Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kikkor @ PGA Show

Annual PGA Merchandise Show is this weekend and Kikkors booth looks awesome! Keep an eye on equip2golf for updates of the show. Image from Kikkors facebook.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stoked - Gator

The Gator documentary has been out for years but I never got around to seeing it until last week. Pretty psyched that my public library has both this and the Hosoi one.

I thought Stoked was quite well done. There was a lot I didn't know about Gator. I knew his board years before I actually started skating. There was always some random guy in the neighbourhood who had the classic Vision Gator board. I didn't even know what a Gator was. By the time I started reading skate magazines and familiarizing myself with who the pro's were, he was a flamboyant weirdo. I didn't know there was a punk version of him in the mid 80's. Lots of the interviewees commented on his phoniness with his drastic image changes. The guy seemed to be on another level with the cheesy VSW video clips, crazy self promotion and the overall selling out to the highest bidder.

One of the best parts is when they get to the years when vert was dying and street was taking over. The street footage of him was really really off the charts bad. In comparison to Rising Son, the impact of the transition in the popularity of street skating was a lot more heavy and drastic as well as the extreme lack of support for Gator in terms of friends, family and colleagues.

All the murder stuff is just super gnarly and I was familiar with most of it already. Jason Jessee has some amazing quotes.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Alex Olson Circle

Skateboarding Father and Son Steve and Alex Olson did an art show back in Dec. Stoked on this piece. I assume it was done by repeatedly putting paint on the launch ramp and doing wall rides, then rotating the medium, until the marks form a circle. Image from Crailtap. Some funny stuff to follow at his tumblr as well.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Washington Capitals Mike Green

Most people that know me know that I'm a hockey nut. If an NHL game is being broadcasted, there's a good chance my tv will be on that channel. Not only do I watching games, I partake in fantasy hockey, which is just hockey Dungeons and Dragons.

Lots of pro models have come out with NHL logo inspired graphics such as Gino for 101, Colin x 2 for Plan B, T-Ferg for Girl, Wade for DGK and Getz for Habitat.

I was perusing frozen in carbonite and came across this post and apparently Mike Green of the Washington Capitals is into skateboarding. The Maxim article referenced is partially available here. I have a feeling he wasn't a very good skater. I found this video below from a google search and he says his best trick is/was a kickflip, which, let's be honest, is just a stock trick for any kid who's been skating for more than a few months.

Regardless of how good or bad of a skater he was as a teenager, it's cool that he's still into it and collects boards for art. I'd be psyched to get one of the above Mike Green boards. Dude really is an amazing offensive defenceman. I think he should've been on the 2010 Canadian Olympic Team.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Aaron Snyder VHS

I'm not sure how or why I ended up at Aaron Snyder's facebook but saw this board graphic and thought it was cool. A graphic with a stack of VHS tapes of 80's and 90's skate videos is pretty awesome.

I'm not entirely sure what sort of reputation he has, although I get the feeling it's leaning not toward good. Regardless, I always thought he did some cool tricks. That first bs tail is do or die. Looks like he also contributes to Digital Skateboarding online.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Top 10 Jobs?

10 Best Jobs

1. Software engineer: $87,140
2. Mathematician: $94,178
3. Actuary: $87,204
4. Statistician: $73,208
5. Computer systems analyst: $77,153
6. Meteorologist: $85,210
7. Biologist: $74,278
8. Historian: $63,208
9. Audiologist: $63,144
10. Dental hygienist: $67,107

In this article, the majority of the top 10 jobs require a keen sense of mathematics. My day job is #4... it's a good steady job but I never really thought of it as a top 10 sorta thing.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I never would have thought that Quiksilver could possibly have a skate program that consisted of good riders and put out awesome web clips. Austyn Gillette absolutely kills it. Smooth, stylish and fast. Bill Strobeck makes skating looks good... fun, yet gritty.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Underworld Element Hunter

Super sick Harold Hunter ad from back in the Underworld Element days. Image from Skateboarding is...

Monday, January 10, 2011

Superior 2010 World Double D Cup

Noticed this new company out of Dwindle the other day. It sounds like they are a price point brand. Dwindle already has Speed Demons so I would assume they are not in direct competition with them and are maybe covering the gap between SD and the Blind/Cliche/Almost/Enjoi/Darkstar thrift/logo boards.

I couldn't help but laugh when I saw these graphics. Obviously they're not the first company to use boobs on a board but cup size in conjunction with the World Cup theme, I thought it was pretty clever. Can't hate on the World Cup!

In other Dwindle news, Arcade is getting their boards pressed by them for their 2011 line. No more Bareback.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Video Days 20 Year Anniversary

So sick. The Blind team from one of the best videos of all time reunite 20 years later.

Friday, January 7, 2011

HD Cruise

This video looks cool. Truck wobble.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Already Been Done

If you haven't checked it out yet, go visit Already Been Done. Contributors include Friedberg, Brink, Carnie + others, including the master blogger of Chrome Ball Incident. Looking forward to the re-introduction of 411!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

PJ Ladd Bangin'

Happy New Year everyone! Nice way to end 2010 with a little PJ Ladd. Dude is bananas. I dig the switch powerslide speed check.

Also, the Expedition One Madness video is streaming online at Kayo's website here.