A short look into the life and challenges of a small NGO, One Love Skate Expo, run by Kabelo Tshilwane from the Drill Hall premises in Johannesburg.
South Africa’s Premiere Action Sport festival will showcase the best in local and international athletes as Ultimate X 2017 flips into its new home at Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino.
The Thrasher crew came to South Africa on one of their “Skate Rock” tours. Check out the edit!
Curren Caples, Greyson Fletcher, Josh Harmony, Kevin “Spanky” Long, Julian Davidson and Aidan Campbell
1pm, Saturday 22 August – Maboneng Skatepark Skate Jam, Joburg
12, Saturday 29 August – Mill Street Skatepark, Skate Jam, Cape Town
2pm, Saturday 29 August – Baseline Skate Shop, Signing, Cape Town
South Africa’s very own Dlamini Dlamini has the latest “Firing Line” on the Thrasher website. Making us proud!
THE TAXI DANCE, commissioned by Queens college (NYC) as part of its Year of South Africa, represents contemporary life in South Africa, the vivid colours and energy of its cities, its distinctive street signage, and the rhythm of urban life in a nation whose economic inequalities can be crippling. Like hip hop crew BoznBuck$’s famous taxi dance the painting emphasizes cautious hope for a better future in South Africa.
The Merlin flip (sometimes known as the Merlin twist) is one of those tricks that separate the good from the great.
Now, let’s take a look at South Africa’s Jean-Marc Johannes with his version of events.
King of the Mamba, Durban, South Africa
21 March 2015
This is generally how I ended up at the last two downhill skateboarding/longboarding events in Durban, South Africa: They are organised in a few weeks, one of the organisers, Greg Parry from Peg Skateboards out of Durban messages me to come down with promises of an epic location, I speak to the right people, and next thing I know I am on a plane to Durban for the inaugural and opening event for the MAMBA snake-run at the Eden Village Park in Salt Rock, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
I go onto Youtube and search for any videos of the track and I come cross the one made by local Durban skater Troy O’ Sullivan who also helped with consultation on how track should be built from a downhill skateboarder’s perspective. I watched his video and thought this one should be easy, similar to an event in Durban a few months ago at the Giba Gorge BMX/Mountain Bike pump-track. What the video did not do was give a proper reflection of the actual gradient of the snake-run as he was using a pole-mounted camera.
Surprise surprise… it was crazy!
I flew in on the Friday afternoon and Greg drove me straight to the track. I purposefully did not skate or cycle much in the week leading up to the event as I knew it will require all the leg reserves I could muster. I soon realised that it also needed a few days of riding it to get used to the feel of it.
You can’t not go fast. As much as you tried to hold back by shifting your weight to the back of the board, every corner still saw you boosting out of it picking up speed. It’s the kind of track where all your senses are being worked the whole way down, from the first set of humps, into the high walls of the right-and-left s-bend, sweeping straight into the big right-hand hairpin into a tight left wall down into the rabbit hole with a small straight, all in anticipation for the final left corner, THE WALL, which saw some people completely overcook it, me especially, and end up in the landing bags over the edge.
There were 18 participants in total and after 2 rounds out of 4 I finished with a 10th place overall. My first run saw me fall thrice and sitting in last place, so I knew the pressure was on for my next few runs.
The locals dominated the event and we were all stoked to see some of the guys like Troy who helped with building the track come out as the winner with a 32-second winning time, with local 15yr old Lungelo Mntambo coming in a close 2nd and Bradley Stevens 3rd.
Thank you so much to Peg Skateboards and Red Bull South Africa for hosting such a rad event and personally thank you to Red Bull South Africa, Revolution Skateboard Supply Co., Globe Shoes, Triple 8 protective gear, Kryptonics wheels and Peg Skateboards for making it possible for me to make the trip. A special thank you to old school South African vert
skating legend Eben Combrinck, who headed up the construction of the MAMBA snakerun.
Helmet camera footage by AJ Liebenberg and pics by Al Nicoll and Gavin Higgins.
by Kent Lingeveldt
Durbanite Chris Nderitu, putting it down.
RVCA First Thursdays Presents
‘Zine launch & exhibition
& Performance by Medicine Boy
Introducing the first of 3 nationwide free events, welcoming FRIENDS Occasional into the world. We celebrate with a magazine launch as well as a photographic exhibition.
Hey, no!, Look, The Diabolical Electric Eel, Snakes and Far Out!
**Entrance is limited**
Having been conceived as a brand ‘zine and then developed as a men’s lifestyle publication, FRIENDS is welcomed into the world and born a free-of-charge ‘Occasional’: an ongoing series of publications to be released on a project-to-project basis and not on scheduled release dates. Issue 01 is themed ‘THE MALE DAZE’ and features content from around South Africa, Hong Kong, Seoul, New York and London.
Ashes all the way from Belgium will be kicking off their South African tour at Schivas Rock!
Cheap drinks and great support acts.
20:00 – NO FUCKS
20:45 – Home At Last
21:30 – CONQUEROR HC
22:15 – Ashes
Stage dives and high fives!
See you there!
No under 18’s
The Graffiti South Africa book launch will take place at three prestigious events across the country. The launches will coincide with diverse group exhibitions featuring talented urban and street artists. Other activities include video screenings, street art tours, live painting, sketch wars and book signings. The author will be present at all launches.
Cape Town, 29 January
Space Between, 139 Albert Rd, Woodstock.
Official launch of the new studio and gallery space, Space Between.
‘Urban A’ group exhbition, featuring work by Nardstar*, Ariel23, Ninjabreadboy, Skullboy, Fersyndicate, Steve ‘Crack’, Chris Auret, Jack Fox and r1.
Video screening by Cale Waddacor.
Street art tours in Westridge (SA’s graffiti birthplace) on Friday 30 January and in Woodstock on Saturday 31 January with The Street Is The Gallery Tours.
Book signing and live graffiti at the Open Wall on Saturday 31 January at Side Street Studios (48 Albert Rd).
Johannesburg, 26-28 February
153 Smit Str, Braamfontein
Video screening and photographs by Cale Waddacor.
Live graffiti painting.
Braamfontein street art tour with Past Experiences.
Open Plan Studio
39 Station Dr, Durban
‘Tracksides’ group show by a selection Durban’s finest urban and graphic artists (Artists TBA).
Video screening by Cale Waddacor.
Other entertainment throughout the day.
Event link TBC
Keep up-to-date via the Facebook event pages and our Twitter feed (@graffitiafrica).
Please note that the event itinerary may be subject to changes.
Book your place on one of the street art tours by emailing email@example.com.
The tours are 90-minutes long with very experienced tour guides. Costs vary per tour, all welcome.
Limited copies of the Graffiti SA book are available for purchase at a discounted rate of R650.00 – first come, first served. Reserve your copy to avoid disappointment.
By Clinton Theron
This holiday I spent a day in PE to visit the homies, so Part A was filmed in that one day. Part B is made up of countless kill sessions through the years at Kings Beach Plaza aka “The Bowl”, a spot that is no more, but will always be remembered and never replaced.
Gone Cruzin is an iPhone edit made up of afternoon city missions with the homies. The idea is that “we’re having fun so might as well film it”.
Permanent Record is a new independent record label based in Cape Town, South Africa.
The label was founded in late 2014, with the aim of providing a platform for local artists to release their music on vinyl. Not bound by any genre, PERMANENT RECORD strives to publish relevant South African artists. As such, the label focuses strongly on originality at the expense of following music trends.
The Slashdogs – Progress Through Plunder on vinyl is the first record to be released by Permanent Record.
The Revolution team skated the mini ramp in Sport Unlimited, Tokai, Cape Town.
Featuring: Justus Kotze, Clayton Petersen, Byron Rhoda, and friends.
Filmed and edited by Matthew Lesch.
The Misfits – TV Casualty
It is that time of year again; Interpret Durban is back and they’re celebrating their 5th birthday! For those of you not in the know Interpret Durban or #ID5 as this year’s installation will be more commonly called is a creative competition that covers photography, video, illustration/design and visual art that culminates in a night of awesome exhibitions and live music where the prize giving’s take place. This year’s theme considers the building blocks of a city under the title Durban DNA and asks, what makes a city?
The #ID5 crew have put together over R90 000 worth of prizes across 5 categories with sponsors such as Red Bull Studio’s Cape Town, The Delphic Games, Broadcast Lighting and Savior Brand to name a few.
It’s the kind of incentive you creative types always want but seldom get. So listen up. Here are the categories and sub themes:
Professional Photography – I am Durban
Amateur Photography – Pure Durban
Illustration/design – Durban Bulletin
Video – Durban Atmosphere
Visual Arts – Durban urban
To be part of this great creative challenge and stand a chance to win your share of over R90 000 in prizes (including fat cash prizes) AND exhibit with the best Durban has to offer at #ID5 all you need to do is go to www.interpretdurban.com and download the brief and separate entry form for one of the 5 categories mentioned above. Simple.
Time’s ticking and the deadline will get here quicker than you think, so get going!
Submissions for Interpret Durban 5 close December 12, 2014 at 15h00.
Tweets by InterpretDurban
(Just a note for those of you outside of Durban. Apart from the cash prizes for 1st places, a lot of the other stuff is Durban focused i.e. Gallery exhibition space and Vouchers so just bare that in mind)
In March of 2014, Nevada City artist and skateboarder, Tahiti Perhson, traveled to South Africa for a solo art show where he connected with long time skateboarding friends.
Tribute to Jay Adams; The Original Seed
1961 – 2014
South Africa celebrated Heritage Day on 22 September 2014, a day in which we celebrate our diverse cultures.
At the core of skateboarding culture is Jay Adams, who passed away earlier this year. Jay, is the original seed and his style and skill has no forebears. Jay Adams is skateboarding personified, and for this reason we pay tribute and celebrate his life as a legend.
For the first time in South Africa, we are urging skaters to revel in our heritage, not as a “sub culture” or “fringe sport” but as a legitimate culture and community.
So we met up with a bunch of skaters on Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town to pay tribute and celebrate our skate heritage.
Revolution Skateboard Supply Co. | KFD Skateboards | VANS Store Cape Town | Kingdom Longboards SA
Filmed and edited by Matthew Lesch
Additional filming by Greg Maxwell
Skaters: Andrew Nero, Justus Kotze, Byron Rhoda
Music: Daft Punk – Digital Love
Over 30 skaters from all over South Africa competed in the KDC South African Championships at the Kumba Skate Plaza on 5th October, 2014. Competing skaters were drawn from wildcard winners from Skateboarding for Hope presented by Boogaloos & KDC Grand Slam events, KDC select list, and skaters that Continue reading “KDC 2014 SA Champs/Youth Champs”
Vert skaters from all over the world traveled to Kimberley, South Africa to compete in the Kimberley Diamond Cup 2014 Vert World Championships and a shot at their share at the $83,000 prize purse. In the end, Jimmy Wilkins of Columbus, Ohio ended up taking the top spot and the $35,000 grand prize! Some of Jimmy’s tricks that worked as leverage to towards his win were huge frontside ollies, bs 540 ollies, kickflip lien melon, alley oop tailgrab 540, and more.
Check out the highlights video featuring PLG, Trey Wood, Jono Schwan, Marcello Bastos, Andy MacDonald, Sandro Dias, Elliot Sloan, Jimmy Wilkins, and more.
1. Jimmy Wilkins
2. Sandro Dias
3. Elliot Sloan
4. Andy MacDonald
5. Pierre Luc Gagnon AKA PLG
6. Rony Gomes
7. Jono Schwan
8. Italo Penarrubia
9. Clay Kreiner
10. Sam Beckett
11. Mitch Brusco
12. Marcelo Bastos
13. Trey Wood
14. Edgard Vovo Perier
Nyjah Huston Kickflip Backside Tailslide at KDC 2014. Photo by Grant Mclachlan.
Here’s a list of all the skaters who represented at the KDC Skateboarding World Championships:
Street World Championships:
Australia (native South African) – Tommy Fynn
Australia – Dane Burman
Belgium – Phil Zwijsen
Brazil – Rodrigo Leal
Brazil – Leandro Chico
Brazil – Kelvin Hoefler
Canada – Matt Berger
Canada – Mickey Papa
Canada – Jon Cosentino
Canada – TJ Rogers
Czech Republic – Tomas Vintr
Finland – Marius Syvanen
France – Flo Mirtain
Indian Ocean, France – Vincent Milou
Indian Ocean, Mauritius – Damien Philippe
Indian Ocean, Mauritius – Eric Kircher
Indian Ocean, Mauritius -Kevin Cazel
Indian Ocean, Reunion – Laurent Gence
Indian Ocean, Reunion – Theirry Finet
Indian Ocean, Reunion – Laurence Finet
Mexico – Gustavo Servin
Morocoo/Netherlands – Nassim Guammaz
Mozambique – Yulian Edmundovitch Manhica
Namibia – Armand Oelofse
Namibia – Morne’ de Kock
Namibia – Izzi Jansen
Philippines – Eunice Quinlantang
Philippines – Marvin Basinal
Philippines – Jeff Gonzales
Russia – Gosha Konyshev
South Africa – Khule Ngubane
South Africa – Moses Adams
South Africa – Dlamini Dlamini
Turkey – Cenk Kulioglu
Uganda – Douglas Mwesigwa
Uganda – Peter Kyomuhendo
UK – Tom Knox
USA – Nyjah Huston
USA – Clint Walker
USA – Alec Majerus
USA – Louie Lopez
USA – Evan Smith
USA – Tyson Bowerbank
USA – Justin Brock
USA – Boo Johnson
USA – Ben Hatchell
Vietnam – Linh Do
Vietnam – Bin Tim
Women’s Street World Championships
USA – Lacey Baker
Brazil – Pamela Rosa
USA – Marissa Dal Santo
Canada – Samarria Brevard
USA – Alexis Sablone
USA – Elissa Steamer
USA – Lacey Baker
Austria – Julia Brueckler
USA – Alana Smith
USA – Vanessa Torres
Australia – Katherine Williams
Vert Skateboarding World Championships
Canada – Pierre Luc Gagnon
USA – Jimmy Wilkins
USA – Andy Macdonald
Brazil – Sandro Dias
USA – Trey Wood
USA – Jono Schwan
USA – Mitchie Brusco
Brazil – Rony Gomes
Brazil – Marcelo Bastos
Brazil – Edgar Pereira
USA – Sam Beckett
Brazil – Italo Penarrubia
South African Championships
Cape Town- Alan Marola
Cape Town – Schuaib Philander
Cape Town – Alan Adams
Cape Town – Jean-Marc Johannes
Cape Town – Andrew Nero
Cape Town – Justus Kotze
Cape Town – Martin Stoffberg
Cape Town – Wesley Tooth Schroeder
Durban – Khule Ngubane
Johannesburg – Daniel Miltiadou
Pretoria – Charl Steyn
Welkom – Nico Ludek
Johannesburg – Kanya Spani
Durban – Braxton Haine
Johannesburg – Sam Vider
Johannesburg – Trae Rice
Johannesburg – Xolani Thanjekwayo
Johannesburg – Anthony DeMendonca
Johannesburg – Brandon Valjalo
Durban – Khulu Dlamini
Durban – Martin Stoffberg
Johannesburg – Mitchell Rice
Durban – Simon Stiptich
Kimberley – Warrick Delport
Durban – Yann Horowitz
Nyjah Huston in action during the final heat of the 2013 Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore. The defending champion is back in Kimberley to battle some of the top pro skaters from around the globe.
Nyjah Huston will return to Kimberley to defend his world title against an unprecedented global roster from 37 countries at the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore from 2 – 5 October 2014. The best pro street skaters from the United States will join the top skateboarders from around the world to battle it out in Kimberley, South Africa in October for their share of the R5 million prize purse, the largest single event prize purse in skateboarding.
“The unprecedented global participation in this year’s championships gives us the unique opportunity to showcase our beautiful country to the world and will also allow our young people to be inspired by these incredible athletes,” said John Block, MEC of the Department of Economic Development and Tourism of the Northern Cape provincial government. “This contest has grown beyond what we anticipated. It is now the premier skateboarding competition in the world and all eyes will be on Kimberley. We can’t wait to see the incredible talent that will no doubt be displayed during this year’s competition. It promises to be a truly historic event!”
“It is also an unbelievable opportunity for the Northern Cape to showcase itself as an extraordinary tourism destination and we are looking forward to welcoming the participants and their supporters with the traditional warm Northern Cape hospitality. We would be proud to share our tourism treasures with them – extreme nature, extreme culture and extreme adventure. We would like to encourage them to take this chance to explore the magic of South Africa’s largest province,” mentions Block.
Nyjah Huston, last year’s street skateboarding world champion, along with other top U.S. pros, will battle the top skaters from around the world in a fast-paced, adrenaline packed contest that takes place on the state-of-the-art Kumba Skate Plaza. Currently 37 countries are sending their best skaters to the world championships, including countries competing on the international stage for the first time such as Turkey, Vietnam, Philippines, Namibia, Mauritius Islands and Malaysia.
“To have so many countries competing in the World Championships is unprecedented in skateboarding,” said Tim McFerran, CEO of World Skateboarding Grand Prix. “Since there are only a handful of countries with federations established for skateboarding, most countries do not have any formalised means to support their top skateboarders to get to international contests. For them, it is crucial to get financial help to get to these contests. Even the US, as advanced as it is in skateboarding, has no mechanism in place to get governmental help to send its top skateboarders to the big contests and it has to rely on brands to help,” mentions McFerran. “Over the last seven months, we’ve seen first-hand the challenges in getting skaters to the world championships in countries that have no existing federation. We’ve been working feverishly to assist countries to help bring their skaters to South Africa. We want to help support the growing skateboarding talent around the world and to ensure that skateboarders who have the talent, but not the means, are represented in major events like the skateboarding world championships.”
The growing list of countries participating in the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships includes: Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Botswana, Brasil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mauritius Islands, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, Philippines, Reunion, Russia, South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam.
For an up-to-date list of skateboarders and countries that will be represented at the 2014 Skateboarding World Championships, visit www.KimberleyDiamondCup.com. The Skateboarding World Championships at the Kimberley Diamond Cup will be broadcast live in South Africa on SuperSport and distributed globally in 173 countries reaching 367 million homes worldwide. The event will also be webcast live.
Congrats to the winners of the Vodacom in the City Tickets, Julian D. Eyden and Gawane Gullan!
Win tickets to see Rudimental, MGMT, Crystal Fighters, and The Presets at Vodacom in the City on 3 October 2014 at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg.
All you have to do is comment below with the name of the act you’d be most excited to see, and why.
Winner will be announced Wednesday 1 October.
MGMT HEADING TO SA FOR VODACOM IN THE CITY
After almost a decade of producing hit records, touring the world and headlining festivals across the globe, MGMT are finally heading to South Africa. Get ready to party with the psychedelic-synth pop beats of ‘Kids’, ‘Electric Feel’ and ‘Time to Pretend’ when New York City’s MGMT hit Jozi for Vodacom in the City, on Friday 3rd October.
Now in its third year, Vodacom In the City transforms Mary Fitzgerald Square in downtown Jozi into a pulsating spectacle of lights, lasers and an incredible blend of Jozi’s cosmopolitan music lovers. Put Friday 3 October in your diaries, you don’t want to miss this.
MGMT join the already announced international line-up of UK’s Brit Award winning drum-and-bass maestro’s Rudimental and British electro-folk band Crystal Fighters.
Ben Goldwasser and Andrew Van Wyngarden formed the first incarnation of MGMT (then called “the management”) as fellow students in 2001. When they released the sensational Oracular Spectacular in 2008 their reputation began snowballing on both sides of the Atlantic. Not only were they nominated for a Grammy Award (which French dance act Justice picked up for remixing one of their tracks), but the UK’s leading music magazine NME dubbed them “the best NY band about” with Rolling Stone proclaiming them one of the “Top 10 Artists to Watch in 2008.” Today, Oracular Spectacular with its major singles Kids, Time to pretend, Electric Feel & The Youth is consistently ranked amongst the most celebrated pop albums of the 21st century.
Without skipping a beat, MGMT, began writing and recording their second album Congratulations, which was released in April 2010 and debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.
Their latest self-titled album MGMT has been described as perfectly ‘on the current pulse’, ‘drawing seasoned fans and new initiates alike into the band’s eureka zone.’
“This album feels to us like coming down to earth in a way,” admits Ben. “We’re trying to be accessible but we’re trying to do something new within the realm of pop music. When we finally came close to finishing MGMT, everyone in the studio had the feeling that we’d made something really great.” Having shared the stage with the likes of Beck, Yeasayer, Radiohead, Florence And The Machine and Tame Impala, one can be pretty certain that many others will feel the very same way.
Vodacom In the City promises to be a huge night of thumping beats. It’s going to heave with music fans from across Jozi all there for the same reason – to party hard to the bands that they love!
Stay close to Vodacom In The City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for news on the next line-up announcements.
Cape Town fans can catch MGMT, Rudimental and Crystal Fighters at Rocking the Daisies from 2-5 October 2014.
You can buy tickets HERE.
Apparently the Kimberley Diamond Cup is also the Skateboarding World Championships this year. Skaters from over 25 countries will be attending. Categories will be Youth (boys) and Men, Girls and Women, South African Vert Championships, Street Skateboarding World Continue reading “Skateboarding World Championships at KDC”
South Africa celebrates Heritage day this coming week. A day in which we celebrate our diverse cultures.
At the core of skateboarding culture is Jay Adams, who passed away earlier this year. Jay, is the original seed and his style and skill has no forebears. Jay Adams is skateboarding personified, and for this reason we pay tribute and celebrate his life as a legend.
For the first time in South Africa, we are urging skaters to revel in our heritage, not as a “sub culture” or “fringe sport” but as a legitimate culture and community.
So join us this #promenademondays as we pay tribute and celebrate our Skate Heritage.
22 SEPTEMBER 2014
Presented by: #PromenadeMondays
Queens Beach, Sea Point, Cape Town
In Association with:
VANS Store Cape Town
Kingdom Longboards SA
RSVP to the Facebook event HERE.
World Skateboarding GP was invited by the Northern Cape Tourism Association to Johannesburg to skate on SABC’s Morning Live show, to celebrate the launch of Northern Cape World Tourism Month. Check out Anthony de Mendonca, Adam Woolf and some other skaters shredding on a narrow ramp/rail setup outside Arts on Main in Maboneng.
Kryptonics rider Kent Lingeveldt sent us over this video and some photos from the Red Bull Dirt Circuit in Durban last weekend.
“I remember seeing an event like this on Facebook that Continue reading “Kent Lingeveldt: Red Bull Dirt Circuit”
Juan Smit is the all-round nicest guy ever, he skates for enjoi and Revolution, he’s a fireman, and runs Snap Originals, where he “upcycles” broken and used skateboard decks into some pretty awesome things. We find his DIY approach to life inspiring, so we caught up with him for a quick interview…
How Afrikaans are you, from a scale of 1 – 10?
10 being the highest? I’m probably a 12, haha.
Where did you get the idea to start Snap Originals?
Kieron Mans, a close friend, was a big influence. I saw him making a platter and a spoon once for his college project at the time and asked him if I could start playing around with some new ideas. Kieron moved back to Namibia and I started getting good at it and started to get clients and that’s that. Now here we are three years later.
What creation are you most stoked on so far?
All of them. I can see I’ve got better and better in my craft work over the years. I think progress and improvement is a big factor in this industry, where client’s ideas and input to improve the product helps a lot. I’ll say the yoyo though just because it brings so much joy and it’s so simple.
What inspires your creations?
Google, haha. No, I’ll say it’s clients, and sometimes mistakes, believe it or not. I’ll be busy with one product and see a new creation in it, don’t ask me why. Clients are also a big help; they’ll ask me sometimes if it is possible to make something, then I’ll play around with it and tell them yes or no.
What does skateboarding mean to you?
Well, let’s say everything till now. Freedom, friendship, good times, being creative, traveling, pushing your limits. If I didn’t put my feet on this plank with four wheels 15 years ago we wouldn’t be having this interview now. I’m glad I followed this route in life. Not one regret.
Do you get a lot of romantic interest being a firefighter?
Yes and no, chicks don’t actually fall to my feet if I tell them my job description, if that’s what you asking. Firefighters also have this reputation of being dogs with ladies, haha, but Ive got some digits, some lucky nights…
What else do you get up to when you aren’t skating?
I exercise a lot, jog almost every day with my dogs; beach, trails or just in the neighbourhood, surf with my homies. I fucking LOVE Motorsport so I go watch that a lot; track events, drag racing, stock cars, dirt racing… I’m also a bit of a green thumb in the garden, planting and finding cacti plants. Then the usual: movies, braaiing, camping… yeah.
Where do you hope to take Snap Originals? Is it just a hobby or something you’d like to turn into a bigger thing?
It’s a passion/hobby/small business I guess. I just like making stuff for people and why not if i can make cash from it – ‘extra income’ – and I’ll probably do this until I’m 80. It keeps you young and your mind healthy.
What do you think is a good way to motivate people to start thinking more ‘DIY’ and stop being complacent and lazy?
It’s a good way to save money! Taking something old and making it look new. Have pride in your creation or work. The first step comes from you. If you want to there’s always that question “what if?” Stay positive and keep true to your roots.
Photo by Greg Maxwell
The Kryptonics Meltdown Continue reading “Kryptonics Meltdown 7s Invitational Photos”
Dlamini Dlamini, Evan Binge, Kanya Spani, Continue reading “KDC Packing The Heat Tour”
Ride Channel put this video up from Go Skateboarding Day South Africa – Cape Town. Continue reading “Go Skate Day Cape Town”
The new full part from Justus Kotze, filmed in and around Cape Town, South Africa.
Filmed and edited by Matthew Lesch.
Additional filming by Andrew van der Walt.
“Intro Song” – Black Lung
“No Demons” – Bass Drums of Death
“Are You Ready for the Country” – Neil Young
Titles by Justus Kotze
Intro animation by Andrew van der Walt
Video recap of Skateboarding for Hope at Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto on Youth Day, 16 June 2014. Congrats to Kanya Spani for earning a slot in the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup South African Championships!
Skaters in order of appearance: Mike Stylianou, ?, Brian Stylianou, Jeremy Stone, Sam Vider, ?, Adam Woolf, Dean Marais, Anthony de Mendonca, Kanya Spani.
Filmed and edited by Chinner.
Check out photos from the event here.
The teaser video for Justus Kotze’s new video part, coming next week!
Filmed and edited by Matthew Lesch.
Featuring Revolution and Verb team rider Simon Stipcich, and Mike Sparrow, Eddie Galassi, Suhail Continue reading “EMBO: Durban Street Skating”
The DVS squad invades Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru, slaying demos while still handling lots of business in the streets. Featuring Enjoi Skateboards team rider Zack Wallin.
There is a preview screening on Painting Cape Town on Saturday 24 May. Please message them if you would like to be there.
Painting Cape Town; Graffiti from South Africa is the first print publication to cover the graffiti subculture in Cape Town, South Africa in significant detail. The book, written by Matthew Olckers and released in 2013, includes interviews with 29 of Cape Town’s most prominent graffiti artists. Each story provides a unique insight into the rationale behind the artist’s passion and obsession for spreading their names.
During 2013, Painting Cape Town found it’s way into the hands of Katey Carson, an upcoming filmmaker. The material has inspired a documentary by the same name. Painting Cape Town, a documentary, probes deeper into the views of Cape Town’s graffiti artists. Established figures within the subculture such as Falko and Wealz130 share their experiences of the consuming passion to paint the surfaces of the city.
Cape Town hardcore band, Peasant, had a launch show for their new EP, Dead Hand, at Carnival Court on Friday night. Greg Maxwell was there to capture some images of the night. The night opened with Manoue, a two piece guitar-driven Continue reading “Peasant ‘Dead Hand’ EP Launch Show”
Favour The Brave Agency in collaboration with Continue reading “Dreamshade South Africa Tour”
1966: Claude Jutra creates The Devil’s Toy, one of the first skate films.
2014: 14 directors around the world re-imagine this seminal film.
The Devil’s Toy Continue reading “The Devil’s Toy Redux”
Simphiwe is an artist with no arms or legs who taught himself to skateboard when his electric wheelchair broke. Campaign Simphiwe is an initiative that is trying to raise funds to help him out.
A fire burned down Simphiwe’s shack in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, South Africa. He was lucky to escape with his life, but lost his electric wheelchair and with it, his freedom to get around. He is also an artist with a strong fighting spirit and refused to be confined to his home, so he sourced a used skateboard and learned to balance on it. Soon he was skating around his township to the delight of honking cars and passersby. He is unable to survive on the small government grant he receives and has seldom been able to see a doctor.
You can donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-get-simphiwe-off-the-ground
Simphiwe has been struggling for a number of years on his govt. disability fund of $127 per month. He has not been able to get ahead and in fact has lost everything, including his mobility. As you see in the video, Simphiwe is an extremely positive and capable individual. He just needs your help. THE IMMEDIATE GOAL is to help Simphiwe ‘off the ground’ and to provide some basic support enabling him to become productive again.
Successful funding of the Campaign will bring Simphiwe:
Immediate medical attention.
A specially adapted electric wheelchair.
Special adaptations to his small home to make it wheelchair friendly.
Basic furniture for his home (a couch, a kitchen table, stove).
Enrollment to computer courses (to enable him to derive an income from home – a big step towards his goal of financial independence).
Small monthly allowance for transport to computer classes and to sustain him whilst studying.
Everything from recognition on our website to pictures drawn and signed by Simphiwe are available as Perks in gratitude for your contribution. Simphiwe deeply appreciates your help! Please pledge today…you know what to do!
The Impact of Your Help
Simphiwe is a talented artist whose lifetime ambition encompasses being an ambassador for other disabled people. His lifetime goal is to be fitted with artificial limbs and be able to drive a specially fitted vehicle.
Your contribution will play a key role and go a long way to help Simphiwe ‘OFF the GROUND’ and towards fulfilling his life aspirations to being a productive member of society. With your donation – large or small – you will pledge that you believe, like us, that this person deserves a helping hand. By supporting Simphiwe, you will become a member of the ever-growing Campaign Simphiwe family, and join us as we spread our message.
Other Ways You Can Help
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Taking advantage of the sunny days before the winter rain sets in, some of the Revolution team, including Ryan Naidoo, Justus Kotze, Byron Rhoda and Tyler Kammies hit the Cape Town streets for the latest Revolution edit.
Filmed by Matt Lesch and Greg Maxwell
Edited by Matt Lesch
Intro animation by Andrew van der Walt
Cape Town hardcore band, Peasant, have just put up their new music video, Ender.
The song is taken from their upcoming EP, Dead Hand.
They are also now endorsed by Killer Speed Co.
Apparently Justin’s part for the upcoming 20sk8 full length video is looking good. Keep an eye out for this dude.
Crazy Trick Contest, Haslam Freestyle, Youness Cruising – Almost Famous Ep. 7
The Almost Skateboards team put down some parking block hammers, Youness Amrani owns a handrail, and Chris Haslam sets up the new #AlmostCraziestTrick winner.
Who is Roastin’ Records?
Roastin’ Records was born out of the shared love for vinyl records. Roastin’ Records is Wentzel van der Gryp and Rouleaux van der Merwe. Wentzel started sourcing and selling new and used vinyls in 2012 and set up a small record shop inside Deluxe Coffee Works. Wentzel asked Rouleaux to help him with some designs for a logo. One thing led to another and Wentzel and Rouleaux partnered up and decided to start a small independent label releasing local music that they love.
What makes vinyl records so special?
It is a combination of the cover art, the variety of the formats (12inch / 10inch / 7inch), the analog nature of the music and the way that you are ‘forced’ to listen to the whole record. You can’t just skip to the next song (like with a mp3), you kinda have to sit through an album and wait for your favorite song to come up. It makes you appreciate the music listening experience so much more.
What was the motivation behind starting Roastin’ Records?
Both of us are fairly obsessed with music. It is a way to channel our collective obsession into something we can share with other people.
Aren’t you worried that the popularity of records is just a trend that will eventually pass on?
We were collecting and swapping/trading vinyl many years before it became a hipster trend. I don’t think that it will go away. People are looking at vinyl to reignite the spark of owning music. It is one thing to have thousands of mp3’s, and to be completely honest, you never actually own those mp3’s. It was either downloaded, copied or ripped from a CD. Buying a vinyl record gives you the satisfaction of holding the physical incarnation of the music in your hands.
Why do you think it has taken South Africans so long to get into collecting records?
You’ve always had your serious collectors in SA, but kids who grew up in the digital age has caught on to the trend you talk about above.
Roastin’ Records has recently been acting more as a records label, having released a few records for bands. Is this the direction you’re moving towards?
We definitely want to put out as many records as we can. Because vinyl has become a standard output for international bands we want to give SA bands a platform to be on par with the rest of the world. The music is definitely on the same level. SA has so many amazing bands who deserve to have their music on vinyl.
What are some of the releases you’ve put out?
Our latest release, the Wildernessking 10inch EP is just about to see the light of day, and we are very excited about it. Roastin’ Records also did a collaborative release for the Pretoria noise punkers Make-Overs with Angry Africa and KRNGY.
Any sneak peeks for what we can expect from Roastin’ Records in the near future?
We have a couple of 7inches we want to bring out – a split with Cape Town’s Peasant and JHB heavyweights Conqueror. Also maybe a 7inch for the grindcore band Anthropocene Hell. We will also be getting in some fresh new music on a monthly basis which are available on the webshop and at the record bin in Deluxe Coffee. We also DJ regularly in and around Cape Town and try to let the vinyl sound reach as many people as possible. If you are ever at a venue where we are DJing, please do come say HELLO. We also like tequila.
I imagine you guys have your ear quite close to the ground with South African music. Who should we be keeping an ear out for in the future?
The Psych Night guys are doing some great stuff, The Very Wicked, The Dollfins, WEA (but I think they called it a day?), Black Lung, Bilderberg Motel, Changeling, Peasant, The Moths, Death Pegasus, Make Overs, Conqueror, Dead Lucky, Black Math, Bad Drugs etc.
Top 10 vinyl records of all time?
Unfair question. We both have a broad range of musical taste, but I (Rouleaux) tend to like punk/harcore stuff the most. I can have a top 10 in loads of different genres.
Here is my top 10 list :
1. Descendents – Milo Goes to College
2. Fugazi – End Hits
3. Hawkwind – Space Ritual
4. Fucked Up – Chemistry of Common Life
5. Poison the Well – Versions
6. Ceremony – Ronhert Park
7. The Replacements – Let It Be
8. Sleep – Dopesmoker
9. The Monks – Black Monk Time
10. Bad Brains – S/T
Here is Wentzel’s list. But only for today. Tomorrow it will be very different.
1. Led Zeppelin – II
2. Blood Brothers – Crimes
3. Neil Young – Harvest Moon
4. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
5. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
6. Joanna Newsom – Ys
7. Bob Dylan – Desire
8. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
9. Nirvana – In Utero
10. Beatles – ? all Beatles!
Death Pegasus are playing a show in Cape Town on Friday night, so caught up with frontman Marcel Marcel for a quick interview…
What is Death Pegasus?
Death Pegasus is a Thrash Metal band from JHB, with members Brian Seston (Drums), Grant Seston (Rhythm Guitar and Gang Vocals), Berneau v.d. Merwe (Base Guitar and Gang Vocals) and Marcel Marcel (Lead Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar).
How long have you guys been a band and what came before that?
We formed the band in November 2012. Before that it was all about art, jamming together and being mega Thrash fans.
What do you do in the band and who does all the artwork?
So far I have been the main writer of the songs and lyrics in Death Pegasus, but recently we have started writing songs together as a band. I also do all the art and visuals for the band, be it cover art, flyers, logo’s etc.
How much is the music and art linked?
The art is closely tied to the music. It directly correlates with the lyrical content and general feel of the band and Thrash in general.
What’s it like being a Thrash band in Joburg and how much did growing up in Joburg influence your sound?
It is exciting being a Thrash Metal band from JHB, as there aren’t many Thrash bands out there, leaving a lot of room to expand and expose this genre of metal to the listeners. Growing up in the city of Johannesburg has had a strong influence on the lyrical content, heaviness of the sound and urgency of the vocal style, as the violence, chaos and intense energy impacts your thinking and psyche.
Which bands are your heros?
Big question, but to name a few: Exodus, Nuclear Assault, D.R.I., Slayer, Anthrax, Sepultura.
You guys are playing in Cape Town for the first time this Friday, what can people expect?
Coming to a Death Pegasus show you can expect some serious in-your-face Thrash and general mayhem.
What’s the art show about that will be exhibiting at the show?
The art will be reflecting on all the lyrical themes and concepts of all the songs on our E.P. Critical Madness. From War Inside that talks about inner turmoil, to Critical Madness that speaks about the chaotic and mad state of the world.
Facebook event for their show on Friday.
Midway Mayhem Rider Cup and Am Street Finals
Featuring Revolution team riders Byron Rhoda and Jean-Marc Johannes, and TK Modise, Keerin Noah, Jean Gerber, Brad Balie, Justin Adonis, Toufeeq Raubenheimer, Ofentse Ramakanye, Alan Marola, Evan Binge, Khulu Dlamini, Leon Bester, Brendan Jack Dyamond, Brandon Valjalo, Shuaib Philander, Allan Adams, Pieter Retief, Braxton Haine, Kanya Spani, Dlamini Dlamini, Yann Horowitz, and Khule Ngubane.
Filmed and edited by Matt Lesch.
Revolution and Almost team rider Jean-Marc Johannes has a short fun Sunday session.
Filmed on a GoPro HERO3.
A video featuring the Women’s Street, Am Vert and Am Street Qualifiers divisions from Midway Mayhem. Featuring Revolution team riders Byron Rhoda and Trae Rice.
Filmed and edited by Matt Lesch.
And edit from Desolated Clothing, featuring Trae Rice, Tian Van Rensburg and Revolution Cresta assistant manager Sid Hammertime.
A rad little edit from Sk8World featuring Revolution team riders Trae Rice, Anthony de Mendonca, and friends Adam Woolf, David Woolf and Khule Ngubane.
South African artist Rodan Kane Hart launched his exhibition last night. It’s on now at NIROXprojects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg. Go check it out!
FORMS / S | W
Rodan Kane Hart
12 March – 31 March 2014
NIROXprojects, 264 Fox Street, Arts on Main
NIROXprojects presents FORMS / S | W by Rodan Kane Hart. Following on from Structure, & Pattern Language (2013), Forms / S | W (2014) marks Hart’s third solo showcase in 2 years. The exhibition compromises an entirely new body of work consisting of sculpture, drawing, print & photography. These works follow on from previous points of enquiry regarding the constructed notion of the South African city. After a recent residency at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, Hart has shifted his focus to more closely examining the influence of European architectural forms onto the urban fabric of South Africa.
RSVP to the Facebook event here.
Farshid Moussavi and Michael Kubo sum up the conceptual foundations of the exhibition as a whole in a book titled The Function of Ornament. A statement is made that succinctly deifies the relevance of architectural style and ornament, “Architecture needs mechanisms that allow it to become connected to culture”. Absorbing and capturing the forces that shape society achieve this cultural connection. These forces are then used as material components to work with, forming composite materiality. When two forces found within society, Invisible, meaning; Cultural, Political, and Temporal, and, Visible, meaning; Structural, Functional, and Physical, are brought together, it gives way to, a New Aesthetic Composition. Architectural style is not easily adjustable to the changes in culture and society. Modernists utilized transparency to represent architectural elements of space and structure; Post Modernists used Décor, whereas the Deconstructivists used geometrical collage to replace transparency all together. These concepts express the inextricable relationship between, Inside & Outside, Then & Now and Here & There.
Forms / S | W (S suggesting South = South Africa & W suggesting West = England) at NIROXprojects focuses on the formal influences of European Classism, Modernism and Post Modernism. An array of artistic medium has been utilized to present the historical and personal logic behind Hart’s formally abstracted works. Hart has intentionally incorporated more handcrafted methods with those of mechanical and digital processes, setting up a relationship between subject matter, time, theory and aesthetic. Works on display include…
Charcoal drawings & 35mm Black & White photographs inspired by architectural and natural forms found in the English cities of Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool & London, are presented alongside those depicting the South African cities of Johannesburg & Cape Town. These images explore the construction of spatial context by juxtaposing figurative representations with those of abstracted ones.
Being renowned for his life-sized steel sculptures Hart has taken a more intimate and crafted approach, by producing 4 smaller generative sculpture series consisting of 4 stages (each). Hart sees these sculptures as maquettes and studies for larger experiential projects, asserting the Russian Constructivists as an influence. Finally, a series of linocuts presenting the progression of line to shape and subsequently to form over 4 stages will also be on display.
OPEN HOURS: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm
NIROXprojects | 264 Fox Street | Arts on Main | MABONENG PRECINCT | Johannesburg CBD | +27 72 350 4326 | www.niroxarts.com
In episode 6 of Almost Famous, we go back in time with Chris Haslam, Youness Amrani goes for a fun day of skating in his how town, and another Instagram Almost Craziest Trick winner is announced.
All photos by Dwayne Erasmus.
Check out some more photos and the final results here.
Brendan Jack Dyamond
Brendan Jack Dyamond
John Bongi Manyala
T Kay Modise
T Kay Modise
Tian van Rensburg
Looks like skateboarding is alive and well in Port Elizabeth!
Filmed & edited by Rieyaad Saban
Shot on GoPro Hero
Gauteng has a new skatepark, and it’s called YBF Plaza. It is situated at 54 Hornbill Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg. The opening is this Saturday. If you’re in Joburg, get there! We caught up with the director of the project, Lee Webber, to chat about the opening…
What does the YBF stand for?
Young Blood Forever.
What was the motivation behind opening the skatepark?
There has been a vision to have a skatepark on the campus for over 8 years now. I think the main motivation was always to create a safe place for the youth to skate/ride and give us the opportunity to build and positively influence the people that use it.
Tell us about your launch day event this weekend…
From the beginning we were keen to make a big day out of it, but so far the event planning, sponsor involvement and interested users have surprised us with how big it has become. The day consists of a skate competition for U12’s, U16’s, Ladies, Open and Pro’s. During lunch and towards the end of the day we have a team of BMX riders that will be involved with a BMX Demo on the park. These guys have been very helpful in getting the word out and are planning a BMX comp sometime around June. There will also be loads for the kids to do with the field being set up with a climbing wall, water inflatables, slides, train, mechanical surf board and a play station marquee.
Why did you decide to go for a more plaza style skatepark?
I grew up skating street, simply because the closest real skate park was at least an hours drive from my house. In addition to my love for a street set up I also think that most of the Joburg parks have more of a bowl/vert vibe. We were excited to add something different and more modern in terms of design. The feedback we’ve had has been very positive.
South Africa has had quite a few skateparks open and close over the years. Why do you think that is? What do you think will make YBF Plaza stick around?
I think there are a few reasons for that. One reason is that people who build a park to make money usually build in an affluent area. The downside is that the overheads that go towards the rented property are too high compared to the fees charged over and above the initial layout for building the park. On the other side you have people that offer a piece of land to use in an area with little to no value and you usually end up with a park that is not cared for and is not safe to use because of crime in the area. Often the parks are built on public or commercial properties that get shut down as soon as the next development needs land or the need for a higher return on investment arises. YBF Plaza will stick around because it is a private church project funded by the church to serve the community. The park is more valuable to us than the parking bays it was built on. We expect it to run successfully for many years.
What were some of the biggest challenges you faced building the park?
With the usual building delays and having to move the opening date twice. I think the biggest challenge is trying to end up with a perfect product in a country where there is not much experience when it comes to building a skatepark.
Is the park free or do you have to pay to skate? What made you decide to take this approach?
You would need to pay to use the park. A daily fee can be paid or the users have the option of a 1 month, 3 month or 6 month pass. All of the latter will present a saving. The main two motivations for this approach is that to the user there is more of a structured environment that places more value on the park. The second reason is that we wanted the park to be self sufficient in that the funds brought in could potentially cover the costs for flood lights, electricity, daily cleaning, sweeping and general maintenance.
How do you feel about helmet rules?
We feel that the right thing to do is that anyone under 18 years old should wear a helmet, a user over the age of 18 can sign a helmet waiver form should he wish to do so.
Who designed and built the park?
We had a basic idea of how we wanted the park to be structured early on but it was Clive Crofton that designed and sketched the park up. 95% of the construction work was done by his company Spyda Ramps.
Is the park open to everyone i.e. skateboarders, boxers, rollerbladers?
The park is open to everyone. Depending how busy it gets we may split some sessions and specify who uses the park on certain days.
Anything else we should know?
Nothing springs to mind.
Photo: Tim Moolman
Interview by Adrian Day
A few years ago, Rudi Jeggle was telling me about a friend of his in Northern California who was this amazing artist. He put us in touch and before I knew it he had done three graphics for Familia. Fast forward a few months and I was hanging out with Tahiti and his friends in Grass Valley and Nevada City, skating burly pools and hitting karaoke jams. More than anything I was highly inspired by Tahiti and his like-minded people. Ultimately it was this broad interaction of art, on every level, that I found to be a motivator. A sort of carpe diem approach to music, skating, painting, whatever… I came back to SA and started making music. Pretty much because of the trip. Years ago we started talking about getting him down to SA to have an exhibition, and in 2014, Tahiti is having a solo show at Salon 91. Accompanying him is David Nicholson, a filmmaker who is documenting the trip which will be screened later in the year at the Nevada City Film Festival.
Tahiti is about the funniest and mellowest dude out, and his artistic virtuosity blows my mind every time I see it. The art in itself is a testament to his drive, dedication and artistic genius. Tahiti Pehrson’s show, Connectivity, has it’s opening at Salon 91 Wednesday 26th Feb at 18.30, and will be up until 22 March. Check the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/500683666715131. Do yourself a favour…
You’ve been here for a little over a week. Is Cape Town what you thought it would be?
I didn’t really know what to expect so I was pretty blown away. It can’t really be captured in photos. The clouds coming over Table Mountain – I can say I’ve really never seen anything like it.
Give us a brief skate history of yourself, beginnings, crews etc.
I grew up in Grass Valley in Northern California. I met Chris Senn in my second year of high school. I heard from a friend of mine that there was a dude who could do 360’s off a jump ramp every time. I had to see it myself. We started skating together a lot. Soon after he got hooked up on Powell so we would tag along on his Powell trips. My other close bro’s were on this company Trust Skateboards. Jason Clark, Genaro Vegoglini and Justin Smith. We lived in a car and just skated all the time. John Cardiel and Toad lived lived a couple minutes south of us so those guys would come blow our minds. John hooked me and another guy up on flow for Dogtown for like a year before it went under.
What would you say influenced the style you have become known for? Ie was it a natural evolution from stencil graffiti, or were there visual instances that triggered it all?
I was going to art school and it was just killing my inspiration, so I started painting in the streets. It was way more live and like skating. Plus I had a lot of experience ditching cops so it was it was pretty natural. That mentality got old after a while but the stencil idea kept evolving.
What is the process for one of your works?
It changes but in the last five years I have been into this really geometrical style. Those are made on a computer and more and more I have been drawing over the top of those… and even more now really organic stuff with no computers.
You told me your first board was a Blender, who had a large effect on skateboarders being artists etc. Did those early skate artists like Blender, Gonz, Miller etc play a role or sew seeds in your mind, or were you more interested broader artists?
Yeah man, super into those guys. I was into Salvador Dali and stuff like that too, but Blender, Gonz and Miller had this natural delivery and they lived their art. It wasn’t just a thing you produce it was a way of seeing and adapting so I took that with me.
How much does your mental state affect the designs of your work, if at all?
I’m kind of always positive. I used to be bummed or let myself fall into it but when my daughter was born I really started to stay on a positive mental path. It really works. It sounds trite but once I got into that headspace everything fell into place and the momentum started. So now it’s pretty easy to be stoked. I mean I’m in South Africa pursuing my first loves; skateboarding and art, so I can’t complain.
5 best things about Cape Town:
Skate community rules, natural beauty, supernatural beauty, the accent, wildlife, nightlife, Adrian Day, Instagramming.
5 best things about Nevada City:
Community, skate scene, good music, lazy vibe and you can get by on very little effort. The river there is banging in the summer. Good times.
Check out Tahiti’s work online at www.tahitipehrson.com
The Revolution team skated the Valhalla Park skatepark in Cape Town recently. It was a super hot day, but we managed to get a fun session down. At the end we were proud to be able to help some of the local kids out with a few completes.
Featuring Simon Stipcich, Andrew Nero, Jean-Marc Johannes, Byron Rhoda and Ryan Naidoo.
Valhalla Park skatepark, designed by Woodies Ramps and built by Umzali Civils and Spyda Ramps, is 4300 square metres and is one of the biggest skateparks in Africa. It officially opened on the 9th of December 2013.
Filmed and edited: Matthew Lesch
GoPro footage: Greg Maxwell
Logo animation: Andrew van der Walt
Song: Tame Impala – Solitude is Bliss
You can also watch this video on Vimeo here: https://vimeo.com/87545078
Lyracolos / 2013 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 914mm x 914mm
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town presents:
A Solo Show and First Exhibition in South Africa of Paper Artworks by Tahiti Pehrson
Wednesday 26 February – 22 March 2014
For as long as I can remember I have used art to define and document my experiences. We all start that way, some of us stop doing it at some point for better suited tools of expression. The inexactness of outcome always suited me and yet my work has evolved more and more towards exactness. In the process of cutting more and more detailed works I started to become aware of variation and indeed of repetition. Each shape morphing from square to diamond to triangle, and each variation leading to the next, all forming a larger fabric and pattern. A system connected. Our world is often defined by our differences rather than the reality of parts of a whole. I became interested in the things that make us the same. Even if art is reduced only to a visual experience, trying to create an experience that could both inspire and suggest a wide variety of narratives. The viewer is invited to tailor his/her own experience, and thus engaging personally. A person of faith may read and interpret religious or spiritual implications while a more scientifically minded individual could see Geometry yet both narratives describe a larger system encompassing a whole.
There is a tension, which exists between the apparent fragility of the medium played against the strength of connectivity in a radiant fabric of variation.
Formation / 2013 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 508 x 508 mm
Tahiti Pehrson spent his early years without electricity growing up in a bohemian artist household in Northern California. Art was a mode of entertainment without television or music and long hours were spent in nature and drawing. Influenced by the burgeoning skateboarding and punk scene of the mid Nineteen-eighties and later engaging in the San Francisco street art and graffiti culture of the late Nineties. Traveling Europe and China in search of art enrichment and later attending the San Francisco Art Institute as a painting major, Pehrson left after a year and a half. A practice of stencil-making and street art evolved into a more and more detailed practice of paper cutting two and three-dimensional works.
Pehrson has been working and exhibiting in hand cut paper for the last fifteen years. Over the last five plus years his works have concentrated on highly detailed geometric patterns called Guilloche which date back to Classical Greek and Roman times, later to be perfected by the Rose Engine Lathe in France in the late 1700’s. Today these patterns can be seen on almost every currency in the world as well as hub cups watches and also seem to touch on the design sense intrinsic to nature. These highly detailed monochromatic works create with light and shadow a hypnotic field of Moire patterning.
With many intersections creating a larger fabric, themes in the work center around Connectivity, Systems, Variation and fragility.
Equis / 2013 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 914mm x 914mm
Symbiosis / 2014 / Hand-cut Paper / 100% Cotton Rag, Acid-free / 508 x 508 mm
Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection
26 February – 22 March 2014
Opening Night Wednesday 26 February 2014 at 18h30. The exhibition concludes Sat 22/3/2014 at 2pm.
Tue – Fri: 10 am – 6pm; Sat: 10am – 2pm; Closed: Mondays & Sundays
Address: 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town
SA’s Biggest Action Sports Athletes Take to the Ramp with Mountain Dew
The biggest names in South African action sports will take to the ramp in Mountain Dew’s award winning Dew Tour Bootcamp, kicking off in mid-February. This adrenaline-fuelled roadshow will visit major campuses across the country, offering students the chance to witness exciting performances by the country’s best in freestyle BMX and skateboarding.
Featuring top athletes including Adam Woolf, Colin Loudon and Martin Stoffberg, the Dew Tour Bootcamp boasts a freestyle skate park where street culture, big production and action sports collide, giving audiences the audacious show they deserve. An added highlight is the Bootcamp element, to which amateurs and enthusiasts are invited, for a training session with their favourite athletes.
Once again, each event will include a gaming zone. For those who like to keep their participation a little more virtual, SKATE 3, from the award-winning SKATE franchise, is set to deliver all the rivalry of skateboarding. All this plus DJs, great give-aways, a chance to win a customised skateboard, and an endless supply of Mountain Dew, makes the Dew Tour Bootcamp a must-see event.
Anthony de Mendonca (Revolution team rider)
17/02/14 – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Cape Town)
20/02/14 – University of Cape Town
24/02/14 – Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Bellville)
27/02/14 – University of Stellenbosch
07/03/14 – University of KwaZulu Natal
14/03/14 – University of Johannesburg (Kingsway)
Check out these photos from the 2013 edition of the Dew Tour Bootcamp:
Who are you? What do you do? What is life? What is behind the name Ninjabreadboy?
I am an illustrator and aspiring artist based in Cape Town. I currently work as a freelance illustrator but did work in the advertising world for a while and decided to go freelance at the beginning of last year for obvious reasons. I don’t use any preferred mediums for the stuff that I do, I really just enjoy trying to make cool shit with whatever is available or required on certain projects. I’m all about putting my work onto whatever I can. The name is just a personal joke; I’ve always wanted to work under an alias, and it just stuck and felt right so I just went with it.
What first got you interested in art?
I’ve always been interested in art; since I learnt how to write my name as a child. I started skating when I was very young and all the visual aspects of skateboarding were the things I really found interesting; tattoos, board graphics, graffiti, clothing, were all things I really liked looking at in skate mags. When I was 13 I remember reading an article in Blunt magazine on graffiti and there was one pic in particular that really caught my eye. It was of Wealz 130 standing on a bridge with his hands in the air, above a piece he had painted. I cut that pic out and stuck it on the wall next to my bed and remember thinking “I want to do that one day.”
Mind mentioning some of your favourite projects that you’ve worked on, and why?
Last year I got to tick some things of my list that I’ve wanted to do for a while now. I did a small range collab with 2BOP that I really enjoyed doing. We did a 5panel, tee, and bandana together and the response to it was really really good. Also I’ve been wanting to do a skateboard graphic since I started skating and I was super happy with how the board graphic came out that I did with Verb at the end of last year.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
I’m very inspired by Cape Town and my surroundings; the people, cultures, sub-cultures, and everything that goes along with it. I’ve also always been inspired by letterforms and various artforms that deal with letters. I’m always trying to find inspiration in different ways to keep my work fresh for myself. Lately I’ve really enjoyed looking at signage. Anything from old American funeral signage to more modern African street signage has all been really appealing to me lately.
You also delve into some other creative avenues e.g. tattooing and graffiti. What else do you get up to when you aren’t drawing?
When I’m not making something I’m normally skating. Lately I’ve also really enjoyed getting back into surfing, on weekends I try get to the beach as much as possible. I used to surf a lot in high school and only recently realized again how important it is for me. Skating and surfing are some of the only things that really help me to clear my mind.
Best and worst things about living in Cape Town?
I can’t think of any bad things to be honest. Maybe the City Council, and some ridiculous bylaws that have been implemented, that’s the only shit thing about Cape Town. And there are too many good things to mention. I really have mad love for this city.
For iJusi #28
Got any exciting future projects you can talk about?
I’m busy with some really nice projects at the moment, one of which is some signage for a local photographer that I’m really enjoying. Also been working on some illustrated label designs. Also have some exhibitions that I’ve been producing some work for. Other than that there’s a few other things in the pipeline.
Your work is often quite dark in the way it references violence or substance abuse. A lot of it seems very Cape Town inspired. What draws you to that subject matter? Are you attempting to offer a commentary on certain things?
I’ve always been interested in quite dark subject matter. I don’t know why, it’s just kind of always been that way. I really enjoy making images that have a sense of humour but at the same time have a darker twist to them. I think this is a good way of getting people to think about what they looking at. Like I said, I’m very influenced by my surroundings and feel that there is so much interesting stuff going on around me that I don’t like looking too much at what illustrators or artist are imitating or representing outside of South Africa when there is so much cool shit here that has potential to become great subject matter. I think the stuff I draw is a mash up of what I see and experience in my surroundings, and because I’ve always been attracted to the “darker” things, those are the things that catch my attention in my surroundings.
Is there life after death?
I honestly don’t know, and to my knowledge no one on earth knows, and probably will never know, so no stress.
Homeward Bound Exhibition
Karate Water / Ink on 300gsm watercolour Fabriano
Ma Slaan Vir Pa Wyn / Ink on 300gsm watercolour Fabriano
Ninjabreadboy x 2Bop
Greg Maxwell took some nice photos from Comeback Kid’s final stop of their South African tour, at Mercury Live, Cape Town, South Africa.
Comeback Kid were supported (in order of performance) by Peasant, Take Hand, Reason to Live and Truth and Its Burden. If you were at any of the shows, you will know how good our local bands were, and how amazing it was to see Comeback Kid live. If you weren’t, then you missed out, but hopefully these photos give you a taste of what went down.
Revolution was a proud sponsor of the tour. A huge thank you to Ashley de Beer, Favour the Brave Agency, and all the other tour sponsors for making this tour happen.
Some really rad footage collected from Ultimate X in Cape Town. Some insane skateboarding, BMX, FMX and Wakeboarding went down on the day. There is some serious talent in South Africa.
Shot entirely on the GoPro HERO3+ Black Edition.
Edited by Chris Rogers.
SixLove Events, proudly presents:
The 6th annual Cape Tattoo Expo
28 February – 2 March 2014
Cape Town City Hall
Bringing you the best in global tattoo culture, The Cape Tattoo Expo is currently the most important lifestyle festival of its kind on the African continent. With a great range of top local and international tattoo artists attending and a very exciting arts and concert event schedule, Cape Tattoo Expo 2014 promises to be an exhilarating weekend of pure tattoo art bliss.
Event organiser Manuela Gray says attendees can expect an incredible visual display of tattoo artists from all over the world, as well as the best that South Africa has to offer. The tattoo booths are situated in various big open rooms in the city hall and even if you do not book a tattoo, you will be able to see the masters doing their thing while they are working on their clients. Manuela says: “The idea of the Expo is to provide the SA public with an environment where they can get tattooed by great artists of their choosing. But, as important, it’s also a platform for tattoo artists to showcase their artistry, skill, and creativity in an open and social environment and for the SA public to see how varied and evolved the industry has become”.
There will also be an art exhibition with the theme Victorian Oddities that will open on Friday 28 February and live bands in the Auditorium on Saturday night 1 February. There are also more exciting related events in the weeks leading up to the Expo.
Saturday 8 February – Ride the Lightning
House of Machine
84 Short Market Street
Join us to marvel at a display of custom sprayed tattoo artwork on helmets. The group show by tattoo artists and illustrators will showcase their work on helmets and also 3d laser cut wood helmets. Farryl Purkiss and DJ RAEL will perform at the exhibition.
Friday 21 February
Tattoo Expo Golf Day
Metropolitan Golf Club
Yes folks, we are doing it in style this year! R600 for a 4 ball – 9 Hole. Players can book at firstname.lastname@example.org. Only experienced golfers can take part. The event will be free to the public and the prize giving will happen after the game at the club house bar. There will also be an after party at House of Machines to round off a perfectly cool day.
Ticket sales for Cape Tattoo Expo 2014 will open 5th February and will be available via http://www.quicket.co.za. Tickets are R100.00 per day or R250.00 for a full weekend pass. Full weekend passes allow free entry to the live music at the City Hall Auditorium on the Saturday night. Note that the day passes do not include access to the live music. The ticket also does not include the price of tattoos. These can be booked with and paid to the artist directly. To book, go to: http://www.capetattooconvention.co.za/artists/ and contact the particular artist. Walk-in tattoos will also be welcome, if time and booking schedules allow.
Doors open at 17h00 on Friday and at 11h00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Visit http://www.capetattooconvention.co.za for updates about attending artists, concerts, competitions, and info.
SixLove Events will also be hosting a ‘tattoo-athon’ in the next few months to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA. CHOC is a national organization dedicated to providing assistance to children that are battling cancer or life-threatening blood disorders, and their families. CHOC was established in 1979 and has Divisions in: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. CHOC is not funded by government, but rather by the donations received from corporates, individuals and parents of children with cancer. Funds raised are applied to directly benefit the children and their families, as well as those involved in the treatment of these serious illnesses. More info about CHOC at: http://www.choc.org.za.
CHOC will be at the Tattoo Expo to tell people more about their cause. The date for the ‘tattoo-athon’ to be announced soon.
Also be sure to join the Southern Ink Xposure and Cape Town International Tattoo Convention Facebook and Twitter groups for all the latest news about related events and artist info.
Cape Tattoo Expo 2014 would like to the following sponsors: Jagermeister, Sailor Jerry, 2Evolve, Levis, Wildfire Tattoos.
Comeback Kid at Live in Durban. Photo by Brandon van Eeden.
Apparently Comeback Kid’s South African tour is going really well, and the band are enjoying themselves in South Africa.
Has anyone been to any of the shows yet? How were they?
Apparently a last minute show has been organised for Durban at the Winston Pub at 8pm tomorrow night: Comeback Kid, Reason to Live, Truth and Its Burden, R80.
Also, you can still catch them live if you haven’t seen them yet:
Local South African artist, Rodan Kane Hart, was featured on itsnicethat.com, and we think that’s pretty cool. Rodan studied at the Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town, and specialises in sculpture, which mainly deal with the colonial origins of modern South Africa.
The Plant Sports team, including Chris Pfanner, Charles Collet and Niklas Speer von Cappeln, recently traveled to South Africa and got some tricks and good times in the bag.
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!
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!
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!
Skate photographer Jody Morris is bringing out a book called 20 Plus, featuring skate photos from the more than twenty years that Jody has been shooting, specifically images from the 1990s to 2013. Pat Duffy talks about his photo on page 136 and other crazy skate mission stories.
Langebaan Summer Skate Championship 2013
The Langebaan Summer Skate Championship took place on Sunday 15 December 2013 at the Play skatepark in Langebaan, Western Cape. Check out the highlight video above. We were stoked to have been involved.
Also, well done to Revolution team rider Byron Rhoda for grabbing 3rd place!
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.
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.”
Images courtesy of Juxtapoz Magazine.
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
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!
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.
Some of the Revolution team and some friends met up for a session at the Durbanville skatepark in Cape Town. Featuring Justus Kotze, Marcel Maassen, Byron Rhoda, Juan Smit, Ryan Naidoo, Mitchell Rice and friends.
Filmed and edited by Andrew van der Walt and Matthew Lesch.
Photo: 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 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 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.
Photo: 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.
Photo: 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.
Photo: Matthew Wareley
Photo: Pierre van der Spuy
The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town, recently introduced a new series of events they are hosting entitled: “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” – a series unique to its kind of which intimate approach and unique setting has rarely been seen before in the Mother City.
A combination of the concept of VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged – the series hosts some of South Africa’s top music acts and offer fans, music fanatics, media and industry insiders the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer on a personal level.
The series launched in October with guests Van Coke Kartel performing and interacting with fans and music industry insiders to great success, followed by Taxi Violence in November.
For the third event in DECEMBER, Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents: Inge Beckmann.
Join Assembly Radio and The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster on Assembly Radio with Dylan Culhane for an evening of interviews and live acoustic performances from Inge Beckmann and a collection of her collaborators.
The third in a series of monthly events unique to its kind in Cape Town – an intimate, sit down experience with some of SA’s top music acts and artists, that gives the audience their chance to pose questions to the band and engage in the conversation. Broadcast live on Assembly Radio.
Date: Monday, 9 December 2013
Venue: The Assembly, Harrington Street, Cape Town
Time: 19h00 (Evening starts at 19h30)
R.O.A.R. – No Under 18s – I.D. Required
RSVP to email@example.com to guarantee your seat. Limited seating will be made available due to the nature of the event.
You have the chance to get involved and be a part of the conversation.
Tune in @ www.theassembly.co.za/radio.
2013 Langebaan Summer Skate Championship
Sunday 15 December 2013
Competition entry: R30
VOLCOM STONE’S WILD IN THE PARKS 2013 TOUR
Volcom Stone’s Wild In the Parks is on tomorrow!
Free entry! Free food! Free drinks!
– 15 and under
– Pro (R5000 cash purse)
– Best trick (R500)
Loads of prizes and giveaways!
Saturday 30 November 2013
Durbanville Skatepark, Cape Town
Led by Jamie O’Brien of Woodies Skate Ramps, Levi’s® South Africa helped revitalize a local skatepark in the Johannesburg suburb of Edenvale.
For those who don’t know by now, Canadian Hardcore Punk band, Comeback Kid, will be gracing our shores early next year. We caught up with frontman, Andrew, to chat about the upcoming tour and still playing in a hardcore band at 37 years old…
Who is Comeback Kid?
Comeback Kid is just a bunch of guys that like playing this style of hardcore and touring the world. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, just write and play music that excites us.
What do you each of you guys do outside of the band?
Everybody has their own lives outside of the band, especially now that we have kind of scattered and don’t really live near each other anymore. Some have other bands and side projects, some have other jobs they work at and then, of course, there are other things like swimming, running, biking etc. that some of us love to do in our down time.
What’s behind the name “Comeback Kid”?
The name Comeback Kid was actually taken from a headline in the sports section of a newspaper. I’m not sure how popular ice hockey or the NHL is in South Africa but back in the day there was this super star named Mario Lemieux who had a serious back injury and it looked like he’d never play again. After some time he got better and was going to make a go of it in the NHL again so when he came back after looking like he was down and out, pretty much done as far as his playing career went, he was called “The Comeback Kid” by the press. We thought that made for a very inspiring title and thought that kind of suited the vibe of what we wanted to do as a band.
Who/what are your biggest influences and inspirations?
That has and will always change somewhat over the years but I think bands like Propagandhi, Sick of it All and Madball are all bands that have been around longer than us and are still going and relevant have done that for us. I think as a whole we’d agree that these are bands we drew inspiration from and still do, and not only that, but they still influence us musically as well.
Do you have any expectations coming to South Africa? What gave you the motivation to tour here?
We have been wanting to come to South Africa for some time now. It has been in the works twice before but could just never work out. We’ve heard about the growing scene out there and think it’s high time we get over there. Long overdue!
You guys have been playing hardcore for a LONG time now. What keeps you motivated and passionate about it?
We have been going at it for over a decade now and I think it’s just knowing that what we have done over the years has been appreciated by fans around the world that helps keep us going. It’s one thing to make music you love but it’s another when it can connect with people from all over the globe, so that really keeps us motivated to make more music and tour as much as we do.
What was the inspiration behind your skateboard deck? Do any of you guys skate?
A company reached out to us and as us if we’d like to do something with them and we were on board with that. Funny thing is none of us really skate anymore. I know some did when we were younger, but I never did. I just hope that doesn’t make me a bad hardcore kid haha.
What bands are you guys psyched on at the moment?
I think everyone in the band will give you different answers but some of the newer bands we’ve been psyched to play with are Incendiary, Backtrack, and Such Gold. I’m not going to lie, at the age of 37 I don’t seek out new bands like I did 20 years ago but I still can say that seeing a young hardcore band that is keeping it real and killing it still gets me stoked.
What goals do you have as a band?
As a band we don’t really have any hard goals in terms of record sales or charts and all that, but we just really want to put on the best show we can and connect with the fans in that 45 minute slot we have. I want to play the same way to a room of 5 stoked fans as I do to a room of 500.
CBK is releasing a new album next year. What can we expect to hear on it?
You can expect to hear the typical Comeback Kid evolution. Anyone that is familiar with our previous releases knows we never put out the same record twice. Rather, we just try to pick up where the last one left off and that will be the case with this one as well. If you’re lucky we may play a new one or two when we are down there, as you’ll be the first to hear that live.
Mark Gordon and Euvrard Loubser made this fun video of themselves skate in the streets and mountains of Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
This video is an entry in the Wavescape Shortcuts Film Contest presented by GoPro and BOS. Enter yours for FREE here.
From the Streets of South Africa to California and into the heart of skateboarding
I AM THALENTE is a verité documentary about the once homeless skateboarder Thalente Biyela’s journey from the streets of Durban, South Africa, to the Los Angeles, California and into the heart of skateboarding. With the support of skate companies L-R-G and Bombshell, along with guidance from pro skateboarders Kenny Anderson, Guy Mariano, and Marc Johnson, the producers are embracing the specialist film crowdfunding platform Seed & Spark to finance the completion of this inspiring documentary.
Nineteen-year-old Thalente has been homeless since age nine. Finding refuge in the local skatepark, he was given a skateboard a year later through which he found an escape from the harsh realities of street life, and a community of friends who would become his family. As a skateboarder his natural understanding and effortless style quickly attracted attention within the industry, both locally and internationally. Last year he was given the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles and the privilege to skateboard with some of the World’s best. Far more importantly, he discovered the spirit of skateboarding which is built on community, friendships and an understanding of one another, irrespective of location.
Says director Natalie Johns, “Whilst this story hinges on Thalente’s love of skateboarding, it gives insight into the challenges that homeless youths face without family, literacy, role models, or hope. Skateboarding becomes a source of strength and competence for Thalente to rise out of circumstance and make a place for himself in the world. His journey offers a unique perspective on skateboarding, the power of uncompromised acceptance, community and individuality”
Venue: The Museum of African Design
Address: 281 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg
by Aaron Kohn
This exhibition tells the stories of bygone eras by positioning them firmly within present day narratives. Through architecture, construction, cartography, photography, communal archives, and historical reenactment, each artist and participant has a conversation with a past though which they did not live by juxtaposing the design elements of the past with those of today.
The exhibition title comes from Jacob Dlamini’s 2009 Native Nostalgia, in which he probes the ethical justification for fond memories of a childhood in a South African township. How, he asks, can a black South African can reflect on something so deplorable with nostalgia? The works in this show represent a related form of nostalgia: the nostalgia for a troubled time through which one did not live.
For example, Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou reflects on the narrative of Benin’s capital, Porto Novo, through the traditional role of women, ceremonial masks, and the Aguda architectural style largely brought back from Brazil by slaves who were deported from there after the early-1800s slave revolts. The designs in the women’s fabrics and masks, as well as the topless dress, contrast with the peeling paint and ornate Portuguese-style woodwork. On top of that, the portraiture itself is unquestionably contemporary.
Meanwhile, I See A Different You’s 19[ ] Mercedes [MODEL] is parked in the middle of the gallery, a physical specimen of design that the duo drive in their everyday life. Rather than bask in the glory of contemporary vehicular stylings, I See a Different You lives with one foot firmly planted in the political and [artistic/creative/design] past. Their other foot allows their work to depict similar contemporary appropriations of historical design elements.
These juxtapositions are reflective of a broader trend toward nostalgia. For South Africans in their early twenties and younger, South Africa is defined more by the post-1994 intersection of Mandela-style reconciliation and rapid globalization than it is by the struggle against Apartheid. Perhaps because they did not live through the darker days of Apartheid, twenty-somethings buy domestic worker outfits for parties and listen to house music alongside older Marabi jazz.
The works in this exhibition display the deep complexity of Native Nostalgia.
There is also multi media spatial intervention by the Kalashnikovv Gallery and Cuss ZA.
Cuss Artist Statement – INDODA
Creative Direction – Mina Lundgren x Ravi Govender
Performance – Simiso Zwane
Music – Zamani Xolo x Simiso Zwane
This collaboration between Swedish designer Mina Lundgren and myself Ravi Govender see’s us focussing on the Kanga textile and its graphic motifs with reference to its place in Zulu culture. The Khanga itself has been appropriated by diviners across South Africa as part of their dress code, and has strong varied meaning as a result. Themes from Zulu culture, such as strength and masculinity, power and the introduction of the false prophet into contemporary culture are also focussed on. The idea was to create a costume for a character that embodies these features. To aesthetically personify mysticism that is present in an expression that is current to africa. It is to also bridge the gap between international representation, with the creation of a fashion video installation. For this, the technique of green screen is incorporated to enhance the visual
aesthetic of movement and work with the idea of lo-ﬁ video production across the continent.
Kalashnikovv Gallery Statement
The Cuss x Kalashnikovv Gallery Spatial Intervention Installation, involves the fusion of curator and artist into a singular manifestation of two specific roles in the art world. Creating a disjunction and thus a new degree of innovation between these two traditional roles by combining them into one, everything in the installation is considered to question these roles and utilized this combination for maximum impact within the physical space (moad). Rendering curator, mode of display, installation, artwork and other multi media into one all encompassing experience.
Facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/246653855492511/
The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town – recently introduced a new series of events they are hosting entitled: “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” – a series unique to its kind of which intimate approach and unique setting has rarely been seen before in the Mother City.
A combination of the concept of VH1 Storytellers and MTV Unplugged – the series hosts some of South Africa’s top music acts and offer fans, music fanatics, media and industry insiders the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer on a personal level.
The series launched in October with guests VAN COKE KARTEL performing and interacting with fans and music industry insiders to great success.
“Van Coke Kartel was the first band to be featured for the new Rock ‘n Rollercoaster and Assembly Radio Live showcase, with a gig that chased all Monday blues away. It was also the first time this well known Afrikaans rock band – famous for their wild and vibrant performances – played this type of acoustic show. All four band members were sitting down with the audience seated too. Their energy, however, was still enough to blow the roof off and the moment drummer Jason Oosthuizen stepped on the kick pedal, the whole of District Six seemed to tremble for a second. Between songs, eager fans joined the MC with Q&A’s for the band. Topics ranged from technical sound and music related questions to the number of women Jason “usually” sleeps with on tour. The band opened with a song titled ‘Dankie Ek’s Veilig Hier’ from their 4th full length album and followed up with ‘‘n Klein Wêreld’ from their latest album Bloed, Sweet en Trane which was released early last month. Frontman Francois van Coke explained that this album was the first time he tried to write lyrics with a more story-telling, narrative edge to it. A member of the crowd had his birthday made extra special when Francois requested lead guitarist Jedd Kossew to show off his mad guitar skills and play ‘Happy Birthday’ in, as Francois put it,“Jimmy-style”. The crowd clearly enjoyed this rendition of the old birthday tune and showed gratitude by praising this instrumentalist of note. VCK ended the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster with ‘Môre Gloed’ the first song off their new album. By this time all sorrow of the beginning of a new week was long forgotten and bassist Wynand Myburgh showed that it was just too hard not to jump around when rocking to the music. It was indeed a very successful kick-off to a series of unique sessions that will host some of South Africa’s top music acts. The sessions offer music fanatics and media the chance to interact with some of the biggest bands our country has to offer, on a more personal level.” – Janine Oosthuizen, Your LMG.
For the second event in NOVEMBER, Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents: TAXI VIOLENCE
Date: Monday, 18 November 2013
Time: 19h00 for 19h30
Venue: The Assembly, Cape Town
Entrance: R40 pre-sold on http://www.webtickets.co.za/assembly, R50 at the door.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to guarantee your seat or purchase your ticket on Webtickets. Limited tickets and seating will be made available due to the nature of the event.
You have the chance to get involved and be a part of the conversation.
R.O.A.R / NO UNDER 18s
Tune in @ www.theassembly.co.za/radio.
“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” will also be taking place on the 9th of December for 2013. Be sure to follow the links below to stay updated on all info with regards to the events.
MORE ABOUT “Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…”:
“The idea came about when we considered the potential of Assembly Radio with the offering of The Assembly venue. It makes sense that when you combine the two elements, you get something very unique and new to the music scene. From the inception of Assembly Radio, Dylan Culhane’s Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show (which is broadcasted on Monday evenings) has been a stalwart in the line-up of shows, proudly waving the flag for the Rock ‘n Roll genre on the station. Week after week, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show provides our audience with great music and intriguing discussions and with Dylan’s ability to interview and get the most out of his subjects, it makes the perfect match for this event.”
Thus, the Rock ‘n Rollercoaster show will be taken from the radio booth and given a much larger platform on the stage whilst inviting an audience to participate. Some of South Africa’s most influential artists and bands have been selected to perform acoustically and chat with Dylan Culhane in a very informal and relaxed setting. The audience will also have their chance to chat to the band and participate in the conversation.
Not only will the events offer a complete different experience than what fans are used to at The Assembly, but the venue itself is also very different on the night. They bring the stage to the crowd and create a more intimate environment so that attendees can be a part of the evening. The appearance of the band is broken up into live acoustic performances in between questions from Dylan as well as the crowd attending. The duration of the appearance is around two hours, whereafter the audience is welcome to see the night out at the venue. The evening is also broadcasted live on Assembly Radio, and filmed for later viewing by fans.
“The live broadcast element allows fans nationally and internationally to tune in and be a part of the evening. The intimate conversational style of the evening sets it apart from other events, as well as giving the audience the opportunity to take part in the conversation.”
“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock n Rollercoaster Presents…” Offers:
An intimate, unique experience with some of SA’s top music acts and artists.
Hosted on a Monday, the chance to start your week interacting with your favourite band.
The public and fans have the unique opportunity to join in the conversation and hear first hand what their favourite acts have to say.
Media gains content directly from the horse’s mouth and no further investigation is necessary. They get the opportunity to gain information from the artists on stage, as well as the various other industry personalities attending in the audience.
The SA music industry have the chance to be a part of a creative platform that will include media, fans and peers from the industry. This platform allows them to share and gain ideas and stories, as well as a networking and relationship-building opportunity.
How did you first get into skateboarding? What keeps you interested?
I got into skateboarding around the end of 1999 at age 12. A female friend of mine was rolling around the Strand Lifesaving Club parking lot one afternoon and I grabbed her board, rolled around a bit but pretty much fell in love within the first two minutes, trying to ride up a bank and over an edge. I couldn’t believe such a small obstacle could stop me dead and ever since then I have seen the world around me through skater’s eyes, wanting to ride and conquer the streets around me. Skating to me is the sickest form of expression and freedom. I’m no artist, so this is my way of getting out and doing what I want, how and when I want to do it. Go FAST, skate whatever is around you and enjoy every bit of every session no matter how good or bad your day has been.
Tell us about Africa Skate
Around March 2010 I started sharing a ton of skate content on Facebook. This quickly morphed into creating a WordPress blog called AfricaSkateNet and after 10 months or so I bought the web domain AfricaSkate.com. The idea being to share national, African and international skateboarding-based or related content from an online hub for all to see. Little exposure is given to the small communities around SA and Africa, so Africa Skate is a platform to share insights, events, news, skate happenings and a huge motivation for us to keep going and growing. It’s not just myself running the site and events, but a group of skaters, filmers and photographers that have been involved in the SA skate scene for years. There is so much capacity for growth in the African skateboarding scene so I really encourage people from across the nation and up into Africa to drop us an email, link to a video or even a few photo’s and words from their skate scene so we can get you some exposure.
Find us online, send us an email or Facebook message, tag us in a photo or video:
Photo by JJ van Rooyen
And Go Skate Cape?
GSC started out in February of 2011 as a local skate get-together. The idea being to host a local event for skaters at a different location around the Cape Peninsula on the last Sunday of every month from 12pm to 4pm. This got skaters from a bunch of communities together for a fun afternoon of skating and the chance to pick up some product by simply being there and having some fun. We always have photographers and filmers at each spot to cover the event and do a post event re-cap via the site. Check out the last Go Skate Cape event we held at Edgemead.
What do you think about the state of skateboarding in South Africa?
Right now the SA skate scene is thriving and growing at a rapid pace. Our scene has gone through many ups and downs over the past decades but it’s in a good space at present and getting better. Best aspects: seeing so many youngsters; boys and girls from all backgrounds picking up boards and skating whatever there is around them to skate. The progression and skill development is monumental. Worst: skaters expecting to get given product and provided with parks/skate spots.
What do you think we could do to improve it?
Educate, encourage and incentivise the youth to get them rolling and creating self-sustainable skate communities, and become part of the national and global skate scene. The skaters need to know it’s up to them to help build the scene from the ground up and not to expect hand-outs from anyone.
You’ve been in Jeffreys Bay for a while now. What were you doing there?
I’m living in Jefferys Bay till December doing some work with the Christian skaters and surfers. By the time you get to read this I’ll have just come back from a series of events that I had been managing and assisting with. We hit towns like Mossel Bay, George, Knysna, Jefferys Bay, Port Alfred and East London running events, skating and surfing with locals at their local spots.
What was your involvement with the Kimberley Diamond Cup?
I’ve been working alongside Chinner in setting up and managing the KDC website and social media online. This year’s event went down incredibly well despite the short time-frame we had in planning. I’m pleased to be a part of what KDC and Skate for Hope are doing within the SA skate scene, and are continuing to do.
Any future plans?
Keep rolling, working and to keep helping the growth of African Skateboarding both online, on the ground with the homies through events and in any way I can.
I got to give it up to my parents, family and the Lord Jesus for keeping my passion going for so long. I’m truly blessed and hyped to be skateboarding almost every day as well as earning a living through skateboarding. BIG UP to my homies and African skaters from across this amazing continent as well as the companies that have backed myself or Africa Skate in any way! Thanks to Revolution for hooking me up with shoes and boards. Clayton you’re the man!
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All photos: Andre Visser
Justin Southey is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He is also one of the artists who did a deck graphic for the new Verb Artists Series 2013 range, which will be here soon. We caught up with him to chat about his graphic and what went into it…
What made you decide to take on this project?
I have always been secretly envious of the fact that Bruce Mackay got to do one in your last release, so I was very stocked when Verb approached me to do a board of my own.
Name 1 thing you’ve lost and 1 thing you’ve found, worth mentioning.
I found a wife, and lost my spare time.
Tell us more about your artwork. Why did you decide to do what you did? What is the story behind it?
I happened to be overseas when I was asked to design a board, so it felt right to make a board about ocean adventures, the discovering of new lands and strange creatures, and of course the illusive search for hidden treasure.
You do understand that, through the execution of your artwork onto the bottom of a skateboard deck, most of the replicas of your artwork will be thrown around, and get scratched and broken in the street right? How does that make you feel?
Great, I do the occasional drop of street art, so I am used to people trashing, stealing, and adding to my artwork.
Doing a graphic to be applied onto a skateboard deck is essentially just creating an artwork for a different size and shape canvas than normal. What excites you about the idea that your artwork is going to feature on a deck as opposed to doing a regular print?
I love doing work on different mediums and for different applications, so I am stoked to get the opportunity to try doing it for a skateboard.
Name 5 verbs that describe your process when you were creating your graphic.
Think. Draw. Erase. Redraw. Save (& send).
Come see Justin’s deck first hand at the lost/found exhibition on 28 November…
Some more examples of Justin’s work: