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Eric Koston * Everyone sucks right at first. Each and every one of us has to start somewhere— even Champ. At least you'll be rolling when you learn to ollie—Eric wasn't even moving. Always remember: one thing leads to another. “In 1986, Mark Gonzales was one of my favorites. I tore his interview out of Thrasher and put it on my walls. It was always, ‘Who can ollie the highest?’ when we were starting, and I always thought Gonz was the guy who could ollie the highest. In the beginning, I put my board in a crack in my driveway so it wouldn’t move and learned how to ollie. I'd just put the wheels in the crack so my board wouldn't roll around—just to be steady and work out how to go through the motions of learning how to ollie—because I couldn't really do it right while moving. I just knew that I had to learn how to ollie so I could skate down a street and just pop right up a curb no problem. My brother and his friends could all do it. That was probably my first trick. I figured it out the first day, but I probably tried it all day, you know? My back foot would always come off, but I always wanted it not to. I don't really remember getting frustrated, cuz it was all new to me—it was all fresh. So, I didn't expect to be able to fly up curbs right off the bat. I just knew I had to learn how to ollie, because you can do everything from that.”—Eric Koston
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I lost my dad’s camera on the boat that night, but when Ryan dropped me off in the morning we found a couple anonymous cameras in the truck, so I made do with the piece of machinery that occupied this fine shot. It was an impulse shot. When a girl goes diving out of a truck at a steady speed, and you’re in reach of a camera, your instincts set in...” - Bob Lublaw.
“...So we’re ripping back to Ryan’s place after the Houseboat party, all crammed into his truck, uncomfortable as fuck and cross eyed from the amount of alcohol consumed; when whatever her name is somehow unlatches the passenger side door and tumbles off of the lap of her friend and heads down the street in a rag doll/tumble weed formation. We just kind of looked at each other in disbelief, and I regretfully, I had a devious smirk on my face to say the least. I mean, she opened the door and dove out of a moving truck without any warning! c’mon, are you serious?
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the same flag and possess the same passion as we do.
he first issue of any magazine is a very important
like a Switch Kickflip backside tailslide done, and maybe
one. It sets the pace for the quality and longevity of the
even pin-point the moment. But it’s a life changing expe-
As everyone knows, there would be no Color without the
publication and secures that magazine with support from
rience when you actually witness a human being
abundance of talented Canadian skateboarders. I’m
the consumers for years to come. The first issue of a
executing an action you’ve never thought possible.
blessed to have the opportunity to witness it first hand
magazine is brutally crucial.
young mind can be opened wide and left with a gaping
and skate with some of these inspirational people on a
hole after witnessing something so incredible, and years
daily basis. All of us at Color come from diverse back-
Not for me it ain’t! Well yes, to an extent, but it’s not
later, perhaps even decades, it may still fester inspiration
grounds and possess strong styles of our own, yet share
terribly important to me. The paper you hold before you
to guide their life in a direction they may not have other-
a common love of skateboarding and art.
is a testament to skateboarding and a celebration of the
wise gone. If you actually care about anything I just wrote then
re-kindled pride and passion that every person named in this magazine possesses for the lives we live. I come
Maybe you don't quite understand what we are doing in
you’re nothing like I was when I was a kid just getting
from an era that is best described as Plan B, (former
that parking lot or alleyway, and you probably can’t
into skateboarding. I was so fascinated with what was
skateboard company). Brought up with the influences of
fathom that these wood planks we kick around on mean
going on that it was oblivious to me that somebody actu-
a perfect team (such as Plan B), my colleagues and I are
more than just a mode of transportation. It’s probably
ally had to document these amazing feats of physics.
the direct result and product of what I believe may very
because we come from somewhere else, this Never-
Now, years later I find myself in a position where I can
well be the last of good, pure skate scenes.
never Land type place where children refuse to grow up
give back to a sport that has taught me so much about
and thrive on a whole other realm of ideas. That is why
myself. If you’ve been around for a while, I hope you’ll
I was born and raised in a town called Kelowna, located
it appears as though a grown man is playing with that toy
appreciate the artistry of Color.
in the centre of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. A
instead of falling into the statistics that society has
scene, I urge you to stop reading this and flip through
good portion of the key players in the Canadian and even
mapped out for him, It's also why he takes risks and
the pages to just absorb each photo for what it is. Don’t
American skateboard industry today can be traced back
deludes himself of the repercussions. This self-destruc-
over analyze, pay no attention to the name of the skater
to the Okanagan in some way. I take great pride in
tiveness Isn't about lashing out at the world, It's simply
– just open your eyes to a path thousands of people have
coming from a town that was pretty well untouched by
just ones struggle to hold on to his youth and embrace
traveled before you. More than a sport, it’s the life we
the trends and influences that grow in larger cities. The
those feelings that once felt so pure.
live and the culture everyone else wants a piece of.
inspired by the videos ordered in from the back of a
It took me five months of living in Vancouver to realize
This Issue is for the people who have skateboarding tat-
carpet store (later evolving into Island Snow Board Shop)
that myself and the kooks I’ve been wasting time with
tooed in them. From the asphalt scars to chipped teeth;
have more to offer than just a bottle opener or lighter. I
the individuals who have taken in that passion that skate-
Throughout the eighties and early
moved to Vancouver in hope to further my career as a
boarding delivers, all have it tattooed in their blood
graphic artist and never once fathomed the idea to be
forever. And somehow the friends that kind of disappear
involved in making a magazine. This was untill the Skate
from the skate community prevail in our hearts as some
shop I’d been working at parttime The first thing that
of the more genuine friendships because of the memories
might come to your mind is that nobody in my house
of skateboarding summer nights and that Peter Pan men-
could offer up a dictionary or let me know I spelled
tality they still possess when we see them today. It’s
COLOR the American way. Does this mean we
grown to be ironic that our cover is an old ratty bank
have no pride for our country and are
book (from 1930’s). This has deffinitly been a strugle to
ashamed of our citizenship? Or are we just
get out to you. But here it is! A taste of what’s yet to
uneducated, disrespectful punks trying to
come. A kind of “Photo Issue”, to showcase to you why
If you’re fresh to the
tricks we did skating were unique to us and directly
piss people off? Well actually... NO! The
we’re making Color.
spelling of Color was a conscious decision made upon artistic and market
- Editor, Co-founder, Art director:
reasoning. Don't mess! We are all proud Canadian skateboarders at Color Magazine. There is no 'silent partner', large publishing firms, or any American assistance at all. The only investments we possess are our admissions that we all share
a common passion for skateboarding. Color Magazine is
a Canadian owned and operated magazine that doesn't
through our town like bees from the hive. Completely
wish to capitalize on marketing ourselves as a Canadian
oblivious that they were pollinating a great flower we call
publication. If you're reading this magazine it should be
In 1993 if you were to pick up the
because it intrigues you in and of itself, and not because
Okanagan Valley and drop it on Orange County California,
you might consider it good as far as Canadian magazines
with all of the Okanaganers preserved, you’d witness the
evolution of skateboarding pushed by the likes of regular
Dropping the 'u' in colour brings up several ideas about
Why do we fix these limitations upon ourselves?
Switch Mitch, The Ypma, and Ty
the shape our country is in and how this industry oper-
Mordy are a few names that still echo on the rough con-
ates. Your reactions (as in “you the reader”) have been
crete of the Okanagan, but never became household
more than amusing. I'd even go as far as to say it's ver-
names when any one of them easily could have. They
ified for me the fact that the Canadian soul and pride
could replace your Stevie Williams, The Muska and even
hasn’t been lost amongst the bombardment of American
Guy Mariano. Imagine the surprise the big name pros
propaganda demonstrated during the events of the past
would have when they visited a semi-desolate town in
year. Skateboarding is skateboarding, it has nothing to
the interior of British Columbia on a pit stop on their tour,
do with race, colour, or where you're from, and its
and witnessed kids doing things that were barely hap-
regions are as free as the act itself. Color Magazine is
pening at all in the mecca of California.
without bias against anyone who respects skateboarding,
I’d like to dedicate this magazine to my cousin Angela.
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In the amazing world of skateboarder and skateboarding fashion concepts, few can object to the fact that the "skater" has a keen sense of what to wear and how to wear it. Some trends are immensely successful, while others fall flat on their faces. Of course, the pros' names that are eventually stamped to the fashion monikers are just as important as the origination of the style. As I succumb to the abyss of shallowness and discuss the objectification and aesthetic of the skateboarder and his/her look, there are little trends that have to be remembered in the process of the skateboard world and what drives it ahead. Let's face it, the eruption of cargo pants based upon the uncanny fashion sense of Matt Hensley; has pushed the world of clothing manufacturing to those millions of extra meters of fabric that had to be cut out to fit that small piece of cloth on the leg of the pant or short. Business as usual huh? The neat thing about Hensley is that most of the little fashion extras that he has prompted have been bastardized as they fell into society. The chain wallet became a plastic raver fantasy, the cargo pant is now standard issue for every Tom, Dick and Harry on the main drag, and the cut down shoe has it's own set of myths and realities. The cut shoe detail (that ended up in a Zero-One mock ad) didn't go anywhere, but caused a lot of ruckus with parents everywhere. On another interest note: does anyone remember the brief trend that Hensley et al tried to inflict upon the masses - the airline baggage ticket? The "proof": Hensley five-o on low wall with ticket slung from belt in H-Street ad and Ron Allen sporting the ticket in a full page bank ollie shot (?). Weird that that one never took off! Yet another fact to take in is that that's the last time Hensley had an ear splitting effect on the fashion environment. Shit hit the fan ever since that harsh Droors ad that dissed the rude boy/two tone skin look. We're all wearing tight pants now though. One recent trend that has been really interesting is the bandana or hanky coming out of the pant pocket. As with other fashion pushes, such as the chain wallet, the hanky show has also been made popular by the homosexual world. One only has to watch Pacino in Cruising to realize that the hanky may symbolize a bit more than “Hang loose, I'm going for the 20 stair”. Sure it looks “cool”, the ragged appearance, the “cowboy” aesthetic, but the codes that are associated with the hanky are a world unto their own. I counted over 55 different codes on the web for the hanky in the ‘homosexual hang out world’ and where to “put it” (worn on the right or the left makes the difference for give and take).
LIGHT BLUE ------- giving head NAVY BLUE ------- fucker RED ---------------------- fist fucker LIGHT PINK ------- dildo fucker DARK RED --------- two-hand fister MUSTARD --------- has 8" or more BEIGE ----------------- rimmer GOLD LAME ------ likes musclemen BLACK ---------------- heavy S&M YELLOW ------------- pissing TEAL BLUE ------- cock and ball torture R4'O+GT+UUWG
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In the world of the "skateboard artist", the artist that happens to also skateboard, or the skateboarder who is an artist; there are many fields that the skater is usually fixed into. Most often, the stereotype is the cultural and societal world of the "anti" artist (as they like to be called) - or the graffiti artist. Sometimes, the skater can push a little and become a protégé of the ever popular Schiele or Basquiat. These persons enter into a new personification of the image versus the standard, eventually going as far as doing a painting on a skateboard, or developing a criteria around the stretched canvas. All of these developments are well and good as the skateboarders develop an eye for aesthetic, hopefully not curving into the world of "please the masses art", or rather, the same- song graphic artist. (Luckily most skaters that DO fall into that category of artist are forcing their own works upon the masses, since most of the skateboard industry is open to art that shocks the system). In this vast world of the skateboard artist, some skaters have a firm grasp of the architecture around them and/or the structures that make up their static or moving world. These strong aspects of concept art (the dreaded expression) are where the skateboard artist interprets his/her world into the tangible (or intangible) artistic installation, or presentation to express the aesthetic versus usage of familiar objects. The late sixties/early seventies works of Joseph Beuys, Jan Dibbets, and Richard Long (etc, etc) express these notions and bring into light our surroundings and how they affect our daily routines, actions, and societal implications. The skateboarder as artist or artist as skateboarder Alex Morrison is a good example of a person that has a realization of his domain, surroundings, and how to manipulate them into a tangible, static (or moving), creative gesture for all to witness. I had a chance to ask Alex some questions about art vs. skateboarding:
Found Minimalism London, England Fuji archival print 24”x36” 2000 - Present
Teenage Runaway Campsite plywood, mixed media Installation view from ‘Space Invader’ at Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto. c.2000
The almighty question: is skateboarding an art form? Was it more of an art form in the past, or now? Skateboarding is an art form if someone says it is. It all depends on the context that you view it in. I share the idea that anything can be art as long as it is presented as such. So, if I say something is 'art' then you can believe that or not. It is up to the viewer to decide. They complete the work. Curators seem to be interested lately but I find for a lot of the wrong reasons. Pop culture in general seems to think it is the last bastion of 'authenticity' or it represents the 'real'. These people will always romanticize notions of the 'street'.
Current projects/ideas? An installation for a group exhibition at the Contemporary Art gallery in Vancouver, haven't titled it yet but it is mostly a text piece. I have a solo show at Catriona Jeffries’ gallery in Vancouver in January 2003. That will be a five DVD installation, some projections some monitors; it will later be shown in Toronto and in Frankfurt. It’s called 'Housewrecker'. Also some public sculpture installation stuff in Newcastle, England in the summer of 2003. Briefly discuss your evolution as of late of your art ideal/ ideals toward form vs. action. I am interested in the ideas surrounding 'per formative bodies in architectural space'. It seems to have cropped up quite a lot. What do you think is the state of the skateboard/art world vs. the gallery expectations? One in the same, or strides apart?
How does your skateboarding reflect your ideas for pieces, if at all? I just skateboard. It is what it is but of course it affords you a certain point of view.
The skateboarding world's approach to art is far less critical than say, a museum; skateboarders are in the business of skateboarding, whereas museums are in the business of art and its critical reception.
Style vs. ideology/high art? I suppose I prefer a more critical approach to art making. I find that a lot of these 'skateboard art' exhibitions get by on style alone. Again it is the 'street', etc. and people are seduced by a certain style. Most of it seems like design to me. That is fine for board graphics, t-shirts etc, but I wouldn't consider it art that engages with any broader issues or that addresses the 'public'. Just nice pictures to look at, and I can appreciate that. I don't think my own work will be included in those exhibitions any time soon though.
Do themes of skateboarding and form, form your decisions of fun spots to skateboard.
Many skateboarders nowadays like to ebb into the world of graphic design. Do you agree with themes of graphic design vs. "high" art. The division between high and low culture disappeared in the sixties, perhaps long before that. Again, it is the context that the work is presented in that determines whether a work moves beyond what it appears to be.
What do you think of the current trend of skateboarders enveloping themselves in flat art, or strictly 2-d pieces? Perhaps the 2-d work is disseminated a lot easier. It has a mobility that sculpture doesn't. It can also be distributed over the web, as stickers, t-shirts, boards, wheels, etc. Discuss the importance of the world around you as an artist contemplating form against social issues - or even skateboarding it self. Everything is important to me I guess. I think I take things far too seriously at times...have to learn to lighten up a bit. What is your opinion of the performance? Just an extension of installation, or one in the same?
Conceptual vs. "tangible" works? Sometimes the conceptual can border on the 'poetic', as in just words, or proposals, like some of Yoko Ono's earlier works. I am not interested in the 'poetic' in that way. I do prefer a more conceptual rigueur in artwork. I like objects but I don’t want to get my hands dirty either. I would prefer that my work was more accessible, connected to the 'social world' rather than notions of 'sublimity' or metaphysics. I don't like the mist. Mist is for lakes.
Do you ride tight, medium, or loose trucks? I’d say loose. But not loose as a goose.
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guilty for not street skating as much anymore. Am I just a burnt out tranny dog now? Maybe I always was. I’ve never landed a three flip. That says a lot I guess.
Skateboarding and art are two different worlds for me. Skateboarding has appeared in my work as a theme but perhaps more as a conceptual device. It was convenient and familiar, I used it. I have more works that don't involve it than do involve it. It has served its purpose in my work, and perhaps even run its course. It has been such a large part of my life I had to reconcile it eventually. The thing that worries me the most is its surface attraction. It connotes all of these romantic notions of 'masculine heroism'… 'cool'… 'rebellion'. That worries me and I try to work against those readings. In the public realm men have traditionally been afforded far more personal space than women. The majority of people are not interested in 'boys being bad'. I work very hard to present my work in another light.
Which artists do you draw any inspiration from?
Cassavetes...too many to mention, but not only visual artists, a lot of different writers, theorists, etc, and the line up changes constantly.
I like the speed the most I think. I like it all though. Anything to do with it. I feel
Have you ever changed your criteria on tricks on a skate to parallel your grasp on form and artistic ideology?
Performance can be successful. I prefer to find the theatrical in actions that would otherwise not be considered 'performance'.
For example- the Hastings bowl vs. a parking block. How do the forms contrast the actions for you?
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(left to right) When Hoffart, Dermer, and Chris get their hands on a video making machine, there’s no telling what might happen, but I heard it was switch!
Not only is Craig Rosvold a member of the BHBST (Big Hubba Backside Tailslide) for team managers, he’s also the president!
(left) There’s a bit of light that comes from the Rec Centre or whatever’s next to the park, but Jordan Hoffart lit this Frontside Flip on fire!
Jon Engle’s got switch salad grinds on lock. He must have did at least ten in a row so we could get his shot without a kid getting in the way. Rough! This is the “Cheers” of all skateparks, props to Yosuke, Geoff and Jeremy in the background. That’s why you wanna go where everybody knows your name...
Interview & Photos By: David Christian
You know those intros,
(you may have even
written one) that start out something like: “My homie _______ (Fill in the blanks), is the sweetest dude I know. ______ has switch frontside______ to _______ to switch ___flip out on the __________ ledges on lock. _______ has the best style, I even let him date my sister. He’s so cool.” This pointlessness tends to run on a bit, usually ending in: “Look out for ______ in the new ________ video due out this _____.” Let’s face facts here people, we look at the photos rather than reading the interview nine times out of ten anyways, so lets just say:
“Sheldon Meleshinski is a
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Now wasn’t that so much easier?
Noseslides always look more burly when done on hip height virgin hubbas... Location confidential.
First off, how old are you, how long have you been skating and where are you from? My brother’s ID says I’m 19, but mine says I’m 17. I’m originally from Prince George and now reside in Winfield BC I have been skating since I was 11. Give me a funny story about growing up in Prince George. My oldest Brother Daryl used to have parties while babysitting me and my other brother Cody. Him and his friends would throw us into each other until we started to fight. I’m not sure who won, but Daryl and his friend were definitely entertained. You only have one eye, how did that come about? I actually had two functioning eyes for two years of my life. My mother noticed something in my eye and she took me to the Doctor. The doctor found that I had Retinal Blastoma, which is a type of cancer. The only way to get rid of it was to remove the eye. Thanks Mom! I’m sure that there are some funny nicknames, what might some of them be? There are a few, especially one from Sam McKinlay, but it’s a little inappropriate for me to say. Also, Johnny Rad thinks my name’s Preston. I just play along. When do you graduate? My Graduation is in June 2003, but I’m finishing school a little earlier.
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What’s the plan? Move to Van? Move to Cali? The plan is to get out of Winfield as soon as possible. Last time we spoke, you were getting boards from Zero direct, is that still going on? I guess you could say it’s direct, but all I know is that I get boards sent to my house monthly. How did that get hooked up? Well, I had skated with Jamie (Thomas) at skatecamp, but I don’t know if that had anything to o with it. Ryan Smith knew that I was riding for Eternal, so he knew the pain I was going through. I think he mentioned something to Jamie that I needed to ride boards that actually feel good. Having lived in the interior of BC, how is it that you have gotten as much coverage as you have? I’m not exactly sure about that, but I do know that Mike McKinlay was a big help in getting to know people. Geoff Dermer is the other one to blame. He invited me on the Mad Dash tour, and things started to happen from there. Who do you think are the five best up-and-coming Canadian skaters? Ted Degros, Aaron Johnson, Jessie Booi, Ryan Oughton, and Bradley Sheppard. Describe your local scene? What’s going on in Kelowna that people need to know about?
There really aren’t any good filmers, or photographers because they are all in Vancouver or going to school. So you can go skate, and keep all your tricks to yourself.
When you were in Van last you were getting a new eye, how is this one different? Yeah, I don’t wear the new eye. It’s too big, and tends to fall out when I skate. So, I’m back to the old one.
People have said that Ben Lee skatepark is one of the best in Canada. Do you think that skating there has helped you progress? Yeah, definitely, it has also showed me what marijuana really smells like because it’s part of the air there. It’s weird.
Does it get you more chicks? No, I think it scared most of them away. Oh well, their loss (laughs)
Are you strait edge? Because I seem to remember you sippin' on some coolers on the Mad Dash tour, and getting a little wild with young Elliot. I was strait as an edge could be up until the last Mad Dash tour. I saw Elliot drinking one, and he’s younger than me, so I decided I was old enough to have one too. What’s the stupidest thing about skateboarding right now, trendwise? I’m not sure, but my friend Dave Stew is trying to start a new trend. He wears bandannas around his ankles. I don’t think its taking off, but good luck Dave. What video gets you psyched to skate? Dying to live.(Zero Video, 2003) Who’s part in particular? Chris Cole, no one really likes it that much, I don’t know why. I do know that he will kick your butt at skating.
Speaking of chicks, do you think this interview will get you more tail? I’m not a big fan of girls with tails, but if it gets me lots, I’m sure I’ll have a smile on my face. You have two big crazy barking dogs, that I must admit, I am scared as hell of. Now if you took a bag of angry poodles, shook the bag a little to make the poodles angrier, and then released them on your dogs, who would win that fight? Those are my brother’s dogs, and he moved up north to live life as an Eskimo. I think he uses the dogs to pull the sled, so I guess the poodles would win. If you were ever out, say at the mall, and you saw Avril Lavigne, would you tell her that you’re a Sk8r Boi? Yeah, and I would sing the song to her word for word, I hear she likes that. Do you think she actually skates? (Laughs)
“I’m not a big
fan of girls with tails, but if it gets me lots, I’m sure I’ll have a smile
on my face.”
Gapping out to your tricks is so hot right now. Nosegrind Now, if you took Avril Lavigne, put her in a sack, did some shaking, and threw her in the ring with your dogs, who would win? I would cheer for the dogs, but she might win. Sponsors: Emerica, Zero, Deviate Boardshop, Autobahn and Split Clothing.
“...it has also showed me what marijuana really smells like because it’s part of the air there.” (below) Kickflip backside tailslide to Fakie perfection
Shout outs: My brother for trying to make me tough. Dermer and the Dorm. Deviate because they’re my favourite. Judah Oakes for saving my life and showing me the path to Emerica. Ryan Smith and Jamie Thomas. Brad Tomlinson, Luke Atherton, and the rest of the Winfield peeps for being my friends. Mom and Dad for getting me out of P.G. Dave Christian and Nolan Labach. 5foot12. The Girls for being nice to me even though I’m a jerk. Free hot lunch, Cash money, BMC. Danny Marshall for always making me sound stupid. Last but not least, cereal in all it’s fine forms, and anyone I missed. Smoke Meat Man!
"Alex Chalmers is one of the smoothest all terrain skateboarders I know of. He's got power, style and makes skateboarding look the way it should be... fun!" - Steve Caballero
“Hey, I'm wondering if you could email me back a quote for Alex Chalmers. With his long overdue pro model out and the release of the Flip video, I thought it would be fitting to have Chalmers in the quote section in the magazine... Anything you want to say, a sentence is fine.” Thanks, Sandro | Color Magazine. [via Email]
(here) Alex Chalmers Noseslides a deadly hubba. To show you that he truly is the all terrain killer.
(left) Renee Renee remembers all the little people, while
on his way to the top of the charts. He goes shaka too!
“Alex has to be the next biggest Canucks fan I know, besides myself. He’s so into it he starts growing his playoff beard at training - Renee Renee camp.” EQNQT
“I went skydiving with Alex Chalmers once. I was sick to my stomach when we reached jumping altitude, I think I even farted from my own nervousness. He jumped before me and wanted to do it again once we met on the ground… I WILL NEVER EVER SKYDIVE AGAIN. he’s been dozens of times since I’m sure… he’s a sick bastard… I hope to skate with him again soon…” - Donny Barley
“didn’t understand the email.” -Shawn White
“Alex is one of the most underrated skaters there is! He mixes big style with tech and that makes him one of the most enjoyable skaters to watch or skate with! He needs to lay off the Coca-Cola, but it seems to be working for him!” - Brian Patch.
old wrecked equipment. The aesthetic of the boards and wheels now aren’t quite as cool when they get worn out, whereas exposed axles will always be as dope as a waffle soul. Lately (the last 5 years), I’ve been trying to the do the “you break it you buy it” technique and making the shit last. Fuck, I mean the stuff was made to dish out for a while right? So why not get your cash worth? Ride the trucks ‘till they actually crack, buy 58mm HARD LUCK wheels so that they last a while, and try out the 151 Sam Hitz wood to see what its like not to have a flex fit while doing bside disasters.
TOSS 151 SAM HITZ DECK & 58MM HARD LUCK WHEELS Sam McKinlay. When the new breed of punk rocker began to erupt from the somewhat complacent world of skateboard culture, new definitions needed to be clarified to figure who’s who and which is which. It seems like I harp on these skateboard trends a lot, but let’s face it, we are what we eat, and we are what we see. The punk rockers that roamed in between 38mm wheels and the pressure flips were hard to come by, hard to spot in magazines, and not very marketable as we all cut down our shoes and pulled down our pants. There were survivors that earned cut out and pin up status, with teams that carried the guys along very nicely. CREATURE, ANTI-HERO, CONSOLIDATED, etc seemed to re-introduce the world of the studded belt, primed for the targeted audience to eat up.
I think the best thing of the good-ol’ punk days, was the wicked
Finding this fine gem in the back of a pharm a c y / d o l l a r store/hardware/smoke shop caught me by surprise to say the least. There it was, the OG shit. What every grip tape brand models itself after, Mac Tac grip tape. The packaging was old and worn, with the white cardboard backing discolored and stained a dark yellow-y brown. I decided nobody else gets to have these, and brought all three packs displayed in the back corner where I found them. The lady at the counter gave me the 3 packages at 50% off, and it came out to be a little cheaper than buying one sheet of Jessup at a Skate Shop. It’s amazing actually, usually switching name brands (especially within the new grip-tape companies) will throw you off, but this stuff was perfect! I spent the evening watching my “Britney Spears: Live and More!” while I found a decent way of arranging these 1” wide strips to fill the surface of my deck. It evolved into something of a woven stripe pattern, (which is so hot right now). It performed surprisingly well, and puts most new grip tape companies to shame. Not so grippy that it kills your kicks, and not to slippy either. Leave it to Canada to produce a perfect grip tape. Thanks Mac Tac.
SIGNATURE SHOE Sam McKinlay.
In the middle to late nineties when the bigger, more athletic, padded skate show began to make its mark on the skateboard scene I had my doubts about the new trend. I took the opportunity to become captain hardcore and continue the tradition of wearing VANS high top and low top classics whenever and wherever possible to the chagrin of all my peers. I could hold that smith grind a little longer and look especially punk with the deck shoes on, but the only stores that I could find that still stocked the old school stuff were BMX mail order companies that had to supply the BMX racers with the waffle sole. The other problem was age. As I reached some sort of maturity and began to approach the royal 30, my knees and shins began to feel the shit. Not just skating, but walking and everything. So—I began to train myself to wear the bigger stuff. Hanging out and pacing around was much nicer, but the fucking board kept falling away from these new found soles that were “good for me”. Whatever though, fuck it. I kept the shit up and can now proudly say that any shoe can do the trick (there’s something to be said about wearing the waffle sole for almost 15 years and then switching over to the comfort zone. YEAH, THAT I’M A PUSSY?) Any ways, just lately I got to feast my eyes on the almighty Danny Way signature show – THE OMEN. The DC line has always seemed to be the utmost when it comes to playing around with the big and tech look and the personalities behind the shoes (no one can deny that Rob Dyrdek et al would make a choice crew to hang out with at a party or whatnot) keep your brain in check when any money hits the table. Regardless, I took the OMENS for a spin and a run and couldn’t believe the athleticism that went into these bad boys. It’s hard (although possible) to think of getting down on a mini ramp of slappy session with these on, but it’s easy to imagine hurling down 20 stairs and fakie pivoting an 18 foot vert ramp with knees and pride intact. D. Way is a big name around our house, and the shoes live up to the pinnacle of the DC line. Plus… the black ones are fucking mean looking.
But they didn’t seem to eat it up until fresher faces begun to pimp the essential studs and bottles of rye. BAKER, etc seem to have the market now for the new world of the punk rock skateboarder while the old guys with the mesh Indy hats got stuck with the term “hesher”. “Hesh” dudes have begun a whole market of their own in the world of the hardcore skateboarder, but they still seem to get the non-deserved back seat to the young glam rockers. Whatever though, it’s gonna be hard for the tight panted and studded youth when they get a clue and figure out that the MC5, heroin, and being Christian don’t REALLY mix.
Mac Tac grip tape
THE OMEN – DANNY WAY
Revieved via email, from cyrus thiedeke.
This is a review by some one who doesn't know what the hell they are talking about.feel free to email the author at the address below the review. it is found at www.wheelbite.net. “A beaver and no skate sound? Weak! This is a two bit, welfare Girl Video. Ted DeGros has an extra-ordinary but only slightly inventive video part. DeGrossi bangs out a nollie full cab heelflip over a water jersey barrier off a GENERIC bump, ala every other video in recent memory. It's fucking sick! The rest of this video looks like a Girl video minus the LA spots. It's Vancouver to the fullest. Way too full. It's a fine shop video, but it's an tedious full length skate video. It's got alot of Red Dragons in it, but like a Digital, that doesn't count for much. The music was TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!! The editing was alright. The skaters were great and the footage was lovely. So what went so so wrong? Start with, no skate noise. Who the fuck does that? What are we surfers? Gliding silently along the silver crest while some fag in a wetsuit points a 16mm at your ass? NO! Let's make a pact right now to stop "artistes" from ruining good skating like in "North" ever again. I am feeling so unwell after this.” -email@example.com
There’s a new movement happening in the Canadian Skate scene and Jeremy Pettit is one name notabley involved. He’s combined amazing skateboarding by choice amature and professional skaters to capture the essence of skateboarding with his breath-taking cinematography and artistry. North will be talked about for many years to come, and already a classic in my books. -Sandro Grison M
AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD
TRAILER V I D E O REVIEWS ESPN’S ULTIMATE X THE MOVIE By Sam McKinlay
Lately, with the advent of the X GAMES, fingerboards, hand boards, and whatever else the adult imagination can drum up; the word CORPORATE has been thrown around within the world of skateboarding to a very high degree. In the old days, the word CORPORATE was finely tuned to the point where EVERY skateboarder at one time was a dirt, Powell & Peralta and Vision boards were suspect, surf shorts were originally prevalent, and you actually spoke to another skater on the street. CORPORATE was just something that Jello Biafra talked about a lot. Today, the stakes are much higher as a lot of our friends are even paid a lot of money to roll around or whatever they whore (I’m beginning to like the whole “whore” theme) themselves for. Let’s look at some facts that make up the skate world:
Decks = wood industry = CORPORATE Wheels = plastic/rubber industry = CORPORATE Trucks = steel industry = CORPORATE Shoes = made in China = CORPORATE Clothing = textile industry = CORPORATE Doesn’t it feel good to know that we’ve always fed the fire? The best thing is that a lot of us like to go through multitudes of decks (too soft), wheels (too yellow), and even trucks (don’t like the divots) every month. Now that’s SUPER CORPORATE. The main thing that saves the skateboarder of today, with today’s conscience, is that “every little bit” helps. It’s the same as a meat eater cutting down 20% on his red meat intake, or a vegetarian that wears leather sneakers. Brian Deegan was definitely the highlight of the ULTIMATE X movie. He states that he’ll always be the one who’s there to look up to when the sport of Motocross gets too corporate. Wow, that must mean that his Metal Militia action figure is actually an anarchist spy camera planted in Toys R Us and Wal-Mart.
(1972 Dir: Werner Herzog) By Sam McKinlay
The road movie has been a p e r e n n i a l f a v o u r i t e amongst skateboarders for years. The lifestyle it attracts is the free soul that goes from town to town unwary of any dangers that may surface, but always ready for a new adventure. Jack Kerouac is the well known favourite of the skate/lit/art world, but other names can be brought to light in the “care-free human drama” genre such as Henry Miller, Bukowski, and Canada’s own Leonard Cohen. You hear these names a lot due to the filtering of the literature through the pseudo intellectual skate world, but for good reason (Henry Miller will always have a spot on my book shelf – that dirty pig). Road films are always big in the skate world as well as they just carry the genre from literature to 35mm very nicely. Names that always plague us are Jim Jarmusch/John
By: Mike McKinlay Photos: Steven Bedard Skateboarding, whether we like it or not, is linked almost hand and hand with the fashion industry. It's part of the magazine and video culture and helps us decipher who is genuine and who is not so genuine in the skate industry. Through a cycle of fakes who act as chameleons year to year, changing their image in order to please their sponsors and their fans, not to mention their egos. We watch our favorite pros go from hip hop, to “hesh”, to pretty much whatever else happens to be in at the time in order to portray themselves the way that our skate culture has molded them to be. But I must respect the very few creative skateboarders who started the bulk of these costume fads to begin with. Because even though they may be contributing to this shallow, (to say the least), idea of looking cool with studded belts and pre-torn jeans, they have risked their coolness and taken a leap by actually trying to be different in the beginning. But like anything else, the irony of daring to be different comes back to bite you in the ass, with corporate thieves flaunting these underground ideas to the masses, creating a society three years later of highschool jocks in skate shoes and 12 year old girls laced with studded wristbands.
Hair by "Gesee". So Hot!
People want to be noticed and they want to be cool. So that is why a few of us here at Color would like to showcase to you what we think is the next level of fashion, and is to be the next "new thing" to hit skateboarding. In a society where everybody thinks everything's been rehashed and been ripped off for the last time.... I’m proud to introduce to you... Miami Vice.
Homicide or suicide?! Our fashion police check out the possibilities. Jeremy is sporting a tourqoise tee , while Jessie takes comfort in a pair of blue & white canvas deck shoes. Function!
Flexibility and fast reflexes are crucial in todays world of skateboarding....and detective work. Cool and casual- baggy, linen sport coat (rolled sleaves optional), and pleated khaki pants.
WHERE I CAN S E E ‘ ” EM!
Spinning into summer with khaki, mesh dress shoes- velcro included.
You have to have balls of steel in today’s generation of skateboard fashion and function to wear mesh shoes and perform Layback Grinds while wearing them. His magnum pistol aside and his linen jacket on, Jeremy laidback grinds with style… on, and off his skateboard… Through the roof!
Lurie, David Lynch, Dennis Hopper, and whoever else can pull sleazy bar culture out of their wallet. Harmony Korine is a new milestone name in the skateboard world as he is said to have his finger on the “pulse” of alternative living. He knows how to pick all the right fashion accessories for the next thrift store style-pull. He knows when to put Blind Video days on the big screen, and he casts pro skateboarders (which used to be a hard pill to swallow in past films such as Police Academy 4 – now it’s standard). Another decision Harmony Korine made was casting Werner Herzog as a character in his film Julien Donkey Boy. If I agree with him on one note, it’s that Herzog should be looked at as a master, appreciated for his overwhelming approach to his own film, and his uncanny ability to accept bad roles in his old age. The ultimate road film for me (other than the 1970 Canadian masterpiece Going’ Down the Road) is not on a road, but on a river. Werner Herzog directed the amazing Klaus Kinski in a powerful role as a 16th century Spanish Conquistador who leads an army over the Andes and into the harsh world of the South American river-system -all the way to El Dorado, or what the Spanish thought was “the city of gold”. The Incan empire was not enough and Kinski’s character Don Lope de Aguirre had to have it all. Of course this leads to Herzog’s film crew creating an atmosphere of man against nature, man against ego, man against cannibals, and finally man against his own madness. As the conquistadors build a raft and then proceed down the river system, Aguirre forces the men at every opportunity to fight starvation and exhaustion in the name of Spain – and Aguirre himself. What Herzog creates here is an immense look at the treachery of the power system in a small group and the madness of the missionary ideal all pitched against amazing scenery, atmosphere, and a haunting soundtrack from Popol Vul. If you want to experience the world of Werner Herzog, this is the best place to start. The film is wrought with budget restrictions and true “making of” revolutionary scares by the local tribes during the making all culminating in a gritty, although beautiful vision of Man’s greed versus nature.
FOUR WHEELS DOWN Running Time: 4 minutes, 2 seconds Producer and Performer: Daniel Gesmer, 2002 By Sam McKinlay
Underworld Skateshop Montreal, QB.
Dylan Doubt e-mailed me the link to this short film a while back with just the tag line “truth” as the header. So, of course I noticed the name Daniel Gesmer in the e-mailed link and instantly got very excited. It’s been a long time since we’ve watched Daniel grace the screen of a Powell video and the Seismic trucks magazine ad campaign didn’t last nearly long enough. I remember trying those trucks out when they were available and “The Gey” was right, those things made the feel of skateboarding that much more intense. Having full suspension trucks that mimic the suspension of say, a BMW, is a sight and an experience not to be taken lightly. Anyways, Daniel’s new short film Four Wheels Down is his newest masterwork that displays just why The Gonz says things like, “Daniel Gesmer is the closest thing to real skateboarding that I’ve ever seen,” or something like that. Daniel knows his board like no other; guiding it backwards and forwards, kick turning with speed, propelling himself with arm swings and leg pumps, gracefully guiding the board while doing a handstand, and riding a “skateboard” that only has one truck and two wheels! He is definitely the King of the hang-ten! Dave Carnie recently stated (among many other things) that the world of the handrail will eventually come to an end (he also mentioned something about shit eating in the same article) and after seeing Daniel’s video, I firmly believe in that statement. I mean, look at the direction skateboarding is already taking; example being the new skateboard that has no truck/grind space, just a bunch of roller blade wheels lined up along a huge axle. This already alleviates the problem of the “grind”, as when you really think about it, our axles have nothing to do with the act of skateboarding anyways. I watched the Gold video and then the new ZERO again after watching Daniel’s film, and the two tapes just didn’t make sense anymore. Grinding, sliding, stopping, killing the sport and the environment around us! Watch the Gesmer piece again and again and begin to appreciate the whole feel and possible aesthetic of the roll. Now, I just wish that he
had some good rockin'’ tunes like Slipknot on top of the footie. That would have rocked!
By Sandro Grison
It’s hard enough to get ‘down’ witha shop in your own city, let alone on the other side of the country! I pressed play to this video with a closed mind... French people annoy me, as they do a lot of people, and I’m not going to tell you that this video has changed my view on that. I am however, going to tell you how sick this video is. First of all, they’re lucky to have somebody like Alex Bastide to drive this ‘boat’. I mean, the video was long as hell- my foot fell asleep 6 times. I don’t know why people complain about the Titanic, at least in that movie the boat sinks! Perhaps the worst part about Underworld Skateshop is that they’re unstoppable. THEY WILL DESTROY with tricks such as Grant Patterson’s nollie front-foot kickflips down stairs, Oliviero Fontana’s agressive, fast skating, LP Bunelle, Dave Lapchuk, Steve Cantin, Sam Houde, MAD, and of coarse Dan Pageau. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t hearing about the tricks this guy’s doing or inventing for that matter. He’s deffinitly a runner up for being the Canadian Tom Penny, for how advanced he was just a few years ago. One step ahead of everybody. This video tells the full story and history of Underworld, starting in 1995 when it was just a record store. It goes on to the life of Jens Grenier, one of the owners of the joint; showing footage from the early eighties to present day, and how the tricks and styles have evolved. I was suprised to hear the choice of music in the video. I expeced ragging punk-rock from an ex-record store, but I got some very good hip-hop trackscomparible to any top video’s soundtrack... Not sure how legal it is though. Summarizing a generation of skateboarding is no easy task, nor is it quick. THIS VIDEO IS LONG... but also good. Not unlike a Long-John, yet not quite a Boston Cream, I’m affraid to see what’s in store for Canada this summer on their “Under Attack” tour. DESTRUCTION! go to: www.underattacktour.com to find
out when these killahz are coming to your town.
You’ve already bought this video and the VCR ate the tape for breakfast by now. These are some thoughts I jotted down after stumbling home to find a party at my place after the Video Premier. GO digital, get the DVD! Here’s a rundown of what you can expect J o n A l l i e : Kickflips into your trick. J o n R a t t r a y : Does things you would never think of.
“Dying to Live” screenprint by Sandro Grison c.2002
M a t t M u m f o r d : Covers all bases. R y a n B o b i e r : Will remind you he’s still ripping. A d r i a n L o p e z : Hotter than a tamales. Lindsey Robertson: jump off a building
R y a n S m i t h : Territorial Pisses on everything. C h r i s C o l e : Can’t sweat; machines rust. J a m i e T h o m a s : Won’t disappoint you.
If this was the Zero video, Glenn Suggit would be Jamie “The Chief” Thomas. Travis Stanger = Chris Cole Corey Forster + Jesse = Ryan Smith Kyle Robinson = Lindsey Robertson Wade Fyfe = Adrian Lopez Chris Kendall = Ryan Bobier Kellen = Jon Allie Devin Komarninski = Matt Mumford Keith Yerex = Jon Rattray
But this is The Famous Video, and these dudes all represent Plush and Famous Skate Shop in Edmonton Alberta. Shop videos have really been stepping it up these days. Damn.
Keith Yerex, running it!
Youth Gone Wild The Famous Video
No one likes to be stereotyped, to be categorized or classified. We’re all different, whether it be by race, age, sex or something a little more complicated, we are all different. There are no exceptions in the case of People Under The Stairs. They have been stereotyped as “old school”, which may not be such a bad thing… In a world filled with people trying to be different, we find most people ending up the same for that very reason. Thes One and Double K of People Under The Stairs have set themselves apart by doing the very opposite. They’ve took a step back to find the good in hip-hop and have brought it back as a musical bitch-slap for all the emcees too caught up in their image to think about their sound. We caught up to this Californian dual whilst passing through Vancouver on the Calicomm Tour CHECK IT!
An interview by | Mike Chui Photos by |
I’ve read that you’re into Stereolab, do you have any other musical influences outside of hip hop, jazz, or funk? Thes One: Every old record I collect has a musical impact on me; you know everything that I hear has an impact on me. It doesn’t even have to be music, the environment in which I hear stuff; it depends on how I listen to music. I am starting to realize, as I get older, the style of music that I heard on TV, when I was a kid, have an influence on me now. Which TV shows? from the waist down. T: Everything, anything that I was exposed to; I remember funky stuff on Sesame Street, other kids programs, there’s a Charlie brown movie that I used to like as a kid, and it has real dope music I liked as a kid, and I might have not known why I liked it, but I like the music now. Double K: I be taking everything from everywhere, I’ll be driving down the road and I see something, it can be funky. I take in influences from everywhere, like what my man right there says, just life itself can be an inspiration to make some good music. I love funk though, especially Parliament Funkadelic, (70’s Electrofunk band out of Detroit, Michigan.) I recently read an article criticizing the current conservative state of underground hip-hop, while mainstream producers are the ones making progressions sonically. In the past, it has always been the other way around. Do you have any comments on this opinion? T: I think underground hip-hop is conservative right now, in a sense that everyone is doing the same shit. I get mix tapes from people and everything blends together nicely because everything sounds the same. That’s all good and great, but there was a time when being anything other than the cat with the million dollar label behind you meant you could really do whatever you wanted, you know what I mean? I remember a lot of underground tapes back in the day sounded different, everything sounded crazy, and every city had a different sound. I used to hear cat’s tapes from San Diego; they sounded different from the underground groups from L.A. They were just working on their own thing, it’s kind of fucked up to just have an international hip-hop sound, it’s wack. What about the European underground hip-hop sound, or Canadian? T: If it sounds like underground American hip-hop, I don’t listen to it. I’ve heard a lot of hiphop on all continents though and much of it sounds the same. I’’m sure you guys get sick of talking about the same shit, so let’s talk about the female anatomy. Personally, I am a breast man. DK: I like legs, it can be anything as long as it’s all right
T: I like nipples. Have you ever seen inverted nipples? I think they (woman) get them when they’re pregnant. T: I don’t know, I’ll take them however; a girl with no nipples is wack though. She’s probably not mammal. Yeah that’s true. You can’t really get much nipple with fake boobs as well. They can’t even feel anything because the nipples stretch out and the nerves get fucked up. T: You know you never see a cow with fake nipples; you can’t milk a cow with fake nipples. DK: It’s like… you can’t be a real hip-hopper without a deejay. T: Yeah, exactly! Why the fuck does every rock group have a deejay and every underground group have a mini disk? Guys walk up with backpacks and mini disk players, every fuckin’ rock group from the lowest to the highest got to have a deejay. Well, what do you think of the return and prominence of the hip-hop deejay in the form of the Battle deejay? DK: Jam Master J (RIP) and DJ Jazzy Jeff, those dudes can battle at the same time they can rock a party; everything is whacked out right now, there are too many titles to everything, you know what I mean? T: You can draw all that back to pretty much the influx of money. Why would a deejay catch an ego and all of a sudden be like: “Yo, I am the star!” That is exactly like the emcee saying: “I am the fuckin’ star! I don’t need this shit. I don’t need anything. I am not going to find a DJ for my hip-hop group.” Why would someone do that? Muthafuckas are trippin’ now these days. Everyone whether they say it or not is trying to fuckin’ shine. You don’t see groups anymore, or crews; you just see everyone go solo. The emergence of the turntablist, and I am not disrespecting the turntablist by any means, but there’s still got to be DJ’s rockin’ with groups; you can shine in a group. My favorite deejays are all in groups; they were not dudes who just came out solo. Like Eric B and Rakim… T: Ahh, fuck yeah, like Pete Rock and CL Smooth or Gangstarr. Shit is crazy though, and you want to know why it is crazy? It’s crazy that you can go to a music school and get a degree in deejaying, in turntablism. That shit is fucking crazy. I’ve read that you guys love Nintendo; what is your favorite game? DK: ZANAC. I’ve played that game so many times; it is the funnest game I have ever played. I love playing Metroid, Super Metroid as well. DK: I love Metroid. I beat Mother Brain really quick though. T: A friend of mine put me up on a game called Escape From Exodus. It is the flyest shit, anything by Wisdom Tree after nineteen ninety-two. When you put the cartridge in, the screen flashes and it says, “This game is now powered by God.” The power light fades out and turns off, but the game still plays. The power light on the Nintendo actually fuckin’ turns off, like it was actually powered by God. Damn, That’s some freaky shit. T: Yeah, they’re like a private press for Nintendo games, Catholic shit. That’s some weird shit huh? Playing the game with the power light off. Your music has been considered a throw back to the early, to mid-nineties, East Coast hip-hop sound. How do you define the music you make? UR4+0)
DK: It’s not really an East Coast sound; we are making good hip-hop. We’re using good old records, putting fresh drums, and putting scratching on top of it. A lot of dudes in the West Coast figure they can use their keyboards and be different to make their music. We grew up on Public Enemy, EPMD, L.L. (Cool J), dudes who had good producers making their beats, and N.W.A. That’s what we are still doing. Doing things dif-
ferent. That’s what we have been doing since the first day. And your other influences have been Zapp, Parliament Funk… DK: Yeah, anything old and good. Iss there someone in hip-hop, presently, that you are interested in? T: I’m trying to listen to the new stuff, trying not to be that bitter old hermit who just wants to listen to his Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop (album by New York Producer/Emcee Diamond D) tape all day long, which I would be more than happy to do. You know what I mean? I’m trying though, but it is difficult, because I hear cats go in a good direction and then completely fuck everything up by trying to add their two cents on what they think should be. It’s one thing to be creative and original, but it is another to come in and out of Kansas, or something; with your ideas on what hip-hop should be, trying to change this whole shit, take away from the essence and origin of it. [To] a certain extent I feel like I want to
T: Trying to figure out when is the best time to call home so you can deal with shit, and still get on stage and be cool. You know what I mean? Being on tour is crazy, because me and Mike (Double K), we didn’t realize when we started touring you leave home, everyone keeps doing their thing; you are stuck in this other world of touring and you call home to touch down to that reality. It blows you away because you realize you’re gone and everyone is doing their thing at home. When you do go home it feels like you’ve been locked away in a chamber somewhere: life happens without you when you’re on tour; that’s what I’m talking about. People do shit without you; it could be your girlfriend, your parents, or whoever. Dudes in your neighborhood, whatever it may be. Shit is happening and you are not there; you have no fucking control over anything. Are there any other negatives? Positives? DK: You deal with suckas in the crowd, girls trying to make you do some stupid stuff, and wack weed, everything man. Sound quality of the show could be fucked up which we have had. There has been terrible sound on this tour, a couple venues; we didn’t hear shit what
protect hip-hop, because I love it so much. Did you guys ever skateboard? What’s the story behind the Globe shoes you are wearing? T: Funny story behind these shoes, man. First of all, I was a pretty good skateboarder until people started flipping the decks; I used to get my grinds and my railslides, they call it boardslide now. I was okay until people started doing kickflips. I grew up in San Pedro, a big skate city; where Gleaming The Cube (80’s skateboard movie), was filmed. I was a big Bones Brigade fan and was into hip-hop at the same time. These shoes though, were a gift from a better skateboarder than me. I needed some shoes; I had some ugly shoes on, so he took his shoes off and was like: “Wear these, man!” So I put them on. Do you endorse Globe shoes? Would you? T: Hey man, I’m open for any type of sponsorships. What did you think touring would be like before you became a professional in the hip-hop biz? DK: I did not think it was like this. I thought that out of nowhere you step on stage looking clean and fresh with mad loot in your pocket; afterwards, you get all the girls and wake up and do it all over again. I did not know you had to hustle your way to the next stage.
DK: You don’t have clean clothes, and you have an hour before sound check. You gotta wear dirty socks.
O.S.T. OM/ PUTS Records/ Fusion3 Mike Chui
L.A. cats Double K and Thes One, have consistently created Hip Hop music while preserving the original ideas and aesthetics, and O.S.T., their third LP, is no different. Both are Emcees, and both members are on the production helm with Thes One being the main producer and Double K taking DJ duties. They used 500 plus samples to craft this ‘Beat Buffet’ for your aural pleasure. When I listen to tracks like “ Keepin’ It Live”, “Montego Slay”, “The L.A. Song”, “Acid Rain Drops”, and “ The Breakdown” I conjure thoughts of chilling at Stanley Park on a warm Sunday morning. “ The Hang Loose” and the title track “O.S.T.” will get your ass shaking, and “The Dig”, and “Suite For Beaver part 1” are other note worthy tracks as well. Sonically, the trademark dusty jazz and funk samples are there, but they’re even more eclectic with what they’ve used for sampling this time. I also like how they have intentionally left that “needle to the groove” roughness in the samples they used and yet the production and mixing was well done and organic, compared to the mainstream sterility of Hip Hop that most well known producers are known for. Lyrically, it’s still the same lighthearted attitude of style and direction of past albums. This album is definitely recommended for people who like Tribe Called Quest, Pharchyde’s Bizarre ride 2 and Ugly Duckling. -------------------------------------------------------------------
Split EP Ambulance Recordings www.ambulancerecs.cbj.net Matt Day
we were doing while on stage, and the people out there didn’t hear it either; just a big blur of noise, you know? What do you think of the U.S. “War On Terror”? T: I can state this, because we are not in the U.S. right now. Me and Double K have dealt with being in other countries and press people asking us questions like: “So, you guys are from the United States; what do you- Whoa, hold up man, just because we live in the U.S. don’t mean we are down with the shit that happens there. We are not a group that is on stage trying to get across a political message, but at the same time people outside of the U.S. should understand; I’m sure any intelligent person knows this, but it’s good to reinforce it. Any decisions our government makes does not reflect what the people want, it never does. Cats in the U.S. don’t want to go to war. They don’t want to do any of this shit.
It is a rare occasion when a good band rises from the dregs of the Fraser Valley known as Abbotsford. It is even more rare when two bands arise at the same time, but, ladies and gentlemen, these are rare times we are living in. Fun 100 and The Hand have emerged and released a split ep to conquer all cds released by Abbotsford bands. Fun 100 use their half of the disc to show the world how much fun it is to combine grocery store stickers, synthesizers, messy hair, rock n roll, and intermittent screaming into one big package. Fun really is the priority for this group, and they never cease to show it. Priority number one for The Hand is more centered on anger release, it seems to me, and hooray for that! Who thought power violence hardcore could sound so good? It must be those dual synthesizers and wailing drums. Tracks like “Kimmie Gibbler is my Girlfriend” by Fun 100 and “Already/Not Yet” by The Hand make this cd a must have. And the fact that you can only get it at their show or at Teenage Rampage Records (on Broadway near Main under Funhouse Tattoos) makes it even cooler. Hooray for indie! -------------------------------------------------------------------
Do guys have any future projects, side projects, or productions? DK: Thes is working with J-Live…
T: You never think about this shit, it’s grown man shit, I mean …
People Under The Stairs
Fun 100/The Hand
What is it now? DK: Oh man, it is fun and stressful at the same time. I never thought it would have been stressful; I thought it would have been total fun.
T: I got some things coming out of Seven Heads, but we’ll see what the future holds.
The Epidemic nowmusem:nowyoudon’t Ohev Records www.theepidemic.com Matt Day
DK: We’re not going anywhere. Thes One and Double K, we’re a fixture in the hip-hop scene. We found our place and we’re going stay.
Emo meets experimental down tempo electronica? ALRIGHT! I think I AM in the mood to cry while at the same time drifting into a fantasy world induced by odd and beautiful electronic noises and rhythms. Wow, life doesn’t get much better than this! At first I
REVIEWS! thought the album must have been produced by Dan Snaith (aka Manitoba), but the liner notes offer minimal information. I don’t even know how many people are involved in The Epidemic. I assume that it is at least a couple, but it could be just one guy, or girl. Anyway, that is unimportant, what is important is the music. It’s fantastic. Sad and melancholy, while beautiful and curious. And original! Perfect music for those sad lonely days or just when you’re in a weird mood. Five stars for this one. -------------------------------------------------------------------
and soulful rather than jazzy, but that’s probably the way they rhyme. They sound like they’re singing when they rap, but they do some crooning as well. Notable tracks would have to be “Runnin’”, “She Said” and “Y?”, but like I said this whole album is great from beginning to the end. This album was slept on and it’s just as good as Bizarre Ride2. -------------------------------------------------------------------
Boards of Canada Aphex Twin drukQs Warp Records www.warprecords.com Matt Day
A couple of years ago, when I was just getting into electronic music, I heard about this fellow called the Aphex Twin. Everyone I knew who was into electronic music, or “electronica,” said that he was really good. One day after I learned that I could get the employees at A&B Sound to open cds for me to listen, I picked out an Aphex disk and had it opened for me. I put on the headphones and pressed play, and what I heard blew me away. It was crazy. It sounded like Prodigy times ten. I listened for about thirty seconds and skipped to the next track and it blew me away even more. A beautifully soft melody caressed my ears as an adrenaline inducing fast and original drumbeat kept my senses alert. I was sold. I didn’t care what was on the rest of the disk. It didn’t matter. I wasn’t disappointed with that disk, and I haven’t been disappointed with my subsequent purchases of his disks. Consequently I am not in the least bit disappointed with his new double disk release entitled drukQs. Although it took a few listens to get into, the new release clearly documents the progression of a musical genius who has been called the “Modern-day Mozart.” This collection of thirty songs is all over the place. From crazily produced songs reminiscent of his single “Windowlicker” to simple piano songs, to his parents singing him happy birthday on the answering machine. Richard James (his real name) makes more music than most musicians will ever make. Upon being asked whether or not he thought all his music would be released some day he replied, “Never, there is simply way too much.” I’ve been listening to this album for two months now, and I’m not even close to boredom, in fact, I notice new details every time I listen to it. This is, in my humble opinion, the best collection of Richard’s songs to date, bar none. -------------------------------------------------------------------
The Pharcyde LabCabinCalifornia Delicious Vinyl/ Capitol Mike Chui
They’re not from Canada, but from Europe. I think. I heard some tracks from their EP a long time ago from my friend, Kevin who got it from Ben, his friend who was living in Finland. MHTRTC kind of reminds me of Air’s second album, except it’s not as boring. Actually, that’s a pretty bad comparison since I only listened to Air’s second album twice, I think. It doesn’t matter anyways; Music Has The Right To Children is an architectural monument of instrumentals built for relax’n whether by yourself or with your favorite girl. The whole album consists of beats that are in between catatonic and mellow, but can still get your head bumping. What other things can I say about this album? Oh, I know, the beats are rhythmic, stripped down to the bare bone essentials and comforting, kind of like Yanni. There’s the occasional organ and Moog synth thrown in too, which I liked. Listening to this is like watching a time lapse of the changing seasons on TV (yeah, that was a pretty good visual comparison). So if you’re high as a muthafucka’ or just feel chill, you should check this album out. -------------------------------------------------------------------
Young and Sexy Stand Up For Your Mother Mint Records Matt Day
WOW. This is the kind of cd where all I want to say about it is "it’s damn amazing, just go buy it," but to give you readers a bit more to chew on, I’ll tell you why it’s so great. To start off with, and I know this is a lame one, but these guys are from Vancouver. This means they’re "local" and even though there are more than two million people in the Greater Vancouver area, I do feel kind of cool to know that I live in the same general area as these great musical artists. Now, it’s hard for me to make comparisons with this kind of music because I don’t really listen to any acoustic stuff, with guitar, bass, piano, synth, drums, and male and female vocals, but I can tell you about the feeling I get when I listen to it. I feel like these guys are playing real songs about real emotions and real people that they know, but it’s not hard and heavy, it’s rather soft and comforting with absolutely no cheese factor. I guess there are some elements of folk music here, listening to it almost makes me feel as though I’m watching friends perform on a low stage at a cozy little café, and when they’re finished, I’ll chat with them and tell them how rad their set was. This music makes me feel like I know the band members. Basically, it’s very intimate down to earth music, music that can be related to, not some high and mighty, "you don’t know how I feel," rock music crap. This is art, made by real people that are humans just like you and me. This is real, and I just love it. -------------------------------------------------------------------
Seether Disclaimer Musketeer Records www.seether.com
Jucifer I Name You Destroyer Velocette Records
“Disclaimer” is printed in big bold letters on the disk of the new Seether album. Being the cynic I am, I assumed the cd was warning me that what I was about to listen to would turn out to be a waste of my time. Judging by the name of the band, who I had never heard of before, I assumed that it would either be rap-metal or nu-metal, neither of which I am too enthusiastic about. A picture of the band on the inside of the liner notes sporting bad-ass dreads and goatees, with mean stares to match, lead me to believe that they were in fact of the nu-metal persuasion. Oh joy. Once I got to the actual listening stage, I was not greeted with anything astounding. More depressing rock songs about feeling empty inside and hating one’s self that I could surely do without. It reminded me of why I never listen to popular radio stations.
The two main things I look for in music these days are sincerity and originality. This twosome, known as Jucifer, were unknown to me before I received their cd in the mail (and at the moment, I still don’t know anyone else who has heard of them). But they are pushing out some friggin' rad material: original and sincere. If I had to categorize them they could fit with some ease into the early nineties grunge genre. But that certainly doesn’t mean they sound just like Nirvana or the Smashing Pumpkins. Rather their music bears resemblance to several grunge bands with distinct sounds, but Jucifer uses the sounds much like classic literary writers allude to previous masters; they take some good elements from past works and fit them into their own puzzles. The final work comes across as a well produced (but with plenty of rawness to “keep it real”) album with a good variety of melancholy emotions spread over a good variety of grunge sounds. Quite honestly, I review a lot of crap cds, and in the small stack of keepers, this cd certainly has its well-deserved place. -------------------------------------------------------------------
But hey! Don’t let my jaded view of radio music get you down, if you enjoy the famous tunes of such bands as Korn or Nickelback, then this cd could be right up your alley. The fact is, the music that Seether makes is well produced, well played, and sometimes even catchy. There’s nothing wrong, per say, with their music, other than the fact that it sounds the same as any other Korn or Nickelback rip off. It seems inevitable that when the general public starts to like a certain style of music that a couple of bands have created, a thousand other bands will copy that exact style, with very little originality. Personally, I’m tired of it, and the two dollars that I’ll get from selling this cd will be far more than it’s worth.
The second Pharcyde LP is more serious than their debut, which fans back then didn’t expect from them. Jay Dee, Diamond D do production themselves as well. With the Jay Dee tracks he’s working on perfecting his signature sound that you hear now. Hazy, soulful and organic with the mandatory handclaps (“Groupie Therapy”) and all--automatically makes you bounce to the beat and shake your soul. Go and watch Chad Muska’s part in Uno (“Runnin”) and you’ll know what I mean. This is the type of album you buy if you don’t want to skip any tracks. All of them are dope. It’s kind of like Tribe’s Midnight Marauders, but funkier
Music Has The Right To Children Matador/ Warp Records
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Com-put-er n : a programmable device that can store, retrieve, and process data By Jordan Truse, Vancouver BC I have recently been given an updated arm, after I broke mine in half skateboarding. My new arm is two metal plates and eight screws. This proves the theory that we are, in fact, all machines.
The brain is a digital computer, and the mind is a simple computer program. Why do you think computers are designed to do human jobs? The book The Prospect For Building Truly Intelligent Machines, states, that it will be possible for man to build hardware with brain level power within thirty years. This kind of stuff freaks me the hell out. If they could build a computer that has brain level power, then wouldn’t we have to call it human? It proves the fact, that as a human we have been designed. The symbolism around computers is crazy, for example, did you know www in Hebrew would be 666. Try and say the letter w. What does it sound like? It sounds like double you. Double you, double you, double you. This stuff is driving me crazy! Or how about the apple on the Mac computer? Is it a symbol representing the first sin in the Adam and Eve story? I always translate the Adam and Eve story into Atoms and Evolution, and plus and minus. Or could it be ones and zeros. Atoms are turning into bits and bytes in the digital age.
I want you to be aware of our machine like qualities. So lets look at another machine we have built, the dog. We have built a companion from the wild wolf species to communicate with our high tech monkey species. The dog runs around very much like the trial and error computer system. My Dad says that the dog is as smart as an eight year old handicapped child. What does a dog do? It eats, sleeps, shits, procreates, and just randomly runs around sniffing everything. We could design a dog on our computer system! Check out the Sims games on the computer. If you watch the dog it will repeat itself cycle after cycle unless you program it to do something else. The human is just as easily programmed from birth. Your mind has stored everything that its ever experienced since day one. It could be brought up on your system from a simple switch of present moment, or you could be hypnotized to bring up any data that you have experienced. The computer language of ones and zeros is a better language than ours. It has the ability to mark everything with the simple on off language. The tiny pixels on computers running on speeds like sixty hertz is like everything else in life. The human molecules are simply going on and off at the same speed of sixty hertz like everything else on this planet. Once a person becomes aware of the simple oneness of the universe, including time and space, then they should be aware that they can create anything in their life because they are the creator of their own world. We
are all involved with one gigantic machine called earth. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about think of the game that you played as a kid when you would just repeat everything another person would say. I find that this is the best way to cope with finding out that you are exactly the same as everyone else. One more good example that we are all programmed, is the Avril Lavigne phenomenon. Our skateboard community used to be filled with incest, girls going out with all the skaters in Vancouver. Now thankfully there's a whole new group of girls on the scene. I love Avril Lavigne. However, as soon as my mom start's skateboarding. I quit! --------------------A quick rundown of what happened in the archives of the black metal group MAYHEM: - Lead singer “DEAD” kills himself with rifle. - Drummer “HELLHAMMER” and song writer/guitarist “EURONYMOUS” find body and take pictures. They also proceed to reportedly wear pieces of the skull and eat the brains in a stew. DEAD’s corpse also adorns one of the album covers. - “EURONYMOUS” is murdered by the bassist for the band; Count Grishnack (the man behind “BURZUM”). After he stabs him in the back of the head, he has to kick the knife loose. He is still in prison. Whatever you say, BLACK METAL is the real deal. -------------------------------------
Clones. By Tre Smith, via email. If I built a clone, I would call him by my last name. I wonder how screwed up my clone would be? I have diagnosed myself as a schizophrenic. The dictionary term is as follows: “schizo.zo.phre.ni.a. -A common mental disease whose characteristics may include separation of the intellect from the emotions, inappropriate emotional reactions, distortions in normal logical thought processes, withdrawal from social relationships, delusions and hallucinations.” People often tell me that I think too much. I can honestly say, I’m just having conversations in my head with all the other Jordans and each Jordan has his own contradicting personality. I often wish I could just separate them all into their own body. The Raelian cult claims to have given birth to the first human clone. The cult believes the first humans, were cloned by aliens who visited Earth in flying saucers 25,000 years ago. The predominant method for cloning around the world entails removing the nucleus, or core, from an egg and replacing it with DNA from a donor. This DNA reprograms the egg, transferring into it the entire genetic code of the donor. The cloning provides a genetic duplicate of another creature. The Raelians believe the clone will make it possible to live forever. They say the clone is a replica of them. What the fuck? Would having a child with another person not be a replica of them? If I had a cult, I would work on having a child with everyone’s DNA. Would this not be proper evolution? If you want to clone yourself, why not do it the old fashioned way and turn yourself into a clone. Like an Elvis impersonator or something. Sign up to be a Musketeer even. I think it’s scary that there are 50,000 of these people claiming to be a part of this cult. I guess we all want to be a part of something. People need to realize we are already in a huge family here on earth. The quicker we realize the similarity between all nations, the quicker we’ll stop being so cruel to every other culture. I believe this new baby clone will never grow up to be like the original person, because that is how evolution is designed. You can’t have anything exactly the same. You might have a clone grow up and look similar to the
original, but it won’t be the same. The clone has already been born with completely new experiences, since the day of his/her birth. Let’s look at the offspring in the skateboard community. Every generation has its own personality. I think the skateboard community has been cloning itself for years and no one has made a big deal about it. What about the Musketeers? How about the fact that every skater I see can do the same tricks anyone else can do, and we all try and escape from the normal skateboarder stereotypes but we can’t! We might as well face it and realize we have something in common with every skateboarder we see, instead of hating all the different styles. I hate this cool guy attitude I receive from other skateboarders. That’s really great you were the first one to triple dumb flip down that eight stair, but it’s just as good as mine down a two stair. We have to remember the person having the most fun is the best. --------------------One time I watched a bellboy suddenly fly out of a hotel in Victoria on a rolling coat rack. He flew down the steep street, cornered perfectly, and then went straight through the revolving doors of the lower hotel building at the bottom of the street. He probably got lots of tips. -------------------------------------
THE IMPOSSIBLE By: Tyler Mordy, London England When I think back on the ollie impossible, for a small moment in time I become very young again, when all that existed was a boy and his wooden plank. It makes me realize how much skateboarding means to me, and more importantly, the artistic atmosphere that it creates. During the advent of the impossible, (when the ability to perform the trick divided the gods and the mortals), the mythical aspect of the trick itself was akin to the feelings I experienced as a young apprentice skateboarder facing an endless combination of tricks. I remember my brother and I repeatedly watching videos, attempting to make some sense of the dynamics involved in the trick, much like we were trying to make sense of the world in which we lived. Did it fully wrap around the leg? Was the board in semi-sonic speed -as to appear in an "impossible" state? These are the questions that plagued us as kids that hot summer, and the answer was found through long hours of dedication and study out on the blistering asphalt. While other children happily ran around swimming in neighbour's pools, chasing girls and kicking a ball around, my brother and I isolated ourselves in study. Redemption was achieved that summer and the impossible still serves as a reminder of who I was at thirteen years old.
One of the best years of my life. This pic was taken out front of George Pringle Secondary School, where we would spend our mornings before school, and our breaks and lunch hours. Little Shmegg landed that ollie transfer too! - Photo Steve Warn c.1993
I remember getting into raging arguments with my brother because I thought my impossibles were more wrapped than he told me they were. After a lot of swearing, I made my dad watch my fakie impossibles (in our backyard ditch/bowl) and he had no idea what the fuck I was trying.
Lost, but not forgotten. Keennan Milton, ink on paper By Sandro Grison c.2002
THE INVISIBLE MUSHROOM MAN! - W. Duke
We finally got inside. The place had a pretty amazing
I used to be a straightedge rager. I still don’t drink or do drugs to this day, but I guess I’ve out
grown the anger stuff. I still dislike going to bars and hanging with good friends that are drunk, but I don’t do things like scream at my girlfriend if she has a beer, or hate my bros because they like to indulge. The MC5 drank and did drugs, and they’re aces in my book.
YHAH BOOZE Let The Good Times Roll!
layout with good music, and surprisingly really good vibes. I thought art people were supposed to be all snobs? The people on this night stole the show with a big crowd of contradicting personalities. It was interesting to witness. There were so many real people with real goals and dreams, and I was in fact living mine, taking notes and meeting new people. I didn't get a chance to meet the people involved in Human Five so I couldn't really tell you what they are all about. For me, since I was tweaked out on mushrooms my five human senses were all out of wack. My sight was seeing double and triple; no one seemed to be solid objects. My hearing was an echo, the chatter along with the beat sort of echoing in my head made completely new beat. If recorded correctly it could be called art in itself. My taste was of Pepto Bismal that I would chug to keep my stomach in check after eating poisonous mushrooms. All I could smell was my own body odor and cheap cologne my friend Dave had to spray all over me because he doesn't agree with my natural smell. It was a night of art and real life experiences which if documented becomes art. I will admit skateboarding can be called art, but so is anything we do in life so it doesn't really set us apart from anything else "Don't believe the hype!" Instead we should call ourselves magicians. Whenever some bozo asks "How do you make that yer skateboard stick to your feet?" Magic is always my answer! Think if we were living a few hundred years ago we all would have been burned on the stake for making our boards magically flip through the air. To find out more about Human Five I'm sure you could call up Rick at Antisocial.
I have never considered myself an artist for skateboarding. There's so much hype around the subject. All this art stuff is so new to me. So I called up my artsy friends and made a night of it in the Vancouver art skate scene to find out who’s who in the art world. We went to Antisocial, (Rick McCrank’s Skate Shop.) Human Five had an exhibit there. Rumor has it was supposed to be a straight edge party but we had already consumed mushrooms, weed and beer. We're not your favorite party guests but remember not everyone agrees with being sober all the time. For some of us it's a learning experience we haven't evolved into yet. I brought along my video camera to document the event because I was afraid I may forget a few things if I didn't have some sort of record of the night. This was my first time visiting Rick's store, and when we arrived the store was barred up. Rick McCrank was sitting at a table coloring with his daughter. This tripped us all out right away. I figured it was some artsy trick showcasing life imitating art. We all figured that was pretty damn antisocial. We tried opening the locked door while at the same time we probably looked like cracked out junkies. We finally realized that maybe we should try around back. We stumbled into the alley to find where the party was at. I don't think everyone knew about the straight edge part. People were walking around with 40 ouncers of Old English all night. I was peaking on mushrooms. It took me a good forty- five minutes hanging out in the alley talking to old friends to convince them I was video taping this to put in a magazine. I didn't make any sense, but I didn't have too. I don't even exist in this scene, I was virtually invisible.
HARSH NOISE: HOSPITAL
By Sam McKinlay I have always been a dude, like most other geek skateboarders, that likes to get the most out of “our culture” and that mainly means experiencing what the lameness of the world has to offer (esp. since the goods don’t come all to plentifully to some fine arts BA that has too much time to watch and write about skateboarding or genre films). Yes, I like the good stuff- skateboarding in general, walks in the park, making out, etc… but skaters have always been perpetually drawn to the world of “harsh” culture be it music (Slayer), film (Julien Donkey Boy), and actions (drunkenness). With the newer advent of the expression “hesh” that, I guess, finally puts an emblem on the Indy patch people – the harsh culture stalwarts are at an all time high. There are many neat art forms to get into that push the extremes of our culture and/or comments on our culture: Music: EMPEROR, MAYHEM, THE BRAINBOMBS, DERANGED, ANTAEUS, etc…etc…
Film: GIALLO A VENEZIA, THE TAMING OF REBECCA, THEY CALL HER ONE EYE, THE KILLER IS STILL AMONG US, etc… etc… Fine art: Chris Burden, Marina Abramovic, Jeff Koons, Damian Hearst, etc…etc… Music is a nice accessible form of art to carry around with you, play on your walkman, socialize with, blah blah blah. When it comes to the overall experience of “music” one must never forget the harsh noise genre. No, I don’t mean noise as in the beats that Radiohead uses, the “crazy” stuff that Tortoise can come up with, or even the “overwhelming” fast beats of a Black Metal group; but blazing, blistering walls of noise that go through your whole body and viscerally make you shit your pants. Japan was the main instigator of the movement from as long ago as the early 1970’s (Hijokaidan) through to the 1980’s and 90’s (Monde Bruits, Merzbow, Aube, etc…) all the way through to the year 2000 and beyond (Guilty Connector, Robochanman, Government Alpha). North America has its fair share of harsh noise projects that get into the dirty stuff even more than our friends in Japan, fusing sexual fetish and death culture into the landscapes of scraping noise (Taint, Macronympha, Sickness, etc…). Canada on its own has some noise “legends” that also push of the boundaries of the ears, the amps, and the populace of the crowd at any one time. Knurl being the most significant, but also our hometown boys (who also reside in Japan) – HOSPITAL. Experiencing the abrasive sound of these guys as their feedback and pedals screech you over is indescribable. I had a chance to ask all three members 10 questions about their most extreme taste in “music” WHY HARSH NOISE? BEN: It's the only thing left in the world that still makes sense (for now). OTHER MUSICAL TASTES? KELLY: My musical tastes are extremely diverse and any one day's listening could be comprised of a multitude of different artists/bands. I don't like to separate music into genres ( which I just did in my first answer) but for the sake of discussion, it's relatively convenient. These days I am listening to a lot of 20th century classical music, especially the composers Bela Bartok, Iannis Xenakis and Wolfgang Rihm. I like some current Japanese pop like Hirose Kohmi, Original Love and UA but the older
stuff with it's magical orchestral arrangements is generally more interesting for me. John Zorn and Tim Berne have been big influences on me on the more "jazz" side of things. But I still never lose interest in really extreme metal, currently Discordance Axis and Dillinger Escape Plan. And don't forget Vancouver's own, Goatsblood. Living in Tokyo, I always go see the local heros of the
underground. Whether it be Otomo Yoshihide, Melt Banana, Zeni Geva or Haino Keiji, every show is always a great experience for me. And of course, all the great harsh noise artists. YOU BELIEVE THAT HARSH NOISE LEADS TO AN AESTHETIC (E.G. PERFORMANCE)? MASA: Yes and no but probably maybe. i've never had anyone want to do my nails or wax my balls after a noise show but i suppose that could happen to others and may very well happen to me sometime in the future. i find noise shows so exhilerating, therapuetic, and cleansing that it seems to me that whatever happens, happens as a result of the conduction of the power of volume through speakers inducing a trance-like state not unlike what some may refer to as an excorcism. DO YOU AGREE THAT HARSH NOISE IS THE ULTIMATE FORM OF ROCKING OUT? KELLY: Yes. Just check out any cd or gig by Incapacitants from Tokyo and you will surely agree that it is impossible to rock harder. I have never heard a more aptly named group. If you need to work anything out in your life, check these guys out for therapy. WHAT'S BEEN YOU'RE MOST EXPENSIVE GIG - DESTRUCTION WISE? MASA: Our shows might be expensive in van/cab fares since we don't own vehicles but equipment wise they're really not that expensive. The main reason why I destroyed such equipment is because they were such worthless pieces of shit that i could not think of a better future for such crap than termination. some of it was inherited ( left by old roommates... ), some of it was given to me and a lot of the equipment was stuff i bought a long time ago and ceased to have any function within the present state of technology and my personal interest. all i can say is that i'm real happy to have parted with all the shit i've destroyed since they were taking up too much space in my house. hmm, i wonder what's next to go... BEN: The 2001 Vancovuer Jazz Festival when Masa destroyed our dignity with an axe and a watermelon. HOW DOES THE PUBLIC RECEIVE YOUR SHOWS PER CAPITA?
which has a 14 second overdub-able loop as well as a lot of classic delay pedals digitally modelled all in one box. ARE ALL HARSH NOISE PEOPLE DIRTY PERVERTS? OR IS THAT JUST A REFLECTION?
OTHER FAVORITE NOISE PROJECTS? MASA:
KELLY: Everybody I've mentioned above as well as Bastard Noise from Los Angeles, Facialmess, a British guy living in Chiba, Japan, Kummerlige Fornhold from Denmark, Hermit, a Canadian living in Europe but there are so many more. HOW DOES THE HARSH NOISE SCENE CHANGE FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY? BEN: In Japan, young single girls come to see us and in Canada they don't.
I can't speak for everyone else but i am definitely a dirty pervert.
FAVORITE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT? MASA: My favorite pieces of equipment that i have used at past noise shows are : an axe, a hammer, wd-40 with a flame, bass guitars ( to throw around and smash ), and a microphone ( through a distortion pedal of course !! ) KELLY: I like cheap, shitty, over-the-top distortion pedals. My favorite at the moment isa Rock Tek "Metal Worker" which I bought for about $20US in Tokyo. It really sucks!! Also I like the delay unit made by Line6
TO ROCK HARDER ” UR4+0)
KELLY: Most people don't like harsh noise. A lot of people end up walking out on us in Canada. In Japan more people attend the gigs and are totally into it but in reality it's
relatively the same ratio of audience to total population. There are almost the same amount of people in Tokyo as all of Canada so of course there are going to be a lot more people at the gigs based on the fact of population density alone.
A SASQUATCH AMONG US | THE HASLAMATICUS. By, Sam McKinlay In the vast world between truth and myth, there are certain types of individuals that stalk the earth out of plain sight and into the imagination of everyone. The term “stalker” or “lurker” allows the human being to converse about with other beings who stay out of the limelight, hide in the woods, or haunt the darkest depths of a hidden lake in the mountains. I have spoken in the past about the terms and conditions of the Okanagan lake monster in a certain other publication, but the time has come to reveal to the public some brief facts about the “monster” that may be stalking the hills and/or lowlands right before your eyes- without you even knowing it. The creature who I speak of is commonly known as the missing link, the Sasquatch, or in the world of Cryptozoology: the “Haslamaticus Furrsurefeeticus”. Taking its cue from the US version of the being, the well-known Christicus Colelius, with its sure footedness and uncanny ability to out run human predators, the Haslamaticus remains barely seen in this land of the north. Due to the dense population and the heat stress, the Colelius portrays its uncanny ability to know where the turf is below him in front of many more surprised and frightened onlookers. There has been some notable footage of the Haslamaticus and its technical fury of furry bulk in the warmer climate of INTERVIEW BY MIKE MCKINLAY the south, yet no footage PHOTOS BY MATT CADIEUX has been proven to be real. There has not been enough evidence published to give him the credit deserved in the world of Cryptozoologists on this continent.
Some more facts place the giant missing link in the world of Canadian legend. First off, the species of Haslamaticus was first seen quite regularly in the Vancouver lowlands known as Richmond. His favorite haunt by the river allowed him to carve just the tools needed from the maple trees and then wreck quiet havoc upon the area. As the species gained size, talent, and ingenuity, he moved upwards into the more dense island quarters of the Vancouver downtown district, frightening the young that happen to procrastinate with toys in parks, heroin shooting areas, and hidden stair spots. The strange fact of the matter is that the giant fur bearing Haslamaticus manages to avoid hunters altogether, even when he decides that it’s safe to stride amongst the Homosapiens. In conclusion, the other strange case that baffles the world of Cryptozooligists is the fact that this certain Sasquatch has much smaller feet than its brethren Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman. It’s been ALMOST proven that this is from adaptation to its more urban social placement, all the while staying invisible to the public eye.
A pre-season frontside boardslide down a dozen.
When I first came in contact with Chris Haslam, I believe it was at some sort of Dwindle/Deca/Enjoi or whatever demo at the now legendry Ben Lee skatepark in Kelowna. He looked really big and tough, and had this super serious look on his face, which actually made me a little intimidated. It was lucky for me that I was merely being a spectator, and had next to no chance of running into him by accident with my skateboard. That day I witnessed Chris backside noseblunt slide, in a matter of a few tries, the main ledge off of the park, which nobody had ever done until Chris had shown up. Coincidentally, a year later after I made a move to Vancouver, I was lucky enough to have made pretty good friends with the guy. After witnessing him skate a little more on a day to day basis, I have soon realized that what he had done that day at Ben Lee not only blew me away completely, but it had given me an understanding of exactly what to expect every time one should be blessed with his presence. Chris is consistently doing the gnarliest, hardest, and most technical tricks, with a style so confident and powerful you'd think he had a PHD in skateboarding. He's at it everyday from sunrise to sunset, setting the standards in skateboarding, setting him apart from the all the rest. He eats, sleeps, dreams, and most of all.... loves skating more than anything in the world. I could also go into what an amazing guy he is at a personal level, but you'd have to give me a couple more pages. I feel bad for any company that doesn't have him on their team, ‘cause to me, Chris is the perfect skateboarder.
Well, eventually I want to have a house somewhere. Not sure when or where, but it’s in the plan. I am not making enough money to have a house at the moment. Not sure if I want to deal with all the responsibilities of a house either. Probably never be in it in the first place with the traveling I do. I think that an apartment would be where I would go. I just got an apartment in Richmond, they are not so expensive and less responsibilities. You seem super busy with skating and having to go from spot to spot, town to town, to film, do demos, and just skate different stuff. How do you get around so frequently? I don’t have a car or anything like that, but most of the time I just get driven everywhere by friends and stuff. My friend Steve drives me lots of places, Cadieux drives me places when we are shooting photos and stuff, and when he is not in the forest making blow darts and eating squirrels Faulkner lets me hitch rides with him. I like making fun of him, (laughs). He’s a good guy I have been filming with him for a while now and I’m used to his filming and stuff, it’s hard enough to get him out to film in the fist place. He always seems to be where I am not, and then when he is around he’ll just creep up on you, all sloth like, and before you know it he is gone,
back to the forest talking to the animals… weirdo, (laughs) but, that is just him (more laughs) he’s cool. But when no one is driving I hit the bus. I like riding the bus listening to music and watching people get on with their days and stuff. You just recently got back from Europe. Were you there for the contests? The spots? The girls?
First off, what's sparked the new image? The new Haslam look? I felt like it was a time for change. I like the reaction that I get from people that haven't seen me in a while as well. I think that change is good sometimes... Skate fashion and Skate Style. Do you have to change your trick repertoire if you dress a certain way? Hell no, I still skate the same and all that just the way I dress might be different, but everything else is still pretty much the same. If you change the way you skate to suit the style of clothes that you wear that’s pretty lame... I find that if I dress a certain way, some tricks are harder than others, and vise versa. Do you ever notice that? Or do I just suck? I can nollie higher with bigger pants on, and I can't nollie at all with tight pants. You?.
Haven’t really found that with my skating... if I can't nollie high in tighter pants, I can't nollie high in baggy pants either. if it stopped me from skating normally I wouldn’t wear what I wear. Would you rather be living anywhere else? I have tried living other places in Canada and they just don’t work because they are not good for skating or its too cold. I think that for skating in Canada, Vancouver is the place. I have lived overseas as well and there are lots of cool places that I want to live. They have to be hot, I hate the cold weather and they must have all the things that I like to skate. I don’t really want to move to California either because whenever I am down there skating seems much more like a job then something I do for fun. What would be your ideal living quarters? House? Apartment? Hotel?
What were you up to over there? Europe was amazing. I went first for the Contests. We went to Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Stopping in a few other places along the way just for fun. They were sick, skated pretty good so I was stoked, came back to Vancouver with more money then I left with so I didn’t complain. The spots were sick as well, got some footage and skated some famous spots, so that was all good as well. The girls there are amazing, everywhere you look there is a beautiful girl, “off the chain” one might say. But there is a girl here that I am crazy about, so it was strictly skating. Of all the countries in Europe, which stood out as your favorite?
Well, we missed our train in Berlin so we stayed a night and hit some spots there and those were amazing. I had so much fun. skating flat ground with the locals. I think the best street spot that we hit was in Czech Republic though, Stalin Park. Skate heaven; smooth, ledges everywhere, manuals, stairs, a few gaps, hubba ledges, it was sick. Is it a bust in Europe, like it is in Vancouver? I never got kicked out of any spot in Europe. It was so much fun, just skating a spot for hours and not getting kicked out. Vancouver you get booted super fast when you’re downtown and stuff, real pain in the ass. People are constantly bombarded with stories of Haslam’s new tricks, the
craziness he did on some rail, or just how amazing you are in general on a skateboard. I want to try and hit a personal note with you since you are a human being as well. Now, tell me a little bit about growing up? What were you doing before you skated? Well, I grew up in London, Ontario. That’s where I went to elementary school and stuff. Didn’t do much there I can remember besides play sports. I was a big soccer and basketball player. Played it every recess, I thought that I was pretty good but no one wanted me on their team, it sucked. When I got into grade seven or eight we moved to Singapore, it was pretty crazy moving so far away, total culture shock and all that craze.
“And damned if they didn’t build
the Richmond park
The Haslamatticus, Frontside 5-0 Fakie in his natural habitat.
But we found a Canadian school and I eventually got used to it. I was on all the school sports teams; I played an instrument in the school band and was a pretty good student I would say. That must have been crazy going to Singapore at such a young age. What language do they speak in Singapore? How did you adapt to that? Singapore is a very multicultural society, much like Vancouver is. There are lots of ethnic groups there and they all mostly speak English so it is real easy to get by. There is a lot of Chinese people there so Mandarin, and other Chinese dialects are
spoken there, Malay, Indonesian. Lots of different languages. How long were you there for? I moved there in I think 1991 or something. Probably about six years, something like that. I moved back to London, Ontario to go to school for a year in 1996. But went back and graduated in Singapore. How did you end up back in Vancouver? I had always wanted to go to Vancouver. For the skating and stuff, I had tried the East coast and nothing was good enough to skate and the scene was pretty plain. My dad coincidentally bought an apartment there in
1998, so after school I moved there and lived in his apartment in Richmond. And damned if they didn’t build the Richmond park across the street. It’s raining, there's no indoor parks around, the Westbeach ramp is filled with boxes, your board’s broken, and your leg is too (which is what it would take to keep you from skating,) what would you do Chris? What would you do to entertain yourself without a skateboard? Well it would seriously suck to have that much bad luck, but if that were the case? Honestly I don’t do a hell of a lot, sometimes
I try and think of new tricks that I could learn when I get back into it again. Sometimes I go to Beth’s and distract her from her daily chores. I watch a lot of videos and wish I was skating, I like to yell at my injuries and tell them to hurry up, I like to hope for rain so that no one else can skate, I like to stare out the window and wait ‘til I get better. Do you think your lack of interest for drugs and alcohol has maybe impacted how much you stand out skill wise on a skateboard? It might, yeah when everyone else is doing the party scene I might be practicing or
something… I have a lot of determination and skateboarding is my life. I am passionate about it and I work hard at it, and most of all keep it fun. I find that by keeping it at a fun level, you don’t get bored with skating flat ground for hours, or skating a super mellow bank for hours. Just being on my skateboard is fun for me. Do you paint or anything, because lots of skateboarders like to paint. Well I used to draw lots before I skated, but that was in elementary school when you think you can draw good, then when you grow up you realize you sucked at it. So I
Not at all, because I did experience it. I went to Cap College [Capilano College in North Van.] for two years then went to UBC for another two years after that so I am pretty sure I got the whole experience that I
be doing in life, makes me appreciate skating that much more and not waste the opportunities I am given… That's cool. Unlike yourself, I think a lot of pros probably take for granted that they have been supported at all by the skate industry. Some of them have never had a job, and really don't understand how good they have it. Have you ever worked a 9 to 5'er, that kind of thing? Yeah I worked at a deli once cutting meat and stuff. That sucked... long hours for crap pay, so I sure as hell don't take skateboarding for granted. Its the only thing that I want to do and I get one chance to do it...
got to be stupid to throw that chance away. Do you remember the first time you stood on a skateboard? I’m not sure; my brother says it was in like 1985, I had a Joe Cool Snoopy board. Never really used it that much. Can’t remember what happened to it, must have thrown it away or something. Did it feel natural to you right away? Far from it. Felt like any beginner looks, super sketch. Considering your bag of tricks, if you were only allowed to do one other trick (besides the ollie), and nothing else, what do think that trick would be?
wanted. I am not saying that school’s not an option for later in life, but for now I am stoked to be skating and traveling. How do you get motivated to push yourself in skating, being that you, yourself, are playing a major role in pushing the sport? Who pushes you? Self-motivation is very good I think. Then you can progress and learn, skating with whoever you want to. Limiting yourself is a motivation killer as well. Good video parts, with sick music, motivate me. I like fast skating. Tony T’s part in “In Bloom” stokes me up every time. I get inspired by different things, things like seeing people work really hard to find out what they are supposed to
You spent some time earlier in your life consumed with the dilemma of tossing around both school and skating, and you knew that one lifestyle just had to go to pursue the other. Do you ever regret not experiencing more of a normal everyday life as a student?
Chris takes out the trash with a man-sized mute grab.
across the street.”
stopped doing it. I try and draw a little from time to time but just give up because it looks heinous.
“...he’ll just creep up on you, all sloth-like, and before you know it he is gone, back to the forest talking to the animals…”
...................................................... Crooked Grind, Katmandu, Sask. photo by Cadieux.
I like doing pop shove-its. They feel good and it’s a simple trick that looks good. Well, when it is done right. Rob G. (Gonzales) has sick pop shuvs. Your life is consumed pretty much by skateboarding. You seem to love it more than anything and it’s very visible to anybody who knows you or anyone who watches you skate at all. Any other things you wonder about doing besides skating?
Nope, just skating with friends and chillin'’ with Beth pretty much covers it. I wouldn’t mind playing soccer again though. I was playing a little when I lived in North Van and I was stoked on it. Do you like to make youth aware of your moral decisions as a non-drug /non-drinker? I don’t bring it up that much, but if they ask I will tell them. I drank a few times last year and its not who I am as a person. Besides I
Nosebluntslide, Asbestos building. would rather be skating. Some parents think that as a pro, that you should instantly take responsibility for becoming a decent [role] model to kids. Do you think that that is true? I think I am a good person, and I want kids to have the same respect for skateboarding that I have. I have no problems if some kid looks up to me and respects my skating. You just have to be aware of the fact that some kids will take you as a role model. They will be always looking at you, reading about you, copying how you dress and how you live your life and want to do the same. Kids want to know their favorite skaters and be like them, but if they can’t then all they can do
is just imitate them and look up to them. Do you think as a pro you should act as a role model to kids? Or should kids just be left to make their own decisions? To me, honestly, it doesn’t matter. I am living my life the way that I want to and if kids want to respect that and use me as a role model then I am honored. I am not going to act like a “role model”; I am going to be who I am. The kids will always be making their own decisions so that’s not an issue. What would you like to accomplish as an up and coming professional and what kinds of obstacles can you see in your future that might make it tough
on you? The only obstacles that will make it tough for me to be where I want to be are my own limitations and my own standards. If I am aware of them and can avoid them I should be fine. Closing remarks, suggestions? Just like what I said earlier... if you get the chance to skateboard for a living don't waste it. Not many people get the chance... even though skateboarding might be a job you have to always remember why you started in the first place...
Any one you'd like to thank? Lots of people actually... Kelly Jablonski, ultimate, momentum, Rodney, Daewon, dwindle, matt Cadieux, my family, Steve and his family, Seu Trinh, Beth, the union, will at Nixon, Jamie Thomas, Tim Gavin, Sam ratto, iris, everyone that I skate with. Scott and dakine. rds... and anyone that I forgot…
Balls to the wall Front-feeble sighting in Portland, Oregon.
“It’s the only thing I want to do and get one chance to do it...”
`````` y position at Color is that of photo editor; a
position that I had once held in the highest of esteem. Surely a position fit only for the most elite, and established of photographers. Since I now hold this position, perhaps this is not always the case. This is not to say that I am a complete novice, quite the opposite. I’ve gone to school for this photography stuff, so that has to count for something, right? ... right? When the idea of a magazine was in its fledgling stages, I figured that as photo editor, I would be gathering photos from photographers, and shooting a few on the side. Some months later, and after loads more work than initially anticipated, I have concluded that I may have made a slight underestimate of my duties. A little unsure, yes, but I can assure you all that you’ll be seeing copious quantities of your favourite skaters frozen in interesting and innovative ways on the films of choice by Canada’s top photographers in the issues to come. The following are photos that we have compiled for your enjoyment for this premiere issue, I hope you like them. Oh, and when I’ve figured out what this job really does entail, you’ll be the first to know.
thiedeke.pops shove-it.richmond  oakes. cyrust
volpe.f feeblegrind.vancouver  shura. jonathanv
milligan.switchflip.vancouver  shura. russm
nathan olokun frontsidecrookedgrind toronto [o] odam.
 odam elliott.k kickflipbacksidetailslide.vancouver [o] christian.
degros.backsidekickflip.vancouver  shura. tedd
desâ€™ormeaux.backside1 180nosegrindshove-it. .ottawa  mccourt. waded
yerex.varialk kickflip.vancouver  christian. keithy
fyfe.kickflip.ottawa  mccourt. wadef
star.wallride.vancouver  mckenzie. quinns
sauder.crailslide.hastings  shura. keegans
ramsay.backsides smith.kelowna  shura. lesr
dunnet.firsttryn nosegrind.vancouver  shura. trevord
priest.frontsidet transfer.snowjam [o] oakes. davep
bennet.o ollie.vancouver [o] oakes. curtisb
rosvold.k kickflip.langley  christian. craigr
johnson.switchk kickflip.vancouver  oakes. aaronj
hastie.180n nosegrind180.vancouver  shura. mikeh
boyce.i indy.movieset  shura. robb
reynolds  christian. andrewr
ferner.switchp pivotfakie.benlee  shura. jefff
denham.noseblunts slide.benlee  christian. steved
jessiebooi.frontsidenoseslide.vancouver [o] shura.
ryansmith.c caballerial.vancouver [o] christian.
ryanoughton.s switchheelflip.vancouver [o] shura.
â€œThe first time I went I wanted to 180 it. I destroyed myself trying it due to a combination of zero warm-up, and a little underestimation of its size to say the least. I spent 2 months walking on my toes due to landing on my feet, instead of my board. One cracked heel, and one badly bruised one. I spent that time away obsessing over it. I wanted this so bad. The second time I went, it was decided Iâ€™d go for a straight ollie. The angle was a little weird, but seemed a bit more realistic riding away from such a drop going straight, and not backwards. And so it began... The first attempt felt big. This gap is so high and there's so much hang time it almost felt unfair trying to keep my board on my feet for so long. I landed and my board bounced on impact so hard that it almost hit me in the face. It scared me, but I didn't want to tell Dave (Christian) how scared I was. You don't drive that far and just try once, then puss out. After a couple more attempts I started feeling stoked. I was landing on my board, and even though the impact from about 15 feet up was bouncing me off the board and throwing me across the street onto my face, at least I wasn't breaking my heels. I knew it just took that one attempt; that one perfect ollie followed by a stomped landing. I knew it was there, somewhere. I could see it coming closer... My heels were finally starting to hurt again. And then there it was. Seven tries in, I was suddenly riding away from my monster rail gap. The gap that had plagued my dreams and thoughts for what seemed to be an eternity was conquered. A gap that I'm sure other guys can do, and that maybe wasn't the biggest, but it was mine. I fought it and I won. I remember riding away immediately after landing and hugging some vagrant that I didn't even know who just happened to be walking by at the time. He was happy for me I think...
Oh ya, these girls watched the whole thing.â€?
mckinlay.ollie.surrey  christian. mikem
frontside SmitH grinDs seq. cadieux
1. The key to the smith is speed and confidence. Always rage as hard and as fast as you can towards the rail. You might want to learn 50's or 5-0's first, but it's not a must.
5. Throw your back foot into the rail and lean back a touch while pointing your front foot down.
2. Come towards the rail at a slight angle and get ready to pop.
Crush the grind
3. When you are going to ollie, keep your eyes on the rail ahead of where you are going to get on.
7. When it comes time to land, just lean back and put a little pressure on your tail. This should be sufficient.
4. Always pop a lit tle higher than you think so you are sure to get on, or else youâ€™re going to take it in the shins.
8. Now, learn'em backside!
If you were impressed by Ryan Smithâ€™s cover shot, then surely you must be excited to see the rest of the line! Just the type of quality to expect from Color. ...blabac seq.
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The Tattered Ten feature this issue is with Marcus McBride. A key figure in skateboarding, Marcus has dominated in a lot of areas, but when he’s caught lurking in Vancouver it’s our duty to baptise him in the finer things BC has to offer. The Tattered Ten feature is not unlike a grad kidnapping scenerio if you’re familiar with that. We choose random victim every issue and wisk them away to the luxurious Color Headquarters for a night of indulgement. One can only handle a certain amount of Kokannee and Chocolate Phillies before they stop making sense... When we get to that point- we have more. When the fruit is ripe and ready we pick at our chosen guest, asking ten questions prepared prior to the meeting, then await the conclusion. The result is what you see before you. Thanks to Marcus for participating in our little experiment, and our hypothesis was correct; Tattered! It can only get gnarlier from here. How can we top this piece of work?
thing in the water, or what do you think the reason is for so much talent coming out of there? Well basically, you had Embarcadero so that’s what basically brought a lot of talent out of the Bay Area. So you know, a lot of people just paid attention to it. A lot of people noticed that lots of things were going down at Embarcadero, so Embarcadero got a lot of recognition. I’ve got to give it up to my brother Lavar McBride. He hasn’t been out there (coverage wise), so people don’t really realize how much he’s put into this game, and how much he’s done. People don’t recognize that he’s done this before anybody even thought about trying, and he’s done it when I was like
By Sandro Grison.
1.) Marcus, the skate Industry pays a lot of attention to where people are from and where their roots are. Do you think this has any significance to skateboarding or is it more personal than that? Nah, well basically it does have something to do with where you’re from. Because, if where you’re from there’s nobody backing what you’re doing, you’re not going to proceed. But if someone is backing what you’re doing, and they have your back, they’re gonna fucking motivate you to try and keep doing what you’re doing, and you’re going to proceed in this game (the skateboard Industry). That’s basically how it works, if you don’t have people to motivate you, to try to get you to do more, you’re not going to do more. And plus, you have to motivate yourself to do more too. It just takes time, basically it’s just time. 2.) So what’s up with you Bay Area cats anyway? Is there some-
way back in the day, so I’ve got to give it up to my brother Lavar. 3.) What’s Lavar up to theses days? Basically Lavar… he’s skating, he’s skating and working on his music. You know Lavar is a real talented person, I don’t even know man, he’s just doing his thing, he got into skating… I don’t know what level he’s on, I dunno, he’s just doing his thing, It’s Lavar! You can catch Lavar McBride on FTC.com or you can catch Lavar on Affiliate, that’s his skate company right now, Affiliate. And you can also catch him on whatever, some OG shit, Trilogy, fuckin’ Twenty Shot Sequence, you know what I mean, fucking OG shit. He’s got footage, don’t worry he’s gonna come. 4.) Of all the now un-skateable or destroyed San Francisco area skate spots, which do you miss
most? Um, basically that ain't no question at all. I’ll always miss Embarcadero to the fullest, that was my fuckin’ skatespot since I came up. Ever since I started. Definitely the foundation for me to learn a lot of tricks and meet a lot of new people. I met a lot of people down there. People that probably would never remember that I met them down there, just when I was a young, young buck, when I was a youngster. 5.) How many earthquakes can you
recall experiencing, and what’s your gnarliest ‘quake story? Well, basically the only quake story there is, that I can remem-
ber, was the ‘89 ‘quake. I was at home by myself, just finished eating a bowl of Corn Flakes. And I was watching TV on my mom’s bed, it was MTV, I remember I turned it to MTV and the whole house started shaking and I was like “OH SHIT”… it was shakin' like crazy. I ran to the door and stood under there, I was just bugged out, like “OH SHIT”… I thought the fucking whole roof was going to cave in on me and shit, that was the craziest earthquake. The city was fucked up, the whole Bay Area was fucked up for like at least 2-3 weeks. Couldn’t drive nowhere, the bridge got fuckin’ caved in, collapsed or whatever, the whole structure of a freeway caved down… it was fucked up, it was real fucked up. I hope you guys never have to experience that shit, you don’t want that shit. I mean, it might happen anywhere, but you guys have the whole shit up here… everything is nice, got the buildings, everything’s all crystal clear, like the windows and shit. 6a.) Who are you listening to these days, and besides music, what gets you pumped to skate? Hey can you rewind that real quick? (Mouse, Girl video) Hey that shit is super OG man, that shit is OG right there! (Dave) What trick is it? That one before… nah no, rewind it a little bit more. Is that Shamil Randle? Nah, that’s ME! That’s you! Sorry, sorry… Nah, nah, I’m just saying like it brings back memories ‘cuz it’s so old. It brings back the memories from when I used to be on the streets ‘n’ shit. I used to just be fucking on the streets, just running around the streets getting drunk, skating, being at that spot right there, The Bushes. That spot is like, I dunno, the drug dealers fucked it up. We used to skate there all night, all day that’s why I fuckin’… I was like, “yo rewind that nigga”, that shit is tight man! That shit brings back memories. 6b.) So what gets you hyped to skate?
Even besides music? Well, basically I listen to HipHop, R&B… I listen to rock too, people don’t understand that I do. I listen to rock, I listen to some shit man. I like Tu Pac, that’s my shit that gets me pumped, Tu Pac. This dude named San Quinn, he from Frisco bay area, this dude named Pat
Washington, he raps so I get pumped off him, Henry raps too, my brother he raps too, you know Lavar. Basically I get pumped off a lot of music, before I skate I listen to some real… some hard music, whatever I’m feeling that day I’ll listen to it. Like, I’ll listen to some Metallica, I’ll listen to some Marilyn Manson, I’ll listen to whatever, whatever I’m feeling that day I’ll listen to it. Whatever to get me in that mood. I listen to basically West Coast music. JT, Pat, Lavar, Henry, San Quinn – you guys got to listen to this dude named San Quinn. He’s real, he’s got something to say. It’s basically people don’t get their voice heard… he’s gonna do his thing, but I’m just giving him props right now. 7.) So, we’ve seen your video parts, we’ve got that good and covered, but tell me about the Marcus McBride that people don’t know about. Basically, the Marcus McBride that you don’t see, is basically chillin’, eating some noodles, and basically Chinese /Vietnamese restaurants, I love noodles. You can catch me burnt out
somewhere, you know, trying to learn a trick. Basically that’s what I’m about as Marcus McBride. Catch me playing basketball, you know what I’m saying, I’ll take anybody on in basketball,… that’s my thing, I love basketball and you know, just catch me chillin' man, just come up to me and say “what’s up?”. I’m just chillin’. That basically it. 8.) When was your last legit interview, and with which magazine? I never really had a big interview. People are sleeping on it! (Laughter/choking on smoke) Basically, nah, I’ve just had whatever, like four pages. In the future I want to, but I leave it up to the magazines, but I ain’t hating on nobody. It’s like I’m doing my thing, and they’re doing their thing and I’m just skateboarding. 9.) Could a Canadian ever be a dirty ghetto kid? (Laughter) There’s dirty ghetto kids everywhere. There’s Canadians, there’s Americans you know, there’s European Gangste- I mean dirty kids, whatever it don’t matter. There’s one coming soon to a theatre, featuring you –nah I’m just playin’ (laughs). No, It’s like, you know what I mean, there’s one coming near you, dirty ghetto kids are the same (doesn’t matter where you’re from). With DGK I don’t even know how to put in words, you know, we just trying to do it. We’re just trying to do this, do a little skateboard company- it’s not little, but you know what I mean. We’re just trying to skate, trying to do like we’re Dirty Ghetto Kids. 10.) What’s your worst Ghetto tale from the streets? I don’t even know man. I’m not a dirty ghetto kid; I’m just doing what I got to do just to survive in these last days. And just you know, skate! That’s how it goes man, just got to skate and keep focused in these last days. keep focused, and to all the kids out there, don’t let anyone keep you down, don’t let no one talk them down and just keep skating if that’s what they want to do. Just keep skating, don’t give up. B A S I C A L L Y .
RICK MCCRANK MARC JOHNSON
JERON WILSON BRANDON BIEBEL
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