CAPE TATTOO EXPO PHOTOS

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

This past weekend saw the annual Cape Town Tattoo Expo take place at beautiful City Hall. Having grown in popularity since it’s inaugural unveiling, the expo now in it’s sixth year, drew a diverse crowd of avid tattoo collectors and thrill seekers alike and was an event that should not have been missed. Aside from the exotic reptiles, taxidermy animals, live music, art displays and pin-up girls, the event also played host to some of the finest tattoo artists in the game! Local Capetonian tattoo shop Sins of Style went big this year with a massive 6 artists in their booth including Tyler B. Murphy, Lee Herbert, Captain Cade, Warren Petersen, Irish James and guest artist David Noellert all the way from New Orleans, USA. Check out the action.

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Cape Town Tattoo Convention

Content courtesy of Monster Energy.

MONSTER ARMY TOUR

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The guys from Monster Energy sent us a tour diary entry from their trip up to Knysna:

Andrew Nero from Africa Skate has been in Knysna developing the skate scene in the area. Recently he hosted a skate comp for the locals at The Yard. Monster Energy brought up Khule Ngubane from Durban with some of the 20sk8 skaters: Shuaib Philander, Ryan Naidoo, Wesley Schroeder and Grant Mclachlan to come hype up the kids and skate in the comp. On Friday the we arrived at The Yard and we watched some of the local kids skate the best trick comp where they skated in a jam session in the outdoor part of the skatepark to win some product from Selfish Skatedboards. There is some growing talent coming out of Knysna and I’m sure that this skate park is going to help build the skate community. After the session we headed out to Plett to check out what Plett rage was all about. Everyone got turned up and we all spent way to much money on box cocktails.

The next day we hit up the park again to skate in the advanced comp and to once again watch the locals show us their skills. It was a really chilled comp and we all just had a fun session together. In the advanced comp Khule came first, Grant came second, and Shuaib third, which really helped because we had no money after raging the night before.

When we got back to Plett we spent the rest of our time racing the pit bike, playing XBox and trying to find the people that stole some of our bags.

On Sunday we skated around Plett looking for street spots, but every place we found had police trying to take away our boards, so we missioned to Mossel Bay and filmed some street for a bit then headed back to Cape Town. Khule is going to be staying here for a while to film for his next video part.

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AV20 TRAILER

To celebrate our 10 year anniversary we took Alan Marola back to the same handrail of the AV issue 01 cover to try and get another cover. On the mission was Miguel Howell (Photographer) and Jamie O’Brien who both made the mission with Alan 10 years ago. Enjoy.

Screenings of AV Skateboarding Issue 20 are happening in Cape Town, Durban and PE today, and in Joburg tomorrow. Be there!

Facebook events:

Cape Town: http://www.facebook.com/events/1423753987840931/

Durban: http://www.facebook.com/events/215001905341456/

PE:http://www.facebook.com/events/526176664137895/

JHB: http://www.facebook.com/events/1455806774644949/

AV SKATEBOARDING ISSUE 20 PREMIERE

AV Skateboarding Issue 20 Premiere

AV Skateboarding is 10 years old! Come celebrate this at the Cape Town premiere of their 20th issue tomorrow night.

Details:
Date: Friday 18 October
Time: 8pm
Venue: Hectic on Hope, 69 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Black Antler and Black Lung performing
Free Session Skateboarding Magazine Beer + Mag + Popcorn + madness courtesy of Monster Energy.

Here are the Facebook events:

Cape Town: http://www.facebook.com/events/1423753987840931/

Durban: http://www.facebook.com/events/215001905341456/

PE: http://www.facebook.com/events/526176664137895/

JHB: http://www.facebook.com/events/1455806774644949/

BETRAYAL SA TOUR – CAPE TOWN

Survive the Wild

Tonight is the final tour stop of the SURVIVE THE WILD tour. See you there!

Facebook event

Jagermeister presents for the very first time in South Africa, USA’s Betrayal (Mediaskare Records) on the SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR. The US hardcore outfit is set to tour alongside Truth And Its Burden (Rite Of Passage Records) and CONQUEROR HC, both prominent hardcore bands from Johannesburg.

The trio will embark on a nationwide tour that will send them through every major city in South Africa, travelling the long scenic routes between cities and soaking up South African culture and beauty.

SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR will also have select performances filmed along with a full tour documentary while on the road, to be considered for worldwide release upon completion.

A free download is available on Betrayal’s latest song “Pieces Of Home” over at www.favourthebrave.com. Download it now, learn the lyrics and sing em along with the rest of us at the show!

Sponsors:
Jägermeister South Africa, Music Connection, Monster Energy, MK Ondergrond, Handstyle Tattoos Emmarentia & Revolution

Presale tickets are available through www.webtickets.co.za.

Support Acts:

– ENMITY
– Take Hand

For more information:
Press Contact: info@favourthebrave.com
Tour Booking Agency: www.favourthebrave.com
Label: www.mediaskare.com | www.riteofpassagerecords.com

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP PHOTO GALLERY 3

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All photos courtesy of Grant Mclachlan / Monster Energy

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All photos courtesy of Grant Mclachlan / Monster Energy

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Manny Santiago 360 Shuvit Lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanManny Santiago – 360 Shuvit Lipslide

Andy Macdonald Photo by Grant MclachlanAndy Macdonald

Evan Smith Fakie 360 Disaster Photo by Grant MclachlanEvan Smith – Fakie 360 Disaster

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Manny Santiago Nollie Flip 50 Photo by Grant MclachlanManny Santiago – Nollie Flip 50

Nyjah Huston 360 flip lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – 360 Flip Lipslide

Nyjah Huston Fakie 270 Nose Blunt Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Fakie 270 Nose Bluntslide

Nyjah Huston Nollie Backside Flip Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Nollie Backside Flip

Nyjah Huston Kickflip Backside 270 lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Kickflip Backside 270 Lipslide

Nyjah Huston Nollie Flip Backside Lipslide Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Nollie Flip Backside Lipslide

Nyjah Huston Switch Heelflip Photo by Grant MclachlanNyjah Huston – Switch Heelflip

SA Am Vert Winners Photo by Grant MclachlanSA Am Vert Winners

Sam Beckett Photo by Grant MclachlanSam Beckett

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Uri Chilling Photo by Grant MclachlanUri Chilling

Vert Am Chilling After Comp Photo by Grant MclachlanVert Am Chilling After Comp

Dallas Oberholzer Vert Am Winner Photo by Grant MclachlanDallas Oberholzer – Vert Am Winner

Photos by Grant Mclachlan / Monster Energy

TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN INTERVIEW

Photo By Christelle Duvenage

Where does the name ‘Truth And Its Burden’ come from?

It’s basically been derived from a song by a band called The Hope Conspiracy. They have this song called “Youth And Its Burden” and I just kind of changed it up and made new sense of it.

Who’s in the band? What do you guys do outside of TAIB?

The band is made up of the following dudes: Ashley / Vocals (Me) – I do graphic and web design for my own business called Capture Creative Design, Calvin / Guitar – works as an internal sales manager for a music distribution company called Agent Audio, Niekie / Bass – works as a sales clerk for a 24 hour pawn shop and Matt / Drums – works as a store manager for a bicycle shop in Fourways.

Photo by Christelle Duvenage

Tell us more about your recent American and European tour overseas.

The tours were all great. We had loads of fun, and learnt a lot about ourselves and each other. While enjoyable at the best of times, they were also tough and really gave us a more real perspective on our dreams and what we want with Truth and Its Burden in the future. I think overall we were well received abroad and we definitely are looking forward to getting back over there on bigger and better touring opportunities.

Why do you think hardcore, metal and punk music isn’t that big in South Africa, as opposed to places in Europe where you can get 60000 people at a festival?

I don’t think media cares too much for it, which sadly seeps into the general public. This might sound off-centre, but I do feel popularity is all based on perception; if media says it’s cool, then it’s cool. Right now the media here don’t think those genres are cool, whereas a few years ago they had frequent attention in magazines like Blunt, which played a huge role in placing these genres in the average kid’s pathway from early on. Radio stations like 5FM gave a damn and Barney Simon really believed in South African hard music. It was on his show that I was introduced to Shifty, Tweak, Fuzigish, and that whole live music scene for me followed shortly thereafter. MK had the opportunity to carry that torch but focus attention on the same thing too often, and only selective shows like MK Ondergrond place some mild attention on harder music. I think people took a lot for granted back then and no one followed in those steps, and by the time people thought to, the momentum built up by the above mentioned had almost disappeared entirely. I’m sure there are many factors though. I’m not even scratching the surface.

I think sometimes a lot people are keen to get involved, but actually don’t know where to start. What advice can you give someone one how to find out about upcoming events, bands etc. in the more ‘underground’ music world?

Back when I started booking shows, there was a need to create that market. I was playing in a small unknown punk band and we needed shows. We knew we would have a really difficult time getting shows with bigger, more prominent bands, so we started booking our own shows with venues, making our own flyers etc. We never had the Facebook and Myspace online outlets and relied on word of mouth, other shows and participating in a scene daily. There was a need to exist in a place we called home, which was created purely, I feel, by knowing what you wanted in life. I, like many other musicians and participants in the scene knew this early on, and because you know this about yourself, you seek out like-minded folk and express your need to contribute and participate. The easiest advice though is this: go to shows and support live music. If it grips you and sparks your absolute interest then stay involved and you’ll soon enough find yourself doing something constructive within that scene/subculture.

Your lyrics seem to hold some substance to them. What would you hope that people get out of listening to your music or watching you live?

It would be nice for people to feel good about life; just a general change of perspective on how good our lives really are. To understand that we are all very fortunate, as fortunate as being able to read and understand the text in this interview or having the means to have found this website. Sounds crazy to some folks, but there are people who literally have nothing. We just want people to feel like they can reach their dreams and be stoked on life and their talents and achievements. Few people see their own worth. That’s the real tragedy in all this, and because of it they stay in shit jobs and live life on the ‘just getting by’ mentality.

You’re touring SA with US band Betrayal closer to the end of this year. Can you tell us more about that?

We’re stoked of course, as any band would be. It’s a great opportunity for us to show the dudes what a beautiful country we have. We met Sean while on tour in USA, so having the guys out here is a real treat indeed. We will be touring alongside Conqueror as well, who have been the talk of town lately so we’re super excited to see how it all plays out. The shows are going through the entire country with fresh stop-offs in new territory like George, so we’re super excited to see how that comes together. Also, the choice of venues for the tour is totally different for hardcore bands, and we’re really trying something new. Hopefully people see this and the shows attract some new faces across the board.

What does the future hold for TAIB?

Who knows hey. We have plans of touring Europe again, as well as USA in 2014, but we have much to work out before that actually happens. We’re writing a new album at the moment, so our energy is totally focused on that right now.

Any upcoming bands we should look out for?

Hmm… Maybe not upcoming bands so much as albums we found and love; Misery Signals – Absent Light, Shai Hulud – Reach Beyond The Sun, Counterparts – The Difference Between Hell And Home, Mercia – Exile In Ruin. Most of you probably know these bands already, but they released solid albums and these are busting our ears lately.

Any shout outs?

Yeah, we’d like to thank our sponsors at Music Connection, Jagermeister, Handstyle Tattoos and Monster Energy. We’d also like to thank everyone that got involved with the Betrayal tour to help promote it, spread the word/flyers/posters/whatever. To the companies who came on board like MK Ondergrond and Revolution, we appreciate that. Lastly, we’ve recently spent time in a great studio called Watts Productions with the dudio named Clint Watts. Check this guy out and give him your time of day. He’s a great engineer with rad perspective. Look out for the new single.

Truth And Its Burden

EDGEMEAD JAM

Edgemead Jam

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

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

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

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

BETRAYAL IN SOUTH AFRICA

Jagermeister presents for the very first time in South Africa, USA’s BETRAYAL (Mediaskare Records) on the SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR. The US hardcore outfit is set to tour alongside TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN (Rite Of Passage Records) and CONQUEROR, both prominent hardcore bands from Johannesburg.

The trio will embark on a nationwide tour that will send them through every major city in South Africa, travelling the long scenic routes between cities and soaking up South African culture and beauty.

SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR will also have select performances filmed along with a full tour documentary while on the road, to be considered for worldwide release upon completion.

A free download is available on Betrayal’s latest song “Pieces Of Home” can be found on www.favourthebrave.com. Download it now, learn the lyrics and sing em along with the rest of us at the show!

Tour dates are as follows:
2013/09/26 – Pretoria, Arcade Empire
2013/09/27 – Johannesburg, Town Hall
2013/09/28 – Durban, Live – The Venue
2013/09/29 – Pietermaritzburg, The Red Door
2013/10/01 – East London, Raggies Sports Bar
2013/10/02 – Port Elizabeth, Pool City
2013/10/03 – George, Zanzi Bar
2013/10/04 – Cape Town, The Mercury Live

Event sponsors:
Jagermeister, Music Connection, Monster Energy, MK Ondergrond and Handstyle Tattoos.