MONSTER ARMY TOUR

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

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

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

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

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

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ROCK ‘N ROLLERCOASTER: INGE BECKMANN

Inge Beckmann

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)
Entrance: R30

R.O.A.R. – No Under 18s – I.D. Required

RSVP to wtf@formusiclovers.co.za 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.

Facebook event

VOLCOM ‘WILD IN THE PARKS’ TOMORROW

Volcom Wild In the Parks

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!

Divisions:

– 15 and under
– Am
– Pro (R5000 cash purse)
– Best trick (R500)

Loads of prizes and giveaways!

Saturday 30 November 2013
10am
Durbanville Skatepark, Cape Town

Facebook event

LOST/FOUND EXHIBITION OPENS TONIGHT

lost found exhibition

Revolution presents:

lost / found

Verb 2013 Artist Series Range Launch
&
lost/found: an exhibition of exploration

Verb Artist Skateboard Range 2013:
Daniel Ting Chong
Gerard Human
Hanno Van Zyl
Jade Klara
Justin Southey
Jaco Haasbroek

And artists:
Paul Senyol
Simon Berndt
Jason de Villiers
Dani Loureiro
Ninja Bread Boy
Motel 7
Justin Poulter
Cassandra Johnson
Nicola De Jager
Matthew Oldfield
Candice Jezek aka Z
Chris Valentine
Michael Dos Ramos

DJ’s on vinyl from Roastin’ Records

Cash bar

Opening:
28 November 2013
7 – 10pm

Good to know:
A portion of proceeds from the evening will go to Milkshed; a not-for-profit business that uses reclaimed wood to create furniture and rebuild schools.

Revolution, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

021 447 6801

Verb | ROASTIN’ RECORDS – Cape Town | Revolution | The Kraken Rum | Milkshed

THE BRODOWN

The Brodown

THE BRODOWN

VENUE: Ragazzi LIVE BAR, 7 Loop St, Cape Town
DATE: Friday 22nd November
DOORS OPEN: 9pm
COVER: R30

THE BANDS

Take Hand

Alive at Midnight

Verona Walls

Peasant (Debut show)

This is a FOOD AID show! Bring your food donation to the show and make a difference in the lives of people in desperate need.

ROCK ‘N ROLLERCOASTER PRESENTS: TAXI VIOLENCE

Rock n Rollercoaster Taxi Violence

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 wtf@formusiclovers.co.za 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.

Join the Facebook event here!

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.

ULTIMATE X TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE

Ultimate X

Ultimate X 2014 at The V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Ultimate X is one of SA’s Premiere Action Sport / Lifestyle Event & offers the largest prize purse in the industry – 2014 sees it hitting R120 000. Ultimate X comprises of FMX, BMX, skate, wake, mountain biking, lifestyle, DJ’s, bands and some unique surprises for 2014.

Revolution will have a stand there, so come show some love!

For info and news on Ultimate X 2014, go to www.ultimatex.co.za / @Ultimate_X_ / #UltimateX

Click here to get tickets:
http://online.computicket.com/web/event/hunter_s_extreme_ultimate_x/773265132/0/57185938

Click here for the Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/events/167115603487249/

ANDREW NERO INTERVIEW

Andrew Nero

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:

Website
Email: info@africaskate.com
Instagram: @AfricaSkate
Twitter: @africaskate
Facebook

Andrew NeroPhoto 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.

Andrew Nero

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.

Shout outs?

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!

Support Local African Skateboarding

Andrew Nero

Andrew Nero

Andrew Nero

All photos: Andre Visser

JUSTIN SOUTHEY INTERVIEW

Justin Southey Day Dreamer

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:

Justin Southey Day Dreamers

Justin Southey In Your Head

Justin Southey Podium

Justin Southey Sexy Times

Justin Southey Mountain Retreat

Justin Southey Street Love

Hanno van Zyl Interview

Hanno van Zyl

For The AssemblyFor The Assembly. Brush and Ink.

Hanno van Zyl 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 grew up skateboarding; I have always been surrounded by skateboarders and I have always been influenced by skate culture. I think it has helped me to understand what the value of counter culture is and instilled me with a more questioning nature. It has always been a personal goal to design my own board graphic.

Name 1 thing you’ve lost and 1 thing you’ve found, worth mentioning.

Hope.

Tell us more about your artwork. Why did you decide to do what you did? What is the story behind it?

I wanted to design something that specifically acknowledges the fact that it is on a skateboard. That would mean that it will get completely trashed after about two days of use. I wanted to take this into account and implicate the skater as part of the artwork. ‘Hot chicks’ were a stock-standard graphic option for skateboarding brands (think of the iconic Hook-ups brand) and was hugely popular when I was a teenage skater. I offer a slightly more honest and sinister look at this stylistic trademark and how it interacts with the idea of female objectification and the male gaze.

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?

I tried to work that fact into the concept and made it an intrinsic part of the piece.

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 don’t believe that a “normal canvas” exists. The medium is part of the message and I feel that every piece an artist does should be self-aware and critical of the space that it inhabits. The fact that I will essentially collaborate with a whole bunch of skaters to create unexpected new results is what excites me the most about this specific piece.

Name 5 verbs that describe your process when you were creating your graphic.

Search. Select. Interrogate. Adjust. Draw.

Come see Hanno’s deck first hand at the lost/found exhibition on 28 November…

Some more examples of Hanno’s work:

Self InitiatedSelf Initiated. Ink and Digital.

For Van Coke KartelFor Van Coke Kartel. Brush and digital.

For Van Coke KartelFor Van Coke Kartel. Brush and digital.

Self InitiatedSelf Initiated. Ink and Digital.

For LarkFor Lark. Brush and digital.

DANIEL TING CHONG INTERVIEW

Daniel Ting ChongNew York Mag Icons

Daniel Ting Chong 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?

Doing a skateboard graphic has always been a “holy grail” project for me. When I was a little kid, I loved looking at the Birdhouse and Blind skateboard graphics. The colours were always saturated and clean; it really inspired me when I was younger to test out styles and linework. Since then I’ve always wanted to do a skateboard graphic that was officially printed by a skate brand. So when I was asked by Verb to take this project on, I grabbed it with both hands.

Name 1 thing you’ve lost and 1 thing you’ve found, worth mentioning.

I lost this amazing Ninja Turtles watch that had nunchucks for clock hands. One thing I did find worth mentioning was a stack of old Letraset packs.

Tell us more about your artwork. Why did you decide to do what you did? What is the story behind it?

I initially started with a completely different design to the one that is printed. I sketched out an idea of a boy and girl hugging each other on the edge of a mountain cliff. The pose was meant to be very dramatic with the boy holding the girl with her legs curled up behind her. The twist was that in each of their hands they had a knife pierced into each others back. Dramatic right? I liked it because it had the basic idea of lost & found, but with a dark undermining layer. On the morning of the deadline, I decided to change my design completely. I didn’t connect with the characters anymore and just didn’t like it. I then had a more graphic approach of creating intricate twists and curls out of ribbons which represent intersecting pathways. When you have a glance at it, your eye follows certain paths but gets confused by overlapping sections. You almost have to stop, look and navigate where you are again.

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?

I really like that idea. It’s probably the most embracing thing that can happen to a design, where something totally out of your control changes your design in a organic way. Most of us nowadays design on a computer or sketch something out the way we want it to stay, but I think it is great that something created in a framed purpose can be totally broken and given a tangible path. It’s so boring when work only lives on the Internet, but now it has a chance to never be finished in a sense and always evolving.

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?

To reiterate some of my answers, I’ve always wanted to do a skateboard graphic and this is my first attempt so it’s always exciting and fun. More importantly, I’m excited that my artwork will be traveling the streets, kissing curbs, rails and spinning around a lot. I think it’s probably the most fun any of my artwork will go through.

Name 5 verbs that describe your process when you were creating your graphic.

Thinking. Stressed. Creating. Re-Thinking. Happy.

Come see Daniel’s deck first hand at the lost/found exhibition on 28 November…

Some more examples of Daniel’s work:

Daniel Ting ChongStr.Crd Festival Brand Identity

Daniel Ting ChongNike AFCON Tournament

Daniel Ting ChongNew York Times Magazine

Daniel Ting ChongABSA Cityscape

Daniel Ting ChongDTC x RVCA Guitar Show

Daniel Ting ChongDTC x 2BOP

Daniel Ting ChongKidrobot Munny Custom

JACO HAASBROEK INTERVIEW

Jaco HaasbroekAcrylic & Ink on Paper. 148.5 mm x 210 mm.

Jaco Haasbroek 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’ve always wanted to design a skateboard graphic.

Name 1 thing you’ve lost and 1 thing you’ve found, worth mentioning.

As a kid I once picked up R20 at a fair and was really happy about it, thinking that I now had R40 to spend, only to realise that I had lost my R20.

Tell us more about your artwork. Why did you decide to do what you did? What is the story behind it?

I was thinking about the word ‘nowhere’ and how, when broken into two, it becomes ‘now’ & ‘here’. So it represents both being lost and found. I then applied this to the old saying “I’m in the middle of nowhere” which, when stated, is both a declaration of being lost, but also establishes a specific location – if that makes any sense. I then just turned the ‘H’ into a character, seeing as he is literally in the middle of nowhere.

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?

I don’t mind. If people want to keep the artwork in tact they can hang it on a wall. It is, after all, a functional object and there’s something great about the artwork changing as it gets used.

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?

It lends itself well to being a flat surface to print on, but also has some slight curves and this makes it sculptural. It seems to become an art object, as apposed to just another print.

Name 5 verbs that describe your process when you were creating your graphic.

Think. Sketch. Trace. Colour. Save.

Come see Jaco’s deck first hand at the lost/found exhibition on 28 November…

Some more examples of Jaco’s work:

Jaco HaasbroekPop It

Jaco HaasbroekSkating On Thin Ice

Cape Town

Jaco HaasbroekMike Stroud

Jaco HaasbroekThe i In TEAM

GERHARD HUMAN INTERVIEW

Gerhard Human Click Click Bang Bang

Gerhard Human 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?

Why not? Get my own personal deck AND exhibit with some rad people!

Name 1 thing you’ve lost and 1 thing you’ve found, worth mentioning.

I lost a Traser watch in Montagu 3 years ago. It was black and had orange bits on the numbers, in case if anyone finds it… I found R20 in my back pocket a while ago! That was great.

Tell us more about your artwork. Why did you decide to do what you did? What is the story behind it?

I wanted to do a design that you can spend time looking at; something that takes you away from the surroundings you’re used to and add a sense of adventure.

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?

Well, nothing stays beautiful forever. That’s the nature of life. Things deteriorate and from that comes new ideas. There’s a Buddhist practice of crafting an intricate mandala out of coloured sand, which takes hours, even days to complete. After it’s finished they destroy it and start all over again. It’s supposed to teach you about the impermanence of material things… I guess in that same way letting go of precious material things is therapeutic.

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?

The exciting thing is the audience it will be exposed to. Doing a painting that hangs in a gallery is great but is often only seen by upperclass people who’re in the habit of buying art. Whereas, a skateboard will be used by people like me. People who LIVE a creative life.

Name 5 verbs that describe your process when you were creating your graphic.

Explore. Trance. Capture. Fixate. Trust.

Come see Gerhard’s deck first hand at the lost/found exhibition on 28 November…

Some more examples of Gerhard’s work:

Gerhard Human Forest

Gerhard Human Last Days of Billy The Kid

Gerhard Human Look At It

Gerhard Human Obscured by Clouds

Gerhard Human Safe From Harm

JADE KLARA INTERVIEW

Coral Girl - Jade Klara

Jade Klara is an artist based in Cape Town, South Africa. She 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 her to chat about her graphic and what went into it…

What made you decide to take on this project?

I had a board when I was 8; an old 80’s shape with a bright pink mutant rat graphic. I was in love. I have always wanted to do a skate graphic.

Name 1 thing you’ve lost and 1 thing you’ve found, worth mentioning.

I once found a 5 leaf clover, but I was very young and bad at maths so you never know. I lose my brushes all the time but I find them holding my hair up.

Tell us more about your artwork. Why did you decide to do what you did? What is the story behind it?

When I thought of lost & found I thought of ancient treasure, of heaps of gold and rubies hiding in an undiscovered cave. I was then really intrigued by a genie’s lamp, but instead of a typical genie I wanted something more animalistic, so the wolf genie was born. I kept the scene quite dark and ghostly and then used metallic gold as a reference to lost treasure and magic.

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?

I like that it has a lifespan. Ephemeral things are more poetic.

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?

It’s great that this canvas has a purpose. It gets to move and break and see the world.

Name 5 verbs that describe your process when you were creating your graphic.

Growl, draw, make-a-wolf-face-for-reference, draw, exhale.

Come see Jade’s deck first hand at the lost/found exhibition on 28 November…

Some more examples of Jade’s work:

Nest - Jade Klara

Bind - Jade Klara

Ghost Sloth - Jade Klara

Ghost Sloth - Jade Klara

Sloth Poster - Jade Klara

Lost - Jade Klara

KENT SKATES KRYPTONICS

Received my first sets of the Kryptonics Star Trac’s yesterday and took some time out on my local slide hill in Woodstock,Cape Town, South Africa to see what they can do. This is a result of a short 20 minute session in between board shaping. Acceleration, controlled slide, and lightweight and I am happy with the wheel! Good job people at Kryptonics with the successful re-issue of a classic! – Kent

Kent Lingeveldt tests out the 70mm Green Kryptonics Star Trac wheels. He is the first international rider to test them out.

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NEW WORK FROM SENYOL

Paul SenyolBonnie, mixed media on canson montval 300gm

Paul SenyolRobin, mixed media on canson montval 300gm

Paul SenyolWondrous Cloud, mixed media on canson montval 300gm

Paul Senyol is an abstract artist, based in Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa.
senyol.blogspot.com

COMEBACK KID IN SA

Comeback Kid in South Africa

Favour The Brave Agency is 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.

Comeback Kid will be supported throughout South Africa by Truth And Its Burden and Reason to Live. This tour promises to deliver powerful and moving performances across each city.

Tour dates below:

30/01 – Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
31/01 – Arcade Empire, Pretoria
01/02 – Live The Venue, Durban
06/02 – Pool City, Port Elizabeth
07/02 – Mercury Live, Cape Town

Watch Comeback Kid’s latest video “Do Yourself A Favour”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQuSGOWnA_k

Tickets will be on sale at Computicket from 25/10/2013.

Revolution is a proud sponsor of the tour, alongside:

Music Connection, Jägermeister South Africa, Gary Cool, Cape Electric Tattoo, Action Motor Group Krugersdorp

Comeback Kid

Comeback Kid

SURVIVE THE WILD TOUR

Betrayal, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

American hardcore band, Betrayal, recently graced our shores, touring the country alongside local Joburg bands Truth and Its Burden and Conqueror. They absolutely killed it, and all our local bands did us proud.

Here are some photos and videos from some of the shows.

Home At LastHome At Last, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

Choking HeartbeatChoking Heartbeat, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

ConquerorConqueror, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

ConquerorConqueror, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

Truth and Its BurdenTruth and Its Burden, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

Truth and Its BurdenTruth and Its Burden, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

BetrayalBetrayal, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

BetrayalBetrayal, Arcade Empire, Pretoria

ConquerorConqueror, Mercury Live, Cape Town. Photo by JJ van Rooyen

ConqeurorConqueror, Mercury Live, Cape Town. Photo by JJ van Rooyen

ConquerorConqueror, Mercury Live, Cape Town. Photo by JJ van Rooyen

Truth and Its BurdenTruth and Its Burden, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

We Were ArchersWe Were Archers, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

BetrayalBetrayal, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

BetrayalBetrayal, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

BetrayalBetrayal, Red Door, PMB. Photo by Tyrone Ping

ConquerorConqueror, Live, Durban. Photo by Tyrone Ping

ConquerorConqueror, Red Door, PMB. Photo by Tyrone Ping

Survive the Wild Tour

TATTOO TUESDAYS

Gareth Lloyd TattooTattoo by Gareth Lloyd

We thought we’d see what the boys at Cape Electric Tattoo have been up to lately…

Tattoo by WaldoHealed Tattoo by Waldo Del Rocca

Tattoo by David ChastonTattoo by David Chaston

David ChastonHealed Tattoo by David Chaston

David ChastonTattoo by David Chaston

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Tattoo by WaldoTattoo by Waldo Del Rocca

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Tattoo by Gareth LloydTattoo by Gareth Lloyd

Tattoo by WaldoTattoo by Waldo Del Rocca

Cape Electric Tattoo is located at 11 Buitensingel Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001.
021 423 7646
info@capeelectrictattoo.com
www.capeelectrictattoo.com

THE ROCK ‘N ROLLERCOASTER PRESENTS: VAN COKE KARTEL

The Assembly in Harrington Street, Cape Town, has just introduced a new series of events they will be hosting starting in October 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 will host 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 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.”

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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 will also be very different on the night. They will be bringing the stage to the crowd and creating a more intimate environment so that attendees can be a part of the evening. The appearance of the band will be broken up into live acoustic performances in between questions from Dylan as well as the crowd attending. The duration of the appearance will be around two hours, whereafter the audience is welcome to see the night out at the venue. The evening will also be live broadcasted 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.

Join Assembly Radio and The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster with Dylan Culhane for an evening of interviews and LIVE acoustic performances from Van Coke Kartel – the first in a series of events unique to its kind in Cape Town.

Date: Monday, 28 October 2013
Venue: The Assembly, Harrington Street, Cape Town
Time: 19h00 (Evening starts at 19h30)
Entrance: R50 pre-sold on http://www.webtickets.co.za/assembly, R60 at the door.

RSVP to wtf@formusiclovers.co.za 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 at www.theassembly.co.za/radio.

“Assembly Radio Live – The Rock ‘n Rollercoaster Presents…” will also be taking place on the 11th of November, and the 9th of December for 2013. Be sure to follow the links below to stay updated on all info with regards to the events.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/211236759049313/

LOST / FOUND EXHIBITION

lost found exhibition

Revolution presents:

lost / found

Verb 2013 Artist Series Range Launch
&
lost/found: an exhibition of exploration

Verb Artist Skateboard Range 2013:
Daniel Ting Chong
Gerard Human
Hanno Van Zyl
Jade Klara
Justin Southey
Jaco Haasbroek

And artists:
Paul Senyol
Simon Berndt
Jason de Villiers
Dani Loureiro
Ninja Bread Boy
Motel 7
Justin Poulter
Cassandra Johnson
Nicola De Jager
Matthew Oldfield
Candice Jezek aka Z
Chris Valentine
Michael Dos Ramos

DJ’s on vinyl from Roastin’ Records

Cash bar

Opening:
28 November 2013
7 – 10pm

Good to know:
A portion of proceeds from the evening will go to Milkshed; a not-for-profit business that uses reclaimed wood to create furniture and rebuild schools.

Revolution, The Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

021 447 6801

Verb | ROASTIN’ RECORDS – Cape Town | Revolution | The Kraken Rum | Milkshed

REVOLUTION WAREHOUSE SAMPLE SALE

Revolution Warehouse Sample Sale

Yes, it’s that time again for another Revolution Warehouse Sample Sale.

In case the poster isn’t clear enough, here are the details in text form:

Revolution Warehouse Sample Sale

RVCA, Fallen, Hurley, DVS, WESC, Globe, Osiris, Lakai, Krew, Iron Fist, LRG, Verb, Killer, KFD, and many more…

Mens sample footwear R400 a pair or 3 pairs for R1000.
Ladies sample footwear R300 a pair or 4 pairs for R1000.
Tees and Cape from R100.
Footwear and Hoods from R250.

All sizes.

Revolution Woodstock, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Friday 25th – Sat 26th October / 10am – 3pm

While stocks last!

info@revolution.co.za
021 447 6801

Here is a link to the Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/516967881730428/

See you there!

VOLCOM WILD IN THE PARKS

Volcom Wild In the Parks

VOLCOM STONE’S WILD IN THE PARKS 2013 TOUR

Volcom Stone’s Wild In the Parks is on again this year!

Free entry! Free food! Free drinks!

Divisions:

– 15 and under
– Am
– Pro (R5000 cash purse)
– Best trick (R500)

Loads of prizes and giveaways!

Saturday 30 November 2013

Durbanville Skatepark, Cape Town

WHAT NOW TOUR DIARY

UK-based South African Rock Band, WHAT NOW, returns home to embark on their first SA tour in over 8 years! The band will be hitting the road from 18 to 28 September, in support of their debut album release “Move Like A Sinner”, covering all corners of the country. In Association with Sabbath Events, What Now will be taking their explosive Rock Show to venues in Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Port Elizabeth, East London, Ballito, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria, supported by fellow rockers CrashCarBurn, December Streets, Taxi Violence and ShortStraw. Having grown up in the dusty beach town of Ballito, the band is now based in London and has achieved incredible success away from their South African families and friends. Their title track from the album, “Move Like A Sinner”, has had great airplay on South African radio and the current hit “If Looks Could Kill” has hit #1 on a couple of key radio stations earlier in July!

Here are the dates for WHAT NOW’s “Move Like A Sinner” South African tour, so diarise it now and don’t miss out on seeing them live!Wednesday, 18th September Mystic Boer, Potchefstroom:

Thursday, 18 September: Mystic Boer, Bloemfontein
Friday, 20 September: Dorpstraat Theatre, Stellenbosch
Saturday, 21 September: The Mercury, Cape Town
Sunday, 22 September: Music Kitchen, Port Elizabeth
Tuesday, 24 September: Raggies Sports Bar, East London (PUBLIC HOLIDAY AS WELL)
Wednesday, 25 September: Crush Nightclub, Ballito
Thursday, 26 September: Live-The Venue, Durban
Friday, 27 September: Rumours Lounge, Johannesburg
Saturday, 28 September: Arcade Empire, Pretoria

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PRO SKATERS IN CAPE TOWN

Media Release

Cape Town is gearing up for spectacular skateboarding action over the next couple of days with two top pro skaters jetting into the Mother City to participate in a series of skateboarding clinics and demonstrations in the run-up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore. Silas Baxter-Neal and Mike Anderson will be joining the Skateboarding for Hope road show and hit various street spots and skate parks across the peninsula.

The Skateboarding for Hope community outreach programme is a joint initiative between the Northern Cape provincial government, Kumba Iron Ore and Boogaloos, to promote and grow the sport of skateboarding in South Africa. The initiative has been travelling the country during the past three years and has touched the lives of thousands of South African youth. Over 4000 skateboards have been handed out to underprivileged kids across the country to enable them to embrace this exciting and fastest growing sport.

The first clinic and demonstration will be at Durbanville DIY skate park on Monday, 23 September, at 15h00 followed by a street skate session in Cape Town. On Heritage Day, 24 September, the action will move to the Edgemead skate park at 10h00 before hitting the city centre again. On Wednesday, 25 September, the road show will move to Valhalla Skate Park for a demonstration at 10h00 with a final street session scheduled for Cape Town afterwards.

According to Johann van Schalkwyk, project manager for the Kimberley Diamond Cup, it is especially fitting that these activations will form part of the Heritage Day celebrations in South Africa. “The Skateboarding for Hope tour will leave a lasting legacy within our communities by introducing our youth to a sport that is healthy and readily accessible. By teaching youngsters to skate and donating boards to less privileged kids, we are giving them an alternative pastime. Cape Town is already home to a very dynamic and growing skateboarding scene and we hope that Silas and Mike will further inspire young skateboarders to hone their talents.

The Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships will take place at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley from 27 – 29 September and will see the top professional and amateur skateboarders compete in the street and vert contests over the three-day period.

PAUL SENYOL INTERVIEW

Letters to Lotte – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 905mm x 635mm – framed

A Vacant Passage opens this weekend, so we caught up with artist Paul Senyol to talk to him about it…

Tell us about A Vacant Passage, your exhibition this weekend with Andrzej Urbanski.
It is a two person show, opening on Saturday at Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. Andrzej and I met about a year and a half ago for the first time. We have since become close friends and, during this time, have discovered many similarities in our approach to work and life, as well as our past. The exhibition is an exploration along these themes.

How did you guys meet? What made you decide to work on an exhibition and collaborate on some work together?
I heard that Andrzej was at /A WORD OF ART AIR (Artist In Residence) programme, and one day I passed by him while cycling down the street. At the time he was busy painting a wall. I waved, shouted “nice wall” and carried on riding. A few days later we met again while walking down the street. We exchanged numbers, and when AJ returned a few months later, we started to hang out a bit more. We both enjoy each others’ work, and we had an idea to do some collaborative walls and art pieces. Monique at Salon91 and myself were planning exhibitions and shows for myself in January this year, and we decided to do a two person show in October. I suggested AJ as the other artist whom I most wanted to work with.

Charlotte – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 930mm x 795mm – framed

What do you think influences your personal style to be more abstract than ‘straight forward’, if I can say that?
I like to play with line and colour, and create things that are a bit more allusive and are able to draw a viewer in, as well as engage with a person as they start to make sense of a piece and interpret it for themselves. I believe that in painting there needs to be a fair bit of interpretation allowed on the viewers behalf. I like to engage with the viewer’s imagination.

The press release for the exhibition mentioned that “To the artists, Germany is a vacant place, Poland is a vacant place, and some day, South Africa too might become a vacant place.” What is a ‘vacant’ place?
Through our time researching and creating works for the exhibition, we came across so many old photos of places, people and things that no longer exist but, if you showed one of these photos to my Dad for instance, it would bring back a memory of something that perhaps no longer exists. As people, we travel to and from places, leave things behind, take things with us, make friends etc., but at the end of the day, we cannot take a place with us. In essence, the place becomes vacant when we leave, but it remains in our minds and in our hearts. Germany and Poland became vacant for our families because, for various reasons, they were forced to move. It has been fascinating to me exploring these places via photos, letters and diaries from my grandparents.

Pretoria Castle – mixed media on Hahnemeule Bamboo 285gm – 485mm x 460mm – framed

What made you decide to integrate computer software and technologies into the exhibition? How has it been integrated?
A friend of Monique’s, Johan, approached us with this concept of showing work in a new way, via digital means. What excited AJ and myself was that it would allow us to show work in a physical space, but bring the viewer into contact with all the history and source we had used in a non-tangible digital space. We are now able to elaborate on these ‘vacant passages’ through which our families and ourselves have travelled.

What do you hope that people get out of viewing the exhibition?
I hope people are inspired by the works we have created, and that they realise that each day they have the opportunity to continue writing a history story of their own; that through the exhibition they realise the importance of friendships and family. These archived photos, letters and documents from my grandparents are fascinating for their history, but also how they shape my identity and sense of place in this world. We all leave a legacy of some form, and I hope that people are inspired to leave behind a positive trace of themselves as they travel through their lifetime.

What does the future have in store for Paul Senyol?
A few more art shows locally this year and a short residency in Germany halfway through 2014. After the opening on Saturday I would like to take a few days off to plot some ideas for upcoming shows and projects.

Any last words?
The show opens on Saturday at 11h00. We will have some sweet ice cream, as well as be making a braai. Come on down and say hi, hang out, and enjoy the opening with us.

A Vacant Passage Invite from Monique du Preez on Vimeo.

A VACANT PASSAGE EXHIBITION

A Vacant Passage Introduction from Digital Narrative on Vimeo.

A two-person exhibition by Paul Senyol & Andrzej Urbanski presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection

There is a beautiful synergy that exists between Paul Senyol & Andrzej Urbanski’s paintings. A VACANT PASSAGE is the story of two artists traveling and leaving behind remnants and legacies, told and expressed through powerful & uniquely abstracted artworks. Andrzej Urbanski [Pol/Ger] and Paul Senyol [Zar] first met during Urbanski’s residency in Cape Town in June of 2012. Soon they began to discover the many similarities, which exist across their individual artistic practices and approaches, even though the execution of their work differs radically.

A VACANT PASSAGE presents an all-new body of work from Urbanski and Senyol respectively, as well as some collaborative pieces, all of which relate to their history and the common happenings of the years when both artists’ families experienced the repercussions of The Second World War. The works on exhibition reference a time and a place, which no longer exist. Both artists having experienced this particular location in a different context, come together to seek out and construct a narrative from the puzzle pieces of a past, which neither has any actual recollection of, other than a shoebox filled with photos, newspaper clippings, essays as well as stories handed down from generation to generation. To the artists, Germany is a vacant place, Poland is a vacant place, and some day, South Africa too might become a vacant place.

While the subject matter may seem very specific, the works carry a truly universal message. The exhibition will feature a unique AUGMENTED REALITY aspect, which will further enhance the level of accessibility, as well as the viewer’s experience of the exhibition by means of user-friendly computer software & technologies. Visitors will be able to download the software to devices such as Smartphones & Ipads to enjoy an enhanced experience, which will offer further insight into the artists, their stories and the works on show. The exhibition flyer, the shopfront and the artworks will be layered with interactive digital content. Viewers can expect to see medium to large-scale paintings varying from monochrome black and white, to beautiful hues of colour on paper and on canvas, as well as a number of collaborative works.

ANDRZEJ URBANSKI | ARTISTS PROFILE

Andrzej Urbanski

Andrzej Urbanski (Born 1983) is a German visual artist of Polish ancestry, currently residing in Cape Town. Andrzej’s early artistic background has developed and evolved over the course of 16 years spent painting, creating sculptures, being involved in several art projects, exhibitions and teaching positions around the globe. The artist holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts, attained during 2012 from the EAE (European Art Ensemble) at the ECAL (University of Art & Design) in Lausanne, Switzerland and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Design/Graphic Design from BTK-FH in Berlin since 2010. In June of 2012 Andrzej completed a residency at /A WORD OF ART as a part of his studies. The mandate for the EAE program states that students must engage in dialogue with foreign scholars and institutions, holding at its core the need for interpersonal connection and foreign travel to gather experience and exchange ideas between art professionals, educators, and students. Aside from his finished thesis research, Andrzej is interested in exploring the process of creating work in different social environments around the globe, drawing influence and inspiration from architecture, landscape, photography, design elements and media/advertising & of course from the other artists he encounters on his journey. His main artistic focus is on human social behaviour and learned or innate reactions to varying shapes and colours.

PAUL SENYOL | ARTISTS PROFILE

Paul Senyol

Paul Senyol was born on the 25th of October 1980 in Cape Town, South Africa. Paul has been drawing and painting since his early high school years, however never pursuing any form of artistic or graphic training. At age sixteen, he discovered the freedom of skateboarding and punk rock music in the beautiful suburb of Welgemoed, where he grew up. This naturally became a key influence in his early drawings, sketches and paintings, while skateboard graphics, album covers, magazine layouts and illustrations played a role in developing his aesthetic eye. Around the same time, he also became exposed to the creativity of graffiti and street artists such as Marc Gonzales, Ed Templeton, and Barry McGee – all of this forming part of his early art education. A few years later Paul was introduced to and moved by the creative thought and artistic genius of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Cy Twombly respectively. Senyol’s lack of formal training and schooling has given him the freedom to break away from traditional notions of painting, to explore genres and styles, and to meld mediums, allowing him a creative freedom that flows so evidently through his work. Senyol’s art lingers gracefully and intentionally between beauty and honesty and brings a surreal, yet abstract world into being. His current work focuses heavily on narrative, shape, line, form, composition, colour & texture. Each faint line, bold brushstroke and shape is carefully composed to breathe life into its environment, reflecting something of light, serenity, experience and thought. His finished work seeks to engage the viewer through translating his own experiences to canvas, allowing an open discussion and translation of his work. Senyol has exhibited extensively throughout South Africa and abroad. This year Paul has been nominated as a finalist to the Absa Atelier Competition 2013. He currently works from a studio in Woodstock, Cape Town.

Paul Senyol A Boy's DreamPaul Senyol – A Boy’s Dream

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Paul Senyol GretschensheimPaul Senyol – Gretschensheim

Paul Senyol To FinlandiaPaul Senyol – To Finlandia

Opening Event: Daytime Opening, Saturday 21 Sept from 11h00 till late! Show concludes 12 Oct at 14h00.

RED BULL CURATES CANVAS COOLER

Red Bull curated Canvas Cooler

13 September 2013 6:00 PM, 61 Harrington Street. Cape Town

Celebrating some of the most innovative contemporary artists in Cape Town as they turn their eye-catching designs into canvas-wrapped Red Bull coolers. The work will be showcased at The Assembly on Friday September 13, 2013 from 6pm.

Artists participating:

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Read more about the event and RSVP here: http://www.redbull.com/za/en/events/1331609592428/red-bull-curates-canvas-cooler

KIMBERLEY DIAMOND CUP ALL CITIES COMPETITION

Kimberley Diamond Cup All Cities Content

It’s time for the Kimberley Diamond Cup and we’re giving SA’s best skaters the chance to shine this September at the All Cities contest.

Eight 4-man teams featuring the country’s best skaters will compete for cash prizes and the All Cities title this September in a single-elimination head-to-head jam format skate competition at the Kimberley Skate Plaza. If you aren’t able to travel to compete at one of our Grand Slam events in JHB, DBN, or CPT, there’s no need to stress. You still have a chance to qualify online via video entry. The best three videos that make the cut will win a slot in the All Cities competition at the Kimberley Diamond Cup on 27th September and a shot at the All Cities title.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 20th September so send in your team’s entry today!

RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS
Teams must consist of 4 skaters only
As long as skaters are a resident of South Africa, there is no limit to the status of competing skaters regarding professional, amateur, or sponsored.
Videos must be approximately 1-2 minutes in length featuring all team members
Music in the videos is optional. Production value won’t hurt or help your chances of getting chosen, but taking the extra time to put together a clip that’s easy on the eyes is always great to see.
Footage may be comprised of street and/or park skating. A little variety won’t hurt.
Please keep skating first and foremost and keep the hijinx limited. You can save the party footage for another project; we don’t want to see it.

Skaters will be assigned to skate different parts of the street course:

Tech Section: Big section and everything on the right side of the course including the Euro gap, 3 stair, and bank to ledge.
Small Section: Marble ledges, manual pad, and flat bar located at the front of the skatepark.
Medium Section: Big section and everything on the left side of the course including the A-Frame, quarterpipe, and 5 stair section.
Big Section: Big 4 stair along with handrails and hubba ledges only.

*Teams do not win an all-expenses-paid trip or accommodation. The three winning videos simply secure their spot in the All Cities Contest.

Deadline for submissions is 20th September, so send your submission now! Good luck!

Enter HERE.

CANAL WALK GRAND SLAM RECAP

The Boogaloos Grand Slam went down at Canal Walk Mall in Cape Town on 8th September welcoming thousands of spectators over the course of the day to watch Cape Town’s best skaters battle it out for an R50k total prize purse along with a spot in the Kimberley Diamond Cup (KDC) Am and KDC All Cities contest.

Skaters in order of appearance: Justin Adonis, Grant McLaughlan, Ruan Saat, Tyler Kammies, Uri Rubin, Ryan Naidoo, Yaboi, Stefan Jacobs, Kippie, MJ Johnson, Enwin Gelant, Chris Walters, Alan Adams, Liam Loughnane, Justus Kotze, Jean Marc Johannes, Khulu Dlamini, Mitchell Rice, Alan Marola, Dlamini Dlamini, Gavin Moses Adams.

Filmed and edited by Matt Lesch

OFFICIAL OPEN DESIGN CLOSING PARTY

The 31st of August will see the closing party of the Open Design Cape Town Festival at the Woodstock Exchange. Existing on the vanguard of creativity and functional design in Cape Town, the Woodstock Exchange reflects the ethos and commitment to urban renewal and development intrinsically linked to Cape Town and it’s securing of the title “World Design Capital” for 2014.

The evening will follow an “open studios” format, whereby tenants (both retail and business) will open their doors for members of the public to get an intimate view of the form and function of the Woodstock Exchange as a whole.

Revolution Woodstock will be open on the night.

Free for the public.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/539370119450353/

EDGEMEAD AUGUST GO SKATE CAPE JAM

This past Saturday, over a hundred skateboarders congregated at Edgemead Skate Park for Africa Skate’s Go Skate Cape Jam Session.

Photos by Grant Mclachlan.
Video by Matt Lesch and Andrew van der Walt.

Tech Session 2013 Comp

The Tech Session Contest, hosted by Jean-marc Johannes at the Salesians Institute in Cape Town.

Supported by Red Bull, Globe, Africa Skate, Nixon and Revolution.

REVOLUTION AT EDGEMEAD

Revolution team got together on Sunday 11 August 2013 and headed off to Woodies Ramps’ Edgemead Skate Park in Cape Town, and had a fun day of skating. Check it out!

LOOK EXHIBITION

New and older works by Black Koki, Ello Xray, Jean de Wet, John Second, Justin Southey, Lorcan White, Linsey Levendal, Michael Saal, Michael Tymbios, Nagkakao, Paul Senyol, Rooiwolf.

Acoustic set by Black Lung.

Thursday 22 August
18:00 – 22:00
“Side Street Studios”
32 William street Woodstock

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/485331711557535/

TATTOO TUESDAYS

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What could be better than Wu Tang Clan? Wu Tang Tattoos. That’s what!

Wu Tang Wednesdays at Sins of Style Tattoos, Hope Street, Cape Town, happens every Wednesday. Pull in, listen to Wu Tang all day and get a rad Wu Tang Tattoo. These are some examples of what has been done.

Wait… Tomorrow is Wednesday! Get in there!

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FORMER MOUNTAINS EXHIBITION

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A group show by Bruce Mackay, Dale Lawrence, Jean de Wet and Mike Tymbios, presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection.

28 August – 18 September 2013

Former Mountains‘ is an exhibition, which is predominantly centered around the art and medium of drawing and to some extent print. The artists have been selected to exhibit together based on a strong narrative quality, which is common to their individual practices, as well as for a unique & highly individualistic quality of line which is both present and signature to each of their styles. The artists have each taken a unique approach to the subject of ‘Former Mountains‘, some presenting a number of diverse interpretations of the theme which will be depicted as smaller individual series within their greater body of work, while the other exhibiting artists have taken a more singular approach, ranging from the very literal to far-off poetic and obscure expressions.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/442921912481359/

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Jean De Wet ApartmentJean de Wet – Apartment

Michael Tymbios Ghost Mountain PassMichael Tymbios – Ghost Mountain Pass

EARTH ANIMAL COMMUNITIES CONFERENCE

Earth Animal Communities: Exploring Collective Liberation is a two day conference hosted by The Institute for Critical Animal Studies (ICAS) Africa.

This conference, the first in Africa, will be held at the University of Cape Town from 31 August to 1 September 2013. The aim of this conference is to bring together academics, activists and anyone else wishing to know more about Critical Animal Studies. We particularly encourage emerging researchers (of any age) to present papers at the conference. It is understood that these might be works in progress.

An important aspect of Critical Animal Studies is “…the bridging of theory and action, academia and activism,” (Richard Twine, CAS Europe Director) and particular attention will be paid to exploring ways of translating theory into action.

Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/489918601083315/

It’s free!

Useful links:
http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/
http://icasafrica.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Institute-for-Critical-Animal-Studies-Africa/197667980334903

WHAT NOW ANNOUNCE SA TOUR

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Our friends from What Now have been doing some amazing stuff over in the UK, since they moved over 8 years ago, and we are excited for the announcement of their upcoming SA tour next month. This will be the first time that the guys are playing our shores since they left and the tour is named “Move Like A Sinner” in support of their recent album release.

The guys will be joined by a bunch of great local artists including CrashCarBurn, Taxi Violence, ShortStraw, December Streets and Straatligkinders so it’s guaranteed to be good times.

We’re excited to welcome the guys back home for a few days and are really looking forward to them performing an album that we really enjoy.

Tickets are available from WebTickets HERE.

This is their latest single release for “If Looks Could Kill” …

FUNNY FRIDAZE

Hipsters & Hashtags – Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues

Local Cape Town comedy duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues poke fun at the “hipster” stereotype, then go back to the 90’s.

THAT ANALOG FEELING

That Analog Feeling

This Friday Cape Town distro Roastin’ Records are putting on a ‘Vinyl Rock n Roll Party’ called That Analog Feeling.

Venue: Carnival Court, Long Street.

Description: Join the Roastin Records DJ’s while they spin the best rock n roll vinyls in Cape Town. It’s Friday Hawaii Day so wear anything tropical and stand a chance to win.

Damage: R15 at the door.

Time: 20:00 ’till late.

Let’s get loose.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/163867127136294/

THE EDITIONS SHOW OPENING PHOTOS

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We went to the opening of The Editions Show at the Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town, last night. These are some snapshots from the opening, but they really don’t do the exhibition justice. You actually need to go there and look at the artworks yourself to fully appreciate just how good they are. We were blown away by the skill and quality of most of the work, and would highly recommend that, if you’re in Cape Town, you get your butt down there and spend some time there browsing the art. The exhibition is open until the 24th of August.

Featured artists:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.

Here’s a link to the Facebook event for more info: http://www.facebook.com/events/258235247635079/

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#WHILEYOUWEREHUSTLING EXHIBITION

#whileyouwerehustling is an exhibition by Bryan Little and Conn Bertish. These are some photos by Lúcia Pinto of the opening night.

Exploring themes of evolution, gentrification, obsessive quests, misfits and outsiders. A process orientated body of work that seeks to unravel notions of progress. Where do we take our guidance from, and where are we going?

The exhibition opened on Thursday 18 July, and is currently showing at /A WORD OF ART gallery in the Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town.

To find out more, visit the Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/events/171696109675503/

TATTOO TUESDAYS

Hand-poked Tattoo By Irish James

For today’s Tattoo Tuesdays, we feature Irish James, a tattooer from Sins of Style in Cape Town. Whilst competent creating regular, electric pieces, he specializes in “hand-poked” tattoos. When asked how they differ from traditional tattoos done with a machine, he says “It’s the uniqueness of each piece for sure. Well, every tattoo whether it be electric or hand-poked is unique, but it’s the rudimentary, homespun finish of the hand-poked tattoo that gives each piece so much personality. There’s definitely something captivating about that tell-tale stippled finish. It might not be for everyone, but hey, sooner regret the things you haven’t done in life rather than those you have.

Far from the “prison” tattoo stereotype, Irish James’ hand-poked tattoos are mind-blowingly neat and are certainly richly finished. This is some of his most recent work.

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Sins of Style is Tyler B. Murphy, Lee Herbert, Warren Petersen and Irish James, and is located at 22 Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town.

LEON BESTER INTERVIEW

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Leon Bester is one of the nicest guys you might ever meet. A local Cape Town boy, Leon has been active in skateboarding, art, photography and videography for a while now, and owns at both. Find out more about the man behind the wayfarers. We introduce you to Leon Bester…

Take us through a day in the life of Leon Bester.

Alarm goes off, snooze button, snooze button, snooze button. This goes on for quit a while. Then I’ll start my day with a nice cup of tea, check on my plants and water them. Next I’ll jump into some denims and depending on the weather I’ll cycle down to the Woodstock Exchange to take care of business. If I leave before sunset I’ll go for a little skate, maybe a cheeky beer after. Then it’s dinner time and chill time.

Who/what inspires/influences you to do art?

There are endless things that will inspire me or spark a new thought or idea. I love to gather inspiration from all over and from many different things, situations and artists.

What sparked your interest in screen printing?

When I started my course in Graphic Design at Cape Tech, I was always fascinated in printmaking and I knew screen printing was part of our course, but only from second year. After my first year they pretty much scratched screen printing from our course, so when the time came to go and do an internship, I decided to intern at ilovescreenprinting. After the two week internship I was hooked on this new skill I’ve learned. I pretty much built a DIY set-up and bought a few screens and just carried on printing. For the whole of 2012 I ran my own screen printing studio in the northern suburbs. I mostly printed t-shirts, but my favourite is to print onto wood. I don’t print as much anymore, but it’s always fun to go mess around in the studio and make some t-shirts or print some artwork, get covered in paint, etc.

Leon BesterKlick Klak Exhibition Photos. Screen print on wood.

What are some of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on?

I am really amped on all of the adidas projects I have been involved with. The most recent being the PE (Port Elizabeth) skate trip and the Gonz Exhibition. Always good fun and interesting trips. Another one stands out; about 2 months ago, Toby from ‘Hello Again’ in long street asked myself and Inus Smuts to do some t-shirt designs for his shop. I did a photo series on well known streets and landmarks of Cape Town, but from a first person view on a bicycle. I pretty much looked like crazy tourist cycling in the middle of the streets through town with my camera dangling from my neck while shooting the photos, haha. But I am really happy with the way it came out in the end. Risked my life a few times to get those shots, haha.

What are you listening to right now?

Yeasayer, Tame Impala, Neil Young, Future Island and some Witch.

What is this ‘Streets’ gang you’re part of? Does your Mom know about it?

Hahaha! Streets is pretty much a bunch of homies that love to skate, travel, braai, hang out, smash some beers and cause all sorts of shit together. Yeah, we are a diverse group of people that just started skating together in the school years and we still skate, hang out and make missions together as much as we can.

streets-design-clock-screen-printed‘Streets’ design clock. Screen printed.

You were a videographer on the recent adidas skateboarding trip to PE. Care to share any stories from the trip?

There are so many good stories from that trip. Like when we had to saw off this piece of railing to make a handrail skateable. Or Jansen swinging and smashing everything in his way with the one golf club we had with us. Khulu falling over into the bath tub. Pieter giving Jansen a tomato relish shower. Yann shredding that bowl by the park. I can go on and on. There are so many.

Where are you at in skateboarding at the moment? Are you still pushing as hard as you always were?

At the moment I am just enjoying skateboarding for what it is to me. Sometimes I would just hang out with everybody and have a mellow session. Then other times I would find myself jumping or grinding stuff I would never even have looked at before.

Leon Bester Smith Grind Bowl. Photo by Wayne ReicheLeon smith grinds a bowl. Photo by Wayne Reiche.

What are your favorite things about South Africa?

Definitely all the amazing destinations to travel to and all them characters you meet along the way.

Shout outs?

My family for supporting and helping me out since forever. All of my friends for being unique characters. The streets homies, everybody I skate with, people I make art with, Inus Smuts for the daily entertainment, adidas, revolution, the woodstock studio mates and friends, the Pit, everybody that has helped me out on my travels… so many people to thank. All of you play a unique role, so thanks.

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REVOLUTION TRICK TIPS

Revolution and Verb team rider Marcel Maassen shows us how to bust out backside heelflips.

Filmed and edited by Zac Kruyer.

PSYCH NIGHT ‘SPIRIT MEDICINE’

In celebration of Psych Night turning 1 years old, they invite you to join them to celebrate.

Bands playing:

The Very Wicked
Holiday Murray
Bilderberg Motel + Sannie Fox
Black Fins (Black Lung + The Dollfins)
Heroine
Psych Night vs. Wild Eastern Arches (DJ)

Visuals by Roundabout Films.

Saturday, 3 August
The Assembly
R40 before 10, R50 after.

www.psychnight.com
www.theassembly.co.za

DJ sets:
The Doors / Night Beats / The Black Angels / Tame Impala / BRMC / Shapes have Fangs / UFO Club / Goat / Pond / Jimi Hendrix / Cosmonauts / Spacemen 3 / BJM / Allah Las / Underground Youth / Meek / Dead Skeletons / Place to Bury Strangers / Ty Segall / Clinic / Bass Drum of Death / Psychic Ills / Golden Animals / Elephant Stone / Deerhunter etc.

Link to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/611635668868464/

WIPEOUT WEDNESDAYS WINNER

The Revolution Wipeout Wednesdays competition is over!

Congratulations to Zac Kruyer for winning a deck from KFD Skateboards!
You will be hearing from us about your deck soon.

Zac sent us this clip of his buddy Benjamin sacking himself and then doing a scorpion at Salesians in Cape Town, and we thought the video was just too good not to win.

THE EDITIONS SHOW

The Editions Show

A Group exhibition presented by Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection, Cape Town

Wednesday 24 July – Saturday 24 August 2013

An eclectic collection of Editions & Multiples, including Digital print, Etching, Laser-engraving, Sculpture, Screen-print, Photography and more by emerging artists from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Expect to see a rich variety of affordable accessible artwork. The exhibition will open on Wednesday the 24th of July at 18h30.

Featured Artists Include:
Adrie Le Roux, Alice Edy, Andrew Sutherland, Annika de Korte, Ben Winfield, Bruce Mackay, Carmen Ziervogel, Caroline Mackintosh, Cassandra Leigh Johnson, Charles Haupt, Claudette Maskell, Clement de Bruin, Cynthia Edwards, Dani Loureiro, Donna Solovei, Dylan Culhane, Fred Clarke, Galia Gluckman, Gerhard Human, Hanno van Zyl, Hugh Byrne, Jade Klara, Jason de Villiers, Jay Gordon, Jono Dry, Jop Kunneke, Kirsten Sims, Louis Minnaar, Marchand, Mareliza Nel, Mieke van der Merwe, Neill Wright, Otto du Plessis, Sarah Pratt, Simon Berndt, Sinead Turnham, Ulrich Knoblauch & Zelda Weber.

The exhibition will conclude on Saturday the 24th of August at 2pm.

Bruce Mackay Safe HarbourBruce Mackay. ‘Safe Harbour’. Archival Print. Edition of 100. 420 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Louis Minnaar Visione Uit Die Buitenste RuimLouis Minnaar. ‘Visioene uit die buitenste ruim’. Archival Print. Ed of 3. 420 x 594mm. (Unframed).

Caroline Mackintosh Golden HourCaroline Mackinstosh. ‘Golden Hour’. Archival print on Hahnemule paper. Edition of 5. 350mm diameter. (Unframed).

Ulrich Knoblauch UntitledUlrich Knoblauch. ‘Untitled’. Archival print on acid-free paper. Edition of 12 + 2AP. 820 x 1200mm. (Unframed).

Galia Gluckman Ella 2013 Series 2 CircleGalia Gluckman. ‘Ella‘ (2013) series 2 (circle). Variable Edition. 815 x 815mm. (Unframed).

Neill Wright ScrapmenseNeill Wright. ‘Scrapmense’. 37 x 25 x 25cm. Bronze, duco, and polyacrothane. Edition of 6 + 1 AP.

Jop Kunneke Balancing ActJop Kunneke. ‘Balancing Act’. Bronze cast – limited edition of 15. 500 x 200 x 120mm.  

Gerhard Human The Last Days of Billy the KidGerhard Human. ‘Last days of Billy the Kid’. Archival Print on Hahnemuhle German Etching paper. Edition of 30.
297 x 580mm. (Unframed).

Andrew Sutherland BoatAndrew Sutherland. ‘Boat’. Giclee print on Epson smooth fine art paper. Edition of 10. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed)

Mieke van der Merwe Camera NostalgiaMieke van der Merwe. ‘Camera Nostalgia’. Archival Print. Edition of 12. 297 x 420mm. (Unframed).

Link to the Facebook event:
http://www.facebook.com/events/258235247635079/

Gallery Details:
Venue: Salon91 Contemporary Art Collection. 91 Kloof Street, Cape Town.
EXHIBITION OPENING Date and Time: Wednesday 24 July at 18h30.
Contact Person: Monique, Curator & Gallery Director to Salon91.
Website: www.salon91.co.za
Email: info@salon91.co.za
Contact Number: 082 679 3906 or 021 424 6930
Gallery Hours: Tue-Fri: 10am – 6pm. Sat: 10am – 2pm. Sun; Mon: Closed.

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SKATE FARM PARK JAM 2013

Photos from the first SkateFarm event.

Results for Advanced division
1st – Kyle
2nd – Nathaniel
3rd – Tao

Results for Beginner division
1st – Nathan
2nd – Tyler
3rd – Kevin

AMERICAN HARDCORE SCREENING GALLERY

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On Friday 12 July, Revolution, in collaboration with RISE Fanzine, hosted a screening of ‘American Hardcore; A History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986′ at our woodstock store in The Woodstock Exchange. The night was a huge success, and everyone had a good time. Roastin’ Records had an amazing selection of vinyl records on sale, and Bolo’bolo anarchist infoshop and vegan café set up a table of ‘zines, books and super tasty vegan baked goodies. We also tried out an honesty bar for the first time. A huge thank you to everyone who came through for the screening. New friendships were formed, cupcakes were eaten, conversations were had, and faith was restored in the Cape Town hardcore community. Think it’s nonexistent? Think again.

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MARCEL MAASSEN INTERVIEW

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Meet Verb and Globe team rider, Marcel Maassen.

What’s up Marcel? What’s going on in your life at the moment?

Wadup people! I am working at Revolution and grinding my ass off for the paper. Skating the streets of Cape Town and playing a lot of XBOX. I just finished two games and I am so amped haha – NERD.

You’re originally from Pretoria. What was it like living there? Why did you decide to move to CT?

It was super fun living with the Plankie brothers; Joubert, Jansen, Skippy, Thys and Dennis WHL(wees huis lewe). Well, I get really bored of shit very quickly, so we all decided to move down about two years ago. Where the brothers go, I go. Hope that Skippy and D dawg can come down.

What are your best and worst things about Pretoria, and about Cape Town?

In Pretoria we have mad jocks with pointy shoes, highlights in the hair and the arms on those dude are bigger than my whole body! But in Cape town we have hipsters. I don’t know for how long, but I take them over jocks. Pretorian homies are so dope and it was always good to hang out, on and off the board. Cape Town’s lifestyle is just so much better, even though it’s expensive. I love it here. Skating through the streets with trouble makers and clowns is just the best thing to ask for. The only thing that sucks here is the cold fucking ocean water and the sharks.

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You lived in Amsterdam for a few years. Tell us what that was like… Why did you come back to South Africa?

I lived in Utrecht, a little bit out of Amsterdam. The weed was so good! They were the best and worst times of my life. I am not going to go into a lot of detail because it’s a mad story that you could write a book about. I got into gangs and bad violence, and after four years of hustling, the cops finally got me. I had some bad shit on me so I got deported out of the country. I learnt a lot from that experience; never looking back, never doing the same things I did back then. We all do some dome things in life. I still do, but as long as you learn from it it’s all good.

How did you get into skateboarding?

Like everybody else, I saw my friends do it got into it right away I guess. I think most kids that start skating need to escape from something in life and skating is a good way too get out there and do your own thing. You can learn by yourself, not at school or from your mom or dad; just you and you alone. If you can do that, you can also stand alone and be strong as a person.

Got any tricks you’re working on getting?

Switch Lazer heel, one wheel nose manual nollie tripple tre out, haha!

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What does the second half of 2013 look like for you?

Probably the same as now. Try to film some shit, skate, have fun and party! If I got cheese, bread, Xbox, skating and a roof over my head, it’s all good till 2020.

You have a couple tattoos. Which is your favorite and why?

The Hulk, because every person has got a second personality, even if they deny it. I want to grow big and break stuff or jump and smash shit, haha! I have this rib tattoo with shoes hanging over a streetlamp on the corner of a street. It’s for my homie that passed away in 2006. I took a pretty hard knock, so it means a lot to me.

What are you listening to recently?

Gangsta, Jurassic 5, bFake, RickRoss and always some Wu shit.

Anything else you want to say?

How do you start up a fan page?

Marcel MaassenSequence by Jansen van Staden. 180 nosegrind shovet out.

SKATE FARM KLEINVLEI JAM

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Revolution is a proud sponsor of the Kleinvlei Park Skate Jam.

Unsigned skaters living it up in the Mother City are all welcomed to join in the celebrations taking place at the Kleinvlei community skate park. The SkateFarm Park Jam is a free skate comp open to all unsponsored, amateur skaters.

Prize handouts for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and best run of the day.

For more rules and updates on the event follow @theskatefarm and tweet them with the hashtag #SkateFarmParkJam.

Kleinvlei Park Jam – Format
– Indemnity forms for riders under 18 to be completed and signed by legal guardians at least 2 days before event
– Judges – Lee Henriques, Charl Jensel, Andrew Nero

Registration (09:00 – 12:00)
Followed by a 1-2 hour open park jam for all registered riders which will precede the first elimination round.

(Crowed entertainment) / Announcement of advancing riders – 15 minutes

Round 1 (13:30 – 15:00)
Successful riders’ will each receive two individual 1min runs on the park. The aim is to make use of the entire park and drop big tricks and technical lines. The best run of the 2 determines which riders advance to the next round and which riders will be eliminated.

(Crowed entertainment / Demo) / Announcement of advancing riders – 15 minutes

Round 2 (Semi Finals) (15:30 – 16:00)
Riders who advance to this round will each receive 1 individual 1min30sec run on the park which precedes the third elimination round. The best 6 – 8 riders will then be chosen for our final round.

(Crowed entertainment / Demo) / Announcement of advancing riders – 15minutes

Round 3 (Finals) (16:30 – 17:15)
This is the last chance for our final cut of riders to showcase their skills and earn the number 1 spot. Each rider receives one 2minute30second run on the park. The 3 best riders on the day will be announced as the Kleinvlei Park Jam winners.

Announcement of winners. Prize giving. Thank you to our sponsors.

Rules
– No sponsored riders are to compete in this event.
– Registered riders will receive a bonus sheet, listing “Red Zoned” obstacles/areas at the park which will result in bonus points for riders attempting tricks on these sections.
– Riders will be judged on the following aspects:
– Consistency
– Difficulty
– Creativity
– Style
– Crowd reaction, &
– Use of the park
– Prizes for 1st 2nd 3rd place and best trick/run of the day

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/272852562860709/

AMERICAN HARDCORE SCREENING

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We are hosting a screening of ‘American Hardcore; A History of American Punk Rock 1980 – 1986′ at our Revolution store in the Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town.

Records from Roastin’ Records, vegan food, and drinks for sale.

Revolution Store, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Friday 12 July
6PM

Inspired by Steven Blush’s book “American Hardcore: A Tribal History” Paul Rachman’s feature documentary debut is a chronicle of the underground hardcore punk years from 1979 to 1986. Interviews and rare live footage from artists such as Black Flag, Bad Brains, Minor Threat, SS Decontrol and the Dead Kennedys.

In collaboration with RISE and Roastin’ Records.

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/143780579158216/

CONQUEROR INTERVIEW

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What is “Hate City Hardcore”?
Hardcore from Johannesburg, South Africa.

How would you describe what Conqueror sounds like to someone who’s never heard the band?
Short, fast and aggressive. Dire Straits on speed.

What is behind the name, “Conqueror”?
We wanted something short and too the point, kinda like the music. At the time it was a toss up between Conqueror and Infernal Misery. We took the more PC option.

What do you guys do outside of the band?
Ross is a tattoo artist at Handstyle Tattoos, Chris is a graphic designer, Pat is a writer and I (Rich) work as an audio engineer.

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Why make angry music with substance? Why not just make pop music that sells?
Well, we all work full time jobs, so the band is really our release. We’re not looking to please anyone or follow any set of guidelines. We write the music as we see fit, touching on parts of different genres we all are into. I’d rather play music to people who want to listen to what we have to say than to dudes who are there just for the party.


Your lyrical content seems to be pretty personal and pretty angry. What are the main themes that run through the lyrics?
I wouldn’t say we’ve settled into one particular groove just yet. We have 3 lyric writers in the band, so it tends to sway from person to person. Ross is more into the traditional hardcore style, where as I tend to lean more towards the thrash/death metal side. So we tend to hit a mix down the middle.

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Is the world going to end this year?
Doubtful.

Where do you draw inspiration from, in terms of sound and songwriting?
The drive to write a better song than the one before. Things are nice and fresh in the band, so everyone is excited and pushing to see how we can improve on things, work in different elements, play tighter etc. We’ve got a bunch of new songs that we can’t wait to record.

You guys recently played a show in Cape Town, not a city well known for supporting hardcore bands. How was that?
We were blown away by the support and passion that dudes had when we went down. People knew the lyrics, bought mercy, hung out. It’s always a pleasure working with dudes like Brett Allen-White. He really delivered and helped the tour be as successful as it was.

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You guys are pretty well known for partying harder than most. You must have a good story or two for our readers?
Haha. Why thank you! Things got pretty weird at Splashy Fen this year. Lets just say Splashy: 1 / Conqueror: 0.


What local and international bands should we be listening to?
Local music first! Both Wildernessking and STRAGE have some solid releases at the moment. Saw an amazing new thrash band called Casket the other night. Excited to hear a release from them. Internationally speaking, listening to a lot of Power Trip and Coke Bust at the moment.

There are rumors of you guys making a trip overseas soon?
We’re working on it.

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You have already released two EP’s and have 3 music videos. You are also playing tons of shows. What’s next for Conqueror?
We’re looking to go into studio in August to track the next EP. Then we have a national tour coming up with Betrayal and Truth and Its Burden in September/October. Another Durban tour in the next couple weeks. Taking things as they come, we want to travel as much as possible.

Any shout outs?
Mad love to Pete Reynolds, RISE, Music Connection, Favor the Brave. Start a band, book shows, get involved. Thanks to Revolution for the interview. Peace.

Free “Reality Check” EP download HERE.

Free “Truth Seeker” EP download HERE.

REVOLUTION WAREHOUSE SALE DAY 2

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The Revolution Warehouse Sample Sale opens again today at 10am!

We have just replenished the stock and there is a bunch of fresh new footwear and apparel. Don’t slack though, it is dwindling quickly. The sale ends tomorrow, so to make sure you get the best stock first, get down here asap!

Revolution Warehouse Sample Sale

Facebook event link: http://www.facebook.com/events/469767076440985/

RVCA, Fallen, Hurley, WeSC, DVS, Globe, Osiris, Lakai, Krew, Iron Fist, LRG, Verb, Killer, KFD, and many more…

Tees and Caps from R100
Footwear and Hoods from R250

All sizes.

Revolution Woodstock, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

Thursday 27th – Sat 29th June
10am – 5pm

While stocks last!

info@revolution.co.za
021 447 6801

Check out our new online store, constantly updated with rad new skate, headwear, footwear, and clothing.
http://www.revolutiononline.co.za/

NEW BLACK LUNG MUSIC VIDEO

Black Lung “Beliefs” from the upcoming album Blame Black Lung out on Angry Africa Records.

Directed, filmed & edited – Michael Ellis (snapkamera.com)
Assistant – Dirk Steenkamp

About the video:

The making of the Black Lung music video was done with a crew of two guys. The location was set in The Pit, Cape Town. The production was followed through with with a minimum budget (no budget).

Once the shoot was wrapped, Michael took it all into post production and put together the first cut. After the first cut was approved he could start with the real hard work… Michael took each frame of the video sequence and printed them, recreating the music video on paper which then got scratched and spilled coffee on. The video consisted of 3 875 images which were then scanned back into a digital form and then time consumingly cropped and separated and put back into motion.

So “Beliefs” is a work of art and has gone through a lot of BLOOD, SWEAT and COFFEE because our boy Michael does not cry!

Check out some photos from the launch of the video here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151411108631324.1073741829.197313746323&type=3

GO SKATE DAY CAPE TOWN

Africa Skate put up this video clip featuring Africa Skate and Go Skate Cape’s Game of S.K.A.T.E on Friday 21 June 2013 at Salesians in Cape Town. The video is more of a day in the life edit with Liam Loughnane, but shows the event pretty well. Until next year!

Props to Alan Adams for winning the Game of S.K.A.T.E!

Video filmed and edited by Matthew Lesch.

The event was proudly sponsored by Revolution.

REVOLUTION WAREHOUSE SAMPLE SALE

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Yes, it’s that time again for another Revolution Warehouse Sample Sale.

In case the poster isn’t clear enough, here are the details in text form:

Revolution Warehouse Sample Sale
RVCA, Fallen, Hurley, DVS, WESC, Globe, Osiris, Lakai, Krew, Iron Fist, LRG, Verb, Killer, KFD, and many more…
Tees and Cape from R100
Footwear and Hoods from R250
All sizes.
Revolution Woodstock, Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town
Thursday 27th – Sat 29th June / 10am – 5pm
While stocks last!
info@revolution.co.za
021 447 6801

Here is a link to the Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/events/469767076440985/

See you there!

WOODSTOCK SKATE INITIATIVE

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Last week Friday, June 21, was International Go Skateboarding Day. It was also the day we launched our Woodstock Skate Initiative. We invited a bunch of local skate kids from around Woodstock to the Revolution Store in the Woodstock Exchange to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day with us. These are some photos from the day.

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Jean-marc skated with the kids, and played some skate karaoke, with kids just throwing out tricks for him to do. We donated a few skateboards to the kids and they’ve been using them everyday since. Looks like good school holidays ahead! Thanks to Jean-marc for pulling in.

GO SKATE CAPE GAME OF S.K.A.T.E RESULTS

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On Friday 21 June, International Go Skateboarding Day, Africa Skate hosted the Go Skate Cape Game of S.K.A.T.E at Salesians Institute in Cape Town. It was a pretty heated, although rainy, battle with Alan Adams and Jean-marc Johannes both on S.K.A.T., but Alan landed the Pressure Hardflip to clench the victory. Congrats Alan!

LAUNCH OF OPEN STREETS CAPE TOWN

Open Streets is a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move.

Open Streets Cape Town Manifesto

Cape Town’s streets could be much more than they are. By embracing the concept of Open Streets, all of us who use them can create places that embody respect for everyone.

We, the people of Cape Town, believe that streets should be:

Welcoming to all
Places for movement , recreation and expression
In harmony with local cultures and values
Able to meet changing needs
Contributing to a healthy society and thriving business
Part of distinctive and active neighbourhoods
Friends of Open Streets support these principles, and undertake:

To treat with respect and courtesy all who use our streets
To actively create inclusive public streets
To find ways to bridge the social divides of our city
In short: to actively create streets that embody and generate respect for all the people who use them, regardless of who they are and how they move.

#OpenStreets
http://openstreets.co.za/

REVOLUTION X BOOBS & SKATEBOARDS

Revolution is proud to have donated over 30 pairs of DVS girls shoes to Boobs & Skateboards. They will be handing out some pairs to local girl skateboarders on Friday 21 June for Go Skateboarding Day at Salesians in Cape Town.

For the love of skateboarding.

VAN HUNKS LEGENDS COMPETITION

The Van Hunks Legends Competition is over and the finalists of the competition have been announced. The prize giving is tonight, so pull in for some food and drinks specials if you’re in Cape Town.

Pete from Revolution is one of the finalists. His illustration is above. Help him out! There is a judges panel, but you can also affect the vote by voting on Facebook. Vote here: http://www.facebook.com/questions/560745600644569/

Here is the link for tonight’s Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/306427252824688/

If you don’t know the story behind Captain Van Hunks, click here to educate yourself about why that cloud comes over Table Mountain: http://www.historicalmedia.co.za/?p=694

PATTERN LANGUAGE – RODAN KANE HART

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Pattern Language, an exhibition by South African artist, Rodan Kane Hart, is happening at the Whatiftheworld gallery in Woodstock, Cape Town, tonight.

Whatiftheworld is pleased to present ‘Pattern Language’ by Rodan Kane Hart, an exhibition of new sculpture, sculptural inlays, and installation.

In this exhibition Hart continues to explore experiential structures and sculptures. Inspired by architectural forms found in the urban environments of his native Johannesburg and Cape Town, his recent series of steel sculptures explore the notion of generative shape, pattern and form in relation to the viewers experience. These works attempt to stimulate a heightened emotional response through their illusionistic and fragmented forms.

Referencing Christopher Alexander’s architectural, urban design and community livability book titled A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction, published in 1977, Pattern Language attempts to identify, expose and ‘unpack’ the ideological constructs that underpin numerous urban forms found within these contemporary South African cities.

Hart’s most recent solo exhibition titled Structure (2013) presented a series of minimal steel sculptures, drawings & books investigating the ideological impulses that are revealed when manufacturing tectonic forms and how a better understanding of these impulses allows a more complex reading of these built environments. Using sculpture as a lens through which to view historical and spatial contexts, Hart creates shifts in context which intern become generators of experience. Activated by the movement viewer the shape and form of the work unfolds as time and motion proceeds.

Referencing the theory outlined in pattern language Hart focuses on the notion of pattern in a broad sense. Within a sculptural and visual paradigm pattern is deployed to track problem solving in a context of design as well as social transformation and urban environments. The underlying theory manifests in layout, city grids, paths of desire and built form, social interaction, human inhabitancy, connectivity and conversation.

A Pattern Language details how individuals could be empowered and equipped with the tools and language responsible for the design and construction of communities that reflected both their interests and those of the broader public. The book attempts to expose the function of language within design, the authors mention that in designing environments people will enviably always rely on certain visual ‘languages’ that allowing them to coherently articulate and communicate an infinite variety of designs within a formal system.

Click on the poster below to see the event on Facebook:

BLACK LUNG BEHIND THE SCENES

Local Cape Town band, Black Lung, have just finished recording a new music video for their song “Beliefs”. These are some photos from behind the scenes. The video was directed by Michael Ellis along with Dirk Steenkamp and Everfelt Media, and will be out at the end of this month. Black Lung also have an album coming out next month, so look out for that!

20SK8 GOOD TIMES VIDEO

Cape Town skate crew, 20sk8, put together this rad short video. Good times!

Edited by Wesley Shroeder. Uploaded by Ryan Naidoo.

PSYCH NIGHT – TEXAS HEADDRESS VIDEO

Psych Night and The Assembly present Psych Night: Texas Headdress in celebration of Austin Psych Fest that was happening around the same time. Featuring Wild Eastern Arches, The Future Primitives, Bilderberg Motel and Krakatoa. This is the highlight video of the event, which happened at The Assembly in Cape Town on the 4th of May.

Shot and Edited: Barry de Villiers
Music: The Future Primitives

BEACH PARTY INTERVIEW

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Beach Party are an ‘Psychedelic-Afro-Disco-Surf-Punk’ band from Cape Town. They’ve just released a rad new album, and are pretty busy playing shows and touring. We caught up with the band to chat about playing shows in South Africa, opening for Australian band Dune Rats, and some crazy fan stories. Enjoy…

List band members and instruments:
Danny Video – Oohs, aahs, blahdy blahs
Big Daddy Dollfin a.k.a. “The D” – Bow chika wow wows
Andy ‘Tha Genius’ Islands – Beep boop doops
Black ‘Godspeed Thundercat’ Irish – Boom crash smash bash
Makki ‘Niks’ Summer – Baaarggh baarggh (Bass noises)

First things first, what style of music do you play? For the dumb assess that don’t know who you are or what genre to make of you.
Our music is in the style of ‘Psychedelic-Afro-Disco-Surf-Punk’ also known as ‘Afrodelic-Psyfro-Sisco-Purf-Dunk’ or just ‘Drunk’.

What would you say your all-round fav gig has been so far? The kind that is rad for its fuck ups or its perfection.
Our favorite gig ever was in Pretoria at Arcade Empire. It was wild like the motherfucking jungle that night. Shoh. Makki spent most of the time in the audience moshing with his bass and kicking kids in the face. Black Irish was drumming with his teeth at one point in the show. Nuts.

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If you could mention an up and coming gig that you are mad hyped on that would be spiffy.
We’re very much looking forward to playing Sowing The Seeds festival this weekend on Saturday. If you’re in Mpumalanga then that’s where you need to be.

Beach Party just played a show with Dune Rats from Australia. Tell us how the gig went and what your opinions are on Dune Rats as a band and how they where in person.
The gig was frakkin’ rad! Loads of people showed up and partied super hard which was just lovely. They are really cool guys, exactly like they are in that music video where they just smoke bongs. When we met them they were hitting bongs and when we left them they were still hitting bongs. If you think it’s mad how tight they play it’s just insane how stoned they are when they walk on stage and hold it together like kings! I think we were all stoned once for a show and we forgot everything. Maybe they’ll teach us the ways this weekend.

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You guys have done a few shows/festivals nationally. Which town are your fave to play in and your fav crowd to play for?
Have to say Pretoria and Joburg when it comes to touring, they get the fuck down with us.

Are there any thoughts of Beach Party sailing the seven seas, exploring the top ten beaches of the world or recording an album in a submarine or a whale’s stomach?
So many thoughts! We’re working on that. Aiming for a Narwhal’s intestines though, the acoustics are so squishy. Mmm.

Your audience seems youngish, have any of the band members come across some stalkers or crazy fans? If yes, tell us a story.
Hmmm… Well Andy has a fan site dedicated to his hair where all these creepy girls photoshop his hair on to their elbows. One fan/friend of ours made an animated fan video of us which is awesome but the video is slightly creepy in a good way. Look up ‘Beach Party – Fast Train’. Big D is the most famous though. She gets lots of creepy shit but we can’t discuss those due to legal issues.

Download their new album For Now We Are Young for free: http://www.mediafire.com/?bbuo06ia40twzlo

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AV18.3 20SK8 WEEKEND

AV Skateboarding takes us on a weekend in Cape Town with the 20sk8 crew. The video shows them skating some street, leading the Cape Carnival and holding events in the townships. Featuring KFD and Killer team riders Ryan Naidoo and Alan Adams, Justin Adonis, Wesley “Tooth” Schroeder, Toothless, Shuaib Philander and more.

DOORS OF PERCEPTION ART EXHIBITION

Revolution and Psych Night present: Doors of Perception art exhibition.

Doors of Perception is an upcoming exhibition of psychedelic art featuring:

Simon Berndt aka One Horse Town, Raoul Goetze, Mark Reitz, Jack Walsh, Tuscani Cordoso, Ian Jepson, Matt Oldfield, Ian Engelbrecht, Adam Hill, Hanno Van Zyl, Motel 7, Dylan Culhane, Dirk Steenkamp, Jade Klara, Jade Waller, Eckardt Kasselman, Sean Gibson, Jay Gordon, Justin Poulter, Kent Andreasen, Luke Cannon, Caroline Macintosh, Gerhard Human, Matt Goodall, Wade Barnes, Clement de Bruin, Alice Edy, Abrie Coetzee…

The event will be held at the Revolution Woodstock store, Woodstock Exchange, Cape Town.

The exhibition opens on the 23rd of May and the show will run until the 3rd of June. See you there!

Here is the link to the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/547859495265800

Poster by Simon Berndt.

RAOUL GOETZE INTERVIEW

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Raoul Goetze is a Cape Town tattooer at Wildfire Tattoos, an artist, and a member of the band Wild Eastern Arches. He is also one of the artist exhibiting work at the Doors of Perception art exhibition on the 23rd of May at Revolution Woodstock. We caught up with him to chat about the upcoming exhibition, art, music and what ‘psychedelic’ means. Meet Raoul Goetze…

How is your artwork coming along for the Doors of Perception art exhibition? Any hints for what we can expect to see?

I’m always in two minds when it comes to executing ideas. It’s a constant debate on how I will try translate the visuals in my head to a tangible form, so consequently it becomes a bit of an irrational completion, which is definitely part of the process I guess. So yeah, my artworks are getting there for the exhibition. For Doors of Perception, I’m trying to explore what really happens chemically when psychedelic drugs are introduced to the brain.

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You are quite a creative person: tattooing, making art, and playing in a band. What else do you get up to in your spare time?

Well, I really love everything I’m involved with, so when I have free time, I don’t really consider it as spare time seeing that I wouldn’t mind drawing or playing guitar in that time. Otherwise I probably end up with friends talking about all these things over a couple of beers anyways. I am involved with Psych Night, which probably comes with playing in a band as well.

Why do you make art?

I’m a visual person. I have a need to translate whatever goes on in my head to a visual format.

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Tell us about Psych Night…

Psych Night is a collective hosting events celebrating psychedelia, whether it’s music or any other art form. We’re a group of like-minded friends all involved in music industry some way or another. Psych Night hosts flagship events at The Assembly bi-monthly and have smaller events in between at various venues. Apart from a photography exhibition on Austin Psych Fest by Mark Reitz, Doors of Perception will be our first event exploring psychedelic inspired art.

Cape Town is quite an “international” city i.e. the city gets thousands of tourists every year. Being a tattooer at Wildfire Tattoos on Long Street, you must get quite a few strange tourists walking in. What are a few of the weirder/strange/funny comments or requests that you have heard working there?

Apart from some tourists just being extremely odd, there have just been too many. From asking for a South African tribal to just the extend of a language barrier where nothing that comes out of their mouths sound human or appropriate.

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How would you describe your favorite type of tattoo to do? Do you have a personal favorite tattoo that you’ve done?

I don’t necessarily have a favourite tattoo that I’ve done, but when I get a chance to interpret a subject matter in my own way, I obviously enjoy the tattoo more seeing that it’ll automatically turn into a style that I would like to do. I really enjoy doing traditional tattoos, also with some sort of geometric elements in them.

What is your opinion on tattooing in South Africa? Do you think that we’re at the level we should be? How do you think we match up to international standards?

I think people underestimate the talent locally. We definitely match up to international standards. You will obviously always get tattoo artists and shops that never went the right route of doing things and poor quality tattoos are the result, but the same problem occurs internationally as well, if not more. The few artists that are truly great with what they do reach international standards without out a doubt. It’s just a matter of doing research and finding the right ones to get tattooed by.

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Can you tell us more about your band Wild Eastern Arches? What do you play? How many of you are there? What genre do you play? etc.

We’re a psychedelic band that started in 2012. Our music draws inspiration from various fields such as 70s rock n roll, a bit experimental and I guess shoegaze as well. Psychedelic would probably just be a term used as a main vessel to merge all our individual influences together. We consist of 5 members. I play guitar and bass.

Favourite tattooer, artist, and band?

Favourite tattooer and artist would be Thomas Hooper. Favourite band, either Zeppelin, The Black Angels or Night Beats.

You make ‘psychedelic’ art, and play in a ‘psychedelic’ band. What is your definition of ‘Psychedelic’?

Feeling it.

www.raoulgoetze.com
www.facebook.com/wildeasternarches
www.tattoo.co.za

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NATIONAL SKATE COLLECTIVE SURVEY

The National Skate Collective have put together a survey to give to the City of Cape Town in order to try and get skateboarding to be recognised as a legitimate mode of transport and sport. The situation may seem hopeless sometimes, but here is something that you can actually do. So quit bitching, take 5 minutes out of your day and fill out the survey. Even if you do not live in Cape Town, support South African skateboarding!

Click HERE to go to the survey.

National Skate Collective

About the National Skate Collective:

Background:

We are a group of skateboarders from all disciplines and backgrounds who came together under the banner of strengthening the culture of skateboarding. NSC was formed in 2011 in order to facilitate communication between skateboarders and government. We have since formed a Non-Profit Organisation in order to unite skaters and support skateboarding initiatives in South Africa.

Vision:

A skate-friendly South Africa which supports skateboarding as an active mode of transport as well as a sport

Mission:

The National Skateboarding Collective (NSC) is to:
• Serve the skateboarding community
• Promote and strengthen the culture and sport of skateboarding
• Ensuring that skating is integrated and developed in South Africa
• Advocating for our rights for the attainment of equal opportunity
• Facilitate communication between skateboarders and government/organisations
• Create partnerships and networks amongst the skateboarding community
• Support skateboarding initiatives and projects

Check out the National Skate Collective Facebook page.

JEAN-MARC ON A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

Redbull recently featured Jean-Marc Johanness on their website where he took his search for the best gap to a whole new level. See pictures below of him landing a gap 10 metres in the air with Cape Town’s Table Mountain as the backdrop.

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WOODIES RAMPS

Jean-Marc recently teamed up with Woodies ramps Jamie O’Brien and held a competition on the weekend. Check out the facebook page over here. Woodies Ramps is a Cape Town based skateboard ramp building company that have been building ramps for over 15 years. They build other stuff too, but they enjoy building ramps and skate obstacles the most..Check out some work in progress pictures of them working on their art.

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TECH SESSION SKATE COMPO

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Come down to Salesians Skate Park in Cape Town on the 20th of April 2013 for the TECH SESSION contest. Check out the facebook event here.

Its the first of its kind and open to all skaters!

There will be a qualifying round and a final.

-Warm up and registration from 12:00 – 13:00
-Qualifying round : (depending on the amount of skaters)
two groups with one hour for each group to qualify.Riders take turns to get there line,if you dont make your line the first turn the next rider goes.The list of riders will go from top to bottom and repeat until the time is up.So you have more than one attempt to make a line.

-Top ten riders will qualify and move to finals.

-Finals : Jam session with Two riders at a time.

-Top 3 Podium.

What is it all about?

This is a “lines contest” format, there is a maximum of four obstacles
to throw down a line. All the tricks in your line has to be landed in order for it to count in your favour in the qualifiers and finals.

(For example- if there are four obstacles to throw down four tricks, and you do not make your last trick.The line will not count and you would have to start the line from the beginning.)

With one qualifying round and one final, put your tech tricks in solid lines and stand a chance to take home a cut of R6000!!!

Bring your friends and Crews down to Salesians Next week Saturday 20th of april for a awesome day of skating, Red Bull and all round good vibes.

(Please see event times)

Supported By Red Bull.

HEART OF GOLD EXHIBITION

“Heart of Gold” is a playful exploration of the concepts of money, consumerism and greed by Jordan Metcalf and Daniel Ting Chong. Following on the form of their previous project Fear.Less, the artists have played with scale and medium to re-contextualise consumer-based iconography and lexicon as art. The pieces are stark, sleek and graphic, using limited colour palettes and diverse mediums such as glass, paper, wood and ceramic.

Make sure you check out the show at Salon 91 in Cape Town before it closes on 20 April 2013.

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POP UP ART INSTALLATION AT REVOLUTION

Simon Berndt has a small pop up installation at the new Revolution Store in Woodstock, Cape Town. Featuring some of his personal artworks as well as his incredible Zulu Zombies Skateboard range that has recently been launched. If you in the area go check out this talented artists work and check out some of the fresh products at the store!

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