WILDCARD WEDNESDAY

Wildcard Wednesdays

TODAY ONLY

Get the Enjoi Gang Bang deck in 8.1″ or 8.4″ for only R299,95!
Regular price is R499,95.

How it works:

1. Go here: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product-tag/gang-bang/
2. Choose your desired deck size
3. Add it to your cart
4. Go to your cart.
5. Put in “GANGBANG” where it says ‘Apply Coupon’.

Easy! Get one before they’re gone.

Please note: This special is ONLY available from www.revolutiononline.co.za, not our physical retail stores.

THAT ANALOG FEELING

That Analog Feeling

This Friday Cape Town distro Roastin’ Records are putting on a ‘Vinyl Rock n Roll Party’ called That Analog Feeling.

Venue: Carnival Court, Long Street.

Description: Join the Roastin Records DJ’s while they spin the best rock n roll vinyls in Cape Town. It’s Friday Hawaii Day so wear anything tropical and stand a chance to win.

Damage: R15 at the door.

Time: 20:00 ’till late.

Let’s get loose.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/163867127136294/

EDGEMEAD JAM

Edgemead Jam

Africa Skate in conjunction with Go Skate Cape and Monster Energy are hosting a skate jam on Saturday the 17th of August 2013.

Starts 12pm. Pull in and stand the chance to win some product!

There will be some rad prizes and giveaways from Revolution, Dope Industries, Etnies, Verb Skateboards, Bones Wheels and Monster Energy to keep up rolling all afternoon.

Big up to Woodies Ramps for taking the time and effort into making Edgemead happen.

TATTOO TUESDAYS

The legendary Bowery tattooist Charlie Wagner tattooing an unknown woman. Credit: Don and Newly Preziosi Collection

Margot Mifflin recently wrote a book called Bodies of Subversion; A Secret History of Women and Tattoo. These are some of our favourite images.

Those who would shame women with tattoos often utter things like: How are those things going to look when you’re old and wrinkled? On the basis of the photographs of older women with tattoos in this book, I’d say they hold up pretty well. In fact, I’d say they look sort of awesome.

Betty Broadbent, in the 1920s. Credit: Circus World Museum, Baraboo, Wisconsin

Cindy Ray, in 1962. Credit: Randy Johnson

The tattooist Irene “Bobbie” Libarry, in 1976. Credit: Imogen Cunningham Trust

Tattoo by Saira Hunjan

For most of history, tattooing has been a male preoccupation, either a one-fingered salute or an exercise in swagger. Think of Popeye and his twin anchors. Ms. Mifflin had the good idea to examine tattooing in the Western world from a female perspective. Her relatively slim book doesn’t provide a truly wide-angle view, but the insights she brings are insinuating and complex.

If you would like to read about the book, click here.

WALL THERAPY 2013

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com

Some more updates from DALeast who is currently at Wall Therapy 2013 in Rochester, New York, alongside Faith47 and Freddy Sam.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com

More about Wall Therapy:

WALLTHERAPY [wawl.ther-uh-pee]-noun- a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Images heal cities.
Dr. Ian Wilson wanted to give back to Rochester, the city that has given him so much. In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALLTHERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration. During this week-long festival, 11 street artists (“therapists”) from across the globe painted (“rehabilitated”) 16 walls, healing the city with new life and energy. The intervention beautified our urban landscape, ignited a community dialogue and inspired Rochesterians to view the Image City, a moniker originally attributed to Kodak, in a proud, new way.

Images save lives.
While WALLTHERAPY heals cities through art, its sister initiative, IMPACT! (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), does its healing by setting up diagnostic imaging sites in developing countries. The connection between art and the medical philanthropy is imagery. Street murals enhance life. Medical X-ray imagery preserves it. Both entities are housed under the Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in New York State. The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals.

The walls are our vehicle for inspiring and rehabilitating our community. We are intervening visually to address a fundamental collective need of our citizenry, the need for inspiration. In addition and quite literally, the walls on which our “therapists” will paint are being resurfaced and rehabilitated…given new life and energy.

Our inaugural project which took place during July 2011 was entitled “Visual Intervention.” Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALLTHERAPY… the second movement of Visual Intervention”

http://wall-therapy.com/

VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL 2013 FINALS VIDEO

If you thought the Qualifiers was good, then you’re in for a treat with the Finals. The level of skateboarding is mind blowing. Just watch it as see what we mean.

Final results:
1. Ben Hatchell
2. Greyson Fletcher
3. Raven Tershy

WEEKLY SPECIAL

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Revolution Online is running a new special, which will change every week.

This week only, get any of these items for a super low sale price. Special ends tonight!

See all of them HERE, or click on an item below to view it on the site.

Brixton “Carby” Beanie
Brixton “Duncan” Beanie

Brixton “Memphis” Button Up Shirt

Brixton “Mod” Hood

Brixton “Partisan” Sweatshirt

Globe “Nullarbor” Shoes

Globe “TB” Shoes

WeSC “59Fifty” Baseball Cap

WeSC “On Field” Snapback

THE DOORS X DUSTERS RELEASE

Dwindle Headquarters in El Segundo. Photo: Colin Clark

Last week saw the launch party for the Dusters x The Doors collaboration boards. Doors guitarist Robby Krieger joined the party at Dwindle HQ to celebrate the Dusters collaboration with this iconic band. Here are some photos from the launch.

Fun to get a peak at the Dusters Skateboards collection. Photo: Colin Clark

It’s not a skate event without rippers on the ramp. Photo: Colin Clark

Testing out the new Doors cruiser board. Photo: Colin Clark

Bill Weiss gets his moment with the man of the hour, Robby Krieger. Photo: Colin Clark

A lot of cool new products. Photo: Colin Clark

Close up of the awesome designs. Photo: Colin Clark

Photo: Colin Clark

Wall of fame. Photo: Colin Clark

Photo: Colin Clark

Photo: Colin Clark

Roger Bagley from Skateboarder Magazine is stoked on his signed deck. Photo: Colin Clark

Revolution will have these in stores soon!

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING GAME OF SKATE

Area3 Gonz Game of Skate

The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.

Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) were the first riders on the list, then Gavin Scott and Ofentse, and now Sechaba (Bakersman) and Bergen Nielson have also made the finals on the 4th of August.

The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.

Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July (Gavin Scott and Ofentse advanced)
Round 3 – 28th July (Sechaba Bakersman and Bergen Nielson advanced)
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August

R4000 for 1st place!

EVERYBODY STREET TRAILER

The upcoming documentary, Everybody Street, looks really cool. It is a collection of interviews and photos from some of the world’s most famous street photographers. Some are inspiring and interesting, others are dark and depressing. But all of them are real life. Featuring photographers like Jill Freedman, Bruce Gilden, Mary Ellen Mark, Jeff Mermelstein, Clayton Patterson, Ricky Powell, Martha Cooper and more.

Everybody Street “pays tribute to the spirit of street photography through a cinematic exploration of New York City, and captures the visceral rush, singular perseverance and at times immediate danger customary to these artists.”

Warning; Some of the images in the video probably aren’t suitable for sensitive viewers.

WALL THERAPY 2013

Freddy SamFreddy Sam. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com.

Some more updates from Freddy Sam, DALeast and Faith47 at Wall Therapy 2013 in Rochester, New York.

Freddy SamFreddy Sam. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com.

Faith47Faith47. Photo courtesy of theflopbox.com.

Faith47Faith47. Photo courtesy of Lisa Barker.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of Josh Saunders.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

DALeastDALeast. Photo courtesy of Wall Therapy.

More about Wall Therapy:

WALLTHERAPY [wawl.ther-uh-pee]-noun- a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Images heal cities.
Dr. Ian Wilson wanted to give back to Rochester, the city that has given him so much. In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALLTHERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration. During this week-long festival, 11 street artists (“therapists”) from across the globe painted (“rehabilitated”) 16 walls, healing the city with new life and energy. The intervention beautified our urban landscape, ignited a community dialogue and inspired Rochesterians to view the Image City, a moniker originally attributed to Kodak, in a proud, new way.

Images save lives.
While WALLTHERAPY heals cities through art, its sister initiative, IMPACT! (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), does its healing by setting up diagnostic imaging sites in developing countries. The connection between art and the medical philanthropy is imagery. Street murals enhance life. Medical X-ray imagery preserves it. Both entities are housed under the Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in New York State. The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals.

The walls are our vehicle for inspiring and rehabilitating our community. We are intervening visually to address a fundamental collective need of our citizenry, the need for inspiration. In addition and quite literally, the walls on which our “therapists” will paint are being resurfaced and rehabilitated…given new life and energy.

Our inaugural project which took place during July 2011 was entitled “Visual Intervention.” Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALLTHERAPY… the second movement of Visual Intervention”

http://wall-therapy.com/

VAN DOREN INVITATIONAL 2013 QUALIFIERS

Check out the qualifiers video from the Vans US Open in Huntington Beach, California. That bowl, especially the section hand painted by Mike Giant, looks incredible. Semi Finals and Finals coming soon. This is probably some of the smoothest transition skating we’ve ever seen.

Final Results:

1. Ben Hatchell – $25,000
2. Greyson Fletcher – $15,000
3. Raven Tershy 10 – $10,000
4. Tony Trujillo
5. Ben Raybourne
6. Curren Caples
7. Aaron “Jaws” Hamoki
8. Kevin Kowalski
9. Brad McClain
10. Chris Gregson
11. Charlie Blair
12. Ronnie Sandoval

vansusopenofsurfing.com

MUSIC MONDAYS

BLKKK440

Kanye West’s new music video is amazing. The dude himself might get a lot of flack from some people, but he is on the ball with creativity in his projects. The new video “Black Skinhead” was directed by Nick Knight, and is interactive. What does that mean? Well, you have the power to slow the song down and slow down the motion while the song plays.

Click the image above or HERE to watch the video. Go wild.

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Cyanide and Happiness

World War Z has just come out. Anyone seen it yet? Also, Cyanide and Happiness are awesome.

WALL THERAPY 2013

Faith 47 Wall Therapy 2013 Photo by Jason WilderFaith 47’s Progress. Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Wall Therapy 2013 has kicked off, and our very own Faith47, Freddy Sam and DALeast are owning it there. Here are some updates from DALeast and Freddy Sam. Hopefully there will be some updates from Faith47 soon as well.

Freddy Sam’s Progress:

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of Jason Wilder.

Freddy Sam Wall Therapy 2013Photo courtesy of blog.vandalog.com

DALeast’s Progress:

DALeast Wall Therapy 2013 Photo courtesy of www.theflopbox.com

DALeast Wall Therapy 2013 Photo courtesy of www.theflopbox.com

More about Wall Therapy:

WALLTHERAPY [wawl.ther-uh-pee]-noun- a public community-level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration.

Images heal cities.
Dr. Ian Wilson wanted to give back to Rochester, the city that has given him so much. In 2012, the manifestation of that thank you became WALLTHERAPY, a community level intervention using mural art as a vehicle to address our collective need for inspiration. During this week-long festival, 11 street artists (“therapists”) from across the globe painted (“rehabilitated”) 16 walls, healing the city with new life and energy. The intervention beautified our urban landscape, ignited a community dialogue and inspired Rochesterians to view the Image City, a moniker originally attributed to Kodak, in a proud, new way.

Images save lives.
While WALLTHERAPY heals cities through art, its sister initiative, IMPACT! (IMProving Access to Care by Teleradiology), does its healing by setting up diagnostic imaging sites in developing countries. The connection between art and the medical philanthropy is imagery. Street murals enhance life. Medical X-ray imagery preserves it. Both entities are housed under the Synthesis Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) public charity incorporated in New York State. The organization raises funds to set up teleradiology services within these developing communities and grow a network of volunteer radiologists around the world. These doctors use cloud computing to access images, interpret them and recommend treatment. As a result, afflictions that are commonly misdiagnosed, or missed entirely, are properly diagnosed, saving countless lives. Artists travel to these communities as well, improving life with inspirational murals.

The walls are our vehicle for inspiring and rehabilitating our community. We are intervening visually to address a fundamental collective need of our citizenry, the need for inspiration. In addition and quite literally, the walls on which our “therapists” will paint are being resurfaced and rehabilitated…given new life and energy.

Our inaugural project which took place during July 2011 was entitled “Visual Intervention.” Therefore, this year’s project will officially be known as “WALLTHERAPY… the second movement of Visual Intervention”

http://wall-therapy.com/

LAMB OF GOD IN SOUTH AFRICA JANUARY 2014

Lamb Of God

Friday 24 January: The Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville

Saturday 25 January: The Expo Centre (Hall 8) NASREC, Johannesburg

Heavy Metal supporters in South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans Lamb Of God was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the bands tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year. In fulfilling an old promise, Lamb Of God are finally on the road and catching up on a major back log of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the bands cram-packed touring schedule for early 2014.

“With only two dates available, we’ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,” said Dawid Fourie of RAM Touring, “and we’re expecting that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centres.”

Lamb Of God, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris’s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.

Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by Mapex Drums, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used ‘heel-toe’ technique. Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by Jackson Guitars with his ‘Dominion’ signature model being highly sought after.

The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album ‘Sacrament’ receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone. Lamb Of God is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call “The New Wave of American Heavy metal”. What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD’s containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.

Lamb Of God will melt faces on Friday 24 January in Cape Town, and Saturday 25 January in Johannesburg. Tickets via www.computicket.co.za, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.

Regretfully, no u16’s will be allowed, and u18’s will only be admissible if accompanied by adult (21+) supervision and their ID documents.

The opening acts for both shows are: Mind Assault & The Drift.

Lamb of God Social Media:
twitter: www.twitter.com/Lambofgodband
facebook: www.facebook.com/lambofgod

RAMtouring Social Media:
facebook: www.facebook.com/RAMTouringSA
website: www.ramtouring.co.za
twitter: @RAMtouring

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA FULL LENGTH DOCUMENTARY

If you’ve been following the ‘Skateboarding In India’ videos, you’ll know about the work that Levi’s Skateboarding is doing in India with 2er and Holystoked. Enjoy the full documentary!

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.

BUCK TOUR 2013 VIDEO

Fresh new video from Buck Tour 2013, Skatelab, George. Enjoy.

Skaters in order of appearance:

Khule Ngubane
Justus Kotze
Byron Rhoda
Uri Rubin
Juan Smit
Jason Osborn
Christopher Walters
Ryan Naidoo
Shuaib Philander
Alan Marola
Stefan Jacobs
Reinart de Villiers
Storm Reyneke
Andrew Nero
Anton Roux

Filmed and edited by: Andrew van der Walt

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Skateboarding has gone through it’s trends of trickery. Enjoy “Grosso’s Loveletters to Skateboarding – Trends’ in today’s Throwback Thursdays.

Roast beef, crail, late shuvit, saran wrap, hippy jump, etc… In this episode, Grosso discusses some of the highs and lows of the “trends in skateboard trickery”.

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA EPISODE 3

Enjoy the final episode of ‘Skateboarding in India’ from Levi’s Skateboarding.

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.

THE EDITIONS SHOW OPENING PHOTOS

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We went to the opening of The Editions Show at the Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town, last night. These are some snapshots from the opening, but they really don’t do the exhibition justice. You actually need to go there and look at the artworks yourself to fully appreciate just how good they are. We were blown away by the skill and quality of most of the work, and would highly recommend that, if you’re in Cape Town, you get your butt down there and spend some time there browsing the art. The exhibition is open until the 24th of August.

Featured artists:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/258235247635079/

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WIPEOUT WEDNESDAYS

The most recent clip from Fail Army is a good one. It’s not too long, and is actually filled with some super funny, and some super heavy bails. Our personal favourite is the one at 1:05. Enjoy.

#WHILEYOUWEREHUSTLING EXHIBITION

#whileyouwerehustling is an exhibition by Bryan Little and Conn Bertish. These are some photos by Lúcia Pinto of the opening night.

Exploring themes of evolution, gentrification, obsessive quests, misfits and outsiders. A process orientated body of work that seeks to unravel notions of progress. Where do we take our guidance from, and where are we going?

The exhibition opened on Thursday 18 July, and is currently showing at /A WORD OF ART gallery in the Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town.

To find out more, visit the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/171696109675503/

WILDCARD WEDNESDAY

Wildcard Wednesday

TODAY ONLY

Get your hands on the most technically advanced skateboard deck in the world, the Almost Uber Light, for R599,95! Regular price is R1199,95. Only 3 available for today’s special. The Almost Uber Light was developed by Rodney Mullen, and they are limited to 500 worldwide. This is a steal.

How it works:

1. Go here: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product/almost-uber-light/
2. Choose your size i.e. 7.75″ or 8.0″
3. Add it to your cart
4. Go to your cart.
5. Put in “uberlight” where it says ‘Apply Coupon’.

Easy! Get one before they’re gone.

Please note: This special is ONLY available from www.revolutiononline.co.za, not our physical retail stores.

TATTOO TUESDAYS

Hand-poked Tattoo By Irish James

For today’s Tattoo Tuesdays, we feature Irish James, a tattooer from Sins of Style in Cape Town. Whilst competent creating regular, electric pieces, he specializes in “hand-poked” tattoos. When asked how they differ from traditional tattoos done with a machine, he says “It’s the uniqueness of each piece for sure. Well, every tattoo whether it be electric or hand-poked is unique, but it’s the rudimentary, homespun finish of the hand-poked tattoo that gives each piece so much personality. There’s definitely something captivating about that tell-tale stippled finish. It might not be for everyone, but hey, sooner regret the things you haven’t done in life rather than those you have.

Far from the “prison” tattoo stereotype, Irish James’ hand-poked tattoos are mind-blowingly neat and are certainly richly finished. This is some of his most recent work.

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Hand poked tattoo by Irish James

Sins of Style is Tyler B. Murphy, Lee Herbert, Warren Petersen and Irish James, and is located at 22 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town.

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING GAME OF SKATE

Area3 Gonz Game of Skate

The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.

Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) were the first riders on the list, and now Gavin Scott and Ofentse have also made the finals on the 4th of August.

The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.

Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July (Gavin Scott and Ofentse advanced)
Round 3 – 28th July
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August

R4000 for 1st place!

ALL IN A DAYS WORK VIDEO

Justus and Grant went on a day mission and made this rad little edit for KFD Skateboards. Enjoy!

Rider: Justus Kotze
Filmer: Grant Mclachlan

OFF THE WALL SPECIAL

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Revolution Online is running a new special, starting today and ending 24 July. Last chance today!

Get a pair of Vans “Van Doren” Authentics in Parrot/Light Blue or Leopard/Black for only R399,95.

How it works:

1. Go here: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product-tag/off-the-wall/
2. Choose one or a few pairs of Vans “Van Doren” Authentics.
3. Go to your Cart.
4. Put the code “OFFTHEWALL” into the field where it says “Apply Coupon”.

Simple!

Note: This special only applies to Revolution Online, not any of our stores.

LEON BESTER INTERVIEW

Leon Bester

Leon Bester is one of the nicest guys you might ever meet. A local Cape Town boy, Leon has been active in skateboarding, art, photography and videography for a while now, and owns at both. Find out more about the man behind the wayfarers. We introduce you to Leon Bester…

Take us through a day in the life of Leon Bester.

Alarm goes off, snooze button, snooze button, snooze button. This goes on for quit a while. Then I’ll start my day with a nice cup of tea, check on my plants and water them. Next I’ll jump into some denims and depending on the weather I’ll cycle down to the Woodstock Exchange to take care of business. If I leave before sunset I’ll go for a little skate, maybe a cheeky beer after. Then it’s dinner time and chill time.

Who/what inspires/influences you to do art?

There are endless things that will inspire me or spark a new thought or idea. I love to gather inspiration from all over and from many different things, situations and artists.

What sparked your interest in screen printing?

When I started my course in Graphic Design at Cape Tech, I was always fascinated in printmaking and I knew screen printing was part of our course, but only from second year. After my first year they pretty much scratched screen printing from our course, so when the time came to go and do an internship, I decided to intern at ilovescreenprinting. After the two week internship I was hooked on this new skill I’ve learned. I pretty much built a DIY set-up and bought a few screens and just carried on printing. For the whole of 2012 I ran my own screen printing studio in the northern suburbs. I mostly printed t-shirts, but my favourite is to print onto wood. I don’t print as much anymore, but it’s always fun to go mess around in the studio and make some t-shirts or print some artwork, get covered in paint, etc.

Leon BesterKlick Klak Exhibition Photos. Screen print on wood.

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?

I am really amped on all of the adidas projects I have been involved with. The most recent being the PE (Port Elizabeth) skate trip and the Gonz Exhibition. Always good fun and interesting trips. Another one stands out; about 2 months ago, Toby from ‘Hello Again’ in long street asked myself and Inus Smuts to do some t-shirt designs for his shop. I did a photo series on well known streets and landmarks of Cape Town, but from a first person view on a bicycle. I pretty much looked like crazy tourist cycling in the middle of the streets through town with my camera dangling from my neck while shooting the photos, haha. But I am really happy with the way it came out in the end. Risked my life a few times to get those shots, haha.

What are you listening to right now?

Yeasayer, Tame Impala, Neil Young, Future Island and some Witch.

What is this ‘Streets’ gang you’re part of? Does your Mom know about it?

Hahaha! Streets is pretty much a bunch of homies that love to skate, travel, braai, hang out, smash some beers and cause all sorts of shit together. Yeah, we are a diverse group of people that just started skating together in the school years and we still skate, hang out and make missions together as much as we can.

streets-design-clock-screen-printed‘Streets’ design clock. Screen printed.

You were a videographer on the recent adidas skateboarding trip to PE. Care to share any stories from the trip?

There are so many good stories from that trip. Like when we had to saw off this piece of railing to make a handrail skateable. Or Jansen swinging and smashing everything in his way with the one golf club we had with us. Khulu falling over into the bath tub. Pieter giving Jansen a tomato relish shower. Yann shredding that bowl by the park. I can go on and on. There are so many.

Where are you at in skateboarding at the moment? Are you still pushing as hard as you always were?

At the moment I am just enjoying skateboarding for what it is to me. Sometimes I would just hang out with everybody and have a mellow session. Then other times I would find myself jumping or grinding stuff I would never even have looked at before.

Leon Bester Smith Grind Bowl. Photo by Wayne ReicheLeon smith grinds a bowl. Photo by Wayne Reiche.

What are your favorite things about South Africa?

Definitely all the amazing destinations to travel to and all them characters you meet along the way.

Shout outs?

My family for supporting and helping me out since forever. All of my friends for being unique characters. The streets homies, everybody I skate with, people I make art with, Inus Smuts for the daily entertainment, adidas, revolution, the woodstock studio mates and friends, the Pit, everybody that has helped me out on my travels… so many people to thank. All of you play a unique role, so thanks.

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CPH PRO 2013 FINALS & BEST TRICK

Congrats to Shane O’Neill for winning the CPH Pro 2013. Looked like it was a super fun event, together with mind blowing skateboarding.

Final Results:

1. Shane O’Neill
2. Luan Oliveira
3. Sean Malto
4. Evan Smith

Death Race:
Taylor Bingaman

Best Trick:
Diego Fiorese

3 SPOTS WITH ANDREW BROPHY

Melbournians celebrated the return of Andrew Brophy earlier this year. Andrew and his family came back to the city after a four-year hiatus. After prolonged stints in Noosa and LA he has blended right back in seamlessly. Well, as seamlessly as one can blend when one stands out a mile off due to one’s mastery of gravity. We were honoured when Brophy eagerly took to the Three Spots mission in the midst of winter. With the help of Leigh Bolton and James James, Andrew was documented hitting up the raw-mixed shapes of Rezy, the new St Kilda Road ledges and his old local Prahran Skatepark. For a guy who his well known for his levitating techniques, it is nice to be reminded just how stylish he is on the board. It is with great pleasure that we present one of the world’s finest, power snappin’ skate rats: Andrew Brophy and his choice of Three Spots.

REVOLUTION TRICK TIPS

Revolution and Verb team rider Marcel Maassen shows us how to bust out backside heelflips.

Filmed and edited by Zac Kruyer.

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Ever wondered which 99 problems Jay-Z is talking about in his song “99 Problems”? Well, illustrator Ali Graham did. He started a blog called ’99 Problems’, where he posts a problem a day. Not only are they pretty funny, but the illustrations are beautiful as well. These are some of our favourites.

PSYCH NIGHT ‘SPIRIT MEDICINE’

In celebration of Psych Night turning 1 years old, they invite you to join them to celebrate.

Bands playing:

The Very Wicked
Holiday Murray
Bilderberg Motel + Sannie Fox
Black Fins (Black Lung + The Dollfins)
Heroine
Psych Night vs. Wild Eastern Arches (DJ)

Visuals by Roundabout Films.

Saturday, 3 August
The Assembly
R40 before 10, R50 after.

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DJ sets:
The Doors / Night Beats / The Black Angels / Tame Impala / BRMC / Shapes have Fangs / UFO Club / Goat / Pond / Jimi Hendrix / Cosmonauts / Spacemen 3 / BJM / Allah Las / Underground Youth / Meek / Dead Skeletons / Place to Bury Strangers / Ty Segall / Clinic / Bass Drum of Death / Psychic Ills / Golden Animals / Elephant Stone / Deerhunter etc.

Link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/611635668868464/

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING GAME OF SKATE

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The adidas skateboarding Game of Skate is happening at Area 3, Johannesburg.

Revolution team riders Anthony de Demendonca (also Cliché and Supra), and Adam Woolf (also Verb) are the first riders on the list.

The list will be updated every week and the games take place every Sunday.

Round 1 – 14th July (Anthony and Adam advanced)
Round 2 – 21st July
Round 3 – 28th July
Round 4 and Finals – 4th August

R4000 1st place!

DUSTERS CALIFORNIA INTERVIEW

Dusters California is (from left to right) Eric Sentianin (product and R&D) Nano Nobrega (Creative Director) and Steve Douglas.

To see what Dusters cruisers and longboards we have in stock, click here.

In a day and age when just about every brand has added longboards and/or cruisers to its catalog, it can be hard to stand out from the pack. For every new line, there comes a littany of shadow products that would make Xerox proud. But Dwindle Distribution’s brand of heritage cruisers, Dusters California, is bringing a fresh look and vibe to the table. Taking its name from the legendary ‘70s muscle car, the Plymouth Duster, skate legend and Dwindle’s Don of Business Development Steve Douglas sums up the brand in five words: “skateboarding, California, heritage, lifestyle, and fun.”

“I grew up in pools and ramps and was fortunate to turn pro back in the late ‘80s,” Douglas says. “During that time I had to progress doing some tricks that were not fun, but it was about getting that sequence for that ad. What I like about our Dusters program is it gets me back to the roots of why I fell in love with skating in the first place—fun. Just pushing, turning, grinding, and going fast.”

When talking with the Dusters team of Douglas, Eric Sentianin, and Nano Nobrega; the recurring theme is fun. Inclusive fun in a time when the pool of active skaters is shrinking. We caught up with the trio to learn more about Dusters and how they’re seeking to stand apart.

What sets these apart in the ballooning crop of cruisers?

Dusters is built by a core skate team that understands, in and out, the functionality of these boards with more than 25 years of experience in the industry. Throughout all these years of skateboarding and manufacturing we learned the importance of the fit and finishes of a skateboard and you can see that by analyzing every single details on Dusters boards. Besides the core functionality, meticulous fit and finishes and the incredible price point compared to our competitors, Dusters California brings to all our riders out there the true heritage and lifestyle of skateboarding by portraying in its art direction, the same vintage looks and vibes as the beginning stages of skateboarding in Venice Beach, California, back in late ’60s and ’70s.

So you guys are building these in house, Where’s your factory?

We design Dusters in El Segundo, California and manufacture in our overseas factory. You can get a real sense of the factory and how we manufacture skateboards from this video that we produced shortly after the factory was completed.

How does building your own boards help from a cost, delivery, and quality standpoint? What can you do to detail these that OEM’ers can’t?

The main advantage of manufacturing our own boards is the ability to control the quality at every step. Not just from the point at pressing veneers, but from the arrival of the logs. Wood is an organic material and needs to be stored in very specific temperature and humidity controlled environments. By eliminating a middle man in the supply chain we have the ability to offer competitive prices at a higher quality and higher margin. This higher quality comes in terms of material choices, cosmetic treatments, and finishes.

Who is your target consumer for Dusters?

Skateboarders. It’s a short answer… But we make great product for people who want to skate, whether it’s to bomb a hill of simply cruise to the corner store. The line has a wide variety of boards to fit everyone’s needs from short board that fit in a school locker to medium size ripable cruisers to longboards, drop-throughs and drop downs. The product offering was developed to cater to every level of skater.

I’m stoked to see you guys are focusing on the ladies. I’ve been surprised that more skate companies aren’t making an effort there with cruisers and longboards. Do you see this as a strong spot for growth?

Most definitely! Women have always been part of the industry in and out of the skate parks and Dusters is just making sure they share the same spotlight as men do!

The fact that this is sort of an unexplored market in skateboarding, it opens up huge doors increasing the amount of skaters, followers and fans. That increase in the demand will just benefit the industry as a whole and will most likely make skate parks look a lot better with beautiful ladies skating instead of solely a bunch of sweaty guys!

Why did you decide to partner with GRO and how do you see this getting more girls on board?

We are always looking out for ways to help skateboarding grow bigger and more accessible, and with the latest collaboration Dusters did with old school pro rider Cindy Whitehead, we figure we could aim straight to the ladies. So we looked for all sorts of nonprofit organizations that are somehow helping women and their rights and we found GRO, a nonprofit that works to inspire, educate and support girls through action sports. It couldn’t be a better fit for this colab.

Tell us a little about the vibe and construction of this line.

Dusters’ focus is on creating great looking product using premium components at a fair price. We can do this by having our own factory and cutting out cost and passing on the savings to them.

It’s really about the finishing details of the board; using wood branding for the Dusters logo, incorporating v-ply veneers into the construction, or using unconventional wood inlays. The graphics are 70s retro inspired infusing the beach and surf lifestyle. While the artwork and feel of the brand is throwback, the constructions and shapes of the Dusters line remain authentic as well as progressive, especially when it comes to the drop-through and drop-down constructions. These types of longboards are made for bombing down hills.

The completes feature ABEC-7 bearings with Slant trucks or Slant Inverted trucks. The slant inverted trucks are reversible. They can be used in either a 50-degree or a 54-degree configuration to adjust your turning radius depending on wheel base or preferred turning geometry .

What trucks and wheels are you using on these and what do price points for completes look like?

We use our proprietary truck brand Slant. Slant have developed a unique Reversible truck with a special hanger that offers 2 angles for different riding styles. We will be re-introducing Kryptonics wheels (the original ‘Star Trac’ styles) on some models stating in Fall which we are really excited about I rode these wheel in the 70’s and they were a game changer, currently we use our own Dusters formula urethane. We use Dusters Abec 7 Ultimate Cruising High Performance bearing for all our Dusters models. Our compact cruisers (Ace) start retailing at $100, with most of our best-selling cruisers (Keen, Cazh, Flashback & Kosher) retailing around $110 – $120. We have great price points for our longboards, Demo & Summer models starting at $130 with our premium longboards retailing between $160 and $230 for our top end models. One comment we repeatedly hear is how great our build quality, fit & finish is compared to some other brands, it really helps when you have your own factory. We live eat and breath skateboarding and our Customers notice and appreciate all the extra details.

We’re digging the Hendrix and Doors models. How difficult was it to set partner with those guys from a rights standpoint?

Definitely working through lawyers to get all the contractual items can be a lot of back and forth, however once the legalese was behind us I would have to say it’s been great working with these groups. They have both been excited about the opportunity and our ability to really work with their assets in different ways to make some really great looking boards! Going into this I’m not sure they really understood what we are capable of producing now days as they were pretty excited when we were able to show them samples. I must also say that the Doors management have been especially open and proactive in supporting the marketing efforts to promote this product.

Any concerns on eroding Dwindle’s brand equity with core street skaters by adding the Dusters brand?

If we had started Dusters in the dark days of 1992 I would say yes, but today not at all, most brands have cruisers and long boards so a brand focusing on that can live right beside a core brand, at the end of the day its about having a healthy diverse business that focuses on Skateboarding. In a recent retail run to core skate stores on the east coast—95% of all shops I went to had longboards and cruisers. That’s great, we need healthy skate shops.

What’s your take on the cruiser market? You think it’s a fad or here to stay?

I think it’s healthy for everyone, its definitely not a fad, people love skateboarding for what it is—fun. Some people just like to roll and others like to learn tricks and others just like to go fast etc. What is so great about skateboarding today is that whatever you are into as far as skateboarding its all going on at the same time. From downhill, to slalom to street skating, to the mega ramp, and everything in between—people love to roll. I believe the act of skateboarding is the healthiest it has ever been.

How have orders been on these and what types of shops are they mostly going in?

Our Dusters sales have continued to grow rapidly, and are now one of our top brands at Dwindle. Our Jimi Hendrix and The Doors collabs that are being released now have helped open people’s eyes to the brand. We have also expanded our longboard range as this is where we see most of the current demand. Dusters is carried by our core customers – the ones that are open to cruiser/longboard sales. We also do very well with Zumiez, CCS, and Vans stores and we are opening up new stores all the time. The shops that have Dusters in stock are selling them well above class average so we know when they get on the shelves, in our dusters rack, that they sell and sell well.

Best session you’ve had on a Duster: (answered by Steve Douglas) I grew up in pools & ramps and was fortunate to turn pro back in the late 80’s, during that time I had to progress my skating doing some tricks that were not fun but it was about progressing and getting that sequence for that add. What I like about our Dusters program is gets me back to the roots of why I fell in love skating in the first place in the70’s, FUN. Just pushing, turning, grinding and going fast, so my best session is every session I step on my board.

To view the Summer / Fall line of Dusters cruisers and longboards, click here.

Dusters California Interview courtesy of Transworld Business.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Nelson Mandela’s speech after being elected as the first president of the free South Africa.

Happy Birthday Madiba. Have a good one.

WIPEOUT WEDNESDAYS WINNER

The Revolution Wipeout Wednesdays competition is over!

Congratulations to Zac Kruyer for winning a deck from KFD Skateboards!
You will be hearing from us about your deck soon.

Zac sent us this clip of his buddy Benjamin sacking himself and then doing a scorpion at Salesians in Cape Town, and we thought the video was just too good not to win.

THE EDITIONS SHOW

The Editions Show

A Group exhibition presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town

Wednesday 24 July – Saturday 24 August 2013

An eclectic collection of Editions & Multiples, including Digital print, Etching, Laser-engraving, Sculpture, Screen-print, Photography and more by emerging artists from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Expect to see a rich variety of affordable accessible artwork. The exhibition will open on Wednesday the 24th of July at 18h30.

Featured Artists Include:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.

The exhibition will conclude on Saturday the 24th of August at 2pm.

Bruce Mackay Safe HarbourBruce Mackay. ‘Safe Harbour’. Archival Print. Edition of 100. 420 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Louis Minnaar Visione Uit Die Buitenste RuimLouis Minnaar. ‘Visioene uit die buitenste ruim’. Archival Print. Ed of 3. 420 x 594mm. (Unframed).

Caroline Mackintosh Golden HourCaroline Mackinstosh. ‘Golden Hour’. Archival print on Hahnemule paper. Edition of 5. 350mm diameter. (Unframed).

Ulrich Knoblauch UntitledUlrich Knoblauch. ‘Untitled’. Archival print on acid-free paper. Edition of 12 + 2AP. 820 x 1200mm. (Unframed).

Galia Gluckman Ella 2013 Series 2 CircleGalia Gluckman. ‘Ella‘ (2013) series 2 (circle). Variable Edition. 815 x 815mm. (Unframed).

Neill Wright ScrapmenseNeill Wright. ‘Scrapmense’. 37 x 25 x 25cm. Bronze, duco, and polyacrothane. Edition of 6 + 1 AP.

Jop Kunneke Balancing ActJop Kunneke. ‘Balancing Act’. Bronze cast – limited edition of 15. 500 x 200 x 120mm.  

Gerhard Human The Last Days of Billy the KidGerhard Human. ‘Last days of Billy the Kid’. Archival Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Edition of 30.
297 x 580mm. (Unframed).

Andrew Sutherland BoatAndrew Sutherland. ‘Boat’. Giclee print on Epson smooth fine art paper. Edition of 10. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed)

Mieke van der Merwe Camera NostalgiaMieke van der Merwe. ‘Camera Nostalgia’. Archival Print. Edition of 12. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Link to the Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/events/258235247635079/

Gallery Details:
Venue: Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town.
EXHIBITION OPENING Date and Time: Wednesday 24 July at 18h30.
Contact Person: Monique, Curator & Gallery Director to Salon91.
Website: www.salon91.co.za
Email: info@salon91.co.za
Contact Number: 082 679 3906 or 021 424 6930
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri: 10am – 6pm. Sat: 10am – 2pm. Sun; Mon: Closed.

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WIPEOUT WEDNESDAYS & WIN

Scorpions are the worst.

LAST CHANCE to get your bail videos in to stand the chance of winning a deck from KFD skateboards.

Upload a video of your bail video to YouTube and/or Vimeo, and send us the link (to the Revolution Facebook inbox).

Best video wins a deck from KFD Skateboards.

Winner will be announced tomorrow.

PAUL RODRIGUEZ STREET LEAGUE WINNER

For those who don’t know, Paul Rodriguez won Street League. Watch the video to see an interview with him, and footage of how he managed to grab the win against Chris Cole. Incredible skateboarding.

THE REVENGE OF THE BEASTS SHORT FILM

The Revenge of the Beasts short film by Sebastian Linda. It’s nice to see a short film made where the subjects in the film can actually skate, and the videographer understands skateboarding. Enjoy.

When I was a kid I saw a skater jumping for the first time, I believed it was magic that made him fly. I realized that this has been a childish fantasy. But this year we decided to bring back my dream.

No tripods or dollies used. Just a skateboard, car, and body movement. Filmed on the weekend of the 29 and 30th June 2013.

WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS

Wildcard Wednesdays

TODAY ONLY

Get R200 off when you order a Darkstar deck and wheels combo.

How it works:

1. Click HERE to see the shoes on Revolution Online.
2. Select a deck and a set of wheels.
3. Go to your cart.
4. Put the code “DSCOMBO” into the field where it says “Apply Coupon”.

Special ends tonight!

Only available from www.revolutiononline.co.za.

GIRL SKATEBOARDS X ED BANGER VIDEO

Girl Skateboards x Ed Banger Records brings you Sean Malto, a French Fred Remix.

In honor of Ed Banger Records turning 10 and Girl Skateboards turning 20, French Fred Remixed Sean Malto’s Pretty Sweet part to Justice’s “Brian Vision MMXIII” & Mr Oizo’s “Secam” available on Ed Banger Records.

SKATE FARM PARK JAM 2013

Photos from the first SkateFarm event.

Results for Advanced division
1st – Kyle
2nd – Nathaniel
3rd – Tao

Results for Beginner division
1st – Nathan
2nd – Tyler
3rd – Kevin

TATTOO TUESDAYS

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Bangkok Photographer Cedric Arnold, recently did a series called “Sacred Ink”. Enjoy the photos.

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A body, used as a canvas, every inch of skin filled with sacred text and figures of mythical creatures, all forming a protective shield. A boxer, a monk, a construction worker, a police man, a soldier, a taxi driver, a shipyard worker, a shaman, a tattoo master; men, women and their inked protection from evil spirits and bad luck. Enter the world of Thailand’s spiritual “yantra” tattoo tradition.

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For centuries, Thai men have covered their bodies with protective tattoos. Old temple murals show epic scenes of swords breaking apart when hitting a tattooed soldier’s skin. The tradition has been handed down generations of both monks and laymen who create the tattoos and empower them with special prayers.

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The ink (believed to be a secret combination of Chinese ink, snake venom, potent herbs, and ash) is applied with repeated fast jabs of the needle, which is about 40cm long ad has a tip resembling that of a fountain pen.

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AMSTERDAMN AM FINALS

Whoa. The level of skateboarding at the Amsterdamn Am blew us away. Watch the video to see why.

Finals results:

1. Nassim Guammaz
2. Jorge Semoes
3. Trevor Colden
4. Youness Amrani

BUCK TOUR 2013 RESULTS

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Congrats to Revolution team rider Byron Rhoda for getting second place at Buck Tour 2013!

Results:
1st – Alan Marola
2nd – Byron Rhoda
3rd – Khule Ngubane

Best trick – Khule Ngubane: Nollie Double Late Flip
Highest Ollie – Alan Marola: 95cm

JEAN-MARC AT AMSTERDAMN AM

Almost Skateboards and Revolution team rider, Jean-Marc Johannes just got back from the Damn Am competition in Amsterdam; the Amsterdamn Am. We just want to say a huge well done to him. You made us proud. Check out some videos of the comp and of Jean-Marc above and below.

The Amsterdamn Am is Europe’s premiere amateur street skateboarding competition, held at Skatepark Amsterdam, this year from July 12 – 14. The top 12 qualifiers won entry to skate Tampa Am, and there was a prize purse of 10,000 Euros this year. Nassim Guammaz from The Netherlands won the contest and the golden ticket to the 2013 Tampa Am semi-finals. Congrats!

Final Results
1. Nassim Guammaz – NLD (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
2. Jorge Simões – PRT (Straight to Semi-Finals at Tampa Am 2013)
3. Trevor Colden – USA
4. Youness Amrani – BEL
5. Adrien Bulard – FRA
6. Gaard Hvaara – NOR
7. Alec Majerus – USA
8. Axel Crysberghs – BEL
9. Hermann Stene – NOR
10. Lehi Leite – BRA
11. Robbin De Wit – NLD
12. Diego Cano – ESP

Independent Best Trick
1. Youness Amran – Feeble grind 360 flip out on the rail
2. Riso Tury – Heelflip noseslide nollie flip out on the rail
3. Rob Maatman – Nollie bigspin front board to fakie on the rail

Zumiez Destroyer Award
Fernando Bramsmark

AMERICAN HARDCORE SCREENING GALLERY

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On Friday 12 July, Revolution, in collaboration with RISE Fanzine, hosted a screening of ‘American Hardcore; A History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986′ at our woodstock store in The Woodstock Exchange. The night was a huge success, and everyone had a good time. Roastin’ Records had an amazing selection of vinyl records on sale, and Bolo’bolo anarchist infoshop and vegan café set up a table of ‘zines, books and super tasty vegan baked goodies. We also tried out an honesty bar for the first time. A huge thank you to everyone who came through for the screening. New friendships were formed, cupcakes were eaten, conversations were had, and faith was restored in the Cape Town hardcore community. Think it’s nonexistent? Think again.

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FUNNY FRIDAZE

What better for a Funny Fridaze feature than the latest Enjoi video. Watch Jerry Hsu, Louie Barletta, Ben Raemers, Cairo Foster, Dane Burman, Jake Hayes and Anthony Mapstone get through a hard demo tour with smiles and laughs.

Apparently the “C” word has a different meaning in Australia?

BLACK LUNG INSIDE YOUR JOZI VIDEO

Local Cape Town psych rock and roll band, Black Lung, took a trip up to Johannesburg to play a bunch of shows with Dead City Radio recently. They also got some partying and skating in. Enjoy.

THE NATIONAL MUSIC VIDEO

Hope you enjoy this rad, simple and fun music video from The National for their song “Sea Of Love”, off their new album Trouble Will Find Me. TGIF.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

For Throwback Thursdays, we found this old video of a day in the life of skateboarder, innovator, and artist Mark Gonzales. Hope you enjoyed being shown around New York by The Gonz as much as we did.

ADIDAS SKATEBOARDING PE VIDEO

The adidas (RSA) skateboarding team recently visited the city of Port Elizabeth. Clinton Theron from Gallery Skate Shop showed them around. This is what they documented over eight days.

The team consists of Khulu Dlamini, Jansen van Staden, Pieter Retief and Yann Horowitz.

Filmed and edited by Adriaan Louw and Leon Bester.

Music: The Watermark High
Song: The disconnect
Music: Christian Tiger School
Song: Bateleur – Divorce (CTS Remix)

ISHOD WAIR INTERVIEW

You may not remember Ishod Wair’s amateur days very well, because he pretty much jumped into the pro ranks overnight. As an amateur he took the Maloof Money Cup, and went pro right after. If you’re more impressed by street skills than contest savvy, watch his part in Real Skateboards’ “Since Day One” – and be blown away. His skating earns him countless fans and that fanbase continues to grow as he progresses through each stop in the SLS Nike SB World Tour.

After shredding Stoner Skate Plaza in West LA at a Real Skateboards demo, Wair and I sat down to discuss the difference when Nyjah isn’t there, which stops have been his favorite this season, and how the pros give their input on SLS course design.

Which stops so far this season have been your favorites?

Barcelona and Kansas City. Barcelona because it’s awesome and we were skating sick street spots. Kansas City because of Malto and all his homies, they’re sick. In Kansas City the contest was close to the hotel so you didn’t have to go far for anything, so it was good vibes.

Did you feel any difference in Munich because Nyjah wasn’t there? Was there a sense of relief amongst the other skaters because he wasn’t there?

Everybody was killing it just as hard in Munich and people go for it as hard as they can every time, so I don’t know. It’s not to say that people were going harder because he wasn’t there, because they still skated well when he was there.

You made your first finals appearance in Munich. Do you have an approach for each stop?

I just go and try to skate, and I pretty much hope things fall into place. This time I was more prepared going into the finals. We’d been skating the park for a couple of days and that extra day of skating helps out for sure.

This is your second year in Street League, do you find it difficult to keep up with such a hectic schedule?

I’m having a great time. The scheduling doesn’t bother me necessarily, it’s just that I have less time to go out and street skate. That’s what I do more than skate contests, so it makes it hard when you travel because the days you travel begin really early, so you’re losing time there. I’m also filming a video part right now for the Nike SB Chronicles 2. But it keeps getting pushed back because a lot of us have other obligations and some of us are in Street League, so we need more time.

The next stop is this upcoming weekend in Portland. Have you been there before?

I’ve been there a few times but it’s usually been pretty rainy. I never went there during a good season like spring or summer. I always seem to go there at the end of the year when it’s kind of crummy.

If you were playing SLS Fantasy who would you choose as your top three to win Portland?

Luan Oliveira, Paul Rodriguez and Sean Malto.

Luan’s been impressing you this season?

Yes. Luan impresses me every day. If you skate with him, he’ll impress you no matter what. He’s amazing. He’s OD with it.

What do you like specifically about Street League this year?

I like that you can give your own input on the course to Joe C and he’ll implement the changes. He has plans for the stops and he’ll show them to us and see what we say about them. If you have some good input he’ll do his best to meet those requirements for the next stop.

Have you made any suggestions?

Yes. He’ll bring out the blueprint and show it to you face to face so you can say stuff like, “This looks a little high,” or “This looks a little low.” He cares about the little things.

With three stops left who do you think is taking it all?

Nyjah has the most wins so I would assume he would because he’s the only one with multiple wins. There are three left and since Chris Cole won one I’d say he has a good chance. If Nyjah wasn’t there for the rest of the year I’d say Paul Rodriguez, Luan Oliveria and Sean Malto. All those dudes are contenders. They’re in the top rankings so they’ve got it down.

Interview by Reggie Altema, courtesy of http://streetleague.com/.

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA PHOTOS

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For those who don’t know, the Levi’s® team went to India recently, where they partnered up with local organisations 2er and HolyStoked to build India’s first free public skatepark. These are some photos documenting what went down. You can watch the trailer video and webisode 1 HERE, and webisode 2 HERE.

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Images courtesy of Levi’s® Skateboarding.

WIPEOUT WEDNESDAYS

There’s nothing like a cheesy, but hilarious fail video to warm your laughing muscles mid week.

You still have a chance to win a deck from KFD Skateboards!

Upload a video of your bail video to YouTube and/or Vimeo, and send us the link (to the Revolution Facebook inbox).

Best video wins a deck from KFD Skateboards.

Competition closes on the 17th of July. That’s 1 week. Get on it!

PHOTO OF THE DAY

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The adidas skateboarding South Africa crew. Spot the Leon!

Photo: Adriaan Louw

p.s. Video dropping tomorrow.

MARCEL MAASSEN INTERVIEW

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Meet Verb and Globe team rider, Marcel Maassen.

What’s up Marcel? What’s going on in your life at the moment?

Wadup people! I am working at Revolution and grinding my ass off for the paper. Skating the streets of Cape Town and playing a lot of XBOX. I just finished two games and I am so amped haha – NERD.

You’re originally from Pretoria. What was it like living there? Why did you decide to move to CT?

It was super fun living with the Plankie brothers; Joubert, Jansen, Skippy, Thys and Dennis WHL(wees huis lewe). Well, I get really bored of shit very quickly, so we all decided to move down about two years ago. Where the brothers go, I go. Hope that Skippy and D dawg can come down.

What are your best and worst things about Pretoria, and about Cape Town?

In Pretoria we have mad jocks with pointy shoes, highlights in the hair and the arms on those dude are bigger than my whole body! But in Cape town we have hipsters. I don’t know for how long, but I take them over jocks. Pretorian homies are so dope and it was always good to hang out, on and off the board. Cape Town’s lifestyle is just so much better, even though it’s expensive. I love it here. Skating through the streets with trouble makers and clowns is just the best thing to ask for. The only thing that sucks here is the cold fucking ocean water and the sharks.

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You lived in Amsterdam for a few years. Tell us what that was like… Why did you come back to South Africa?

I lived in Utrecht, a little bit out of Amsterdam. The weed was so good! They were the best and worst times of my life. I am not going to go into a lot of detail because it’s a mad story that you could write a book about. I got into gangs and bad violence, and after four years of hustling, the cops finally got me. I had some bad shit on me so I got deported out of the country. I learnt a lot from that experience; never looking back, never doing the same things I did back then. We all do some dome things in life. I still do, but as long as you learn from it it’s all good.

How did you get into skateboarding?

Like everybody else, I saw my friends do it got into it right away I guess. I think most kids that start skating need to escape from something in life and skating is a good way too get out there and do your own thing. You can learn by yourself, not at school or from your mom or dad; just you and you alone. If you can do that, you can also stand alone and be strong as a person.

Got any tricks you’re working on getting?

Switch Lazer heel, one wheel nose manual nollie tripple tre out, haha!

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What does the second half of 2013 look like for you?

Probably the same as now. Try to film some shit, skate, have fun and party! If I got cheese, bread, Xbox, skating and a roof over my head, it’s all good till 2020.

You have a couple tattoos. Which is your favorite and why?

The Hulk, because every person has got a second personality, even if they deny it. I want to grow big and break stuff or jump and smash shit, haha! I have this rib tattoo with shoes hanging over a streetlamp on the corner of a street. It’s for my homie that passed away in 2006. I took a pretty hard knock, so it means a lot to me.

What are you listening to recently?

Gangsta, Jurassic 5, bFake, RickRoss and always some Wu shit.

Anything else you want to say?

How do you start up a fan page?

Marcel MaassenSequence by Jansen van Staden. 180 nosegrind shovet out.

RETAIL THERAPY TUESDAYS

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For today’s Retail Therapy Tuesdays we feature these rad cruisers from Dusters California. Click on the image to link to the product on Revolution Online.

Dusters CazhDusters “Ace”

Dusters KosherDusters “Kosher”

Dusters Keen TurquoiseDusters “Keen” Turquoise

Dusters Keen Blue YellowDusters “Keen” Blue / Yellow

Dusters Flashback RastaDusters “Flashback” Rasta

Dusters Cazh TurquoiseDusters “Cazh” Turquoise

Dusters Nagg LushDusters Nagg Lush

Dusters BogueDusters Bogue

Available from Revolution store nationwide and Revolution Online.

Revolution Cresta, Gauteng: (011) 678 1685 / cresta@revolution.co.za
Revolution Menlyn, Gauteng: (012) 348 2959 / menlyn@revolution.co.za
Revolution Long Street, Cape Town: (021) 423 3482 / longstreet@revolution.co.za
Revolution Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town: (021) 801 4666 / woodstock@revolution.co.za
Revolution Online: http://www.revolutiononline.co.za/

BUCK TOUR 2013

Buck Tour starts this Saturday, 13 July 2013.

The yearly F#*k the Buck Skate Tour to George is proudly presented by Volcom. This is the longest running skate contest in South Africa and the 13th year looks to be better than ever. This will also be 7th stop on the Maloof Hope Tour leading up to the Maloof Money Cup in Kimberley from the 27 – 29th September.

2013 sees a R5000 prize purse as well as loads of product hand-outs with the winner getting a Maloof Money Cup wildcard entry to the main event, all expenses paid.

We are also incorporating the Skate for Hope clinic, where 25 kids from More Son Children’s Home will be attending for a action packed day of skating. They will each receive various product hampers / complete skateboards from Maloof Money Cup and a full skate clinic by some professional skateboarders.

Hope to see you all there for the madness!

Contact:

Riaan V B – 082 792 2874
riaan@nsaskateboarding.co.za

Markus – 083 655 3176
markus@oldschoolproductions.co.za

@Ultimate_X_

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/359069947547987

http://oldschoolproductions.co.za/extreme/featured/buck-tour-2013

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA EPISODE 2

It’s really good to see things like this happening around the world. Skateboarding can create change.

In March of this year, Levi’s®, 2er and India’s HolyStoked Collective formed a true collaboration in skateboarding. Together, they gathered a team of skaters, journalists, photographers and filmmakers from USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and Australia to ascend on Bangalore to build India’s first FREE skateboard park. Skateboarding legends Omar Salazar, Stefan Janoski, Chet Childress and Al Partanen came in to assist the crew of 34 builders that worked tirelessly for 16 straight days. Together they laid 20 tons of sand, 3 tons of cement, 2,000 meters of steal, and 1 palm tree for good measure, building this beautiful skate park in Bangalore. HolyStoked aims to empower the community in Bangalore through skateboarding, and Levi’s® alongside 2er is humbled by the opportunity to contribute to the growing skateboard community in India. Local skateboarders of Bangalore now have the chance to take full advantage of this FREE skatepark and be a part of growing their skateboard heritage. Additionally, Levi’s® assisted 2er in gathering skateboards from global skate communities in order to supply HolyStoked with enough skateboards to form a skateboard school. These classes also offered English lessons for local children who would otherwise not have access to these resources. “After everyone committed two long weeks of hard work, our goal to bring India’s first free skatepark was finally done! It was smiles for miles in India today and it felt great to us all. Thanks to all and to the HolyStoked crew for never giving up! It’s all about taking action and doing what’s right! Look how happy skateboarding makes these kids!” said Skateboard Pro, Omar Salazar

Download the new Levi’s® Skate Collection 2013 Lookbook HERE.

GONZ EXHIBITION

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If you’re in Joburg, get down to Area3 for the Gonz exhibition.

It opened on Saturday and runs until 31 July.

DAFT PRIX DO DIE ANTWOORD

Our friends, Daft Prix, from over the pond have uploaded another great remix, but this time it’s for their version of “DIS IZ WHY I’M HOT” by our other friends in Die Antwoord.

We like it a lot and think you’d be daft to not give it a listen, along with the rest of their stuff.

You can hear more HERE.

CHRIS RAY RECAPTURES SHANE O’NEILL

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Click on the image above to view the video.

After seeing Shane’s part on The Berrics, I was super excited to work with him for the Transworld Video. Some people are just naturally talented on a skateboard and Shane is one of them. Here are a few of my favorite clips that I filmed of him in 2011.” – Chris Ray

AV 19 TRAILER

Check out the new trailer for AV Skateboarding 19 for winter 2013.

The trailer features Yann Horowitz, Pieter Retief, Chris Pfanner, Phil Zwijsen, Joubert van Staden, Clint van der Schyf, Khulu Dlamini and Evan Binge.

Nice one chaps!

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Today’s Throwback Thursdays features a final video edit from the Revolution Festival Mall skatepark, sent in by Dwayne Erasmus.

One of the last edits thrown together in the memory of what once was Revolution Festival Mall Skatepark. To Remember all the good times we all had there, and all the memories we will never forget. Featured skaters in this video include: David “Killer Dave” Woolf, Brendan Dyamond, Tian Van Rensburg, Bevan Richards, Werner Lamprecht, Sam Khumalo, Anthony De Mendonca, Dlamini “Double D” Dlamini, and 20sk8’s own Shuaib Philander

TWO VERB COMPLETES FOR R999.95

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Get two Verb Photographer Tribute Series Logo completes for R999.95!

Here’s how it works:

1. Click here: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product-tag/myphoto/
2. Choose two completes.
3. Go to your cart (You can hover on the Cart icon in the navigation at the top of the website, and click ‘View Cart’.)
4. Put “MYPHOTO” into the field where it says “Apply Code”.

Simple!

The special ends in less than a week, so get on that!

*NOTE: This special only applies to www.revolutiononline.co.za, not any of our other stores.

SKATE FARM KLEINVLEI JAM

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Revolution is a proud sponsor of the Kleinvlei Park Skate Jam.

Unsigned skaters living it up in the Mother City are all welcomed to join in the celebrations taking place at the Kleinvlei community skate park. The SkateFarm Park Jam is a free skate comp open to all unsponsored, amateur skaters.

Prize handouts for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and best run of the day.

For more rules and updates on the event follow @theskatefarm and tweet them with the hashtag #SkateFarmParkJam.

Kleinvlei Park Jam – Format
– Indemnity forms for riders under 18 to be completed and signed by legal guardians at least 2 days before event
– Judges – Lee Henriques, Charl Jensel, Andrew Nero

Registration (09:00 – 12:00)
Followed by a 1-2 hour open park jam for all registered riders which will precede the first elimination round.

(Crowed entertainment) / Announcement of advancing riders – 15 minutes

Round 1 (13:30 – 15:00)
Successful riders’ will each receive two individual 1min runs on the park. The aim is to make use of the entire park and drop big tricks and technical lines. The best run of the 2 determines which riders advance to the next round and which riders will be eliminated.

(Crowed entertainment / Demo) / Announcement of advancing riders – 15 minutes

Round 2 (Semi Finals) (15:30 – 16:00)
Riders who advance to this round will each receive 1 individual 1min30sec run on the park which precedes the third elimination round. The best 6 – 8 riders will then be chosen for our final round.

(Crowed entertainment / Demo) / Announcement of advancing riders – 15minutes

Round 3 (Finals) (16:30 – 17:15)
This is the last chance for our final cut of riders to showcase their skills and earn the number 1 spot. Each rider receives one 2minute30second run on the park. The 3 best riders on the day will be announced as the Kleinvlei Park Jam winners.

Announcement of winners. Prize giving. Thank you to our sponsors.

Rules
– No sponsored riders are to compete in this event.
– Registered riders will receive a bonus sheet, listing “Red Zoned” obstacles/areas at the park which will result in bonus points for riders attempting tricks on these sections.
– Riders will be judged on the following aspects:
– Consistency
– Difficulty
– Creativity
– Style
– Crowd reaction, &
– Use of the park
– Prizes for 1st 2nd 3rd place and best trick/run of the day

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/272852562860709/

AMERICAN HARDCORE SCREENING

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We are hosting a screening of ‘American Hardcore; A History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986′ at our Revolution store in the Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town.

Records from Roastin’ Records, vegan food, and drinks for sale.

Revolution Store, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Friday 12 July
6PM

Inspired by Steven Blush’s book “American Hardcore: A Tribal History” Paul Rachman’s feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. Interviews and rare live footage from artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, SS Decontrol and the Dead Kennedys.

In collaboration with RISE and Roastin’ Records.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/143780579158216/

SKATEBOARDING IN INDIA

Twenty four skateboarders from America, the UK and Germany traveled to Bangalore, India to build the first free public skatepark in India. Rad.

We joined the Holystoked skateboarding crew from Bangalore and the 2er building crew from Hannover, along with 24 skateboarders and builders from around the world to build the first, free public use skate park in India. Professional skateboarders Chet Childress, Al Partanen, Stefan Janoski, Omar Salazar, Lennie Burmeister, and Rob Smith all joined in on the build and skated the finished project.

WILDCARD WEDNESDAYS

Time for another Wildcard Wednesdays!

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For today only, you can get 30% off all Iron Fist clothing on www.revolutiononline.co.za! The special ends at midnight tonight.

Here’s how it works:

1. Go to THIS PLACE on Revolution Online.
2. Choose some Iron Fist product i.e. add it to your cart.
3. Go to your cart, once you’re done.
4. Put the code ‘FISTOFIRON’ into the field that says ‘Apply Coupon’.

Easy!

*Note: This special ONLY applies to www.revolutiononline.co.za, not any of our other stores.

VENICE TO VENICE WITH GUY MARIANO

A really cool short film / skate video with Guy Mariano. He teleports somehow from Venice Beach, California to Venice, Italy, and takes advantage of the local skate spots. Really nicely edited, and a pretty fun story line. Nice one Lakai.

WIPEOUT WEDNESDAYS

Andrew Nero takes a knock to the head. Ooof.

Filmed by: Adrian Henderson

You still have a chance to win a deck from KFD Skateboards!

Upload a video of your bail video to YouTube and/or Vimeo, and send us the link (to the Revolution Facebook inbox).

Best video wins a deck from KFD Skateboards.

Competition closes on the 17th of July. That’s 2 weeks. Get on it!

NATAS INTERVIEWS GONZ

Legendary skateboarder Natas Kaupas interviews The Gonz (Mark Gonzales) about his 15 years with adidas, along with some other things. Looks like such a rad exhibition.

JERRY HSU PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Jerry Hsu is opening a photography exhibition at the Family Bookstore on Fairfax, Los Angeles. The show is called The Observable Universe. These are a few sneak peaks.

REVOLUTION TRICK TIPS

Switch Boned Ollie with Justus Kotze

Filmed by: Andrew van der Walt / a95Productions

If you have any tricks you would like to learn, drop us a comment below! Our team riders are keen to teach what they know.

INTRODUCING ALMOST UBER LIGHT

Introducing the Almost “Uber Light”, the most technically advanced skateboard deck in the world.

Limited to 500 worldwide. In South Africa, the board is exclusively available from Revolution.

Deck inside a Deck: This was developed by Rodney Mullen and C.L Composites. After experimenting with many different layups, they arrived at a method using an actual deck within a deck. The internal carbon fiber foam deck is ultra light and nearly as stiff as metal. It acts like rebar, or a skeleton embodied by a standard 7-ply layup. It also vastly improved the lateral rigidity. The deck wears, slides, and looks like a normal 7-ply, but its lighter and has a supernatural pop last lasts far longer than any normal deck.

Balance is at the very heart of design in anything that spins, flips or flies. By reducing weight and adding rigidity (particularly laterally), the deck reacts more quickly to every movement while flipping faster and more precise.

Check out the Almost Uber Light Mullen on Revolution Online here: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product/almost-uber-light/

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DEPARTURE INTERVIEW

Kyknet TV did an interview with Stefan Naudé from Departure Quarterly Magazine yesterday. The video interview also features Peter Wright, owner of the Corner Surf Shop, who has some really interesting history to talk about.

RETAIL THERAPY TUESDAYS

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Today’s Retail Therapy Tuesdays features some nice new Iron Fist clothing. Click on any of the images to link to that item on our new online store.

Iron Fist Black Magic Zip HoodIron Fist Black Magic Zip Hood

Iron Fist Militia Gas Station JacketIron Fist Militia Gas Station Jacket

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Iron Fist Outcast Skinny JeansIron Fist Outcast Skinny Jeans

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Iron Fist Rumble Raglan TeeIron Fist Rumble Raglan Tee

Iron Fist Scoundrels Letterman JacketIron Fist Scoundrels Letterman Jacket

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Iron Fist Skiver Button Up Long Sleeve ShirtIron Fist Skiver Button Up Long Sleeve Shirt

Available from Revolution stores and Revolution Online.

Revolution Cresta, Gauteng: (011) 678 1685 / cresta@revolution.co.za
Revolution Menlyn, Gauteng: (012) 348 2959 / menlyn@revolution.co.za
Revolution Long Street, Cape Town: (021) 423 3482 / longstreet@revolution.co.za
Revolution Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town: (021) 801 4666 / woodstock@revolution.co.za
Revolution Online: http://www.revolutiononline.co.za/

15 YEARS OF GONZ AND ADIDAS COLLECTION

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15 years is a long time. Mark Gonzales has been a member of the adidas Skateboarding family inspiring, developing and nurturing the skateboarding program for 15 years. To honour this occasion a special collection of footwear and apparel, inspired and created by Gonz’s illustrations and creative mojo has been launched.

GONZ PRO:
The first ever adidas Skateboarding Gonz Pro model features a moulded sock liner, an extra set of laces, the Gonz’ tread pattern and the special blue, red and white design. “The colour inspiration behind the special collection Gonz Pro was to make it red, white and blue and then heavy on the black – much like the wardrobe of the 1700’s of France, like Louis the XIV.” – Mark Gonzales. It’s up to you whether you believe the inspiration it or not…

GONZ SLIP:
Design inspiration for the new Gonz Slip-on came from spending a week in Paris with the man himself. Comfortable, easy-to-wear and made for skateboarding, Gonz’ new shoe features a moulded sock liner and a Gonz designed tread pattern.

GONZ STRIPED OXFORD SHIRT:
This long-sleeve Oxford-style shirt features horizontal yarn-dyed stripes selected by Gonz himself.

GONZ QUILTED JACKET:
Inspired by Gonz’s fascination with Italian rifle jackets, this quilted winter-ready jacket is fully-lined, has corduroy trims and a DWR finish.

GONZ HOODIE:
Made with a colored mélange body and stripes with solid sleeves, this cardigan-inspired hoodie achieves Gonz’s request for a “cool Yale Sweater” and features the Gonz 15-year crest on the left chest and applied 3-Stripes on the sleeves.

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GONZ STRETCH CHINO PANT:
With a design brief to “have enough stretch to kill it skating the streets of Paris” and detailed with custom Gonz trims these chinos not disappoint.

GONZ TRACK TOP:
Mark’s favourite piece is inspired by the classic adidas track top. Built for skating with sweat-wicking climalite® French terry fabric, it blends an iconic silhouette with a contemporary execution.

GONZ POCKET TEE:
Gonz drew a pocket into his artwork, so we made it exactly that way. The graphic is printed on top of the attached pocket making it a truly unique piece of art.

GONZ SKATE KAT TEE:
Showing off Gonz’s original ‘Skate Kat’ graphic in a waterbased screenprint, this tee features custom trims for the full Gonz treatment.

GONZ RAMBLE TEE:
Brand new artwork by the Gonz inspired by the by the opulence of historical French dandyism. It shows off his epic signature and features custom Gonz neck tape and labels.

This collection is tied together with a GONZ SNAP BACK HAT, GONZ CAP & GONZ SOCKS.

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This special 15 Years of Gonz & adidas collection compliments the comprehensive FW13 collection, which is also available. For more information check out the full collection at adidasskateboarding.com

CONQUEROR INTERVIEW

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What is “Hate City Hardcore”?
Hardcore from Johannesburg, South Africa.

How would you describe what Conqueror sounds like to someone who’s never heard the band?
Short, fast and aggressive. Dire Straits on speed.

What is behind the name, “Conqueror”?
We wanted something short and too the point, kinda like the music. At the time it was a toss up between Conqueror and Infernal Misery. We took the more PC option.

What do you guys do outside of the band?
Ross is a tattoo artist at Handstyle Tattoos, Chris is a graphic designer, Pat is a writer and I (Rich) work as an audio engineer.

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Why make angry music with substance? Why not just make pop music that sells?
Well, we all work full time jobs, so the band is really our release. We’re not looking to please anyone or follow any set of guidelines. We write the music as we see fit, touching on parts of different genres we all are into. I’d rather play music to people who want to listen to what we have to say than to dudes who are there just for the party.


Your lyrical content seems to be pretty personal and pretty angry. What are the main themes that run through the lyrics?
I wouldn’t say we’ve settled into one particular groove just yet. We have 3 lyric writers in the band, so it tends to sway from person to person. Ross is more into the traditional hardcore style, where as I tend to lean more towards the thrash/death metal side. So we tend to hit a mix down the middle.

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Is the world going to end this year?
Doubtful.

Where do you draw inspiration from, in terms of sound and songwriting?
The drive to write a better song than the one before. Things are nice and fresh in the band, so everyone is excited and pushing to see how we can improve on things, work in different elements, play tighter etc. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we can’t wait to record.

You guys recently played a show in Cape Town, not a city well known for supporting hardcore bands. How was that?
We were blown away by the support and passion that dudes had when we went down. People knew the lyrics, bought mercy, hung out. It’s always a pleasure working with dudes like Brett Allen-White. He really delivered and helped the tour be as successful as it was.

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You guys are pretty well known for partying harder than most. You must have a good story or two for our readers?
Haha. Why thank you! Things got pretty weird at Splashy Fen this year. Lets just say Splashy: 1 / Conqueror: 0.


What local and international bands should we be listening to?
Local music first! Both Wildernessking and STRAGE have some solid releases at the moment. Saw an amazing new thrash band called Casket the other night. Excited to hear a release from them. Internationally speaking, listening to a lot of Power Trip and Coke Bust at the moment.

There are rumors of you guys making a trip overseas soon?
We’re working on it.

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You have already released two EP’s and have 3 music videos. You are also playing tons of shows. What’s next for Conqueror?
We’re looking to go into studio in August to track the next EP. Then we have a national tour coming up with Betrayal and Truth and Its Burden in September/October. Another Durban tour in the next couple weeks. Taking things as they come, we want to travel as much as possible.

Any shout outs?
Mad love to Pete Reynolds, RISE, Music Connection, Favor the Brave. Start a band, book shows, get involved. Thanks to Revolution for the interview. Peace.

Free “Reality Check” EP download HERE.

Free “Truth Seeker” EP download HERE.

MORE DAMN CLIPS

Check out these clips of Yuri Facchini, Kevin Romar and TJ Rogers in Blind Skateboards’ new video, “Damn…”

Damn.

MUSIC MONDAYS

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Instead of the usual music video, we thought we’d put up something more interesting and inspiring for Music Mondays. We thought that this was pretty rad. Artist Pedro Reyes has done a series of musical instruments built from decommissioned weapons. The series is aptly named Disarm. The guns were taken from a collection of illegal weapons, collected by the Mexican army. Pedro has turned them into instruments, operated by computers, but they can also be played physically by people.

Pedro says that transforming the weapons into instrument is “…more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place, the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for the lives lost.

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