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~Slam Demons VIA Thrasher Magazine~

Written by on 26th February 2012 in Art, Ride, Skate, Skateboarding with 0 Comments

Words by Adam Creagan | Illustrations by James Callahan

A RATHER GRIM REGGAE LYRIC ONCE PROCLAIMED: “There’s six million ways to die—choose one.” Well, there’s even more ways than that in which you can annihilate yourself on a skateboard. In fact, you don’t have to choose. The trauma lottery never sleeps, and it’s waiting for you the moment you step on the grip. From curbs to waist-high rails, or from flatground to hill bombs, each slam is unique and it’s only a matter of time until this blood debt needs to be reckoned. And whether you’re supernaturally talented or staring down your first drop-in: Everyone pays. The skate/slam covenant is so assured it makes you wonder if there’s dark forces at work, beyond the naked eye, maintaining the sacred oath. Perhaps these invisible entities, Slam Demons if you will, operate something like this…

It’s usually skaters’ arms and legs that get decimated daily. So, when a full-on chest blitz goes down, the first reaction is surprise. Then, the inability to breathe oxygen and sustain life (namely, your own) becomes an urgent concern. Meanwhile, your friends already posted the footage online and it’s a hit on Facebark. The clip went viral and so will your staph infection.

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? You can ponder this paradox as you scrape both your palms off the ground, but basically it’s “Murder, She Wrote.” Wheelbite can be caused by loose trucks, a rock, or a crack. But sometimes it’s the fangs of a spiteful beast who just wanted to see you take a dive, dude.

Forget high interest rates, this slam has the most cruel payment plan of all. An out-of-control board, by way of rocket flip or some other mishap, can quickly become a vertical junk-crusher. For our friends 5’ 6” and under, this one can be pure testicular brutality.

Good griptape you don’t even think about. It keeps you on board when the going gets rough, and when you need to eject, she’ll let you go. Yet, that which giveth can taketh away, and a one-foot-on/one-foot-off slam you won’t soon forget. Rarely seen outside of gymnastics or the dancefloor, the splits will end any session. You can also call it the James Brown or the Van Damme.

Tendons and ligaments don’t ask for much. They just request that you stay within a normal range of motion. When a demonic steamroller parks on top of your foot at an unnatural angle, it’s a deal breaker. You and your ankle will not be on speaking (or walking) terms for several weeks.

Transitions are a blast. Experiencing them on your face? Not so much. When your board gets hi-jacked by the coping, just remember the Transition Gods require a human sacrifice. It’s nothing personal. And don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing…until you hit the flatbottom. Hey, it’s why the trick is called a disaster.

Dennis the Menace was the comic-strip character whose ill-placed skateboard would often send his neighbor, Mr. Wilson, spilling onto the ground, ass-first. Don’t get it twisted, though. This charming heels-over-head comic scenario never included the snapped tailbone and severe thigh hemorrhage that an actual slam-dance can serve up.

Yoga is supposed to be tranquil and meditative, but this monster mash distributes your weight to where you can least support it: Your goddamn neck. This can be the jolt-of-a-lifetime and you’re lucky if you live to tell. When it comes to Slam Demons, there’s no escape. So as you await their arrival, do a rolling tumble when you can, get those arms out if you can’t, and happy skating…

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~The Dukes of Mumbai~

Written by on 25th February 2012 in Art, Customs, Motion Picture, Motorcycles, Ride with 0 Comments

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~The Tyler Warren Experiments Trailer~

Written by on 24th February 2012 in Art, Motion Picture, Surf with 0 Comments

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~2.22.2012 favorite images for the day~

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~Quicksilver’s 585 Boardriders in Venice~

Written by on 22nd February 2012 in Art, fashion, Lifestyle, News, Product, Ride, Surf with 0 Comments

The new 585 Boardriders shop in Venice ( Located at 585 North Venice Blvd ) is a great example of where “Ride Culture” is headed these days. The Quicksilver owned and operated retail experience showcases a gallery space that currently is exhibiting the photography of Venice Local Ken Block. The space is split into a ride specific experience with sections dedicated to Surf, Skate, Fixed gear bicycles, apparel and shoes.

It is a wide open space that previously was Sammy’s Camera west. The space is beautifully designed with a lot of natural lighting, plants, colorful ride inspired product throughout, a screening area for ride inspired film debuts, A small skate session area for the locals to enjoy and a beautiful mural on the side of the building inspired by local artist.

If you have a chance stop by and say hello… The staff is friendly and really define the culture.

Photo’s and story by : Imani Lanier

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~Jackson Browne headed a hootenanny at Mollusk~

Written by on 22nd February 2012 in Art, Lifestyle, music, News, People, Ride, Surf with 0 Comments

Jackson Browne headed a hootenanny at Mollusk Surf Shop in Venice Beach Sunday night. Among the participants were Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Benton Trench (Tom Petty). Much of the Venice surf community was there enjoying the tunes. Westernv Civ spotted Jon Rose and Mike Piscitelli in the crowd among many others.

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Photo’s and Text by: Ward Robinson ( WesternCiv Magazine )

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~Western Woman Post-61~

Written by on 17th February 2012 in Art, fashion, Motorcycles, Photography, Ride, Western Women, Women with 0 Comments

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~RVCA at ART IN THE STREETS~

Written by on 16th February 2012 in Art, fashion, Lifestyle, Ride, Skate, Skateboarding with 0 Comments

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~11 Pieces of Skateboard Furniture by Skate Study House~

Written by on 14th February 2012 in Art, Customs, Lifestyle, Product, Skate, Skateboarding with 0 Comments

Broken skateboards are a byproduct of our culture usually destined for the landfill. The deckstool recycles this waste into a unique, high quality piece of furniture. The scrapes and scars on the decks create beautiful patterns over the original skateboard artwork.

The idea for the skateboard Bench came from working at a skateshop. Kids are always breaking their boards so coming up with a way to use and recycle those skateboar decks seemed like the natural thing to do. Here is one way of using recycled skateboard decks.

Polyurethane wheels changed the world of skateboarding in the 70’s. Incorporating this notable trend into this iconic design produces a true fusion of both eras. The Astro Clock created with 12 skateboard wheels and bearings. Diameter: 17″, 1.5” Depth.

Polyurethane wheels changed the world of skateboarding in the 70’s. Incorporating this notable trend into this iconic design produces a true fusion of both eras. The Hang Up coat hanger is made of coated metal wires with 8 skateboard wheels and bearings. Dimensions: 23.5″x14″x6.5″

A simple and slick design showcasing the beautiful wood veneer of a skateboard deck. This unique piece provides a soothing ambient light and works well in a living room or bedroom. The Nova Lamp is a free standing floor lamp, made of 3 decks, metal structure and light fixture. Dimension: 30″x8″x8″

Hailing from the California lifestyle of longboard skate decks, this bench is not only practical, but it truly is a piece of art. This functional piece can be used as a low table or bench for a living room, bedroom or office. The LKJ Bench is a die-cut longboard deck with metal legs. Dimension: 55″x14″x11″

The Bookshelves crosses skate decks together to give strength and a unique look on the wall. Perfect for a living room or bedroom. The Skate Bookshelves is made of 3 longboard decks horizontal and 3 decks vertical. Dimensions: 45”x32”x10”

The Comet Coffee Table crosses skate decks together to give strength and a unique look. The sleek design of the glass with the decks makes it perfect for a living room. The Comet Coffee Table is made of a round glass top and 8 decks for legs. Diameter: 40″x High: 15″

A masterpiece design incorporating the sleek and fluid lines of a simple skate deck gives this impressively understated table a timeless appeal. The Tokyo Lounge Table is made of a glass top and 4 decks that are re-shaped for legs. Dimensions:44″x34″x10.1/2″, 3/4” glass. Please Note: The template of the deck is from the Jim Gray Pro Model (G&S Team Rider, 80’s era).

One of the most popular pieces of the modern age, this recreation started by finding inspiration in the headrests, which remarkably resembled a skateboard deck. Translated to perfection, this lounge chair boast a mixture of both styles without sacrificing comfort. The Godfather Lounge Chair includes ottoman with 7 walnut laminated decks with cushions on metal frame. Dimensions Chair: 38″x33″x32″. Dimensions Ottoman: 16”x22”x32”

Wrapped by neoprene which is the wetsuit material for surfers, this piece is created to the indoor/outdoor lifestyle and fits perfectly on a patio or waterfront deck. The Jet Set Lounge Chair is made of 8 decks with neoprene cushions on a metal frame. Dimensions: 32″x32″x65″

Seamlessly parralled in shape, the skatedeck creates the perfect foundation and backdrop for this chair incorporating molded plywood parts. The Stax Chair is made of 3 decks and bended pieces of plywood. Dimensions:30″x25″x20″

Seamlessly parralled in shape, the skatedeck creates the perfect foundation and backdrop for this chair incorporating molded plywood parts. The Stax Loveseat is made of 3 longboard decks and bended pieces of plywood. Dimensions:45″x25″x22″

Made with maple plywood, the same as a skateboard deck, this striking piece sets the flavor of any room it is displayed in. The Skate Wall features a pattern of a real size deck and will add a statement of clean style in any bedroom, office or lounge. Folding Dimensions: 96”x30”

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~Amazing stop motion surf film~

Written by on 14th February 2012 in Art, Motion Picture, Photography, Ride, Surf with 0 Comments

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