Each time a young pro throws a shoe release party it sends a nostalgia filled tear cascading down my cheek. My breast swells as I recall the time The Predatory Bird released their first and only shoe. It was a Gravis.

So, to the matter at hand:

In a move that bears all the hallmarks of a classic creative hiatus – but without the dangling pizza slice of future resurrection – Burton recently canned the Gravis and Analog skate programs. Sources indicate that this move was strategically designed so that focus could intensify on the Burton brand itself. Collateral damage included the freeing up of talented video assets manager Russell Houghten who quickly set to work building the necessary equipment to bring to life this cartoon from The New Yorker magazine.
Technology is ruining us cartoon from The New Yorker

Russel Houghten delivers pizza by miniature helicopterWhether this resourceful ingenuity casts Russell in the idealistic light of the young American political left is beyond the scope of this skate/gull based blog. What we can extrapolate is that Russell is a fan of both pizzas AND remote control helicopters; he is not alone. Further analysis of the Gravis termination can be found here.
It’s unlikely that liberal bias in the media was on Chris Cole’s mind when he signed off on the Omit Clothing logo. Whatever the reasoning it’s highly possible that in the lead up to the recent presidential election you may have missed a slap forum thread titled “Bye Bye Omit Apparel”. I certainly missed it until a rumour of the brand’s demise circulated at an empuddled Portland street spot.

Whether you like the mode d’Omit or not we’d be briefly disheartened if yet another brand that attempts to sell through skate retailers but actually does support some epic skateboarders, Peter Ramondetta for example, had failed. We wish them well but if true then it raises the question, especially in this fiscally uncertain era, if the Omit business model can’t work then what possibly can?

Lannie Rhodes models the Wu Bird tee

A Proper Riverdance

The current (October ’12) issue of Thrasher has David Gonzales on the cover grinding a very burly kink to drop in San Diego. There is a pentagram, David’s interview is jammed with mind-blowing skateboard trickery, there’s a hammer-filled Toy Machine article with a strong latex fist theme, episode 2 of The Predatory Bird comic contains profane language and avian poop, the Krooked in Kolorado article includes an explicit description of an absurd genital brawl and most relevant to today’s post, the sequence you can see below.

A week or so after this issue hit the newsstands I received Continue reading A Proper Riverdance

Morphine’s a Hell of a Drug.

Returned a couple of days early from the 2012 Zero Canada tour. Snapped the left forearm just above the wrist while trying to stick the trusty, old, kickflip fakie on a concrete potato chip at the Winnipeg demo. It teaches me a stern lesson not to skate when in a bad mood. Company owner James took some photographs that do a great job of illustrating the title of this post and Joe Brook is busy shooting the tour for an upcoming issue of Thrasher Magazine. Be on the look out!

“Och no! My arm! What have I done? Broken…arm…aargh!”

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5 Great Reasons to Fail to Qualify at the Annual Tampa Pro-Skateboarding Contest

When you deplane at Tampa, Florida, you might walk over this mosaic of a spiral galaxy but that’s not one of the reasons to fail to qualify at the contest.

Keegan might pick you up in a Chevy Malibu, rented, ultimately, by Vans Shoes. He might drive you to his hotel room all the way explaining that he really wants to skate for as long as possible on practice day. At the hotel you’ll camp out on the floor despite Keegan’s persistent and tempting suggestive propositions to share his bed. These are not reasons to fail at Tampa either. The reasons will come after the failure since we can’t predict the future with any great degree of clarity. Continue reading 5 Great Reasons to Fail to Qualify at the Annual Tampa Pro-Skateboarding Contest