Friends on the west coast – please be sure to make a trek to Costa Mesa this Saturday night for the 3rd Annual 1 in 91 art auction to help raise money for the A.skate foundation. Like last year, I donated a limited edition print to the event. which also includes work from many great artists and skateboarders including Greg Hunt, Christian Hosoi, Jeremy Wray, Kenny Anderson and Russ Pope among others (click here for the full list.) All money raised will help fund a.skate’s work with autistic children (take a moment and watch the short video Vans did on them below to get a real sense of what they’re all about) . They’re a really great, grassroots organization that definitely deserve your support.
Anyway, the party is Saturday, April 21 at the Artery Gallery at the Lab, 29030 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA. 6-9pm. Food and drinks provided. $15 at the door. Or save a fiver by ordering advance tickets here. Sounds like a great time – really wish I could be there. Maybe next year Cali.
Face in the Crowd in Wilmington Delaware
I’m showing a selection of recent portrait paintings at the City/County Building in Wilmington, De this April, as part of the City’s Art Loop. The opening party is on Friday the 13th and goes from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. There’ll be live music by Lowercase Blues along with free wine and finger food. This is the first time I’ve shown a large body of work in Delaware, so definitely stop by if you’re in Wilmo. Should be a fun night. Unofficial after party at 1984? Louis L. Redding Cit/County Building, 800 N. French St, Wilmington, De.
And thank you everyone for the positive response concerning The Lift Up – we’re working hard and looking forward to May 11th at Mojo Main.
It’s been a long time coming but John Paul Travis, Larry Zappaterrini and myself have a new band – The Lift Up – and we’ll be playing our debut show at Mojo Main (the old East End for all you old heads) on Friday, May 11. Full details (like the lineup) are still being worked out, but I wanted to give everyone a little advance notice.
It’s been six years and a lot of mileage since the last time we three stepped on stage together and I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be playing with those two again. For those wondering – yes, I am writing songs and singing lead for the band, which is a first for me – and no, we’re not going to be playing any songs by The Situation (sorry). And for those about to ask “well, what do you sound like”? It’s hard for me to say much except that it’s somewhere in-between The Situation and Nero (OPF). Less brit-pop, maybe a little more rock-n-roll. We’re definitely not a “power trio” but instead look toward some of the great three piece bands like Husker Du, The Jam, The Minutemen, Dinosaur Jr. and The Rock-n-Roll Trio for influence (as well as the usual suspects).
We’re on facebook as well as twitter – and will hopefully have a full website up sometime in the near future. Other than that, we have tenative plans to record two songs later this spring, with hope of doing a record sometime down later this year, if things work out. Time will tell.
Friday May 11th – hope to see you there.
As some of you might have heard, Bob K. has decided, after many years, to pull the plug on Club mumble website.
I just wanted to quickly thank Bob K for inviting me to be a member artist and contributor – to be listed among so many other talented artist and skateboarders (including more than a few childhood heroes) was and is truly an honor. And through my involvement in the site, I’ve met a lot of really cool people and have had a few great opportunities come my way (like working with Science Skateboards on a board graphic.) So, yeah, I feel very grateful to have been a part of this. Hopefully I will get to collaborate with everyone again somewhere down the road. Onward and forward as always.
Special thanks as well to Amber B for carrying the torch over the past year.
And the site will stay up in an archival form, for those who want to take a look through.
Blind Exodus is a piece of cut paper collage art using images taken from vintage magazines and other ephemera that are hand cut with an xacto knife and then dry adhered to paper using a gel medium. The original is roughly 16 inches wide by 18 inches high (not including matte and frame) and was completed March 2012.
I recently had the pleasure of working with an old friend of mine, Chris McNulty, on a music video for his new band, The Big Black Night. Chris and I go way back – we went to college together, played in a band called Hyperchild (more on that another time) and, before Larry joined the band, he filled-in on bass for Nero, playing about half a dozen shows with us.
The video was shot in an old warehouse in North East, Philadelphia, with lighting professionally supplied by Thom Discher, who brought a truck load of equipment with him as a favor to the band. It was a fun (and easy) project to be involved in, as the guys handled everything on a pretty professional level – basically, I shot the footage and gave it to the band, who then edited the whole thing together. Hope you dig it.
And they just released their debut album, which you can preview and purchase here.
I took a trip down to Kinetic this weekend to peep the new 5Boro vid and to personally congratulate long time underground ripper and FDR local Willy Akers, on joining the pro ranks. Always humble and permanently stoked, he may be the one guy out there who could give Theotis a run for the “nicest pro skater” title. Delaware’s finest for sure – the kid kills it on all fronts.
And the whole Join or Die video is super sick. With gritty super 8 footage of the Big Apple and a rugged soundtrack of classic tunes, it definitely delivers that raw, east coast vibe you’d expect from the good dudes over at 5Boro. Easily one of the most underrated squads out there. Tookmanian, Falla, Jimmy MacDonald, Pensyl – everyone on the team kills it with style.
If you haven’t caught it already at one of the premiers, the new 5Boro video, Join or Die, will be up on the Thrasher site this Friday, Feb 24. Don’t sleep on this one.
I finished a new portrait painting recently, this one is entitled grip. It is 24 inches wide x 12 inches tall and is oil paint on canvas. It was completed in February 2012.
Skate Docs: Maybe it’s because dudes my age are at that point in their lives where they start feeling nostalgic about the old days but there are a healthy crop of very cool skateboard related documentaries hitting the festival circuit this spring – including Stacy Peralta’s Bones Brigade film and the Danny Way doc by former Plan B filmer, Jacob Rosenburg. Looking forward to check these out sometime. Trailers below – get stoked.
I’m throwing in some other cool recent internet pieces on Chris Pastras and Tom Groholski – two of New Jersey’s finest. Enjoy.