Friday, February 7, 2014

MORE(GENUINE)WEIRDOSPLEASE


Thanks to Paul for sharing this on fb. Super fucking rad article with Leo Fitzpatrick on Artspace.com. I support this dude 100%. Not only was he Autumn fam, he bought stuff I made and sold at the Max Fish flea market years ago. Even when what I sold him fell apart and I never got a chance to make him another leather wallet, this dude is the real deal. Next to Jerry Hsu's interview in Jenkem this is definitely one of my favorite interviews I've read the last few months. And I've read at least..uh 5 interviews. God bless artists and weirdos.



http://www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/interview_with_leo_fitzpatrick

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Thanks to Will for posting this on fb! Dope little video Jeremy Elkin's " The Brodies". Kingpin write up:



Jeremy Elkin’s video “The Brodies” is now online for your viewing pleasure. The video shines some light on some New York legends such as Akira Mowatt, Rob Campbell, German Nieves and Leo Gutman who have sick sections each. However the video also features a whole host of NY locals, with a good chunk of Aaron Herrington footage and some really rad Danny Supa clips too. This 15 minute video manages to get straight to the heart of what New York skating is all about, from the spots all over the city, to swerving around cars and pedestrians in lines. All shot on a VX1000 and with some creative oversight from Josh Stewart, this should be enough to tell you how good this is.

http://kingpin.mpora.com/videos/the-brodies-is-now-online.html

NIKERIDERZ



Such a cool article featured on The Guardian, an exhibit on" The motorbike girl gangs of Morocco". So sick. Apparently this show is up in NYC until March 7th.


http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/feb/06/morocco-motorbike-women-pictures-kesh-angles-hajjaj#/?picture=428998665&index=0

http://www.taymourgrahne.com/exhibitions



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Just saw this last night. Blind sided by how good it was. Beauty and meaning, ugliness and truth. It's all there. Makes you think about the contradictions and inconsistencies in life that as humans are hard to escape. The story is told just as beautifully as the movie was shot which is not something that happens often. And man, with Rome as a backdrop, with all the crazy partying and random shit- I found myself wanting the movie to restart after 152 minutes.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Planning a trip in March/April covering parts of Europe and of course China/Asia for my new company. Should be rad considering for the first time in my "professional" life will I be my own boss. This means all skate parks must be researched before booking a string of Air BNBs and staying with homies abroad. YUSSSSS. Been slacking on photos on the blog , not so much Instagram. I have some photos I have yet to upload from the past months which will happen. But stoked on the upcoming trip for places I've never been to including Bologna, hopefully Florence, and wherever else the train might end up en route to Paris. Flying into Copenhagen to hang with a friend, googled this amazing fucking park there.



MAJOR rippage


Vimeo

Wong Kar Wai Jams. Need to watch this. Days of Being Wild Epic, Fallen Angels looks pretty good too. WARNING: SPOILER ALERT on an old ass movie..


MONDAY,MONDAY


Best Monday Ever! WILDMAN's been updating his tumblr. If you like rad photos with chill narrative vibes, you will definitely enjoy his collection of NYC based photos. Wildman is the real deal.





http://jtwildman.tumblr.com

Sunday, February 2, 2014



The fact the NFL continues to be a tax exempt franchise is completely mind blowing. The NHL and PGA Tour is also a part of that tax exempt list. Meanwhile these assholes won't change the name of the Washington "Redskins" because apparently business always trumps the interest of one of the most, if not the most oppressed and disenfranchised demographic of the United States. Man. I can't even imagine having lived through the 1800's in America real talk. Talk about raw racism! Colonists, immigrants, slaves, and Native Americans. Big baby Jesus. America was probably one scary fucking place! Fast forward more than a hundred years and institutionalized racism is clearly not going anywhere. As much as I love history and respect tradition, there's an obligation we owe to the present and the future to change the way we do things if what we do, how we behave, and how we treat each other lacks integrity and fairness. That should be a no brainer but I guess what's more important is how much money this franchise stands to lose by changing it's name.


"The NFL, registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, generates billions in broadcast and licensing deals for its member teams and brings in about $255 million in revenues annually. It paid its commissioner, Roger Goodell, $29.4 million in 2011, the most recent figures available."
http://www.nj.com/super-bowl/index.ssf/2014/02/nj_gave_nfl_8_million_tax_break_and_pass_on_security_costs_to_land_the_2014_super_bowl.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/letter-from-washington-redskins-owner-dan-snyder-to-fans/2013/10/09/e7670ba0-30fe-11e3-8627-c5d7de0a046b_story.html

"A white man and an elderly Native man became pretty good friends, so the white guy decided to ask him: “What do you think about Indian mascots?” The Native elder responded, “Here’s what you’ve got to understand. When you look at black people, you see ghosts of all the slavery and the rapes and the hangings and the chains. When you look at Jews, you see ghosts of all those bodies piled up in death camps. And those ghosts keep you trying to do the right thing. “But when you look at us you don’t see the ghosts of the little babies with their heads smashed in by rifle butts at the Big Hole, or the old folks dying by the side of the trail on the way to Oklahoma while their families cried and tried to make them comfortable, or the dead mothers at Wounded Knee or the little kids at Sand Creek who were shot for target practice. You don’t see any ghosts at all. “Instead you see casinos and drunks and junk cars and shacks. “Well, we see those ghosts. And they make our hearts sad and they hurt our little children. And when we try to say something, you tell us, ‘Get over it. This is America. Look at the American dream.’ But as long as you’re calling us Redskins and doing tomahawk chops, we can’t look at the American dream, because those things remind us that we are not real human beings to you. And when people aren’t humans, you can turn them into slaves or kill six million of them or shoot them down with Hotchkiss guns and throw them into mass graves at Wounded Knee. “No, we’re not looking at the American dream. And why should we? We still haven’t woken up from the American nightmare. By: Marsha Pluff"


Who's Marsha Pluff? I have no idea.





Who needs the Super Bowl with two teams I could give less a ____ about when you have a fresh re edit of ancient Neil Blender clips? Thanks to Ginch for sharing this on fb.


Anthony Correa 1997 reedit

WOODHORSEYEAR


If you know me. You know I'm super into zodiacs and horoscopes. Of course take it all with a grain of sand but still interesting to read! Thanks to Melissa for sharing this with me. Pretty good summary of what is to be expected of the Wood Horse Year.



http://westernschooloffengshui.com/2014/01/2014woodhorse/


By Karen Abler Carrasco, WSFS Consultant, Mentor and Teacher
There might not be a bigger shift of energies in the entire 60 year wheel of Chinese astrology than this one coming up–the shift from two Water years of deep introspection to the fast-paced spurt of extroverted forward propulsion that the Wood Horse brings.  Hold on to your hats, folks, and realize that you won’t be able to, nor will you want to, slow your horses in the New Year ahead!
This will be a promethean year, the Beginning of all beginnings, arriving around January 31st to February 4th, 2014.  Full of uplift, optimism and compelling inspiration, we will be guided into purposeful action of the most elegantly simple and powerfully fruitful kind.  After two years of feeling every revelation of corruption in the dark as if it was scouring our subconscious insides and wringing us dry of watery emotion, we are READY for this change!  Light, hope and clarity of vision gallop in. Emerge from your cocoons, everybody, here we goooooo!

Because this will be such a big change of energetic experience for us, it will help to review here how the cycle of the sacred Five Elements, or Phases, have set us up for this shift.  In that cycle, Wood feeds Fire, Fire’s ash creates Earth, Earth’s compression reveals gems of Metal, and Metal collects and holds Water, which nourishes the Wood to start the cycle all over again. The natural laws of these five elements are actually working in multiple ways throughout Nature, our bodies, our psychologies and the energetic movements of all things here on this planet.  In these movements, there are cycles within cycles, one of which is the cycle of birth, growth, disintegration and death, or the void that comes after old life and before new life.

We have just been traveling through that void, in two Water years, which immersed us in a descending place of degeneration, dissolution and chaos, a time when our internal world of formless spirit and emotions held total sway over every attempt at external control or order.  For most of us, it was an unsettling time of letting go of many things, either voluntarily or forcefully, a time of deep soul searching, with gradual or sudden destabilization in many areas of family and livelihood.  There was a profound search for a return to a spiritual basis for daily living.  This all had the effect of highlighting an individual’s isolation and powerlessness within a seemingly random and careless society.  Not that outright rebellion and outcry didn’t happen, globally as well as internally.  The 2012 Yang Water Dragon year saw to that, with its critical promptings of social responsibility and heroism, and this Yin Water Snake year that followed delved even deeper into the most hidden caves of stagnant dysfunctionality and corruption on all levels.

The good and great news is that we have completed 5 years of the degenerative part of the cycles–that of the harvested, decomposing Earth, compressing and eliminative Metal, and dissolving, settling out, cleansing Water.  We now emerge into the generative cycles–powerful, bursting buds of Wood’s new growth fueling the joyful outreach and passions of Fire and the beginnings of Earth’s fruitful harvests.

So, that’s the Wood part of what’s coming.  Now to turn our gaze to the animal symbol of Horse. This sprouting upward rush of Wood energy will find its perfect release into the impulsive and passionate nature of the Yang Horse, whose native element is Fire.  The Horse energy inspires powerful INTUITION and an indomitable surge towards freedom in every aspect of life. This is a year to follow your inner voice like never before, for it will have a universal cosmic ch’i within it.  Higher guidance is with us every step of the way.  Reach for the sky, call up your vision, fuel your plans with vision boards and creativity, find a fresh path and pace yourself well.  This yang Horse year has the potential to channel the powerful new upthrust of Wood’s Ch’i through the Horse’s Heart energy of Fire and into every project we start, every desire we reach for.  It will keep our eager plans from being dominated by too much “head” and not enough “heart.”

It may be quite challenging to trust that we have this absolutely new, purified and hopeful energy to build on now.  Our hearts have had to endure a gauntlet of deconstruction through two Metal and two Water years, but the fiery Horse is about to change all of that.  Within the extroverted “Green Horse” year, we will not only branch out with new growth, but we will be able to stoke the Fire element of love in every area of life.  Follow your intuition fearlessly, as it is both the horse’s main attribute which preserves its freedom and powerful health and it is Wood’s primary talent for stretching into the unknown future.  Reach out with irrepressible faith to a new level of social communion and mutual support.  Trust every impulse to embrace a revitalized and renewed sensitivity for the pleasures this earthly dimension has to offer.

Step up and out of any old clutter, stored memories, should-have-dones or regrets.  The time to deal with that is over for now.  Untangle your thoughts quickly and get clear on what it is that you truly desire in this lifetime.  Your trusty steed is here, full of vibrant health and tremendous stamina.  It should be quite a fast ride, so grab a fistful of mane, hang on to the reins, cast your old cares to the wind and let out a whoop of delight–Yeeehaaw! Upward and onward we thrive!  May we all be blest abundantly as we hold each other closer in the circle of health and new life the Wood Horse year brings.