The Bodies exhibit was pretty cool to see and understand how a lot of things work and are interconnected. My chiropractor was excited that we went. I think there was one with a skateboarder doing a frontside invert, but that was in L.A. This one was in Vegas.
These are real bodies and real body parts. The bodies come from China, where they were unknown and unclaimed, and they died from natural causes.
The blue and red you see comes from injections into the arterial systems -- the colored polymer was injected into the veins, hardened, and then everything was delicately cut away. Pretty amazing. If you get the chance to see this exhibit, it's well worth it.
A short trailer for SuperCharged:
Volcom does some awesome stuff -- here's another great example of the new wave of good causes in skateboarding. I love it.
(Volcom removed the video)
This is one of the best things I've seen this year:
There are only a handful of bands who play sludgecore, grindcore, or whatever you call it these days, that I like and find interesting. Narrows is one of them. Perhaps the fact that they sound somewhat like Botch, who I love, is part of the reason... here's their latest video. Super good music.
Just posted a few old photos of Tod Swank from Fallbrook Ramp. Check the Related tags to create your own lists of photos.
A couple clips from the upcoming Emerica epic "Stay Gold!"
This kid does some rad tricks...
Random footy from San Jose's Lake Cunningham Skatepark during the Tim Brauch Memorial Contest 2009.
Toy Machine did their second annual Halloween demo and costume party on Saturday. Leo Romero, Billy Marks and Josh Harmony all impressed, along with one of the Toy Machine homies who had a rad Jake Phelps costume. Ed's was pretty funny, too. When asked what he was thinking when he chose this particular costume, he said "It's because of the camel toe!" As for the costume contest, the team were the judges, and of course the Transistor Sect costume won. Other good ones included TelleTubbies, Turtle Boy Reynolds, and the Jake Phelps dude, which was awesome.
The Zero video "Strange World" premiered last night in Encinitas. As expected, it's a great video, with some great surprises. I condensed my notes into a simple twitter screen grab last night, but here's the complete version:
To start, the owner of the La Paloma Theatre told Jamie Thomas that if the tape wasn't at the theatre at 630pm, he'd cancel the event, and Jamie made it with four minutes to spare. Some things never change. I'm glad he made it. Prior to the late start time, I was quite entertained listening to Jake Phelps (sitting behind me) talk about everything from who sucks and who rips to how bad he hated the music that was playing (Joy Division). Jake's got a great way of making pretty much everything he says entertaining.
This just came in from Havoc.TV and I have no idea what it is... but it's funny. I got imagine that Shecks is in on it.
Kabul's skateboarders get their own park
By Andra Jackson, The Age, Australia
October 29, 2009 - 10:40PM
Afghanistan's fledging skateboarders will get their own international standard skateboard park today, thanks to a couple of Australians.
After making do with pot-holed pavements and dried up concrete fountains, Afghanistan's fledging skateboarders will get their own international standard skateboard park today.
It is thanks to the vision of two Australian skateboard enthusiasts, Sharna Nolan, 32, Fitzroy and her partner, Oliver Percovich, 35, from St Andrews who two years ago saw the potential in giving Afghanistan's war disaffected youths a new direction in life through the sport. They set up the project, skateistan, which will build the world's first co-educational skateboarding school, which will also offer classes in literacy, maths and English, open its doors at the skatepark complex.