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Eric Dressen

29 December 2010, 04.28 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Photography, Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

eric-dressen_by_kelly-d-williams_WEBOccasionally I will have the opportunity to photograph someone that I consider a true icon. Not just a legend, but an individual whose presence has been etched so deep into the stone tablets of skate culture that they will unquestionably become a permanent fixture to the timeline of skateboarding. Eric Dressen is damned good.

Snowboard Mag: The Kevin Jones Interview

29 December 2010, 04.14 | Posted in Interviews, Snowboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

The Snowboard Mag recently interviewed Compatriot pro Kevin Jones: “Though the evidence of rockstardom against him is overwhelming — nine X Games medals, Transworld’s “Rider of the Year” three times, and an all-time catalog of video parts with Standard Films — his legacy is much more dynamic than [merely] a list of accolades.” Click here for the full story. Yeah KJ! the Happy Meals are on you next time.

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The Telegraph Skateboards Video

22 December 2010, 20.47 | Posted in Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Telegraph Skateboards assembled this great promo video of Brian Lotti and the greenhorns skating some never-before seen spots and doing it in a most inspiring manner. I dig this brand.

Mediocre Magic From The Shallow Bag Of Tricks

20 December 2010, 22.33 | Posted in Photography, Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

kelly-williams-lunch-breakI’m 100% sure that I have not progressed in my skating prowess for nearly a decade, despite the fact that I love skateboarding now more than ever. Skate sessions are few and far between, but on the occasion when I can remove myself from the workstation and spend some time rolling around, it’s guaranteed that some mediocre magic will go down. In other words, I don’t let the fact that I suck at skating keep me from doing it.

My bag of tricks is pretty shallow these days (and I like it that way), so I can always reach in and find something hazardous to do on my lunch break. Good thing that Jose Garcia Diaz is a skilled photographer and can make my skating look sweeter than bread pudding with chocolate milk.

Broadcast Yo Self December, Nyle Lovett Video

17 December 2010, 01.21 | Posted in Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Broadcast Yo Self 2010 concludes with this episode of Nyle Lovett leaving divots on the concrete fairways of Indiana and beyond. Each month in 2010 Broadcast sifted through stacks of submissions and featured videos created by you.  Since you’ve seen enough high-production mainstream skate cinema this year, sit back and enjoy some raw skating at 540px.

“Don’t you realize? The next time you see sky, it’ll be over another town. The next time you take a test, it’ll be in some other school. Our parents, they want the best of stuff for us. But right now, they got to do what’s right for them. Because it’s their time. Their time! Up there! Down here, it’s our time. It’s our time down here.” – Mikey from the 1985 film Goonies

Shiloh Greathouse: Trilogy

15 December 2010, 04.31 | Posted in Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Trilogy (the skate video released in the mid 90’s by the ménage à trois of World Industries, Blind, and 101)  is one of those great videos that should win some type of prestigious award if there was such a thing in the genre of skate videos. Likewise, Shiloh Greathouse is one of those skaters that has made a permanent impact on street skating via his early grasp and execution of combo tricks. Watch his part in Trilogy, and then immediately watch his part in Transworld’s First Love. Rinse and repeat.

Me And Dave Ortiz Down By The Schoolyard

15 December 2010, 04.26 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Fashion & Footwear, Photography, Uncategorized | Comments Off

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I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Rudyard Kipling

Skateboarding Hall of Fame

08 December 2010, 23.54 | Posted in Art & Design, Culture, Skateboarding, Uncategorized | 1 comment »

Last weekend the Cooper Design Space hosted the 2010 Skateboarding Hall of Fame awards ceremony, sponsored by IASC. Steve Berra and Lance Mountain held the mic while greats like Stacey Peralta, Steve Caballero, Eric Koston, C.R. Stecyk, Bob Burnquist, Patti McGee, and Torger Johnson received honors. Here are some photos from the evening…

1429-cr-stecyk-cake1440_mcgee-the-og-skater-bettyThe original skater betty, Patti McGee. She still skates occasionally and is one of the nicest ladies you’ll ever meet.

1446_eric-kostonEric rehearsing his acceptance speech while I sneak off to steal a piece of his cake. I thought we were supposed to eat it.

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Lance Mountain is cool. Who could imagine back when watching Animal Chin that he would actually put together the best video part of his career at the age of 42?

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Steve Van Doren outbid me and won this deck signed by Stacey Peralta. I refused to wear Vans today or tomorrow because of it.

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Kevin Jones Ford Explorer Commercial

08 December 2010, 23.37 | Posted in Culture, Snowboarding, Uncategorized | 1 comment »

When I first launched Compatriot back in 2002, I never (ever) imagined that the product would eventually end up in a Ford commercial. But even more rad than having Compatriot be in a Ford commercial is having Compatriot be under the feet of my friend and shred hero, Kevin Jones.

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Connor Getzlaff Gives Fingerprints Two Thumbs Down

03 December 2010, 03.54 | Posted in Skateboarding, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Pretty damn clever title, huh. If Connor Getzlaff wants to skate somewhere, there isn’t a whole lot that you or I can do about it. And to expect him to be carrying identification and ten bucks to do so is just plain asinine. Thanks again to the minds behind Typical Culture for keeping the red light blinking while Skooter shreds.