Sebastian Linda directed this opus to a favorite childhood and now adulthood past time. He exclaims that he never wanted to be a fireman, pilot or superhero. All he wanted was to be a skateboarder and that’s what he is.
I can stand on a skateboard for a couple of minutes before I lose my balance and fall off. But I love watching other people do it.
“Cezar Berger aka Berje was born in the 90’s, is an illustrator and graphic design student at the Centro Universitário Belas Artes. Inspired by skate culture, DIY, thrash metal, hip hop and the latent violence of life. In his art synthesizes elements in a constant rage state, creating nostalgic compositions and giving new meaning to the signs. Berje creates a repertoire that includes alchemy, black magic, tarot, the new dark age, mayhem and a lot of puke.”
Fun, tongue in cheek and very colorful work from Berje.
I am digging this series of skate decks for Future Past Skateboards by Australian designer and illustrator Nick Thompson. It’s a great mishmash of 50’s advertising and pop art stewed together. What better place than a skate deck for something like that?
Riders at the Tron Legacy Premiere were deployed in a skate ramp equipped with an ipods and programmed with a custom-built app to measure their air time and trigger graphics whilst in the air and on landing. Radical man.
Commonwealth Stacks has released some new skateboards that any self-confessed design and typography nerd will find wall-hang worthy. I am curious who designed these beauties. They are deceptively simple making expert use of type and color. I’d hang them over the couch in my studio since all I can ride is a snowboard.
Spike Jonze executive produced this wonderful video for Lakai that was directed by Ty Evans. Needless to say some talented people were involved in the process. It’s always interesting to see people with such huge pull in the entertainment world producing work for Skate brands. I want to get in on something like this.
Lakai Skate and Create 2010
Dir: Ty Evans
Ex Produced: Spike Jonze
DP: Marc Ritzema
Artist: Ima Robot “Ruthless”
Format: RED MX, 5D and 7D
“Steve Berra (The Berrics) joins Mexican skaters Jesus Gonzalez, Eder Martinez, Mario Saenz, Angel Santiago and American Luis Tolentino for this Burn Ignite film, shot on location in Mexico City.
This film was created alongside two short-form documentaries, one featuring Jess Kimura and the all girl hardcore snowboarding film collective Peep Show, the other is a portrait that celebrates the electric lyrics and gritty beat artistry of rapper/poet Julius Wright, aka Lyrical God.”
And skate culture continues to inspire the production of good art.
Directed by Garth Davis
DOP: Greig Fraser
Camera: Canon 5D(!)
Music written produced & performed by Django Django
Australian illustrator Ben Brown shreds the gnar with his pen producing old school 80’s skate punk style illustrations that often incorporate kick ass skulls and zombies. How can you not love him for keeping it genuinely old school?
Photographer Nikki Toole is originally Scottish but now based in Australia. Toole’s latest project is called Skater and captures skaters right off the street presenting them in an objective and stark light. It’s portraits of skaters just simply being who they are and what makes them so unique. One of the images is currently hanging in the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. Toole is currently looking for skaters in London, Prague, Berlin, Venice and Rome this year.
05/18 SENDAK PASSES The brilliant author and illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away last week at the age of 83 but will no doubt be remembered for generations to come for his amazing books such as Where the Wild Things Are.
04/12 ZIMMERMAN FACES MURDER In a case we’ve been following closely there is finally what we think is some good news to report. George ZImmerman, the man accused of killing the innocent teenager Trayvon Martin has been taken into custody and charged with second degree murder. At last there is some justice.
12/16 HITCHENS DIES Outspoken author and pundit Christopher Hitchens passed away yesterday at the age of 62 after succombing to a long battle with cancer. His honest and bravado opinion that rarely favored one side versus the other but was instead often a cry for ‘reason’ will be missed.
11/23 BURZYNKSI CLINIC Is there an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer? Dr. Stanislaw R. Burzynski seems to think so and has been experiencing higher rate of success than the current accepted practice of treating cancer.