Monday, September 29, 2008
Assuming the Gonz is looking at new mediums this is kinda interesting. lets ponder the influence this can and may have on snowboarders. Take a brief minute and look through this lens: if a young shredder explores the world of Gonz ala' the artistic history and innovation on skateboard we may have a new set of influences falling upon the young. A desire to do something new, a different vision or a mixture of the two could be a catalyst for snowboardings next step. If it starts with a collaboration between an artist an glove company ...I'm cool with that. At the end of the day a Gonz collab product is cool but the possibilities to create a sphere of influence...that's pretty fucking rad.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
I was pretty pleased to hear about Vans giving Jeff a shoe in the form of a skate low and a skate high with some classic designs courtesy of Jimbo Phillips awhile back. What I didn't have a full grasp of was how rough he let life get. Over in a recent Skateboard mag Grosso recounts his battle with addiction and how his life has taken a turn for the better. Over on Thrasher's Burnout they recounted Jeff's good fortune with Vans with a bit of ramp jam. From skaters who had classic Grosso graphics to legends like Lance Mountain showing up to hang out you can see the loyalty continues. Gross continues to stack up backers and the latest comes in the form of rising clothing company Atwater. Again, respect for his past accomplishments and the foresight to know he has years of good skating left in him put Atwater in a place where they can now back the Mothra. Nice to see new blood in the market watching out for our own.
With this past weekend having been all-day Vans programming on Fuel TV I caught the Pro-Tec pool party special again. Having been there it was bit weird to watch it sliced and diced. The event was also weird because Jeff couldn't skate and he was visibly bummed. I managed to catch few minutes with him and we talked for a bit. Humble, quiet, but there was a little bit of something different lurking. You could tell he'd rather be out there skating than talking with some hack writer wanna be like me. I can't blame him. Hopefully next year he won't have the time and will be back in the Combi. Here's to hoping the darker days are left behind us while looking forward to better things to come for skateboarding and skaters everywhere...Including Jeff.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
I'm seeing more shoes left on shelves these days in the hurting economic climate. Nike SB as we all know manages to keep their core happy with a few releases and it looks like they are keeping it nimble and loose with the dunk low and high this month. Regarding, Lance Mountain he's getting more into the design side of things at SB and there's going to be some more exciting things coming in November. Hopefully, the Stecyk collab is just the start.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Finding the inspiration to go skate as you get older can be trying. Now, it's not that I don't want to go skate. Of course I "want to" but when faced with the litany of things you have to do (work, various chores, and...work) versus the things you want to do (kick it with the family, go skate, shoot the breeze with friends or something simple like read a book) there comes a time when you have to prioritize. Usually, skating falls down on the priority list because the bills don't pay themselves and being around the family is important. Lucky for me I get regular doses of inspiration to grab my deck, run out and work on something new. The latest of these came from Fuel TV's show 'Built to Shred'.
Yeah, I know conflict of interest sign up ahead. Blah freakin' blah. Here's the thing: I legitimately like watching 'Built to Shred' because it transports me back to being 14 years old and swiping wood from construction sites to build ramps. That was when skating (for me) was raw, pure and uninterrupted by adulthood. On the other hand Jeff King has found the perfect way to hype skatings DIY roots and make it pretty entertaining. I'll more than likely never have time to bust the high grade construction projects they perform on the show but I am getting some ideas. A few ghetto ramps may have started to appear on my block as we try to get some strange, wonderful and weird new features going. You see several neighbors are doing home renovation's and we've had plenty of supplies to use. Hey, if its there ... why not?
So long story short , at my ripe old age I need a kick in the pants at times. That's OK though probably a part of getting older. When I'm sitting behind the computer writing about skateboarding it never equals the joy of skateboarding. Watching skating on TV will never equal the fun of pushing along on a board to the next spot. But, when I get a little inspiration from a bearded builder like Jeff King it's a good thing. For more information on Built to Shred Check out Jeff King on Fuel TV's Daily Habit Monday September 22 and more importantly Built to Shred premiers September 28th on Fuel TV. Check your local listings so you can turn on, build out and drop in.
I wonder if I can get these guys to build a ramp in my backyard?
Friday, September 19, 2008
First up was the long rumored inclusion of Brian Wenning and Ryan Gallant onto the Circa roster via local Circa rep. OK, nothing shocking there but the best was the rumor on how Wenning got the boot from DC. Again, it's rumored that Wenning flipped out at some Zumiez/journeys type signing that his signature shoe wasn't in the store. Takes it to the point where he gets into it with some department store henchman and is removed from the scene and the DC team. The punchline is his contract stated his shoe was to not appear in any of those stores. or maybe it was Gallant...see it's all rumors and heresay. C'est la vie.
Oh if only it were true. You can't make this shit up.
The other things was the Berrics using Ning to drop their own little custom white label social network in the first part of the week ala MyBerrics.com. Ning is clever little DIY social network and group tool founded by Marc Andreesen of Netscape fame. Good for those who are into building groups. Think of it as meetup.com on steroids. Does the Berrics have enough traffic to warrant this? Sure, I'm guessing they do. After all the service is uber cheap. I'm still waiting for a buttery ass Monday widget for Facebook. I need some catsup sandwiches and soup to give out as gifts.
The other part in the path of Berrictacular dominance was the drop of the canteen. Yep, you can get your Berrics gear. I'll be honest I didn't see this coming but yeah, it's still kinda funny. I hope these guys take this shit as far as they can.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sir Ben Kingsley STOMPS into the shoes of Minor Threat's Ian MacKaye from Mean Magazine on Vimeo.
Moving on, last night Bob Burnquist sang 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' during their glorious seventh inning stretch. Now, I don't have anything against the mega ramp champ but Boil the Ocean clearly summed up his sucking the best. Even better is somebody trying to unload the Burnquist prize pack. A few things come to mind. yeah, why would anybody in Chicago give a crap about Burnquist. Know your audience for crying out loud.
Next up, they should have Will Ferrell imitate Hary Caray and just sing the Anthem all the time. Just pre record it and put it on the jumbotron. Seriously.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Things being what they are a premiere is more party than showing. It's inevitable that i am going to be rained out of skating in a few weeks so I'm saving my movie watching for those lean and mean months of mini ramp champin it inside. However, there were a few I'm sorry to have missed. But, we can pretty much sum them up right here, right now.
DC Shoe's Dude Cruise
Yeah, I know I never cover surfing and to be honest I'm a shitty surfer. But, I will talk about a movie that looks like more fun than a package a fire crackers and a tin can on a sleepy sunday afternoon. Factor in Dayne Reynolds, Ry Craike, Bruce Irons and a few others ... You got a nice way to spend the afternoon come September 12 when the movie drops.
Plus, what might be the best or worst coverage of the Dude Cruise Premiere event can only be provided by Miss Transworld surf. Hell ... I laughed.
That's It That's All
Now if you snowboard and I mean ...really snowboard vs. buying a full Burton kit and cruising around during apres hour I don't have to say too much about this flick. Many many months in production, hi-def wackyness that captures the mind and ability of Travis Rice applied in a new way. I should have just made my way down there but something tells me I'll be hitting the stop and lay button more than i did with 'Lame' a few years back.
Rome 'No Correct Way' & The BlueBird Movie
These two dropped on the night I flew in and certainly I was a wee bit bummed. Rome because for the sheer fact that they simply represent a good chunk of fun and lets not kid ourselves...their boards are amazing.
Bluebird, well why Bluebird? it looks like it was grainy and shot on a sketchy camera. Pretty much the antithesis of every movie as of late. Well, if your friends were some of the best riders in the world and you wanted to have fun...why not share all of that.
The Boned Age - Grenade
OK, let me sum up how the Grenade premiere more than likely went down. Imagine this being said with a Russian accent. it'll go down much smoother:
Grenade team shows up, makes fabulous party with Dingo making the hello love you faces at women's all over the discotheque and The Dannyest of Kass'es leading his Grenade army to jubilant victory on screen while double fisting bread sodas.
Sounds about right to me....
'Clay Marzo: Just Add water'
Now, finally one I really regret and have a bit of excitement behind. The Clay Marzo movie was showing on the night I left San Diego and Quiksilver really has something unique on their hands. Clay was diagnosed not to long ago with Asperger's which is a form of high functioning autism. Now, this essentially means crowds and large social settings cause a "shut down" scenario. The telling of his story isn't so we can watch and scrutinize Clay but so we can see how he moves beyond this and drives the point home with his board on a wave. really looking forward to it.
OK, so i spend most of my time skating but all of this is interesting to me. The same way snowboard movies have ripped ideas from Skate movies it's interesting to see if there's any visual cross pollination moving forward...bring on the flicks!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Fallen Mens Thong Dropping in 2009
Blazing another trend in skateboard innovation Fallen footwear is proud to announce the release of it's male thong line for Spring 2009. The Chief won't settle for anything but the best and this time around it's about controlling the right amount of "junk swing' while throwing down out on the road. After months of research and development the Fallen Family will rise above their waist line to keep it all in check.
Never sleeping on trends or innovation to take skating to another level the fallen Thong line will feature signature series from Tommy Sandoval in hemp, Billy Marks, Chris Cole and Jamie Thomas. Hesh and non-hesh models will be available to suit all skaters.
Jamie Thomas was unavailable for comment but can be seen walking the walk and rockin' the latest product. If it's good enough for the Chief it's good enough for you.
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Adam Kimmel presents: Claremont HD from adam kimmel on Vimeo.
Simply, from my point of view, that shit looks scary, fast and a wee bit gnarly. A few sites are pushing this out but I doubt they'd be down with the dudes who throw on leather and aero dynamic helmets.
Bottom line: Who gives a fuck. As long as everybody is having fun. Remember it's skateboarding but if cool is the currency and a lesiure suit an a hip photog attached to the video is what it takes to be cool then c'est la vie. I'll still with the thought that just being on a skateboard is fun and that in itself is all the cool guy points I need.
A return from
2008 has been the year that Transworld has made some interesting moves with its website and the crew from TW Business was no exception. Best video? Hands down: Adam Sullivan interviewing Rob Meronek from Skate Park of Tampa. But, seriously guys, next year keep the shirts on. You can check out all the videos over here.
#5 Transworld Goes Live!
#4 Ground and Pound Hits the Road
With the exception of Tapout gone are mixed martial arts scenesters. The past few years have been a strange blend of fighters and skaters. The vibe always gets a bit weird when you cruised back that way. Kind of like when you’d roll by the jocks in high school on your board. That was always a crap shoot of survival. But, they’ve been given their own side trade show and all is well!
#3 New Faces in New Places
Swinging by from Agenda this year was Stereo, Index Inx and straight outta Europe to
#2 “That’s a Good Idea”
Very few companies actually site down to innovate something new. But, they are out there: Nike 6.0 has dropped into the Nike ID line (stay tuned for South of the North customized sneakers) Etnies is bringing back some classic shoes but refreshing them with tech from the STI Lab. Dakine steps up to prove it has never taken its thinking cap off in terms of utility bag design and new products over on the bike side.
#1 Catching up with Friends!
Awwwwwwwwwww. Yeah, isn’t that nice I actually like the people I get to work with and this gives me the opportunity to put names to faces.
OK, huggy feel good crap aside it was a good show. Thank god the MMA meat heads are outta there. On the other hand there was some less than stellar products on dispaly as well. The good, the rad and the ugly coming at you over the next few days.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
"Would your adueince be interested in this?"
Well Cody if it has skateboarding, the creature team and allows me to put South of the Border in the title then the answer is yes...
On a different note how long until Sammy Baca gets another amazingly shity tattoo? Lets palce some bets on this.
In other Washington D.C. news TheForgottenCity.com is now being update over on Lurker Ave. So check out LurkerAve.com
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Bucky Lasek can't stop the clock from ticking every second of the day. Those seconds add up to years accumulated under his belt. Then again, if you find yourself with 20 plus years of skating in the form of battered knees and an undying love to still go skate you are one of two things: a lifer or a pro. We all know what a pro is, but a lifer is something else: A lifer just can't stop skating for the pure love and joy of it. You can throw Bucky into both those categories, and suddenly his twenty years on a board mean something beyond tricks and paychecks. Instead it's about the choices and the long road trip it's taken to get him to his current destination. When skateboarding is guiding your path, staying true to that choice becomes much easier.
Adding up all the parts of the past twenty years since debuting in Powell Peralta's Bones Brigade video "Public Domain" would mean compiling the skating done, the tricks landed, the injuries suffered, and – more importantly – the friendships made along the way. By now Bucky's beginnings on a skateboard are well known: After his childhood bike is stolen, his life on a skateboard begins. Simple, finite and easy. What comes next is the untold side of any story. The next four years are marked by continued progression, hundreds of hours of skating that eventually brought Bucky to a moment of meeting the Bones Brigade at a demo and then getting to skate with them later in the day on a monster of a Baltimore-area private ramp with tight transitions and big on vert, Bucky left a lasting impression on the Bones Brigade skaters, then the biggest names in skateboarding. Soon enough he was appearing alongside them in "Public Domain" as a fresh-faced 14 year-old.
Not long after Bucky's video debut, skateboarding was beginning to transition away from the glory days of vert skaters as rock stars as the accessibility of asphalt and concrete was underway and street skating became the way. When you love skating, though, you press on. Sponsors come and sponsors go and some of Bucky's sponsors walked away from him and other vert skaters, but he never walked away from skating. The choice was made to skate through the lean times: The choice of a skate lifer. Vert, pools, street, mini… whatever was around, Bucky took it on while others packed it in at that point in time and moved into "safer" territory. Bucky took a job at a body shop and kept skating. Years passed on the calendar and as skating continued to dry up something happened. Something that would take Bucky, and skateboarding, in a new direction.
The calendar turned to 1995 and the X Games appeared. With that one event vert skating came screaming back into the spotlight and would eventually make Bucky a superstar. Seven years had passed since his video debut, five of them as a pro skater. Sponsor issues left Bucky out of the first few X Games, and then injury sidelined Bucky for a little bit longer. Finally with a solid roster of sponsors and all healed up, Bucky rolled into San Francisco in 1999 to win the Gold at X Games Vert, followed by a series of wins in almost every major competition. The choice to persevere through a serious knee injury elevated Bucky. Was his focus on winning? The best bet is to say his focus remained where it always was: on the skating.
All one has to do is scan quickly through the large volume of video clips on the web to see that Bucky's skating transcends the flat wall of a half pipe. Amongst the barrage of progressive technical tricks in his "This Is My Element" part you can find Bucky laying waste to pools and bowls. The skating continues to speak for itself. The progressive look and feel of a street skater amplifying the tricks in speed and volume on a ramp is a site to see even if it's on Youtube. The skating you see before you in those moments is reconstituted from the street to ramps and transition. With a lingering injury Bucky makes the choice to bring his skating out in anyway possible.
Dropping in on the first Dew Action Sports Tour stop in 2008, Bucky was in homecoming mode. Competing in his hometown of Baltimore and surrounded by friends from the world of skating both on the ramp and in the crowd, Bucky brought it. On the pavement below, amongst the media and VIPs, electricity sparked through the crowd before his run as his friends, family, and a generation of skaters he inspired cheered on. Dropping in and clad in a familiar Baltimore Orioles jersey, Bucky pushed a little bit higher and farther than everybody else, bringing tricks never before seen in competition like a boneless frontside rodeo 540. Even from the sidelines it was clear Bucky was excited to be skating then and there. After 20 years on the clock, the calendar turning pages, Bucky was still making his choices, his every move screaming, "I'm going to skate and have fun doing it." No MTV Show, no signature clothing line, no video game bears his name, but he is still having the most fun skating: The lifer-turned-legend shows no sign of slowing.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Nike SB Dunk Mid Canvas/WhiteNike SB Zoom Tre A.D. Shock Orange/New Blue
Nike Sb Blazer Black/Cactus
Nike SB Dunk Mid Pro Black/Aqua Fuel
Monday, September 1, 2008
Braydon's pro shoe makes it's first appearance and the high top looks like a nice addition. I think it was Watson from You Will Soon who was calling out the resemblance to Reebok. The Hsu is back and several other notable shoes. Enjoy