Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ole' John Willis from Griffin, Ga...


...is down with Bender, for sure. I met John a couple years ago through Stormy. He liked to film and I needed to film a few things. Pretty awkward, kinda odd set up. I told him I was kinda crazy in the head when I filmed and that I don't do things twice. He seemed cool with that and he is now filming with Matt Creasy for the new Ruin video. These two are so fucking picky, the thing may never come out.
......John's up at Ruin alot working. He seems to be stoked on too many things in life and that shit bothers me. So if you are bored (obviously), go up there. Ask him a million dumb questions about Nike shoes and which shirts match. Inquire and request to see 20 different board shapes, concaves and graphics. Ask what an 88b hardness for wheels are. Give him a sponsor-me-tape. See if he knows where any good spots are downtown. Return the bender bolts you just bought and trade "up" for Shake Junt. Have him grip your board. Ring you up. Tell him "Damn, I left Mom's credit card in my wallet in the car. Lemme call her real quick." "Shit man, she didn't answer. I'ma bounce. Peace!" He needs to be bummed out. His cheery/positive attitude makes me avoid his calls. He needs some bitter in his heart....Thanks John!!! Stoked on the vid!

Bender demo?


...not alot of people showed up to watch some team they never heard of ride skateboards in 90+ degree heat when the sun fell. Alot of people risked heat stroke and drove the miles south of the city to ride skateboards with a bunch of friends in that heat. This was at the end of last summer. Some of the bolts had just been made. I was wiped out from work and all night packaging sessions, but this was the first time I had the chance to give some to the dudes. Big highlight this night was Scott Wagoner doing his first boardslide on a handrail. He had called it out all week and we could tell he was trying to avoid the inevitable. After a few hours, we heckled him into trying. Few tries later he brought the house down. Energy makes this shit work. No age limits. Thanks for coming out and to Chase at Hazard, for filming it and hookin this edit up. I'll get you back one day...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Ben Hayes has this problem...

...that he hates everything he does. "Aw man, that sucked." "Nah, please don't put that on there." "I gotta go re-do that trick." "That's lame.", etc....I've never met someone who does such gnarly stuff and write it off like "I don't even know why I did that". I mean shit. You took the time to learn it and then put your nuts over the bar a few tries to land it. Be stoked! The majority of people could never do this. Rough ground. Over knee high round bar. Limited run up. 8' plus in length. This is rad.....

"Hey Mom?!

...could you move the car? I wanna skate...."

About 1990-1991, I was 12 or 13. Mike Vallely Barnyard double kick. Mom made me wear knee pads for safety. I bout the Lance Mountain shirt from the "sale" bin at Skateboard Specialists in Macon GA. It was originally black but wore it so much that it turned gray. Got the on sale Airwalks. I lived in the garage or on the worn out ramp out back. I woke up at 6am for some ramp sesh's before school and skated the garage til about 9pm after school. No girls. No friends. No life. Addicted from the start....

been youtubin lately...


This show was a life saver for me as a kid. I remember fighting with dad for the TV time. (Some sorta football stuff was on at the same time) If I got mom involved, I could sometimes watch the show. Vids were non existent in Jones County, year 1990. This show was cheesy, but all I had except the bootlegged, worn out copy of Shackle Me Not and Public Domain...

Monday, February 6, 2012

Midwest stoke!


....A good and longtime friend of the Atlanta scene moved back to Cincinnati some years ago. Gary Collins has always been the loudmouth, shit talking, ringleader of the midwest with a heart of gold and mass love for his friends. My first time meeting him I was 17 and these ledges Chris Head took us too weren't sliding so I asked if anyone had wax. Gary's immediate comeback was "Quit being a faggot and go faster." Pretty stunned. Pretty dead on. No bullshit. These days Gary's got a kid, bought a skateshop and has started Instrument Skateboards. We're all fans. Wished the shops were. Another under the radar sick company you can't find around here.....I miss the Midwest.