Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chris Head's....



.....Bender commercial/edit/web vid thing #2! He's always on it. Always skating. Grown ass man playing on skateboards. Can't get enough.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My favorite.....


.....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.......

David went skating....




Thursday, February 14, 2013

Little ad thinger....

....that Paul Ellis hooked up. The good dudes over at 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.....

Dave's ramp Fiesta!



...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

Wow.....


....Wow. Wow. I don't like to do or say things in the "I told you so" or "see how I know what I'm talking about", kind of way. But this. This right here. I've been saying this right here for almost two years now. Something is coming. A new style. A "changing of the guard", if you will. It's just too apparent when you're out there. Skating with dudes. Talking to dudes. The attitude is that skateboarding companies are fucking boring, they re-hash the same ideas and maneuvers that got them their mega status and put whatever Nascar sized logo on the bottom of a skateboard to sell. People want something new, fresh and they can relate too. Nike, Street League, trips to China. Wonderful. But for the 99%ers of skateboarders. Shit ain't happening.....Read and learn.....That "future" I was talking about in a few previous posts. The one where you thought I was crazy......I'm not the only one. It's coming.

Lowcard....




...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...

Josh and Catnip....


...told me to check some mess around shit that they did. Fucking rippers....

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Andrew Hutch!



...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

A retrospect....

 The kids got all bummed cause the spot got destroyed....
...and for good reason. It was a home away from home. A hidden sanctuary of gnar. If you were not in the group, you couldn't ride. Sound like a dick move? Well, here's a good back story of how it got discovered by the police and then torn down.....

 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.
atlantahatesus.com

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I'ma go ahead and....



...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.....