Sunday, August 24, 2014

OLDER THAN YOU!

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NATAS|SATAN

In 1988 my next door neighbor used to come visit his father every summer and over the holidays from Texas. I used to watch him skate in front of the house for hours. But I never had the nerve to introduce myself to him. One day it happened. I got up the nerve and decided to go downstairs and meet him. We quickly became close friends. At the time I didn't have a board and he would let me roll around on his. His parents really spoiled him was and he would kinda rub it in my face that I didn't have one and get mad when I was riding his. I remember it like it was yesterday. A black Lance Mountain (the one with knight seal) Independent trucks and Bones wheels. When summer ended he returned to Carollton, Texas and knew I wouldn't see him again till the next holiday. After he left, I knew it was time to get my very own. I circled every combination I could possibly make within the budget I had at the time. Definitely couldn't get the Swiss bearings and had to stick with the German. For some reason one board stood out to me more than any other in this CCS catalog. I think maybe because it was his name or the aggressiveness of the graphic, but I knew at that moment I had to have it. My first real board was The infamous NATAS KAUPAS. It was the natural wood color with Black Gullwing trucks, Schmitt stick rails and a set of Black Powell Mini Rat Wheels with German Bearings. This was my first TRUE LOVE. Skateboarding was a little different back then. It was seen as rebellious activity. Most of the kids that I grew up skating with used it to get away from their shit households and their friends and tribe became their new family. We made a family from our love for skating. Over the years of skating I've made my best friends through it, traveled, experienced the wrong side of the tracks, late nights, laughs, beers, more beers, blood, sweat, tears, lost friends, celebrations, photos, sponsors, contests, more laughs, more beer, big pants , little pants,big wheels.little wheels, duct taped sneakers, long adventures, crazy women, music from every angle, more blood, more tears, cheers, the wind in my face, and 26 years of true love. From the first time I stepped on a board I knew what defined me. Until today I never really thought about how much it meant to me. Today I received my first skateboard again The infamous NATAS. Ive been on the hunt for this board for 15 years . This is my Holy Grail!! My church!! I held it in the hands for the first time in over 25 years and all the great, bad, amazing, trippy, and beautiful memories filled my mind and should once again I am reminded.........I FUCKING LOVE SKATEBOARDING.  photo natas_zps2a1dc67f.jpg

Friday, March 14, 2014

???!!!!???!!!ANGRY BIRDS

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BUTTA PECAN RICANS!!!

BUTTA PECAN RICANS!!! As I turn the big 26…..I mean 36????? 4 friends and I decided to fly to Puerto Rico for a few days…It has to be one of the best trips I've ever taken… Cold Medallas..Sana and the bathroom blues..Visiting El Batey and staring at my future self…I've got five on it Mr.Danny…So many shrimp I got Iodine poising.. Ceviche House..Hustling for beach chairs and slipping past security.. Hip Hop clubs and salsa dancing….while AUTO screams ALLAH..Old ruby….Cock fights!! So Insane!!!!! Forts and Sea Urchins…Weekend at Bernies….!!!!! LA perla...Mofongo, Ox Tail, Jerk Chicken, more Medalla, More Mofongo, Skirt Steak..Laughs, and more laughs…MR. DANNY..Anyone seen my phone or my stickers…Im out of stickers!!!! To my close friends I never want to come home…Til next year!!!!  photo 26_zps3335175a.jpg  photo 16_zpsdafc46c6.jpg  photo 17_zps3c4b0485.jpg  photo 19_zpsa6012694.jpg  photo 21_zpsba3dcba4.jpg  photo 22_zpsbd6e09db.jpg  photo 5_zps98693781.jpg  photo 11_zps971d56e2.jpg  photo 9_zps5754694a.jpg  photo 10_zps32e7a908.jpg  photo 18_zps15e4e9f8.jpg

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MY NEW HOME!!!

 photo 53_zpsd4ae2685.jpg I was nervous I have to admit. One because I hate flying, I hate that I have no control over airbus filled with people I can't trust for 10 hours at 30,000 feet. Two, the horror stories about Brazil. I heard be careful everyday for 3 months. Why Brazil? Its sketchy.SO!!??? Did I make a mistake buying a flight to Sao Paulo to a have a little fun and or breath of fresh air… HELLLLLLLLL NOOOOOOO!!!!! I didn't. From the moment I arrived I was stoked! Lost in translation YES, but surround by BIG butts, good food, non judgmental people, artists/art, did I say great food,and the coldest beers I've ever had. I have to admit the poverty there is the worst I've ever seen, but at the same time looking past the ALL TERRAIN SOCKS AND FEET, the smell of poop, and the crazy crack rambles, they were the nicest people I've met. They do dirt and we do dirt..Thats the mentality, Mind your damn business. THIS WAS MY KIND OF PLACE. Everything from Trannies, yes I said trannies (no touchy but funny to look at), to painting beautiful pieces, to old school hip hop turntable nights, the 300 pixacio meetup, to the cold beers, to sunday afternoon breezes served with a side of Fejioda, to unicycles and psych class, to fill ins dayside, to toothless Pucky, to fish head soup under the bridge, to paint stained hands, to late night chicken sandwiches, to the worm we walked, and to so many memories, I must go back….. THIS place is where its at, yes you have to watch your back, yes its corrupt, yes its not cheap, yes the woman are beautiful, yes!!!!! It's rad!!!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

HELL ON EARTH...

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MONO

 photo 25_zps27fb4ad6.jpg  photo 30_zpsacf63061.jpg MONO CREW....One of the realest cats I met in Brazil. It was such an honor and inspiration to meet someone of this caliber. His art work speaks for itself. He showed us the city the way it was supposed to be seen. Zombie dogs, fat caps, plant sprayers, and crack land.

SKY of PIXAÇAO....

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sao PAULO part THREE.....

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sao PAULO part TWO..

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sao PAULO part ONE...

 photo 1_zpsc64e9c46.jpg  photo 2_zps17d0784f.jpg  photo 4_zps2061c80b.jpg  photo 3_zps329f065d.jpg With a city this size and roughly 18,000,000 people, I have to admit its one of the best skylines I've ever seen.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

PDCST VLM 3

 photo pdcst3small_zps972534cd.jpg A FUN LITTLE 30 MINUTE PODCAST FOR YOUR EARZZZZZZZZ. PDCST VLM3

Friday, April 26, 2013

RING KING

 photo ring_zps3c2eb647.jpg Here's a preview of the new series of handmade rings from recycled skateboards....

Monday, March 4, 2013

STAINED!!!!!!

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Safe Travels....

 photo 85_zpsb1289c4c.jpg  photo 83_zpsb0dc3745.jpg  photo 84_zps8e749f2f.jpg  photo 79_zps802b66a0.jpg  photo 73-1_zps01525de7.jpg  photo 101_zpsb95f0f0e.jpg  photo 51-1_zps03226a77.jpg  photo 50-1_zpsde2efe44.jpg So my homie Smedium and I decided to fly to Germany in the dead of winter and get weird...Mission accomplished!!!! If I had to explain the trip in as little words as possible it would go something like this. Why did I wait this long!! Stoked...DONKEY CHAINS!!!!!