Sunday, August 31, 2008
Adam Turrisi was there with a few cameras to capture Jason's attempts. The resulting effect was Choi getting bucked Jake Brown style with his shoes flying off. Bobby Worrest is another local who came close. So it makes you think ... who will get the job done?
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Oh, how I loathe that Smarmy Alex Trebek. With his weeeee beady eyes and "I'm so smart and Canadian" attitude. Seriously, hosting a TV show doesn't make you smart. The re population of low brow culture with touch of society...that makes you smart!. Oh how I love the Simpson's. The picturesin the last skatebook was just shy of brilliant. Now IASC and Skatebook are teaming up to sell off the prints from Bart's "famous spots" adventure in the latest Skate book. Check out the flyerto the right and go buy that shit son!
Ballard, Salman, hook a blogger up!
Rarely, if ever, will I call something out for it's general weirdness or straight up goofy factor but this has to be mentioned. This video has been making it's way around from the Slap message boards to the blogs that matter like Skate Daily and You Will Soon. So now along with skater, radio host, actor, director, sex tape star and TV Host Bam Margera can add European commercial star to his title. You'll have to make your way to Finland to find out what they are actually advertising when you get back let me know.
Before anybody cries sell out lets celebrate the glory of just how weird this video is. We have Bam as some type of angel or Christ figure, a grim reaper figure and they are clearly playing a high stakes game of tic-tac-toe. I can see the pitch meeting now:
Wacky director #1 "Should we have the angel be the o. Maybe his motivation is to be X?"
Wacky director #2 "Of course he should be an O. The product is shaped like an O!"
Some where along the way Bam loses his arms to the reaper and then pulls out some Hong Kong Kung Fu high wire back flip to win the game, walk on water and then surf the open sea. I can't make this stuff up. Now, it's no secret that actors do commercials in Europe and Asia all the time because lets be honest if somebody is offering you 5 million to shill soda pop in Taiwan. ...you're going to take it. Only recently has this been bleeding over to action sports. That's right Bam isn't alone. Danny Kass Stepped up for Budweiser at one point in time...check the ads below...
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Upon rolling up to Palace 5ive early in the evening I was greeted by the familiar sounds of skating. Greg and the guys pulled together a night that provided plenty of good times. The crew had a flat bar and launch set up. later the Red Bull Jersey barrier came out and as the movie was set to roll. There might have been a back tail, there might have been a try at a front board but there were certainly a lot of sacked attempts. Everybody was well fueled on Red Bull, fried chicken and of course ... D.C.'s very own Mumbo sauce. Eventually the silver bullet came out courtesy of a certain store on Florida Avenue. Hand offs of the adult juice boxes were made to Bobby Worrest and few others enjoying the location. Finally after all the giant women who were screaming about skaters getting served in their "hood" were cleared from the parking lot it was time for a movie.
Let me paint you a quick picture: one white bed sheet supported on a brick wall by two wooden boards. Yep, it's 2008 and we're getting hi tech in D.C. But, when your premier is in a parking lot you take what you can get. The PA was hooked up and the movie projected from the back of pickup. First up the was 29Films next installment of behind the Griptape: Van Wastell. Between the shots, the lullaby from hell, Rick Rattler and an amazing lack of nudity. All I can say is go to 29Films.com and check it out. Perhapses (yes I wrote perhapses) Rory will get around to posting it over the next few days. Needless to say it was classic and chock full of good times. There might be some actual skating in there that will make you scream like a 14 year old girl.
Finally, the opening sequence and Angelo Lee opens it up with some amazing sequences. While Zach Lyons only had a quick trick in there Daniel Kim closed down the video and while hanging out with a pretty blonde lolly-dolly on his arm Zach confessed that Daniel's ender was his highlight. I gotta Agree with Zach, Daniel has style for days and it was nice to enjoy the serene scene with the Chocolate City landscape showcasing some amazing skating. More must sees are Shaun Gregoire, Brendan Cathcart and Wes Bell all dropped amazing parts. I wasn't let down. Seeing something new blew me my mind just a little bit that night and like all great videos, it just made you want to go skate. The crowd stuck around to watch the video a second time through. Some cold drinks, a cool breeze and the soothing sounds of bustling D.C. nightlife made it for an experience that's not easily forgotten.Back to the topic at hand: youth not being wasted on the young. Standing in a crowded lot of skaters, boozers, bums, sneakerheads and fixed gear nerds was fairly new. Being in hibernation for 30 months plays tricks on the mind and it's easy to get jaded. Thank god these young'uns coming on the heels of the latest skate rising plan on killing it, getting it done and doing it DIY if necessary. Good looking out Palace 5ive. Now when's the next video dropping because Daniel's part is already on the youtubes...
Sunday, August 24, 2008
The Burton Hero and Lip Stick Shop series decks
The ConDOM, HERO and Lipstick. The ConDOM comes with Burton's Freebase and the Lip-Stick come swith Burton's new v-rocker. The HERO has both. Technical Mumbo jumbo at the end. Giddyup.
Don't act like you wouldn't crusha root beer flaot right now. You know this.
Jason Adams enjoys the high life.
See, Braydon enjoy Playboy and fine American Beverages just like you.Maybe I shouldn't have given Bobby that silver bullet outside of Florida liquors.
Adelmo and Zach, high on life at Woodward.
Danke O'Dell, Rodent, Gareth, Tappers & Lambert
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Friday, August 22, 2008
So what's next? What happens now? Well, the answer is simple really. Retailers will sit on lots of gear until it goes stale and eventually they decide to mark it down. Another option is they can extend sales and try to drive feet in the door while pushing product out. The smart ones will have purchased accordingly in their due dilligence they forecasted correctly. The consumer side will be a bit different. Consumers now are going to flock to the web looking for free shipping and already reduced markdowns. This is where we get to the heart of this post. Where are you buying online? After doing a little sniffing around It's safe to say that most tractions are coming from a few areas. We'll call them the big three, no four!. I think it's worth while talking about them because honestly...nobody else is. That being said if this is where you all are spending your money then it should be discussed. What does this mean to the core skateshop . Not a whole lot but the game is changing and if you want to stay in business you better figure out how your customer base is changing as well. Now lets look at who's doing what out there in interweb land to keep the people geared up for less.
Skate Park of Tampa
Now, I'm not just saying this but "I heart Skate Park of Tampa". Now that we have my unprofessional bias out of the way lets talk about how smart they are. Not only do these guys use the web to show off photos of all the great places they get to go as part of SPoTlight productions but they use it to push merchandise non stop. For their back to school sale they simply pulled together the most discounted stuff in the list and pushed that out to their front page. Considering they get more traffic than god how do you think their sell through rate went? I'd say it was probably pretty fucking good. Lesson to all you core shops: Get an e-commerce system up and running. If you are not selling online then you are an idiot. Who cares if a kid in Nebraska buys your Huntington Beach shop shirt. You just made a sale. All you penny pinchers. Check the link.
OK, in the past week I've found several retailers who are selling through ebay stores. Also, all the f*cking sneaker heads must have had two year adjustable rate mortgages because there is some non stop sneaker dumping going on. I'm not sure who needs cash this fast. Nobody I know but, there has been a clearing house going on for Nike SB, Lakai and a few other brands over on the bay. If you are in need of new shoes this should be your first stop.
Backcountry, Dogfunk, Tramdock, Steep and Cheap, Whiskey Militia
Oh you silly funny Park City folk. I have no clue how this company is set up on the inside all I know is there have been a few purchases made on my part where these guys had to be losing money. On Any given day you can be surfing these sites and manage to find something priced a little bit too low.Vox Hewitts for $18 on Whiskey Militia or Steep and Cheap? Sure. Lakai's for $28 on backcountryoutlet.com ... hey why not. Funny, Lakai won't open my buddies shop but they sell their "core" shoes to backcountry.com. Totally core bro. Totally. Oh by the way that blinding white flash was sarcasm. But really, being very honest I love the fact that these guys a e out there.
Have a vendetta against anybody who is too core for school well...just buy here. later you can laugh when they're bragging about how they just paid $30 over MSRP at the local boutique shop. The best reason though is these guys can hook it up if you are really on tight budget. Bottom line the companies listed below are doing all of us with less dollars a big favor.
People can bash Shuan White till the end of time but I say "good for him" on going into Target. It's affordable, it's everywhere and hey if Shaun is getting paid that's fine by me. Maybe one day 'Blargin' will pay as good as being Shaun White. Not likely.
So what's the point here? My point is this: the economy sucks right now. Sure, it would be nice if all the companies out there selling product that support actions sports and lifestyle could get paid. But, gasoline is still near $4 a gallon, the price of food has gone up and the job market is shrinking. That doesn't mean you can't make your dollar work for you in a weak economy. That type of attitude will get you nothing but a van down by the river. Rough economic times are always interesting because those companies who are resourceful rise to the top and those who are not.... well, they never really mattered anyway now do they? Consumers will migrate to the best deal. So, as you head back to school or to work or to where ever you spend your day the information to tackle the crap-conomy head on is now in your hands. Dig it.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Really, skating isn't brain surgery and we aren't curing cancer. Most everybody who skates either identifies with what skating represents, they do it for fun or a combo of the two. When I see amazing skating ... I get excited. I want to tell that person. I actually appreciate what they just did. Occasionally you get to do this with soem fo the best skaters out there. I'll side with Watson on this one how can you not get exited. Plus you end up with photos of Koston like this.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Not the case with the Vans X In4mation Half Cab. Taking denim and giving it an inside/outside treatment, splashes of herringbone and it's all grounded with the gum sole really takes a classic and gives it a new feel. I actually ma having a hard time trying to remember if anybody has cut this shoe before. I'm happy to be wrong but lets not mince words. This half Cab is just unique, clean and fresher than a four pack of spitfire F1's fresh out foof the wrapper.
Stay tuned...Emerica and Etnies Spring '09 are coming next.
Hints, rumors and allegations have all been pointing to this film finally dropping. Sure, 'Ride the Sky' owned this summer from a hype standpoint. But, The last time a video came out of D.C.it was Chris Hall's 'Get Fam' and that video might not have introduced the world to Darren Harper and Bobby Worrest but it certainly reminded everybody that skate talent extends beyond New York, San Diego and Los Angeles. So it'll be exciting to see what's on film read the world from the Palace 5ive crew and start blocking off your schedule.
We're doing this one a little differently than we've done other
premieres. This time we're doing it extra big. We'll be grilling and
skating in the parking lot next door to Palace 5ive around 6PM. We're
going to have the Red Bull Jersey Barrier and some other stuff to
skate. Red Bull will be there again, & Palace 5ive's going to be
grilling some food for you as well.
THEN when the sun sets the party's
really gonna get started! Starting at 9PM we're going to have not one
but two World Premiere's for you. First up DLXSF & TWONINE Films
are bringing you the premiere of "Van Wastel's Behind The Griptape."
Then on to our main event for the evening, The World Premiere of Elite
Boardshop & Palace 5ive's first video offering "Mumbo Sauce."
is going to be one for the record books kids! Truly a once in a
lifetime event! Palace5ive will be closed during the premiere, but we
will re-open afterwards to sell the video. We're really excited about
this, and we hope you can all make it out to Palace 5ive.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Enough of that crap though I'll stick to my original story. Blarghin' ain't paying the big bucks so we'll call this a choice of financial serenity. While I might not have got to the places I need to get to I assure you the information is coming. In the meantime you'll have to settle for Napoleon Bonaparte who was sent by Plan B to attend all these f*ckin' awesome events I did not get to attend. yes, that is somebody dressed up as Napoleon.
The record breaking clip posting goes to the iPhone wielding heads over at the Know Skateboarding Project. These guys managed to sneak out three Banks Jam clips and as always it looks amazing. Aside from watching these guys skate you can see just about every other person has an amazing video camera so I'm sure more footage will surface in the coming hours.
On the other hand I did manage to roll out west ward here in the Old Dominion for one of those fancy Krux kickflip challenges. the highlight? Stephen Jefferson dropping 107 kickflips in about the same time it takes me to land 10. This is where the satisfaction of tracking the locally grown skating comes in. Stephen was effortless and had miles of style to boot. All the other contestants: Dylan Anderson, Austin Stephens, and the kid skating for convoy who I am blanking on ... they are all on the come up. Solid all the way around and all your industry heads out there should keep your eyes open.
So New York City I'll see you in September. More to come ...
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Birdwell Britches is an old brand of boardshorts. every few years, Esquire or Outdoor life makes their list of 50 things every guy should own and these classic board shorts make the cut along side brands like Zippo lighters, a flask with your name on it and Blundstone boots. Think of the list as a more outdoorsy version of the Sharper Image. Do you need any of it? No. does the premise trade on the reputation of solid brands for many years to create credibility? Yes. Which is why I was confused at the customer service behavior service of Birdwell Britches. One would think that a simple: "please resubmit your order" would be fine. On the other hand if I were the customer I would have walked away and got something a bit more functional and how shall we say ... "updated". You can go out and buy anything that hasn't been updated in many years but that doesn't mean you're going to enjoy it. In looking at skateboards and snowboards from the 80's I certainly enjoy their graphics but compared to what's available today they pale in comparison. Unless you're one of the Daggers. Regardless, Birdwell Britches should realize that at minimum putting a couple hundred bucks into their website to make life easier for everybody (including themselves) wouldn't hurt. Sounds like this is a common occurrence.
I can't do the full thread justice but I have this down as recommended reading for your Wednesday afternoon. Trust me ... comedy will ensue.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
This photo of Eric Koston getting dunked on by Kobe.
Yeah so Eric told me..."get Kobe in the picture" and then proceeded to bust out the pose. Yep, some people keep skating and life fun. Thanks Eric and sorry I dropped a Celtics reference or twelve.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I was sleeping under a rock for the first part of the summer and so busy writing for a few different companies that I never got to make it down to Duke St. in Alexandria when Zach Lyons and the Organika Tour rolled through on their build a nation tour. Lucky for me these guys are on it and I can catch up on what I missed out on by heading on over to the You Tubes ... it's on. I remember the week they were rolling through and hot it wasn't just hot but flat out oppressive it was like the Heat Miser was shoving you back into a house that had air conditioning when all you wanted was some freshy air. With all of Organika roots movement vibe and exceptional team is Organkia the new elements and does that make Zach the new Reese? Just sayin ...
Finally, after reading about it on TheForgottenCity.com for months it's about to premier. Mark your calendars and save the date... Mumbo sauce is dropping on 8/23/08. Festivities begin at 6 pm over at Palace 5 and the film goes on not to long after. All the important details are on the promo. What's even better? You're going to catch the premier of the Van Wastell Behind the Griptape. Rory Sheridan is back at.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
and in the words of my man Hitch...
"Free Tibet Bitches!"
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This release was pretty interesting a massive chunk of the production run went straight to Ubiq and of course they sold out. The best part of it all? ?uestlove picked up the tab on the last five pairs of shoes. Admit it. Who cares about the shoes. The guy does a collab. He attaches his name to a product. Shows up to promote it and make it a memorable event for everybody willing to put their hard earned dollars into it. then throws down his own money for the last five people in line. yeah, bad ass. Read all about it over here on the Ubiq site.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Everything else can be found right here....same bat location. Now, I give you a random Shaun White commercial.