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Taylor Stitch x Solitary Arts – Bob Lake Collection

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I’m very proud to work with Anthony Masters and his family at Taylor Stitch for the Bob Lake Collection.  Today marks the first launch of Bob’s flannel-lined project jacket (something in-between a light-coat and a shirt) and an accompanying set of 13 ounce flannel-lined jeans. Support the handmade and those that have a passion for learning and creating quality products with quality people.

Mahalo guys for making this happen to one of the best skateboarders, on and off the board…
All photos and video by Anthony Masters.



So Far, So Good, So What: Works by Michael Hsiung

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Born in Chinatown, Los Angeles, Michael C. Hsiung is known for his black-and-white pen and ink drawings. His work features a range of “strangely rotund characters from fantastical creatures, such as centaurs and mermen to somewhat contemporary and/or old fashion bearded males”. Currently living with his wife Rachel in Los Angeles, he spends his days drawing, making prints, producing t-shirts and creating zines; he also plays Dungeons & Dragons when he can. His illustrations and artwork have featured in Dr. Martens, Dwindle / Enjoi Skateboards, Momentum Wheels, Matix, Ambiguous Clothing, Oxford American Magazine, Grove made, Scout Books, Steve Turner Gallery, and most recently in the form of a new skateboard for Amigos Skateboards in Seattle, WA. He has also exhibited in various galleries, including East of Eden at Barnsdall Park, 2008 Helsinki Biennial, Giant Robot, Slingluff Gallery, Hurley, and is scheduled for his first LA solo show January at THIS, Los Angeles gallery in Highland Park. For more information, visit michaelchsiung.com



McRad Dunk

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Speaking as a skateboarder/musician who grew up in Delaware and started skating in the late 80’s, Chuck Treece was a local legend and a true source of inspiration and pride for the Newark scene.  Corny as it may sound, he was our hometown hero, the older guy who went out and made it happen. We heard McRad in the videos and studied the photos in Thrasher, desperately trying to convince ourselves that if Chuck could do it, then maybe we could too.  So I was extremely stoked when I found out that Nike SB recently honored Chuck with his own McRad Nike colorway.  Regardless of how you feel about major corporations and their involvement in skateboarding – this is long overdue and it’s always great to see a company paying respect to a guy who laid it down when there was no money in it and everything was done out of love for the art. The guy’s a pioneer and a true lifer. I’ve met and talked to Chuck a handful of times and he’s always the nicest guy,  always willing to help out or play a benefit show to raise some money for local skate parks.  Congratulations and much respect to Chuck Treece!



Rammellzee: Letter Tracers & Barshaw Gangstarrs

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Rammellzee wrote with Basquiat, mixed with Taketo Shimada, played with Buckethead, and inspired the formation of Cyprus Hill. I was completely awed by what the Rammellzee Estate and Suzanne Geiss put together for The RAMM:ELL:ZEE Room at MOCA Los Angeles. If you haven’t already, I suggest you experience it. That dude is radical. Thanks to some sort of generous concession from Banksy’s patrons, you can visit the exhibit without an entry fee on Mondays. Entrance into The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will be FREE every Monday from 11a:00 to 5:00, June 13 through August 8, 2011.



Efterklang Presents “An Island” EP/DVD

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A while ago I hosted a screening for the film An Island, a film by Vincent Moon about the amazing band Efterklang. This was definitely more than a music/video project, it’s an inspiring look at how important sound is to regional cultures. They are now releasing a limited edition DVD/EP designed by Hvass&Hannibal featuring the photography of Antje Taiga Jandrig and a custom-made cover printed by Stumptown Printers in Portland, Oregon.

The DVD release is limited to 5000 copies and they are all individually numbered. The cover holds 5 postcards and a 35 page booklet with lots of photos and background info written by Efterklang. When ordering the DVD you get the new EFTERKLANG EP ‘Live at Roskilde Festival 2010′ as a bonus! An Island is also available digitally after the Pay-What-You-Want model. Available via anisland.cc.



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