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‘LongBoarders’ Print Release X Poster Child Prints

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Poster Child Prints and I will be releasing my first limited print ‘Longboarders’ as a part of  the Neighborhood Artist Series.  The ‘Longboarders’ print, based off an original drawing, will be printed on 100% cotton archival paper with high quality ink in a limited edition of 50, all signed and numbered by me.  In addition you’ll receive a certificate of authenticity as well.  The release will start  today Thursday, March 28th 11 am PST.    Here’s some photographs of when I visited Poster Child Prints in Echo Park, courtesy of Poster Child Prints.

Purchase a ‘Longboarder’ print here.

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Does a pro snowboarder need a coach? By Pierre Wikberg

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-Do you think the kids these days, need a trainer?

Yes and no. I think talking to a sport psychiatrist can help any athlete and if you’re riding buddies / camera friends aren’t enough to cheer you on I can see how a coach could be an asset. Especially if they have competed / ridden on a pro level and have experienced situations you might need coaching in first hand.

-Does SW fly that high because of natural talent?

He’s obviously has talent, so yet. I doubt the national US Ski / Snowboard coach / coaches has anything to do with it.

-Next Project for you?

I’m working a bit on Todd Richard’s new YouTube show, “AWSM on ALLI”. And I have some rally pieces with Ken Block in the works.



Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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I was super stoked to design a poster for one of my favorite bands of late, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, for their gig last night at the Keswick Theatre, just outside of Philadelphia. It’s a 3 color silkscreen on 100lb Black French Construction paper and only 50 were produced. These were specially commissioned by the promoter, AEG Live, and were given to the band as a gift and were not for sale at the venue. However, I do have a small handful of these available through my Etsy shop so, if you dig it, pick one up soon because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Click Here to purchase the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds poster

Anyway, the show last night was incredible – totally blew me away. The band were water tight, like the James Brown band if they were brought back from the grave and fronted by Edgar Allen Poe. He climbed across the crowd, pushed away all camera phones & thrust his crotch at the adoring masses. Shaman, snake oil salesmen, preacher, rock god – the whole thing had an air of sideshow revival, and I can see the influence he’s had on bands like The Make-Up. And, damn – Warren Ellis is a badass. My only regret is waiting this long to see them live – I won’t miss them again. Best show I’ve seen in a long time, and totally inspiring.

And if you haven’t picked it up yet, definitely grab their latest, Push the Sky Away – then take a midnight drive down some deserted back roads with the sound turned up and enjoy the ride.



Newark in Philadelphia

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This Friday night (March 22),  Exit Skate Shop in Philly will be showing some artwork by a select few of Rogers Skateboards finest  dudes – Michael Sieben, Bill Pierce and Nate Lacoste.  Things start getting rad around 7pm. 825N. 2nd Street. Philadelphia, PA. If you like to think of  yourself as somewhat of a polite human being, feel free to RSVP on facebook



Austin Smith & Bryan Fox chat about Drink Water

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Buoloco had the pleasure to make the first video interview ever with Bryan Fox and Austin Smith, the founders of “DRINK WATER.” We talk about many things like how is it possible that legends like Terje Hakoonsen or Steve Berra who usually skateboard, don’t care what’s going on in the snowboard world. We also talk about how by just painting “drink water” on their boards, it suddenly exploded and they end up getting an interview with the New York Times.
Since the DRINK WATER campaign got attention, a lot of kids are now giving up drinking power drinks or sodas and are embracing a healthier alternative and drinking pure fresh water.



Ken Taylor

I spend the majority of my day completely alone, working away in a tiny attic studio space with little to no human interaction or distractions.  So, like we all do when things get slow, I like to take a not so leisurely stroll down the interweb worm hole in hopes of finding some new inspiration.  About a year ago, I came across the poster work of Ken Taylor, a Melbourne based illustrator and designer, and was completely blown away by his overall sick style and the pain staking detail in his line work.  And I was equally stoked to see this board graphic he did for Australia’s Elan skateboards. So sick. Ever since, whenever I complete an illustration that I’m super stoked on, I make sure I go back and browse through Ken’s work, just to keep my ego in check and to remind myself that there’s still a long way to go.

Anyway, below are just a few samples of his work – you can check out more at kentaylor.com.au.  And I just found out that he’ll be showing some work at the Mondo Gallery, March 15th, as part of SXSW in Austin this year.  4115 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX.  7-10 pm. Worth checking out if your in the area.

Thanks for the inspiration man – much respect.

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Skulls and Straight Edge

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As we all know Spring is coming on strong, so time to put something on our heads to save us all from skin cancer. In the sea of five panels hats out there….Skulls seems to be having the most fun at it. I have been friends with Ivan Jimenez, who is the creative behind the Skulls project, for many years and so stoked that he has been making these lately. He now lives in LA but is originally from Spain and is also vegan and straight edge. I too was vegan for many years and am still vegetarian but I have never been straight edge. The closest I have been to being straightedge is when I wore a Youth of Today shirt in a bar in New York to show respect to the great band from that city. Does that count? No, I don’t think so.
Actually I am listening to Project X right now and I am stoked. I have always liked straight edge bands and music…. So that’s probably why I like Skulls so much. The hats are crazy but that’s the way they should be.
See what Ivan is doing right below.
Check out this Project X song (from a reunion show), looks like the kids (mostly dudes) are having some fun there.
If you ever find the 7″ at your friendly record store I would buy it, if it is one the original 500 pressings then its rare and worth some cash. I wish I had it. I only have the mp3’s. Cant complain though.