Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Oh yeah and if you are in Florida SPoT is throwing down. Check it:
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
That's right, beer and Nike SB's to be precise. I do like beer. actually I quite enjoy it. granted I am able to enjoy it because I am wayyyyyyyyy beyond the legal drinking age. But, I have to hand to to Nike after doing the Heineken Dunk for SB a few years back they are dipping back into the world of suds for another inspiration this would be the now labeled Nike SB "Newcastle" dunk. Check the pics courtesy NikeSB.0rg and one of their members:
OK, that's pretty rad. However, Newcastle is a piece of shit beer and they bottle it in clear bottles. The only thing worse than beer in a green bottle is beer in a clear bottle. That's just wrong. So they went from the green Heineken bottle to the clear New Castle bottle. Ew. That's just gross.
What's the matter Nike can't you pull it together and get us a Texas Budweiser dunk AKA Shiner Bock? Hell give us a good old fashion Bud or Silver Bullet before you start going the route of crap beer. I'm just saying
Ah, next up conjours up memories of Aladdin's Castle Arcade down on the Vestal Parkway. Situated right next to Taco Maker was the local arcade where we launched many a skate mission to SUNY Binghamton, Downtown, Johnson City and the ditches. I think it was 1985 or 1986. I had a Lance Mountain future primitive deck and occasionally we would play the arcade game 720. Also, getting kicked down from NikeSb.org are these shots of the alleged Nike 720 Dunk. A little something for everybody in this one. I just thought the game was funny then and it's funny now. Oh, and Atari, in case you are listening that round swivel joystick sucked ass.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Tonight! Monday October 29th
BIRDHOUSE Premiere for 'The Beginning' @ Palace 5ive!
Muy caliente. Be there.
Finally, is that really David Loy?
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thanks to skateandannoy.com I've been keeping close tabs on this interesting development. The park got an interesting rep from the get go with the whole “dino-spine” but what came next was a bit sketchy. Rule #3 on the sign posted as you enter Tigard says by entering the park you will voluntarily submit to a search of your personal property (backpacks, bags, etc). Whoa, hold on I seem to recall a certain Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting illegal search and seizure. I didn’t attend law school but, I am fairly certain that posted sign with multiple rules about skate park behavior and etiquette can not suspend your Constitutional Rights as a citizen of the United States of America. Call me crazy but that seems to make a little sense.
So support the skaters out in Oregon and donate some cash so they can print up the stickers posted below. This will assist in bringing a higher level of awareness to this issue. More importantly, never surrender your rights to anybody. Making concessions to a “good idea at the time” can lead you down a path different from what you originally intended. If a skate park is intended for recreation, enjoyment and expression then the use of the said facility to suspend the inalienable rights of Americans runs counter to everything it once stood for.
A quick FYI from skateandannoy.com
The design and specs of the sticker have not been finalized yet. We’ll post it when it is done.
You can mail in well concealed cash (no checks!), just make sure you include the word “Tigard” somewhere on or in the envelope.
Skate and Annoy TIGARD FUND
3439 NE Sandy Blvd
Or you can donate via Paypal. Important: Your Paypal Payment pages will show up as payments to Cold War Skateboards, but that’s not an error, it’s just how the Paypal account is set up.
Image courtesy: skateandannoy.com
Image courtsy: Earthpatrolmedia.com
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Now, lets be honest does Tony really need to do this? Does he need the title of media mogul? Not really. But, he can and that means he will. Shred or Die is part of the “or Die” network which you may remember form their first series of funny videos with Will Farrell. Tony might not have a belligerent toddler named “Pearl” as his landlord but he still manages to put up some solid clips. Aside form having a few Hollywood guest appearances most of the vids are good quality action sports tricks, tips and bails. I imagine this will just about crush most other competitors. If nothing else the name is easy to remember.
So, with an ever-expanding empire it’s pretty interesting to see Tony Hawk step into the dot com world. It will also be interesting to see how he fares in terms of success. Before you start saying this will damage his credibility think back for a moment to all the other things he’s done. OK, have all of those things in your head? I mean all of them because it’s quite a large number. Well this is why I call him Teflon Tony. Shredordie.com, success or failure won’t do a thing to tarnish his image. Let’s run through a few reasons why
Tony Hawk has been with skating from the top to the bottom and back to the top. Really, he has seen it all and suffered through the lean times like everybody else. He’s actually putting up good content. Tony is no dummy actually he’s pretty fucking smart. He’s got a sharp sense of humor and this is a great platform for him to execute on. Tony knows who and what he is. Now, its not that Tony doesn’t care but he is going to try and placate to the trend of the moment. Skating could shift in another direction at the blink of an eye but Tony will continue to follow his own path. I’m not saying he won’t evolve or change. That is clearly not the case. He still moves forward but, his agenda is his own. How can you argue with that?
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Like I said, painful.
I watched somebody recently make a commitment to not drink. They had a moment of clarity and that locked them down. I wonder if the commitment is eating them up inside. I wonder if this is brutally painful.
A trailer recently surface for the documentary 'That's Life' focusing on the lives and history of Duane Peters and Corey Parks. It briefly looks at their lives and Duane's struggle to get sober. I don't know Duane Peters. I've seen a few of his shows and I finally got to see him skate this year at the Pro-Tec Pool Party. During a run DP had a layback that all but looked like imminent death was approaching. However, he pulled it back into the bowl. He was so heavily committed to his line the trick was an after thought. There was no way he could not make it. By the time I scraped my jaw off the floor and jabbering to my friend show amazing that was two more skaters had passed. Commit, persevere and see it through. That's fucking awesome whether it's skating or sobriety.
Wow, pretty dramatic lead up right? I must have some wicked hotas Kelly Slaters' girlfriends news. No, well, maybe. Truth is I don't know.
I received an interesting bit of information. Now, before the barrage of questions starts forming let me tell you what I don't know about the Quiksilver "pac-man" phone. I don't know if this is old or new. I don't know if this is a co-brand with boost. I don't know if Quiksilver is starting up their own mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) to push out of their retail stores.
For all I know this could be old news. Here's what I do know. This phone is pretty hideous looking and not so functional. The thing I can't get past is how this will functional and be stable. It appears they want to go after the iPhone but with a design that is even more unique. In other words ... I'm not feeling it. My best guess is that this is a licensing initiative from across the pond in Europe. The fact that euros are light years ahead of us in cell technology and service is no small secret. Getting a Quik branded phone out in Europe should be as easy as buying a Quik t-shirt in the states.
If you look closely enough it appears to be non-US specs on the sheets. Honestly, though. can't really tell.
Now, the next question is ...why do I hope this is real for the United States? Well, OK, the design isn't good but the idea, in terms of innovation, is somewhat disruptive. When things like this happen change soon follows. That is a good thing.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Now to bring everybody up to speed here’s the back story. Catalyst Skateboards is a newer brand being done out of Washington DC by Keir Johnson. Originally begun by Joe McDonald, owner of Pennswood Manufacturing outside of Pittsburgh, PA, Catalyst has undergone a new identity in the last 2 years or so.
So far things have been going well for the small brand, who's done out of the same shop as Ricky Oyola's Traffic Skateboards. "Ricky has always been a huge inspiration to me, when he started working with us at Pennswood, it really made me look at doing a skate brand a different way. I highly respect his worth ethic, and he, more than anybody else, is the perfect guy to try to pull off doing an east coast brand actually on the east" Keir said. "My vision with Catalyst is to offer the D.C. region its own branding identity through skating, I was very influenced by Capital Skateboards back in the 90's and I feel with Catalyst I can help continue that theme, as well as break into new ground. I'm very into throwing events and brining outside skate culture into DC. Now that we've got a few shops going in the city things are really starting to pick up!"
With the release of Catalyst's new Chocolate City All Stars series, the brand pays homage to 4 of DC's greatest legends, Andy Stone, Brian Tucci, Jake Rupp and John Igei. Lest we mention the series has a great name copped honoring an amazing album from a mind blowing musician? With a visage of the familiar D.C. city skyline and a likeness of the local gracing the deck, the focus on aesthetic bleeds from the wood grain. It’s then that Keir gives up the name of the guilty artistic party and drops that the series was done by Alex Vallcorba.
Gradually, the conversation shifts to the future of catalyst. With a New Year now less than a few months away Keir has bigger plans. The sights set on 2008 focus on gaining domestic and international distribution, continue demos - touring schedule and assembling a nice package of products. When the mention of video comes up Keir simply nods his head and it appears, at minimum, production has already begun.
Catalyst is becoming more and more of a staple of east coast skateboarding. While The current team consists of DC OG's Alex Hansen and owner/skater Keir Johnson, current SF resident Danny Gotimer and the two new am's Brendan Cathcart and Jeremy Murray. But for now, Keir is still selling boards out of the trunk of his car and working towards that next step. With their small and solid team, Catalyst is strong on not just promoting their brand but skateboarding as a whole.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
The Dunk High
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Zoo York Goes to China
Zoo is off in the Far East destroying spots new and old. I'm sure they are making tons of new friends and fans out of our eastern skating brothers. Greg W. at Zoo tipped me off to some photos and footage. Per his suggestion I followed a link down the "internets" and was rewarded with an amazing shot of Zered Basset.
Need more? Well, enjoy the footy.
Get Well Soon Omar
Here's footage from the incident where Omar whacked his head.
OK, let's take a minute to reflect on this.
Omar took this hit.
Omar didn't freak out.
Omar returned to the comp from the hospital after getting stitched up and claimed his award.
Omar is a very bad man. I mean that in a good way. Dig?
Templeton Elliot Visits D.C.
No real news here but Skateboard Mag blogger and mastermind behind Mostly Skateboarding was in town for the Static 3 premiere. I couldn't make the event I was busy trying to stay awake. Being a Dad is awesome 105% of the time.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Update: Brink had photo evidence. Be warned: it's not pretty.
I did. I managed to saver about $900 in plane tickets and hotel rooms through the power of the "internets". But, I digress, lets talk about the webcast and all it's HD glory. Holy crap, it was little slice of awesome. None of that rebuffering crap. Just straight up skating with only a minor delay. 411 and vans were on top of it. Both the comp and the HD webcast. I have to say. I really enjoyed it all. A quick recap for those of you playing along at home here’s a break down of the best performances of the day and of course pictures go first before numbers ....
I got equal parts Zero and Toy Machine here. I got a Sandoval, a Marks and a Harmony...
Quien es mas macho... ? Rick McCrack mas macho!
Mike Mo off the Girl Gone Gonz Gap
Cervantes and the tre flip...
Is that Johnny Layton? Is that a Melon? Did Creature recreate Lord Helmet from 'Spaceballs' ?
On with the numbers!
Creature’s The Darkest Passage into the Depths of Doom and Despair
1. Tyler Mumma (Black Label) - $2,500
2. Tony Cervantes (Zero) - $1,500
3. Al Partanen (Creature) - $1,000
Foundation’s Former World’s Biggest Skateboard
1. Tommy Sandoval (Zero) - $2,500
2. Johnny Layton (Toy Machine) - $1,500
3. Rick McCrank (Girl) - $1,000
Girl’s Girl Gonz Wild
1. Billy Marks (Toy Machine) - $2,500
2. Mike Mo Capaldi (Girl) - $1,500
3. Sean Malto (Girl) - $1,000
Real’s Sacto Rebate -
1. Rick McCrank (Girl) - $2,500
2. Alex Olson (Girl) - $1,500
3. John Rattray (Zero) - $1,000
Top Am Performance – Alex Olson (Girl) - $5,000
Top Pro Performance – Rick McCrank (Girl) - $10,000
Overall Team Winner – Zero ($30,000), Toy Machine 2nd ($15,000), Girl 3rd
If you missed the webcast he Vans Downtown Showdown will air on December 24 at 8 pm EST/PST on the FUEL action sports network.
Friday, October 12, 2007
The name alone actually conjours a vibe of the old skate comps and this one is pretty unique in my book. The Vans DownTown ShowDown. Yup, just saying it actually makes me smile, a solid company giving back to skating. Why do I like it so much? Well, I'm Glad you asked that very question. You are pretty much guaranteed to find weird obstacles to skate. The comp breaks the trend and bucks a little bit of the norm but still manage to put up some highly skateable terrain.
This year Vans upped the ante and offered up a design contest for user submitted terrain. So one lucky auto-cad knucklehead should have their obstacle along with features designed by a few skate teams you might have heard of: Girl, Creature, Foundation and Real. Actually, the lucky winner will not just get shop and drafting class bragging rights but they'll also get an exact replica of their obstacle built where ever they want. I know.... I should have submitted my "mullet man pool coping wave ride."
Speaking of obstacles here are the rumored company obstacles:
Creature: The Darkest Passage Into The Depths Of Doom and Despair
Girl: Girl Gonz Wild (a replica of the Gonz Gap at EMB back in the day)
Foundation: Former World's Biggest Skateboard
Real: Sacto Rebate
On top of the terrain comp Vans is going to be webcasting and running give aways through the competition. There are more moving pieces of this everyday. So, why all it the blather? Simple, this is worth watching. I have yet to find good footage other than from the webcast but then again I am also not in the Hollywood skater elite. Peep the competition on October 13th. You won't be disappointed. If you can't make the competition do not sweat it...it will all be on Fuel TV in the coming months.
Coming on the Heels of 'Tony Hawk's Proving Ground' is Dustin Dollin's Limited Edition DD-66. Last year Vans dropped a custom Tony Hawk's Project 8 No Skool. Now while the shoes might not give you the same wild man bravado as DD you will get a code code to unlock the shoes in the THPG and slap them on your character. Another highlight of the game... guess where you can skate? That's right, The DownTown ShowDown is included as a level. See how it's all coming together? It's like Vans planned this from day one. Good time
VANS Taka Pack
Finally bringing up the middle for this uber long update is the Vans X Taka Hayashi Skate Pack. This month, Vans has a special pack coming out with Hayashi's art emblazoned on their newest styles, the Rowley Shambles, AV Sk8-Low, the DD-66 and the TNT III Slip-On, as well as four t-shirt styles.
AND Finally: Vans Opens Their New Doors
I've never worked for a skate company directly. there's really no direct knowledge and I'd like to think every day is fun. Maybe it's a challenge but you have to enjoy who you are working for.So when Vans opened their new doors I figured why not let you see it with your own eyes. OK, why read my gibberish when a picture is worth a thousand words?
Vans should be easier to find these days. Real easy. Actually a pretty cool exterior if I think about the crappy places I worked in the past.
Yeah and this would be the interior. Splurging on dimmer switches I see.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Branson, Missouri Prepares a Skate Ban
The fine folks down in MO aren't so down with the skateboarding. Apparently a few
skaters have been making use of their available resources and putting skateable assets to good use. I don't call that reckless I call that maximizing use of public
space. Looks like the County Alderman are going to laying down the dreaded "no skating" law.
My thought is this: so we don't end up with another over zealous law enforcement officer like the cop in Hot Springs AR. You remember him right? Please tell me you remember Officer Joey bag of donuts who put several kids in headlocks because they upset his temper. Here's a scary thought: that man carries a gun. OK, I digress. Lets make sure our buddies down in Branson at least have the voice of skating behind them.
Feel free to call the Mayor or Police Chief. You see here's the great thing: when you become and elected official you are accountable for your actions and the actions of others. I highly recommend the following when you contact them:
1. Question the motives and options in this ban. If you ban skating then where will they skate? Is the public park open around the clock? is it free for public use?
2. Please define how skating become illegal downtown. Does this outlaw tricks? skating from point A to point B. All of the above? At the bare minimum outline the new rules.
3. If somebody is ticketed for skating treat them with respect and decency. Bottom line: don't be an ass. Just because somebody is on a skateboard they could be a future doctor, lawyer or CEO and believe me ... karma is a motherfucker.
Branson, MO Chief of Police
Branson, MO Mayor
OK, I turn the power of e-mail and speed dial over to you and remember 'Roadhouse' rules ... Be Nice.
Don't start your nursery rhymes just yet. It's the second ABC Montage from theforgottencity.com. Filmed by Allen Danze, Bradley Rosado, & Charlie Church. D.C. street skating at its' finest. enjoy
Zach Lyons Firecrackin
Olympics Minus Skateboarding Equals 2012
Chris over at skatedaily.net has a nice little wrap up going on in regard to skating not being included in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Well, this would have more than likely been a nice feather in NBC's cap. Dick Ebersol continues to drive towards 2012 as it is openly referred to as the all-english (language/travel/broadcast ratings etc) Olympics. Adding skateboarding would have been a nice reason for lots of Americans to tune in and watch skating get its Olympic cherry popped. But, there was really no way to shoe horn it in and I can all but guarantee it would have been the same debacle snowboarding was in 1998 at Nagano. Get the full scoop from the UK's Evening Standard.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
First up was to get transportation straight. Knowing I had a few blocks to cover quickly I grabbed the 202 deck and made for the door. That's when the heckling began.
"Hey 1987 called and they want their skateboard back."
"Animal Chin said he'd meet you at the Rosslyn metro."
"You better hurry up Doc Brown and Marty McFly are gassing up the DeLorean."
For the record, this was my wife heckling me and she might know a little too much about skating. I'm not so comfortable anymore but that's my issue to deal with. So I bailed amidst the catcalling.
After a quick train ride and skate over Key Bridge I was right there in the heart of Georgetown, Washington D.C. First off ,the people watching in Georgetown is amazing from the ultra-prepped out quad-collar popped University douchebags to the Euro's smoking more than a perp in the interrogation room. Simply put: it's cultural anarchy. With so much foot traffic and commerce clashing while classes intermingle on the red brick sidewalks. After watching the legiosn make their way down commerce central I hit up the brick quarts. I still have zippy on blunts ... so much for skating into my 40's. Time to suck less at life and skate more.
After skating a few blocks through traffic I rolled up to my destination: Kickballers DC. Kickballers DC wraps it up really neat on their site:
"Kickballers is a high grade retail shop, specializing in apparel, sneakers, skateboards, designer toys, luggage, jewelry and accessories. Our Washington, D.C. location is designed to help conceptualize our focus — a new home for playful adults and cutting edge fashion in the Georgetown shopping district."
What I was really digging about Kickballers was the strong skate focus. DGK decks on the wall, etnies, Vans and some more unique skate brands are made availble. On top of that is their strong desire to bring in more skate brands. One of the partners onsite Carlo is in the head space of wanting to pay his dues and bring in more brands.
So why is this good for skating? well, Kickballers is thinking about getting into the contest/demo/jam scene and those events plus having accessible skate shops grow a local scene stronger than any video game ever could. I'm stoked they are here and if you are ever in D.C. check them out.
You can find them at:
3285 1/2 M St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
or just hit up their website: Kickballersdc.com
As always, support your local skate shop.