Thursday, August 21, 2014

Chris Head's not a racist....but I may be. I'm still looking into it.


I went to eat at a Hibachi kinda restaurant where they have these Japanese dudes cook your food at the table. The restaurant had all the decor, waitresses, door greeters, Saki and food that you would stereotype Japan with. The dude came out to cook the food with the whole "O hai. I maka yu fewd" kinda shit. "O japaneze fiyah woks" And all that jazz. 
....Of course a bunch of white people, my family included, clapping hands and exclaiming "Yea! Yea! Look Kingston, look!". We paid up and left. I thought for a second at what a show these places always are and thought.....wait a damn minute. These dudes dress up and do they're song and dance as a stereotypical Japanese thing and we sit there and laugh at the funny accent. We clapped our hands when they say "O wook, japanese fiyah twuk. Woo-uh. Woo-uh." We drink Saki bombs. We ask them to tie up chopsticks so my 5 year old can have "the experience" of Japanese dining. 
....Of all the PC bullshit in the world today, no one's made a stand or remark about this?! It's not like I give a shit, if people wanna blow out their perceived stereotypes, let 'em. 
...If you were to glance at this picture of Chris Head, you wouldn't assume it was him. He's not doing a 180 nosegrind or a noseblunt. It's a steep banked nollie. Break out of your stereotype dudes. Don't keep asking the people in your life, "yu won fwie wice?" 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bell.....



...A very proper edit of some of the rad that the Bell South Building has put out over the years. The energy that you get from being there is unexplainable. It wasn't made for skating and I salute whoever the architect is that created this amazing plaza. These shirts were created based off the last 20 year relationship that I've personally had with my favorite skate spot. 5 minutes or 2 hours, Bell is an incredible hit.
....John Willis came through with the edit.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Barker....



Truly one of my favs from my youth. I never really saw videos(excluding Now-N-Later) or too many magazine pics from my isolation in Jones County, but I knew of him through my Woodward visits. I was lucky enough to sneak into his and some other really insane mini ramp rippers while I was just a knee pad, helmet and hip pads kid with no good reason to be in there with them. But it was remarkable. It was definitely thought process altering in regard to skateboard riding. After those couple of years at camp, I would see things here and there. Slap Mag stuff mostly. But I'd wish to see it in person, just once more. It's that fuggin' awesome. I got to hang with him briefly at a bar in Tampa while I was with the Hazard crew in the early-mid 2000's and it was like meeting a superhero. After that, he had stuff in that Ipath Promo vid which was killer.....but yeah. This is sick. I've watched this probably 20 times. 
...I'm in the same mindset of Chad Kramer that I am with Barker....so I'm a start praying for that dude to put his feet on a skateboard and onto a transitional surface because, wow, that MF'er is amazing too.
...Oh, throw Wilburn in there. Chad Vogt. Matt Dove. Shit, Sterling Ruby! Ok, I'm losing focus.....BARKER BARRETT!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bell Tees....

Former namesBellSouth Building
Southern Bell Telephone Building
General information
Location675 W Peachtree St NW
AtlantaGA 30308
Coordinates33.77268°N 84.38692°W
Completed1980
Height
Roof206.4 m (677 ft)
Technical details
Floor count47
Design and construction
ArchitectSkidmore, Owings & Merrill
FABRAP
EngineerWeidlinger Associates

.....http://benderhardware.bigcartel.com/

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Backyerders.....



....If you know of one, get there. If you don't have one, start saving. If you've never ridden one, you're blowin' it. Backyard ramps are the best. In an era where almost every town has a skatepark, they also have rules, scooters, criddlers and dorks. Get out in your bud's backyard and you're there til the neighbors complain. In the southeast, there's always been a ramp of some degree going. This one is David Whitney's. EAV.
Scott Wagoner film/edit
Bender amigos ride skateboards.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Chris Thiessen?


.....Yeah, that little kid from Dacula with the smoothest handrail style I've seen, excluding Arto and Kirchart.He was up at the Vans Park at the Mall of Georgia a lot. Hurt his ankles, started focusing on filming. Did it okay at first. Got a lil better as time went on. The Meanwhile vid he made was pretty damn good. Kept going with it and picked up a lil gig at TWS after moving to California. Kept pushing more with that and his first full on "his" video with TWS will be Outliers. It will be good. Chris is f-ing awesome. Stoked to read this interview with him about all sorts of stuff. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ruin....



....These dudes rip! I'm glad I get to be around all this creativity. Good one John, Matt and Drew!!