Last week The Hundreds‘ Mac Sandefur interviewed Dave Bergthold about his new Skate Crate project. As many know, Dave B is never one to boast about how deep his roots in skateboarding go, or how many of today’s skateboard industry leaders got their start working, or skating for him. That’s why it’s nice to see The Hundreds get in and ask the questions, shoot the photos, and get it done so the rest of the world can hear the story straight from Bergthold’s mouth — not only the history of Blockhead, but also the genesis for the now funded Skate Crate kickstarter project. Click the link and check it.
[Link: The Hundreds]
On Saturday, September 6, 2014 the Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery in Laguna Beach, California will kick off the Expression Session 2 show.
Selected by guest curator Will Pennartz, founder and owner of The Surf Gallery (2001-2010), the exhibition consists of paintings, photographs, prints and posters by John Severson, Mike Salisbury, Rick Griffin, Thomas Campbell, Geoff McFetridge, Andy Davis and Tyler Warren. The show will be on view September 4-28, 2014 with an opening reception on September 6. Among the works available will be never-before-exhibited prints of 1960s-era Surfer Magazine drawings by Salisbury, as well as a new limited edition print from Thomas Campbell.
The opening (which features Pizza Port Brewing beverages) beings a 6 PM. AR4T is located at 1175 S. Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach, California. For the official word from AR4T please follow the jump [click to continue…]
What has skateboarding fine artist Don Pendleton been up to lately? It appears that he’s lending his art flair to electronics company Ultimate Ears and their UE Boom wireless speaker, according to a post on Technology Tell.
Continuing the company’s aim to blend people’s passions for music, design and art, the limited-run Jettison Edition is designed with Pendleton’s distinct organic cubist graphic style.
We haven’t heard the speakers so we have no idea how they sound, or if they are worth the $199.99 price tag, but we do know that everything looks better with a Pendleton paint job. Look for them arriving in the USA later this month.
[Link: Technology Tell]
To celebrate the release of Todd Francis’ new book Look Away, Antihero Skateboards is launching a reissue collection called Worst of the Worst.
Check out the mini site to see the limited tees, sticker packs and hand signed limited decks, along with a sneak peek at Todd’s new book including unseen artwork, original sketches and classic board graphics for Antihero and more. Available Now in Select Skate shops.
For the young this is all new, fas or the rest of you, just let the nostalgia splash over you like a spilled PBR. Then no one will notice your tears for better days.
A new show titled Deathstar Blues at Denver, Colorado’s Blackbook Gallery features art (and commerce) from the intersection of skateboarding and Star Wars. Specifically Vans and Santa Cruz Skateboard’s new licensed Star Wars gear and some skateboarding art inspired by the seminal sci fi movies (like Derek Keenan’s AT-AT made entirely of upcycled skateboards on the right) .
Skateboarding and Star Wars are two of the biggest creative endeavors and commercial outlets of the past 40 years. Both gained immense popularity going into the 1980’s creating generations of devoted fans and successful consumer related brands that continue to thrive. As part of our June exhibit “Deathstar Blues” we will be hosting a “First Look” of new Star Wars merchandise from two iconic American brands – Vans Shoes and Santa Cruz Skateboards. We will also have an exhibit of Star Wars inspired artwork featuring Axel Geittmann, Sket-One, RYCA, Hari & Deepti and The Gropes.
The show runs until June 20, 2014. Blackbook is located at 555 Santa Fe Dr. in Denver, Colorado.
[Link: Blackbook via Boing Boing]
Join the Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow at 6 PM on the evening of Saturday June 7, 2014 as they kick off Robert “Sticky” Shaw’s We’re Gonna Miss You. The show also features guest artists Valient Himself, Tyler Wolf, Lauren Over, ODXT, Paige Smith and Timothy Karpinski, and a special live musical guest (you thinking what we’re thinking?). Beverages will be provided by Pizza Port Brewing Company. The opening begins at 6 PM. The Artists Republic 4 Tomorrow Gallery is located at 1175 South Coast Hwy in Laguna Beach, California.
We’re always amazed by how talented people can create stunning beauty out of nothing more than a few blank boards, paint and paint pens. Here, watch this. . .
[Link: Runamuk Visuals]
Here’s a normal clip of an average old guy throwing down ten tricks on the mini at Camp Woodward. What is special about this edit (aside from the blunts) is that the skater, Bret Anthony Johnston, is the director of creative writing at Harvard and his debut novel (Remember Me Like This) just dropped on May 13, 2014.
Now, watch that edit again. Yep, Johnston may be the best literary fiction writing skateboard professor in the world. If that isn’t enough reason for you to check out his book, then here’s a review from the Washington Post. Oh, and both John Irving and Tom Perrotta liked Remember Me Like This as well. If you know them, then you know.
The Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival is looking for a few good films to help them kick off their inaugural event on September 24 – 26, 2014. They are inviting independent filmmakers from all over the world to submit their work to the inaugural annual event.
Taking place September 24th to the 26th, 2014, the Santa Cruz Surf Film Festival aims to increase independent surf filmmakers’ exposure to one of the world’s largest audiences of surfers and industry professionals, as well as foster the exchange of stories, ideas and perspectives among the surf community. . . This year’s jury panel will include 3-time Mavericks competition winner Darryl “Flea” Virostko; professional big wave surfer Tyler Fox; skateboarding legend and action sports industry veteran Judi Oyama; surfboard shaper Michel Junod; and surfer/shaper/musician Ashley Lloyd Thompson. Titles of Best Feature, Best Short, Best Cinematography, and Best Soundtrack will be awarded by the jury panel. There will also be a Viewers’ Choice title awarded.
If you know of a film that should be included or just want more information on the film festival, please follow the jump won’t you? [click to continue…]
The entire fashion world is based on clever carbon copy cloning. Big business lets the little brands do all the work and then when something starts trending they roll in and knock it off. Now, that’s what LA based micro label Echo Park Surf Squad is accusing our least favorite action sports mall retailer PacSun of doing.
Today (May 23, 2014), PacSun launched their new Golden State of Mind advertising campaign which features a slew of images of waves Photoshopped into photos of iconic locations where waves shouldn’t be. According to a post on Reddit this adding waves to photos is something EPSS has been doing for over a year. Above is photo evidence: top photo is EPSS’s original. Bottom photo is a PacSun knock off.
Here’s what EPSS says:
We’ve been a brand with integrity, sewing and making our clothes from scratch in Los Angeles since early 2012 and slowly building. It started off as a joke, us photoshopping a wave in Echo Park Lake and we just laughed. My friend and co-founder have been posting photos like this regularly on our Instagram account since then. . . Cut to May 23rd, 2014 (today) and I wake up to a bunch of emails saying Pac Sun lifted our entire campaign, our entire theme for themselves. . . Please help us get the awareness out there and know that NONE of your creative ideas are sacred.
We feel for EPSS, but also aren’t missing the irony of their complaints when most of their products are based on borrowed art/logos (Santa Cruz Skateboards, Powell, Suicidal Tendencies, Huntington Beach, etc. . . ) That doesn’t excuse PacSun’s “creative team” from blatantly ripping them off, but remember, PacSun’s highly paid marketing and design professionals are on deadline and under pressure. They can’t be expected to come up with their own ideas. That would be much too time consuming and in teen fashion it’s all about speed.