Posts Tagged ‘Krew’

We’ll Make It Better, the Second Time Around

August 20, 2009

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Where were you on this one, Eli Reed

Unless Gator, Ryan Sheckler, JR Blastoff, Chad Fernandez, Kurtis Colamonico, Adam McNatt, Shaun White, Tyrone Olson, Josh Kasper, Greg Lutzka, Andy Mac and Mike Vallely all climbed into an ocean liner that plowed over some baby whales then smashed into an iceberg, caught fire and was devoured by the horrible kraken, then Nick Merlino is not the most hated dude in skateboarding. Although it is kind of a clever marketing campaign for Foundation, the company that blinked first and this week signed up New Jersey’s favorite switch spinnin’ Baker reject. Foundation and Nick Merlino: Making skateboarding annoying again? Make it work, people…

It’s an interesting tack for Foundation though. Comeback stories are nothing new over the past few years, but really it’s only if you’re an old dude that people liked in the first place*. Flaring out at the beginning of your career is way tougher to rebound from, even in a world as steeped in nostalgia as the skate-sphere. This is the hard road faced by young Justin Case and also those millions of American Idol contestants who will one day show those nasty judges once and for all that they are true superstars. Like, are people still checking for Billy Waldman?

Of course Nick Merlino’s issues were more political in nature. For those of you not caught up on your messageboard drama, a few years back his gap/rail prowess earned him flow positioning for Baker and Krew companies along with a ticket to Australia, where depending on whom you ask, he flagrantly one-upped Bryan Herman, got in a fistfight with Braydon Szafranski, infested the country with bullfrogs and got along quite nicely with Antwuan Dixon, thank you. Whatever the case he returned to the U.S. in despair, promptly injured himself, dealt some cards in Atlantic City and honed his self-deprecation skills.

Ponder, if you will – was his crime being a too-talented young idiot? And how else does one learn not to be?
What the Fuck is your problem?
A.D.D. is my biggest problem. I just can’t wait to land my shit, I’m too goddamn impatient and I want to get it over with.

Anyway. Adding Merlino, whose time away found him switch heelflipping big shit and not winning many more friends, puts Foundation in this interesting spot where they’re giving dudes second chances and letting them sort of correct earlier missteps. Whether or not Corey “NAACP” Duffel is a changed man is a judgment that this blog will hand off to the big messageboard in the sky, but after Foundation got behind him, people/the industry haven’t exactly ignored him. Also consider Mike Ruscyzk and Matt Allen: Tod Swank has been down to stick with dudes other companies definitely would’ve bounced long before they stepped off the world’s biggest skateboard.

Between Baker and Bummer High, Foundation’s ranks have grown kind of thin lately, but the pro refuse pile may still hold some gems if they want to keep going down this road. It’s been a while since the F had a tech dude, and Brian Wenning is still a free agent, right? Bastien Salabanzi could probably be extracted from his Jart deal, or what about Anthony Mosely, is he still doing those one-man demo camps? Perhaps Danny Gonzales could un-retire one more time… for the bros.

*Here again we reference the McGill pic

Streets is talkin

August 28, 2008


It burns

Recently overheard:

Mark Gonzales heartily endorses Jim Greco’s new zebra pants: “jim, I hope you never stop man. we love you like a brother. hey do these things come in like size 48”

Bo Turner airs out half the skateboard industry:

On Ryan Sheckler: “[W]atching his show sometimes, it seems that all of his problems stem from two things: pussy and f**ked-up parents.”

On Chris Gentry: “I’ll be honest, the whole white rapper thing to me was the biggest joke ever.”

On Rob Dyrdek: “I knew then that he’d turned into the little prick I always thought he was. You see, he and I were like brothers at one time, and now he’s Hollywood Rob.”

On Cairo Foster: “I don’t care how good you are, you don’t nollie hardflip a bench with Coke bottle glasses, Jnco jeans that are 10 sizes too big, and a huggie pink shirt at the Skatepark of Tampa and not get made fun of.”

On Josh Kalis: “if I ever see you again, I will fucking murder you. Don’t call Sarge and ask why. You know why, you fucking coward.”

On Jason Lee: “Fuck you, Jason Lee.”

On others: “Fuck all of you.”

Amazing. On a less physically threatening note, Quartersnacks, who you really should order multiple videos from right now, posted what is probably the single best Youtube video clip I’ve seen since somebody forwarded me this lion/buffalo/crocodile battle royale, and though it’s more or less made the rounds at this point, it bears watching again, and again and again. And then again later on when you’re drunk at your computer and everybody else has gone to sleep.

Behold the Nandez:


No joke indeed…

Active has bargains

April 22, 2008

The fates today decided to bless me with the Active spring 08 catalog. Obviously a rare piece of luck. Against my better judgment I flipped through it after work and really, there are some pretty amazing deals to be had…


Say you’re silly enough to buy a class ring, but you’re not feeling the school spirit… Emerica gives you the option of indulging your taste for fake gold and plastic emeralds to the tune of $14.99. If you own this and you’re over 18 you are completely without hope. Active also has a pretty badass Krew ring that says “Krew” on it, FYI.


At least when CCS fills up a dozen pages with their in-house shit, they don’t pretend it’s not cut-rate shit. Active allows you to advertise their mail-order skate shop with a $60 sweatshirt. For serious Active fanatics only.


Altamont presents the $30 pocket t-shirt. But I’m sure the cut is, like, amazing.


Krew again. $47. Knockoff Burberry shorts fetch a cool $9.99 at the bodega around the corner from my house. So if anybody out there deems these babies a must-have for the summer season hit me up and I’ll make it happen for $40 (shipping plus finder’s fee). If you’re a major fan, inquire about our $59.99 two-piece Burberry suit…


Stussy flip-flops. As far as I remember, back in the mid-90s Stussy was like a late arrival on the Ocean Pacific/junior high surf-wear scene. It still puzzles me how they hoodwinked everybody into accepting them as some kind of cutting edge streetwear company. Active’s selling Stussy’s god-awful t-shirts for $23, so at $33, maybe these flip flops are a bargain? Yes?


Here we have an Element product. On the subject of t-shirts, insert the comment about the Krew Burba shorts and replace “bodega” with “truck stop of your choice.” The $32 price tag would be kind of amusing if this wolf/eagle/grizzly/whatever novelty graphic shit wasn’t played out a year or two ago.


not even bad shoes, some of the better ones Es has out now or anytime in the last few years actually, but the bite of the Bratrud Nikes is so completely obvious it leaves me wondering if this is some kind of joke that I’m not in on. I don’t like to think so of course, but it would explain some of Es’s more bizarre moves lately, like bringing back the scheme.


OK, I’m getting behind this one here. I think it’s cool that kids today, even those who order from Active, have the option of rocking a Venture “Awake” shirt. I know Indy is the cool truck company right now and all, but this is a classic. And wouldn’t you know, it’s on sale–$12.99.