Keep Them On The Screen

Once upon a time, I was probably fanning out over a professional skateboarder that a close friend knew better than me, when he said something that resonated with me: “Keep them in the videos,” meaning, if you came to love or appreciate someone through a piece of skateboarding recorded for a video, don’t seek them out. Continue to take inspiration from them, but let them remain on the screen. Kinda sorta like that movie “Almost Famous,” don’t go out of your way to make friends with the band, because more than likely, they will disappoint you as a person and leave you wondering why you felt inspired by their music in the first place. Continue reading Keep Them On The Screen

Albie Bennett, 2013?

Brad Blanchard, 1990

On the left is Brad Blanchard, as shot by Spike Jonze in the August, 1990 issue of Go: The Rider's Manual, and on the right is the crazy parking lot located in the middle of downtown Austin on a grey day in January. It still baffles me that Trend Bike Source managed to hold one of the biggest competitions of the year in a parking lot in downtown Austin, but it definitely happened 26 years ago. According to Go, "The Bully/Hammer crew of Vic Murphy, Pete Augustin and Brad Blanchard drew plenty of respectful onlookers. Vic caught a plane into town the night before and Augustin/Blanchard drove in together. The three of them assault the wall, the car and the stonehenge non-stop during practice, except for an occasional Big Gulp break."

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United/Rooftop and the bashguard frame

Yesterday, a unique United Bike Co. prototype frame popped up on Mike “Rooftop” Escamilla’s Instagram account, featuring a Haro Sport-style bashguard from the early ’90s. Me, wearing my love for early ’90s BMX proudly on my sleeve, hit like and moved on with my day as many of us goldfish-brainers do. But I kept coming back to this unpainted oddity, now regrammed by United, thinking to myself that I will probably read about it on a BMX website in the coming hours. I was wrong, no one picked up on it. I can’t say I blame anyone, I know our attention is being pulled in a thousand directions at once these days, and that it’s only a matter of seconds before you miss out on something, but I figured this deserved some attention. Continue reading United/Rooftop and the bashguard frame

RL Osborn, 1988

Dave Voelker, 1987

Woody Itson, 1987

Larry's Donuts, a donut shop located on Torrance Blvd. just east of Prospect Avenue became my 'white whale' while living in Redondo Beach. The spot, a bank with a dumpster box that eventually served as place to disaster for Dennis McCoy, had long since been demolished, but I had no knowledge of that and spent days looking, googling, searching for the damn place. Eventually, I wised up and asked Jason Pitschke @lotlifebmx (but I'm saving that story for the eventual book/magazine thing), so I won't go into detail here. It turns out, the spot is gone, but the adjacent buildings remain, and they were but a short bike ride away from my house on S. Helberta, basically right under my nose. I will detail out the day-long story I went through with Jason, but for now, I stumbled onto this photo of Woody Itson testing the 1987 Diamond Back Hot Streak at the banks, and was able to basically replace the 1987 version of the background Verizon building with the 2015 version of the building (look close in the bottom right corner). There are more trees now, and the original location of Larry's Donuts is now a parking lot for hospice care in the South Bay, but cancan nosepicks are still cool.

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Bob Haro, 1982

Even though we're less than a month from 2016, I can assure you that the photo on the right was taken in 2014. But it still feels like an eternity ago. My life has changed so much in such a short period of time that I'm left wondering why I was wandering around Torrance in the fall of 2014, looking for marked up curb cuts in office parks behind hospitals. The answer is this: more R.L. Osborn photos from the early '80s shot in front of the former Wizard Publications building at 3162 Kashiwa St. Also, I'm completely out of R.L. Osborn stories, so in this instance, I'll just talk about being sick the past few days and living a life punctuated by Benadryl. Or I'll just go take a nap instead. Seriously, I slept 10 and a half hours last night and it was glorious…

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