...life's been ruling lately. 70 hour work weeks. no family time. no skate time. always look forward to these kind of months when our deadlines at work rule my sanity, patience and lively hood. i've been sucking at alot of things the last few weeks. i'm now trying to get around to mending the Bender neglect. here's some shit that may or may not be interesting. in no particular order.
......went to El Myr's anniversary party on saturday before heading over to see the Archers of Loaf show at the EARL. Archers was obviously amazing, but a surprising thing i saw was a band i've heard alot about. never been able to see them until saturday. gnar shit. drummer was the best. heavy bass lines. reminded me of old Black Flag. and damn if there doesn't need to be more of that attitude around. if you ever hear about a HAWKS show. gotta go.
......Alex Johnson said he wanted to be down and so it was dude shreds! BS Flip Guitar Center set? fo sho!
....that damn david Clark should be up in New York for the next few months living in the Quiksilver apt. filming for their vid. heard he shot some stuff in the Bender tee that may be an ad or something. also heard i'm gonna waste some money and make a D.Clark Bender coozie. in process.
......Dan's been rippin. paddin up too in the big ass bowl at the foundation park. credible sources say it's been ridiculous to see his progress. did he really say no to Drehobl and Lucky Bolts? i dunno, but i hope so.
.....Ben Hayes texts me to go skate, but i never respond. too depressing for me to admit "i can't cause...."
.....Reggie damn near died in Macon Ga a few weeks ago. turns out when he falls the concrete flexes. as most "normal humans" it's the opposite. (last few tricks in clip)
....bender dude Scott Wagoner made a Bender Commercial and i'm such a douche i didnt even post it on here!!!! blowin it. love this style of skating. miss being out with those dudes. empty atlanta streets. skatepark.
.....Cole frazier headin back to college up in Gainesville, Ga. leaving a gap in the Ruin shop but furthering his epic-ness of following his heart and not the crowd. good on ya!
....Santi's been out on some boats with Big Bob Boyd doing some deep sea fishing along with the crew of El Myr lately. seen a photo of his fish. damn!
.....somebody you know has a mega f'in part comin out soon with a 20,000 dollar Slayer song. we're stoked on him. but we can't afford for him to look at our bolts. this should secure a pretty epic situation in Tampa and later this year. although an argument broke out on the rigging of a major skate title between said dude and some other dude everyone loves. politics, bro. ruins the fun of it.
.....Shawn beeks made some super racist shirts. he'll be in atlanta next week. i believe Ruin carries most of his stuff, although this not only crosses lines of offensive, it pisses on them and then lights them on fire. i'll take two please!
.....someone messed up and took me for a professional skateboarder. i'm sorry for the disappointment. but i do have a board with my name on it.
....Burner's been M.I.A but believe he's been livin life to the fullest. workin, skatin and chillin....
Friday, July 8, 2011
...my favorite all time company. been a fan since i was a child. Alan and Karma. legends for my small town style. cruising my road, building slider bars and wedge ramps. street cones, dad's coolers, lawn chairs, etc....i threw it out in the driveway every day after school. had a wiped out 4' in the backyard. warped plywood and all. duct tape and street signs covered the holes until i could save half to re-ply it. when i first started seeing ads for Consolidated, you could write in, send a dollar for some stickers and even order the Daredevil wheels through the mail. saved the lunch money for a couple weeks to get them. i used to get handwritten letters from Birdo and Moish thanking me for supporting their gig. found some of their vids and also found a new religion. "this is what i am and how i feel too!", i remember. these guys started out with money from their back pocket and have survived for a long, long time. staying true to who they are, the love of skating and unshakeable beliefs. the absolute best. Consolidated Skateboards.
Posted by Jeremiah Babb at 6:02 PM
Sunday, July 3, 2011
...we're getting to the point in skateboarding that it's ridiculous. sure a million dollars to win a contest is rad. it's amazing. but you're gonna have to come to some terms with yourself and your love. you aren't going to be that dude. you aren't some contest monkey born and raised on skating. you found this when you were about 13 and gave it your all.
...of course, you should have been compensated for your time, dedication and support of this thing called skateboarding. but you were not. life caught up. college loans had to be re-paid, that rent is ALWAYS due and Ramen Noodles for dinner ended up sucking, somewhere along the road. we are here. they build big bowls for us to skate, yet most have never dropped in on vert, much less able to rip 7' concrete walls. a backyard mini was super rare and amazing to find, but that middle class family down the road could only afford a 4'er.
...there are millions of us out there struggling to find refuge in slashing some pool coping and falling into the traps of trends in skateboarding today. yet we always go home longing for something more. surely we aren't jumping down rails and 10 stairs as in days of yester year. what is it that we are looking for. this post is for the dudes that worshipped Hensley, Natas, and Dressen. and wished we could skate tranny like Gonzales or J.Lee in the Blind "Video Days". our days are gone. gone. you're probably better off at the bar talking shit to the new kids.......
...however. if you could consider the fact that "street" skating still isn't as marketable as "they" want it to be. you can go look for curbs, curb cuts, hips, bumps, and manual pads tomorrow and ride them alone. and wait for that security guard to kick yer old ass out. and drive off laughing. and pulling into the next shopping plaza. and know that you reverted and didn't hang up your dream. you are here rolling and feeling it. you are skateboarding. padless and alone. most likely the same way you started 20 years ago.
...here's to you!
...here's to us!
...these are the days, they always have been!
Posted by Jeremiah Babb at 8:27 PM