Friday, February 29, 2008

Friday Skate Pics

Jonesin' to ride some concrete on this Leap Year Friday. Beware The Ides of March? Bring it on...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Riddle of the '80's

Or more like remembering the '80's with Goat Boy. The "no comply" is a no hands boneless invented by John Lucero and Neil Blender. Natas showed us to do it in Trasher. There are endless variations of this trick today thanks to the likes of Matt Hensley, Ray Barbee, Mike Vallely, and Mark Gonzales among many others. The no comply can be done on flat ground, banks, transition, and over parking blocks. I "bonk" the back wheels off of the curb and then jump for my life. This pic was snapped around the summer of 1989 judging by the purple corduroy L.A. Lakers cap, the Santa Monica Airlines shirt, the Adidas hi tops, and the SMA Natas with Thunder Trucks. And about those Vision Street Wear shorts...

16mm Skateboard Films

OK. If you have any suggestions as where we can rock this then please let me know. Stephen would like to bring these films to town in conjunction with Go Skateboarding Day. This is an awesome presentation of archival skate films from 1965 to 1980 and would be enjoyed by skaters of all ages.

Stephen in the projector room of the Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, Oregon.

Professor Slappe enjoys the roundwall at one of Portland's several concrete parks.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Everything IRIE Member...

...about this contest is Positive! I hope we can repeat the experience this June for Go Skateboarding Day. My Wifey captured this image of me in the midst of a very Neil Blender inspired varial handplant on the kicker. Please note that my friend Banjo has his foot on the other side of the kicker to keep it from sliding away as my big frame worked it. This one got me 2nd place in the Best Trick Street Contest. Not too bad for an OLD guy.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Tuesday Skate Pic

This is Brandon as he was going about 100 MPH and busting out a nice tailslide. I can't recall seeing anyone else rip a park going so fast as Brandon or Brewce. They are a couple of natural mystics if there ever were. Thanks Guys!

Monday, February 18, 2008

Click the Pic and Learn About Skogging!

I thought Marc was out of his mind until I read it for myself...
It is a strange concept to grasp at first but then I realized it is easier than it looks and essential to avoiding fatigue while skating long distances. Check out more at Chris Yandall's Skogging website.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Saturday Night at the Park

Some kids still call it "Focus". The sign on the door says "Area 51" and the sign on the outside of the building still says "For Lease". Regardless of what you call it this place is Charleston's indoor skatepark. Here is a pic of the Grom on the quarter pipe shot as he was coming up the tranny. Thanks Frog!

Skateboard Race!

The Portland Pusher went down on February 3rd in the Rose City. Attached is a pic from NCDSA of a final battle for the finish line. Marc and others have been working behind the scenes on coordinating with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and we are wanting to run a similar race here in Charleston.
Marc says "Hopefully this race will happen. The Komen Race draws over 2000 runners and spectators so we will have a big crowd cheering us on. If anyone wants to enter this race, I suggest to start skogging to get in shape before entering. Skogging sounds like a funny word but what is stands for is "Skateboard Jogging" . Skogging was invented by Chris Yandall who was a pro skateboarder from the 1970's and is still active in skogging and slalom racing. Skogging consists of alternating push legs. It's hard to explain but you can check it out yourself at . As Chris Yandall would say " Cut the jive and jog"
So I have to push MONGO? OK I guess. Just once.

Friday, February 15, 2008

40 OZ To Freedom...

Here is a nice wall piece with some Deadbolt Trucks attached via some old ass "Bridgebolt" style Deadbolt mounting hardware. The Rudy Johnson was popular in the 1990's for many reasons. It promotes underage drinking, epitomizes early '90's hip hop (if you weren't bustin' 40's of ST. IDES then I don't know what you were doing), it had a slick bottom for endless slides, and was manufactured by Blind, a World Industries company started by Mark Gonzales and Steve Rocco. Gonzales, who had previously ridden for Vision (get it, "Blind", the opposite of vision), and Jason Lee and the rest of the Blind team at the time also ran a series of graphics spoofing the Powell Peralta Skull and Sword style graphics but replacing the swords with items such as bananas. Rudy's graphic was a spoof on the old Per Welinder "Nordic" skull. Classic. Just looking at the Rudy Johnson OE model gets me so HYPHY that I want to put on some size 42 pants cropped at the bottom and listen to Del the Phunkee Homosapien while swigging 2 40's at once on the tail gate of my low rider Mazda pick up. Or Not at all. No not really. But I still listen to DEL.

Police and Thieves In The Streets...

...Scaring the Nation with their guns and ammunition!

Friday Rerun

This is a skater friend of mine. His name is MONGO. MONGO is RAD!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008


It's all getting wrapped up in newsprint today so one last teaser before the show. Come and see my photos in person on March 2nd at the Blue Parrot. I should have the flyer posted today. Stay in tune and thanks for looking. Peace, Jeff.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Buy This Pic...

Please. No really. I have amassed 24 photographs from my collection to date that are ready to go. To the best of my knowledge the art work will be on display at the Blue Parrot starting one week prior to the March 2nd benefit show. Bid early and stay late. I should have a flyer by the end of the week.

I Think I've Started...

Hoarding Boards. Hoarding is defined as the accumulation of something stored away for future use or safekeeping. I actually purchased the Mike Vallely to ride (future use) but decided it was too nice to ride (safekeeping). I really like the shape of the board if it only had an upturned or "kick" nose. The Matt Hensley was a prize from a photo contest in which I was runner up. I observed that with "great malicious pleasure" in a previous post. There are so many reissued old school boards out right now that it makes me crazy. Because I want to buy them all.

Archival Pic Of The Week

This was shot in the spring of 1990 judging by the date on the back of the photo, the Airwalk hi tops, and the backwards cap. This was a hot spot to skate from 1985 to 1991 and is still sessioned by skaters today. A parking garage to many but a place to do grinds, mannies, blunts, and boardslides to a few.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

An Old Dirty Tale

Last stop before home this morning was the Old Dirty Wallride Spot. I know some of you may but I never get tired of this place. It was full of broken glass, cans, trash, and some nice mud in the landing area. Nice skate spot. Just look at where the petrochemical grocery bag ended up. Wrapped around my truck and bringing my wheels to a STOP. All shots by Grom.

Grom Squad!

Grom got to break in his new board on the streets today. The first shot is an old school blunt stall and the second is a nice frontside edger on our favorite curb, which we had rewax the hell out of today because it had apparently been sandblasted since last we skated it.

Boneless To Truck Smash

Grom shot this sequence this morning at our warm up spot. I haven't done a boneless to anything in quite some time so I was pretty stoked to pull one to axle stall. The fourth pic is me just as I released the board and the trucks are about to touch down. Thanks Grom! Great shots.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Work In Progress

I spent most of the morning and afternoon printing, matting, and framing more pics for my wife's benefit. I think I counted 21. Inspiration provided by Michael Franti and Spearhead and Steve Kimock Band. And Miller High Life.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

It's ON!

Sunday March 2nd has been confirmed as THE date for a benefit music show and art auction to be held at the Blue Parrot in Charleston to help my wife with mounting medical expenses. We will post info here as it becomes available (I should have a copy of the show flyer soon!) so stay in tune and join us on March 2nd to help my wife get well again. For more info on her condition please visit the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Meanwhile, here is a preview of what I've done today. I still have a lot of pics to print, mat, and frame. Late, Jeff.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Steal This Picture

OK, so I decided not to watermark my pics because I have way too many things to deal with at the current moment. However, I would like to let my readers know that on Sunday March 2nd we will be having a benefit for my wife, Emily Hope, at the Blue Parrot in downtown Charleston. There are several local musicians down for the cause and several artists are donating works to be sold as well. Come out and join us and help us help my wife to get well. I will post the official time and the line up of musical acts as soon as I get my hands on the official flyer. Thanks to everyone who has supported us during this trying time. We appreciate the outpouring of Love from all of our friends. Posted here are a few pics from the Groundhog's Day Jam at the Empty Glass which went down last night. Tom and the guys put on a really good show and threw down on several originals and covers including "Small Axe", "Bananas and Blow", "Elm Tree", "Grow", "Folsom Prison Blues", and "Put It On", which is a beautiful prayer if there ever was one. Feel free to steal these pics and post them on your MySpace page. Your friends will think you are cool and so will I and my art gets promoted. It is a "win, win" situation.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Groundhog Reggae Jam at The Empty Glass

Tom Batchelor brings his reggae sound system to Charleston's Empty Glass this Saturday night for the Groundhog's Day Jam with nearly every member of Rasta Rafiki plus special guests. Come out for a good night of reggae and see your shadow, or don't see your shadow, but come on out to the Empty Glass this Saturday, February 2, 2008 and maybe Tom will play "Police and Thieves". I will post pics as soon as I get them watermarked. My Rasta Rafiki pics ended up all over MySpace on the pages of various peeps who took it upon themselves to rip them and add their own quotes. I was OK with this for about a split second until it dawned on me that none of the rippers credited me for my work. Therefore I still say NEVER TRUST A HIPPIE. But even Joe Strummer once called himself a hippie.