I did a workshop for a group of high school kids in LA yesterday. The plan was to group the kids into tables of three and have them come up with a skateboard company idea. Each cluster would come up with a name, identify a target consumer, come up with a logo, and make three skateboard graphics that would be painted onto blank boards provided by Toy Machine. The kids came up with some pretty fun stuff. One groups target consumer was 'old people', and another's was 'businessmen'.
This girl is painting her idea onto a skateboard.
The finished product.
This kid was going for it, using cork, and glue with yarn... Here is a detail.
This kids idea was to paint people in a welfare line. Their company name was 'Gato'.
The finished product.
This girls group called their company 'Geriatrics'
Blow drying the boards for faster drying!
Groups working on their 'brand image'.
hard at work.
This girl was writing a poem about David Bowie on her board. It was great!
This is Sage. His question to me: 'Would you crook El Toro for twenty bucks?'
My answer: 'No.'
'What about a million bucks?' he said.
I said, 'Yeah, I would have to go for it.'
This is what Sage painted.
I painted one too!
Here are some of the hand-painted skateboards: 01--02--03--04--05.
Aaron Rose was there to help me out.
Some kids drew a picture of me while I was doing a slide show to introduce myself.
After the workshop, kids were asked to fill out a questionnaire. I got mostly good reviews!
And so did Deanna!
Posted August 29th, 2008 by Brainwashing the kids is my specialty...
Today I am doing one of these Workshops in LA. I am teaching high-school kids how to create thier own skateboard company, with a focus on designing graphics...
This moth was resting at my house. And although it is no big whoop if you are from the south, this guy is pretty big for southern California.
Go see the Beautiful Losers Film in LA. It's only playing for a week, so it will be your only chance in So-Cal to see it on the big screen.
Bonus Link: Most Effective 'Speed Bump'
Posted August 28th, 2008 by fearing not i'd become my enemy in the instant...
That is poor Geoff Rowley's ankle. It always happens during video deadlines. That looks like a brick!
Wanna see what is going on in Europe? Check out different spots? See what your favoite company does with their ads outside the US? Well click the online magazine Swiftfoot. Click the mag and flip through it.
Posted August 14th, 2008 by You can't succeed without failure.
Ran into Alex Olson at M Cafe in LA, he is all grown up.
I saw this jacked manequin at Trashy Lingerie on our way to LA's first Beautiful Losers Film Screening. I was there because after the screening I had to get up on stage in front of the huge audience and answer questions. Yikes.
Deanna Templeton and Ashley Macomber were invited by the lovely Wendy who operates the amazing Ooga Booga Store, to decorate the windows with artwork. The girls got together to form a strategy for the perfect blend of their talents. When opening night came, the place was crawling with hipsters...
The store was crowded, but that is a good thing. Hopefully no assholes stole anything.
Deanna and Ashley went out to the alley to Hide-Out...
His new material is funny as shit, he made the other comics look like some middle school kids.
Check out this Slide Show of Beautiful Losers Tokyo, it's awesome.
Posted August 12th, 2008 by You will see him again...
This guy came walking by and decided to tell me a story. He says when he goes into a business and wants to buy something or use their bathroom, if they give him any static or try to kick him out he busts out this flag, and parades around screaming 'White Power!' I thought it was a pretty good idea, and funny too.
Posted August 11th, 2008 by Work is Fun - Fun is Work
It was pretty cute. The HB Park feels dead. I skated it yesterday behind the fence, without flat-bar. Very sad. And Bernie Mac died. See it on the RVCA Blog, and scroll down for some Josh and Austin coverage.
Posted August 9th, 2008 by Just some dude who is______________
I arrived for my usual evening session around 5:30/6, and was shocked when I drove up to see a big green fence cloaking my beloved park. Just yesterday we were thinking about old times here with a concerned Chad TimTim, and it was hard to believe that this might happen.
We have been talking about it for months now...
There were about 2 weeks of 'Last Day' style sessions. Each evening around 6 everyone would go for broke like we would never shred this place again, like the next time we came it would be a pile of dirt, but then we would come back and do it again.
But this time was real. There were people skating when I showed up, so I was for sure going to get my last moves in...
So hot right now. Here is a video of the Beautiful Losers show in Milan if you are not sick of it yet.
And a quote for today: 'Another picture of a girl with a gun / To bore me' -Bikini Kill
And also an old lady fight! - Don't miss L. Kincade 14 either...
Posted August 5th, 2008 by I'm not bored...---------- ever.
And ran into no other than HB local Tosh Townend, who was signing autographs for his new sponsor, a surfboard company!
I got one signed. Sweet. I always thought if I had a kid, I would push him towards surfing rather than skating. The locations are better, and the girls are in bikinis instead of baggy skate gear. For me, I'm a lifer on a skateboard. I mean I grew up in Surf City USA and still became a skater, everyone around me in school surfed. Skating rules too hard. But once in a while I would be spending a hot summer day in a shit-hole like Dortmund, Germany and think, "If I were a pro surfer I would be in Fiji right now..."
I would never trade it though.
Posted August 3rd, 2008 by What are your thoughts?
These people must have had a rough day in the sun.
Thanks to all the friends who came over, and to Deanna for making my random 36th B-Day such a memorable one.
See the RVCA Website (scroll down) for photos from the Book signing that happened last night. Thanks for all the people that came!
Posted August 1st, 2008 by We saw 2 Bald Eagles, and a school of Mackerel