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Memorial Weekend.

KB and I spent most of the weekend looking for gems. Started out Saturday with a shred sesh at Chino skatepark, then took it deep into the IE for the search.

Brick Bummer

Curvy and Kinky

Blue Maven

Swamp Thing

As we walked up to this one, I noticed trash strung out in the front yard, newspapers piled in the driveway and 2 lock boxes on the front door. The side gate on the right was unlocked and we walked straight in. Everything seemed fine and it couldn’t have been more welcoming as we walked through the second lockless gate. As we got closer to the fence, surrounding what seemed to be perfection, something didn’t seem right. I quickly took out my camera, snapped a few shots and then we heard it. There was music coming from the back room of the house. We both looked towards the sound. A bright red metal chair sat by the back door and a tattered grey sheet, that was used as curtains, blew through the screenless window. Just then, a breeze kicked up and slammed the iron gate behind us. After nearly shitting ourselves, we quickly and silently headed out, as Too $hort’s Freaky Tales provided an exit soundtrack faintly behind us.

We got in the car, took a deep breath, laughed and drove away swiftly to the next.

After the last, we approached this one with a litle more caution. The neighbors were busy in their front yard and paid us no mind. Another side gate welcomed us in and we walked up to this beauty.

Unlike the previous find, There was something about this one that just felt right. With a small amount of rain water, we decided to clean it and come back the following day.

KB and I were both hovered over the muck cover drain. I heard the sound of a screen door shut from the neighbor’s house and knew only a chain link fence separated the yards. I grabbed one of the buckets and made my way up to the shallow end and out onto the deck. Our eyes met. I waved and asked how he was doing. He answered with a smile, waved back and headed inside. With the sound of the screen door closing behind him, I knew it was on. We decided it was best not to wait and ride it now.

Both took a few runs, picked up the towels and buckets and headed out.

There was one more to check in the area, so we headed across town to give it a look. This one was different, very large with an overly tall fence standing between us. We struggled over to get a closer look.

Around 9 feet deep, super mellow trannies and quite a bit of water to bucket with just 2 of us, we decided not to press our luck and come back another time of this one. Pulled ourselves back over the fence, threw up some high fives and headed home.

Duane Peters Auction.

An eBay auction of some amazing one-off and collectible skate items is now live through evening Thursday, June 2. All proceeds will help Duane Peters and his mass of medical bills. He saved his own leg! But now it’s time to pay the piper. So his friends and supporters have donated these fine goods and rare collectibles to help out.

Thrashin’ 25th Anniversary Screening Tomorrow

Pretty much watched this movie everyday and then would grab my skateboard and push as fast I could down the street while “Wild in the Streets” played in my head. So bummed I can’t make this.

5/29 @ 7:30pm
(25th Anniversary screening, cast/crew in person!)
Co-presented by Levi’s Film Workshop, in conjunction with MOCA’s “Art In The Streets” exhibit

Like so many other facets of underground teen street culture (video arcades, drag racing, hip-hop), skateboarding was destined to eventually become grist for the mainstream Hollywood mill — but no other film came close to showing off just how much amazing fun it could actually be than Thrashin’. In his first starring role, Josh Brolin plays an amateur shredder who, while dreaming of a championship title, joins a Venice crew and falls for the sister of a rival gang leader. This West Side Story on wheels is an incredible laidback time capsule of ‘80s SoCal skate culture, capturing parties, rock shows, competitive showdowns and the general all-around mayhem that has set the template for generations’ worth of future boarders. As well, the film features a non-stop parade of killer vintage footage of Tony Hawk, Tony Alva, Christian Hosoi and Steve Caballero in action! Schedules permitting, Thrashin’ writer/producer Alan Sacks, co-writer Paul Brown, production designer Catherine Hardwicke, editor Lorenzo Destefano — plus co-stars Robert Rusler (“Tommy Hook”), David Wagner (“Little Stevie”) and Chuck McCann (“Sam Flood”) — will all be here in person for a Q&A after the film. Stay tuned for more special guests TBA! Also, DJ Tuna will be here to spin tunes before and after the film!
Dir. David Winters, 1986, 35mm, 92 min.

The Cinefamily 611 N Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036 / 323-655-2510

Jesus Pool.

KB checked out this Sunset a while back and we sat on it for a bit. It was pretty small and the loveseat was a big one. The day we decided to give it a roll the neighbors were out back doing yard work, so we knew it was going to be a quick hit. Burke noticed some ghosted letters on the side wall that read “Thank You Jesus”. Not sure if it was tile that had been removed or just a sign from the heavens. Whatever it was, we came in quick, laid down some grinds, and got the HELL out.



Going long… light/love