BLACK FLAG WELCOME MIKE V AS NEW FRONTMAN

Black Flag with Mike VallelyPhoto by Rob Wallace/Courtesy of SST Records

The recently (last year) reunited infamous punk rock band, Black Flag, have announced pro skater Mike Vallely as their new frontman. He is the fifth they’ve had. Apparently it didn’t work out with Ron Reyes, who they fired in the middle of a show in Australia. Mike V managed Black Flag last year and actually plays in another band with Greg Ginn called Good For You. He also played a few shows with Black Flag in 2003.

You can read more about it on Rolling Stone here.

KRYPTONICS: JEROME BEVILACQUA FIRST GLOBAL BRAND ACTIVIST

Jerome Bevilacqua

Kryptonics Wheels Chooses Jerome Bevilacqua as First Global Brand Activist

Long time skateboarder and Kryptonics Wheels supporter, Jerome Bevilacqua has been chosen as the first Global Brand Activist. Bevilacqua, 46, is a skateboarder, longboarder and creator of the popular skateboarding website Sakaroulé. When not skateboarding he is a financial auditor, or as the French like to say a “commissaire aux comptes”. Jerome resides in Guadeloupe, French West Indies, in the heart of the Caribbean.

Jerome started skateboarding in 1976, after watching a documentary on television showing the latest California trend, skateboarding. His first skateboard was a blue banana board. From the beginning he skated everything; slalom, high jump, barrel jump and quarter pipe. In 1995 Jerome began longboarding and soon become one of its greatest proponents.

Known by followers of his website and Facebook as a fetishist of urethane, Jerome describes the new Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels as only he can, “I love the consistent shape, and the comfort of the three colours : red is like velvet, blue is silk, green is like African wax. Each duro has its specific sensation. I love the 75mm: it is a great addition to the traditional sizes.

In addition to representing Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels at skateboarding events, Jerome will also be promoting the brand through social media and via his website Sakaroulé.

In announcing Bevilacqua as the first Kryptonics Global Brand Activist, Kryptonics Wheels Brand Director Steve Douglas commented, “We could not have found a more ardent and loyal supporter of Kryptonics wheels to help us spread the word about the new Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels.

The new line of Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels are now available from Revolution and other fine skate stores.

Jerome Bevilacqua

When did you begin skateboarding?
Back in 1976 I remember watching a documentary on TV showing a new trend in California: we could see people riding flat boards on wheels, picking up food at the grocery, then riding down the pavement. A few month later I saw my first skateboard – and got it for my 10th birthday.

Where were you living then?
I was born and raised in Lille, North of France, in the Flanders, close to the Belgium border and across the Channel, England.

Did you play other sports as kid?
Skateboard, Rollerskates, BMX (I rode a Raleigh Rampart in 1979). I started wind-surfing with my elder brothers in 1980.

What type of skateboarding did you do when you began? Slalom? Freestyle? Vert?
In the 70’s one had to try everything: hippie jump and barrel jumps over my friends! I loved slalom too – I lived in a flat land. We had a steep quarter pipe to learn “3 wheels out” and “aerials”. I had two set ups at that time: a solid Logan on Mid-Tracks then Gull Wings, and a G&S Fibreflex on ACS 651. And two sets of Kryptonics: blues and reds 65. I used to change and mix them all the time.

When did you first ride Kryptonics?
1977 – I had a stiff oak board (Logan) upgraded with Road Riders. I borrowed a board from a friend, a Sims Quicksilver set up with red Kryptonics. I felt like I was riding a magic flying carpet. I was hooked.

What color wheels/size did you ride?
I switched from reds and blues, then ended mixing front blues and reds back. In those days 65mm was comfortable, 70mm was considered huge. Later I turned to 70mm reds – they are still my favourite wheel nowadays. I have it stuck in my mind now: red wheels are faster!

How much better were they than the competition?
Above all challengers: they gave you the edge. Faster, firmer, smarter. They determined how you would skate: grippy carve for reds or slash and slide for greens (and everything in between for blues). Moreover they gave you style!

Logan

What was your favorite Kryptonics ad from back in the day?
So many! There was no internet then. Actually we’d wait for the next issue of the Skate Board Magazine to discover new adds, or sneak in USA imported mags shared as priceless relics! I think “We blue it” was among my favourites.

What is your favorite memory from skateboarding in the 70’s and early 80’s?
There was a wide lane, good tarmac, ending in a sharp L turn. When I was riding down that road I always felt like a “california dream”. Reading both fright and pleasure in your partner’s eyes while doing catamarans is always a good memory.

What is your favorite memory in skateboarding?
Meeting buddies and trying to share that strange inner feeling you get when carving the perfect line.

When and why did you become so passionate Kryptonics wheels?
I had had good times on Kryptonics and felt crossed when they were underrated or looked down upon for wrong reasons. They were not the hype they were not supported by any kind of advertising and a whole generation still had to discover them!

Have you always ridden them?
Yes. And I still do! Actually I ride many wheels and consider Kryptonics as my milestone. Some may be more grippy bigger brighter driftier or else they stand the comparison. Their ‘buttery slide’ is incomparable.

Were you in touch with the original Kryptonics company back in the 1970s and 1980s?
Not during that era. One central figure at the end of the 90’s was Tom Peterson. He was an outstanding rollerskater and a visionnaire. He turned Kryptonics towards the in line market, abandoned development for the skateboarding market but helped develop new compounds with AEND and Neil Piper. Perhaps today’s best chemist for urethanes.

Jerome Bevilacqua

Who are some of the people you have known over the years from Kryptonics?
So many. Each rider has his own memories and I often started the exploration simply by evoking the name Kryptonics.

How long has your website Sakaroule been around? What was the inspiration for starting it?
Around 2000 I started checking for wheels on the Internet and I was surprised to find few things about skateboarding. I met a famous French longboarder and blogger Pappy Boyington from Longboard in Paris and started writing to him, then blogging what I had not found elsewhere. Kryptonics raises so many fond memories and good times for several generations of skaters that I thought it was necessary to share some feedback to spread these goodies.

You recently had a Kryptonics conceptual ad contest on Sakaroule, how was the response?
Brilliant. French riders instantly found good messages appealing to several generations. Those who had seen the original ads by Jim Ford as well as those who were about to discover its special savour.

What were some of your favorite entries?
I was surprised every day when I discovered the entries. So talented, so nice, so new. I have a sweet spot for “Houston?” as it makes me smile, “We’re back” is so simple and strong, and “Back from the Dead” is in the mood of horror movies or zombies series. “Hot core” is fantastic, and I love red Kryptonics! If I had only one thing to say to any rider, it would be “get a set of Kryptonics and ride!”

Jerome Bevilacqua with young skaters

What are you doing these days?
Sharing memories of the last sessions on Sakaroulé, planning the next ride, and getting fit to reach new goals!

What type of work do you do?
I am a financial auditor, a French “commissaire aux comptes”.

You’ve been riding the new Kryptos for a couple of months now; can you share your thoughts on the wheels?
Great! You know some people consider me as a fetishist of urethane. I love the consistent shape, and the comfort of the three colours: red is like velvet, blue is silk, green is like African wax. Each duro has its specific sensation. I love the 75mm: it is a great addition to the traditional sizes.

How does it feel to be the first Kryptonics Wheels Global Brand Activist?
Ask Dave! As for being an activist: I feel committed to share and suggest, and blame if need be.

Tell us a bit about where you live.
In 1990 I moved to Guadeloupe, in the heart of the Caribbean. Imagine a group of tiny tropical islands around a volcano, green forests, waterfalls, black and white sand, surrounded by the sea. It’s been more than 20 years now, and guess what? I love it.

What’s 2014 look like for you?
2013 was a transition year in many aspects. 2014 is already a great year, and we have almost 340 days left to celebrate it! I‘d like to make friends, and get involved in new ventures in Long Distance Pumping. I will share my “coups de Coeur“ on Sakaroulé!

Jerome Bevilacqua

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SARAH PRATT ARTIST INTERVIEW

Sarah Pratt

Born in Zimbabwe in 1972, Sarah Pratt holds a Master of Fine Arts degree. She is a highly skilled printmaker, specializing in copper etching, linocut, collograph and monoprint. After spending 10 years in the print department of Michaelis as a part-time staff member, Sarah decided to devote most of her time to making her own work. She is an extremely prolific artist, constantly creating, and participating in a number of exhibitions. Sarah works from a group studio in Observatory, where she is currently interested in ink and gouache on paper, paper cut-out work, monoprints and drypoints.

Sarah’s solo exhibition Away opened at Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection in Cape Town yesterday, and ends 22 February. The exhibition is made up of a large body of paper-based works, created while the artist has been travelling abroad. Expect to see exotic creatures, houses that grow on trees, chance meetings, scale displacements, unfamiliar and magical environments and more… Go check it out.

Sarah Pratt

What is art?
That’s tricky! For me it is just about anything that visually invokes an emotion in me.

What mediums do you mostly work in and why do you enjoy using them?
I work almost entirely on or with paper. At present I’m using gouache and pen and ink a lot. I like the both the flatness of gouache, and it’s ability to work as a watercolour where needed. I also love the process of cutting and assembling paper.

What do you enjoy about doing more surreal artworks?
I’m not really sure that I regard my works as surreal. I try to create humorous and dreamlike situations through my choices of subject matter and use of materials.

Birds feature in quite a lot of your works. Is this an intentional theme? Do you like to stick to any sort of imagery or themes?
At present, I simply enjoy the appearance of certain birds, and this is why I paint them. I do like to stick to certain themes, for as long as it takes to work them out of my system, then I move onto something else that inspires me.

Can you take us through your typical process when creating an artwork?
I become inspired by one thing i.e. an old house or a doll and from there I amuse myself by imagining what to place around it. It’s the juxtaposition of various discordant objects that I find pleasing. Once I am happy with the mapping out of the work, I like to experiment with pen and ink linework, then paint only certain objects. I think having been trained as a printmaker, I tend to create works in layer by layer.

Sarah Pratt

What do you do when you aren’t creating art?
Sleep mostly.

Where do you draw inspiration from?
Anywhere really – a conversation, a book, something I see.

If you had the chance, would you consider living somewhere considered more of an art capital e.g. San Francisco? What is it about South Africa that keeps you here?
Yes, I would and do consider living somewhere else, why not! But I do love plants, so the Western Cape is like an Eden to me. I mostly stay here because of my dog and friends.

Do you think that South Africa is moving forwards in terms of being recognised for its’ artists or not? Do you have any commentary on art in South Africa in the present day?
I don’t know – not really my area of interest if I’m honest, but I can tell you that I love being an artist in South Africa.

Why do you think that so many South African artists’ work seems to be strongly influenced by international artists? Is there a lack of originality in South African art?
Again, this is a place that I try not to go to in my head – I tend to think that all art is international. I find some art made by South African artists mind-blowingly exquisite, and some deeply awful but I am sure this is not unique to South Africa.

What advice would you give someone wanting to establish themselves as an artist?
Make the work that you need to make – don’t be swayed by what you think you ‘ought’ to be making.

Who are some of your favourite South African artists at the moment?
Oh, Georgina Gatrix, Elise Wessels, Andrew Lovell, Liza Grobler, Michael Taylor, Frank Van Reenen…

Away – Facebook Event

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NIKE SB SHELTER GRAND OPENING

Shane O’Neill, Luan Oliveira, Donovon Piscopo, Youness Amrani, Kilian Zehnder, Fernando Bramsmark, Marek Zaprazny and Oski shred the new Nike SB Shelter park in Berlin for its Grand Opening. It is now open to the public, so if you’re going to Germany or you live there, hit it up!

ANCHORMAN 2 REVIEW

Anchorman 2 The Legend Continues

Some of the Revolution staff got to see Anchorman 2 the other day. Let us just say, it lives up to the hype. It is just as funny, insane, surreal and awesome as the first one, if not more.

Highlights: news reading vocal warm-ups, a fight in the park with almost every actor/actress imaginable, Brick, chickens of the cave, Brick’s crush, Brick’s funeral, Ron Burgundy’s going blind, and Brick reading the weather.

The legend of Ron Burgundy lives on.

Go watch it. Anchorman 2 comes out in South African cinema’s 14 February 2014.

Anchorman 2

ROOF SKATING

The New York City roof skating introduction to Tengu: God of Mischief. A film by Colin Read.

Skaters: Connor Kammerer, Koki Loaiza, Piro Sierra, Eby Ghafarian, Alex Fogt, Billy Rohan, Ryan Barlow, Nic Nootens, Spike Lamy, and Leo Gutman.

ALMOST FAMOUS EPISODE 4

Almost Skateboards & Brian Lotti – Almost Famous Episode 4

In this episode Almost keeps it how it should be – fun! Youness skates in sweats straight from the airport, legend Brian Lotti delves into his Almost collab (shaped boards are back and Daewon is kind of a dumptruck with flames) and the team has fun waxing and abusing the curbs of South Bay.

ROLLING THROUGH THE SHADOWS

Billy Listens to Johnny. Photo by Ed Templeton.

Photos by Ed Templeton

Mark Whiteley, skateboarder and Leica photographer, provides us with the next instalment of his interview series Rolling Through the Shadows. This series takes a closer look at the seemingly unlikely collision of skateboarding and M photography from the perspective of the skaters and photographers themselves.

Read the interview Mark did with Ed Templeton here.

Mark Whiteley is a photographer, writer and life-long skateboarder hailing from the San Francisco area and currently living in Portland, Oregon. He served as the editor-in-chief of SLAP skateboard magazine for 13 years and now works on all things digital for Nike Skateboarding. His work has been published and exhibited internationally, and his monograph of photography, This Is Not A Photo Opportunity, is available from Gingko Press. For more information on Mark Whiteley, please visit markwhiteleyphotography.com.

Kids Gambling at Tampa. Photo by Ed Templeton

Jim Grecs JD New. Photo by Ed Templeton

Johnny Signs Boobs in Russia. Photo by Ed Templeton

Kids Kiss in England. Photo by Ed Templeton

Matt Bennett Hip Bruise

Austin Bloody Hand. Photo by Ed Templeton

Arto in Hospital Clean. Photo by Ed Templeton

Skaters Sleep Outside. Photo by Ed Templeton.

Griff Wallride Car. Photo by Ed Templeton

Austin Skates Pipe New Mexico. Photo by Ed Templeton

WIN COMEBACK KID TICKETS

Win Comeback Kid Tickets

So because last week’s competition went pretty well, and because we feel bad that only one of you could win, we’ve decided to run another competition to win tickets to watch Comeback Kid in South Africa.

Win a ticket to the Comeback Kid South African Tour (one show) + a voucher worth R250 from Revolution.

How to enter:
1. Like the Revolution Facebook page
2. Like the Favour The Brave Agency Facebook page
3. Comment below with why you think you deserve to win

Winner will be announced this Friday (31 January)

TATTOO TUESDAYS

For today’s Tattoo Tuesdays, we’re featuring some of the Revolution team rider ink. We asked them to tell us the story behind one, a few, or all of their tattoos. Enjoy…

– Anthony de Mendonca –

Anthony de Mendonca Owl TattooKay / Anima Mundi Tattoo Studio
I just saw a pile of random pictures, and for some reason I was down for this one. I love bonsai trees and the owl, for me, is a depiction of knowledge and a sign of darkness; you know that whole story about an owl on your roof meaning that someone is going to die in the family. Basically I never plan what I’m getting. Everything I have is something from that current moment. Our body’s a temple, so why not have a few paintings? Kay is good. He has a steady hand, is super light and works really quick. Everyone at Anima Mundi has got talent and the store has the most amazing, tranquil vibe about it.

– Justus Kotze –

Justus Kotze Harmonica TattooHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
I have been extremely privileged to have had all these tattoos. All of them happened in the spur of the moment, but I put thought into it before. All of my tattoos are hand-poked, but Im not going to get into the details (Google it). My first tattoo was the harmonica on my right side of my ribs done by Seamus Casserly. We were in Kleinmont at Seamus’ family holiday house, and I politely asked him if he would be interested in poking me, hehe. It was that simple; on the couch in a super uncomfortable position, with my shirt off in the cold hours off the evening with a hangover. It was painful to say the least, so he only managed to do the outline. But after begging him for months, he managed to give it the final detail and shading.

Justus Kotze Johnny Cash TattooHand poked by Tyler B Murphy / Sins of Style
The second was the Johnny Cash portrait on my left inside of my forearm done by Tyler B Murphy. This Tattoo was very spur of the moment! I was going about my own business when Melissa said “Do you want to get a gangster tattoo done by Tyler for the Departure Zine article on Hand poked tattoos?” I was a little skeptical and scared because it was my second tattoo on my forearm and it was going to be big. But whatever, I couldn’t give that opportunity up, so I sat through 11 hours from 6pm to 5am and I still have no regrets. It is a work of pure skill and art and Johnny gets to follow me wherever I go.

Justus Kotze Howl TattooHand poked by Louis Taubert
The last, but not final tattoo, is the word HOWL on my right thigh just above my knee by my German homie Louis Taubert. This is a homies tattoo, the word howl was thought up by Dylan which heard a interesting meaning behind it by someone, which relates to us as old friends. If a wolf gets lost from the pack, the Howl is what helps them find each other and unites them. Dylan Rooibokkie got it first, then me the next day, then Wynand Herholdt the next. All just on a couch at Louis and Heidi’s house and in the Pit behind Clarke’s. Its that simple but intricate and galling at the same time.

– Jean-Marc Johannes –

Jean Marc Johannes and Brian SchaeferJean Marc Johannes and Brian Schaefer

Jean Marc Johannes Tampa Tattoo

Well, firstly I don’t have any other tats and I was not planning to get either. I always said that if one day I make it to Tampa Am, then it’ll be something to remember or just remind you of that journey. So it was just after my run in Tampa, Brian Schaefer, the owner of skate park of Tampa, was there there too and he was stoked because it was my first time to Tampa, first time to the States and my first tattoo.

– Ryan Naidoo –

Ryan Naidoo Tattoo by Irish JamesIrish James / Sins of Style
Toilet paper. I just think it’s unique and different. Plus, I love taking shits; it’s always relaxing and peaceful, alone time for myself you know, haha!

Ryan Naidoo Africa Tattoo
Africa I got from my friend’s uncle who stays in Kensington. I call him Uncle Donnie. I got this tattoo because I’m a proud African. I’m not done with it, and still plan on adding something extra. I was born and bred in Cape Town, South Africa, so I’ll always be African.

– Marcel Maassen –

Marcel Maassen Tiger Style TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
Wu-Tang Tiger Style. I’ve been listening to Wu since I was in grade 4, so I’m still down with the Wu Gang and Gangsterism!

Marcel Maassen Hulk TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
The Hulk. I have two sides in life: I either want to fuck shit up and break everything when I get angry, or I have a smooth side where I help people out I guess. But everybody wants to be like Hulk sometimes and just run, jump and fuck shit up. Also, he’s my favourite Marvel character of course.

Marcel Maassen Cape Town for Life TattooRico / Wildfire Tattoos
CPT. I have fallen in love with this place. I told myself that if I can make it for a year I’d get a Cape Town tattoo. As much as I love it, I also hate it here, because it’s so easy to get drunk every night and you kind of have to say no sometimes and balance it out. Cape Town is just a damn rad vibe; all the homies, all the betties, the beach… It’s all good.

– Juan Smit –

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
My Dad was a mechanic in the airforce for 25 years, and we share birthdays on 8 April.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
This is a World War II Shackolton Bomber. My brother and I used to play under one of them in a field on Ysterplaat Airforce Base.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
OJ design wheel with wings. A good friend of mine, Louis Taubert, has one, so I also got one. I guess you could say that skateboarding gave me a lot of freedom in my childhood.

Juan Smit Tattoo by Irish JamesHand poked by Irish James / Sins of Style
Streets Life! For the homies – Piet, Leon, Dewald, Jaakness and Craig.

– We miss you JP! –

JP du Preez KFD TattooTrevor Rogers / Dragonfire Tattoo

SHAKE JUNT – LUH DA KIDS

The Shake Junt crew made a surprise visit to Belvedere Skatepark, where they hooked up the local kids with free product, and had a good time skating with them too. The video features Andrew Reynolds, Bryan Herman, Ishod Wair and more.

MUSIC MONDAYS

Comeback Kid are set to release a new album, Die Knowing.

It will be the band’s sixth album, which will be released through Victory Records 4 March. You can only pre-order through Victory Records.

The goal with Die Knowing was to really capture the best parts of our live show and put those elements into the album. Lyrically, it’s a reminder to stay hungry while carving your own path, living life to its full potential. This will be the biggest and heaviest sounding Comeback Kid album to date. – Andrew Neufeld

For those who don’t know, Comeback Kid are coming to South Africa and arrive this week!

Comeback Kid Die Knowing Album Cover

Track Listing:

1. Die Knowing
2. Lower The Line
3. Wasted Arrows
4. Losing Sleep (feat. Pauly Correia)
5. Should Know Better
6. I Depend, I Control
7. Somewhere In This Miserable…
8. Beyond
9. Unconditional
10. Didn’t Even Mind
11. Full Swing (feat. Scott Wade)
12. Sink In

REVOLUTION CRESTA AND MENLYN STORE SALES

Revolution Cresta and Menlyn Sales

Sale on All Apparel and Footwear

Huge sales on now at our Revolution Cresta and Revolution Menlyn stores!

Guys: Buy 2, get 1 free (any 3 items – cheapest of the 3 is free)

Gals: Buy 1, get 1 free

While stocks last

Revolution Cresta
Shop L201B, Cresta Shopping Centre, CNR Beyers Naude and Weltevreden Road, EXT 4, Cresta, Randburg, Johannesburg
(011) 678 1685
cresta@revolution.co.za

Revolution Menlyn
Shop UF2, Parking level 6, Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Atturburry Road, Menlyn Park, Pretoria
(012) 348 2959
menlyn@revolution.co.za

THE MAKING OF TRUE TO THIS: EPISODE 3

Not New To This

The third webisode leasing up to the launch of True To This. Check out the Veeco Film Productions library with past and present Volcom team riders. Featuring Chet Thomas, Jamie Lynn, Caswell Berry, Terje Haakonsen, Dustin Dollin and Mitch Coleborn.

True to This is a feature film celebrating America’s First Boarding Company, Volcom.

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Ancient Japanese Drawings Depicting Men Farting

Yip, you read that right. These ancient images were produced during the Japanese Edo period (1603 – 1868). They show he-gassen, or “farting competition”. Farting on each other, women and animals, nothing is held back in the fart wars. Apparently similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period, with images depicting the westerners blown away by Japanese farts. The images all came from a scroll, which was scanned in and then cut up digitally.

Via Beautiful Decay.

DREAMSHADE INTERVIEW

Dreamshade in South Africa

Dreamshade are a Swiss Metal band, and will be here soon for their South African tour. We caught up with them for a quick interview…

Introduce yourselves! Who are you? What do you guys do outside of the band?
Hello everyone! We are Dreamshade, a Metal band from Lugano, Switzerland. Outside of the band we all work or study.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
People have been trying to label our music with thousands of different names but I don’t actually think it’s possible to find the right one. Let’s just say our music is strongly based on melodies, atmospheres, power and epicness, all blended together with a groovy sound. It’s very modern and fresh.

What’s behind the name Dreamshade?
The band name came out somehow in 2007. We were in our rehearsal room and had a few beers, you know… we were kids and not able to hold our drinks. Then we spat out some ideas to represent the meaning of this band. We needed some words to express what this band means to us so the word “Dream” came out, but a dream is something you only live when you are sleeping so we wanted our band name to express what remains of our dreams, which is actually their shades.

We’re looking forward to your tour here! Do you have any expectations or pre-conceived ideas of South Africa?
We all know that South Africa is a very beautiful country. Our guitarist Rocco has been there once already and always told us we need to get there. We are very excited about playing your country and are really grateful for this opportunity. Just can’t wait to be there with all of you and taste your wine!

Dreamshade The Gift of Life

Take us through your typical songwriting process.
I usually write music and lyrics separately and independently. The majority of the riffs come from me and Rocco while the lyrics come from me and our singer Kevin. When we feel a song’s music is finally getting shaped and the structure makes sense we forward it to the rest band for approval and arrangements. As soon as the music is ready me and Kevin try to match the lyrics with the feeling of the song. This takes a significant amount of time as we write many vocal harmonies and rhythms.

Where do you draw influence/inspiration from?
We are often influenced by non-metal music. Most of the time our stuff comes from Ambient, Hip Hop, Punk, Pop, Rock or even Ethnic music and then transformed into our style. I know this sounds weird but that’s a true story. Always remember, the more influences you have, the more unique your music will sound.

What themes/topics do you lyrics mostly consist of? Who writes them?
As I said, me and Kevin write all the lyrics. The themes are constantly changing but we are always influenced by life. Kevin’s lyrics are usually more direct, I write more poetical stuff instead.

Do you only listen to Metal, or are there other genres you like? What do you listen to to unwind?
We don’t listen to Metal so often. We are very open-minded and listen to thousands of artists of any kind of music. I would suggest you a new Malaysian artist called Yuna; go check her out, she’ll blow your mind!

Dreamshade

When is the end of the world?
The end of the world will happen when we land in South Africa. Prepare yourselves for the blast!

How does the Metalcore scene in Switzerland compare to other scenes you’ve experienced?
We’re not very related to Metalcore actually. The music scene in our country is very small. I guess we are more popular in other countries. It’s pretty good anyway.

What other Swiss bands should we be keeping an ear out for?
If you’re looking for some new and good Swiss Metal I would suggest Eluveitie and Breakdown Of Sanity.

Anything else to would like to say?
We absolutely can’t wait to play for you in South Africa! I’m sure we will be able to see wonderful things and make new awesome friends! Spread our music among your friends and pre-order your tickets ’cause May is coming soon!

Dreamshade South Africa Tour

JIM HOUSER EXHIBITION

Jim Houser - A Position on a Map

Artist Jim Houser, from Philadelphia, has a solo show on in Italy at the moment called A Position on a Map. Here’s some of his work…

Jim Houser - A QuiverJim Houser / A Quiver / 2013 / acrylic and collage on canvas / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - HushJim Houser / Hush / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - PilesJim Houser / Piles / 2013 / acrylic and collage on canvas / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - ParksJim Houser / Parks / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - A Position on a MapJim Houser / A Position on a Map / 2013 / acrylic and collage on wood / 46×46 cm

Jim Houser - A Volley of OathsJim Houser / A Volley of Oaths / 2013 / acrylic on wood / 46×46 cm

The exhibition is on at Galleria Patricia Armocida. Jim has twenty medium and large-scale artworks and two site-specific installations up.

Jim Houser’s works are narrative microcosms in which he compulsively presents moments, instants, memories from his life as if it were a self-examination process, cathartically translating them into visual poetry with a pictorial, unique, and distinctive language. By cataloging his experiences and emotions, the artist creates his own vocabulary of images that guides us through his personal curative iconography. Jim Houser’s aesthetic combines stylized figures, hand-drawn typography, sound-symbolic words, visual sensations, and geometric shapes, creating quilt-like collages in a cohesive color palette. Houser layers acrylic on wood, fabric and found objects, blurring the lines between collage and sculpture. This deceptively dimensional quality is further highlighted when the pieces are assembled into one of the artist’s elaborate installations, adding to the complexity of each individual piece by emphasizing a greater inter-connectivity to the body of work as a whole. Once combined, it becomes clear that all of his works are associative and directly related, connected to each other as if part of a mapping system. And so, much like a position on a map corresponds to an actual physical location, his works mirror events, places, or attachments in his life, thus marking his position in the world.

Jim currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a self-taught artist and member of the art collective Space1026. He has exhibited all over the world.

All images Courtesy Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, Italy.

KRYPTONICS NEW UK AMBASSADOR – ROB ASHBY

Rob at Rom

Long time skateboarder, Rob Ashby, has been named as the Kryptonics Brand Ambassador for the United Kingdom. Ashby, 51, is a skateboarder, slalom racer, race organizer and Secretary of the UK Slalom Skateboarding Association. When not skateboarding he is a Commercial Contracts Manager in the Civil Service. Rob started skateboarding in late 1975, when a friend gave him an old Roller Derby Mustang skateboard. Back in the day he skated a bit of everything; freestyle, long jump, high jump a bit of slalom, eventually gravitating towards skate parks and vert with a bit of freestyle and slalom thrown in for good measure. As Rob says, “Street skating back then just meant getting from A to B on your board.” After dabbling is slalom throughout his skating career, Rob began skating slalom seriously again in 2006 and in 2008 and entered a few European races and has never looked back.

Rob is involved in the Long Live Southbank movement and was one of the many that recently skated from Southbank to Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton to deliver over 26,000 individual planning objections.

Ashby has been riding 65mm Kryptonics Greens on his park board and has used them for bowl sessions and has have also ridden them on numerous visits to Southbank – throwing out Bert’s and 360 slides just like the old days. He also rode them on his slalom board at the European Indoor Slalom Championships in December 2013. He made use of his 70mm Reds riding them from Southbank to Lambeth Town Hall with the Long Live Southbank crew to deliver the planning objections.

In addition to representing Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels at skateboarding events, Rob will also be promoting the brand through social media.

In announcing Ashby’s joining the ambassador program, Kryptonics Wheels Brand Director Steve Douglas commented, “We are stoked to have Rob on board as our UK ambassador, his involvement in the UK skate scene throughout the years, along with his efforts in the Long Live Southbank make him a valuable addition to our program”.

The new line of Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels are coming soon to a Revolution store near you and to Revolution Online.

Rob with Slalom Board and Long Live Southbank

Interview with Rob

Tell us a bit about where you live.
I live in Cheam, Surrey, just 13 miles from the centre of London so I get the best of both worlds – far enough out to be reasonably quiet and close to the countryside yet near enough to get into London in half an hour when needed.

When did you start skateboarding?
I first stepped onto a board in 1976. It was a friends’ Roller Derby “Mustang 20” with clay wheels. I remember that on rougher road surfaces you couldn’t keep your feet on the board very long as the vibrations coming through the deck just shook you off! I then made my own from one of a pair of “Jacoskates” which I think I paid 25p for at a jumble sale? They were fitted with barrel shaped black rubber wheels with shielded loose bearings. I made the deck out of a piece of marine ply liberated from a rubbish skip and stuck some strips of emery cloth on it for grip. I learnt a lot on that first board in the subsequent months.

Did you play other sports as kid?
My father loved his football and had been a formidable centre forward in his youth and during his army days but I definitely hadn’t inherited his skills. I enjoyed fencing at school for a while but general “run of the mill sports” left me cold! I know my dad would have preferred me to play football rather than skate. “You and that bloody skateboard, why don’t you play football instead?” He would often say.

Did you skate street or vert to begin with?
When I first started skating in the 70’s you would skate a bit of everything, freestyle, long jump, high jump a bit of slalom, banks and parks. Street skating back then just meant getting from A to B on your board. I mainly skated parks and vert with a bit of freestyle and slalom thrown in for good measure – all on the one board in the beginning.

What attracted you to slalom?
A lot of that goes back to the days at Southbank which as well as bank riding, leant itself ideally to flatland slalom and freestyle. Slalom was always popular in the UK and appealed too many because, at first glance, it seemed easy and achievable on the street. You could practice slalom with empty tin cans, as there were no cones available at that time, and it was easy to pick up. Slalom also had a fair share of coverage in magazines too and racing is always easy to understand.

When did you start racing?
To be honest I didn’t race competitively at all in the 70’s and 80’s. I went to a few Brands Hatch events and may have had a run or three but I never competed as such. In the early years when equipment was fairly expensive I never had my own slalom set up. A new deck or set of park wheels was normally where my spare change went. If I was at Southbank I would often borrow a board to take a few runs on. The courses were quite tight in those days, a lot of this was attributed to the photos of slalom in magazines showing racers like Bobby Piercy and John Hutson. The logic being “That course must be tight for them to generate speed and get themselves in that position” – well there was no You Tube to watch or website to go to. Another factor then was the limited covered dry area to set a course on at Southbank when it rained; 20 cone, 4 foot straight wasn’t uncommon. Southbank was good breeding ground for many of the UK’s first class slalom racers back then and four of them have gone on to win World Championship Slalom titles and they all still race today! So it could be said I was more of an armchair racer – a park skater who dabbled in a bit of freestyle and slalom on the side. I only began skating slalom seriously again in 2006 and in 2008 I entered a few European races along with fellow Brits and European Race veterans Paul Price, Sam Gordon, Louis Selby, Mick Reiss and Ella Roggero and I loved every minute and never looked back.

Rob Frontside Double Axle

What do enjoy about racing?
There is a tremendous sense of family atmosphere amongst the slalom community. I know that in some circles it is often seen as the more geeky skateboarding discipline. I think that this in part because of the plethora of equipment and ways people set their boards up – different truck angles, wheel formula’s/duro’s etc. I guess it is, as Chris Linford put it, the skate equivalent of Formula 1 – you’re trying to tune your board to get the best possible performance out of it. But essentially anyone can try it – just slacken your trucks off and have a wiggle! At some of our races in the UK we have started seeing a few crossovers from longboarding to slalom as well as a few newbies which is always a good thing. Another bonus is seeing so many legendary skaters from the 70’ and 80’s racing slalom – even better that you can get to race them!

Back in the day what colour wheels/size did you ride?
The first Kryptonics I bought were the 1st generation 70mm Red’s which I purchased from Alpine Sports in Knightsbridge, they came with a free “Kryptonics Krazy” sweatshirt – was so stoked! Riding them for the first time was amazing – like nothing I had ever experienced, such a smooth silent ride. Later I went on to ride 60mm Green’s which I had on a Peralta Warptail with Mid Tracks, then came the 65mm Lime Green versions. I also rode Blue CX double conicals, I remember seeing that amazing photo of Steve Alba riding them – the classic frontside edger shot at Pipeline in Skateboarder – a few days after I had got them, I was really stoked on that!

How better were they from the competition?
I guess that they were really out there on their own for a while as far as the choice of compounds and sizes went. There weren’t really any serious competitors around offering different durometer’s and sizes for a while. It’s not like now where you can pretty much go and get any duro and size wheels you wish. Back then Kryptonics were one of the few companies producing wheels that offered a resilient compound for different terrains and scenarios; and of course the adverts in the magazines were legendary.

What was your favorite Kryptonics ad from back in the day?
I think that would be “Tired of the Same Old Juice” closely followed by “The Name Game” – but to be honest they are all noteworthy in their own way.

What is your favorite memory in skateboarding from the 70’s and early 80’s?
Ooo that’s a tough one – So many come flooding back. I think it would have to be skating at Portland (Dorset, UK) Skate Escape in the summer ‘78/‘79in with locals James Davies, Steve Narraway, Piggy and Chris and the old Wareham crew Mark Farmer, Alan Bennett and Steve Grounds – some of the best times!

What is your favorite memory in skateboarding?
That would have to be the smell of a 70’s skate shop – failing that the awesome Wednesday night sessions at Southbank in the early 80’s with the best crew in the World – intense, wild, often rowdy but always the best fun ever and I am happy to say that we are all still in contact after all of these years and in most cases still skating!

Rob European Indoor Champs

What type of work do you do?
I work as a Commercial Contracts Manager in the Civil Service. I am also Secretary of the UK Slalom Skateboarding Association and race organizer.

You’ve been riding the new Kryptos for a couple of months now; can you share your thoughts on the wheels?
I have been riding 65mm Green’s on my park board and have used them for a couple of sessions in a little bowl nearby. I have also ridden them on numerous visits to Southbank recently – throwing out Bert’s and 360 slides just like the old days! I have even used them on my slalom board at the European Indoor Slalom Championships in December. I have been using 70mm Red’s for cruising around and today I rode them From Southbank to Lambeth Town Hall with the Long Live Southbank crew to deliver the planning objections and they just ate up the pavement. This years must have commuting wheel!

How does it feel to be a Kryptonics Wheels International Ambassador?
When I first saw the e-mail from Steve I had to read it over again. I am just so unbelievably honored and completely STOKED to be involved with one of the most iconic skate brands. SUPER STOKED!

We keep hearing about the efforts to save the Southbank skate spot. Can you tell us how it’s going?
The Southbank Centre have submitted an amended planning application for their ‘Festival Wing’ scheme, as well as a new, separate planning application for their proposed replacement “skateable space” under Hungerford Railway Bridge. Obviously this site is lacking any of the history, character or cultural value of the Undercroft. Not to mention that it has 20 trains an hour thundering overhead! If these applications are accepted, it will mean the Undercroft is lost forever, to be replaced by commercial floor space. It is vital that we do our upmost to save this unique iconic London landmark and cultural space! As I already mentioned yesterday I was one of the many that skated from Southbank to Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton to deliver over 26,000 individual planning objections. With this new UK-record-breaking number of planning objections, surely it is time for Lambeth Council to listen to the people, and to save the Undercroft?

How can people help?
Long Live Southbank now has over 100,000 members, with supporters from all over the world. If you wish to help and show your support please visit www.llsb.com where you can become a member, join the supporters, sign the petition and even buy a t-shirt (as worn by Dave Hackett!). There is a Long Live Southbank Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LongLiveSouthbank, Twitter feed: @Long_Live_SB and Instagram feed: @savesouthbank. By becoming a member, you give official support to the campaign. There is no joining fee but by putting your name officially behind the campaign it will help us to show the importance of the Southbank Undercroft to its users. So please join now folks, fill in the official Southbank Centre Survey too – let them know that you disagree with the direction they’re taking! Your support is very much appreciated.

What’s 2014 look like for you?
Well I think it might have just got a whole lot busier, Ha ha! Hopefully skating more parks and practicing my freestyle! I will shortly be working on the UK slalom racing calendar for 2014 and this year I am hoping to put on another major event at one of the countries favourite motor racing circuits – Oops I have said too much already! In addition to that I look forward to working with everyone at Kryptonics and along with the other Ambassadors helping to spread “A New Wave of Stoke” through 2014 and beyond!

Rob with boards

WILDCARD WEDNESDAY

Wildcard Wedesdays Revolution Online Slave Decks

Today only, get a Slave deck for R490 from Revolution Online! That is a 30% saving (R210). Naturally, all decks purchased from Revolution Online come with free grip, so you don’t need to worry about that.

Click here to get yours now: http://www.revolutiononline.co.za/product-tag/wildcard-wednesday/

Revolution Online (not any of our other stores) runs a Wildcard Wednesdays special every Wednesday for one day only. Make sure to check back next week for the next one!

TATTOO TUESDAYS

ShecklerRyan Sheckler – Last Name Pride

The tattoos on some of your favourite pro’s. Good? Terrible? You decide.

Bob BurnquistBob Burnquist – Anti-Hero Tramp Stamp

Chaz OrtizChaz Ortiz – Steez and Ortiz

Brian WenningBrian Wenning – Selfish Logo

Jake DuncombeJake Duncombe – Uncertain

Nick TrapassoNick Trapasso – Wasted Bear

Jereme RogersJereme Rogers – I Fear No Man

Tommy SandovalTommy Sandoval – Die Trying and Tummy Pistols

Antwaun DixonAntwaun Dixon – Deathwish and others

Bam MargeraBam Margera – Heartogram

MUSIC MONDAYS

Cass McCombs – “Brighter!” featuring Karen Black from Hector Savage on Vimeo.

Cass McCombs – “Brighter!”

A tribute music video to the late Karen Black. Her husband, Stephen Eckelberry, helped make it.

Stephen: “Cass McCombs emailed me in late November 2013 and asked if I would create a music video for Brighter! using classic clips from her movies. It struck me as an opportunity to explore a theme that interests me – the relationship of film and memory. We watch a movie and the images from that movie become part of our memory stream. An image came to me: Cass himself becoming a screen for the projection of images of Karen – as if his memories of her were playing themselves out over his body. I found a clip I had shot with my iPhone when Cass was over at our house rehearsing the song with Karen, and I combined that with clips of her movies, some iconic, some more obscure.

LEWIS MARNELL TRIBUTE VIDEO

Almost Skateboards presents this incredible tribute video on the 1-year anniversary of Lewis’ death. Daewon, Rodney, Haslam, Cooper, and Willow all recollect an amazing skater and individual. This includes amazing footage and photos. Rest in Peace, Lewis.

NIKE SB SHELTER BERLIN

Nike SB have opened a new skatepark in the heart of Berlin. Clean and perfect don’t even do it justice. Apparently we can expect a lot more edits and spotlights from this indoor park in the future.

COMEBACK KID – LIVE IN SA 2014 TEASER

Jagermeister in association with Favour The Brave Agency are pleased to announce that Canadian Hardcore Punk stalwarts; COMEBACK KID (Victory Records) will be touring South Africa this coming January 2014. Having written some of the most memorable moments in hardcore history with sing-along hits like “Die Tonight”, “Wake The Dead”, “Broadcasting” and “G.M. Vincent & I”, COMEBACK KID have cemented their brand of catchy hardcore punk in the hearts of their fans worldwide.

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT WWW.COMPUTICKET.CO.ZA

Find out more about the tour HERE.

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Tim O’Connor introduces Mike Carroll’s part from the Plan B “Questionable” video, which came out 22 years ago. Carroll is a legend.

LEWIS MARNELL FOREVER – ALMOST FAMOUS EP. 3

Losing a brother is never easy, but Lewis would want us to be happy when we think of him. As we get closer to the 1st anniversary of his passing on Jan 18th, ALMOST FAMOUS EP 3 celebrates a positive person, a son, a brother, a husband who also happened to be a pro skater. Don’t forget what it’s all about. Lewis Marnell Forever.

FREDDY SAM PAINTS MASSIVE MANDELA MURAL

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Local artist Freddy Sam was commissioned by the Maboneng Precinct in Joburg to paint a mural to commemorate Nelson Mandela, as a gift to the city. The mural is ten stories high and is based on the photo below, which was taken by Bob Gosani. It took Freddy Sam four days to do. Apparently is it based on Mandela’s definition of “Ubuntu” i.e. “You cannot be human all by yourself.”

Nelson Mandela

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Freddy Sam

Freddy Sam Nelson Mandela Mural

Image by Bob Gosani. Mural by Freddy Sam.

Images courtesy of Juxtapoz Magazine.

THE MOTHS RELEASE EP

The Moths are an instrumental ‘surf rock’ band from Johannesburg. They’ve just released a new EP and we think it’s pretty rad.

The Moths are:

Chris – Guitar
Chris – Bass
Cale – Drums

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CLICHE X DIAMOND COLLAB

Cliche x Diamond

Cliché Skateboards and Diamond Supply Co. have teamed up to create a collaboration deck series. The collaboration features pro models from Andrew Brophy, Joey Brezinski, Lucas Puig, Daniel Espinoza, Flo Mirtain and JB Gillet. Coming soon to Revolution stores.

Diamond Supply Co x Cliche

WILDCARD WEDNESDAY

Globe Shoes Wildcard Wednesday

IT’S WILDCARD WEDNESDAY!

Today only, get two pairs of Globe shoes (the Lock, Tilt or Pursuit) for R1000! That is a MASSIVE discount.

Don’t sleep on this.

Choose which 2 you want, then use the coupon code “CHUMPCHANGE” in your cart to your discount.

Click here to get yours: http://revolutiononline.co.za/product-tag/wildcard-wednesday/

*PLEASE NOTE: This special only applies to Revolution Online, not any of our other retail stores*

RODNEY MULLEN TED TALK

Rodney Mullen is widely considered to be the most influential skateboarder in skateboarding history. He shares with humility and passion how the constant search for improvement has led to outstanding innovations and how we can all learn from lessons of great skateboarders.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

STREAM THE NEW AGAINST ME! ALBUM

Against Me!

Stream Against Me!’s new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, by clicking the image above.

The bracingly political Florida punk band Against Me! has been a going concern since 1997, but Transgender Dysphoria Blues can’t help but feel like a debut: It’s the group’s first album since singer Tom Gabel came out as a woman. Now named Laura Jane Grace, she still barks her lyrics with fiercely assertive intelligence – with a voice as yet largely unchanged from the one in the band’s earlier work – but Against Me!’s subject matter can’t help but be turned on its head.

It’s right there in Transgender Dysphoria Blues’ title that Against Me! intends to address Grace’s new identity upfront: This is a coming-out record first and foremost, from its opening line – “Your tells are so obvious / shoulders too broad for a girl” – through songs that channel her fears and characteristic defiance. At times joltingly profane, Transgender Dysphoria Blues doesn’t let up for 29 brisk minutes, but real tenderness and vulnerability surfaces in the melee. In “Unconditional Love,” Grace repeats the self-lacerating line, “Even if your love was unconditional / it still wouldn’t be enough to save me” – a terrifying and revealing notion, even as Grace remains by all accounts happily married to her wife.

Against Me!’s music only addressed gender issues in passing before Transgender Dysphoria Blues, so the album certainly qualifies as a left turn. But the end result is just as catchy and anthemic as the terrific speedball punk records that precede it. Gabel always told the truth as he saw it, so it makes sense that Laura Jane Grace would do the same, with the added benefit of comfort and courage in her own skin.

CAPTAINS ATTACK – DALAVAS

Captains Attack – Dalavas from Hélas. on Vimeo.

Hélas Caps and Legion of Sorts presents CAPTAINS ATTACK, a one month adventure through Southern France and Barcelona featuring skateboarding from Lucas Puig, Stephen Khou, Luypa Sin, Joel Paoletti, Clement Brunel, Dan Leung, Brian Dolle, Timi McMeel, Brian Peacock and others.

Filmed by Tommy Zhao & Sebastien Godet on location in Paris, Toulouse, Montpellier, Marseille, Perpignan, & Barcelona.

Music: One Thousand by Juicy J.

AWAY: AN EXHIBITION

Away

A Solo Exhibition of Recent Works
By artist Sarah Pratt
Titled ‘Away’

Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town
Wednesday 29 January – 22 February 2014

Toward or into non-existence.

While travelling from Cape Town to Dubai, Manchester to Wales, London to Singapore, and finally New Zealand back to Cape Town, Sarah Pratt presents a body of work both inspired and dictated by a ‘Journey’.

‘Away’ invokes feelings of being apart, elsewhere, afar and astray.

Travel exposes us to other worlds that, despite our scheduled timeline, seem to exist in a timeless realm.

While moving in a systematic manner from point to point, Sarah Pratt harnesses her travel experiences, both physical and psychological, to inform the nature of these works.

Using pen, ink and gouache, she focuses on producing a series of works that are an exploration of other-worldliness, works that illustrate another place and are created in unfamiliar environment.

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Artwork by Sarah Pratt

Artwork by Sarah Pratt

THROWBACK THURSDAYS

Almost Mullen Freestyle Mutt Deck

Almost Skateboards have brought out a reissue of Rodney Mullen’s first pro model Freestyle deck – the Mullen Freestyle Mutt.

7.375″ x 27.5″
WB: 12.63″
Flat concave

Coming soon to a Revolution store near you!

Almost Mullen Freestlye Mutt

RAISING HELSETH

This is the inspiring story of Casey Helseth. He talks about how skateboarding saved his life.

Produced & Directed by: Josh Becker with Mike Oliphant
Shot, edited & written by: Josh Becker

LAMB OF GOD IN SOUTH AFRICA

Lamb of God South Africa 2014

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ll have heard by now that Lamb of God are playing in South Africa this month!

Cape Town: http://www.facebook.com/events/395048820607385/

Johannesburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/546286785431777/

Heavy metal supporters in the Republic of 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 band’s 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 backlog of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the the band’s jam-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. Tours by the company have previously included artists at cities including Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein as the major urban centres. “We’re hoping 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 centers.” Cape Town can be reached in eight hours by road from Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg within six hours from all major inland cities, and coastal Durban.

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.

See the LAMB OF GOD facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/lambofgod

Local support for the tour will include both a stalwart and an exciting new South African metal band, one from each city performing at both shows. MIND ASSAULT from Cape Town have become a dominant force in the Southern African metal scene since commencing on their first national tour in 2006, and have featured prominently at a number of tours and major festivals and across the country since then.

See the MIND ASSAULT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/mindassault

THE DRIFT is a new guise featuring familiar faces, such as Louis Du Pisani from formerly of Knave, Hannes of Chromium, Marc of All Forlorn, Stefan of Gadabout, and Jason of Miserichord; formed up into one brand new heavy metal powerhouse. Each band will represent a true reflection of what South African metal has to offer, and form an exciting cross-city metal exchange.

See THE DRIFT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/thedriftsa

LAMB OF GOD will melt faces on FRIDAY 24 JANUARY in Cape Town, and SATURDAY 25 JANUARY in Johannesburg. Tickets can be purchased as of immediately via www.computicket.com, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.

CAPE TOWN VENUE: CITY HALL AUDITORIUM.

FACILITIES AT BOTH VENUES INCLUDE:

Well-stocked bars (no alcohol served to u18s), food stalls, security, medics.

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

REVOLUTION WOODSTOCK SAMPLE SHOE SALE

Revolution Woodstock shoe sample sale

Revolution Woodstock is having a sample shoe sale on selected Fallen, DVS and Vision sample shoes.

Fallen / DVS – R350
Vision – R400

Get down there now to get yours before they get snatched up! Some are one of a kind in SA.

Revolution Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town: (021) 447 6801 / woodstock@revolution.co.za

Revolution Woodstock shoe sample sale

Revolution Woodstock shoe sample sale

Revolution Woodstock shoe sample sale

MIKE GIANT: CONFESSIONS OF AN OLD DIRTY SKATEBOARDER

Mike Giant at FFDG from Fecal Face on Vimeo.

Mike Giant’s solo show Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder happened in 2012, but we thought it was worth putting up in case any of you hadn’t seen photos from it.

“I’m a product of my generation. I grew up through the 80s and was drawn to the punk rock and hip-hop cultures simultaneously”, Giant said in a recent interview. “I threw myself in headfirst. A lot of those things were about personal expression, and also an anti-establishment attitude like, “We don’t need you, we have our own thing.” That’s the backbone of who I am to this day”.

San Francisco based Mike Giant has achieved fame as a graffiti artist, illustrator and tattooist. Black ink is Giant’s specialty and whether his medium is concrete, paper or skin, his signature style – inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration – is unmistakable. Mike Giant has worked in media covering, graffiti, design, fine art, photography and tattooing, making him one of the most celebrated and versatile artists of his generation. He has shown in galleries around the world.

Mike Giant

Rebel 8

Favorite skate shapes

Rebel 8

Mike Giant

Mike Giant

Mike Giant

Photos courtesy of www.ffdg.net.

KENT LINGEVELDT FIRST INTERNATIONAL KRYPTONICS RIDER

KentPhoto: Pierre van der Spuy

Highly respected South African skateboarder/longboarder, Kent Lingeveldt, has been named Kryptonics First International Brand Ambassador. Lingeveldt, 33, is a skateboarder, photographer and the owner of Cape Town skateboard company, Alpha Longboards. Kent started as a street skater, at the age of 14. In 1999, he entered the world of downhill longboard racing, taking part in the first Red Bull Downhill Extreme in Cape Town down the infamous “Glen Road”. From 2004 to 2006, he competed at races in Europe and South America and in 2009. He returned to racing in 2011, after a two-year break and still races locally and abroad when the time allows.

Kent regularly does informal work with local kids in and around the poorer communities in Cape Town and together with an older generation of longboarders he works to nurture skateboarding as a life-skill for kids that opens up their minds to a world of an extended skate family worldwide.

Kent started Alpha Longboards in 2001 and in the past 12 years, has handmade over 500 boards. His boards are ridden across the world in 13 countries on five continents. He has collaborated with artists Atang Tshikare, Toni Stuart, Khaya Witbooi, Nardstar, Rico Swanepoel, Motel7 and Mr. Fuzzy Slippers to create Alpha art boards. His Local Legends series honours South African greats such as Nelson Mandela and in April 2012, he met Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and presented him with his own Tutu Alpha art board. He regularly exhibits the Alpha Longboards art boards in his home of South Africa as well as in Germany.

Kent with Desmond TutuKent with Desmond Tutu

Lingeveldt has been involved as a test rider for the new Kryptonics Star Trac wheels over the last few months, putting the wheels through their paces on the varied terrain of South Africa.

In addition to representing Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels at skateboarding events, Kent will also be promoting the brand through social media and self-produced skateboarding videos.

In announcing Lingeveldt’s joining the ambassador program, Kryptonics Wheels Brand Director Steve Douglas commented, “We are stoked to have a skater of Kent’s abilities, and just as importantly his involvement with South African youth, representing Kryptonics Wheels”.

Tell us a bit about where you live.

I live in Cape Town, South Africa, born and bred. It’s a port city at the southernmost tip of Africa. Because it’s a port city, Cape Town is quite diverse and cosmopolitan with many different nationalities and cultures making it a rad melting pot of people.

When did you start skateboarding?

I started skating in 1994, the same year South Africa became a democracy.

Did you play other sports as kid?

I come from a very sporty family and my Father played professional and national soccer in his prime, but I could never get the hang of playing the game, and ended up doing cross-country running at school.

Kent on Podium at Hot HeelsKent on the podium at Hot Heels

When you started skating, was it on a longboard? Or did you skate street or vert to begin with?

I started skating street. Where I grew up and spent most of my time in the city centre was very urban, and a perfect playground for street skating. I remember street skating being one of the most racially integrated pastimes at the time, especially for the times and changes our country was going through, from Apartheid to a democracy.

What attracted you to longboarding?

The need to go faster downhill. My first two years of downhill racing was on the widest street decks I could find at the time. So I knew the bigger the board the better for downhill skating. Also in 1994 when I started skating, we lived on a hill, and I got shown how to slide by a guy called Wayne Moses who lived on the same hill, and sliding was so much easier on a longboard when going fast.

When did you start racing?

I started racing in 1999 at the inaugural Red Bull Downhill Extreme down Klooofnek Road/The Glen in Cape Town. Between 1999 and I think 2002 we only had that race each year and we would have international riders from America, Europe, South America and Australia come to compete. In 2004 I made my first trip abroad to race in Europe and then in following years South America and Australia.

What do enjoy about racing?

The coming together of the community to hang out, go fast, and inspire each other to do better. With the boom in the downhill racing equipment industry, racing is also a way to keep abreast of what’s new and out there and what’s doing good and what’s not.

How did Alpha Longboards come about?

Alpha Longboards started out in 2000/2001 out of a realization that I need a longer deck than my street deck to go faster down hills. Coming from a family with not too much extra cash to import a European or American brand back then, I just got a piece of commercial ply from a hardware store and cut out my first longboard. Mates saw the boards I was cutting out and shaping and started buying them from me, and BOOM, I was a small board shaping company.

Kent with HelmetPhoto: Zwelibanze Sitole

What was your inspiration for the Desmond Tutu and Ghandi decks?

They form part of a stencil-art series of boards called the LOCAL LEGENDS series. Images include that of Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Miriam Makeba, and Imam Haron. It’s intention is to inspire South Africans to pay homage and be inspired by our own local legends rather than heroes outside our borders. Especially the youth. Also to make them aware of these heroes of our country that maybe our school textbooks do not teach them about.

It must have been very cool to meet Desmond Tutu, can you share that experience with us?

I am also a documentary photographer and a friend of mine is making a documentary on a young anti-apartheid activist who was killed in the late 1980’s by the police for his work. Ashley Kriel’s funeral was the first political funeral Desmond Tutu officiated as the Archbishop of the Anglican Church in Cape Town, so we interviewed him about the funeral for the documentary. And I thought here is my chance to give him a deck with his image on it and possibly have him sign one for me. He loved it and has his own deck hung up on his office wall.

We’ve heard that you do quite a bit of work with the underprivileged kids in your area. What kind of programs/activities are involved?

I studied Child and Youth Development in the early 2000’s and also worked in childrens’ homes while studying, but stopped because it took too much time away from skateboarding. So I have always had a want to work with kids, mainly because many of them come from similar home backgrounds as myself and therefore it was awesome for them to chat to someone who can relate. Currently I have a group of kids in the area where my Alpha Longboards workshop is in that get support from me with skate gear and I also work with them in showing them the life skill that is skateboarding. The ability to get up and try again when you down. It’s a very informal arrangement, which I prefer, because it also allows me to be myself and not force myself to be somewhere when I do not actually want to.

You’re also a photographer, how did you get into that, and how long have you been shooting?

I bought my first camera when I was 17, straight out of high school. It was an old Russian camera called a Zenith and it had the insignia from the 1980 Olympics. I had to buy it because I was born in 1980! As a skateboarder, we see the world differently from non-skaters, and it was the ‘other side” that I wanted to capture and show the world. Also documenting my close skate crew from back then got me to shooting lots back then.

How’s the South African longboard and racing scene?

It is growing really fast. The amount of groms at races and sliding events sometimes overwhelms me and definitely shows that there are no signs of slowing down. Everyone is fast too, so this makes for tight competition at races between all ages. I am hoping to see some more local product manufacturers come out of South Africa in the near future.

Kent with HelmetPhoto: Zwelibanze Sitole

You recently placed third in the Master’s Class at this year’s Hot Heels event. What was your setup? How did the Kryptonics wheels perform?

Yeah, the old man’s class, lol. I was riding an Alpha Longboards topmount racing deck with Navigator precision trucks and the 75mm 78a red Star Tracs. Their acceleration was awesome and they maintained a good rolling speed. They were definitely up to challenge the other wheels out there right now, I should just become a better race, haha. Where they really impressed me was the grip. The sharpish edge really bit and gripped when I needed them to and this really gave me the confidence to go as fast as I could around corners.

You’ve been riding the new Kryptos for a couple of months now, can you share your thoughts on the wheels?

Each duro performs exactly as one would expect from a 78a, 82a and a 86a wheel. I am the kind of skater who looks for any excuse to put a wheel sideways and what’s really stood out for me was how long they last and keep their shape. I do lots of sliding and still on my first set of green 70mm from three or so months ago, and they probably only down to 60mm. Because I also like to hook into my slides at speeds, I enjoy a wheel that’s not uncontrollable and that whips back from a slide when I lift my weight off it, and this is where I enjoy skating the new Star Tracs. Their minimal sidewall movement means that they keep their shape nicely and acceleration out of corners are really top. I am really looking forward to a full year of racing and free riding on them next year to gauge their consistency throughout the year.

How does it feel to be Kryptonics Wheels first international Ambassador?

I am still just a kid stoked to be riding a wheel that can tell you the story of his journey on a longboard man! I have been skating Kryptonics since 2000 when racers like Eric Lee, George Orton and Waldo Autry came over to race the Red Bull Downhill Extreme and gave us locals some Kryptonics Classics, 70mm and 76mm to race with when they saw the sketchy wheels we were riding. It feels like a childhood dream to be part of something that has shaped skateboarding since its formative years. Guys could not believe that I was still racing with Kryptonics Classics three years ago. I was at Newton’s Playground in Australia for the World Championships in 2009 and some grom came up to me and asked what new wheel on the market I was skating, referring to the Kryptos I was skating.

Did you know much about the heritage of Kryptonics Wheels before becoming an Ambassador?

A little bit chatting to the riders from America who came to race in Cape Town in the early 2000’s. The information and images on the Star Tracs Facebook page has been amazing in really letting me know what I am actually part of. It really blows me away.

What’s 2014 look like for you?

I am lucky enough at this point of my skateboarding to be picking up fresh sponsors and this really makes committing more time to skating easier as I love fully representing brands I am connected to. So because of this, I would really want to see how much travelling I can do internationally for racing, which will in turn also mean loads more freeriding with downhill family members around the globe. Also this year was spent establishing relationships with the group of kids I mentor through skateboarding and really want to work with them in getting them race ready and competing. So all in all, skating, shaping boards, and taking pics along the way to get people glimpse into our world.

The new line of Kryptonics Star Trac Wheels will be available soon from a Revolution store near you.

Kent Sliding GreensPhoto: Matthew Wareley

KentPhoto: Pierre van der Spuy

THE PIT PONG CHAMPIONSHIP

The Pit Beer Pong Championship

The Pit Pong Weekly Wednesday Championship starts this week and consists of a Beer Pong & Ping Pong Tournament.

Winner of each takes R250 in cash and prizes from Fallen Footwear.

Wednesday 8 January, 8pm
FREE ENTRY

Mini Ramp & Bowl also open for Wednesday’s Skate Night.

Supported by Fallen Footwear.

Facebook event

KING OF THE ROAD 2013: WEBISODE 1

After a rad intro section, Enjoi starts things off with a bunch of manual and transition tricks, they find a mom who can kickflip, and Jimmy Carlin shows he’s gonna have the most fun of all.

ALMOST FAMOUS

Episode 1:

A window inside the Almost Universe, based on random segments of remixes, organised chaos and having fun with that stunt wood we call skateboard.

Almost Immediate Family: Daewon Song, Rodney Mullen, Chris Haslam, Cooper Wilt, Willow, Youness Amrani, Mitchie Brusco. #LewisMarnellForever

Episode 2:

Rodney Mullen explains why he flipped the script! Almost High Tide Rider CJ works through his familia issues. Haslam drops some fun and perverted lines in Greece and … Russia? Daewon clogs the feed and Willow gets jumped into a gang!