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I had the opportunity of going to Santa Cruz this weekend for the Vans JTDTI.  Tradition continued, by handing out custom Vans cruiser decks to all the competitors, photographers, and videographers.  This time, Russ forgot hardware, bearings, grip, trucks, wheels, and tools (basically, every single thing but the deck).  He told me he was heading to NHS to pick up some shit from his friend Jeff Kendall.  So I fucking went; Look.

Creature Decks, hot off the press.

Russ Pope designed this board in ’93; This is the board that the ‘New’ Creature
based their entire revival off of.  I saw the office that Russ single-handedly created
Creature in.. He butcher papered the walls and wouldn’t let anyone but Novak see
what he was up to..

Make a shirt.

Jim Phillips art detail for the Grosso graphic below..

OG Grosso shit.

If you’re over 35, I’m sure your first board is on this wall (I only shot 1/8th of it..)

More OG Grosso shit.. the original toybox graphic.

NHS in all its glory.


I met Robert Guy (skate photo) through my really good buddy Rob Murow (DJ photo) last month, and man.. let me tell you- most buttery, stylish, locked-in, back smiths you’ll ever see (even though the photo below, is of him coming out of a frontside rock).  Two of the most down to earth dudes you could ever have the chance of meeting; Glad to call you both my homies.

R A D B A L L S | A . F . E .
The two Robs; Guy & Murow.

iPhone Thrash

Yes, I have no life.  Yes, I pay way too much attention to detail & aesthetics.  Yes, I spent time creating these backgrounds for my phone, because quite frankly- apple’s stock selection sucks, family photos are overrated, and let’s just be honest for a minute; my phone is now 10x harder than yours ever will be.

(click for detail)

Indy Paraphernalia

Ok.  So.  There are a couple stories behind each of these extremely rare gemsicles I came up on some years back now;  The Independent ‘pocket waterpipe’ and the Independent Zippo™.

The Zippo™ was my first find.  I was in 8th grade (1998); I did not own a 180 Smoke e cigarettes or weed at that time.  My best friend at the time (Justin Franklin) gave it to me for either a trade, a gift, or out of pure generosity.. I can’t really remember anymore.  Now that I decided to ruin/shorten my pool runs & skate sessions (lungs too, but whatever..) with Phillip Morris’ creation of hell-sticks, my Indy Zippo™ is now being fully appreciated.

The Independent bong was my second come up.  When I lived in Santa Barbara from ’03-’08, I skated the Wilderness Bowl every Wednesday and Friday night with dudes twice my age (and shredded twice as hard, I may add).  My good friend, Scott Malo (older Hawaiian brother in his mid-40s) was always down for bong tokes before, during, & after any pool session, and always rolled with a miniature bong.  I remember we were sitting in his car one day in the parking lot at the Santa Barbara skatepark, and he told me about these little red bongs Indy made back in the 80’s (he guessed that only about 10 or 12 were made) that they solely made for the Indy reps/TMs at the time for trips and such..  He described it to me; Red with a screen printed Indy logo, about 8 inches, black top and bottom caps, and a carb with a red plug.  He made it extremely clear, that if I were to ever come across one, buy it; no matter the cost.
Several years later (I think around ’06/7..?), B. Wong found one on a skate forum and remembered me telling him about the story, that Scott had shared with me.  So evidently, some guy in Carlsbad, CA. had one that had never been used and wanted $40 for it.  I emailed him (asked him if it was screen printed, and not a sticker) and said I’d give him $50 if he’d over-night it, along with a portable Enail pen.. He did, and I got it.  He emailed me the next day, asking if I’d recieved the bong and why I was so attimate about aquiring it, and in such a short time.. I told him the same story I told Scott and Brandon, and told him I didn’t want him to find out that week from a friend how rare that piece really is, and call off the sale entirely.
Let’s just say, the dude offered me twice what I paid for it- got extremely pissed at himself for selling it, and is still kicking himself in the ass for it to this day; Next time, do your homework son.

Oh, and P.S. – It’s still never been used.

Smoker or non-smoker; These are gemicon-come ups..
I am very proud of my Independent Paraphernalia.