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Garfield Fucking Rocks

03 December 2010, 14.31 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 comment »

I will go on the record and say, I love me some fucking Garfield! As a kid, I had every single Garfield book and read them so much the covers would fall off. Although, I thought the movie that came out a couple of years ago was a piece of shit and horribly put together, this of course does not include the gorgeous Jennier Love Hewitt, you leave her alone, she did just fine. But, Garfield as a character is just awesome, who doesn’t love to just lie around all day watching TV, eat lasagna, pick-on & make-fun-of a cute, dumb dog and we all know when the camera’s not on, that’s not cat nip Garfield blazes. For the Spring 2011 season, my good friends over at The Hundreds have collaborated with the mastermind cat himself and their popular Adam Bomb comic character along with Garfield’s entire U.S. Acres crew on a plethora of merchandise from skateboards, coffee cups, beanies and t-shirts. (Check out photos for the collection and the bad-ass new Hundreds Pop-Up shop that is opening on December 9th here!)


To throw this collaboration onto the right cat walk they’re having a pop-up shop and art gallery opening next week in L.A. to display original works of art all dedicated to this special Fat Cat and his cast of rowdy friends, from a number of different artists. If you live in the L.A. area, go and check it out and eat some Lasagna. At least that’s what they better be serving in his honor.

Original works of art from Barry McGee, Claw Money, Mark Dean Veca, Dave Kinsey, Usugrow and many more. Jim Davis (creator of Garfield) will be on hand signing autographs from 8-10pm, and there will also be a limited edition print original print released that night, featuring Garfield and Adam Bomb. 

The Hundreds and Garfield Pop-Up Shop
416 Broadway
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Thursday, December 9th from 8-10 p.m.



Red Bull Culture Clash in L.A.

01 December 2010, 09.30 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

Part of the benefits of being a part of this world we call skateboarding, is having opportunities to go some pretty kick ass events. Tomorrow night I will be headed out to L.A. to check out what Red Bull has brought to the states after much success across the pond in London. The Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash will make its U.S. debut in Los Angeles on Thursday, December 2nd at Exchange LA. Four L.A. based, but internationally known and well-respected music collectives will participate and battle to be named winner by the crowd. The collectives will be Dim Mak, Dub Club, Smog and Stones Throw. With these 4 DJ crews battling, it’s going to be pretty intense. Peep the trailer and flyer for the event below and I will post a full re-cap this week once I recover from my hang-over that I know I will have on Friday. It’s kind of fucked up and funny to know that you already plan on being hung over the following day.



Leo Romero is a Certified BADASS

24 November 2010, 13.56 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 comment »

First off, Leo, you fucking rule!!! Congrats homie!!!

Unless you’re living under a rock today or in some car, plane or train in the U.S.A. traveling for Thanksgiving, you’de know that Leo Romero was named Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Year (S.O.T.Y.) today! Everyone that gives a rats ass about skateboarding knew it was between him or The Boss Man, and with Leo’s Toy Machine Brainwash part culminating to be completely different from his epic Emerica Stay Gold part but just as fucking rad and gnarley, it was a no brainer decision! Side Note: Don’t watch that shit on YouTube, support skateboarding you idiots and buy that shit, they are both well worth the coin it costs. Congrats again, Leo, lets go rage in San Francisco on the 10th to celebrate your radness!

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Just a sample of why Leo rules all! I can just hear his inner thoughts now, “Fuck the contest, I’m going the opposite way!”

Here’s the Phelper bringing Leo the news!


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blood·cur·dling scream; – Stay Gold is Here!

14 July 2010, 10.33 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

blood·cur·dling scream; –adjective arousing terror; horrifying: a bloodcurdling scream.

This is the shit that makes your blood run cold, makes you want to punch the cement until your fists are filled with blood, the kind of determination you have when nothing else in the world matters except the moment you’re in. Fuck the world, fuck you, fuck that rock that just tossed you, fuck that weird bump before you ollie, fuck that stupid bird that won’t shut the fuck up so you can concentrate, fuck that twitch in your face from nerves, fuck the pain in your leg, fuck this dumb hat!!! If you skateboard, you understand this philosophy of “Fuck Everything” because of frustration. It’s the inner determination and perseverance that drives you to overcome these demonic thoughts in your head and when that time comes and you nail the trick you have just tried for the last four hours straight, the world becomes the most beautiful place in the universe again. The frustration, anticipation and determination that comes out of Jerry’s scream is enough to get you freaked out yourself, but you understand what he is going through and you just want to sit quietly and let him work through it.

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The highly anticipated Stay Gold – The Emerica Video, Emerica’s first full-length feature since 2003’s This Is Skateboarding, features groundbreaking skating from the Emerica Team – Andrew Reynolds, Heath Kirchart, Leo Romero, Bryan Herman, Kevin “Spanky” Long, Jerry Hsu, Braydon Szafranski, Aaron Suski and Brandon Westgate – along with breakthrough parts from Young Emericans Jamie Tancowny, Justin “Figgy” Figueroa, Collin Provost, Marquis Preston, and friends.


Stay Gold will be Available September 1st, but I’ll be at the premier with all my homies that have had multiple moments like Jerry’s, and give them a congratulatory high-five after I watch their monumental video parts that they put their blood, sweat and tears into.


Summer’s Here!

02 June 2010, 13.24 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

Damn I love me some summer! You seriously can’t beat it in Cali, it’s never too hot (as long you don’t live in the Hell Desert) and you just want to skate any chance you get! I just laced up some new kicks today from my éS 2010 samples. Its the new éS Square Two that releases this week. The shoes are seriously butter for your feet! This Navy Blue/Dirty Gum color way releases in October. Now get yer arse off the computer and go outside and enjoy life, I am!





24 April 2010, 22.16 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

Jones Hard Rock

Today I’m at a new party at the Hard Rock Hotel pool in Las Vegas for the opening of a new pool party called SKAM and in two hours, this place is going to be head to toe in hot girls, booze, douche bags, and Lil John spinning for the day! YaaaaYaaaaa! Whhhhhaaaaatttt? -JONES


Jones Hard Rock

Jones Hard Rock

Jones Hard Rock

Drinking the Kool-Aid and Slaming It

23 April 2010, 01.52 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

Ed Templeton has taken Europe by storm this month and finished his trek overseas with his final show, Drinking the Kool-Aid. Emerica and Slam City Skates hosted an exhibition of Ed Templeton photography at the Elms Lester Painting Rooms in London from April 6 – 17.

Drinking The Kool-Aid reflects Templeton’s punk rock, DIY asthetic with a series of personal photos. The material not only delves into his “personal relationships, but also the outside streets and the activities surrounding the skate culture” to reveal a “phantasmagoria of images contextualizing a broader vision of contemporary youth culture.”

To go along with the display, Ed worked with his long-time sponsor, Emerica and his skateboard company, Toy Machine to create these special products for the Emerica take-over of Slam City.

Emerica x Toy Machine x Slam
Emerica x Toy Machine x Slam
Emerica x Toy Machine x Slam
Emerica x Toy Machine x Slam

Ian MacKay Rules All!

09 April 2010, 01.23 | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 comments »

If you know me, you would know that I am a Fugazi freak. I found Fugazi and Minor Threat back when I was 14 and a little skate rat! Recently, Atiba Jefferson had a chance to sit down with Ian MacKaye for an interview in the May 2010 issue of The Skateboard Mag. It’s a great article about Ian’s history and knowledge of skateboarding which included brief stints of skateboarding with Henry Rollins. The only thing I am bummed about is that Atiba didn’t ask him what i really want to know…when is this fucking hiatus of Fugazi going to end? It’s been too long now and I am sick of being in the Waiting Room (pun intended). Read the article below as well as a few classic Fugazi clips from shows for your viewing pleasure!

IAN MACKAYE interviewed by Atiba Jefferson for The Skateboard Mag
How do you introduce Ian MacKaye? His lyrics have made an impact on my life and millions of others. Minor Threat and Fugazi songs have been in countless skate videos—the proceeds of which have all gone to charity. But if another band in the video was in for free, so were they. MacKaye is a true example of keepin’ it real.

I’d need a whole book to explain how complex yet simple he is—a bro of Ed Templeton and one of the nicest people I have met—allow me to introduce you to Ian MacKaye. The skater.

What’s the story with you and Henry Rollins skating together as kids?
We met when I was eleven, he was twelve. This would have been in 1973 or ’74. Shortly after that, my family went to California for nine months. My father got a fellowship at Stanford University in Palo Alto. While out there I got into BMX, which was just starting to become somewhat organized as a sport. Me and my friends in DC had been jumping bikes and riding around in the woods, but this was taking it to a new level. When I got home, my bike buddies said, “We got skateboards now.” I had had a skateboard before—a Shark. A little wooden deck with clay wheels—but these new boards had loose-ball urethane wheels. An excellent ride! We mostly did downhill, but we did a thing called dog fighting that was basically trying to knock people off their board while riding downhill.

Anyway, when I was out of town, my friends had gotten into some scrap with Henry. So when I got back I was essentially guilty by association. There was beef! He was chasing us all over the place. So I thought, “Fuck that guy, just stay away from him.”

One day we were building a little ramp in the alley behind my family’s house on Beecher Street, and we saw Henry riding by on a skateboard. Our initial reaction was something along the lines of “Oh, great. Now that fucking kid is skateboarding, too.” He saw us and just kept going, but a few minutes later he came back and asked if he could ride the ramp. We’ve been best friends ever since.

How old were you guys?
He was fourteen … no, maybe thirteen even. Henry was the person who really turned me on to Skateboarder magazine and a lot of music.

Did you ever take a skate trip?
We took a bus out to California in 1978.

So wait, you and Henry Rollins?
Yeah. Took a Greyhound bus. We skated Winchester and the original Upland park. We also made it to the Hester Pro-Bowl Contest at Big O. We got to see almost all of the skaters we had been looking at in the magazine. Seeing Jay Adams in real life was mind blowing! He was a monster


So did you meet those skaters?
We spoke with Peralta in the parking lot. He was nice to us, but we were just fan kids. I think he might have given us some stickers or something. We were pretty intimidated by everyone else.

When did you first notice, or even if back then, skaters listening to your music?
In 1980 the Teen Idles came out to California, and we did two shows. We took a Greyhound bus, just like the skateboard trip. We did one show in LA and one show in San Francisco. Henry was our roadie. In San Francisco, we were supposed to be opening for the Circle Jerks and the Dead Kennedys, but the guy who ran the venue dropped us from the bill because he thought we had a stupid-looking photo. Of course, he failed to tell us about his decision, so we were crushed when we arrived. He ended up putting us on the next night and we went to the DKs show. It was incredible. The Circle Jerks had brought up a huge crew of kids from LA. A bunch of HB punks including Tony Alva. We were blown away to meet one of our skate heroes in this other world.

All of those kids were super radical and their intensity really left a mark on us. They all came to our show, which was crazy. We had been added to a New Wave night and there was no one in the audience for the other bands. When we started playing, all of those HB kids came rushing in and chaos followed. If you talk to Alva, he’ll tell about that meeting. I think those kids were pretty psyched to meet up with DC punks.

Another unlikely meeting occurred when Minor Threat came to LA for the first time. It was 1982, and we were playing a club called Dancing Waters in San Pedro. While we were playing, there was a guy in the front row just going off. At some point I leaned down to give the microphone to people to sing, and this kid bit me on the arm. So I punched him.

After the gig, I was telling someone about what happened and he said, “That was Jay Adams.” I couldn’t believe it! I ran out into the room looking for him and sure enough it was Adams. I said, “Sorry I hit you, but you bit me!” He said, “Yeah, that was fucking awesome!” It’s amazing to have not only been bitten by Adams, but to have punched him and not gotten punched back.

The skating thing was and is pretty serious for me, but I never really considered Minor Threat a skate band. I certainly wasn’t trying to pimp that connection. The one thing that I think probably caught skaters’ eyes was the fact that I wore Vans. It wasn’t necessarily a statement, mostly they just happened to be the shoes I had on my feet at the time, but there was a bit of a secret code in place. At that time Vans was still a fairly tiny operation and you didn’t see a lot of those shoes, at least not on the East Coast. It made it easy to identify fellow skaters, and by the mid-80s I think that you saw a lot of American punk kids wearing them, as well.

Since you’ve ridden a skateboard, is there something that you see similar in making music?
I don’t really compare the two things, but I suppose that skating really helped develop my balance and reflexes. Skating definitely taught me how not to fall. Having said that, I’ve certainly eaten shit plenty of times on stage as well as skating.

What I can say about skateboarding is that I really learned how to reassign properties to the world around me. This was not a conscious practice, but still it was occurring. Suddenly the weather means something completely different to you. Swimming pools take on a new potential reality. You’re not just taking a swim anymore. If you go into a parking lot and there’s a little bank on the side of it, you make a mental note of it. The surface of the streets, are they rough or smooth? There are any number of lines that you start to see.

I think when skaters walk down the street, they’re looking at it with an entirely different grid in their minds. I think this practice enabled me to redefine the world around me—to take what was given and then readjust it to make it work. When I got into music, specifically punk rock, that sort of redefinition was central. I would look at a situation, the circumstances that had been presented, and think, “Okay, I’m just going to change all of this, or at least change the way I’m thinking about it.” I come at things from a different place, and I think that’s something I really developed through skating.

To this day I swim to the bottom of swimming pools just to check out the transition. It just feels good; it makes me think about how nice it would be to ride.

One last thing—and I’ll be straight up about this—I was never a great skater, but I rode and I don’t think that experience will ever leave me. Whether or not I step on a board again, a part of me will always be a skateboarder.

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Slo Crostic


Alex Corporan vs. Squishy

23 March 2010, 02.52 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

Ahhh good ole NYC! Last week I went to NY for my bi-yearly media week visit and like most trips, end up rolling with Corporan to random spots daily. Thursday was a blessing and the weather went from complete shit to 70 and sunny, so me and Alex snagged some bikes went on a ride in the city. This is the tail of a meeting Alex had with Crazy Dave’s chum, Squishy regarding a new etnies x Squishy x Epsteins collaboration shirt that’s in the works.

Corporan vs. Squishy

Rolling up to Epsteins for a ice cold brew, me and Corporan (A.K.A. Dominican Denzel Washington) run into Squishy and Crazy Dave.

Corporan vs. Squishy

Like all good friends they gave a proper greeting to each other.

Corporan vs. Squishy

For some reason, they got into a heated battle super fast, I thought Squishy was going to beat his ass because she felt she wasn’t represent correctly on the etnies t-shirt!

Corporan vs. Squishy

I tried to do what any good friend would do and step in to calm some things down, Squish wasn’t havin’ it!

Corporan vs. Squishy

These dudes were over-it at this point, I think Squishy’s Bloody Mary made him more agro. Then Spencer Fujimoto showed up to chill and Squishy changed her attitude.

Corporan vs. Squishy

Finally these two came to an agreement on the correct representation for Squishy and came to their senses. They both still look bitter to me.

Corporan vs. Squishy

Then me, Alex and Spencer bailed to a rooftop BBQ and Squish peaced-out with Dave. Be on the look-out for the etnies x Squishy x Epsteins collaboration shirt popping off soon. And, if you roll by Epsteins to see Dave and Squishy, don’t bring this up argument, you might get rolled up on with a fierce bite to the ankle.


New éS Website New Directions

10 March 2010, 01.35 | Posted in Uncategorized | No comments »

So, as of the recent past, my position has changed away from my usual gig and I am the new Marketing Manager for éS. Part of my task was helping launch the new website that just went live today. It’s kind of a masterpiece in disguise because the back-end programming for this thing is next level! Even a blacked-out bum could work in the Admin because it’s so easy and user friendly! Anyway, one of the videos for the new website really psyched me up, it’s one of Mike Anderson A.K.A. Manderson, and as this video below shows, he gained that nickname for a great reason! A 2 minute video clip of bangers filmed entirely in the last couple months before the young Manderson became a proud papa! Peep the clip below or you can check out the new website at eSskateboarding.com

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