Archive for April, 2009

Hope Springs Eternal

April 29, 2009


Flower power

Following on fellow team rider Jereme Rogers’ late-nite i-phone philosophizing, here we find his comparatively soft-spoken countryman and teammate Ryan Gallant in a season-specific ad that’s refreshing in more ways than one. The trick itself isn’t super hot, not “Put ‘Em In the Lac” hot anyway, but it’s nice enough, the angle is different, and personally I’m okay not being beaten over the head with ender-enders on each and every page. You know? Plan B as a company carries a lot of baggage* (though Massachusetts as the new Canada is an intriguing concept) but there are small things they get right now and then that make it a little harder to write them off entirely, abysmal graphics and reality TV car-wrecks aside. This ad, and the fact that they seem to have ditched the campaign idea in favor of generally running with whatever they’re feeling that month, transports me back to a time when the only skateboarder putting out rap albums held it down on Nickelodeon. The Scott Decenzo full-bleed switch backside tailslide last month was cool also.

*Insert Jereme Rogers Louis Vuitton-related rap lyric here

Things I Learned Reading Jereme Rogers’ Twitter Page

April 27, 2009


Bird is the word

In case you’ve been living in a cave on the dark side of planet Mars with a flower-pot jammed over your head, Twitter is the new and popular internet service that makes your Facebook status feelings into an interesting blog site. Celebrities have triumphed as the driving force of the Tweet-o-sphere after Ashton Kutcher obliterated the hopes and dreams of CNN recently, and it should come as no surprise to any of us that proud Christian, switch feeble grinder and budding hip-hop artist Jereme Rogers owns and operates one of the more popular Twitspots around, which you too can view here.

Tweeter has given birth to a host of add-on applications such as Twigit, Twibble, Twitteriffic and Tweetberry, a cereal that is nutritious and fun at the same time. But as ever, content is king, which is a lucky thing for Jereme Rogers’ Tweet followers because JR Blastoff pours the same amount of soul, determination and steely-eyed street level reality into each of his 140-character Twits as he does his rap songs. A few highlights after a cursory Twit-scan:

*Sober Mind Power is a concept of the past as Jereme Rogers employs clever pot-smoking euphemisms, but not before explaining what they mean. “‘Handling some paper work’ Means:Smokin a blunt or joint ‘Closing a deal’ Means:Having sex”

*Watch for an upcoming Axe body spray commercial featuring Ryan Sheckler’s progress into the world of ill-considered tattoo art

*Spelling Greg Lutzka’s last, and first, name is more difficult than it seems

*Jereme Rogers’ maneuverings through the rap realm are far more serious and major than anyone (or at least me myself) have given him credit for. Namely that those other dudes like “Diezel” are “his artists,” which I interpret to mean he pays them to rap and wave bottles of liquor in front of webcams and things. Ponder if you will, the life of the JR Blastoff weed carrier. “Eatin bennihanas wit diezel, chavonne an jess”

*If you scratch Jereme Rogers’ back in a significant and businesslike manner, he will reciprocate, possibly via a high-profile Tweetering. “Eatin Wahoos right now an they had a big poster of me on the wall, Eat Wahoos, figured I’d support them, play fair” (includes a Twitpic of said poster, a DVS POP item)

*Canadian skate-bro Scott Decenzo can make a pretty sweet Monopoly stencil

*Jereme Rogers did not like the Julia Robers/Clive Owen vehicle “Duplicity,” which has been noted in the press to be “delightfully twisty” and “superior entertainment.” JR begs to differ with not one but two rather pointed Tweeterings: “it was slow an dragged on, I am no smarter from it.”

*Finally, as the hour grows late, so does Jereme Rogers get deep: “I sleep now, but I will lay an bed an u could say meditate for about 20mins 1st, this consist of being as thoughtless as possible, at peace

u should try it sometime, doesn’t have to be before bed it can be day, wheneva. Just focus on ur breathing, be as thoughtless as possible

when u cut off compulsive thinkin, God talks to you, it’s a time for learning, blessings, self understanding-which is very important folks

Self understanding is where u drive ur true self confidence from, ur hope an goals, determination, peace an happiness. You most know urself

you must love urself, truly, be pleased wit urself. Theres a love chain-it starts wit God, then u will learn to love urself, then others

once you’ve done this an can look urself an there mirror an truly be happy, you will no longer hate on anyone, an you will go to new levels

you will live at peace wit urself an others, u will be filled wit self confidence, an you will be able to conquer whatsoever u please”

Lazy Sunday

April 26, 2009

Afternoon delight from Tom Penny

Koston’s Shoe Future Still In Limbo, I Find Myself Disagreeing With Tim Dowling

April 23, 2009


Guy Mariano on Converse like 15 years ago

As expected, the Guy Mariano VBS episodes have provided a pretty glorious wallow in the 90s nostalgia mudhole, and I was wondering what they would do when they got to the “Mouse” era – I kind of had this idea that they might just put up the part itself as the week’s episode and move on, because, really, what’s there to say that hasn’t been said a hundred times over and who wouldn’t watch it again.

But they did it up in properly nerdy fashion and got into editing choices, and pretty early on it’s brought up how they put the switch shove-it k-grind as the last trick, which really wasn’t something that resonated with me much at the time the video came out but does kind of represent not just the genius of “Mouse” and the way it was put together but to an extent videos of that whole time frame. Tim Dowling, who more or less achieved skateboard legend status himself off that part, talks about how he used to think the switch b/s tailslide shove-it ought to have been the last trick, which I’m sure prompted a whole other (younger) group to furrow their brows and mouth the words “nuh uh switch front shove crooks”… but both of these are far too on the nose, something that I’m sure Rick Howard completely understands and would instantly brush off with some muttered “uhh, it’s just a skate video” comment. Which would be true.

Whether or not Guy Mariano’s part in “Mouse” would still be the best part evar if it ended on (insert preferred/gnarlier trick here) is a question best left to those who deal in alternate dimensions and infinite worlds*… but I do think “Mouse” would’ve been a slightly lesser video had they put Koston last, big trick heroics and all. Perhaps the point is the build-to-a-peak model needn’t be the only way to look at putting together a part, similar to how the best-part-last-second-best-part-first-etc roadmap isn’t necessarily the sole path to skate video greatness. We’re all aware of Osiris’s problems but a nod to their ballsiness for ending not one but two vids on shared parts; as long as Baker Bros. productions tend to drag, and they do, they deserve credit for playing out the thread til the bleary frayed end. Or how about Foundation, giving the last section in their most recent production to an only sort of reinvigorated Ethan Fowler.

*like maybe Rick Ross

Green Mind

April 22, 2009

Though the color red has been more on my mind lately I thought today fitting for this pic of Jeff Grosso, to which I recently was hipped. Clean and green, just the way dear old Mama Gaia likes it. With that in mind, your thought for the day comes from this Vans interview with Grosso himself.

Last good book you read?
Elizabeth Gilbert‘s Eat, Pray, Love is fueled by a mix of intelligence, wit, and colloquial exuberance that is close to irresistible.

A New Horizon

April 21, 2009


Joey Pressey nosegrinds in Landscape’s “Horizons”

Probably you all remember how Jay-Z faced an inconvenience when the September 11 airplanes crashed on the same day he released his Blueprint CD, yet he prevailed over the long run because of how he married Beyonce while George Bush Jr. won the war on global terror. Father Time will judge whether Landscape’s “Horizons” video can surmount the similarly huge obstacle of dropping just as the Koston footwear sponsor galactic crisis broke loose, but Landscape, sometimes known as Mark Foster’s other other company, has one thing going for them that S. Carter never did, namely that they are not saddled with the albatross that was Memphis Bleek’s career in rap music.

Also they have Joey Crack who is really good and has apparently reverted to using both his given names (recall, if you will, a brief period of time when Jay-Z considered changing his name to er, “Rocky”). Someone said a few years back that Pressey was like a UK Danny Renaud, which I could sort of see, but the more I think about it, it’s probably more accurate to say that John Lupfer is an American Joey Crack. He’s awesome and has some interesting angles at South-Bank and a high-speed feeble grind but is this the part from the dude we (I) have been waiting for? Not sure. Need 2 study more ‘authentic’ Brit skate vids. Feelin ‘sad.’

Clocking in under the crucial 30-minute mark with a noisy, Workshoppy intro, “Horizons” also features some ams, younger and slimmer dudes who do a lot of nosebonks and backside tailslides on banks and long lines where the dude turns around, which always seem relaxing for some reason. Oh, and Nick Stansfield does one of those Chico Brenes backside flips where the board kickflips and then the dude 180s, super good.

Personally though the really hot skating lies with the old dudes like Soy Panday, who fully goes for the Zoo/”Mixtape” vibe via vintage Ghostface and speedy cruising, a lot like Bobby Puleo but without all the baggage. Fast, lots of ledges and next to nothing over three feet tall, a classic old-guy part and urban without overdoing it too much. And that loooong tailslide. This is one of the best parts I’ve seen this year I think actually. Snowy as well, a bit more muscle behind tricks like that backside flip over the huge hip, and the gangster kickflip to fakie, I think he uses a Britpop version of “Lady Marmalade” which is interesting. Plan to watch this a few times if you can – sunny afternoons, skateboarding in the city, fun summer ahead.

If you live in the UK they probably have this video all over; in the US think Unicron has it, or they used to.

No New Koston Shoe Sponsor Info In This Post About A Matt Bennett Trick

April 20, 2009

When I think back to Matt Bennett’s surprise debut in the “Good and Evil” video, with that song from the car commercial and some pretty questionable trick choices, it seems like he had a certain number of things working against him but right away I was pretty much a fan of this dude. Partly because the backside Barley grind was one of those I’d been hoping to see for a few years (though I seem to remember a Birdhouse kid pulling it… Vinny Gambardella?), and I guess partly because he’s got this weird scarecrow style that generally makes it work. And he does weird tricks, like this fakie backside tailslide… or, fakie switch frontside noseslide, which to my mind sounds more accurate. From the newer Thrasher which also contains a really balls-to-the-wall contents-spread sequence of Brandon Westgate, a kid whose skating I have a hard time getting into, but that’s neither here nor there unless he is somehow responsible for Matt Bennett not having more footage in the Fallen shoes video. I have noticed that he does wear looser pants, a hallmark of your potential shoplifter. Right about now this post is getting way stupid.

RTFM

April 19, 2009


Struggling man

This week of course was marked by the earth-shaking news of Eric Koston’s abrupt coop-flying from Lakai, a major departure from the usual team moves (for instance, Koston’s migration to Lakai only three short years ago) that are telegraphed months in advance by whimsically named personalities on the SLAP board. That Frost Man, with a Berrics/4-Star/Koston shoe company out of Podium apparently ruled out, is reported to be making the most of playing the footwear field amid talk of Nike and Vans shopping sprees. With the most likely scenario (at least in our limited imaginations here at BTO) being that Koston fell on the financial sword for his erstwhile partners in the Flare, taking his sizable paycheck off the table to let Lakai live in the means to which it has become accustomed despite a crushing economic downturn, this may be the last great deal Koston does, so why not grab the brass ring? One has to wonder if he watches Donny’s final, fatal missed strike and, hours later, wakes up sweating and tormented by visions of fakie 360 flip switch frontside boardslides and the damning realization that nothing is forever… before easing back into his giant pile of money and snuggling amongst his several comely concubines.

But yet, that wasn’t THE most shocking bit of recent news, nor was it this bit of batty baby boarding courtesy of Chris Cole, Pennsylvanian Barbarian. (via the Plat)

No no, it is the fact that the skate video project that dare not speak its name may indeed become a reality: Tactical Manual 2 is apparently in the works and will include a full Tyrone Olson part. Now, if you don’t remember Tactical Manual there isn’t much hope or help for you on the internet, except for Snyderman’s part on youtube along with another dude twirling a dolphin flip down some stairs. However, it is still available on VHS. I wonder if VCRs are like rotary-dial phones to “kids today.”

Wasted Youth

April 15, 2009

No point trying to sum up this experience in words. Sort of like the Nandez “gargoyle” vid. Wow

Update

Gotta Be The Shoes

April 13, 2009

When I saw the cover of this month’s Skateboard Mag, which features a wild-and-wooly interview with sometime BTO favorite Torey Pudwill, I got to wondering whether Swooshbuckler Brian Anderson was channeling the Ghost of P-Rod Advertisements Past with this “taste the rainbow” ensemble that harkens back to those anticipation-tinged days surrounding the release of the Paul Rodriguez 2 model. This ad made a big impression on me, because P-Rod at once debuted a wacky color-scheme for a pair of shoes, and simultaneously obliterated the days-long thought process that surely would go into constructing a matched outfit for them, by donning the only logical hat-shirt-pants combo in the universe that could possibly work. Clearly it also made a big impression on our hearty street pirate, who may have thought his people would receive more equitable treatment under an Obama presidency, but was proven woefully wrong last weekend.

Irregardless, the ad in question:

So. Hear any other good ones about Nike lately?


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