Garden State Skate, Autumn 2010

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diary of a madman: ipath tour 2010

Jersey’s Skate Zine Issue 4, Fall 2010

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08 12 18 event check out: 2010 freestyle world championships 22 op ed: brad’s bent: claimers 26 new sounds: bad religion’s new disc 29 event check out: visionary tattoo & arts festival 31 art news skate: 411 32 gear: get it good 34 your flicks: our readers rip 36 cover:

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Garden State Skate magazine, one year down, a lifetime yet to go... I would like to personally thank EVERYONE who made GSS’s first year a success. We’ve met hundreds of skaters and enthusiasts, we’ve been embraced by shops (a special shoutout to STANDARD for being with us the whole way), and we’ve made lifetime friends.Yet, we’ve only just begun. We see big things happening in Jersey going forward, ‘cause Jersey is where big things tend to happen. Keep it here and give us a yell to get our attention when we’re in your town, shop or wall. Thank you Jersey skaters, SS


what it’s all about

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road trip: iPath 2010 Northwest Tour Diary Photos and captions by Lou Metal.

When you walk right off a 5 am departing flight with 2 layovers, chances are you get food, beer, and then a sleeping bag, Myself and Fred hit it up then slept in the grass for about 5 hours while everyone else worked on the ramp––you know you’re tired if you can sleep around power tools. The next day I was caught up on my sleep and got up early… the other two pictures are what I found: body’s everywhere.


The next day we packed up the van… just hope you don’t need to get your bag in cause it ain’t happenin’. The kid on the stretcher––yeah, you think it happened skating at the park, huh? Nope, kid was so drunk he just fell out on his face in between the skate park and playground. His buddy was out cold in the baseball field. This put heat on the whole park, cops, meds, we had to hide our beer… Ryan Reyes getting the sunset photo, Air baby for life!!!!


What can I say, Ben and Ryan are always MVP at any park, any where, the next two pages prove that.



Christian Thatcher SkateboardER, Artist: Nov, 29, 1979 - July, 15, 2010 12

“ I just showed some work at an art show in Hoboken with Doug Z and he told me about your mag. I would be stoked to get a feature in an upcoming issue. I grew up skating and making art in NJ through out the 90’s and then moved out west in 2000. It would be rad to let the NJ skate scene know I’m out here doing my thing. ” –– An excerpt from an email from Chris Thatcher letting GSS know about his art. A few months later we were contacted by his girlfriend and friend suggesting we do a tribute on an artist who recently passed on. You can imagine our shock when we found out the artist’s name was Christian Thatcher... The following is a multi-part interview from his girlfriend, Jupiter Arrives, his friend Mike Polnasek, and bites from an interview the artist did way back.


Who was Christian Thatcher and what did he do? J: Christian Thatcher was 30 years old. He was born on November 29, 1979 in Germany. He was a skateboard artist, among many other things. He was the Art Director of Sacrifice Skateboards and a professional skateboarder. He was the creator of the zine called Street Theatre. He was an illustrator and graphic designer for many companies such as 3rd Lair Skateboards, Roots, Ben Davis, DA, Blonde and Sacrifice Skateboards. He did a album cover/design for the band Useless Wooden Toys and a board graphic for the Gaslight Anthem. He also has a canvas Spread in Thasher issue #320 . He moved from Germany to Texas and then moved to New Jersey where he grew up and lived. Thatch was a mentor, inspiration, and great friend to many. He is a Legend of the skateboarding community. M: ...and best dude ever. Why did he do what he did? J: Thatch was born a talented person. He did whatever he wanted. Art and Skateboarding were a huge part of his life. M: Skateboarding was Chris’s passion––first time I ever met him was back in the mid 90’s at the Hillsborough Cost Cutters. There was a huge session happening there, and here comes this little tiny kid with a huge Mohawk and a Subhuman’s T-Shirt. I swear I still think the dude came out of the womb with a punker bracelet and a skateboard. To get to the point though, Chris liked to live in the moment in the most philosophical sense of the word… most skaters know that it’s pretty easy to achieve a zen-like state when you’re really focused on skateboarding. I think the truth is that Chris loved that. He also understood that punk rock, graffiti, and skateboarding all paralleled in that they were anti-corporate, anti-consumer. Two ideas that were built down into the core of Chris’s personal constitution… He knew skateboard art was all of those things wrapped up into one. He thought society was fucked… art, most especially skateboard art is a great forum for social commentary. He felt like he was speaking to people in a way that they would actually listen. How would he work when he produced his art? J: He was very happy and focused when he made his art. With coffee and a cigarette. Ink and brush. Listening to punk rawk. M: He worked nervously in the predawn hours on copious amounts of coffee and/or beer. What is his background? J: “I was born in Germany and lived there until I was seven. Then my family moved to Dallas, Texas. In ‘91 my dad had to transfer jobs again and we moved to New Jersey. I repped it there from 6th grade to right before I turned 21.” -Christian Thatcher MN Skateboarder interview. He lived in Minnesota and was a 14

manager/skateboard instructor at 3rd Lair Skate Park and shop. He always wanted to go to California so he took a bus and stayed there where he landed his first gallery art show. He eventually ventured back to Jersey to be with his friends. He repped Jersey. M: Chris was born and lived in Germany. In 1986 he moved to Texas. As a kid in first grade who couldn’t speak a lick of English he was an outcast, until he discovered skateboarding. He recalled the feeling over a decade later in his self-published zine “Street Theater.” He says, “Skateboarding and the culture it has given me has shaped me into who I am today. It has taught me to look at life from a different angle and given me a positive outlet to release aggression and a way to express my creativity and individuality.” He goes on to say…”When I skate my mind id at perfect peace, not a thought enters my head. I am at perfect harmony with my surrounding environment.” Shortly after that he moved to Jersey, where he learned about graffiti and punk rock. Chris like to read a lot… books about spiritual discovery, Steppenwolf, Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, Siddhartha… stuff like that. You mix up all those things I think you got Chris in a nutshell. What was integral to his work or that of an artist? J: Passion is what Christian really had to his work. I think passion is what drives every artist. M: That’s a tough question. For Chris it was his character. I mean there was a lot of his personal politics in

his work… like I said before, I think that was kind of the appeal for him. Skateboarding has this sort of “inmates running the asylum” type of mentality… that kind of freedom breeds the best kind of artistic expression. Any great story we wouldn’t believe is true, but it is? J: Thatch and his friends obtained a megaphone. They would go around to fast food chains and prank the unsuspected drive-thru window operator. Most were recorded and put on a tape he made called Verbal Harassment which was given out as a limited edition cassette with an issue of Street Theatre. M: (Expanding on Jupiter’s answer) God, there are so many great ones. I guess the very best is documented to DVD. Right around the time Chris got his license he came into possession of a megaphone. He also had this extremely loud VW Rabbit and he used to drive around randomly harrassing people. It became like an art to him… trying to come up with great lines to use on people. Sometimes we would be driving to the skate spot and he’d come out of nowhere with the megaphone… stick it out the window and be like “ADMIT IT YOU LIVE IN A RICH COMMUNITY!!... SUCK MY OIL!!” and then peel out. He used to hit up the fast food drive thrus too. Those were the best. In your opinion, what role does the artist play in society, and how did Chris position himself according to that role or set of ideals? J: My opinion on an artist’s role in society is that of visual pleasure. Christian was very modest about how talented he was. He told me he liked to be mysterious. To where I felt like he liked to be behind the scenes, and have the people surrounding his art not know that he was in the same room. M: Well, If an artist has a job, I guess it’s to illustrate his or her own perception of reality. Chris did this in every aspect of his life, even when he was totally serious. He really was the character. You could say he was an artist in the complete sense. 15

Which artists or creators did he find or return to for inspiration? J: Jim Phillips, Pus Head & R. Crumb were some of his favorites. M: Well, definitely graffiti artists everywhere: Jim Phillips, VC Johnson, Todd Bratrud, Gonz, Andy Howell, Mark Mckee… definitely skateboard artists. Music was an inspirartion for his art too. What is art? Why is it important especially for skateboarding? J: Art is a visual design. Skateboarding is an art. Everything is connected in some metaphysical way. I believe Christian’s art is important to skateboarding. M: Art is just an expression of the way you feel, your perception of things… through your own reality tunnel. Skateboarders are a rare breed in terms of personality… I feel like skateboarders or at least people who relate to skateboarding are the only ones who can communicate what skateboarders feel through art. In terms of its importance… it’s just like anything. Everything needs an asthetic. How long did he skate and where? J: He shredded for 22 years of his life. He started skateboarding when he was 8 years old. He always was a ripper anywhere and everywhere he went. M: Chris discovered skateboarding in 1986 and never quit. He was always passionate about the way it made him feel. He always rode Sacrifice Skateboards, not just because he designed them and got them for free… but because he loved the company, and what they represented. He was a ripper. Did he ride his own boards exclusively or did he have a favorite brand or deck? He skated his own decks mostly or whatever company was sponsoring him with decks. His favorite and most proud of board he did was the last board he made for Sacrifice which he called The Morbid Visions Deck. Sacrifice por Vida. Do you/he have a favorite or most inspirational place (in Jersey)? J: Nature in general... Whereever we went together sparked inspiration. Whether it be just skating the streets together or making art on the streets. Salem + Jupiter. 78 ditch secret skate spot. M: I never really asked Chris what his favorite place in Jersey was. I can say that collectively our favorite 16

skate spot was the “DIME” building on Davidson Ave. right near Bound Brook. It was this grimy little parking garage with a few parking curbs. The thing about it was the security guy used to leave the closet open for us. We used to have all kinds of shit in there like flat bars, boxes. We used to build crazy stuff to skate with whatever was available. There was a desk in there for a while and a bunch of doors… we built like a jump ramp up to a hubba. Some epics sessions went down, but the place got too blown up and kids started leaving stuff out… they eventually gated it. We skated there every day for years. It was a time for creativity for the both of us… it changed the way I skated forever too. I still love temporary skatespots the most these days. In Jersey, the land of cheese grater pavement and no spots, it’s a good skill to have. Build your own spot! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given or could give? J: Unlimited possibilities, so do as much as you can. The meaning to life is a life worth meaning. M: “We’re compromising millions by conditions we accept.” Professionally / artistically, what are, were his goals? J: To Christian everyday was an opportunity to create or do something positive. I think his goal was to make the best life for himself while doing the things he loved. He accomplished so much and still will forever. He was true to everything he did. M: Chris just wanted to do the things he loved to do, without someone telling how and when to do it. He didn’t want his moral values to be based on monetary gains, which is what he saw and despised in society. He wanted to create and shred. Where can you see more of his artwork? • • • • • What wouldn’t he do without? M: A skateboard, a pencil, and his cassette player. Any Thanks? J: Rene Morales owner of Sacrifice Skateboards, Chris Nieratko owner of NJ skate shop, Our Families, Anita Su, Maxwell Mateikis, 3rd Lair, Creeper & Ronnie, Skateboarding, Friends, Christian, The Loft, Shannon Perez, Zachary Koenig, 5boro, krooked, REAL, Artisanal Tattoo and all supporters. M: The Ditch Gods

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Menace And The Hellfire By John Bis

On September 14, 2010 I sat down with Dennis Zyla (lead vocals, songwriting) and Ed Mulcahy (drums) of Menace And The Hellfire for an interview. If you don’t know who they are, well you should… What do you think about the skate scene these days? (DZ) The skate scene today is pretty much terrible compared to what it was back in my day. It was more of an outlaw, independent, type of escape but today it’s more of a jock, herd type of attitude. There may be some exceptions to that rule obviously… Then it was more about individualism, you get a skate board and skate for yourself and it kind of went hand in hand with punk rock, more of an outsider mentality. Today there’s more of a herd mentality and it’s more like a sport and everyone’s judging every single move you make and it’s more like, competitive and a sport than it is lifestyle anymore. When was the last time you skated? (DZ) I actually skated about 3 weeks ago with Eddie and I almost ripped my ACL and he basically broke his tail bone and we’ve been out of commission since. We’re not really big vert and ramp guys so it’s probably like the 3rd time we’ve been to a skate park. I know kids today are spoiled with these skate parks but back in the day we would kill to have a launch ramp but it is what it is. What was the first board you ever had? (DZ) It was probably the Executioner by Nash. The thing was probably heavier than me. My first serious board was a hand me down from my neighbor, the Vision’s old Ghost. I cherished that board even though I had many boards to follow. (EM) My first board was a Nash, Skate Or Die and it was fully loaded. My first legit board was a Santa Cruz Slasher that I got for my 12th Christmas from the store, Freestyle in the Woodbridge Mall. Who were some of your favorite skaters? (EM) I always liked Mark Gonzalez, Natas Kaupas, Rodney Mullen, Tony Hawk. Most people today aren’t as relevant to skating as these guys were back when I started to skate. (DZ) Didn’t have many favorites back in the day but I always related to the guys who were like the most fucked up looking dudes. The kind of people that no one wanted to be around. Christian Hosoi, Gator those types of guys. Do you think Gator is going to hell? (DZ) Hell is on earth right now first of all. Second of all, we all get a little excited sometimes and things can get out of hand and you gotta do what you gotta do right (laughs)? How do you feel about the mall-ification of tattoo parlors and skate shops? (DZ) It’s terrible there’s no more sub culture, there’s no more underground, no more escape for kids. There’s something not right about being able to get your nipples pierced, get a cheap skate board and a Cinnabun all at the same time What is it about your music that makes it such a good fit with the skate culture? 18

(DZ) Our music is pure, real and raw. It brings you back to the old school approach of skateboarding to music. Though we can’t really relate to the skateboarding that goes on today our music is still aggressive enough that anyone can skate to it, especially our drum extravaganza. What bands inspire you to play music? (DZ) Believe it or not a lot of hard core bands. A lot of rock and roll bands. My favorite band of all time is the Sex

they each just got in the mall. We were also banned from Mountain Creek, NJ because it was a Christian venue and they had a problem with our lyrics. I don’t know what the retards who booked us thought they were getting with a band named “Menace And The Hellfire.” During our drum extravaganza where I set our drum kits on fire these idiots were trying to throw water on us. Is there anything that you wouldn’t do on stage? (DZ) Probably not but it’s not like we plan to go out there to get banned. I’m not going out there to purposely be like GG Allin and take “Exlax” before I step on stage. If I have to drop a shit while I’m on stage and I can’t make it to a restroom, which is probably unlikely to happen but if it does, I got a let it loose. If I like the venue I’ll drop it in a bucket. If I don’t like the venue, I’ll drop it on a monitor. Also animal abuse is something you won’t see us do. If my mouth was big enough you’d see me bite the head off a human before you see me bite the head off a bat (laughs). Pistols. Madball, I like, Murphy’s Law, Agnostic Front, high energy stuff like that. (EM) Throw Rag, The Weaklings, rock and roll bands like that make me want play. What bands make you want to stop playing music? (DZ)Sex Pistols, Madball, Murphy’s Law, Agnostic Front. All the same bands I’m influenced by basically. I have a love hate thing with music at this point in my life. (EM) Most NJ bands, My Chemical Romance or any new post hard core band, Against Me, AFI type stuff. I’m not going to bash Green Day because it’s too easy. What’s it like having 2 drummers in the band? (DZ) It’s definitely an asset; it’s helpful to bounce stuff off each other. We wouldn’t be able to do our big fire, drum extravaganza without 2 drummers. It adds to the entertainment value of the show. (EM) It’s a blessing and a curse having 2 drummers. In one sense it pushes you to be a better drummer but on the other hand there is another person in the band hearing every mistake you make. You’ve been banded from several venues. Do you have any regrets? (DZ) We have absolutely no regrets about being banned. We’re just trying to be as real as possible. We’re not trying to put on any fronts or to kiss anybody’s ass. Our show is our show and we’re not going to make any exceptions. All these bands that say “we’re a dangerous rock and roll band” and their band’s name is like Full Blown Chaos and it’s just some guys with long hair sitting with a brush in their back pocket strumming their guitar. We’re just living it up trying to do the real thing, playing how we feel. If someone treats us like shit then we treat them like shit. If they treat us good we’ll treat them good. It’s a very simple code of life for on stage and off. Can you tell us about 2 places you’ve been banned from that stick out in your head? (DZ) Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ. It’s a terrible place to begin with. It’s just a bowling alley with a bunch of retarded rockabilly kids sitting in the lanes texting each other about how beautiful each other’s tattoos came out that


What do you think when you hear people say you’re a cross between GG Allin and Buckcherry? (DZ) I take it as a compliment. I respect GG Allin for what he meant for free speech and for reminding us that humans are still animals and bringing that whole aspect to life on stage. I also don’t agree with a lot of things he does because he did get a little too ridiculous in certain areas. Buckcherry, I like what they’re trying to do musically. We’re more of the real deal where they’re more with the nice shiny tattoos with streaks in their hair, glam guys and we’re not. You’ve played music for most of your lives, you haven’t stopped when the going got tough, why? (DZ) We have nothing else but music. It’s compulsive behavior now. The feel good effects of music stopped a long time ago. (EM) Yeah, if we stop now, then all the years we put in would have been a waste. It would have been a useless endeavor. What advice would you give to a new band starting out? (DZ) I’d say don’t even bother. Don’t start there’s nothing going on anywhere, no scenes left. You’re better off just getting a career. Do yourself a favor, there’s nothing going on. If you want to put on a good performance do it with your lady and pretend like your Ron Jeremy for the weekend. Tell us about your new CD in the works. (DZ) The new CD we hope to have out by late 2011. It will contain 10 to 12 tracks, all new material. You’ll be able to find it like you can, the rest of our stuff all over the world via the internet. Itunes etc. Menace And The Hellfire make the kind of music you want to hear when you feel like punching someone in the face but don’t want to be charged with battery... So, download their songs grab your board and go skate! For the latest info on the band go to: For more info on John Bis go to



freestyle By AJ Kohn Professional Freestyle Skateboarder / Event Organizer / Activist for the skateboard community

On September 18-19th, over 90 skaters from 10 different countries converged in South Philadelphia for the 2010 World Championships of Freestyle Skateboarding presented by Powell Peralta. This annual event marks the 10 year anniversary of the re-birth of competitive Freestyle and the Who’s Who of the modern freestyle world were in attendance including some of the pioneers and legends of the form. With the bar raised from last year’s championship in Tokyo Japan, expectations ran high for this epic meeting of styles to finally clash in the United States. The stage was set with a $5,000 Pro purse on the line and it was literally anyone’s to take as this event saw the highest overall level of talent in over 30 yrs.

The two-day competition felt more like a family reunion than the highest level competition of the best riders in the world. The competitors got to meet and skate with their favorite skaters throughout the weekend––up until now, most of them have only talked to or seen them online. Everyone was excited and it fed into the energy and positive vibe that prevailed throughout the days and into the wee hours of the night! I can’t tell you how many places we visited, how many restaurants / pubs / hotels we chilled out throughout the weekend when the Freestyle skaters were in town but looking back, it was a blur, like a wonderful vacation somewhere overseas but all in our own backyard! During the days of the competition, although friendly, it was intense as skater after skater threw down their own unique stamp on the surface pushing the technical and creative aspects of skateboarding to new levels. Think of it as a great hardcore session with your friends, where everyone is pushing each other, not only by their actions but by their support of what you are doing. What really stood out is that every skater brought something new or differ-

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2010 World Championships of Freestyle Skateboarding Philadelphia, PA

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In the end it was German pro Gunter Mokylus who had a flawless run to attain the title. Greyson Ashton flowed into his second world amateur world title. Japan’s Mic Murayama wowed the crowd with her colorful flowing style in the Women’s division and Freestyle legend Yo Yo Shulz won the Masters division with two inspired improvisational runs. The event also gave exposure to local talent, including performers as well as worthy causes such as the Mike Rogers Grind for Life Organization with proceeds

benefiting the Franklins Paine organization, a nonprofit that advocates/builds/maintains skate areas and provides free educational after school programming such as the popular Gear for Groms after school skateboard program. Overall, it was a great weekend of skating, outreaching to the community and camaraderie all for a good cause. I was especially psyched to see some of the local legends and the Who’s Who of the Philadelphia skate scene comin down to check out the action and show their support! Special thanks to Powell Peralta, Eastern Skateboard Supply, Red I Nation, all the skaters who traveled on their own dime, all the sponsors, media and volunteers that made it happen, as well as the new fans of this pure artistic form of expression on a skateboard we call Freestyle!

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ent to the table as no two skated alike and from that fact there was never a dull moment in the action. Everyone was on the edge of their seats looking for what was next and the guys and gals of the Freestyle Skateboarding family delivered big time!

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checkout NAME: Mike Rankine HOMETOWN: Originally from Pennsauken, NJ but now I live in Philly GO TO TRICK: Hardflips FAV JERSEY SPOT: Atlantic City WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING FROM JERSEY? Jersey’s dope cause Philly, NYC and DC are all really close and we get hated on just for being from here! I love that effect on people, just kidding… STOKED ON: Brian Douglas, Kyle Nicholson and all the homies I skate with on the regular! NOT STOKED ON: Wilkison, hipsters and people who aren’t real. BEST TRIP STORY: I don’t know, just the usual shit that goes down when you’re with great friends on the road. INSPIRATIONS: Everyone around me on a daily basis that keeps me hyped to shred. All my bucs that are constantly progressing and setting the bar and all my mid 30’s OGs still rippin. SPONSORS: Nocturnal Skateshop, Organika (flow) THANKS: Plan and Kerry at Noc, Jerm, Jemal, Brax, BDugs, Klotz, Tang, Redman, KT, Sul and LCOB Fam, Downtown Crew, my Mom, Dad and Fam, and all my friends! mike rankine, hard flip

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from left to right top to bottom: GSS editor, shawn savage with Enigma, kelsey arcoleo and scott krzywicki. pete betti / rolling handstand, tilly, mike kucharski / front-side krook, skullboy receiving skeletal birdy tatt, VTAF show oor and stage where GSS Skaters ripped in front of 150+ audience... see you all next year!

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NAME TJ MacConchie HOMETOWN Middletown New Jersey GO TO TRICK Switch heel flip FAV JERSEY SPOT Jersey itself BEST PART BEING A SKATER FROM JERSEY I’m 1 out of 30 skaters in all of new jersey STOKED ON I get stoked on landing tricks and capturing it on film. Also having mellow session with my good friends. NOT STOKED ON I hate when you hear of a spot from someone else and they make it sound so legit. But when you get there yourself and look at it, its not at all. BEST TRIP STORY Would have to be Canada. My friend Steve and I, well I cant tell you the whole story but I will say this: Canadian Women are nice. INSPIRATIONS Skateboarding was my first love. Before girls and partying the skate board was there, I’ll never turn away from my first love. SPONSORS Instinct skate boards, STANDARD Skateshop THANKS Jersey Rob for taking this photo 27

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BAD RELIGION: The Dissent of Man Bad Religion is celebrating thirty years of influential, thought provoking and groundbreaking punk rock with a new record and 15th studio album, “The Dissent Of Man.” The result is one of the band’s most forward thinking and musically varied albums ever. Not your father’s skate-punk-rock music, but, actually it is / was your dad sh!t... Great tunes, almost. Punchy ire and thought proviking sonic smack-down, yeah, kinda... Hop on your buds and give these 15 new songs a piece of your ear. First up, The Day the Earth Stood Still. The thing about this song is it’s like a harmonized, all-out assault of noise by way of vocal machinegunning, guitars and percussion. Every musical element is tight in this snapshot of life and time. Aside from the spectacular “Only Rain” - legitimately one of the best songs the band has produced since their heyday - and the great but unintentionally-funny “Wrong Way Kids” most of the songs take a flavor of mid-tempo alt-rock snackcake with mixed toppings. “Cyanide” turns out to be a great countryesque rock-a-roo (with leads provided by Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers fame) by referencing of all things a Wallflowers riff/song structure to great effect, whereas “I Won’t Say Anything” is the most unexpectedly subdued BR album closer yet, but also one of the most delicate songs the band has written yet. With The Dissent Of Man, BR is dazzling us with many more styles of rock in their arsenal. They could have made a half-assed follow-up to New Maps Of Hell but went in a completely different, big-boy direction that pays off creatively. Look to this album as a taste of yetserday with the spit of today.

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NAME Adam Zvada FAV TRICK Mall Grab. FAV DECK Almost Uber Light. FAV PRO Chris Cole is my f*ckin hero! FAVORITE JERSEY SPOT Secret for now... TRICK YOU WANT TO LEARN Chinese nose manuals. AM WHO SHOULD BE PRO Maurice Mendenhall. WORST BAIL Rolled down 15. THANKS Mom, Dad, Colin and Clark. INSPIRATION The Sandra, the Dutchess, Mom and Dad.

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Claimers. Ok everybody knows that one guy around town, or has that one friend in the group that does nothing but claim and ruin the day. This guy will roll up to a new spot or watch footage of you or a friend, and instantly start saying ridiculous tricks that he’s going to do there. Most of them are tricks that you’ve never even see this kid try. So this kid has now claimed it, bragging to you, all your friends, and the filmer that he’s going to bust this trick all week long. Finally the weekend comes, when you might at best have both days off, or if your like me only have one day off to skate. You guys all wake up early to get your morning, coffee, cigarette, bagel, beer, whatever’s your poison. Calling each other to meet at the local shop or park. Everyone meets up and this guy (the claimer) is no where to be found. Everyone starts calling him, no answer for at least an hour while ppl are skaten warmin up. An hour has gone by finally he answers his phone still in bed, and of course has no ride or gas. Now this is where everyone starts gettin fed up with him. You guys all go to pick him up. He gets in the car after waitng for him (the claimer) outside for ten minutes. He gets in the car says, “whats up? oh my bad I was hungover, had to do laundry...blah blah.” This is where he finally starts doubting himself, but not fully.

You guys finally show up to the spot, probably after the hour commute or traffic you just sat in. Get there, everyones checkin it out, skaten around, eyein it up. Few friends jump on whatever, bust the warm ups, or just chill by the filmer while he’s setting up. At this point the claimer is now rollin up, rollin up, rollin up, gettin himself really psyched up. Your thinkin to yourself, “ok he might do this..” The filmer goes over, gets in position, and the claimer is super pumped now... fifteen minutes goes by of him just rollin up, runnin back, rollin up again. Now the complaning starts. “dammit, alright I got this.” or “Bro, this ground is kinda bumpy.” or my personal favorite, “I didn’t think it was this big.” You guys all think ok he’s not gonna do it, we can still make to another spot. NOPE! This guy has now realized that he has to give it a try. Another fifteen minutes goes by of him doin the same shit. He starts gettin mad yelling, flinging the board, screaming. Twenty minutes later, finally he tries it, get no where near it. Comes back up passes you and the filmer proababy saying, “Oh yeah I got this.” Another hour goes by of him trying this damn trick, while you friends are now probably given him dirty looks or yelling to leave. Finally he focuses his board, and he’s over it. At this point it’s a little awkward, but everyone’s relieved to go, but the day is gone, and no one wants to deal with getting kicked out of places, so your last place to skate is where you started the park where everyone met up. So guys, please don’t be this guy, know your ability to skate, and don’t waste everyone else’s day because your a dumbass that lives in a THPS3 world. b.w.

Conversation goes like this.... You: “You ready to do this trick? We’re goin there now.” Claimer: “I don’t know I feel shaky from this hangover...” You: “We’ve been waiting for you all day so far.” Claimer: “Nah man I got it, watch like 5 trys.” You: “Alright bro, I hope you get this.”


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JERSEY SCHOOLS EMBRACE SKATEBOARDING! When Bill Ewe, a physical education teacher in southern New Jersey, approached the principal at the middle school where he works about adding skateboarding to the curriculum, “he looked at me like I was a little crazy,” Ewe said. Skate Pass co-founder Eric Klassen teaches students at Boulder, CO’s Douglass Elementary, the first school in the nation to adopt the program. But Ewe, a longtime skater who played college baseball, showed his bosses a news clip demonstrating how a skateboarding program had been successfully integrated into gym classes at a California high school. Soon district officials approved Ewe’s proposal, and last spring students at Kingsway Middle School in Swedesboro, N.J., began pushing and kickflipping for credit. “The kids had a blast,” Ewe said about a system that emphasizes balance, agility, coordination, self-esteem and perseverance over trying to become the next pro. “A 42-minute class period was gone like that.” With a new academic year starting earlier this month, Ewe plans to resume skate-school for students in seventh and eighth grades. “We always try to find something new and innovative to attract the attention of kids,” Ewe said about a national trend in education called “The New P.E.” that stresses alternative, individual and non-competitive activities to appeal to students who aren’t necessarily natural athletes.

Pt, Pleasant Beach Skatepark continues to have struggles even with big ground swell support... NEWS UPDATE: One of the initial motivators of GSS Magazine’s premier issue last January was to raise awareness for the Point Pleasant community that skateboarding is not a crime, but one of the most rock-solid recreational activities for kids these days. In an effort to silence skaters across that town, the Point Boro council voted last March to close the skate park because of a few noise complaints and some isolated rude behavior from out-of-town skaters. Enter Chris Goss; running candidate for a Democrat seat for the town, and Bob Losito, owner of Pro Skate Shops in Point Boro and Belmar. The two have 32

been instrumental in forming the Point Pleasant Skateboarding Club which has worked relentlessly to get the park back open. The town council then formed a new skateboarding committee under the umbrella of the recreation department to work together with the new club. This founding committee is made up of two Point Boro council members and two active residents Sara Schumatti, and Bob Fritz, who volunteered to help the club manage the committee’s countless requests so they could help get the park open again. The duo managed to gain approval for 3 one-day contests at the park this year despite all the the town’s hoopla. What’s mind boggling in this debate of keeping the park closed forever is that the park sits adjacent to the busiest highway in the town, Route 88 on the north side and the McKennan Lake baseball and soccer field on the south side. Both these sports keep the park busy until at least 9 pm on most nights with spectators, cars, whistles, and hecklers cheering on their favorite child athletes. No local residents seem to mind all of THIS activity, though!

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If you’re in the NYC this month then you should definitely stop by the opening for Jai Tanju’s Film Por Vida photo exhibition at the Fuse Gallery. Film Por Vida is a long running website / postal print exchange among photographers from around the world. At the show will be 1400 pieces of mail, along with 20 framed photos by the likes of Ed Templeton, Tobin Yelland, Joe Brook, Bryce Kanights, Mark Whitely,and Jai Tanju among others. More info: Don’t miss it! Skateboard Side Effects at The Artisphere Inviting skateboarding artists to combine their passions. Type: Exhibit | Price: Free | Time: 11:00am to 9:00pm You can’t touch the art in most galleries, but in the Artisphere, you can skate on it. Not everyone, of course – but the pros invited in to skate on Rochard Vosseller’s sculpture, Physical Manipulations of Structural Surfaces - A Homage to Skating, have christened the Terrace Gallery as a place where something different happens. That’s how Artisphere would like to proclaim itself, and it’s a bold step for Arlington. Skateboard Side Effects, the inaugural exhibit curated by Cynthia Connolly, invited skateboarding artists – there are many – to combine their passions. Naturally, it’s a kinsesthetic exhibit, and much of the work pertains to objects that skateboarders use (though Connolly has made a wise choice in shunning skateboard deck art), or the paths they make as they do their tricks. Lia Halloran, who will be heavily involved in the Artisphere’s first month of programming, attached a light to her body and captured her trail across ramps and backyards in a long-exposure photograph. Mickael Elliot broth, on the other hand, draws in the cartoonish, graffiti-inspired style prevalent in the art/skate community, and can be compared to Barry McGee. Skateable art, however new it may be to Arlington, is nothing new – firmly rooted in the DIY movement, it’s been done everywhere from Newcastle to New York’s Deitch Projects. But Skateboard Side Effects is at its best in its ramps and railings – abstracting form, and enhancing function for a daring run up the pipe.


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