Tough times, tougher measures -- Larry resorts to having to work, or at least try to work, at the KFC on Elvis Presley Blvd. Nice to hear that Larry's back!
Sean Malto's first shoe comes out this season, and last night at Tenno Sushi in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo was the release party. Malto loves sushi, so that was the theme, and most of the crowd was decked out in one of Malto's favorite 4Star shirt and red and blue beanie. The all-stars in attendance were the crowd you'd expect, from Girl, etnies, 4 Star, Escapist in Kansas City, and the folks from Transworld all came up as well.
I'm proud to have been a small part of Boards for Bros this past year, donating a whole bunch of super old TumYeto wheels and some old trucks. There are a ton of great causes within skateboarding that help people, and this is one of my favorites.
This is one of the best things I've seen in a long time... I love skaters who look at spots like this and see totally random, different opportunities than most. John Motta. From the Skate Mental site.
My post a while back about Mike V's most recent fight was a change in tone compared to past things I've written about Mike, although my continuing interest in the man hasn't change at all. I find him such an interesting and compelling character. And again, like I said in that post, I think he did the right thing on this one. But I'm just another annoying blogger... and here it is from the man himself:
Here's Metty's beautiful video about Woodward Beijing, with Cairo, Corey, Neal, and Barker!
Edmar making it down the stairs any which way he can. (Click to view.)
Barker Barrett has one of the most classic styles of all time, and he's one of my favorites of the last twenty years. From the Shut days and NSA Am series, through Cheapskates and more recent Playground sessions at Woodward, he's graced us with great skateboarding fortified by an unmatched dry wit, a sardonic sense of humor, and a warm heart. (Click on photos to see sequences.)
The new camp at Woodward Beijing wasn't quite finished when we were there, but that didn't stop Cairo and Corey from finding stuff to skate. Cairo's selective tricks and buttery approach was a great complement to the all-charging, all-the-time attitude that's become Corey's trademark, and together it was super fun to shoot and skate with them. The indoor stuff was pretty much just thrown together, the outdoor stuff is from the plaza that's not quite finished yet.
It's been a few days and it's 2am and we're going to Tianamenn Square tomorrow, so I'm going to try to keep this short... After that first day of skating we were looking forward to exploring a little, but we couldn't get a driver, so we stayed in camp, cruised around, skated more, and shot more photos. I'll get some sequences up soon. I hope.
China, here we come! Neal had suggested we bring snacks, which definitely made the airplane food a little less tempting, and that's a good thing. I shot my usual window shots, we had a short layover in Tokyo, and we were met by Joey, the new intern, at the Beijing airport. Interns are so hot right now! The ride to Woodward was filled with funny Dave Metty and Corey Duffel stories, but by the time we got there we were tired and sleep couldn't come soon enough!