BOARD CULTURE IN THE SLIPSTREAM
girl boarders that can ride. but can they stay? the few and far between. girls who take on the parks appear to be pushed out. a look at the female skater
SUMMER ISSUE ONE
M O N T H LY FRO M THE EDI TO R
CO NTRI BUTO RS
O PI NI O N
M O NTHLY G RI P
We caught up with the boys of odd future to talk skating, about new tracks and just to see what’s up with all the cats?
A look into the coporate faces driving the x-games into the logo covered ground.
The population of girl boarder is growing but it hasn’t always been the norm. Will they be able to stay or have to go?
One companies vision for reviving polaroid film creates a resurgence in the analog movment.
An artist’s large scale graphite drawing and how they made their way onto skateboards, creating works of art.
MUSIC By Shea Garner
NEW TRACKS AND KITTY ALBUM ART
ON TYLER THE CREATOR’S NEWEST LP If one thing has been made clear, it’s that the boys of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All (or, OFWGKTA, for the noobs) don’t care for public opinion. Just take a look at the cover of head honcho Tyler, The Creator’s sophomore album Wolf. Mimicking some sort of awful 80s middle school yearbook portrait, it features a close-up of the rapper looking rather despondent in the foreground, while a jerry-curled version of himself smugly holds an inhaler in the back. To say these guys border on self-parody would be an understatement. However, not everything is all fun and games for the rap crew that rose to prominence for their unrelenting lyrics about rape, murder, and homophobia. These Los Angeles rhymers are banned from more rap blogs than Vanilla Ice and have generated more hype and criticism than Eminem during his Slim Shady era. But if the group’s inclusion of the recently outted R&B
singer Frank Ocean (via a honest and beautifully written coming out letter posted to his tumblr) has told us anything, it’s that Odd Future— corny album covers and all —are just trying to get a rise out of the blogosphere. Known foremost as a hip-hop collective, the group consists of as many as 60 members forming various subgroups and solo acts. Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, the rapper-producer duo, for instance, are known as the group MellowHype. Popular solo acts include the lyrically gifted Earl Sweatshirt (a meager 19 years old) as well as the stoner “cloud rap” sensation Domo Genesis. Electronic acts like The Internet and The Jet Age of Tomorrow also populate the group, while many members double as producers as well. Their live shows often feature more crowd moshing than a punk show, while OF members dawn ski masks and riot onstage.
But music isn’t the only component to the Odd Future brand. They were first known in LA as a skate crew, decked hard pressed not to find a picture of Tyler where he isn’t sporting the trademark Supreme Five Panel Hat with a button-up. Their skate gear and clothing is usually plastered with Internet meme-worthy prints of cross-eyed kittens floating in space or hand-drawn images of the atheist cross. Tyler, paired with his big ears and socks pulled up to his knobby knees, almost embodies the awkward pre-teen he so hopes to emulate on his album cover. Odd Future’s style is about as questionable and carefree as their music. Tyler’s Wolf, the collective’s latest release before Earl’s upcoming retail debut Doris, is only a bit less polarizing than his 2011 LP Goblin. This time around, he dials back the raping and pillaging and focuses more on themes of obsession. Whether it’s a kid plotting to exact
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So what’s next for the group that is only a few countries short of an empire? They recently formed their own label, Odd Future Records, under parent company Sony in 2012 and have planned an onslaught of releases for 2013. Their prank-style reality show Loiter Squad has taken over Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim and has already premiered for a second season. Their cultural presence makes Tyler’s hopes to someday win a Grammy, or even an Oscar, seem more than plausible. After all, as Tyler raps on “Domo23”, “while y’all are rollin doobies, I be in my bedroom scorin movies.”
D D F U T U RE
revenge on a bully or an admirer looking to make a move on the object of his affection, Tyler attempts to broaden his lyrical scope. But these themes have already been tackled on better tracks like “Stan” from his oft-compared shock-rapper Eminem. Tyler truly succeeds on tracks like the anthemic “Bimmer,” featuring the incredibly gifted vocals of Frank Ocean, thanks to the catchy beat and his bouncy flow. The production often mimics the late 90’s style of his production team idols The Neptunes, even going as far to include one half of the duo, Pharrell Williams, on the track IFHY.
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TRACK LIST 01 “Wolf” 02 “Jamba” [ft. Hodgy Beats] 03 “Cowboy” 04 “Awkward” 05 “Domo23” 06 “Answer” 07 “Slater” [ft. Frank Ocean] 08 “48” 09 “Colossus” 10 “PartyIsntOver/Campfire/Bimmer” [ft. Laetitia Sadier, Frank Ocean] 11 “IFHY” [ft. Pharrell] 12 “Pigs” 13 “Parking Lot” [ft. Casey Veggies, Mike G] 14 “Rusty” [ft. Domo Genesis, Earl Sweatshirt] 15 “Trashwang” [ft. Na’kel, Jasper, Lucas, L-Boy, Taco, Left Brain, Lee Spielman] 16 “Treehome95” [ft. Coco O, Erykah Badu] 17 “Tamale” 18 “Lone”
op.ed behind the scenes with the cash
THE CORPORA TE UNDERGR OUND B E H IN D T H E 2 0 1 3 X G A MES The spring and summer of 2013 mark the globalization of the X Games. Brazil, Spain, Germany, and the United States will all host the competition over a span of five months, bringing a sort of “worldly” feel to the whole spectacle. While the sports featured in this annual event are certainly enjoyed around the world, the rest of the world doesn’t necessarily enjoy fervently watching them as they do, let’s say, soccer. But ESPN, under their parent network ABC, seems to be making the decision for their viewers as they continue flood their variant channels with the action sports.
Globalizing the X Games, sort of giving it the same feel of an extreme Olympics or what not, really just seems to be an excuse to force feed related products down consumer throats. Take, for example, the energy drink market. For some reason, companies like Monster Energy and Red Bull tend to associate their products with extreme sports. Their logos are plastered all over the competition’s promotional material and are constantly endorsed by the star athletes. But why are people buying it? Red Bull is about as established as
established as Coca Cola when it comes to the energy drink market, so why the X Games? No real athlete is sucking these down after a heat in the half-pipe, as these drinks are far from a healthy hydration alternative. Teens and preteens unable to get their hands on any alcohol definitely fit the target audience of the X Games energy drink market. These kids have the time to sit around and digest the onslaught of product images during ski runs or kick flips. They want the sugar rush and caffeine boost that the energy drinks feed them to tion’s corporate agenda.
essentially perform Jackass stunts and post them to YouTube. These are the same customers that, most likely, end up buying the expensive equipment used to ski, snowboard, etc. Those attracted to the X Games are the ones participating in action sports and therefore the intended consumer of the competion’s corporate agenda. While the Olympics are frenzied with product placement because they want to make customers out of the viewer, the X Games and peppered with sponsors because they want to make viewers out of the customers. Anyone interested in action sports is already going to be watching, after all. The promotion for the event on many energy bars or drinks draws others to watch, and then further bombards their senses once they do with logos, giveaways, etc. It’s not that they X Games needs more exposure, it’s just that they need more money. Everyone who’s anyone watches the Olympics…because it’s worldly. The X Games are the opposite of worldly. They’re niche— a sporting event that only captivates those already equipped with thousand-dollar pairs of skis and Burton attire. The next logical step for
the administration responsible for the event would be to attempt to encorporate other cross-cultural sports not as familiar to the United States. While “globalizing” this summer’s games may seem effective due to the various locations, what really needs to be globalized are the sports themselves. Plopping a bunch of skateboarders into Brazil isn’t just going to make the rest of the world want to watch. Introducing competitions native to Brazil may, however, prove interesting. The X Games need to generate revenue through global interest and attention, not more corporate cash.
W EE N : TH E FE W & FA R B ET A LOOK AT THE FEMALE BORDER
To some it still may seem like a rare sight to see a girl rolling shredding at a park or rolling down the street on a board. However, girl boarders are on the rise. In the past 3 years it is hard to deny that the number of girls on boards has been steadily increasing, especially in places like college campuses where longboards and skateboards serve as conventient ways to get around to class. Girls have also been hitting skateparks and are
film startup prompts analog resurgence A new oompany started in 2008 called the Impossible Project is changing the picture once again of how we take photos. The Impossible Project produces polaroid film making it once again available on the the market. With the rise of instagram and vintage artsy photos making a comeback, Impossible produces the real deal. Their film is compatable with several version of polaroid cameras and while it is expensive at almost $2.00 a shot it makes up for it with its quality. While they orignially began only selling a color and black and white version of their film they now have expanded and sell film with color borders, sepia and several different variations of color film offering different effects and color intesities. With the success and quality assurance of this film itâ€™s easy to see why it has had such a quick rebirth into the beloved hipster light of popularity. These days it is not
rare to find some kid in ripped off jean shorts snapping a photo of his pale friends infront of a stage at Cochella. While many say that the ease of technology and digital photography has killed film it is easy to say the reverse for Impossible Project. The instagram app made its way onto iphones everywhere within the past year and a half and at this point we have now seen enough overexposed and washout sunsets to last a lifetime. Regardless, there is some ephemeral joy that everyone seems to have in the same repetativeness of these square pics and Impossible only provides the same excitement times ten. There is something about the joy of the suprise once again that these pictures bring. The wait time to develop and the different effects that every single shot takes on. People are no longer paying for the actual photo but rather the experience of taking these photos. Look back on one of
If Mahlerâ€™s Symphony No. 5 were a skateboard, it would look like one of these. Easily not understood, these boards are more of a feature piece to be framed on the wall in ones home then skated on. The longer they are examined the more you can fall in love visually. In a world full of skateboards lathered with gooey vector images and stretched bubbling typography, these boards are a refreshing change from the usual.
Created with and originally inspired by the artist large scale graphite drawings each board is unique in its own way. First a graphite drawing is created then using a specialized photoprint transfer process, the drawings are copied and transferred onto a gessoed or treated wood deck. After this more graphite is applied to work further on the image and repair any part of the drawing that was lost in the transfer.
girl at show in Seattle
man resting on bed
Theophilius London, portrait
large scale graphite drawings Graphite is not a medium typical to skateboard art. Usually most of what is seen today are flat designed graphic vector images. The unusual use of graphite is what makes these boards so unique and so simply beautiful. It is a way of tying together fine art with the modern and always developing sport of skateboarding. Hastings began creating these boards five years ago. Always toying the skating growing up and going to art school for an undergrad degree in painting, Hastings began toying with using her large scale rough drawings as board art. As a painting major she found that the amount of leftover studies and drawings she had from
just one painting was large and having become to attached to them to throw them away, she decided she needed to do something with them. Combining her love of skateboarding and art she taught herself the transfer process to get these drawings onto wooden boards. A year later as she began creating more and more boards this became her thesis statement for her final year in school. The popularity of these boards also rose with people and she started to get requests from other boarders for custom decks. It was last year that she officially launched her company and is now creating these beautiful boards full time.
It was a little past 9pm in North Beach, San Francisco when my buddies and I stumbled across a vacant construction site. The cops down there are usually preoccupied with the drunks spilling out the bars and strip clubs so we figured slipping in unnoticed wouldn’t cause any issues. One of the Caterpillar crane trucks had its arm lowered, so we figured it’d be a good substitute for a grind rail. It wasn’t like a flat bar so I skipped the boardslide and went straight for a 5-0 grind. Everything went fine but I came off the crane arm with such force that my board snapped when I hit the cement, sending me face-first into the pavement. I shattered my nose and my cheekbones and my buddies were forced to call an ambulance before we got busted for trespassing. About three months and some community service later, I’m skating with a bunch of plastic in my face and haven’t been back to North Beach since. send your busted story into grip.com/busted
Located in the Eastern end of Bridgeport Mass. This piece, called Bear Shorts by the locals lies over a story high on a residential building down the street from Bridgeports skatepark. It is ink and paper rolled and glued onto the side of the building. The creator of the piece however is anonymous. People who live there say they donâ€™t know who tagged it and probably never will.