TEAM PAIN starts work in Feb on their first skatepark of 2008 in St. Lucie, FL. Here’s a shot of Bert Turned working on the skatepark in Antwerp. www.teampain.com.
CALIFORNIA SKATEPARKS – The brand new Lake Cunningham, San Jose, CA, Skatepark was built by California Skateparks, Inc. a multi-disciplinary company specializing in the construction, planning and design of public and private concrete skateparks, plazas, and skate spots. California Skateparks has been building private and backyard facilities for years now and for some of the biggest names in the skateboarding industry, including Tony Hawk, Lance Mountain and Andrew Reynolds, Paul Schmitt (Schmitt Stix), Jeremy Fox (Flip Skateboards) and Pierre Andre (Sole Technologies) to just name a few. They are also working on designs for Bucky Lasek and Danny Way’s Hawaii complex. So if you are ready to really enjoy your backyard visit www.californiaskateparks.com.
NIKE NEWS– Rick Charnoski and Buddy Nichols are working on their latest video project ‘Deathbowl to Downtown: the Evolution of Skateboarding in New York’. It’s sure to be another skate cult classic. For more info visit www.nikeskateboarding.com and www.nysk8movie.com.
MALOOF MONEY CUP – California Skateparks has partnered with the Maloof Money Cup as their exclusive designer/builder to develop the world’s first concrete skateboard plaza created for competition. The Maloof Money Cup will be the richest purse ever for a skateboard only contest with $100,000 going to first place in street. The contest plaza will be designed by Pro Skateboarders Andrew Reynolds and Eric Ellington along with the California Skateparks design team. For more information on this event go to www.maloofmoneycup.com.
BACKYARD BOWL SERIES presented by DVO and 158 – Feb 9, Mar 8, Apr 12 and May 10th. OBX, NC. Each pool will host it’s own event and the overall points winner will take the series. Sign up for the event at www.158surfandskate.com and www.duckvillageoutfitters.net. Cost is $25 per person per event and includes a free t-shirt. If you have any questions, concerns, and need directions, please call either 158 @ 252-255-1581 or DVO @ 252-261-7222. Dates are subject to change due to weather conditions.
GRIND FOR LIFE SKATEBOARD SERIES 2008 – 3 contests – 3 disciplines – 3 different Florida skateparks. Grind For Life, Inc., founded by Mike Rogers, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps people with cancer, especially those who travel long distances to treatments. Entry Fee: $20 per contest (includes free t-shirt). Trophies to top 5 in each division. Age Divisions: 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, Girls, 16-29, Sponsored, 30-39, 40 and over. 1st Contest ‘Street’- February 16 at Jupiter Skatepark (561) 630-5684 at 1501 W. Frederick Small Rd Jupiter, FL 33458. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. 2nd Contest ‘Bowl’ – April 5 at Stirling Skatepark (727) 738-2920 at 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin, FL 34698. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. 3rd Contest ‘Flow’ – May 31 at Cocoa Beach Skatepark (321) 868-3238 at 1450 Minuteman Cswy. Between the two schools. Start registration at 10:00 am. Contest starts at 11:00 am. Overall Awards – November 15 Cocoa Beach Skatepark. Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. Awards ceremony for the whole series will be held on November 15, 2008 at the 6th Annual Grind For Life Benefit Event from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. This event will feature pro demos, live music, mega raffles, food and drinks, and a silent auction. For more info, call (561) 252-3839 or visit www.grindforlife.org.
SKATOPIA – June 13-14, 2008 – In addition to the massive amount of expected chaos, there will be multiple contests including highest air, longest grind, etc. For more info go to www.skatopia.org. Also check out www.skatopiathemovie.com.
VENICESKATES.COM – Jesse Martinez and Lance Lemond have launched a new online store and website at www.VeniceSkates.com.
SANTA MONICA AIRLINES – Tuma aka Eric Britton and Bennett Harada have new boards coming out soon on SMA. www.smaskateboards.com.
JESSE MARTINEZ just had a new baby boy with his wife Sandy and they named him Christian. Congratulations to the Martinez family.
AARON MURRAY is going to be a dad again. In addition to his son Dez, Murray and his wife Marissa are expecting a new son, due next month. Koping Killer is alive and kicking. Murray has also been working on new coutre apparel designs with Alan Scott. www.kopingkiller.com.
DREAMLAND has left their mark with new skateparks in Tigard, OR, Bay City, OR, Saffron Walden, UK, Portland, OR and Polson, MT and the largest Dreamland Skatepark every built in Battle Ground, WA. www.dreamlandskateparks.com.
BLACK LABEL SKATES – Black Label would like to welcome Vince de Valle to the team. ‘God Save the Label’ is now filming. Watch the trailer at BLACKLABELSKATES.COM.
GO SKATEBOARDING DAY – The International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) announced today the 5th Annual International Go Skateboarding Day (GSD) will be held this year on the first day of summer, Saturday, June 21, 2008. Check out how you can get involved or create your own event this year at www.goskateboardingday.org.
WREX COOK has new wheels out on Deville. Beer cans and ashtrays! The Wrex cook 58mm Pro model is available through Eastern Skate Supply. www.devillewheels.com.
FURY TRUCKS team riders for 2008 are Tom Penny, Tony Hawk, Rodrigo Tx, Arto Saari, Bob Burnquist, Lance Mountain, Rune Glifberg, Javier Sarmient, Jake Piaseki, Danny Wainwright, Jake Duncombe, David Gonzalez, Justin Figueroa, Jon Dickson, Wes Kramer, Tyler Surrey and Willow. Fury is proud to introduce the EVO 2, a truck designed to be the most stable and responsive high truck on the market. See all this and sign up to win a copy of Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground at www.furytruckcompany.com.
MATIX is proud to announce the addition of Jesus Fernandez to the team. Currently residing in the European skate-Mecca, Barcelona, Fernandez joins team riders Daewon Song, Rick McCrank, Brandon Biebel, Jeron Wilson, Van Wastell, JB Gillet, Torey Pudwill, Mike Mo Capaldi, Marty Murawski, Mike Anderson, Rodney Mullen and Marc Johnson. www.matixclothing.com.
BURTON acquires Alien Workshop, Reflex and Habitat. DNA Distribution will continue to operate in Dayton, Ohio and CEO and Co-Founder Chris Carter will continue to oversee the DNA brands, which include Alien Workshop, Habitat and Reflex Bearings.
SLAUGHTER AT THE OPERA – March 1st, Sydney Opera House – Sydney, Australia. Live webcast at www.globe.tv/slaughter. Webcast begins at 7pm on Feb 29th in the U.S. (P.S.T.). $50,000 Cash Prize.
TONY HAWK FOUNDATION NEWS – Applications for Spring 2008 Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grants can be accessed via www.tonyhawkfoundation.org. Applications must be completed by March 1, 2008.
POLESTAR DISTRIBUTION – (Navigator, Deville, AZPX, Live Oak, Brokn) has been commissioned to bring skateboarding to the Skin Art Expo being help at the Cardinal Stadium in Glendale Arizona this May. Skateboarding, live music, and on sight tattooing will be just a few of the festivities going on at this event. Navigator Trucks has brought in Jim Bell to build a ramp to fit this venue so keep your ears and eyes peeled for more news. www.polestardistribution.com.
SKIN ART EXPO – May 16-18, 2008 @ The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ. www.skinartexpo.com.
3RD LAIR has announced they have opened a second location (skatepark and skateshop) in Burnsville, Mn. The park is indoor and outdoor and features a mini-ramp and street course. The shop features skateboard only products, shoes, and accessories. Please visit www.3rdlair.com for more details.
GRINDLINE ACTION – Wheeling, WV has a new Grindline Skatepark. Lil Eddie and Chris Collette are just finishing up the bowl for the park in Witchita Falls, TX. And check out video footage of the new Irrigon, Oregon Grindline creation at www.grindline.com.
FLIP has new goods on their website including the ‘Skull’ deck graphics, the ‘Extremely Sorry’ decks and wheels, and the ‘Love Shrooms’ the ‘Punk Pins’. Enter to win a Rowley / Indy Prize Pack. Flip has promoted German ‘wunderchild’ Willow to the official European Team. Watch for more hardcore ripping and antics from Willow soon. Flip welcomes Luan De Oliveira to the am team. Luan comes from Porto Alegre in the South of Brazil, and has been secretly skating there for the last several years. Currently the whole team is filming for the new Flip DVD ‘Extremely Sorry’. Expect to see some of the most mental and ballistic bangers in the coming months before the hammer drops. www.flipskateboards.com.
DITCH SLAP 2008 – The Albuquerque Ditch Slap is April 30th through May 4th. Contact Ryan Ricker at email@example.com for details.
SKATELAB celebrates its 10 year anniversary. Congrats to Todd and the crew. www.skatelab.com.
POCKET PISTOLS has added the legendary Rick Blackhart to the team. Watch out for new deck and wheel graphics to drop soon. www.pocketpistols.com.
SCIENCE and ASHLEY have finished building the flat bottom part of their backyard ramp in the OBX in prep for springtime action. Stay tuned.
BAKER SKATEBOARDS: The Baker Spring 08 products are online and the re-designed Baker website will be up very soon at www.bakerskateboards.com. To see the latest Baker products, check out: www.blitzdistribution.com.
ALL NATIONS SKATE JAM – AUGUST 22, 2008 – Celebration of Spirit Conference presesnts ALL NATIONS SKATE JAM II. All Events open to the public. Come see or compete with some of the best skaters in Indian Country. The event will take place at Disney World, Coronado Springs, Conference Center 301 West Buena Vista Drive in Lake Buena Vista, FL. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAY ADAMS UPDATE – Jay is due to be released in July 2008. You can send letters to Jay Adams #92665-022 Federal Correctional Institution PO Box 5000 Sheridan, OR 97378. Jesse James recently paid Jay a visit in jail and fronted as a journalist to get a special pass to hang out with Jay for a few hours. Stay tuned for more on that.
C.A.S.L. CONTESTS – Feb 22-24 – C.A.S.L. at Camp Woodward West – three day of unlimited riding in Hanger 18. Bowl, Street, Vert and Mini Ramp contests. All events are qualifiers for the 2008 California State Games. Mini ramp is also a qualifier for the Vans Warped Tour and the Retaks Series. www.caslusf.com.
BIRDHOUSE website has added a spot to buy the new video ‘The Beginning’ as well as a web exclusive interview with Derek Burdette at www.birdhouseskateboards.com.
SPEERCO SKATEPARK CONSTRUCTION – There’s a new wooden bowl at the YMCA in Clairemont, CA, built by the Speerco crew. Jason Speer and the boys did some minor tune up on the street course and replaced a lot of the coping in the concrete pool, along with some tile work. PacSun was a major contributor in paying for everything. www.4dwn.com.
MELBOURNE OLD SCHOOL SKATE JAM – Melbourne Old School Skate Jam. Saturday Feb 9th 2008. 10am -6pm. Frankston Skate Park. Samuel Sherlock Reserve, Olive Grove, Frankston. Melway 102 E2. Melbourne Australia. Registration and details at www.charliedontskate.com.
CONSPIRACY SKATES – Congratulations to team rider Glen Charnoski! Not only was he 2007’s #1 overall Master Bowl Rider, he also has a new baby boy and a pro model out now on Conspiracy! Keep Rippin’ Glen! www.conspiracyboards.com.
ADAM WRIGHT has just finished his second photo book called ‘Road Course II’ featuring classic images of Jason Jessee, Jesse James, Jeff Decker, Shinya Kimura, Masa Kimura, Brandon Casquilho, Mark Drews, Gabe Griffin, Ryan Reed, Jasin Phares, Rico Fodrey, Job Stevens, Corey Chrysler, Moby, Corinne Cottrell, Aron Lucier, Max Schaaf, Steve Wertheimer, Tommy Jackson, Jim Jard, Elmer Gantry, Corey Severa, Sean Johnstun, Danny Burroughs and Danny Takahashi. You can get your copy of ‘Road Course II’ by visiting www.mooneyesusa.com.
SECTOR 9 – HAVASSY ART SKATEBOARDS – Fiberglass and maple construction give these boards a life of their own. Discover the true meaning of sidewalk surfing. Each board is artist signed. Check them out at http://havassyart.com/news_events/hav-sector9.html and www.sector9.com.
BONES WHEELS REVOLUTION – Brand, spanking new BonesWheels.com. New Blog. New Video Clips. New Team Members. New Products. Same Revolutionary Formulas. 100% Slide-Ability. 100% Less Flat Spots. www.BonesWheels.com.
SK8MAFIA is online and available at your local skateshop. Check out the new line at www.sk8mafia4life.com.
CHRISTIAN HOSOI has been working on a deal with Disney where he will be using Disney cartoon graphics on a new line of skateboard decks. His first graphic is rumored to be Mickey Mouse doing a Christ air.
WEZ LUNDRY just fractured his radius and dislocated his wrist doing a backside air in a backyard pool a couple weeks ago. He’s only two weeks out of surgery, but hopes to be back on board in a few weeks.
BRYAN’S BRAIN BENEFIT – Bryan is a fellow skater who has fallen on hard times. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor and has taken on brain surgery more than once in the last couple of months and battled the side effects. There was a great turnout for Bryan’s benefit at Kona, thanks to the support, especially from Martin Ramos and Johnny Temple. It wouldn’t have happened without them. Bryan has not been able to work for months, yet the bills keep coming. Any support is greatly appreciated. You may contact Bryan on his message board and contributions can be made on this site: www.Bryansbrainbenefit.org
SHANNON and OTIS – The backyard network expands with another swimskate pool in SC. Shannon and Otis have been working with the legendary Dave ‘Suede’ Libhart to finish her up. PHOTO by Shannon Smith
SMELL THE ‘CRETE PART DEUX is in full post production swing, representing four decades of skateboarding and skateboard heroes. Some featured rippers are Kevin Anderson, Eric Britton, Sk8 Junkeez, Omar Hassan, The Greek, Josh Sandoval, Roland Sumile, Donovon Piscopo, Jason Vanzant, OG DT, Connor Getzlaff, Brendan Keavney, Robert Russo and E-man. Check the latest preview at www.b-artwork.com/videography.html
BART SARIC AND SON – Check out Odin’s video at www.skatermade.com. The Jr. Mint Division short film called ‘Skater Made’, starring Odin Saric was nominated at the most recent X-Dance film festival in Utah. Skate dad, Bart Saric will be honored to have a guest board for Bulldog Skates this year. Bart Saric will also be doing a limited run ‘American Nomad’ guest board, around this summer. www.
JSLV: Blitz’s newest brand, (Jus Liv) was established in 2007 and is an upcoming lifestyle brand, entrenched in the skate, snow and graffiti culture. JSLV recently launched its website, www.jslvcorp.com, which features the latest JSLV gear and a daily updated blog.
INDEPENDENT TRUCK COMPANY is proud to present, its first video, in association with NHS Fun Factory, filmed and edited by Grant Schubert. Get in the van with Peter Hewitt, Chet Childress, Matt Mumford, Darren Navarrette, Dan Drehobl, Al Partanen, Omar Hassan, Andrew Currie, and Sammy Baca as they travel through Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana skating 14 of the world’s best concrete skateparks! Lincoln City, Weed, Battleground, Polson, Kettle Falls, Leavenworth, Jacksonville, McMinnville, Glenhaven, Irrigon, Missoula, Whitefish, Sandpoint, and Pier Park. Independent Northwest 20007 is an online exclusive video with 10 total parts, released two parts per week. After all parts are released, download and burn your own DVD complete with cover art and watch it on your TV or computer in full resolution. www.northwest.independenttrucks.com.
KRUDCO VIDEO ‘BLUE’ features NY rippers Tyler Davis, Weston Elrod, Japhey Dow, Mike Bohner, Cleb Michaloski, Jon Mueller, Kevin Bosch and Evan Dow. www.krudco.com.
PRAY FOR ME UPDATE – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjJ-MEcRnNw
ACE SKATEBOARD TRUCK MFG. announce their inaugural team list at www.acetruckmfg.com.
SKATERBUILT SKATEBOARDS is selling the highest quality USA made skate products…and owner Dave Hegstrom has been seshing Culver on the regular. Check out Dave’s band with Eric Wilson of Sublime called The Stymies at www.myspace.com/thestymies and check out SB’s page at www.myspace.com/skaterbuiltskateboards.
VOX – Vox Black and Blue Video. www.voxfootwear.com.
STEREO SOUND AGENCY VIDEO TEASER online now at www.stereosoundagency.com.
1ST ANNUAL BIKE and BOARD BASH – Steaz Energy and Timeline Skateboards are coming together to support the 1st Annual Bike and Board Bash at Paradise Funplex in Merritt Island Florida on February 23, 2008. Skateboarders and BMX Riders join together to help out one of our own: Steven Murray suffered a paralyzing accident at the 2007 Dew Tour in Baltimore, MD. Please send all product donations to Toby Taylor at Timeline Skateboards 314 Cyprus Dr Cocoa Beach Fl 32931. www.Steaz.com and www.Timelineskateboards.com.
ZOO YORK is proud to announce the fourth installment of amateur skateboard contest ‘Zoo York’s AM Getting Paid’. This free event will happen again July 18th to 20th 2008 at South Parc in Montreal (Quebec). Prize purse is $10,000. Zoo York’s AM Getting Paid will be held at the South Parc Skatepark located at 8100 Taschereau. For more information call 450-672-4884 or visit www.south-parc.com and visit www.amgettingpaid.com.
BODEGA SKATEBOARDS – Tato Feliciano’s first pro model will be released through Bodega Skateboards this March. Long time Bodega ripper Mark Roth has relocated to Boulder Colorado killing all the amazing vert and cement parks out there. www.bodegaskateboards.com.
KING OF THE RAMP – The legendary ‘King of the Ramp’ contest is celebrating its 5th anniversary on March 1, 2008 at the Alpewa building (about 1000 m2) in Bruckhusl Wrgl, Tirol, Austria. The 21m wide ramp provided by ‘IOU-Ramps’ will be pimped with special Red Bull obstacles! Also the prize money has increased to 5000,–. Europe’s top transition junkies will fight during the spectacular ‘death-match-modus’, for the money and the 2008 title. At the ‘best trick show’ the riders can win XXL brew for their thirsty throats and a pot filled with cash! The pre – qualification on Friday is limited to 20 riders! For more info’s and the latest news visit: www.muckefuckskateboards.com.
TUM YETO – Check out TumYeto.com to stay up to date with all the news, events, tours, and products from Toy Machine Skateboards, Foundation Skateboards, Pig Wheels, Ruckus Trucks, and Dekline Footwear.
PARADOX GRIPTAPE now has Peter Smolik, Jake Brown and Omar Salazar backing this proven technology. Ams include: Wes Kremer, Marius, Tyler Surrey, Redhawk and Sky. Peep www.paradoxgrip.com. Ten percent of gross profit for every sheet of paradox grip sold will be donated to the Doogood Conservatory. www.doogood.org.
PHILLY AM 2008 – APRIL 12TH @ Woodward Skatepark – Philadelphia, PA. www.three16.com.
3RD LAIR has announced they have opened a second location (skatepark and skateshop) in Burnsville, Mn. The park is indoor and outdoor and features a mini-ramp and street course. The shop will be feature skateboard only products, shoes, and accessories. Please visit www.3rdlair.com for more details and grand opening dates!
SHURIKEN SHANNON JOINS BILLABONG SKATE TEAM www.billabong.com.
GLOBE’S UNITED BY FATE 3 Releases Feb 22nd. Jake Duncombe and Matt Mumford are the follow-up features to Chris Haslam’s ground breaking Episode. With a flick of the switch the pursuit continues at www.globe.tv/unitedbyfate. As a follow-up to Paul Machnau’s freakishly burly Episode 1 and Chris Haslam’s MIND BOGGLING feature of Episode 2. In episode 3 Jake Duncombe, Matt Mumford, Chris Haslam, Mark Appleyard, Paul Machnau, Greg Lutzka, David Gonzalez and Rodney Mullen become UNITED BY FATE. All of the UNITED BY FATE films can be watched for free in full GLOBAL VISION at Globe.tv/united-byfate.
RECENTLY DEKLINED – Dekline Footwear welcomes Olly Todd to the team. www.dekline.com.
WORLD INDUSTRIES has partnered with apparel manufacturer Dynasty Apparel Industries to launch a young men’s and boys apparel program. World Industries apparel will round out its existing business in skateboards, footwear, snow products and accessories already in the market.
RON CAMERON WEBSITE – Skateboarder, artist, designer Ron Cameron launches an entirely new website featuring five separate sections: Graphic Design Portfolio, Skateboard Art, Paintings, Skateboarder, and Personal. Ron is know best for his art and design in the skateboarding industry through the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s with the ‘Nothing Is Cool’ graphic from Blockhead Skateboards, also Acme Skateboards, and RVCA Clothing. www.RONCAMERON.NET.
TAMPA AM and TAMPA PRO – Tampa Am Vert: March 21 – 23, 2008 (during Tampa Pro). Tampa Pro Vert and Street: March 21 – 23, 2008. Team managers, contact email@example.com for registration. www.skateparkoftampa.com.
KING OF THE GROMS – 3rd Lair is Proud to Announce The 6th Annual King of the Groms Championship will be held at 3rd Lair SkatePark – Mpls., Mn. February 22nd – 24th, 2008. www.3rdlair.com.
TOMMY GUERRERO has a new record coming out Feb 26th on Galaxia. It’s called ‘Return of the Bastard’ and celebrates Guerrero’s tenth year anniversary since his first record ‘Loose Groove and Bastard Blues’. Text on the front of the CD was done by Natas, as was the first album’s artwork. www.galaxia-platform.com.
NEW YORK DOLLS ANNOUNCE US WINTER TOUR – Look Out For An Unabashed Live CD To Celebrate 35 Years of Infamy. Thirty five years into their existence, with three men down, they can still take your band, pretty for pretty, ugly for ugly, onstage, and now, with the long-awaited follow up to 1974’s ‘Too Much, Too Soon’. An album’s worth of brand new New York Dolls compositions was a foregone conclusion after wildly successful festival and live dates that spanned the past two years. Now, with replacement members feeling comfortable stepping into the stack heels of departed legends like Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, and most recently Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane, they’re a gang once more. www.nydolls.org.
JAMES WILSEY is releasing is new cd ‘El Dorado’ on Feb. 19th through Lakeshore Records. Check out the party at Safari Sams in Los Angeles, CA on the same day. Details at www.myspace.com/jameswilsey.
THE HIVES – Following the release of their fifth studio masterpiece, ‘The Black And White Album,’ and a brief successive tour, singer Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, drummer Chris Dangerous, bassist Dr. Matt Destruction, guitarists Nicholaus Arson and Vigilante Carlstroem are launching a stateside tour in honor of their last spectacular sold-out spree. Unrivaled perfection awaits those lucky enough to attend – February 19th in Los Angeles through March 8th in Washington, DC. For tour dates go to www.thehivesbroadcastingservice.com
CLAUS GRABKE just finished recording, mixing and mastering his new album. it will come out in the beginning of May. The album will be called ‘Deadly Bossanova’ and the cover artwork, inner-sleve, booklet etc. was done by Ed Templeton. Claus will be on tour in April 2008. For more info and a new video, please go to www.myspace.com/clausgrabkemusic.
BEAUTIFUL LOSERS World Premiere At SXSW – For over a decade, outsider sub-cultures have influenced the mainstream. Now, a feature documentary finally explores that creative ethos driving youth culture and popular art today. First a traveling museum exhibition and book, Beautiful Losers, is now an unique documentary celebrating the independent and D.I.Y. spirit that unified a loose-knit group of American artists who emerged from the underground worlds of skateboarding, graffiti, punk and hip hop. Directed by Aaron Rose and co-directed by Joshua Leonard, Beautiful Losers speaks to the collective memory of the 1990’s and sheds new light on those unbeknownst to mainstream America. The world premiere of Beautiful Losers will screen on March 9, 2008 at the Paramount Theatre at 1:15pm at SXSW. Produced by Sidetrack Films, Beautiful Losers is an intimate and moving assessment of underappreciated yet wildly influential outcasts such as Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, Barry McGee, Jo Jackson, Chris Johanson, Harmony Korine, Stephen Powers, Geoff McFetridge, Thomas Campbell and Ed Templeton. You can find further information at www.beautifullosers.com.
WELCOME TO VENICE CD – The punk compilation ‘Welcome 2 Venice’ features fourteen bands and sixteen tracks, released on Built On An Ounce Records. Produced by Louichi Mayorga (X/ Suicidal Tendencies, Horny Toad), W2V features current and former members of skate/punk/hardcore bands like Suicidal Tendencies, Beowulf, Neighborhood Watch, Excel, and Creeper that put Venice on the map in the early eighties. Highlights of W2V include two songs by AgainST – a reunion of original Suicidal Tendencies band members with Dan Clements (X/Excel, Supervillain) on the track ‘Camarillo’ and Keven Guercio (X/No mercy) on the track ‘Roll the Dice’. Legendary Dogtown skater Jay Adams’ musical debut with his band Second Coming lays down two tracks ‘No Family’ and ‘That Ain’t My Baby.’ Fist of Fury (with Koping Killer skater Aaron Murray) track ‘Wrecking Crew’ is skate rock you can thrash to. Horny Toad, N9, Reunited Neighborhood Watch, TDRT, Double Secret Probation, Damaged Kids, Supervillain, Unidentified Minds, and Creeper round out the list of bands featured on this historical comp. For more go to www.builtonanouncerecords.com.
COACHELLA – April 25-27, 2008. Line up includes Roger Waters, Jack Johnson and Portishead. Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 25 at 10:00 AM (PT) via TicketMaster charge-by-phone lines at (213) 480-3232 and at all TicketMaster retail ticket centers or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC and ARTS FESTIVAL – Aug 8-10 – New Jersey’s LIberty State Park. For additional information on ALL POINTS WEST, visit www.apwfestival.com.
‘KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN’ – New book by GLEN E. FRIEDMAN. Released twenty years to the day of the very first Fugazi show. www.southern.com/BURNINGFLAGS.
FLOGGING MOLLY announces the release of ‘Float’ In Stores March 4th. Float melds the fierce and powerful traditional Irish music that founder Dave King grew up to with the punk rock sensibilities that have captured hearts and minds across the world. Set to hit via SideOneDummy Records on March 4th, Float is packed full of fist pumping, dance inducing tracks. For more information on Flogging Molly check out www.floggingmolly.com.
MUSINK – Kat Von D presents the MusInk Tattoo and Music Festival, a 3-day event featuring 200 tattooers from all over the world, alongside some of the ‘rockinest’ bands around. The event will take place at the The Orange County Fair and Exposition Center – 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Doors open at 2pm on Friday, Feb. 22. For more information on artists, bands, seminars, contests and schedule, please go to www.musink.org.
SOURVEIN are serious, down-tuned sludge/doom with the Southern flavor of bands like Down and Eyehategod. ‘Ghetto Angel’, the bands’ second EP charges forth with the bands’ signature style of buzzsaw guitars and droning bass and the songwriting has found a groove not heard on previous recordings. Ghetto Angel is set for release February 12th through This Dark Reign Records. They’ll be hitting the West Coast and then heading back East to meeting up with Ganon for the Metal Maniacs tour through the Northeast. Plans for a European tour are in the works for the coming months, and they band is set to burn down Roadburn Fest this year as well. www.myspace.com/sourvein13
CLAY WHEELS will be playing May 2nd at Firehouse in Sacramento, CA. RS2 Solid Sound will be playing Feb 22 at First Street Billiards in San Jose, CA. DJ RS2 spins every Tues for Whatever Tuesday Art Nights at the Blank Club in San Jose, CA. DJ RS2 and the Turk spin punk night every Wednesday at the Caravan in San Jose, Ca.
KURT COBAIN – ‘ABOUT A SON’ – Timed to coincide with Kurt Cobain’s 41st birth anniversary, KURT COBAIN ABOUT A SON is an intimate and moving portrait of the late musician and artist Kurt Cobain as told entirely in his own words. The film, which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006, was nominated for a 2007 Independent Spirit Award, was screened at numerous top international film festivals around the world, and will be released on DVD from Shout! Factory on February 19, 2008, the day before Cobain’s birthday. The film features the music of Bad Brains, Butthole Surfers, David Bowie, Cheap Trick, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Half Japanese, Iggy Pop, Leadbelly, Mark Lanegan, MDC, Melvins, Mudhoney, Queen, R.E.M, Scratch Acid, Vaselines and Young Marble Giants. For more on Shout! Factory, visit www.shoutfactory.com.
MINK DEVILLE – ‘Live At Montreux 1982’ Exploding out of the Lower East Side Of New York in 1977, the house band at CBGBs during an awakening that resulted in the whole world latching on to a new genre called punk, Mink DeVille stood tall from its friends in Blondie, The Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, etc. by the fact that they weren’t punk at all, but a throwback to an earlier time, with an incredibly charismatic front man Willy DeVille who was the epitome of cool. For more go to www.eaglerockent.com
ROCK THE EARTH – Rock the Earth, the Denver-based environmental advocacy and defense organization that draws support from musicians and their fans, has received a grant from the alternative rock band Incubus for its ongoing promotion of environmental awareness at concerts and festivals across the US. The $10,000 donation from Incubus’s Make Yourself Foundation is the largest single donation the organization has received to date. www.rocktheearth.org.
2008 NOISE POP FESTIVAL – The Noise Pop 2008 Festival takes over San Francisco February 26 through March 2 with a celebration of the best independent music, art and film. Noise Pop 2008 is pleased to host the San Francisco premiere of WHAT WE DO IS SECRET, starring Shane West and Bijou Phillips is a biopic that chronicles the tumultuous life of iconoclastic singer/songwriter Darby Crash and his band, The Germs, the seminal and pioneering force in the Los Angeles punk rock scene from 1977 to 1980. WESLEY WILLIS’S JOY RIDES a beautifully crafted portrait of the self-proclaimed rock ‘n’ roll star and ‘Chicago City Artist’ will also be screened as part of the film festival. Despite impossible odds, Chicago native, Wesley Willis became an underground rock icon, revered artist and hero to many before his untimely death in 2003. This film follows the prolific artist on his journey from obscurity to fame. After the screening there will be a special Q and A with Jello Biafra and Director Chris Bagley. For more info go to www.noisepop.com.
AMiGAZ.COM – Attitude Approved Accessories introduces a new and complete Monster sized Pewter Skull Jewelry line. All AMiGAZ Attitude Approved Accessories can be seen and ordered at WWW.AMiGAZ.COM. Amigaz is looking for athletes and musicians to sponsor with product. To apply please go to our AMiGAZ.com and email us your contact info.
BLACK N BLUE BOWL 2008 – Black N Blue Productions has announced the date and lineup for the 2008 Black n Blue Bowl (formerly known as the Superbowl of Hardcore). This legendary event will take place on Saturday, April 5th at Studio B in Brooklyn. The lineup includes Agnostic Front, Madball, Terror, Backfire (from the Netherlands), Death Before Dishonor, Bloodclot, Farenheit 451, Breakdown, Setback, EGH, Inhuman, Tears of Frustration, Brick by Brick, and a special guest. Doors for the Matinee event are at 2 p.m.; Studio B is located at 259 Banker Street in Brooklyn. Tickets are available online at www.pitchforkny.com.
SXSW 2008 – March 12 – 16, 2008 in Austin, Texas. The South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Film Festival are pleased to announce that Lou Reed will be the keynote speaker for 2008. Reed’s keynote will be held in conjunction with a screening of Julian Schnabel’s film ‘Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin,” which documents a recent performance of the landmark 1973 album. Reed’s groundbreaking work with the Velvet Underground and subsequent solo work reverberate through the music world to this day. Reed will speak at the Austin Convention Center on Thursday, March 13 as the kickoff of the twenty-second annual SXSW. SXSW Music Conference events take place March 12 – 16, 2008. For more information on SXSW or to register for the conference, please access the website at www.sxsw.com.
CALIFORNIA SCREAMIN’ 3 – Saturday – May 10th from noon to 6pm. Gasoline presents Art and Hot Rod Show featuring the art of The Pizz, Keith Weesner, Jeral Tidwell, John Bell, Makoto, Dave Deamon, Johnny Ace and Kali, Damian, Sara Ray, Mr. G, Candy, Tyson Mcadoo, Doug Dorr, Grimb, Steve Caballero, Von Poot, Squindo, Wish, Johnny Crap, Big Toe, Rob Schwager, Nash, 13:11, Max Grundy, Jason Cruz, Ryzart, Kent Reppert II, Nik Scarlett, Jim Owens, James McLeod, Voodude, Rob Enright, Keith Ciaramello, Jay Thomas Mason, Fudemae, Jet Wrench, Scott Aicher, Tick One, Shaun Nadolny, Andy Broadhurst and more at Gasoline 423 Main St. El Segundo, CA 90245. Art show runs May 10-June 28th. For more info call 310-416-9186 or visit www.gasolinegallery.com.
ART SHOW – Gasoline presents Twisted Steel Benefit Art Show – Sunday July 13, 2008. Noon – 6pm featuring over 50 of the top Kustom Kulture and hot rod artists in the world at Gasoline 423 Main St. El Segundo, CA. www.gasolinegallery.com.
SCION PRESENTS: SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP Curated by the Scrawl Collective – In conjunction with the U.K.’s Scrawl Collective, Scion presents Special Relationship at its 4,500 square foot Installation L.A. Gallery. This show, Scrawl’s biggest to date, is dedicated to exploring the light and dark side of the famous ‘Special Relationship’ that exists between the U.K. and the U.S.A. The Scrawl Collective exhibition will feature specially created installations and new work by artists. Featured Scrawl Collective artists will include Will Barras, Mr Jago, Steff Plaetz, PhlAsh, DistOne, David Walker, Nick Purser, RYCA, Hutch, Ian Stevenson, Will Ainley and Felix Kiessling. The opening reception takes place January 19, 7:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. at the Scion Installation L.A. Gallery, 3521 Helms Ave. (at National), Culver City, Calif., 90232. The show will run until February 9. A selection of screen prints from the ongoing Scrawl Editions series will be available. For more information on the Scrawl Collective, visit: www.scrawlcollective.co.uk and www.scion.com/space.
ART SHOW – Gasoline presents Juvenile Delinquents featuring artwork by Candy, BigToe and Squindo. Exhibit runs from Jan 19-Mar 1 at Gasoline Gallery located at 423 Main St. El Segundo, CA. www.gasolinegallery.com.
SWAMP News- Lindsey Kuhn and SWAMP will be at the SLC Tattoo Convention on Feb 15-17 in Salt Lake City And at ‘Flatstock’ in the Austin Convention Center during SXSW March 13-15th. For more info check out www.swamposters.com.
PEGGY OKI NEWS – More than ever, your voice is needed for the protection of dolphins and whales. Please participate in the ‘Minds in the Water’ Visual Petition campaign and help Peggy Oki win the sponsored trip to the IWC meetings next May in Chile: www.peggy-oki.com/mindsinthewatercomp.html
ART SHOW – ‘LOVE WILL BRING US APART AGAIN‘ February 16 – March 1 2008. Scion and Apart Productions bring you the international pop art shootout of the year. Featuring artists: Tim Blake (UK) , Conrad Leach (UK), Luis Perez (SPAIN), Gustavo Gagliardo (ARGENTINA), Sean Alexander (UK), Pakpoom Silaphan (THAILAND), Craig Lynn (UK), James Holdsworth (UK), Peter Gravelle (UK), Tony Pronier (FRANCE), Cat James (UK), Ryan Hadley (UK), Nick McFarlane (NEW ZEALAND), Ben Allen (UK), Emelie Salford (SWEDEN), Dominic Allan (UK), John Parkin (UK), Super Violence (JAPAN), Brian Jones (UK), Janna Stern (USA), David Hollier (UK), Mr Wim (BELGIUM), Sunil Pawar (UK), James Mathers (USA), John Counsell (UK), Antoine Corbineau (FRANCE), Robalot (UK)…. DJ / Open Bar / Free Valet Parking. SCION Installation L.A. 3521 Helms Ave. (at National) Culver City, CA 90232 www.scion.com/space.
ART SHOW – Damn Dirty Ape Group Art Show – April 12-May 3, 2008 at The Gallery at East Atlanta Tattoo – 1188 C Glenwood Ave. Atlanta, GA. Ph 404.226-2279. www.lowbrowgalleryatlanta.com.
OAKLEY PRO JUNIOR SERIES – Oakley’s 2008 Pro Junior surfing series kicks off this week at North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 9-star rated Oakley Pro Junior offers a six-day surfing window from February 5-10. The first of 11 Oakley Pro Juniors worldwide in 2008 is the highest rated and richest ASP Australia Pro Junior, boasting $30,000 (AUD) in prize money and offering 132 of the world’s best young surfers a chance at 3,500 ratings points. Cylinder Beach will host the main event site, however the contest has the option of going to the best surf from Adder Rock to Main Beach. For daily updates, photos and video, check out: http://oakleyprojunior.com.
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION VOTES TO SAVE TRESTLES – After a marathon 14 hour session, the California Coastal Commission voted 8-2 to oppose a planned toll road in Orange County after finding it was inconsistent with California coastal law. The ruling was a pivotal decision for both proponents and opponents of the project, and will likely play a significant role in the final outcome of whether or not the road is allowed to be built through the San Mateo Creek Watershed and San Onofre State Beach Park. An estimated 3500 people attended Wednesday’s hearing; the largest such draw in the Coastal Commission’s 30 year history. Mobilizing their grassroots network of volunteer activists, the Surfrider Foundation and their partners were able to rally over 2000 protesters to the event, many of whom stayed the entire 14 hours. The crowd, which was comprised of a diverse cross-section of beach users including surfers, students, families, seniors, fishermen and others, were joined by a large number of Native American tribal representatives. On hand as well was a massive contingent from the surf industry, including various manufacturers, shapers, media representatives and pro athletes. The Surfrider Foundation will now direct its efforts towards similarly blocking the remaining permits and approvals for the project. For more information on this campaign, go to www.savetrestles.org.
SIMA SURF SUMMIT 14-17 MAY 2008* – SIMA is proud to announce that Surf Summit 11, to be held May 14 to 17, will be taken to a whole new level in 2008. After five years of being held at the same hotel venue, SIMA has decided to up the ante and move to the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Resort and Spa in Los Cobos, Mexico. www.boardsportsource.com.
1ST ANNUAL NEW YORK SURF FILM FESTIVAL COMING TO NY SEPTEMBER 2008 – The New York Surf Film Festival is three days of screenings of independent short and feature films, cult classics, and world premieres from established surf filmmakers. Submitted films must have been completed after January 1, 2003. The running time for features must be greater than 30 minutes. Short films under 30 minutes in length are eligible for participation in the Shorts Program. The submission form and entry rules for the 2008 New York Surf Film Festival are available at www.NYSurfFilm.com.
JEANNIE CHESSER BENEFIT – Professional Surfers Unite in Benefit for Jeannie Chesser, long-time Hawaii surfer and one-time surfing champion, who is battling a rare form of cancer. A unique surf benefit is being organized for her and will be held Saturday, February 16, 2008 from noon until 6 PM at the Waimea Valley Audubon Center (59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI). For more info visit: www.surfrider.org.
DANE WILLIAMS R.I.P. – Orange County surfer and Hurley marketing rep, Dane Williams, age 23, has passed away. His body was found Tuesday, January 29th in the 5200 block of Landis Street in City Heights. This is five miles from where he was last seen in downtown San Diego where he was attending the ASR (Action Sports Retailers Tradeshow). He had been missing since Friday night after he went out with friends to the Hard Rock Hotel and was last seen walking down the street alone. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to his friends and family.
BUSTIN’ DOWN THE DOOR chronicles a tumultuous two-year period of competitive and cultural clashes in the mid-Seventies in surfing’s Mecca – Hawaii’s North Shore of Oahu – as a small crew of Australians and South Africans set out with attitude and determination to change the world of surfing. Framed around the emerging careers of World Champions-to-be Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson and Mark Richards, Bustin’ documents how these young men risked everything to become the best surfers in the world, and how their courage and vision began a cultural revolution that led to the birth of professional surfing and ultimately what has become today’s billion-dollar surf industry. The film features narration by Academy Award Nominee Edward Norton and a period soundtrack that includes David Bowie, Queen, Leonard Cohen and Santa Barbara’s own Them Terribles. Visit www.bustindownthedoor.com.
HAWAII’S JAMIE O’BRIEN TAKES TOP TWO PERFORMANCE RIDES AND $14,444.43 IN FREEWAVE CHALLENGE. CALIFORNIA’S TIMMY REYES GETS $5555.55 FOR BEST TUBE RIDE OF THE NORTH SHORE SURFING SEASON – Hawaiian surfer Jamie O’Brien was announced today as the big winner at the first-ever Billabong Freewave Challenge, capturing both First and Second Place in the Best Performance Ride category and collecting a whopping $14,444.43 for two waves’ work. O’Brien, a key proponent of ‘free-surfing’ as performed outside of regular competitive formats and judging criteria, was voted number one by his peers for his ‘Rodeo Flip,’ a backside aerial maneuver combining an inverted flip and a 360 degree turn with both hands grabbing the rails. That single ride earned a check for $9999.99. O’Brien’s second place ride was a ‘Freak Out Turn’ featuring a hard carve into a forward flip with a half twist. Winning the Best Tube Ride Award was Timmy Reyes of Huntington Beach, California for what was widely regarded as the wave of the year on the North Shore of Oahu. Reyes was awarded a check for $5,555.55 for his great escape. Runner-up in for Best Tube was North Shore local Garrett McNamara who tempted fate with one of the first-ever attempts to ride a beach-boy style Stand Up Paddle Board at the legendary Banzai Pipeline. Stroking the 12-foot board into a set wave with an oar, McNamara avoided a collision with his brother Liam and went on to navigate precisely through a thick backside barrel and emerge successfully while still clutching the paddle. To see all the finalist clips and all 120 entries from the North Shore winter, visit the event site at www.FreewaveChallenge.com and click on Video Hub.
QUIKSILVER EDITION KU IKAIKA CHALLENGE presented by C4 Waterman and Red Bull Big Wave Stand-up Paddle Competition. Makaha, Oahu, Hawaii. Holding period: Jan 15- Feb 29, 2008. The QuikSilverEdition Ku Ikaika Challenge, presented by C4 Waterman and Red Bull is the world’s first big-wave stand up paddle surfing competition. The event, held at Makaha, on the west side of Oahu, Hawaii, was completed in only one day, but had a holding period of 45 days (from January 15 until February 29) to allow sufficient time for a swell to hit which would provide the site with waves with faces that consistently reached a height of 20 feet. The event is a benefit for the west side’s Junior Lifeguard Foundation. A $4,000 donation to the West Side’s Junior Lifeguard Foundation will carry the event winner’s name and surfers will share equally in $11,200 prize money. Additional Information on the event may be obtained on the web: www.c4waterman.com and www.quiksilveredition.com
SURF CAMP – ‘Go With a Pro’ Fantasy Surf Camp Season 2 @ Las Flores Surf Club, El Salvador – Billabong has created a unique travel experience, a fantasy surf camp at a dream pointbreak in EL Salvador, where legendary pros will surf and coach a select group of attendees on a once in a lifetime week-long trip. The opportunity will be limited to 15 surfers in each session. The Billabong fantasy surf camps are scheduled from February 16- April 5, 2008 at the Las Flores Surf Club in El Salvador where you can enjoy world class waves, uncrowded conditions and 4-star accommodations and resort facilities and amenities while riding with some epic waves with some of Surfing’s legendary professionals. 2008 Guest Pros: The following weeks will offer you a chance to surf and to be coached by the legendary pros including Donavon Frankenreiter, Shane Dorian, Mark Parsons, Peter Mendina, and others to be announced. To reserve your spot go to: http://www.wavehunters.com/lasfloressurfclub/booking_form.asp
MONSTER ENERGY PIPELINE PRO presented by Billabong. ASP Men’s World Qualifying Series (WQS). Banzai Pipeline, Oahu, Hawaii. Jan 27- Feb 6, 2008. Kauai surfer Roy Powers finished third in the Monster Energy Pipeline Pro presented by Billabong today. The Monster Energy Pro presented by Billabong, an ASP sanctioned 3-star WQS event, is one of only two professional surfing competitions held at the prestigious venue of Pipeline on the famed North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and can earn a competitor a coveted spot in the 2008 Billabong Pipe Masters. The competition will consist of four man heats drawn from an all-star field of 128 athletes from 10 different nations including defending champion and pipe local, Jamie O’brien. The event is given an eleven day holding period from which three full competition days will be chosen based on wave conditions. www.aspworldtour.com.
BILLABONG XXL BIG WAVE AWARDS LAUNCHES FOR ’08 WINTER SEASON WITH NEW WEBSITE... The eighth-annual Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards presented by Monster Energy is underway, with a brand-new event website chock full of photographic evidence of what has already proven to be a remarkable year in the big wave realm. www.BillabongXXL.com. The current event period continues through the Spring Equinox on March 19, 2008, with the annual gala awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Southern California on April 11, 2008.
BILLABONG JUNIOR PRO AT SEBASTIAN INLET – Surfers From Around the State Compete at Sebastian Inlet for an Invitation to the Billabong World Junior Championships in 2009! The Billabong Junior Pro is the first stop on the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) 2008 Junior World Tour. This circuit determines the annual Billabong Junior World Champion on the World Championship Tour (WCT). The top four placing men and top two placing for women for the season will gain an invitation to the Billabong Junior World Championships 2008. The contest runs March 1st and 2nd, 2008 IN Sebastian Inlet, Florida. www.billabong.com.