few months Kareem has surfaced once again into the skate spotlight with rumors of an Axion Footwear revival as well as the release of his signature truck on Destructo. Now, Finesse Skateboards (who had recently dropped a limited edition line of Kareem decks and will continue to do so in limited numbers) have joined up with Mr. Campbell to relaunch the City Stars line. Under the umbrella distribution company called Pure, City Stars will live alongside, Finesse and Premium Skateboards.
A New Kind Of Combat01/21/08, 11:30 PM
CIRCA Shoes is in the headlines at the moment after the launch of their Combat Division line of shoes and newly appointed riders. The Combat line will be available for saile only at skateshops and face a growing and sort of unconventional team of riders. At the moment the pro riders consist of Don "Nuge" Nguyen, Lizard King, and Frank Gerwer. The am team thus far will be Abdias Rivera and Sheldon Meleshinski. Word around the campfire is that the CIRCA Combat line and all around image will be far less polished than CIRCA's more mainstream line. In Tampa Am news, the long weekend has ended and the winners have been announced. Darkstar's Ryan Decenzo took first place while second and third went to unknown rippers Ben Hatchell and Davis Togerson. Crimson's Vince del Valle took best trick honors on the Real Skateboards sponsored bank to wall with a kickflip frontside lipslide. For more intensive coverage on the contest, get over to this spot. And while you're at it, buy some new gear.
Stepping On The Big News01/18/08, 3:36 PM
Adidas Skateboarding has joined forces with Habitat Skateboards graphics/video genius and co-owner of Coexist Skateshop, Joe Castrucci, to produce this amazing collaboration version of their classic Campus Vulc. Be sure to slip your dogs into a pair of these things since I'm positive they wont be around for long. In team news, a bunch of changes have come about. Mark Appleyard has left his spot over at Active Skateshop in order to join the already star-studded crew of riders at CCS. Mike York's board brand, Turf Skateboards has just picked up ripper Torey Goodall and placed him securely on their growing international team. After remodeling it's team quite a bit over the last few months, Ipath Shoes has acquired the likes of Death Skateboards pro and my personal favorite hippie, Richie Jackson. Richie will be blowing magic smoke and fast planting down 10 stairs in his Grasshoppers from now on. Stereo Sound Agent, Tony Silva will be slipping into Duffs before each heated session. In bummer news, Tony's teammate Danny Renaud was lucky to survive a 9 story fall off a building, which appears to be some sort of accident. The details are super vague, but according to the Stereo website, he has severely broken both legs. Reports say that Danny is expected to make a full recovery. Get well soon Danny.
Animal Style01/17/08, 1:00 PM
Santa Cruz Skateboards is probably the oldest living skate company around. Established in 1973, before most of you were born, including myself, Santa Cruz has survived the many changes in styles, trends and progressions in the skate game. Today, they're still going strong with a solid team of pros and ams including names like Ted Degros, Justin Strubing, Sid Melvin and Emmanuel Guzman. The newest endeavor for the brand is the installment of a new board series that is not only cool looking, it gives back to an amazing cause. The board series is called "The Save Us" series and was created by NHS resident artist, Lucas Musgrave. Screened as individual graphics, each board when put together form a giant jungle mural featuring animals that are on the verge of extinction. It's like Voltron, but better, since each animal was hand picked by each SCS pro rider. For every board sold, Santa Cruz will donate $1.00 towards various wildlife conservation groups that are actively involved in putting forth efforts to try and save each animal that are featured on the boards. Ride some of these and help a species or two survive.
Face Off01/16/08, 2:50 PM
Faces Of Skateboarding is a super sick hard cover book by Swedish photographer and skater, Daniel Mansson. Word on the streets is that Mr. Mansson traveled over the past two years to shoot exclusively for this book. His documentary style portraits and moody lighting techniques make this book stand out amongst some of the past skate photo books that have been done. Featured throughout are 50 skaters who have been more than influential in the skate world. All 160 pages contain legendary shots of dudes like, Jason Lee, Koston, Tom Penny, Tony Hawk, Duane Peters, Danny Way and tons more. Check out the Faces Of Skateboarding site for more.
Life Of Driving01/15/08, 4:23 PM
If your car sucks at the moment and lingering credit card bills are preventing you from doing a damned thing about, your luck has just changed...kind of. Plan B pro, X Games Gold Medalist and adolescent MTV reality star, Ryan Sheckler is doing something extremely generous for a good cause. He's donating his flossy black Range Rover to the one person who can single-handedly raise the most money for cancer research, in particular, The Childrens Cancer Research Fund. As part of a three month charity program, Sheckler is donating his personal Range Rover to the donor who raises the most funds for CCRF. Sheckler is launching the "Sheckler Family Foundation" in further support of philanthropies to add to his list of good deeds. "Cancer has affected our family and so many of our loved ones. We want to help make a difference and raise funds to find a cure. Our goal is to raise at least $100,000.00 if not beyond. I am very excited to get this event going as it will be the first of many," explains Ryan. The Sheckler family will soon be launching their own foundation, fittingly called, "Sheckler Family Foundation." Ryan's ride will be presented by Ryan himself himself at the organizations annual 5k RUN/WALK on April 27, 2008. The winner will also receive two tickets to Los Angeles, with full accommodations and transportation to the event. Be sure to click here to get in the game. Ex-Big Brother Magazine Editor, freelance skate magazine writer and NJ Skate Shop owner, Chris Nieratko is doing his best to come up the winner of Sheckler's Rang Rover. Go to this site to donate to Chris, so he can ride just as smoothly as Shecks does.
Goodnight Sweet Prince(s)01/14/08, 7:30 PM
As new jacks keep coming up and perpertrating the pro ranks, space must be made to make room for the up and comers. It's inevitable and with that being said, two legendary pros have just stepped down from their status as professional skateboarders. Foundation rider Mike Rusczyk spent years on the team as an am. It was only a couple years ago, around 2006, that he was finally turned pro. Without much of an explanation, Mike has retired from professional skateboading and left his longtime sponsor. All we can say is, "Good luck homeboy. You had the best g'damned no-comply's the world of skateboarding has ever seen, and like the ever-nostalgic summers of our youth, they will be missed." Also, legendary Boston local and all around multi-terrain ripper Charlie Wilkins, has stepped down from the pro game and will no longer have a model over at 5boro Skateboards. According to 5boro founder and owner, Steve Rodriguez, "[Charlie] He will always be part of the 5boro family." Wilkins will continue to stay involved in the skate industry, maintaining his role doing part-time sales at 5boro, as well as judging contests and designing skateparks.On the flipside of things, Wu Tang's Ghostface Killah has been turned pro. Well not really, but his new album cover will don the bottom of a crispy Zoo York deck for a very limited time. The Zoo York Institute and Def Jam have teamed up to produce an exclusive collaboration that celebrates the dropping of Ghostace Killah's new album. This custom deck and tee are limited to less than 500 pieces and will be available for consumption in early 2008.
Signals Sent and Stats Checked01/11/08, 10:01 AM
The other day, skate photog and Powell Skateboards Team Manager, DeVille, hit me up looking for new talent, especially kids under the age of 17. Since I know about as many 17 year olds as I do real life goblins, I suggested posting something about his inquiry on this blog. With that being said, Powell Skateboards is officially looking for kids under 17 to sponsor. If you're into the idea of being teammates with Steve Caballero and Danny Wainright (and why the hell wouldn't you), then you should put together you best footage on tape or disc and send it over to my homie, DeVille. And guys, please don't waste anyone's time here. If you have a hard time kickflipping up a curb, keep you skating strictly for the fun side of life. But if you've seen recent Guy Mariano footage and think you could skate with him and not feel inferior on all levels, then by all means get that tape sealed and delivered. Once again, Skate Park Of Tampa will be bringing the ruckas with its world famous Am contest. The 2008 Tampa Am contest will kick off on Thursday, January 17th and run non-stop til' Sunday the 20th. The always monumental contest will feature a handful of sick events that will go down after the park doors have closed for the night, especially a SPOT 15th Anniversary Party. Be sure to go here for a full a schedule of the events. Get your tickets now at TicketMaster or Skatepark of Tampa. This year's gonna rip. After 2007's San Diego, ASR event Lord Of The Lines came off as a huge success, the contest is back with the same unique concept. It's pretty simple. Three obstacles are set up, one after another (this year there will be three boxes that can be used as ledges and/or manual pads) and each skater does their best at putting together their best line. It's pure street skating here. The invite only pro and am contest is open to the public and will include a big as hell, $16,000.00 prize purse. Last year Ronnie Creager took first, Joey Brezinski took second and a speedy Dennis Busenitz took third. This years gonna be sick. I've got my money on Daewon and Mike Mo. How bout you? For where and when info, go to ASRBIZ.com and get ahold of what's going down. And last but definitely not least, Aussie Lewis Marnell is pro for Almost Skateboards. Lewis had an amazing year, with sick parts in the Nike SB video, Nothing But The Truth and Volcom's Let's Live. Congrat's Lewis. Bure sure to pick up Lewis' new board at a shop near you.
Mayday On The Frontline01/10/08, 9:53 AM
Handrail handler, DJ and purveyor of style, Chad Muska, can now add the title of "business owner" to his long list of endeavors. Chad and Krew Apparel founder and owner Angel Cabada have opened a store in Los Angeles called Factory 413. This ultra tasteful looking boutique is your go-to spot for anything Krew and Supra related, not to mention it's got exclusive dibs on the best vintage gear the city has to offer. Vintage metal t-shirts, shades, rare jewelry and freakin' Muska Skytop's. How can you go wrong with that?! You pretty much can't. I'm heading out to LA in a few days. You best beleive I'm stopping in to get fitted and suited up. If you're in the area, check out Factory 413, 413 S. Fairfax, Los Angeles. Skate Artist Jeremy Fish and Upper Playground are the brains behind superFishal, a brand that will create limited edition decks every season, featuring collaborations from heaving hitting art dudes that have their roots in the skate world. The first series features Jeremy Fish's collaborations with skate industry artists Todd Bratrud (of Flip and Consolidated fame), Pushead (of Zorlac Skates) and Michael Sieben (of Bueno Skateboards and many others). The concept is pretty simple, take artists with completely different styles and bring them together to create some of the most unique graphics the worlds sorest eyes have ever seen. And if you decide to actually skate these boards and not hang'em on your wall, each deck is constructed from the super stiff and very pop-filled Watson Laminates wood, the same makers of some of your favorite companies boards. Check out superfishalsf.com and get on board. On a seperate note, a giant congratulations goes out to Pat Duffy and his girl Chia, who are now the proud Momma and Poppa of a brand new baby daughter.
A History Lesson Gets A Complete01/09/08, 11:15 AM
Just recently World Industries issued the complete collection of their highly influential and full-on super classic videos. It's pretty much the best thing I've ever had the pleasure of owning. This amazing 3 disc box set features all six of World's videos that range from 1989 to 1996, including Rubbish Heap, Two World Industries Men, Love Child, New World Order, 20 Shot Sequence and Trilogy. Boo ya! Everything's here, available for the first time in official DVD format. That's right, no more worn out VHS copies and fast forwarding to your favorite part. Concise and on point. Disc 1 features Rubbish Heap, World's first video release, which was pretty much an experiment in ghetto-as-hell technology. No fancy edits or corny-ass skits between parts. Rubbish Heap is just straight-up, raw as can be street (and a little vert) skating. With most of the video barely contains any music at all, classic parts from Mike Vallely, Rodney Mullen, Jeremy Klein, Ron Chatman, Randy Colvin and Jesse Marinez are featured throughout. Included in this first disc is the rarely seen promo vid, Two World Industries Men, used at the time to promote Randy Colvin and Chris Pastras, two of World's hottest ams at the time. Pastras kills it and despite pushing mongo through his entire part and wearing shorts glued to his thighs, Colvin rips like a mofo. The best part of this disc is the bonus section, featuring commentary by owners Steve Rocco and Rodney Mullen and rider Chris Pastras, a World ad slide show and priceless, unseen raw footy from '91. Straight butter. Disc 2 captures almost the entirety of the big pants, small wheels phase in skating with Love Child and New World Order. Love Child was one of the best videos of the early 90's. With an all oldies soundtrack and debut parts from the super diverse team, made up of Chico Brenes, Daniel Castillo, Spencer Fujimoto, Shiloh Greathouse, Jovantae Turner, Jed Walters and of course, Daewon Song. The video is amazing all around, but Jovantae's and Daewon's parts are by far the best. Fast, smooth and even poppy for the time. New World Order highlights a handful of older and newer World riders with much of the video shot at the infamous World Park. Stand out parts go to Shiloh Greathouse who kills everything with unmistakable smoothness and Kareem Campbell, whose pop, style and trickery define his legend status. In my opinion, it's Kareem's best part ever. Bold I know, but watch it and you'll understand. Chock-ful of bunus stuff, there's a commentary of Love Child by Daniel Castillo and Shiloh, New World commentary with Shiloh and Richard Mulder and amazing U.S team tour footage from '92-'93. Disc three contains arguably World's most influential and well-known videos to the new jacks of today, 20 Shot Sequence and Trilogy. Rather than drop a single video from each of World's umbrella companies, the brand did something that had never been done before and release two full-lenght flicks two years apart, containing every brand that dangled under the World Industries cloud. 101, Prime, World Ind., Blind and Menace. The result; two videos packed with some of the best skateboarding of the time. The 101 sections in both 20 Shot and Trilogy are total classics, with Jason Dill and Gino Ianucci making quick but memorable appearances. Menace's section could be the most hood thing to ever happen to skating, with it's LA crew to back up every single Lockwood trick landed. Trilogy has stand out parts from the then little, Lavar McBride, his brother Marcus, Ronnie Creager and if I dare say so, the then respected Josh Kasper. Bonus features come in the form of a super funny Clyde Singleton commentary of 20 Shot, and a bunch of amazing unseen footy from '94-'95.
The Mark of The Truck01/08/08, 2:40 AM
Scraping the corner of his tail into the New Year, skate loner Nate Sherwood has found himself on the pro roster over at Ironic Skateboards. Nate's rad. Many are quick to hate on the dude based on the fact that his trick selection strongly revolves around the pressure flip. But I have a ton of respect for the dude. He does what he wants on a skateboard when he wants and could care less about the negative words being tossed his way. Pressure flips, kickflips, heelflips...we're all skateboarders. Let's keep it that way. Ask your local shop to order Nate's new boards and support a guy who gives a *&%$ about skateboarding.
Back in late November, Grind King Trucks teamed up with GDP Clothing to host Truxtapoz, a group art exhibition held at Los Angeles' Melt Gallery. I know I'm a bit behind in reporting this one but whatever...better late then never. Besides, have yet to see any reporting done on this event, which turned out to be pretty sick...so there you go. The purpose of the show was to launch Grind King's new limited edition Artist Series truck line. Showcasing the work of over 20 different artists from around the world, the show featured everything from hand painted trucks to screened prints to original paintings. Tons of heads showed their mugs, including street art legend and Obey mastermind, Shepard Fairey, Skullphone and GK owner and founder, Donald Cassell. Grind King's artist series trucks are available now for a super limited time only and feature the artistic stylings of talent like Jason Maloney, Jesse Le Doux, Mildred, Nico Berry, Sean Chilson, Denny Smith, Griffin One, Mike Kershnar, Sket One and tons more. Check out your local skateshop or go to www.grindking.com to find out how to get yer mitts on some.
America Eats Its Young and Bamland Visited01/07/08, 9:40 AM
Rockstar Bearings has been an NYC staple brand since it's inception in early 2001. Co-founded by the late great Harold Hunter, Rockstar has since become a family, consisting of some New York's sickest riders. It's been a good five years since Rockstar dropped it's debut video and after a well rested hibernation, the team is back with it's highly anticipated video, "America Eats Its Young." With full parts from killers, Robert Lopez-Mont, Luis Tolentino, Dustin Charlton, Phil Ladjanski and more, they'll be cameos from a slew of heads including, Billy Rohan, Quim Cardona, Todd Jordan, Danny Falla, Danny Renaud and Evelien Bouilliart. It's gonna be premiering all over the place, including New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Holland and even Old San Juan, Purto Rico! Log onto www.Rockstarbearings.com for clips, products, team info and most importantly, premiere dates and venues.
On a completely unrelated note, back in September I visited Bam's house out in Westchester, PA. In the process of writing a story on Bam for London based mag, Huck, I rented a car and trekked out to the house that has become known to regulars as Bamland. After an exausting drive and on point directions, thanks to my angelic navigational system, I made it to Bam's secluded commune. The place was insane. While his driveway fully paved with contrete banks, hips and ledges, deep in his backyard lie the monterous ramp that he had recently built. Bam destroyed the ramp in between giving his wife, Missy, lessons on how to pump. The giant monstrosity of transitional flavor was built last winter and designed by Bam and the dude who layed out Philly's infamous FDR park. See that giant roll in, in the distance? That thing is straight gnarly. I watched Bam drop in on it and thought he was going to die. It's about 3 stories high and 4 feet wide and there's absolutely nothing stopping one from falling off the top, rolling off the side or colliding into the overpass at the flat-bottom. So far, Bam is the only person to have rolled in on it switch. Since the winters in Pa. are brutal, Bam is in the works of building a giant, indoor park on his property. "It's gonna look just like Tampa [Skatepark]," he told me. Hard work pays off kids. As for the story about my visit to Bam's, I'll let you all know when it's dropping. Now go skate.
Rolling Literature01/06/08, 3:00 PM
SkateBook is the newest concept in skate-related publishing to date. Unlike your run-of-the-mill skate mag, SkateBook is a giant, super thick coffee table-style book that's crammed to the brim with iconic skateboarding imagery throughout it's dense pages. Set to be released quarterly throughout the year, this book will be available at your local skateshop for FREE. It's pretty insane that this thing is given away for nothing since it could easily retail for over 40 bucks. Published by legendary photographer Mike Ballard and veteran pro Salman Agah, SkateBook contaiins very little words, letting its full-page photography speak for itself. I got my hands on the first issue and this thing has instantly become my new goto for visits to the dumper, and while clocking in at 300 plus glossy pages, it's gonna be a while before I get sick of this thing. This issue contains a bunch of amazing features including spreads on Max Schaaf, Louie Barletta, classic Thrasher covers and side by side comparisons of a classic controversial Blind graphic series with DGK's new Ghetto Kids series. Awesome stuff. Eric Koston's legacy is documented through an ad archive that spans his earliest ads on Girl until his current days as a Lakai rider. There's also a photo retrospective of Stereo Skateboards that's amazing and will remind you of how many classic riders have come and gone throught the Stereo doors. My favorites are long spreads of Christian Hosoi and Danny Way. Christian's takes you through his career, from his days of wearing neon barets, to today, a born-again family man. Danny's pages are insane, documenting his momumental impact on vert skating through a solid retrospective of Way's 10 years of Mega-ramp skating. They even show a long list of his set-ups used to skate each giant ramp. In conjunction with the book, SkateBook is on the verge of dropping SkateBook.tv, I yet to be seen and totally free web site dedicated to skating. Can't wait to see what these guys have in store for us skate nerds.
World Domination01/02/08, 5:46 PM
World Industries Skateboards has had one long, crazy and prolific run since it's inception in 1988. World's founder, ex-freestyler, Steve Rocco built his empire that would eventually become the biggest name in skateboarding from the ground up. Rocco approach to skateboarding rivaled the traditional, big business/big money mentality that ruled the industry at the time. Pissing off his competetors and ex-team riders via slanderous ads, stealing riders regularly and putting out the most controversial graphics to ever grace the skate market. The dude revolutionized skateboarding through a DIY, punk sensibility that has and will forever embody the spirit of skateboarding. Not to mention, he discovered and cultivated the biggest names in skateboarding both past and present, riding for either World Industries and/or his subsidary brands, Plan B, 101, Blind, Prime and Menace. Names like Jeremy Klein, Dae Won Song, Shiloh Greathouse, Eric Koston, Pat Duffy, Tim Gavin, Chico Brenes, Chet Thomas, Jason Lee, Danny Way, Mike Carroll, Rick Howard, Gino Iannuci, Kris Markovich, Henry Sanchez, Jovantae Turner, Jason Dill and so many more had careers that were shaped by the hand of Rocco. His legacy continued for years, also spawning the legendary skate mag, Big Brother. The long untold legacy of Steve Rocco is finally told, alongside a series of images, in the form of an amazing Documentary that just recently was made available on DVD. Director Mike Hill's amazing movie The Man Who Souled The World chronicles Rocco's incredible rise, steady reign and fall in skateboarding. Featuring interviews from skating's biggest names, the film is made that much cooler with the addition of onscreen animation containing original artwork from some of World's most infamous boad graphics. While the movie serves as either a valuable history lesson for a new jack or a trip down nostalgia boulevard for us older folk, the movie can easily by watched and enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their status as a skater or not. The best part about the "Man Who Souled The World" DVD is the extensive bonus features. There's audio commentary by Rocco himself, plus invaluable, unseen footage from the 90s. Buy this buttery gem of a disc and get schooled on the history of skateboarding.
Rhyming Roller01/01/08, 1:23 PM
Chicago's own, Lupe Fiasco's debut track, "Kick Push," was a weird one. Rhyming about skateboarding is like ryhming about your favorite pastry. It's kind of pointless. Imagine a love song about skateboarding? Pretty lame, huh? Same thing goes with a rap track in my limited opinion. But what do I know? A short while back, there were rumors that Mr. Fiasco could not only barely skate, but barely skated at all. A no-no when claiming skateboarding on such a public and wealth acquiring level. With these rumors afloat like a shiny paddle boat, Baker pro and all around personality, Terry Kennedy took it upon himself to not only publicly dis the dude, but also step up into the rap game (to possibly take out Lupe on his home court), dropping his own rhymes and recording endeavor to boot. Now that Lupe's got a new album that's about to drop entitled, "The Cool," Element Skateboards and Vapors Magazine are joining forces and giving kids a chance to design graphics for a very limited edition Lupe/Element deck. If it were my call, I'd have them screen a step by step tutorial on how to 360 flip. Sorry Lupe, but when push comes to kick, I'm back Terry on this one. Log onto lupesboard.imeem.com and create a graphic that might make Lupe cool once and for all. The process of downloading the material to design your board are pretty simple and user friendly. Get on there and start workin. Hell, at the very least you and your homies will get some free product if you win. Speaking of Element, have you seen Mike Kershnar's new artist series? They're off the hook. Be sure to pick one of these up to ride or if your moms paying, the entire set. These things are hot. Kershnar's got a bunch of other sick art on his site, including collabo graphics he did with Ed Templeton for Toy Machine not long ago. www.mikekershnar.com.
Feed That Need12/30/07, 5:36 PM
It seems that in the recent months, many a video has been dropped. From Birdhouse to Habitat to Fully Flared to Osiris' newest Feed The Need. Osiris has decided to go a seperated route from the before mentioned flicks by making their full-length film available for free on Itunes. Not bad, considering that the video contains some insanely good skating. While the entire team is badass, Shuriken Shannon, Marius Syvanen, Corey Duffel, Garrett Hill and John Rattray's parts are stand out. Shuriken's smooth and super poppy style adds up to a solid part. Marius is one of my new favorite skaters. Smooth and unique with a style reminicent of Pappalardo's. Corey Duffel is lanky and burly as ever. Garrett Hill skates like a g'damned man on meth, going bigger than most. The curtains belong to the Scotland bred John Rattray who can skate absolutely anything while making it look like the low impact kiddie section of your local contractor designed public skatepark. Just because this joint is free, doesn't mean you it's not worth adding to your collection. Download it now and get psyched to go out and skate.
Cha-Cha Changes...12/29/07, 1:36 PM
Over this past month, there's been a bunch of team changes that should be noted. Michael Plumb, AKA, Lizard King has been booted off of Think. Word on the street is that he'll be involved in something called Deathwish Skateboards, to be started by none other than Andrew Reynolds. Stay posted people. Never heard of it? Neither have I. If Lizard King's involved, it should be hot. Manual legend and all around good guy, Malcolm Watson, is on World Industries. So is tech master, Ronson Lambert. Ragdoll is on the well-suited Crimson Skateboards as is ripper, Micah Hollinger. "Cancer" Dan Drehobl is on Elwood Clothing. According to the people over at Elwood, a line of signature Drehobl digs are currently in the works. Walker Ryan is on Organika. Wise guy, Tommy Wisdom is on Expedition. After IPath was acquired by Timberland boots, Bobby Puleo was kicked off, and now Matt Field and Bigfoot are off. Dave Caddo is now pro for Creation. Birdhouse am, "Figgy' has been added to the Emerica roster officially. Ethan Fowler has left Foundation after years as a solid member. And little contest ripper, Felipe Ortiz has been added to the Blind am roster. Osiris has added John Lupfer to the team while Pig Wheels scooped up Aussie, Richie Jackson and San Jose am Nestor Judkins. After leaving Cliche' Skateboards sometime back, JJ Rousseau has found himself riding for the new French company, Metropolitan Skateboards. Stay tuned for more news as the rumor mills keep on keeping on.
Axion, again?12/27/07, 10:27 AM
After a mysterious press release that's recently surfaced, it seems as if Axion Footwear might be relaunching. You know, Kareem Campbell's shoe company that Brian Anderson, Gino Ianucci and Guy Mariano all rode for about 10 years back. Whether or not the relaunch is legit is yet to be seen, as it could very well be headed by some lame corporate skate dad who bought the name in order to make a few extra bucks off of the glorious Axion legacy that was locked away so long ago. But then again, it could very well be backed by Kareem himself. We'll just have to slip on our existing kicks, sit back and patiently wait for more details. On a somewhat related note, back in '98 I had a pair of Axion's that refused to wear out. I'm serious. I skated in them for 9 months straight before I freaked out one day and burned them, not because they were already destroyed, but because I was sick of looking down at those same familiar, and utterly indestructible feet guardians. Skateboarding seems to be getting a second dose of Kareem, who has been thoroughly missed since his departure a few years back. At the moment, Mr. Campbell has a signature truck on Destructo and limited edition board on Finesse Skateboards. Open your arms for one of skateboardings best.
Back In The Day12/20/07, 4:15 PM
Whether you've heard the deal or not, Cease & Desist is a brand out of LA that reproduces some of the sickest decks the golden era of 90's skateboarding had to offer. All in super limited batches, each deck is hand numbered and packaged with a real photo of each pro. Unlike other decks that have surfaced with graphics that are sort of the same as each old deck, these boards have almost the exact same graphics (a slight change is always needed. Come' on now silly!), as well as the exact same shapes. They're amazing. And oh yeah, some even have the original style slick bottoms as well. It's like having the original board without paying e-bay, nerded-out collector's prices that these often stretch towards the thousands. Not to spoil the very special element of surprise, the dudes over at C&D issue a secret new deck every month. Yeah boyeee! I've got three on my wall right now and if I get the balls to actually take one down to skate, I'm going to do Pop shove-it late flips til' the breaka breaka morn'in!
Skate Support12/19/07, 10:30 AM
Practically every facet of skateboarding and the physical attributes that coincide with the act have been covered throughout the years. But since skatings inception, there's been one area of skate gear that has never been accounted for, ever. A skateboarder's underwear silly chicken. If you've ever experienced a blown out pair of undies while skating, you'll know just what underwear means to an enjoyable seshwan. Santa Cruz pro and So-Cal ripper, Justin Strubing has recently launched Silo Boxers, making undergarments that cater to the specific active lifestyle of skateboarders. Pairs offer extra comfort and flexibility for those that rock either oversized pants or those super tight denim nut lockers. Available in the looser fit, General Issue model and the tighter Snuggler model, each pair also features a custom style condom cargo, for added protection. Also available for Spring 08, are Silo's three styles of socks that come in low, medium and knee high, producing foot gloves that make landing primo feel like foot massages. Just kidding. But they're hella comfortable. Though skate inspired underwear and socks may seem ridiculous, Silo's solid team of riders is no laughing matter. Dan Drehobl, Strubing, Colt Cannon, Jerry Hsu, Pat Duffy and Paul Shier are all riding dirty in the super spicy name of Silo.
Finally Flared12/18/07, 4:15 PM
It's been about four solid years now that Lakai has been juicing up its very first video release, Fully Flared. After a few team additions, subtractions, ongoing rumors as to when the thing was going to drop, heresay about tricks that would be in the video and more hype and expectations than the next Guns N' Roses album, many of us, myself included, were beginning to think that the damned thing was pretty much a no show. But then one day a few months back, seemingly out of nowhere, the clouds above parted, a thick ray of light shone through and an answer appeared before us all. A premiere date of November 16th. Yeeaaahhh boyeeee! It was on. While most of us didn't get to go to the star-studded LA premiere, reviews and more rumors arose that the video did, in fact, not disappoint for second.
After a few attempted illegal downloads and a trip to Chinatown to pick myself up a bootleg that didn't exist, I received my very own copy of Fully Flared last week. This thing met all of its expectations and then some. In addition to super solid editing, camera work and a pyrotechnic intro that is dramatic as it is gnarly, it's the skating that pretty much shuts down skating, as we know altogether. The skating is so consistently fresh and creative throughout the video, it's as if the Lakai dudes had a sit down brunch to make sure they'd all be on the same page skating-wise as the filming commenced. New Girl am Mike Mo has the coveted first part, skating smooth, fast and tech. His back tail, bigspin flip out, regular and switch is mind blowing as is his last trick that almost doesn't make sense. Other standout parts come from Jesus Fernandez, who can fakie tre flip into any grind or slide, Alex Olsen who skates like a baby Julien Stranger and Mike Carroll, who's super steezy classic style and different approach to skating makes you want to flip into and out of every ledge trick you try. My favorite parts belong to Guy Mariano and Marc Johnson. Guy's back with a full part that's just as good, if not better than his classic Mouse. All I have to say is, backside 360 ollie tailslide down a handrail. MJ steps in with the last part and breaks down any notion of a video parts length with one that's over 20 min. Three songs deep, Johnson does everything you can think of on practically everything; from ledges to manual pads to steps to handrails. Watch his part to see why he nabbed Thrasher's latest Skater of the Year. Whatever holiday you celebrate; drop a very obvious hint to your gift giver that you want Fully Flared for Christmas. Cookies for Santa are wack. Fully Flared is amazing.