Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
I think Killer Dave hit it right on the head when he claimed Odd Future as Wu Tang 2012. These guys are what hip hop is all about. They made a standard Terry Richardson photo shoot into an improvised video shoot that landed them 4.7 million views on YouTube. That's more people than watch an episode of Mad Men just for reference.
Friday, May 18, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
"You got it yo. One more." Thanks Norm for the link.
It was really a blessing to be a trainer back home. I had such a good network of contacts that although I may have bitched every other day, I could really build business simply with a few text messages. It's been tough starting from scratch. Learning how to "market" myself against Ironman competitors and former boy-band now ballet dancers has been a lesson in humility. Why pay me when you can get this guy with his killer back tat?
Integration is still in an issue here as the high end clubs don't hire minorities, Asians think I'm Mexican and Mexicans know I'm Asian; so I'm pretty much fucked. I can't earn a premium for standing around anymore. So I guess after all these years of joking about it, I could still apply to work at Sunglass Hut. At least they may provide insurance once I can prove I didn't sneak over the border.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Cheese & Crack is one of the most watchable videos although the soundtrack is almost unbearable. It's great to catch an edit with Daewon's voiceover. When that video came out, it inspired me to try and get some tranny legs going. Growing up skating, most guys my age had access to mini-ramps and had a decent bag of tricks. I lost most of those tricks and had to painfully re-learn them all back as a grown ass man when I could get near a mellow quarterpipe. Thank the Lord for Astoria Park. Too bad I don't live a short skate away anymore.
I was most excited to finally re-learn backside disaster reverts. Just like the day I finally learned backside tailslides in college after staring at this sequence for all those years. It's relatively easy trick, but it's always fun to throw out there because it's flashy. But one sloppy revert and your "park wheels" turn into "street wheels". Duh Duh Duh Duh.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
We did, however, find two crazy spots. It's insane to see how rough & rugged these spots really were. It still amazes me what's been done there. The cement isn't exactly smooth, there's tons of cracks and one bail and it's splash, into the river.
Silas' back tail is retarded. The angle is crazy tight, the bondo entry barely helps, and the ledge is head height. One slip out and it's straight to the dome. It's a shame the bondo is currently chopped up. Dunno if that was a city thing or someone wanted to close out the spot.
Then there's Daewon's ender from Skate More. From the cracks to the speed he had to get to fakie manual the whole distance to the steepness of the re-entry. Fuck. That shit is no joke.