Introducing The Bakers: Braydon, TK, Theotis, Mike White, Riley Hawk and Dustin Dollin.
RVCA interviews Kelsey Brookes from San Diego. Kelsey Brookes creates mind blowing repeat patterns and discuss’s his transition from being involved in the biotech industry to becoming a full time artist.
LRG drops a visit to Statik Selektah and team rider Justin Bennee’s studio where they combined their skill to create some interesting sounds.
Check out this really beautifully filmed video of freestyle skateboarder Killian Martin interacting with Kay Walkowiak’s artwork. Killian performs some impressive tricks with the unusual obstacles in this gallery space.
Thrasher’s “King Of The Road” features 4 teams who go through America to do the craziest and stupidest things imaginable hoping to win!
In this Trick Mix clip, Mark Appleyard demonstrates his moves on nothing more than a butter bench and some flat ground. If you haven’t seen his new signature shoe that has just come out with Globe check out the video below. Mark Appleyard breaks down the design features behind his new pro shoe from Globe—The Mahalo. Featuring a low profile silhouette and minimal branding, The Mahalo packs much more of a technical punch that it would outwardly seem.
In the latest video from Nike, Ishod Wair shares with us how Eric Koston has influenced him in his skateboarding. Check out Eric Koston’s Nike shoe over here.
Check out this “real life” version of The Simpson’s famous TV introduction!
Have a look at the latest in men’s wear from DC Shoes Africa.
Check out this beautifully filmed trailer for the full length video titled “Into The Thicket”. Featuring Chris Haslam, Todd Myers and Mat Howell the video chronicles their journey into the deep forests of Vancouver Island to skate a ramp. Made up of found materials from the surrounding environment and a little help with plywood the skaters explore their newly built trick machine with interesting camera angles.
Justin Southey along with a bunch of other really talented illustrators and artists are in a new exhibition opening tonight at Salon 91. Check out the facebook page over here. We chatted to Justin about his work for this typographic exhibition and if you in Cape Town make sure you attend the opening tonight!
1. You involved with a new exhibition coming up this week. Can you tell us about it?
Well, The show is called Back in 5 Mins, and is a show which highlights the use of typography and sign writing in Urban culture. It is a group show of typographers and illustrators and along with myself, it includes; Ben Johnston, Clinton Campbell of Studio Muti, Clement de Bruin, & Dani Loureiro.
I see my current work as reflecting the energy, colour and vibrance of the streets, I endeavored to create pieces which were both sophisticated, yet playful. I drew strongly from the local narrative, and allowed my pieces to act as voices of the city.
2. Do you think people have an appreciation for type as an art piece?
Yes certainly. Typography, or at least artworks using typography have become increasingly popular as an art form in the last few years. I know it’s more of a popular culture thing but how many re tweets of Keep calm and… have you seen in the last year?
3. How did you get involved with this exhibition?
Monique from Salon91 contacted me as she she felt that my work would contrast really well with some of the other artists in the show
4. The video for the exhibition is really beautiful and it looked liked everyone had fun at your studio. What have you learnt through the process of doing your artwork for the show?
Often my set ideas for a piece just don’t work, and I have to be able let go of my vision for something as it evolves into something different. Often this hybrid of ideas creates something even better, so in terms of something I have learnt, it would be to explore and play until it works and not to be too dogmatic regarding my original idea
5. Any exciting plans up ahead besides this exhibition? You got a totem at Design Indaba right?
Ya, I have a bunch of Totem like pieces up at the Design Indaba exhibition (curated by Li Edelkoort). I actually heard about the Design Indaba exhibition whilst creating work for the Salon91 show, I submitted work, was selected, and suddenly found myself creating works for 2 shows which had deadlines on the same day, so needless to say , It’s been a pretty manic past few weeks. I feel really privileged to be part of the show as only 52 people were selected out of over a thousand entries.
6. Where can we see more of your work?
Some funny wipe outs in this weeks video compilation. The wipe out at 0.32 is ridiculously scary!
Twin brothers Raul and Davide Perre aka How and Nos
Identical twin brothers How and Nosm (Raoul and Davide Perre) recently completed this huge mural in San Francisco at Hyde St & Turk St. The duo were born in Spain, German in heritage, and currently residing in New York. Their show Late Confessions concludes Saturday in NYC at Jonathan Levine.
In memory of legendary ZOO YORK skater Harold Hunter 4/02/74 – 02/17/06. Legends never die.
New Zered pro trucks out now! Best grind. Best turn. Best truck. Enter for a chance to win a set of Zered Bassett’s new trucks over here.
Ramfest 2013 is almost here and bringing you some great local and international bands including the legendary punk rock band Rise Against. More info on the festival and dates in your city can be found here.
During February & March Salon91 celebrates design and typography with ‘Back in 5 minutes’ an exhibition featuring an award winning set of local designers, typographers and illustrators.
Each artist has approached the discipline of typography in a fresh & unique style, playing with scale, materials, surface quality, form, colour, dimensionality & of course, words.
Launching 27th February 2013.
Fallen has released a new clip featuring Josh Harmony, Jon Dickson, and James Hardy shredding downtown L.A. at night. The clip was released to promote Fallen’s latest Black Ops model shoe series. Check out the footage above.
Mark Appleyard gives us a sneek peek on his new show called “The Mahalo”. Simple and clean with subtle colourways is what its all about.
Check out the shoe online over here.
Check out this jock freaking out over his first tattoo! This dude freaks out so much that we not even sure if this is real or fake!!
Street artist Miss Van is in the latest issue of VNA. After a break from painting she is back in Sao Paulo getting inspired by the surroundings and excited to paint again.
Appleyard shares how he sets up his board in this latest video presented by CCS. Watch and learn how he gets that snap and board control.
Errol Strachan is not only a living legend in the South African music scene but a living legend in South Africa’s skateboarding history. If you have never heard of Errol Strachan aka BONG you about to get educated.
1. Could you give us a brief introduction on who you are, age and a summary of your life with regards to skateboarding and msic?.
Hello – I am Bong, 51 years, I old started skateboarding in 1975, at age 13. I started in the same skate era that the Lords of Dogtown Movie depicts. I skated for 25 years nonstop since, practically every day, and stopped skating at around age 38/39.
I grew up in an area that had no facilities and due to apartheid we were not really easily allowed into places that had ramps, and least of all pools, so I naturally became a Freestyle/Flatland trick skater. My friends and I had a skate club in Grassy Park called “Comets” Skate Club and we used to imitate the tricks we saw Tony Alva and the Boys do in the then popular “Skateboarder” magazine.
Skateboarding was pretty much a “fad” sport in South Africa, it came and went like a fashion style. So when its popularity declined, many of my friends stopped skating, but Myself and a handful continued to skate. That’s also when Thrasher magazine surfaced in the USA – this was the early 80’s. We knew there were other skaters around, but we never really made much contact with these people – It was not accepted really for colored kids to have white friends and was actually frowned upon, in the late 70’s / early 80’s.
Then I got into Reggae and Rastafarianism and my life changed radically- I was also introduced to Reggae music and due to the politically turbulent times I was in I found this a fitting culture to adopt. That’s also when I started growing my dreadlocks, around 1983. I also started playing music – I started The Sons of Selassie Reggae band with 2 other friends – and the band is still going strong to this day – 28 years later!
I spent some time in Johannesburg playing music – it was there that I met 2 small kids 8/9 years old called Greg Finch and Dallas Oberholzer. I was probably around 29 years old. They saw me demo skate at some shopping centres and used to hang out with me once or twice when they got a chance to come through.
I got back to Cape Town and as I arrived my friends told me that they were hosting the first ever South African National Skateboarding contest – and it included Freestyle. So I entered and won it. And I won the next one, and the next one as they happened annually, won a few of those until 1993 when I stopped skating contests. That’s also when I opened my skate shop.
From there I mostly focussed on family work and music.
2. You had a distinct skateboarding style back in the day. In a time of half pipes and big tricks what made you follow this kind of style?
We had no other facilities really than flat land. SO we all resorted to trick skating.
3. Who were your biggest influences as a skateboarder growing up?
Rodney Mullen, Per Welinder, any good pro and rated freestyle skaters mostly. I would also admire the rest but they were not really influences
4. How did you get into skateboarding?
I saw someone skating, and fell in love with what I saw… and said: “I am going to do that!”
5. Do you prefer the skate scene of the good old days to the current skate scene?
I am not sure. What I can say from what I see is this: The sport has evolved radically to become more extreme. I doubt there are any more technical skaters than what I saw when I skated in the 90’s just everything got bigger and more intense.
6. You play in the band The Rudimentals. Have you played in other bands?
Yes, Sons of Selassie, Roots Rockers, Blunt (the Blunt Skate Magazine was named by myself and it was named after my hip hop band I had at them time, although it took on its own personality, I named that MAG!), A few other reggae bands, Braindead and then Rudimentals. I had some gaps between bands, as I also stopped playing music for a while when I lost a good friend. I was bummed out about that.
7. How was your experience running your shop “Bongs”
Fun but hard. We imported stuff and it killed us. The excon rate fluctuated so badly that in 2 years we had to double up on selling price and that’s when we called it a day – But we knew that we had a major rep as it was a real skate shop run by real skaters for skaters. Kids cried when we closed it. If I were well off and born with a silver spoon I would have kept that going, but simply could not afford to.
8. What are the future plans for Bong?
Play Music, Work, Breath, Live, Love, the same as yesterday and the day before and the day before….
Brixton presents their rocking Spring 2013 collection look book in this classic video. The new range has a sick selection of threads featuring shirts, headwear, twill pants, chinos, shorts, wovens as well as a nice selection of Brixton signature hats for both men and women. Check out Brixton over here.
If you missed yesterdays post on a day in the life with Mark Appleyard you missed his favourite trick that featured in the video. Learn how to do a frontside pivot to fakie like Apples does it!
Check out day one with Mark Appleyard and Globe. The crew hanged out at Huntington Beach and vibed through Westminster, Long Beach and Rancho Palos Verdes.
Adidas and AREA3 present “From Before They Were Great” exhibition and block party on Thursday, 28 February 2013. Come check out the skilled DJ’s featuring DJ Kenzhero, DK Dimplez, !D, Moe Joe, Phat jack and 2lani the Warrior. Its all happening at Area3, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg East.
Joey Bada$$ drops some lines for this weeks Music Monday. Look out for Ecko’s upcoming Underground Airplay mixtape which features a dope line up of artists.
Adam Miller is the first skateboarder in history to do a backflip from one skateboard to another down 6 stairs!
Check out Justus Kotze’s video part number 2 from his recent trip to Sydney, Australia.
Check out this trippy animation of various faces that are animated into multiple combinations! Animated and designed by Andreas Hykade.
Mike Mo talks about his new signature skate shoe for DC Shoes. The customized design focuses on an amazing fit, protection, board feel and extreme durability. For more information check out DC Shoes official site over here.
“Waiting for Lightning,” director, Jacob Rosenberg, shares with us in this video his relationship with skateboarding legend Danny Way and his reasons for making the documentary. Check out the official website for more details on this epic movie.
Justus Kotze got on a flight to Sydney, Australia on 25 December 2012 over Christmas. He went there for a family Holiday and his Brothers wedding. He took his board with him and hopped from park to park with a camera. He was mostly by himself, making the filming and photography difficult. But he managed to get a bunch of cool photos and video together… PART 1. (Part 2 comes on Friday!)
Last week, How and Nosm took their famous outdoor graffiti skills into The Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s brand new pop-up space in New York. This series of works are influenced by their multi-cultural heritage having been brought up in Spain. The exhibition is gigantic and is a visual treat for the eyes.
Andrew Schrock talks us through a skaters nightmare: Wiping out, breaking your ankle and then getting harassed by a wannabe gangster while you sit there in pain!
Vans recently did a shoe parade and this video gives an inside look at how the Vans team put together and filmed this giant parade on a bridge in downtown LA. Check out the full length “Anthem” parade on the vans site over here.
Check out this rad interview with John Cardiel. His raw energy and full-speed hardcore skating emerged when most skaters slowed down to a crawl with tiny wheels and technical tricks.
Apathetic Means is the third official music video from Lowprofile from their album “A Vulgar Display Of Powerchords”. If you missed our interview with them you can check it out here.
Directed by Luke Mason, winner of Interpret Durban 2012’s Best Film Award and filmed by DOP Jimmy Reynolds, Apathetic Means stars Catharine Nolan as a girl on a quest to discover what’s at the other end of the mysterious red cable that was plugged into her VCR, interrupting her planned lazy Sunday in, with transmissions of a band performance in a derelict house that seems to be for an audience of one – herself.
Her journey takes her through a variety of surreal scenes – upmarket businessmen getting pantsula haircuts, suntanning street children, orthodox muslim skateboarding – all seen through a lens with a deep love for the city of Durban.
Bon Voyage trailer # 2 featuring Lucas Puig, Sammy Winter, Pete Eldridge, JB Gillet, Flo Mirtain, Charles Collet, Lem Villemin, Javier Mendizabal, Jeremie Daclin, Andrew Brophy, Daniel Espinoza, Joey Brezinski, Adrien Coillard, Max Geronzi and Kevin Bradley.
Filmed and directed by Boris Proust the new video will be dropping in March 2013!
Justus Kotze got on a flight to Sydney, Australia on 25 December 2012 over Christmas. He went there for a family Holiday and his Brothers wedding. He took his board with him and hopped from park to park with a camera. He was mostly by himself, making the filming and photography difficult. But he managed to get a bunch of cool photos and video together… Watch this space for the video drop “DOWN UNDER BLUNDER PART 1 & 2”
Elijah Berle get interviewed on the Bones Brigade Trivia Show. He gets tested on Stacy Peralta’s second video, Future Primitive and hilarity ensues with the the presenters of the show.
Vans have recently announced their collaboration with Robert Trujillo, bassist for Metallica. Check out this video as Robert jams with some of the vans time and talks about his collaboraion shoe, skating and playing music.
The new Cliché Bon Voyage video will be dropping in March 2013! Check out the trailer featuring Lucas Puig, Sammy Winter, Pete Eldridge, JB Gillet, Flo Mirtain, Charles Collet, Lem Villemin, Javier Mendizabal, Jeremie Daclin, Andrew Brophy, Daniel Espinoza, Joey Brezinski, Adrien Coillard, Max Geronzi and Kevin Bradley.
Filmed and directed by Boris Prous.
Check out Kyle Fredricks skating the Black Box park with a gopro. It a super rad video giving the perspective of what it feels like while skating the park.
Matt Mumford faces the fury of the park in this weeks Wipe out Wednesday. He talks us through the painful experience of this gnarly wipe out.
Check out the original Zoo York classic video from 1997 – Mix Tape. It has some fantastic skateboarding and legendary hip hop.
Some of the songs on this tape includes:JVC Force – Strong Island, Ultramagnetic – Poppa Large, Ll Cool J – Doin’ It, Chaka Demus & Pliers – Murder She Wrote, Jeru – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Diamond D – Gather Round, Black Moon – I Got Cha Opin (Remix), ODB – Brooklyn Zoo, Blahzay Blahzay – Danger, Vaughn Mason – Bounce Rock Skate Roll,Ll Cool J – Rock The Bells and Cymande – Bra
A couple of weeks ago we shared with you some pictures of the mural that Wesley van Eeden and Paul Senyol created at RVCA’s new factory shop in J-Bay. The video just dropped online and you can check out the process of how they created this one.
Street artist Faith 47 doesn’t seem to stop. This new video is a little different from her past murals and is animated by Inka Kendzia painted on the corner of Williams and Sussex st, Woodstock in Cape Town.
Check it out! The Transworld Skate and Create: From Dawn til Dusk video! If you haven’t seen the Deathwish team you gotta check out this video. Insane footage of the team skating around Venice Beach, China Town, alleyways and the Bakerboys warehouse.
It’s with a great sense of excitement that we proudly announce that our all-new Woodstock-based Revolution shop is open for trading.
As some of you might already know, Revolution have been part of the massive revamp and development of the landmark building that is the Woodstock Exchange and as of February 2013 we now have a fantastic new retail space open to the public.
With more of a boutique feel, the shop carries a selection of exclusive, one-off garments, collectable sneakers, fine headwear, and other must-have hardgoods and accessories from a host of international skate lifestyle brands.
Where: Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
When: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
For more information, contact (021) 801 4666
Check out the full live set of Gaslight Anthem at Lollapalooza festival from 2012! We hope this will get you through your Monday morning.
Its Friday! Check out this geeky gag by legendary skateboard artist Travis Millard and Jim Dirshberger. Travis is well known for doing design work for Volcom, Vans, King Brown as well as doing exhibitions at the legendary Fecal Face Gallery in SF.
Check out Travis Millards amazing artwork over here.
Check out this short film by Jesse Lamar High and Nik Harper (Lamar+Nik), titled “Raindrops”. The video combines water balloons, HD slow motion footage, and skateboarding. The tricks aren’t the biggest bangers or the most technical, but it is worth a watch. The filming and direction of the video are pretty rad. Here’s to more integration of skateboarding and concept art.
We think it’s pretty cool, but you should watch it for yourself and make up your own mind about it. Maybe it’ll inspire you to go out and film something on your skateboard, and perhaps think about making it that much more interesting and fun, both to film and watch.
The song in the video is called “Raindrops” too, by Monster Rally & Rumtum. The skateboarders featured are Clint Walker, Jimmy Young, Daniel Yeager, Nick Own, Ely Saavendra, Gage Martin, John Reinke, Scott Sullivan, Taylor Nida, and Colby King.
Didrik Galasso is part of RVCA’s European connection, Norway specifically. He recently visited California and was captured on film with a ton of sick footage. This video showcase’s some beautiful skate spots and some interesting lines by this Norwegian.
Legendary skateboarder Ed Templeton who is known for his insane graphics with Toy Machine is also a well known artist who shot to fame with the exhibition and movie The Beautiful Losers. His current exhibition titled “Memory Foam” is showing at the Roberts & Tilton art gallery in California. His photographs for this exhibition are mostly black and white and have a natural innocence to it.
Here are some pictures from the new exhibition that just opened at A Word Of Art in Cape Town. If you in the area make sure you check it out before it closes on 9th March 2013.
A photo journal documenting A painting project curated by Ricky Lee Gordon aka Freddy Sam (Cape Town) with international artists in residence KNOW HOPE (Tel Aviv), Gaia (NY), Franco JAZ Fasoli (Buenos Aires)
There are some pretty funny fails on this one minus the first clip which looks pretty fatal.
Get Extreme at Hunter’s eXtreme Ultimate X Cape Town 2013 including access to the after party at The Dragon Room! Just R60.
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The 2013 event comprises of FMX, BMX, Skate, Wake, MTB Trails, Lifestyle, DJs, bands plus some extra surprises. For info and News on Ultimate X 2013 , go check out www.ultimatex.co.za /
The after party will be an extreme concert at Cape Town’s hottest nightclub, The Dragon Room, with top local DJ’s and bands playing into the night.
2013 is here and starting off with a bang! MONSTER MAYHEM IS HERE!!! Fusing BMX and Skate, Monster Mayhem is Going Down!!! There will be a BMX and skate division!
TIME : 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Date : 2 Febuary 2013
Entrance : R30 – Comepitors
FREE ENTRANCE for spectators
VENUE: Revolution Skate Park Festival Mall
Chad_son, AvoMan and Chris_X
INCLUDING A PERFORMANCE BY MONSTER ENERGY ARTIST
How old are you?
How long have you been in UK?
Just over 2 years now.
Studies & Work experience?
I studied Graphic Design at tech before starting work at an advertising agency called ADDC. We did loads of FMCG work there and it was an amazing learning experience dealing with massive brands so early out of school. Doing projects for Unilever and Tiger brands was literally getting thrown in at the deep end but what I learnt there was invaluable. I worked there for 2 years before deciding to start my own company distributing BMX brands in SA. Although I studied design what I was (and still am) really in love with was brands and brand development. The design side was aesthetically exciting, but brand development has so many more layers to it. Starting Empire allowed me to follow that path while putting my energy into BMX which was something I really loved. At the time there was almost nothing available in SA and I wanted to try do something positive for the local BMX scene. I can hardly put into words how amazing those times were. After 6 years of running it on my own I teamed up with Clay at RSS and from there my focus shifted back to design where I was doing all the creative for his brands KFD, Killer, and Verb. That chapter is one I look back on with great memories. Being a designer who skated as a kid you always dream of being able to design at least 1 board in your lifetime. After 2 years at RSS I had had done more then 20, and the line of Killer softgoods I had worked on was outselling brands like Volcom in the Revolution stores which blew my mind. It was a good team of people working on awesome projects which motivates you in its self. After that the opportunity came up for me to work for Fox at their European Head office in the UK. Up until then Id worked in advertising, the BMX and cycling industry, skate and a little surf at RSS, so when the chance came up to work at Fox which is a strong Moto brand it just seemed to make sense as a new chapter. In the past I had run all of FOX’s BMX events in SA, so I knew the brand well and the new opportunity was something I just couldn’t pass up. Ive now been working for Fox for just over 2 years and have loved every minute of it. It now looks like I will be based out of Barcelona moving forward where I will be part of a new chapter for Fox. Its not a place I ever thought Id end up but Im looking forward to it.
What are you working on at the moment?
Im currently the digital marketing manager for Europe so pretty much all of the work I now do is in the digital realm. One of the major projects Im constantly busy with is maintaining and developing all of the brands digital platforms. This includes the website www.foxeurope.com as well as all of our B2B platforms, social media, and video projects. Right now Im trying to organise a series of team edits that will focus on our top athletes. Making sure all the concepts are locked in and the production is sorted out is one thing, but trying to get the riders all in one place and healthy ready to ride is another!
How did you get into riding bmx? How has this shaped who you have become?
I owned a BMX for many years as a kid but to me it was just a bicycle. It was only after my parents sold it and got me a nice shiny MTB at the age of 11 that I found out what BMX was really about. A few short months after getting that MTB I told my folks I wanted to sell it and get a BMX again and ride it properly. They thought I was crazy but I did it and have never looked back since. That was 21 years ago now.
As far as shaping my life I believe it has had a massive influence. Right from the start BMX was a small community with very little available in terms of bikes or spares. You literally had to make or fix things to keep your bike going, and because the scene was so small you had friends all over the country simply because you rode. I remember looking at old BMX Plus mags and wishing I could have UGP, Bomber, or Cardboard Lords number plate for my race bike. There was no way I could ever get one so I would ride around the neighborhood looking for estate agent or security company sign boards. It was the only way you could get your hands on the right type of plastic in the right size. Id take them home and use thinners to wash off the signage, cut them into shape, and then draw my own graphics onto them. Its sounds crazy but thats how desperate I was haha. The same goes for bike pad sets or even T-shirts. We couldn’t get BMX clothing brands in SA so we just started our own. No one was organizing events so we just started organising our own contests. By the time I was 17 I had started “Clicked” clothing, and was running the National Dirt Jump series. Its not because I really wanted to either, I just felt if I didn’t do it there would be nothing going on so just decided to get it done. I used the money from weekend jobs to mail order parts from stores in the USA, and began ordering 2 or 3 of the things I wanted to sell on to other who needed them. The whole ethos was very much DIY, and looking back its clear that all those things I had to do to keep my interests alive are definitely the foundation for how I now make a living and even approach life in general.
What are your other passions/interests?
Wow I dont really know where to start here! ha ha. I’m passionate about loads of things and at the same time they are all rather unrelated. The Thundercats obsession started while I was working at ADDC. At the time Vinyl toys were just starting to take off and I was looking at all these design figures selling on kidrobot and place like that. They were definitely rad, but it got me thinking back to when I was a kid and how crazy I was for the toys back then. Thundercats was my favorite show and I loved the toys as a kid and I could remember how excited I was walking into a Reggies store and looking at a wall full of my favourite characters. No matter how “cool” the vinyl figures were they just seemed so dull and lifeless compared to the old stuff, and in that instant I just had to have ALL the Thundercats! haha. It took me a year or so to finally complete the collection but I now own every single one (yes, including variations for all the nerds out there! haha). Thats not to say I don’t appreciate the Vinyl stuff as I do love it. Ive even done a few of them myself that have been featured on sites around the world, however I dont have a connection to them like I do with 80’s stuff.
Im also really into restoration and restoring old things. I love the idea you can take something that has essentially “expired” and bring it back to life again. It could be buildings, machines, cars, bikes, motorcycles or whatever. I just love the restoration process. This carries over into a few of my other passions and I love working on old VW’s and well as collecting and restoring mid school BMX bikes. Ive been into VW’s for ages but strangely although Ive been riding BMX for most of my life I only started collecting them fairly recently. Its something I’m completely obsessed with now, and I spend all night hunting down rare parts and bikes I want to own. I guess you could say I’m interested in anything that has influenced my life in some way, or has been an influence on the things that interest me.
Who are you inspired by?
Im inspired by anyone who makes things happen, both for themselves and other people. You often see people spend loads of energy giving you 101 reasons why something cant happen, but I always feel if they spend half that energy actually trying to make it happen it probably would. So yea, anyone who stands up for what they believe in and works to make it a reality inspires me to do the same.
How did you end up working overseas?
Well the European Marketing Director for Fox is Brode Vosloo (also a South African) and I had worked with him in the past on tours and events with Fox in SA. He got in touch with me and said there was a position opening up in his marketing team and wanted to know if I was interested. From that initial point of contact to the time I actually got here was almost a year, but it eventually happened. There is loads that goes into packing up your entire life and moving abroad, the paperwork alone is a nightmare, but in the end its so worth it.
What have been the best parts? Any surprises (good/bad)?
On a personal level the best part for me has been living in a place where you are no longer a minority. And by that Im referring to ones lifestyle, interests, and the ability to take part in those things you enjoy the most. As much as I love SA the things I love and enjoy are not easily accessible there.
On a work front its been great working right at the heart of a major brand. So often brands in SA are simply at distributor level, and that means no matter what your involvement with the brand you are always just forwarding on a pre determined idea or product from the brand to the consumer. By working at the Brand its self you are able to effect change right from the top, as well as learn a tremendous amount from people at the same time. Its a really rewarding experience.
On the flip side SA is a very unique and beautiful place. No where in the world is quite like it and you cant really substitute anything for it when you are living abroad. If you accept that and embrace your new surroundings then you will get on just fine, but if you constantly searching for that SA “vibe” in another country you will be disappointed. Accepting your new surroundings is really important if you want to move forward.
What is your experience of working for an international brand?
So far its been great. As I said before the level of evolvement is so much more rewarding simply because you are at the heart of the brand. You have the ability to work on projects that shape the brands future, and ripple out across the entire world. At the same time working at this level is a great learning experience, and exposes you to aspects of business you wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to simply operating as a distributor.
What, over the years, has made the difference?
I think its really important not to limit yourself in work or life in general. Its not something that comes easily as you naturally want to live in your comfort zone, but I think if you can open up to new ideas you really benefit from it. Ive always had this idea that a person should never only surround themselves with like minded people. To me if you are going to live your life only interacting with people who think the same way as you then you may as well just be alone haha. You learn nothing from people who are just like you, and I think in some ways your outlook on life becomes very insular. You don’t have to agree with everyones opinions, but I think its important to take them on board and try understand why they think that way. If anything it will validate why you think differently, but at the same time by exposing yourself to new ideas your understanding is always improved, and the projects and ideas you are busy with work out so much better.
So yea, don’t limit yourself, aggressively pursue your passions, and don’t be scared to try new things. When something is no longer enjoyable close that chapter and find the next thing that is. Life’s too short to keep doing stuff just because you always have. It doesn’t matter if its a job, a project you are working on, and artistic style, or even the town you live in. If you not feeling it then change it up.
Did your work in the scene here (in SA) influenced the way you approach stuff there? (If yes, then how?)
Most definitely. Coming from SA you have to make things happen for yourself. And because of that when they do happen I think you appreciate them a lot more as well. Being an artist, a designer, a skater, a musician, or anything other then the “norm” is hard anywhere in the world, but I think you have a whole new set of limitations on top of that in SA as well. Having to learn to live with those and overcome them really gives a person an advantage when they are able to step outside, and work without those limitations in place. The whole DIY attitude that you have to have in SA is still something that will always be a part of my life no matter where I live.
What are you most proud of so far – in terms of your art/work/life in general?
I’m really proud of the work I did with Empire. I think we did a lot of good for the scene, and the legacy of that still lives on to this day. From a design point of view I really enjoyed the work I did at Revolution. Im not sure if technically any of it was a master piece haha, but I loved doing that stuff so I guess you could say Im proud of it. And I guess in general Im glad that I managed to get this far and still feel like Im having fun and learning a lot as I go along. You often hear people complaining about their jobs, or being bored, or wishing they could do things, so I feel very lucky that Im able to do what I do and have a good time with it.
What are your own personal projects? (In the past, present, and going forward?)
Ive always had a few things on the go and still do. Ive owned a few clothing companies in my time all of which were a great experience. Clicked (which later became CLKD and then Bicykiller) was a clothing company I worked on with Tyrone and was probably my first step into the BMX industry. Empire was the biggest personal project I ever worked on and that was really rewarding. Currently the 2 projects Im busy with is the Highway Collective which is a clothing company based around my obsession with old VW’s. And then Im also just kicking off a project called Make Your Bones. This is a joint project between myself and Fraser Byrne. Myself and Fraser go way back and have always been working on little commercial projects together. This is our first official joint project though, and Im pretty excited about it. Its basically the manifestation of our different yet complimentary personal interests.
Check out the RVCA skate team in their skate adventure in Costa Rica. Kevin “Spanky: Long, Josh Harmony, Austin Steplen and Keegan Sauder show you how its done in the tropics. They also check out a live art installation by George Thompson.
Trent McClung recently joined the Element Skateboards family.
Bloc Party recently released this music video for their song called Truth. The filming in itself is really great showing the band members in mid air in a smoke-filled stop/start animation which fits the music perfectly.
American studio CODA just won this year’s annual MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program competition for their “Party Wall” sculpture. “Party Wall” will officially open in Long Island City at the end of June and will install a wall made from skateboard offcuts into the courtyard of the PS1 Contemporary Art Center. “Party Wall” is a linear structure also meant to incorporate events spaces, seating areas, stages, and projections areas, as well as pools of water that will function as “cooling stations.”
Bro VS Hipster
This is TRULY an inspiring video of 10 year old skateboarder Tommy. What makes him different from every other skateboarder is that he is blind. This video shows the depth of the human spirit and his inner strength to overcome his disability and to enjoy the act of skateboarding. Truly moving.
Here is a beautiful Manolo mixtape in tribute to Almost and Nike pro Lewis Marnell. RIP. You will always be remembered and respected.
The passing of a fellow skateboarder is always tragic. Not that it isn’t tragic when anyone dies, but more so when that person is an integral part of your family or community. Lewis Marnell was an incredible skateboarder, pro for Nike SB and Almost, and will be sorely missed by the global skate community. Thankfully his memory lives on through the incredible photographs and footage we still have of him. Our sincere condolences go out to his friends and family.
Check out Lewis Marnell in “Nothing but the Truth”:
This is too intense for words. Get ready to cringe on todays Wipeout Wednesday.
Shane O’ Neil busts out some awesome runs at Gisborne Skatepark on his recent trip home to Australia. Check out the ender of this video as its pretty insane.
Louie Barletta joined the Globe team last year and although this video has been out for a while we really wanted to share this with you all. Louie Barletta and Chris Haslam team up in this video showcasing some sick runs and good times.
1. Your new range of boards for KFD are great. You seem to have an addiction with all things gory. How did the concept for the boards come about?
I do sometimes enjoy a bit of gore. God Machine is one of my favourite artists and his work is gory in the extreme! I love detailed illustration for metal posters as well even though I’m not a big fan of the music genre. I think that kind of darkness also comes through in this work a bit as well.
The concept kind of came together with wanting to do something very African, quite dark and accult(y) but at the same time very iconic. We referenced those iconic skulls in American Indian headdresses, African masks, black magic, voodoo, tribal occultism, skulls and all sorts of other creepy stuff. All stuff I’m pretty interested in. It was fun to work with all of these things in a very African sphere.
It was also a great experience doing the image research for this project. My mother has loads of books on African art and sculpture, which were great to look through. Also looking at jewellery, face painting and headdresses from a bunch of African cultures and then bringing them all together in the illustrations.
2.Your older work seems to be less “African” inspired. Does this mean a new style and influence is beginning to creep into your style?
Maybe. I definitely got very inspired by the research. I’ve always been deeply fascinated with North American culture and myth, mysticism and legends. Some how I’ve always been more drawn to American and European imagery but I’ve got a few things lined up for the year that are very African inspired. This project has definitely woken something up inside of me which I would like to explore further in the future.
3. How do you think the public will respond to the Zulu Zombies? Have you had a good reaction from it?
Yeah so far people who have seen them seem to really dig them. Apparently the KFD skaters all loved them as well, which is great, as I guess they are sort of the target market. I think people will appreciate the craftsmanship and time that went into the work and I think its also something that will appeal to a pop culture audience while at the same time being very African, which is often a challenge. I also like how dark they are. I think kids will love them and mothers will hate them, which is great for me. At the same time I think they’re quite sophisticated and will appeal to a wide audience.
4. Have you got any interesting future projects such as these boards in the pipeline?
I’m busy working on all the tattoo convention stuff at the moment, which is always fun, but what was great about these boards is that I gave myself enough time to really flex my creativity and skills, which I don’t often have the luxury of doing. Hopefully I’ll get some more opportunities to do that this year. I’ve been invited to exhibit in an international poster show in Collarado, which is very exciting, and I’d also really like to try and take a few months off some time later in the year to start building towards a solo exhibition for 2014. I’d definitely like to look into getting some boards made for that!
5. You also known for being the designer behind the Cape Town Tattoo Convention. How did you get the gig and how long have you been doing it for?
This is now my third year working on it. I do all of the poster design and curate the art exhibition with my girlfriends, Candice Jezek of Salon 91 Gallery. I’ve known Manuela for quite a while now, I think I offered to help out with design a few years back as they were doing everything in house and struggling to fit it all in amongst tattooing and all the other admin that go into the convention every year. We worked excellently together from the start and its just gone from strength to strength every year. Its always a great, very creative place to start the year, even though its pretty stressful with deadlines! Hopefully we can keep working together for a while yet!
6. Are you a fan of tattoos? Do you have any cool chops?
Yeah I’ve always been a fan of body art since I was a kid. I think I always knew I’d have tattoos. It has grown into a bit of a minor addiction now. It’s a matter of finding what spaces you have that you can fill with this or that. I love it though, I think I’ll be getting tattoos for many years to come. I like to think that all of my tattoos are pretty great, there are none that I regret, that’s for sure. Some of my favourites are my Alfons Mucha art nouveau American Indian girl sleeve on my right arm that Manuela did last year. We worked very closely together on the design and it took about 11 sessions to finish. I was in the Alfons Mucha museum in Prague in 2012 and all of the tourists wanted to have photos with me; it was pretty great!
My favourite is a painted buffalo skull by my good friend Raoul at Wildfire, which is definitely one of my favourites. The rate at which he’s grown as a tattoo artist is pretty amazing and for me he’s one of the best up and comers in the country with a very unique style. Its also a great experience for me to get tattooed by people you know and have a good relationship with. it adds a lot to the process and makes the personal interaction of getting tattooed that much more comfortable and open.
7. This years branding for the convention has a nice clean and classic feel to it..would like you tell us about the concept behind it?
We’re really sort of pushing the nautical theme this year. It runs through all of the posters and across the art exhibition briefs. Obviously its also very tattoo inspired. We always start with a discussion and then Manuela will supply me with a rough sketch that I then take and transform into the final design. It’s a great creative process. We both enjoy working with similar visuals and concepts.
8. What was you most exciting project for you in 2012?
This KFD range was probably my favourite but I also really enjoyed working on the Great Apes tour stuff and I did an illustration for a book of 100 poems illustrated by 100 artists called chocolate chips and rocket ships. I think its still in production but there are some amazing artists and artworks in it so far. It was great to be invited. It was also a real honour being involved with the wavesacpe exhibition this year and showing work with the likes of Brett Murray, Roger Ballan, Guy Tillim and Wim Botha.
Another project that I’ve been enjoying, as its very different to what I usually do, is the stuff I’m doing for Psych Night. Psych Night is a monthly Psychedelic rock event that I’m hosting with a few of my good friends. They’ve been very successful so far and we’ve got some very exciting plans for 2013.
Check out the new DVS video which features their travels to Detroit. The DVS team is Daewon Song, Torey Pudwill, Luis Tolentino, Paul Shier, Marty Murawski, Zach Wallin and Jon Nguyen.
The legendary punk rock band Bad Religion is about to release their sixteenth studio album! Due for release on January 22, 2013. You can stream their new album over here.
Check this really heartfelt and sincere video of Gustavo and Rodrigo TX. They first met way back in 2001 in Brazil when Gustavo asked to take a picture with his favourite skater. 12 years later they now teammates riding for LRG.
Japanese artist Haroshi has just exhibited a new body of work at New York’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The famous sculptor known for his use of skate decks as his material has for this exhibition created a pair of Airwalks, bullets, skulls and an incredible life size skateboarder doing a hand plant. Haroshi has consistently used old skateboards as his medium for his artwork and this latest exhibition shows has continued love for skateboarding and art.
RVCA artists Senyol and Wesley van Eeden were recently invited to paint a new store for RVCA in JBay. They spent a week in Surf City painting a giant body surfer and sea creatures in their classic trademark style. Senyol and Wesley van Eeden have worked together for many years on various exhibitions and projects.
Get ready to cringe with Thrasher’s “Hall of Meat” which features the craziest spills of 2012.
H.R. (Human Rights) (born on 11 February, 1956) is the stage name of Paul D, Hudson. He is the lead singer of the legendary hardcore punk band Bad Brains. He is known for his diverse vocal abilities from crazy growling to smooth crooning in a breath. Bad Brains started in Washington DC in 1977 and were widely regarded as the pioneers of hardcore punk. Their style of music is a complex arrangement of riffs influenced by jazz, punk, reggae, hip hop and soul – often played at a furious pace.
Bad Brains have released nine studio albums (one of which is entirely composed of instrumental versions of their past material). The band broke up and reformed several times over the years, sometimes with different singers or drummers. Since 1998, the lineup of singer H.R. (Human Rights), guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson has reunited, albeit performing sporadically.
Check out Billy Mark bust some sick lines at Woodward West Winter Camp. Lots of fun was had with the LRG product toss and the “sticker guy”.
Check out this sick day in the life video with Bakerboys Skateboarder Terry Kennedy. He shares his passion for skateboarding, hip hop and some of his new products.
School, work – its all the same. Most of you are back at work and the holidays are over. Comedian/artist Atom and his Package tells us about his dream to start a Punk Rock Academy. We hope this catchy number gets you through at least Monday morning.
Check out these amazing beats with pens!
12th of January 2013
Final show for GO! GO!BRONCO
Support bands are Black Math, Strage and Conqueror.
Winston Pub, R40, 9pm.
18 January 2013
Shaman, Black Lung, Tannhäuser Gate and The Ants (Dj Set)
Mecury Lounge, R20, 9pm.
19 January 2012
Taxi Violence, City Bowl Mizers and The Pie Keys
Live the venue,R60,8pm.
25 – 27 January 2013
Cape Town International Tattoo Convention
Cape Town Town City Hall, Darling Street, R100.
WAYS OF SEEING
Know Hope, Freddy Sam, Gaia and Franco Jaz
14 January 2013 – 9 March 2013
A Word of Art, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town.
POSTCARDS FROM MOLOTIA
Woodstock Exchange, 30 November 2012 – 13 January 2013.
I’D RATHER BE SWIMMING GROUP EXHIBITION
Salon 91, 1 December 2012 – 26 January 2013, Cape Town.
V & A Waterfront, Cape Town Saturday, February 16, 2013.
Ultimate X is regarded as SA’s Premiere Action Sport / Lifestyle event and also offers the Largest prize purse in the industry – 2013 sees it hitting R90 000. Ultimate X comprises of FMX. BMX. Skate. Wake. Lifestyle. DJ . Bands and some xxtra surprises for 2013
Rowan Pybus has produced a short video of the ‘fragments of a burnt history’ exhibition by Faith 47. Starting in a forgotten and dusty letterpress studio and moving through the installation of the works it gives the viewer a deeper understanding of the body of work. The exhibition has been extended for an extra month due to the amount of interest in it until the 9th February 2013.
For those not able to physically make it to the exhibition, more information can be found on the David Krut website over here.
Globe have been making some waves with their cruiser skateboards in 2012 and it looks like some interesting boards will be launched this year too. Their latest collaboration is with the Beavis and Butt-head franchise. There are two boards, each board featuring one of the two characters. We can’t wait to get our feet on one of these!
If you haven’t seen Tado Cern’s both hilarious and disturbing photography project called Blow job then check out this companion video which is just as awesome as the photos.
The legendary Old Dirty Bastard who was one of the original Wu squad lives on with this special skateboard collaboration with Zoo York. Check out this video with Dave Willis as he reps the ODB deck while he skates the big apple.
Rheese is the manager of the Revolution store in Cresta and plays in a band ‘ Bringing a Shark to a Gunfight.’ They just put out this music video ‘ A Beautiful Trigger Finger ‘ .
I rarely drink coffee , but when I do it makes me feel something like this inside so if you are all out of coffee try this as your Monday fix to get you pepped up and agitated.
Good on Rheese and the rest of the band for rocking out and getting this video out.
The guys from What Now (ex SA residents) moved across to the UK in 2005 to try make things happen on that side of the pond.
They have just released the music video for their first single (Move Like A Sinner) off their full length album which is coming out in March.
They collaborated with photographer Marcus Maschwitz on this one and we love it … it’s dark, sexy, mature and a big step forward for them.
Make sure to check it out and support the guys.