If you enter this world knowing you are loved and you leave this world knowing the same, then everything that happens in between can be dealt with.  -
 - Michael Jackson

     In the wake of the loss of undoubtedly music's greatest performer, I think we should take a look at the way we treat people in society and how the media has become such a disgusting animal in itself.  For the papers and television to focus on his finances, appearance, and the way he died more than how much he contributed not only to music but also many people's lives, is disgusting and revolting.  

    When will we relieve ourselves of this need to ruin celebrities and knock them down?  We should instead focus on the impact and incredible legacy that is left behind.


If Memory Serves Me

I happened to watch "Vanilla Sky" the other day and it got me thinking about when I used to watch Jason Lee skate in some of the old 411 video magazines.  

I wonder how many people realize that the "My Name is Earle" star was once a skinny little skate rat?

The Power of Grey Skull

Ok, so if you are a American male between the ages of 25 and, say, 32 right now ,and your parents didn't chain you up in the basement for all of your formative years.....then there is a slim chance that you didn't absolutely bow to He-Man and Skeletor. 

Now is the time to let that inner superhero reign once again.  No I am not suggesting you dig out the plastic sword and shield from your childhood toy stash ( yes I had one), I am telling you to go check out the "I Have the Power" exhibit @ the Double Punch store in San Francisco.  And hurry it is only on until July 19th.

Just tell your girlfriend you are going to a strip club or a bare-knuckle boxing match..... something else manly.


Up,Up and Away

"I live on Earth at present, and I don't know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing - a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process - an integral function of the universe."
- R. Buckminster Fuller


What a Gem

Nothing is better than someone rocking a horrendous tattoo for the rest of their life!
This blog is a collection of all things crappy and permanent.
Feast your eyes.......



Gone Fishin'

I'll see you on the flip side of the weekend...taking a little break from the hustle.
Everyone do something that scares you this weekend!

ps....this is another Asger Carlsen photo

hear me roar

“It’s better to live one day as a lion than a thousand years as a lamb.”

photo by McLion... hence the quote


Not Again

Seriously, how many styles and variations can one company bust out of such a basic idea? Apparently endless amounts.  And thank god because I pretty much solely rock vans at all times.

Besides just owning the market in stylish sneakers this decade, Vans has also been distributing the "Syndicate" line.  Mostly, the company has been giving pioneers in the early skate world free reign to design their own rubber.  Last to come out was Frisco star Max Schaaf, and now comes the return of the ever-so-outrageous Jason Jessee.  

These newest additions are far from Jason's first Vans collaboration, but he has yet to disappoint.  Sporting a modest brown or black leather, Jason's kicks are subtle beauties that are sure to fly off the shelves.  

Jason, now a custom chopper builder/artist/ conspiracy theorist, has designed a classic style with a subtle modern flare.  

Look out for these gems in the fall 2009 collection.

See Ya on the Flipside

"If you cannot be a poet, be the poem."

- David Carradine

In the wake of David Carradine's mysterious death, I figured it was only fitting to use a quote from the late actor. 

Photo by Dan Clinch


Photography has become an obsession of mine lately, so my tastes probably seem to be all over the scale.  Usually when I find a new artist, that I enjoy, I write about their background. However, this time I am going to let Asger Carlsen's work speak for itself.  All I will tell you is that Carlsen started off as a street photographer and has now blossomed into an extremely individualistic eye.

To be honest with you, I have no idea what it is that strikes my fancy in Carlsen's work. However there is no denying the talent and explosiveness of Asger's compositions.

enjoy more here

Healing the World One Song at a Time

Playing For Change, in alliance with Concorde Music Group, has been traveling the world recording musicians of all different talents and backgrounds.  From street performers, to local legends, to some of the biggest contemporary music names this project personifies collaboration in its truest form.

After debuting at SXSW last year, the group has been steadily cranking out new videos.

Check out their site here and become part of a movement towards change.


Paint the World

I have recently noticed how stuffy I have become in my old age of 27...long gone are the days of skating all day with a touch of vandalism and mischief.  Where did it go?  I feel like my 18 year-old self would open handed smack me in the face if we met on a street corner...

So on such a beautiful weekend remember what it was like to be care free and ballsy. Go outside and paint on something or dust off the old board.  Do something. We have all become a culture of recluses and vampires.....and I think it stinks.

I'm off to go tag the hell out of a bridge near my house.

ps...second pic is by Lebeat


1 part grandpa, two parts awesome

For the past few years, subtle variations of the ever-classic work flannel have been creeping into the marketplace.  Some are not so energizing.  However, the latest collaboration of American design giant, Pendleton,and Japanese rookie ,Deluxe, will surely champion a whole new revival.

Hitting the streets in early fall 2009, the new checked wool work shirts boast a subtle three color motif combined with a classic button down style and minimal branding.   

As of now, Zozotown is the only game in town repping the line, but I am sure big names will soon follow suit.

Keep an eye out kids. 


Absolutely Amazing

I think this video speaks for itself...... enjoy