How is this not a Glue Factory Festivus video? So it goes, and it should be noted, the GF is now two years old. Enjoy.
December 23, 2009
December 21, 2009
The year in review in light of shit I did, in attempted chronological order:
-Flattened coins on train tracks.
-Found out that drinking on Solsbury Hill was up there with sex, Jesus and The Beatles.
-Found out that rolling down Solsbury Hill while drinking and then becoming drunk was amazing.
-Found out that I'd lost my I-phone on Solsbury Hill.
-I'm pretty sure I dislocated my right ankle doing a heelflip on flat; if that wasn't the prognosis, I messed up my ankle unlike I had ever done before. This was the third time I'd rolled an ankle this year, it was mid-May. The injury persisted for the better part of two and a half months.
-I went to St. Louis and chilled with Nelly, and I cliff jumped in Iowa City, and I skated the barn ramps in Mt. Pleasant, IA.
-Familia gave me a "Trueheads" board and I'm still honored; on my deathbed, I'll say, "Hey, at least I had a 'pro-model,'" and then I'll expire, leaving everyone in the room utterly confused.
-Had my I-phone returned to me five weeks later by a man who I lovingly will call one of those "Old Northeast Liberals."
-Unable to skateboard, I biked a ton, tried to go swimming at least half a ton, and farmed a great tan.
-My ankle stopped feeling jacked and I tried to skateboard some more.
-I'm still scared of flat-ground heelflips.
-Met a girl. She's really great.
-For the first time in six years I skated in shoes other than Lakias; the recession hit me in the form of disappearing rep budgets. Around the same time the lackluster economy really hit me in the form of non-existent assignments for TSM; as the economy rebounds so do page numbers.
-Didn't film enough for Filler.
-Got setup to resume school at the U of M after nine and a half years; said "Good riddance" to MCTC, even though it was mostly fun while it lasted.
-Turned 28 (yet to occur; three more days).
This blog took a decidedly un-personal turn this year and I'm actually quite fine with that, but what with the goading of some friends, I decided to throw a little something up here. Normal programming will resume most likely after the New Year, I'm off to the West Coast!
December 20, 2009
Video Of The Year: Feelin' Minnesota.
Video Part Of The Year: Ryan Hansen.
Came Back/YOTD 4: Tha Dolo.
2nd Place Comeback: John Muldoon.
The Young Americans: New Flavors.
Pager Check: George Akande.
Roomies: Sam McGuire and Davis Torgerson.
FIGHTS!: Beer Up, Bro Down.
MCTC's Resident Pro: Olu Pratt.
Let's Do EVERYTHING Right Now...: Tucker Gerrick.
...With A Little Help From: Familia.
Bumper Crop: Todd Bratrud.
Stopped Blessing Jah: Elijah Collard.
Added To The Family Tree: Elijah Collard.
Named His Son Bill: Dan Jackson.
Todd Brown Procreated: Todd Brown.
Best Actor: Todd Brown.
Who, Me Worry?: Chad Benson.
Median Age Of 33: The Glue Factory Team.
Greener Pastures, Better Balance: The Nowparvars.
Socialite Of The Year: Aaron Christensen.
Really, A Vert Ramp?: 3rd Lair.
Thinner: Vince Barbeau, Mark Muller.
Internet Mogul: Kyle Ross.
Still Erstwhile Blogger: Brian Perry.
Dating A Hot 26 Year-old: Benji Meyer.
Drunk In Public: Dom Randazzo.
Blaine Skatepark Loc: Rob Sissi.
Never Went Pro: Sam Cassidy.
B.E.E.R.S. MVP: Bill Welk.
The Private Option: The Hiawatha.
You're Still Living Here?: David Jaimes.
Rep In Training: Dennis Burdick.
Happy Trails: Dennis Burdick.
Greener Days; Secret's Out: Steve Nesser.
The Glasses Are Real: Ryan Damian.
Under-represented: Kirian Stone.
The People's Choice: Tabari Cook.
TF: Handjob Ramp.
Internet Behemoth, 11 On: Wiskate.
December 19, 2009
After a mellow introduction, Max Byers opens things up, headbands and all, stringing together proper lines, and generally cementing a more complete image of his skateboarding than all the Familia events that I've seen him skate at put together. Hani Shamat is the dude that kickflipped off The Roofs onto the table while wearing a helmet; Hani does not disappoint, doing the roof to table ollie in a line and showing off his prowess for flipping his board after grabbing the nose with his hand. You dig?
Rayshaun Crawford has entered the building. Mr. Crawford picked up the pace a bit speed wise, did backside nosegrind reverts on picnic tables, and hopefully at some point someone will kick some free gear his way so he doesn't have to skate such decrepit shit in the future. If I'm getting my video order correct, following Rayshaun were a couple of montages, featuring some more familiar faces than before yet even more new dudes. Sherman got as froggy as you'd expect, and Ricky whose last name I cannot remember seals the deal with yet another monstrous kickflip; good looks.
Next, Tom Rohrer and George Akande take aim at being the old dudes in the video, and they come correct. Extensive polling has shown that Tom should rock a clean shave, but that hasn't slowed the kid down one bit, and he pretty much picks up exactly where he left off in Boondoggle. George got the biggest cheers of the night for a switch front board to boosted bigspin, and from there, he proceeded to steal the show. He looked strikingly similar to Kareem jumping down the stack at South High, did picnic table lines, and generally handled the award for being a man amongst young adults.
Following the Akande show was Peter Edge, evidently a fan of Salman Agah for his penchant of rocking either a wrist cast or wrist guard throughout his part. Pete breaks a lot of boards and will one day be breaking many hearts on his skateboard. Ender ender status ended up with Jeremy Coners, one of those long-haired long-bodied dudes that can do 360 flips with ease. Coners is another young St. Paulitan who I'd only seen skating at those Fam events, and with the advent of his first part, and this goes for everyone in the video, I'll say the kids are all right.
As for the video production, Mr. Horn did a bang-up job. There's an evident focus to the entire thing, the filming and editing are clean, and Horn mixes some good classic rock with some newer music to have a nice, cohesive, if not mind-boggling soundtrack. As far as first efforts go, this one is a doozy, and hopefully, finer skateshops across the metro will offer you a chance to pick up New Flavors.
December 18, 2009
December 17, 2009
Swansburg's unconscious motivation for this entire quit-plan was an unconscious decision to just stop following the sports that he normally followed. That happens. And then, some months on, evidently utterly lacking content for some such article on deadline, he decided to rationalize his disinterest in sport by saying that the 24 hour news cycle of sports (or something) was way too overwhelming for his fandom, and that you have to follow sports in real-time or you somehow cause a disruption in the space-time continuum (making those who TIVO the Superbowl even more dangerous than that CERN ever was, maybe).
Having proof-read the above, I've now devoted a couple hundred words of pointless critique to something equally pointless, and will now stop; I suppose my problem is that I expected something worthwhile, from an otherwise always worthwhile news source.
Aside, big ups to the self described Norman Rockwell of Street Skating, Randall Ploesser on his TSM write-up about shredding at the City Museum; photos by Samuel Vincent McGuire Esquire. We need more self-deprecation in skateboarding these days.
I guess I'm throwing out more media criticism, its one of those days: Glenn Beck? That was easy.
Not that much more out there now that I've gotten them rants out the way; let it be known that the Chrome Ball is down with Tha Dolo. YOTD 4 starts in 14 days.
December 16, 2009
December 15, 2009
Finally, A-Plus sent in a link to one of the illest sponsor-me-tapes out there, and while I may have already linked to it, they use "Preach" so well, its totally worth another shot.
December 14, 2009
Meyer was kind enough to throw some of his flicks from the night on the web right here. What's next then?
December 10, 2009
Mid-2009 was a time that I briefly rediscovered my love for the 40 oz.-er, before remembering their (to me) mind erasing effects and general way-too-blotto results. Take the time to read the reviews. Laser dawg.
As its been for the past five years or so, Shitheads Vol. 8 is again being dredged up for a sequel, and just like every other time, it seems like this time it might have legs. The idea has been kicked around so many times in fact, that I had McGuire code up a SV8 Sequel Name Generator. That shit is top secret, but here are some that I'm kicking around (since bringing it up last post, right?).
Shitheads Vol. 8 Part Two: Pizzy Vs. Jackal
Shitheads The Movie: The Search For Jr. Mint
Shitheads Begins (The prequel)
Shitheads: A Benji Meyer Joint
Shitheads World Tour
They get worse as you go down the list. Whatever, there's a production meeting Saturday.
Also, another round of the Platty's is coming up here, if you got something, leave it in the comments.
PS: The Tore-ass (2) getting coverage. Sick rig.
December 8, 2009
Also by Shafer: Jewspotting
Ayo, Sam, Ryan, Cutty, et. al., WE GOT THIS.
This just in: Clint goes to Clippers games. He's a total fan of Chris Kaman.
R.I.P. Peg Leg.
December 7, 2009
Even more pressing is the rumor that Jr. Mint has decided to train in Mixed Martial Arts, a fact that I swear I'd heard before and already reported upon, though at this point, I'm really not sure if I heard it from an actual human, had a bizarrely realistic dream about it and thus thought it was reality, or if I unconsciously (but while fully conscious) made the whole thing up. Answers anyone?
There's a new Wiskate video out there, and, just as a suggestion, since it would rule, could we get a Pizzy 2009 Retrospective Video going? It could double as his sponsor-me tape; I hear Bovee has some openings. And then, just to toss it out there and see if it sticks...Shitheads Vol. Mid-30's: Dan Jackson Vs. Pat Forster. Talk to me!
Let's try hard at updating this week. As a note to commenters, the spammers found us, so now you have to log in one way or another to post a comment.
December 1, 2009
This is not the actual post that I'd intended to put on the internet at some point; you see, school and dead car batteries and watching skate videos that I have to write about have gotten in the way. That and lack of motivation.
Facing writer's block, a random google search turned up this post regarding a Bay Area premiere of Creature's Hesh Law. All I have to say is this: but can you ollie?
Now back to writer's block.
PS: Happy birthday B-Show. Also, Shitheads Vol. 8 turns eight today.