INTO THE THICKET

Check out this beautifully filmed trailer for the full length video titled “Into The Thicket”. Featuring Chris Haslam, Todd Myers and Mat Howell the video chronicles their journey into the deep forests of Vancouver Island to skate a ramp. Made up of found materials from the surrounding environment and a little help with plywood the skaters explore their newly built trick machine with interesting camera angles.

5 MINUTES WITH JUSTIN SOUTHEY

Justin Southey along with a bunch of other really talented illustrators and artists are in a new exhibition opening tonight at Salon 91. Check out the facebook page over here. We chatted to Justin about his work for this typographic exhibition and if you in Cape Town make sure you attend the opening tonight!

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1. You involved with a new exhibition coming up this week. Can you tell us about it?

Well, The show is called Back in 5 Mins, and is a show which highlights the use of typography and sign writing in Urban culture. It is a group show of typographers and illustrators and along with myself, it includes; Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, & Dani Loureiro.

I see my current work as reflecting the energy, colour and vibrance of the streets, I endeavored to create pieces which were both sophisticated, yet playful. I drew strongly from the local narrative, and allowed my pieces to act as voices of the city.

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2. Do you think people have an appreciation for type as an art piece?

Yes certainly. Typography, or at least artworks using typography have become increasingly popular as an art form in the last few years. I know it’s more of a popular culture thing but how many re tweets of Keep calm and… have you seen in the last year?

3. How did you get involved with this exhibition?

Monique from Salon91 contacted me as she she felt that my work would contrast really well with some of the other artists in the show

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‘Back in 5 Minutes’ – An Exhibition of Typography from Nicholas James on Vimeo.

4. The video for the exhibition is really beautiful and it looked liked everyone had fun at your studio. What have you learnt through the process of doing your artwork for the show?

Often my set ideas for a piece just don’t work, and I have to be able let go of my vision for something as it evolves into something different. Often this hybrid of ideas creates something even better, so in terms of something I have learnt, it would be to explore and play until it works and not to be too dogmatic regarding my original idea

5. Any exciting plans up ahead besides this exhibition? You got a totem at Design Indaba right?

Ya, I have a bunch of Totem like pieces up at the Design Indaba exhibition (curated by Li Edelkoort). I actually heard about the Design Indaba exhibition whilst creating work for the Salon91 show, I submitted work, was selected, and suddenly found myself creating works for 2 shows which had deadlines on the same day, so needless to say , It’s been a pretty manic past few weeks. I feel really privileged to be part of the show as only 52 people were selected out of over a thousand entries.

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6. Where can we see more of your work?

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HOW & NOSM PAINT

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Identical twin brothers How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) recently completed this huge mural in San Francisco at Hyde St & Turk St. The duo were born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York. Their show Late Confessions concludes Saturday in NYC at Jonathan Levine.

MUSIC MONDAYS

Ramfest 2013 is almost here and bringing you some great local and international bands including the legendary punk rock band Rise Against. More info on the festival and dates in your city can be found here.

BACK IN 5 MINS TYPOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

During February & March Salon91 celebrates design and typography with ‘Back in 5 minutes’ an exhibition featuring an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators.

Each artist has approached the discipline of typography in a fresh & unique style, playing with scale, materials, surface quality, form, colour, dimensionality & of course, words.

Launching 27th February 2013.

DUSTERS

Check out this sweet feel good video of the Dusters skate crew living it up in this little kidney in silicon valley.

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FALLEN

Fallen has released a new clip featuring Josh Harmony, Jon Dickson, and James Hardy shredding downtown L.A. at night. The clip was released to promote Fallen’s latest Black Ops model shoe series. Check out the footage above.

SNEEK PEEK

Mark Appleyard gives us a sneek peek on his new show called “The Mahalo”. Simple and clean with subtle colourways is what its all about.
Check out the shoe online over here.

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Check out this jock freaking out over his first tattoo! This dude freaks out so much that we not even sure if this is real or fake!!

MISS VAN

Street artist Miss Van is in the latest issue of VNA. After a break from painting she is back in Sao Paulo getting inspired by the surroundings and excited to paint again.

APPLEYARDS SETUP

Appleyard shares how he sets up his board in this latest video presented by CCS. Watch and learn how he gets that snap and board control.

INNOVATOR OF THE MONTH: ERROL STRACHAN

Errol Strachan is not only a living legend in the South African music scene but a living legend in South Africa’s skateboarding history. If you have never heard of Errol Strachan aka BONG you about to get educated.

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1. Could you give us a brief introduction on who you are, age and a summary of your life with regards to skateboarding and msic?.

Hello – I am Bong, 51 years, I old started skateboarding in 1975, at age 13. I started in the same skate era that the Lords of Dogtown Movie depicts. I skated for 25 years nonstop since, practically every day, and stopped skating at around age 38/39.

I grew up in an area that had no facilities and due to apartheid we were not really easily allowed into places that had ramps, and least of all pools, so I naturally became a Freestyle/Flatland trick skater. My friends and I had a skate club in Grassy Park called “Comets” Skate Club and we used to imitate the tricks we saw Tony Alva and the Boys do in the then popular “Skateboarder” magazine.

Skateboarding was pretty much a “fad” sport in South Africa, it came and went like a fashion style. So when its popularity declined, many of my friends stopped skating, but Myself and a handful continued to skate. That’s also when Thrasher magazine surfaced in the USA – this was the early 80’s. We knew there were other skaters around, but we never really made much contact with these people – It was not accepted really for colored kids to have white friends and was actually frowned upon, in the late 70’s / early 80’s.

Then I got into Reggae and Rastafarianism and my life changed radically- I was also introduced to Reggae music and due to the politically turbulent times I was in I found this a fitting culture to adopt. That’s also when I started growing my dreadlocks, around 1983. I also started playing music – I started The Sons of Selassie Reggae band with 2 other friends – and the band is still going strong to this day – 28 years later!

I spent some time in Johannesburg playing music – it was there that I met 2 small kids 8/9 years old called Greg Finch and Dallas Oberholzer. I was probably around 29 years old. They saw me demo skate at some shopping centres and used to hang out with me once or twice when they got a chance to come through.

I got back to Cape Town and as I arrived my friends told me that they were hosting the first ever South African National Skateboarding contest – and it included Freestyle. So I entered and won it. And I won the next one, and the next one as they happened annually, won a few of those until 1993 when I stopped skating contests. That’s also when I opened my skate shop.

From there I mostly focussed on family work and music.

2. You had a distinct skateboarding style back in the day. In a time of half pipes and big tricks what made you follow this kind of style?

We had no other facilities really than flat land. SO we all resorted to trick skating.

3. Who were your biggest influences as a skateboarder growing up?

Rodney Mullen, Per Welinder, any good pro and rated freestyle skaters mostly. I would also admire the rest but they were not really influences

4. How did you get into skateboarding?

I saw someone skating, and fell in love with what I saw… and said: “I am going to do that!”

5. Do you prefer the skate scene of the good old days to the current skate scene?

I am not sure. What I can say from what I see is this: The sport has evolved radically to become more extreme. I doubt there are any more technical skaters than what I saw when I skated in the 90’s just everything got bigger and more intense.

6. You play in the band The Rudimentals. Have you played in other bands?

Yes, Sons of Selassie, Roots Rockers, Blunt (the Blunt Skate Magazine was named by myself and it was named after my hip hop band I had at them time, although it took on its own personality, I named that MAG!), A few other reggae bands, Braindead and then Rudimentals. I had some gaps between bands, as I also stopped playing music for a while when I lost a good friend. I was bummed out about that.

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7. How was your experience running your shop “Bongs”

Fun but hard. We imported stuff and it killed us. The excon rate fluctuated so badly that in 2 years we had to double up on selling price and that’s when we called it a day – But we knew that we had a major rep as it was a real skate shop run by real skaters for skaters. Kids cried when we closed it. If I were well off and born with a silver spoon I would have kept that going, but simply could not afford to.

8. What are the future plans for Bong?

Play Music, Work, Breath, Live, Love, the same as yesterday and the day before and the day before….

BRIXTON NEW THREADS

Brixton Spring 2013 from BRIXTON on Vimeo.

Brixton presents their rocking Spring 2013 collection look book in this classic video. The new range has a sick selection of threads featuring shirts, headwear, twill pants, chinos, shorts, wovens as well as a nice selection of Brixton signature hats for both men and women. Check out Brixton over here.

HOW TO FRONTSIDE PIVOT

If you missed yesterdays post on a day in the life with Mark Appleyard you missed his favourite trick that featured in the video. Learn how to do a frontside pivot to fakie like Apples does it!

ADIDAS BLOCK PARTY

Adidas and AREA3 present “From Before They Were Great” exhibition and block party on Thursday, 28 February 2013. Come check out the skilled DJ’s featuring DJ Kenzhero, DK Dimplez, !D, Moe Joe, Phat jack and 2lani the Warrior. Its all happening at Area3, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg East.

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MUSIC MONDAYS

Joey Bada$$ drops some lines for this weeks Music Monday. Look out for Ecko’s upcoming Underground Airplay mixtape which features a dope line up of artists.

THE FIRST EVER

Adam Miller is the first skateboarder in history to do a backflip from one skateboard to another down 6 stairs!

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Check out this trippy animation of various faces that are animated into multiple combinations! Animated and designed by Andreas Hykade.

NEW DC SHOE

Mike Mo talks about his new signature skate shoe for DC Shoes. The customized design focuses on an amazing fit, protection, board feel and extreme durability. For more information check out DC Shoes official site over here.

DANNY WAY VIDEO

“Waiting for Lightning,” director, Jacob Rosenberg, shares with us in this video his relationship with skateboarding legend Danny Way and his reasons for making the documentary. Check out the official website for more details on this epic movie.

JUSTUS KOTZE VIDEO 1

Justus Kotze got on a flight to Sydney, Australia on 25 December 2012 over Christmas. He went there for a family Holiday and his Brothers wedding. He took his board with him and hopped from park to park with a camera. He was mostly by himself, making the filming and photography difficult. But he managed to get a bunch of cool photos and video together… PART 1. (Part 2 comes on Friday!)

HOW & NOSM ART SHOW NYC

Last week, How and Nosm took their famous outdoor graffiti skills into The Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s brand new pop-up space in New York. This series of works are influenced by their multi-cultural heritage having been brought up in Spain. The exhibition is gigantic and is a visual treat for the eyes.

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WIPE OUT WEDNESDAYS

Andrew Schrock talks us through a skaters nightmare: Wiping out, breaking your ankle and then getting harassed by a wannabe gangster while you sit there in pain!

VANS PARADE

Vans recently did a shoe parade and this video gives an inside look at how the Vans team put together and filmed this giant parade on a bridge in downtown LA. Check out the full length “Anthem” parade on the vans site over here.

SKATE AND CREATE

Check out this rad interview with John Cardiel. His raw energy and full-speed hardcore skating emerged when most skaters slowed down to a crawl with tiny wheels and technical tricks.

LOW PROFILE MUSIC VIDEO

Apathetic Means is the third official music video from Lowprofile from their album “A Vulgar Display Of Powerchords”. If you missed our interview with them you can check it out here.

Directed by Luke Mason, winner of Interpret Durban 2012’s Best Film Award and filmed by DOP Jimmy Reynolds, Apathetic Means stars Catharine Nolan as a girl on a quest to discover what’s at the other end of the mysterious red cable that was plugged into her VCR, interrupting her planned lazy Sunday in, with transmissions of a band performance in a derelict house that seems to be for an audience of one – herself.

Her journey takes her through a variety of surreal scenes – upmarket businessmen getting pantsula haircuts, suntanning street children, orthodox muslim skateboarding – all seen through a lens with a deep love for the city of Durban.

BON VOYAGE TRAILER TWO

Bon Voyage trailer # 2 featuring Lucas Puig, Sammy Winter, Pete Eldridge, JB Gillet, Flo Mirtain, Charles Collet, Lem Villemin, Javier Mendizabal, Jeremie Daclin, Andrew Brophy, Daniel Espinoza, Joey Brezinski, Adrien Coillard, Max Geronzi and Kevin Bradley.

Filmed and directed by Boris Proust the new video will be dropping in March 2013!

JUSTUS KOTZE DOWN UNDER BLUNDER

Justus Kotze got on a flight to Sydney, Australia on 25 December 2012 over Christmas. He went there for a family Holiday and his Brothers wedding. He took his board with him and hopped from park to park with a camera. He was mostly by himself, making the filming and photography difficult. But he managed to get a bunch of cool photos and video together… Watch this space for the video drop “DOWN UNDER BLUNDER PART 1 & 2”

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FUNNY FRIDAZE

Elijah Berle get interviewed on the Bones Brigade Trivia Show. He gets tested on Stacy Peralta’s second video, Future Primitive and hilarity ensues with the the presenters of the show.




METALLICA + VANS


Vans have recently announced their collaboration with Robert Trujillo, bassist for Metallica. Check out this video as Robert jams with some of the vans time and talks about his collaboraion shoe, skating and playing music.



Cliché BON VOYAGE TRAILER

The new Cliché Bon Voyage video will be dropping in March 2013! Check out the trailer featuring Lucas Puig, Sammy Winter, Pete Eldridge, JB Gillet, Flo Mirtain, Charles Collet, Lem Villemin, Javier Mendizabal, Jeremie Daclin, Andrew Brophy, Daniel Espinoza, Joey Brezinski, Adrien Coillard, Max Geronzi and Kevin Bradley.

Filmed and directed by Boris Prous.

GOPRO VIDEO

Check out Kyle Fredricks skating the Black Box park with a gopro. It a super rad video giving the perspective of what it feels like while skating the park.

WIPE OUT WEDNESDAY

Matt Mumford faces the fury of the park in this weeks Wipe out Wednesday. He talks us through the painful experience of this gnarly wipe out.

ZOO YORK OLD SKOOL

Check out the original Zoo York classic video from 1997 – Mix Tape. It has some fantastic skateboarding and legendary hip hop.
Some of the songs on this tape includes:JVC Force – Strong Island, Ultramagnetic – Poppa Large, Ll Cool J – Doin’ It, Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote, Jeru – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Diamond D – Gather Round, Black Moon – I Got Cha Opin (Remix), ODB – Brooklyn Zoo, Blahzay Blahzay – Danger, Vaughn Mason – Bounce Rock Skate Roll,Ll Cool J – Rock The Bells and Cymande – Bra

RVCA MURAL VIDEO

A couple of weeks ago we shared with you some pictures of the mural that Wesley van Eeden and Paul Senyol created at RVCA’s new factory shop in J-Bay. The video just dropped online and you can check out the process of how they created this one.

FAITH 47 NEW VIDEO

Street artist Faith 47 doesn’t seem to stop. This new video is a little different from her past murals and is animated by Inka Kendzia painted on the corner of Williams and Sussex st, Woodstock in Cape Town.

SKATE AND CREATE: FROM DAWN TIL DUSK

Check it out! The Transworld Skate and Create: From Dawn til Dusk video! If you haven’t seen the Deathwish team you gotta check out this video. Insane footage of the team skating around Venice Beach, China Town, alleyways and the Bakerboys warehouse.

NEW REVOLUTION STORE IN WOODSTOCK!!

It’s with a great sense of excitement that we proudly announce that our all-new Woodstock-based Revolution shop is open for trading.
As some of you might already know, Revolution have been part of the massive revamp and development of the landmark building that is the Woodstock Exchange and as of February 2013 we now have a fantastic new retail space open to the public.

With more of a boutique feel, the shop carries a selection of exclusive, one-off garments, collectable sneakers, fine headwear, and other must-have hardgoods and accessories from a host of international skate lifestyle brands.

Where: Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
When: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
For more information, contact (021) 801 4666

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MONSTER MAYHEM BMX VS SKATE PICTURES

Elouise Atkins took some photos from the Monster Mayhem BMX vs Skate competition that was held at Revolution Skate Park this weekend. Thanks to all the sponsors and people who made the event possible.

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MUSIC MONDAYS

Check out the full live set of Gaslight Anthem at Lollapalooza festival from 2012! We hope this will get you through your Monday morning.

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Its Friday! Check out this geeky gag by legendary skateboard artist Travis Millard and Jim Dirshberger. Travis is well known for doing design work for Volcom, Vans, King Brown as well as doing exhibitions at the legendary Fecal Face Gallery in SF.

Check out Travis Millards amazing artwork over here.

RAINDROPS SKATE VIDEO

Check out this short film by Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper (Lamar+Nik), titled “Raindrops”. The video combines water balloons, HD slow motion footage, and skateboarding. The tricks aren’t the biggest bangers or the most technical, but it is worth a watch. The filming and direction of the video are pretty rad. Here’s to more integration of skateboarding and concept art.

We think it’s pretty cool, but you should watch it for yourself and make up your own mind about it. Maybe it’ll inspire you to go out and film something on your skateboard, and perhaps think about making it that much more interesting and fun, both to film and watch.

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The song in the video is called “Raindrops” too, by Monster Rally & Rumtum. The skateboarders featured are Clint Walker, Jimmy Young, Daniel Yeager, Nick Own, Ely Saavendra, Gage Martin, John Reinke, Scott Sullivan, Taylor Nida, and Colby King.

RVCA DIDRIK GALASSO VIDEO PART

Didrik Galasso is part of RVCA’s European connection, Norway specifically. He recently visited California and was captured on film with a ton of sick footage. This video showcase’s some beautiful skate spots and some interesting lines by this Norwegian.