Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Skateboard USB Flash Drive

Okay, you don't know how excited I am to have found this....I NEED THIS! I feel like a kid in a candy shop! You can buy it here at TigerDirect. I mean, it's not JUST a skateboard flash drive...for any of you who skated in the 80s, you know this is the Jim Phillips screaming hand graphic! I have this graphic on a t-shirt from the 80s, it is so worn out because it was my favorite and one of the few skateshirts I have from back then "because I was a shmuk who let this weasel borrow some of my skateshirts back then to never return them and then move!!! GURR!!" -but no I'm not bitter...not at all! :) LOL!

Tony Hawk skates at White House for Father’s Day

I know this news is old, but I had meant to comment on this when I heard about it...With permission from White House Officials, Tony Hawk does what any skateboarder would be thinking while walking down a hall in the white house....he skateboards down it! Sweet! Hawk, 41, skated in the grand foyer and the nearby Old Executive Office Building and yes, of course he had permission...I cannot believe after Hawk twittered the photo, so many people were commenting how offensive it was to do such an act, that is was disrespectful.....C'Mon people, he got permission and he rolled down a hallway. It's not like he was trying to damage Whitehouse property. Hawk joined other dads, athletes and celebrities at a Father’s Day forum hosted by President Obama, including NBA players Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Etan Thomas of the Washington Wizards. Hawk has done so many things that I didn't think I would see him do when I watched him in skate videos when he was a skinny teenager in the 80s. I certainly didn't think he would be at celebrity status and I didn't think skateboarding would be where it is today with huge competitions like the X Games, The Dew Tour, The Maloof Cup and all the skateboarding parks around the world...along with June 21, Go Skateboarding Day! We have our own day...it's just too awesome. Hard to imagine that back in 1991, skateboarding was almost non existent for a little while.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pro Skateboarder Jereme Rogers Retires?

I've got to say, when I first saw this posted on SkateDaily, I was stunned and confused. I mean, okay, so he wants to focus on music now, fine. But a big announcement that you are "Officially Retiring from Skateboarding" along with a retirement party? What the hell? Who does that in skateboarding? It just seems like he is saying that he is not going to skateboard anymore, whereas skaters like Tony Hawk announced way back that he was retiring from Competitive skateboarding. So he still skates, just doesn't compete...now that makes sense for a skateboarder....do we ever really want to quit skateboarding.....I don't think so unless you really don't have that passion for it and you just did it because you had a gift for it. Maybe that is what it's about for him, maybe he just had a gift but not a love for skateboarding that I think most of us who have stuck with it for so long, have. I mean, look at Jason Lee, star of "My Name Is Earl". Did he ever announce his retirement from skateboarding? I don't think so...if so I missed it. We all know he still skates and makes appearances in videos every once in awhile and we also know he is an actor. I just don't get why Jereme Rogers announced his retirement, why not just go about your business focusing more on you music and less on skateboarding...but still skateboard? Whatever...I just thought it was weird...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Happy Belated Birthday Mark Gonzales

Mark Gonzales turned 40 yesterday...oh man, how time flies! I think back to the first video I saw Mark Gonzales in, it didn't really do him justice as it was a competition...as you all know, he has some amazing footage in many skate films, but check out the first footage I ever saw of him...I had checked this video out at the local skate shop in Bellevue, Nebraska where I lived...it was actually a Bike Shop called "Earl's Bikes", if I remember correctly. Earl was a cool guy, he was always willing to help all the kids get the skateboard gear they wanted and he was the only shop I knew of in town in the 80s that sold quality skate stuff. It was a pretty sketchy place however, located between two oil stacks in a old metal warehouse down a gravel road with no other shops around. Thinking back on it now, I bet his rent was cheap! :) Anyways, I think I borrowed a friends VCR and connected it to my Dad's and recorded a copy of this video....the old way of pirating...man it took so much effort back then! :)

Check out the clip....man, I miss launch ramps! :) Well, without further adoo, Sticker Head, Mark Gonzales! :)