Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
.....cover. I know there have been some standard epic ones that people run towards when asked the question of favorite photo or cover, but this one just has always stood out. I got it in highschool the day after I got ISS (In-School Suspension. Such a joke punishment. It's basically solitary confinement and all of your days work was given to you as soon as the first bell rung. It was perfect for me cause I felt that class moved to slow as it was and I didn't really have any friends I would miss by being in ISS instead of class.) and since that ISS shit was painfully boring, this was my saving grace for the two weeks. I would complete my in-class work and my homework by lunch. The last half of the day was excruciating. But, I would just look at the mag over and over everyday. I would highschool kid dream what would happen if I could meet Karma. Or if I would ever be able to pursue skating enough to even go to California. Karma was already one of my favorites before this mag came out, but I would just sit and memorize and stare. Stuck in my desk with 2 walls beside me (isolation purposes), my back to the room, facing a dull white/gray painted cinder block wall. I remember thinking "One day I'll meet him. I'll get him to sign this magazine."
.....When I rode for Consolidated, I met Karma. Kansas City. Freezing temps. Demo stuff. I was so blown away and had a long conversation about how nerdy and goofy and shit I was as a kid. How I was so stoked on that one cover, of all the rad photos and covers that he's had, and I really wish I could have gotten to my mom's house before leaving to find this magazine for him to sign. He said he would sign it for me one day. We laughed about it and carried on with the night. When I found this moving all my magazines from my mom's to our house. I saw this one and held it up to Liz and said "One day, I'll see Karma again. And When I do, he HAS to sign this fucking magazine cover." She probably just kept on doing what she was doing with an "Uh-huh" response.
...One day though....
...He's got an amazing thing riht chere.......
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Street Canoe showed some interest in Bender and offered up some "web banner" space for free. I been a fan of them for awhile so it was a stoke out moment and a no brainer. Good art, Midwest scene, old friends associated with it. Get bored and check 'em out. Get some stoke.....
...was a hell of a sesh and party thing that Ryan Clark and Dave's Ramp had going a couple weekends ago. Mass shredders man. The kids are just scorching shit these days! I'd like to think that Atlanta has one of the better scene's around...but it's probably biased. Either way. If this type of stuff is going on all over America....then skateboarding is doing okay......atlantahatesus.com has the footy. Scotty Wagoner and John Manfredi did the time looking through the lens while everyone else partied and ripped around. Dedicated dudes.
Monday, February 11, 2013
...put this up on their site today! Pretty jamming! I haven't seen this in quite a long buncha years now. We had a lot of fun doing those local vids. Apparently someone thought they were rad enough to hold onto for over 10 years. Wow. Seems like yesterday. I was hoping to see this dude's part too.....And I did. Then I was hoping to see this dude's part....and I didn't, but I found this! Then I youtubed and something happened and this part came on and I was like fuck......I should of just stopped...
Sunday, February 10, 2013
...An old friend of ours has this feature up on the Street Canoe website. Super stoked to see Andrew back out shooting photos and getting some travelling in. This dude does it right. I had the pleasure of hanging around, skating and travelling with him for years. Midwest connection through Atlanta.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Kids from outside the group, (underage) bought a shit load of beer and decided to head down to the Coop. Why so much beer? I dunno. A "here ya go. Can we skate" thing probably. Anyways. They did something to attract the attention of the cops and instead of pulling over past or before the Coop, they pull into the Coop all the way back to the spot. The cop looks around and says "Wow. I didn't know all this was back here". Two weeks later. Demolition time. So yeah, it's a dick move to keep shit to yourselves and select few friends, but when you put in the work, time and money only to have dipshits blow it. Well, you know.....
A disclaimer as well. I also heard that the owner of the property had it destroyed so that he can start the process of building on it or something. Almost 1 year later. The rubble from the ramps are still there. A fence is up, but no work has been started.
Ryan Flynn flicks.
Scott Wagoner footy.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
...say this again. This Pontus dude. Knows what the fuck he's doing. And if you're a shop owner/buyer/manager/etc... and are not catching on to this type of stuff, then you're being dusted. You can read the numbers and replicate last months orders of the Big 4 brands, but the swell of the small companies are coming. Much like the Early 90's. And the reality is this. I want to support your store. It's amazing and supports the scene and supports me, but if you only have choices of 5 or 6 brands that are ordered because of the demand of children or it's "A guaranteed sell". Then don't get bummed when I mail order. I will pay more, if there is no other choice, to support the brands that I feel are doing things correctly. It's always been that way. It's why you cared enough to be in your job position today. I'm not the only voice with these thoughts. Look ahead or be dusted. Powell and Vision R.I.P....the future is here.....