Found this really great skate zine archive/gallery. All handmade/photocopied zines like your older brother had. These zines were largely how the backyard ramp scene spreadRead More
New Skatepark coming to Eugene
As a fan of skateboarding and someone who has been skating off and on since the mid-80's, I am so stoked for this thing to be finished. It will open this spring, and make skating in our rainy town possible year round.
It's being built by Dreamland Skateparks. See more pics after the jump-->Read More
Debacle, the first skate film to be shot enitrely in HD was released for free download in May through July. You can now purchase it on Blue Ray at an SB dealer near you. Nike SB just released bonus material on their site. FYI.
I'm cranky. Nike is Suspect.
To be honest, my standby position growing up as a skater, was that Nike was run by corporate douche-bags who are brilliant at selling cultural relevance. I usually blame Dead Kennedy's, Run DMC and the Bones Brigade for my position, along with late-ninties sweat-shop allegations against Nike. The above film may be one of two things:
1. Proof that enough money can maintain the mirage of authenticity and convince skaters worldwide they need to buy Nike skate shoes because they are the most authentic company and understand the the true spirit of skating.
2. The betterment of skate culture by way of putting a company behind a sport that has the power to expand the acceptance of a once-thought underground and devious activity.
Perhaps it's a little of both. Who knows. I'm not an industry insider. Just a fan who pays attention and is still suspect of corporate intrusion on the things I love. My generation had a different relationship with corporations than people in their teens and twenties today. Is it a crisis of belief? There seems to be wide spread acceptance of all things branded, but at the same time more cynicism when it comes to brands that ring false. Free releases are a current trend based on a real desire for transparent brands that don't have the perceived alterior motive of profit. We want to believe our brands don't want to make money. Nike has a bazillion dollars and don't feel any financial discomfort for shooting a skate film all over the world in HD. Yet by doing so they keep their street cred. Brand allegiance is solidified. So who has been fooled? They know their demographic. They know how to get them to buy their shoes. And it doesn't cost them a penny to release cultural relevance. They don't want you to buy their film. They want you to view their products as more true and authentic than Vans, Globe or Lakai.
I will say this- It is pretty damn hard to make skateboarding look bad on film. It can be done of course, but really, either you have the skills and your shit is wired tight or you eat concrete. Most skaters on film have footage of both success and failure. It is the skater expressing him/herself in an indifferent urban landscape. Man vs. his own constructions of reality. This is what makes it true. It happens in real time no matter who is paying for the camera. This film looks amazing and the skating is unbelievable as well.
Just don't forget who is writing the checks.
This guys photography is great. Plus, you can print one off for your very own. I chose a boom box from "The Boom Box Project". Lest you think he is simply nostalgic for pop culture, he has very interesting and intense photos and portraits of his journeys in Africa and was the man on the scene for Time magazines 9/11 cover. See Lyle Owerko's work here.
Again from Form Fifty Five.
Through Mr. Owerko's blog I was reminded of Solitary Arts (Geoff McFetridge & Yong-Ki Chang). Mr. McFetridge wrote a cool piece on drawing, skateboarding and surfing and how they are all connected. All things I dig. Read "Everything I Need To Think About Skating Has Nothing To Do With Skating."
Welcome to my new website
So I finally got around to being a graphic designer with a website. This blog will be an extension of my site and all future sites to come. A shout out to my friend Dan Schlitzkus for help with the site. It's money. Thanks for stopping by and while you are here, enjoy the opening sequence to the new Lakai skate film "Fully Flared". Explosions. Tre Flips. Injuries. Awesomeness.
UPDATE 1.1.2014 : Damn how time flies. When I made this post, I had a hand-coded HTML site and was learning how to blog on Wordpress.com. FYI, this site is currently running on Squarespace 6. The video above still kicks ass.