December 21, 2015

Program note

Folks in the skateboard media business with straight news reporting experience are seeing worlds collide as the story behind the arrest of Keelan Dadd, Steven "Baby Scumbag" Fernandez and the latter's manager for the sexual exploitation of a 12-year-old girl plays out. Hard news rarely invades skateboard world like this -- skaters do die from time to time, and while that's tragic and sad, the bulk of "real news" regarding skateboarders is typically drug-fueled and at least a little funny. This one isn't -- it's no "sex scandal," per a poorly-worded TWS head -- and it's got real-world consequences, most importantly for the alleged victim, as well as for the likes of 27-year-old Dadd, whose sponsors are lining up to drop him long before he could ever stand trial for felonies that could lead to a lengthy prison term. How swiftly Dadd is being let go is a fascinating contrast between skate world and, say, how the NFL deals with domestic abuse (that league which operates on collectively bargained contracts and so on and so forth for differences), but not much to revel in since he's far from proven guilty.

This blog will most definitely not be updated from now until around the second week in January, 2016, so just hold tight.

December 20, 2015

'15 Platty's


Super deep thoughts on how the Platty's work (unnecessary apostrophe but years of style backing it up), via the 2010 blockbuster, Inception:

"What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere."
Probably just that intestinal worm.

Arbitrary local skateboard awards done in the style of the T-Eddy's. PAST YEARS: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.

MinneSOTY: Jack Olson.

Dark Horse: Jesse Krueger.

The Professional: Tabari Cook.

Rad Dad: Emeric "Olu" Pratt.

So Long Ago?: DEBRI2.

Best At HQ: Evan Smith.

Remix: The Hiawatha.

People's Champ: Jack Dawkins

Still Waiting On That Part: Alex Uncapher.

Right Below The Surface: Corey Millett.

Gentleman Filmmaker: Tim Fulton.

40-years-old: Chad Benson.

Best Hair: Davis Torgerson.

TWS Part?: Davis Torgerson.

Still Skates: Dennis Burdick.

Father Time: Judd Prozinski

Year Of Progression: Brian Estrada.

Whip It, Whip It Real Good: Tanner VanVark.

Decade's A Long Time: Cody Davis.

The Force Stayed Woke: Todd Brown.

Brooklyn: Pete Spooner.

Serious Inquiries Only: Kevin Horn.

Divine Hammers: Jan Jacobson.

You'll Never Believe To Which Blog We'll Never Link:

Down Under: Andrew Leibman.

ALL CAPS/New, New Layout: The Hesh Dot Com.

Gentleman Scholar: Ricky Nunn.

Former Loc Done Good: Dane Vaughn.

Staff Writer: Wylie Tueting.

Thank You: Steve Nesser.

Conflicted: Dana Ross.

Questions Of Infrastructure: Phil Schwartz.

The New Oak Street Cinema: Bell Museum.

Copy Editor?: Village Psychic.

Casually The Best Dude Here T.J. Moran.

Good Ass Beer?: Kevin Chartand.

How Old Is That Dude?: Dalton Jones.

Thank who? THNKU.

OH Snap: Kirian Stone.

Most Anticipated: The Lair Video.

December 8, 2015

Dip Dip We Dip

#familiaHQ #later #weoutdisbitch 🎥@shanebrown333

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Winter is coming?

December 4, 2015

Death Row Alley

Kevin Horn's Chapter XIII will be screened Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton Tap Room, 414 Sixth Ave. N. in Minneapolis. More info here; that project appears to have turned out.

Caught the Nike SB video earlier today. Cory Kennedy skates to a song that shoulda been banished because of its association with Blurred Lines, but the dude comes through. Remix? Trevor Colden is the Millennial skater's everyman. 51-year-old Lance Mountain has this shit dialed. He skated street too! I'd forgotten how entertaining Omar Salazar is and BA in Miami-white linen was dope. Kevin Bradley is who we thought he was. His frontside 360s are quite good, perhaps second place. Koston slappied A LOT and seeing Mariano -- as guest skater/Swoosh teamrider -- was a bit strange. Can't fade EK's ender though, which is one hell of a feat of angular momentum and other physics, and his trick in that spiny-ditch spot was reminiscent of the middle sequence here. Karsten Kleppan is unfairly well-rounded.

-Benson turned 40 on Tuesday and still finds new lines, here and there.

-Shitheads Vol. 8 turned 14 on Tuesday. This is probably the best section outta there.

-Who killed The Hesh?

-The good folk at Wiskate got a shout in the Quartersnacks book, as did TC OG Old skate Internet, rep.

-Element is in town this weekend for two things, tonight at Familia HQ (if the Fam IG imbed goes dead know HQ is @ 7:30 p.m.) and Sunday at 3rd Lair: