For those who have been hiding under a rock, Snoop Lion (ex Snoop Dogg) is coming to South Africa this month. So we thought that we would educate those who don’t know on why Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion.
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., announced his new stage name, Snoop Lion, on July 31, 2012. On a trip to Jamaica to record his new album, Snoop Dogg immersed himself in Jamaican and Rastafarian culture, and was apparently rechristened as Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest. He subsequently changed the style of his music to be more reggae-focused. His new album, “Reincarnated”, his latest release, is Snoop’s first reggae album. There are rumours that Snoop claims to be the reincarnation of reggae legend, Bob Marley. Some members of the Rastafarian culture that aren’t too happy about this “conversion” though. What is your opinion?
If you want more information, check out the documentary on Snoop, “Reincarnated”.
Snoop also has a new music video out called “No Guns Allowed”:
We hope you enjoyed the first Throwback Thursdays! In this weekly feature, we’ll be giving you some knowledge from the past, so that we can better appreciate and understand where we are today and where we’re moving towards in the future.
Vans recently hosted it’s fifth Vans Off the Wall Spring Classic event. The event took place on the 3rd of May 2013 in the costal town of Varazze, Italy. Thousands of skateboarders, press and people came to the event from all over Europe for the weekend. The video really makes the event look like such a good time, with super good skateboarding in an amazing mini-ramp and street park, good music, beautiful beachfront surroundings, and good times. This could easily be South Africa. We also really enjoyed the footage and animation in the video. Good job Vans!
The National Skate Collective have put together a survey to give to the City of Cape Town in order to try and get skateboarding to be recognised as a legitimate mode of transport and sport. The situation may seem hopeless sometimes, but here is something that you can actually do. So quit bitching, take 5 minutes out of your day and fill out the survey. Even if you do not live in Cape Town, support South African skateboarding!
We are a group of skateboarders from all disciplines and backgrounds who came together under the banner of strengthening the culture of skateboarding. NSC was formed in 2011 in order to facilitate communication between skateboarders and government. We have since formed a Non-Profit Organisation in order to unite skaters and support skateboarding initiatives in South Africa.
A skate-friendly South Africa which supports skateboarding as an active mode of transport as well as a sport
The National Skateboarding Collective (NSC) is to:
• Serve the skateboarding community
• Promote and strengthen the culture and sport of skateboarding
• Ensuring that skating is integrated and developed in South Africa
• Advocating for our rights for the attainment of equal opportunity
• Facilitate communication between skateboarders and government/organisations
• Create partnerships and networks amongst the skateboarding community
• Support skateboarding initiatives and projects
To stand a chance to win a copy, here’s what you need to do:
– “Like” the Revolution Facebook page and/or
– “Follow” @Revolutioncoza on Twitter
– Comment below with who your favourite Deathwish rider is
– Be present at the screening
The winner will be announced in a lucky draw on the night.
In this explosive story of revenge and urban violence, Jim Greco and Erik Ellington team up with a group of skateboarders who have a change of opinion after their favorite spots are mercilessly knobbed and destroyed by a gang of thugs posing as authority figures. Slash is arrested, Lizard King is assaulted by a skatepark ledge, and Furby’s board is stolen. They then turn vigilante as they stalk the mean streets of Los Angeles with Moose and Neen Williams, on the prowl for handrails, gaps and dangerous spots of that nature. The Deathwish Video is an epic and controversial film that is frank and original in its treatment of urban skateboarding and the average citizen’s helplessness in dealing with it. Various artists wrote the musical score. And watch for a young Jon Dickson in his film debut as one of the pros.
The video features Deathwish team riders Erik Ellington, Jon Dickson, Brian “Slash” Hansen, Neen Williams, Furby, Jim Greco, Moose and Lizard King.
Check out the video below for a taste of “The Deathwish Video”.
We thought that we’d start today off with a classic; “Hold it Now, Hit it”, the 1986 song by The Beastie Boys. The song was the first single from their first album Licensed to Ill, and was then remixed on New York State of Mind.
If you haven’t seen Hello Jojo, the 2006 video from Cliché Skateboards, then get ready to get amped. Cliché just put up Joey Brezinski’s video part from the video, and it is incredible, even though it was roughly 7 years ago. Enjoy…
Don’t live in the past though. Make sure you check out Bon Voyage, the latest video from Cliché Skateboards! You can get it here: bit.ly/itunes-bonvoyage.
Last week we met up with KFD team rider Ryan Naidoo in Milnerton to skate some street and hang out. Ryan is a really nice guy and super talented skateboarder. Alan Adams, also on KFD, and his crew also pulled in. We snapped a few photos of them and their friends.
Ben Harper is helping to raise money for the family of Australian pro skateboarder Lewis Marnell, whose untimely death in January at the age of 30 left his family in dire financial straits. A lifelong skateboarding enthusiast and friend to skaters around the world, Harper has reunited with the Innocent Criminals for the first time since 2007 to re-record the song “Jah Work” from his 1997 album, “The Will to Live.” The song is now available on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the Lewis Marnell family memorial fund.
“Lewis was a brilliant artist and athlete not to mention a truly beautiful soul. We loved him and his contributions to skating, and we thought a song would be a wonderful way to celebrate his life and help his family.” said Harper.
Marnell died Jan. 18 from complications of diabetes, a disease he lived with from the age of 10. He did not allow his condition to impede his meteoric skateboarding career. He skated with such passion and style that can’t be replicated, he made all his tricks look effortless and his love for life was infectious. In 2008 he made his mark when he went pro for Almost Skateboards and he was named Skater of the Year from Australian skateboarding magazine, Slam. Marnell got married in late 2012, and died only a few months later, leaving his family with a large debt. Global efforts to help the family financially ensued, with Harper’s being the latest.
If you were at the screening of Bon Voyage at Your Mom’s bowl in Cape Town last night, you will already know how good this video is. Really good filming and editing, and obviously an insane level of skateboarding from the Cliché riders. If you weren’t there, check out the trailer and then download it on iTunes!
Take a ride with the Cliché team across Europe, Australia, the USA, China & Japan and experience some of the best spots ever skated. Travel is the essence of skateboarding so get in the car, train, boat or plane and hit the road… Bon Voyage!
Featuring: Lucas Puig, Daniel Espinoza, Flo Mirtain, Joey Brezinski, Andrew Brophy, Peter Eldridge, Sammy Winter, JB Gillet, Max Geronzi, Charles Collet, Lem Villemin, Javier Mendizabal, Kevin Bradley, Jeremie Daclin, Paul Hart, and Adrien Coillard.
Last weekend at Salesians was the Tech Sessions competition in partnership with Woodies Ramps, Red Bull, Revolution, Almost and Globe. There were 60 skateboarders of all ages that competed in the divisions as well as a good support crowd that came along to watch the comp.
Jean Marc hosted the event and forced the skaters to really push themselves. The skaters were expected to do a 3 – 4 skate run using the ramps and obstacles in the course. Jamie from Woodies Ramps also did a great job at making some additions to the set up at the park. Well done to all the skaters that competed!
Thanks to Nebula for the write up and photos. Have a look at their site for more pictures over here.
Revolution at Festival Mall in Kempton Park will be having a clearance sale this coming weekend! From 5 April – 6 April we will be selling international exclusive samples. Shoes are going from R300 and shirts from R100. Shop Times: 1pm- 6pm on Friday and 9am – 3pm on Saturday. Make sure you get there early as these threads are gonna go quick.
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.