News From August 2009

The United Kingdom, well, London...

I only shoot color on a whim, I need more whims.
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Run your finger down the nape of this neck. Use the grease to slick your hair back.
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Leisecster Square looking up.
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Looking up - and spinning.
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Deanna does her "When will you be done twirling around like a 12 year old so we can continue walking" pose.
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Exactly.
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We are having much more fun...
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Thanks for kicking your shoe into my perfectly good leg fetish picture.
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"Deanna, is that a hooker?"
"No."
"I'm not sure..."
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"You're right, it's not."
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The darker it gets the more my camera fails, movement becomes a curse.
The darker it gets the more beautiful the pictures are, abstract with movement.
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The night is constantly seething with life and legs in London, no matter the weather.
Posted August 31st, 2009 by Look and Move On my Mohammed Mrabet - read it.
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Dusseldorf mit Kolor

Die Dusseldorfers exiting in a Disney-esque wonder world.
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Turn right from my hotel lobby and the star that lights our hunk of dirt that randomly evolved life was dipping closer to the horizon, behind the structures, and then we have this. To think we evolved to this.
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Think of the person driving by in their car seeing me take a picture of  girl with a broken arm next to some circular advertisment.
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It's not every day that you have a poster all over town with your name on it.
(Unless you are in the band U2, or in the Circus.)
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time slips...
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Harvesting.
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Total unrestrained wonder.
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Everyone enjoyed the sun when they could catch a ray or two.
Posted August 29th, 2009 by I would go back via Berlin any day
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Serra The Elder Gets Dirty in Paris

The vandals and the philistines don't co-mingle or care about aesthetics...
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Richard Serra's artwork near the Jeu de Paume and Place Concorde. He's got two sons, both skate. One I talk to often, Ivory Serra. Small world, no?
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Added bonus violin lady.
Posted August 28th, 2009 by Yet who I am I to categorize any of these people?
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Some Color From Berlin, Germany

Color me into a cool shade of red, black and yellow...
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Deanna after we passed the Brandenburg gate, on our way to the Reichstag...
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That thing I just mentioned, the Reichstag.
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And now past the 'Stag, and into the modern buildings left in the wake of destruction.
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A piece of the wall. Climb it and get shot.
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The pit in the middle was a shoot to kill zone.
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The German People.
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Berlin, my new favorite place to visit.

I just found out that I have an interview on Juxtapoz.com...
Posted August 27th, 2009 by The cold is only temporary, but will be back.
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Seattle, Washington - A place I like a lot

The people are wierd, and there is great food and bookstores.
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You can get vegan pizza at 2AM here if you so desire.
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Food choices must be made wisely these days, they slip high fructose corn syrup into pretty much everything, like we have lost the ability to enjoy anything without sugar added.
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The OG Starbucks, we went in to smell the stench of drug-peddling, er, marketing genius.
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This guy could give a flying fuck about any of it, he was hitting ice-cream with a fork.
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The fuzz.
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Fishnets on spindles all day long, there is no finer sight, but paying is another hockey game.
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"Huck a fish for me Johnny..." - the sound carries messages from distant time zones.
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The inhabitants run the gamut from spectrum end to spectrum start.
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Standing for no health care, fuck the poor, and fuck me too!
I hope to go bankrupt next major accident that befalls me.
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Opponents, the dead and ruined are on your souls for eternity.
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Why ponder these things when the angled heels tempt the hips so thinly veiled in fine silk?
Posted August 26th, 2009 by Most pleasant place to rest yer head for a few days
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Ashley's Birthday Shin-dig

Los Angeles, California a short while ago...
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On a hill overlooking the LA Basin.
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Shooting and smoking, barbeques and beer.
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It's your birthday, take the edge off.
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Una barges a sausage.
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Tranquility sneaks up from behind.

Watch an interview with Brendan Fowler done by frequent commenter Eggs...
Posted August 25th, 2009 by the days fly by in such quick sucession...
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A very agreeable town this Paris

Beautiful days in the park, and around town, and in color.
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Pow-wowing youths discuss the next revolution, or perhaps their science homework?
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The bushes at the Tuileries Garden hold many surprises for an astute observer.
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Nearly every tourist in Paris takes this shot. But only the fortunate ones take it in springs first blossom. Yet still, this is the only place I might use it, on some lowly blog. I did a Flicker search for "Tuileries Garden statue" and found this and this quickly. And this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, and this, you get my drift. You blog creepers have probably shot it.
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What a sucker.
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Or a sap.
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Compared to what I saw on Flicker, this photo sucks. (Not that I thought it was a grand picture, but I did think, yeah, I'll post it.) That site can be depressing.
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I might have posted the guy looking at porn in B&W before, but I found a color version that was better.
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"Oh Coldplay, you understand me so thoroughly..."
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Sometimes you get caught.
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Color explosion is attracted to color explosion.

Some Walker Evans Polaroids to enjoy.

Funny article about photo-journalists flocking to Detroit to shoot "Ruin Porn." Oh the romance of decay!
Posted August 24th, 2009 by fired from my life of being me
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Stuck in London - But only Shortly

Part London, part update on my finger. Don't look if you're squeamish!
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This guy was checking out this woman's ass so much I was able to get a photo of it.
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A bus ride through London reminds me of the Tom Wood book All Zones Off Peak, although that was in Liverpool.
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"Look at this pervert, Belinda, is'e 'aving a go?"
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Whoa! I ran into Steve Douglas, my old New Deal teammate from 1990! (See his video part here @ 1:25)
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We have left London, and are now in Costa Mesa, California where I had dinner with Brendan Fowler, my collegue and long-time bud, shorter here than he is in real life.
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This post is devolving into something else...
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The x-ray of my finger avec pins. That pin looks pretty close to the skin at the bottom, no? Well in fact the very tip is poking out the bottom. Bummer.
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Luckily, it has not caused much pain.
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I hope my nail doesn't fall off.
Posted August 22nd, 2009 by Time for a new bandage, and new work ethic!
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Dusseldorf in Color

A sweet gem on the Rhine, a hidden treasure...
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Your comments below are appreciated if you feel so inclined...

Cost of War
Posted August 21st, 2009 by color, my nemesis, color.
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Another Day in London...

For your perusal and inspection.
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Books, get 'em before they're obsolete...
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I wonder if people from the middle east like Ninja movies?
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Protest under the Churchill statue.
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Big Ben. How touristic of me.
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Same spot as above, different angle...
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Schoolgirls.
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Along the river Thames...
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Watching ridiculous art films, people love it. "What does it mean?"
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Losing inches or pounds?

AmericanSuburbX.com
Posted August 20th, 2009 by this took double the time one handed.
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London, Sunny London - the time is high

Squeal in the unheralded rays from mother sun...
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"Don't shoot a photo of me asshole"                                         "Yeah"
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Whoa...
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"You're feeling my snuggie, ain't ya?"
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Exhale that little sliver of life...
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Painting nails and texting.
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Aggressive street affection.
Posted August 19th, 2009 by the seer of all, comprehender of none...
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the other day...

I was on my way to Long Beach to catch a boat to Catalina...
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And a carload of skaters noticed me and we waved at each other and took pictures...
Good times.
Thank You all for your kind well-wishing about my finger...
Posted August 18th, 2009 by crippled from all that is fun.
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Shattered Distal Phalanx - with Photos...

I finally got some time with my crippled hand to process and update the site.
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I broke the "finger-tip bone" aka Distal Phalanx when I pulled the rip-cord on an outboard motorboat engine with all my might, and the cord didn't budge, whipping out of my hand and raking hard over my fingers. It hurt pretty bad, but I still wen't snorkelling and saw a massive shovelnose guitarfish! I was contemplating not getting it checked out, but ended up getting an x-ray. What should have been one bone was in three pieces.
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Another shot pre-X-ray. Swollen, purple, and shiny, not good signs.
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Deanna took some shots after the surgery.
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They write "yes" on the arm that is supposed to have surgery and "no" on the other, just in case the doctor comes in blazing and starts cutting up the wrong arm. The nurse said "You'd be surprised..." as she was doing it.
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DRUGS
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A peek at two of the 3 pins in my fingertip.
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Out of it.
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Although it is just my fingertip, the doctor wrapped my whole hand to restrict movement.
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Lookin' gruesome.
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The one coming right out of the tip.
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So that's my week, Had an epic day with dolphins, broke my finger, now swimming and skating are over for who knows how long? FUUUUUUUUUCK.

Book Award!!!!
Posted August 13th, 2009 by Roberto Bummin
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Stacy's birthday on Catalina Island

What a magical day it was, and by magic I mean nature.
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Christine's vegan cupcakes got smorfed on the hot and rocky boat.
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Fuck yeah we are still eating them!
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Blowing out the candle of her youth.
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The icing was real tasty.
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I'm sure nobody cares about seeing these personal images but I fucked my finger up yesterday and its torturing my day today because every single click of the mouse or letter touched on the keyboard is sweet pain, so my point was, oh yeah, people potentially not caring about these types of photos, well I'm slightly sorry but not enough to not do what I want today.
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Fellowship.
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The shot I was waiting for.
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People: Chrissy, Stacy, Amber, Yours Truly.
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You know, Kevin's birthday just happened too.
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The good times just keep flowing.
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Many dignitaries of the skate world were in attendance.
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Deanna got me this snorkeling mask with an underwater camera built into it, and with it I attempted unsuccessfully to get some shark photos, those bastards are so aloof. We saw a huge guitar-fish too, but he was too quick and deep to get a shot of. I was able to shoot these small bat rays though!
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These little bastards are so cool.
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They were about 12 to 15 feet down. Enjoy your day if you feel like it.
Posted August 12th, 2009 by seeing everything you can all at once...
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Godziiirrrrrrrrraaaaaaaa!

In 2002 I went to Tokyo with RVCA for a trade show, and we went on a search for Godzilla...
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Then we found him, towering over the city with menace.
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His powerful claws flexing and his blodcurdling roar melting our souls. He was massive!
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He had already left a path of flaming destruction in his wake when we came upon him.
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Then he turned his attention to us, I could feel his breath of fire igniting to torch us into a briquette. His size was immense!
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Then we realized we could just send Deanna over to kick his ass for us.
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I helped her out.

Andrew Jefferey Wright ---- The Manipulators

Check out American Suburb X photo website...
Posted August 11th, 2009 by The Journey is the Destination is now a movie?
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Roadside Beatdown-!!!!

Mike Sinclair, Toy Machine team manager shot these from his car the other day.
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Look at the girl watching while talking on her cellphone. Is she trying to pull the girl off - but doing that is not more important than her call? Or vice-versa, is she kicking the person who is down while carrying on a conversation? "Honey, I'll be home in a few minutes, we stopped to beat the Crocs off sum bitch, yeah, I'm kicking her in the face right now. Yeah! as we speak honey, be home in a few, love ya."
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"Hey Hey Brandy, How you doin? I'm fine, Shaniqua is kicking this persons' ass right in front of me but I was bored so I called you. Oh hold on, I gotta hold her shoulder down with my foot so she can really fuck up her face, OK, I'm back, so are you still seeing that cheating mutha-fucker Vernon?"
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Oh shit! Another person on a cell phone! It's like watching Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom from your car window. Humans are simply animals when it comes down to it.


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Posted August 10th, 2009 by When there is no other way, there is violence...
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Digi-Cam Pixelgraphs for your Enjoyment?

I don't know if you can really enjoy looking at these pictures, maybe you can, I think it would be something to look at while your 200 copies are being pumped out at your office job, something that is mildly amusing, perhaps lightly inspiring?
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So I get a card with a note on the back saying "sorry for sending late!" - its a (late) B-Day card from my grandparents. This is by far the sauciest card they have ever sent me. There is something in the air...
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Meet Tyrone, the squirel who lives part-time in my backyard. At first I thought he wanted to kick my ass, but then I figured out he wants my nuts.
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So I give him some, and he runs around until he finds a good spot, digs a hole, puts the nut in and fills the whole complete with a cute little dirt pack with his tiny claws.
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"What up, Ed? Where my nuts bitch? I know you gots more o' dem muthafuckas layin' 'round up in there."
Ridiculous, I know - but Tyrone's a bad-ass who lives on the streets.
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Los Angeles...
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Down low...
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Up high...
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In a store.
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I don't know if Sonic Lee comes here anymore, but he may be down for a Stacy photo. Look at all those midgets with Amber! L to R: Chrissy, Amanda, Melissa, Stacy, Amber, Deanna.
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And then God struck us dead with a fireball from heaven for looking at Terry Richardson and Robert Mapelthorpe books.
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Amber groping Stacy's butt.
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Now we've got ourselves a photo shoot!
Posted August 7th, 2009 by Again, this is for the two...
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London, your surprise summer day...

...caught all by surprise - and so then your denizens rejoiced in light clothing and indulged in flavored iced cream - got drunk and swelled with national pride on St. Geroge's Day, and then rode the dark and lonely bus home.
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The aforementioned iced confection combined swimmingly with these young lasses.
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"Oh, you blinked darling!"
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"We draw lines and stand behind them, that's why flag are such ugly things, that they should never touch the ground." –Ian MacKaye
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"Brothers, lets revel on our liquid buzz and float down to the city center to gather and yell - YES! Sing songs and chants– "If you don't like our country - fuck off home, If you don't like our country - fuck off home, If you don't like our country, If you don't like our country, If you don't like our country, FUCK OFF HOME !!!!" Again! E N G L A N D ! We will ride the night with our party, all who are in our path will know the colors of our flag and the just cause of remembrance and best, the fact that we are Engalnd! Paint yer face ya fuggin' slag!"
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O-Mhy-Gawd, is that Miley Cyrus's boyfriend or dad?
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The sun impaled itself on the skyline over the river Thames, failing in it's attempt to warm us anymore, sliding, yielding to the horizon, it's nemesis and giving way to a particular darkness, first the dusk, but then a vast and expansive black that streetlamps need all their effort to push back.
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The day was no more or less than the night as far as humans cared, and even though the day was finally gone, strangely certain humans wore less clothing in the cool blackness than in the full weight of the suns fire. The carlights illuminated the slender white flesh of legs as they scissored across the lane, a small handful of cloth covering the socially unacceptable bits while simultaneously advertising them with the budget of Microsoft.
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In front of me there are people and lights that cry out "the night is young old man!" and so bitterly how I know this! So I sit and read my paper wantonly abandoning any desire to look out and partake in the thoughts that looking would inevitably bring to my perverted head.
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Homeward bound? Perhaps. Or off to the beckoning night!
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"Just let me get home without my sole getting raped by some wannabe art photographer... Oh, perfect."

Seen this photo before? Maybe in the new Hamburger Eyes, get it!

And a new book to get as well...
Posted August 6th, 2009 by some will kill you with a six-gun and some with a fountain pen
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Hidden Valley with Grif and Carl - Part 2

More from a short jaunt into the not so wild...
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The old heave-ho.
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Wide style.
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The squat style.
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Effort.
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Breaking bottles.
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The slingshot took too long.
Posted August 5th, 2009 by The Tempster never does laundry
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Hidden Valley with Grif and Carl - Part 1

The lost piece of land tucked into the suburban sprawl.
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We went to shoot slingshots...
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"Fuck you Jet Blue airways flight 4205"
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Carl mildly self-medicates.
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The rope swing was there but pretty weak since they came and cut down the higher branches.
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"Pull-!" Ghetto skeet shooting.
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Griffin possibly broke his hand getting radical on the rope swing.
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The tree. Always there.
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I call this one "The suburban 'scape' that does not Forgive" by Jeurgen LeRisky.
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Shopping cart throwing. In yer face Bam!

Win a free Leo board!
Posted August 4th, 2009 by Win it, skate it, become less of a tool.
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July the 4th in Surf City USA

Some photographs from the epitome of 'beach culture'
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Certified cross-carrying wacko.
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Radio-Flyer days.
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There were lots of people down near the pier.
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"Need some help getting that belly lint out?"
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Getting extreme at age 6.
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Coming out, and going in...
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Cougar cave.
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Yes, roasted corn. So good.
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Ashley B takes a chomp.
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The seasoning/butter tray. Dare you to lick it.
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Funnel Cake too.
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Cans for cash on the 4th... Cha-Ching.
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PCH>
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Posted August 3rd, 2009 by Visit with Thomas, Philippe, and Tim.
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