Thursday, May 31, 2012

Kilian Martin: Altered Route (a Skate Film)

I'd say this guy has done tricks that no one else has even conceived of. That's inspiring as well as humbling. I was skateboarding in the mid-80s and watching Tony Hawk do things that I thought were amazing. I spent a few years, from about 14 to 16, where I was regularly standing on a skate board and trying new tricks. I was really proud of making it to the point where I could drop in and do a couple of tricks above the coping on small ramps. On big ramps I got as far as doing backside turns near the coping. I didn't make it very far considering how far it has come in more than 25 years. It was thrilling and frightening to me to make it that far. During that time, I took a trip through California, and we stopped at Delmare. And Delmare was, to me, a skateboarders paradise. They had big open spaces of concrete jungles and about 3 swimming pools. And I saw a little guy there, who was probably about 12-years-old. I never found out his name, but this guy literally ripped the biggest bowl to shreds. I didn't have a video camera or a super 8 camera with me, so I can't explain the tricks he was doing, but he was doing some of the same tricks they are still doing to today. But it was definitely a mind blowing experience. All in all, I got a few scars from my skateboarding days. I didn't make any lasting friends from that era except for one Facebook friend that I never talk to. So, skateboarding is mostly just a bunch of fond old memories. I still have a small passion to try to learn more about the art of skateboarding.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Let the fake Romney/Obama debates begin!!

Seriously, it makes delirious thinking about how stupid they think we are.