Skull on my Shower

Not every day do you get a sign from the underworld.
"It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways." –Buddha

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In Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy:
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Posted October 7th, 2010 by take no heed on these ridiculous things young men.
Do you believe in bad luck? Once I drawed something really nonfigurative.It was only blurry background stuff and suddenly I realized this face that came pretty close to my imagination of the devil.So, a day later a friend came along and saw the same without telling him before.I don´t believe in bad luck but we decided to take it to a forest to burn and bury it and so we did.I can´t say if that had an impact on something that happend later, but that story just came across my mind when I saw your shower of turin.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 7th, 2010 at 05:21AM PST
Oh and I just bought Stay Gold today and it really lived up to the expectations, but yesterday I watched some Mullen Footage and like everytime and like we all know is it totaly outstanding to everything else.

I was thinking about the hype about stay gold and young upcoming skateboarder making their mark with a spectacular move in their vid parts,like it was this time with leo skating uprail and how much attention went on that all time before the screening.
And I thought like, if Mullen would get that attention in todays media with all it´s promotion mechanins and strategies, there wouldn´t be much else to talk about, technically.
Of course, skateboarding is more than darkslides and flip in, flip out combos and I don´t think young guns are overrated but the frequence of exciting and hard tricks in just 2 minutes mullen are like the whole package of someone elses career.

So, I´m asking the ProSkateboarder Ed here.
What´s up with Rodney? He always seemed to be respected and he´s a legend but more like and exhibition piece and not really in the living everday skateboarding world.I tried to imagine what an attention it would get, if someone like Leo or Shane O Neill would do 2, 3 Mullen moves, it would be the shit to talk about for weeks and propably that would flow into some heavy marketing, but however it would be used to push the Pro or the Companies behind him.Mullen always seems like in the shadows.I´ll never get it.
But anyway, I´m really looking forward for BrainWash.Toy Machine has a great Team and is truly an outstanding company.Toy was always constant.
Other companies had great designs too and of course that is one part that makes skateboarding interesting, the diversity of artworks and artists behind them, but Toy never seemed to try to be popular or do clever moves by jumping on popular visual items in their designs.

It´s always done by a personality, not just a designer That´s what makes me want to buy Toyboards without ever skating them.Their not just a product, they are a piece of popular art.
And as I feel sad for every guitar smashed on stage,( except the one on the the London Calling Shot) I feel sad for every board broken on purpose.
Have a good one.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 7th, 2010 at 06:11AM PST
Oh and please, let´s not all move over to Facebook.
This is like a living room, Facebook more like an office.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 7th, 2010 at 06:18AM PST
Why give Facebook all these great conversations here?.Is there so much of a social pressure or a technically need?
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 7th, 2010 at 06:21AM PST
Maybe after all these years Toy Machine really is a satanic skateboarding company.
Posted By: Robert on October 7th, 2010 at 07:54AM PST
well If your talking about christians an satanist.Then I would say toy is more on the satanic side.Look at the monster logo.But then again josh harmony is on the team.He probably wouldnt be on it if its satanic.I bet Creature an deathwish are satanic.
Posted By: josiah on October 7th, 2010 at 09:39AM PST
you should put that on a board
Posted By: mario perez on October 7th, 2010 at 09:57AM PST
looks like the generic alien that hillbillies draw. a side view of it (is that a profile view? i wanted to say that but thought it might be confusing)

also i see a ballsack in there, under the eye between where the ear would be.

looks like a sign of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY
Posted By: akb on October 7th, 2010 at 10:03AM PST
Well I was actually making a reference to all the angry letters Toy Machine used to get (or still gets?) from soccer moms about the "devil" on their products.
Posted By: Robert on October 7th, 2010 at 10:43AM PST
Regarding Rodney Mullen.
I think you have to see it in a long-term context.
I grew up watching Rodney as a Freestyler. He was hands down the best ever freestyler. And he INVENTED many of the staple tricks of freestyle, which then were taken to the streets by people like Me, Jason Lee, Ray Barbee, Mark Gonzales, etc. He invented kickflips, 360 flips, impossibles, and many others. It was only after street skating completely took hold over freestyle AND vert that Rodney started modifying his freestyle into street tricks. He is clearly a gifted skateboarder, period. But his approach to street always had a freestyler's feel, and although innovative and trendsetting even in street, the spontaneous nature of what makes street skating appealing was never there. It was about pushing technical boundaries, or modifying freestyle across a ledge, and not about riding down the street making anything into your toy, and going fast and long and down bigger and bigger things. The reason he has always been a sort of side figure are these points in my opinion. He is respected, and the father, along with Mark G, to much of street skating, but the people who came after them have taken all their teachings and evolved it into something different, like what we see now. And this will continue. I'm glad to have been in the era when these people were alive and to see them and watch them change the face of skateboarding. I don't know if, in today's incarnation of skateboarding if we can have a person who so originally and prophetically changes a culture.
Posted By: ed on October 7th, 2010 at 11:58AM PST
Thanks Ed, really reflective and true.It´s unbelievable that you pay so much attention and effort in this communicative blog.It is very much much appreciated and I def not take it for granted.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 7th, 2010 at 12:05PM PST
I just imagined you sitting at some fine vegan restaurant, looking at some lovely food, looking at your lovely wife, speaking to Tim about another exhibition in Great Europe, taking some pictures of the evening,getting all this weird talk here propably on the phone and just take a breath to answer it with full dedication.
Posted By: S van Oversea on October 7th, 2010 at 12:12PM PST
I don't think we will have any skaters change culture either. Same with music, too many different genres, art as well, and it's just not as popular as it should be.
Posted By: john on October 7th, 2010 at 12:22PM PST
-That is a naturally occurring VEGAN gritty substance which is released when you scrub skater taint in the shower.
-The resulting image varies upon the toxicity of the the grit.
-I've found the best way to prevent this grit from getting on the shower door is by removing it at the source with saliva and the human tongue.
Posted By: parndogg on October 7th, 2010 at 12:51PM PST
>"by people like Me, Jason Lee, Ray Barbee, Mark Gonzales, etc."
Ed roolz. R00LZ!!!!!

Math and Statistics trump Primal conclusions assigned to at the time unexplainable phenomenon,suckaz. Plus brains are wired to recognize faces.

I wonder how much Adidas is paying Mark Gonzales. Those fuckers should be paying him load$ of Ca$h

anyone else looking forward to Krook3d?
(Don't worry,guys. Toy Machine still dominates my consumerist filled heart. ♥)

I feel like skateboarding has basically been pretty well established. You can skate with loads of style or be a boring skateboarder that can do all the tricks A-la Chaz Ortiz and Greg Lutzka. Those guys bore me to death and I guess talking shit about them gives me street cred or some bullshit, but I genuinely don't care much for what they do. So since Skateboarding is closer to a becoming a defined Sport I guess we're witnessing Skateboarding's assimilation with the masses. So let's grow some fucking mohawks and start Rollerblading. Would be pretty PunxR0CK if you ask me.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 7th, 2010 at 03:57PM PST
Huge comments only, today.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 7th, 2010 at 03:57PM PST
nice ghost! i rather see one of those gaseous bastards than having IT (the clown) come out of the shower hole.

speaking of the underworld...
what do you guys think of the oujia board? ive heard from being total bs to being heretic and stuff.
oh well, i bring it up because two of my lady friends and i want to "communicate" with my bud Jair who recently passed away.

we don't hope for the thing to actually move and him being there and all invocation stuff, we are just curious to try it
it'll be at his tombstone..
yea we're badasses, ill keep you updated.

by the way, i found a pink ouija board at toys r' us

didn't bought it.
Posted By: fresh from mex on October 7th, 2010 at 04:28PM PST
Sorry,Fresh and other viewers of this thread,but I find it necessary to torture you with some Morrissey this time:
(p.s. His hair is perfect in the beginning)

Anyway,I heard that Ouija boards act as a medium for suppressed and subconscious thoughts and perceptions to reveal themselves. It only works in that sense. Basically it's a case of seeing what you want to see.
But who knows for sure, that's why it's a mystery.
Might as well try it, Fresh. I would go along if I had a similar opportunity.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 7th, 2010 at 04:41PM PST
not to sound too fucking retarded or something; I'm into darker side of paranormal activities. During my highschool years I was very into reading about and learning paranormal psychological behavior (i.e. telekenitic responses to stress, MK Ultra, etc etc) as well as dabbling in Stephen Hawkins theory of time/space.

there are millions of circumstances where humanity is allowed to make two choices where they either throw their hands up into the air, proclaim a higher being and worship said being through the simple act of giving up and saying "It's beyond me, but whatever it is, there is only one allowable explanation; god [or shiva or baphomet or whatever]" then get on their knees and pray. Or, they can look into the explanation in a more precise and dissected way via science. Make a hypothesis, evaluate the expiriments, and ultimately create a set of principles that are repeatable and thus come up with 'proof that such and such a thing exists' or whatever.

However, I have always felt there is a grey area. It's something along the lines of; mankind can take any action available to try and explain something that was once unexplainable, BUT ultimately we are creating a set of circumstances that we believe are truth. For example; Time in itself is something we cannot touch, see, smell etc, however, go look at a calendar and man has somehow simulated how time works through a linear perspective. If you were to take this concept of time and apply it to a greater school of thought, it would all be the same in a simple context; We go from Point A to Point B, we are born we live we die. However, that does not neccesarily mean that time only moves in a linear pattern from one point to another, it just means that our observations of how time interacts with our own is only UNDERSTOOD as linear. Therefor we have the concept of zero and life and death. But what is time really? in and of itself, what is it in it's most raw form? We don't and probably never will know.

I have a longer explanation that may or may not make any sense but whatever I already outed myself as a lunatic so I'm going to do some intro english homework and go away now.
Posted By: d1ggitydan on October 7th, 2010 at 05:11PM PST
oh, now that I think about it, I was just going to explain that as humans, we draw our own conclusions from the depths of our minds but then I went on this huge tangent and yeah.. ok, for real, english assignment.
Posted By: d1ggitydan on October 7th, 2010 at 05:12PM PST
I like the idea of time being non-linear. Time is a human construct, we invented it, it's like putting ruler up to life to measure it. There are clearly other ways to understand the universe that fall within the realm of science. Human thought is just limited and distracted by living to comprehend most things.
Posted By: ed on October 7th, 2010 at 06:03PM PST
Larry Clarck Show in Paris:

and controversy:
Posted By: ed on October 7th, 2010 at 06:09PM PST
But doesn't time slow down as you get closer to an object with large mass? So then it makes sense that you can measure time. Then again, it's necessary to measure things in order to get a better understanding. Can you represent time with an Equation? Well, then I guess the Equation is linear.

Imagine if we didn't have sex organs. The shit we would get accomplished..
My dick brings the Subjective into the Objective.

Kids is one of my favorite movies. Anyway, today a friend of mine (yes,I talk to people in real life) told me about a story he heard from this girl I went to school with in Elementary school. We had the same birthday and shit. Anyway, I guess she told her classmates that my friend was in a group doing work with a story about how she lost her virginity. Apparently she met some guy at a party that she insisted was "Hot"
"So,I met this guy at a party.."
I guess that's how people grow up. (No intended Moz reference)
Posted By: Jgonzalez on October 7th, 2010 at 06:48PM PST
Guess it's time to watch Kids.....I never saw it because every stoner at my school loved that movie and I thought if they loved it, it must suck hahah. And the other movies they loved all had to do with drugs. Requiem for a Dream, Blow, other shit like that haha.

The skull looks like an alien to me with a little mouth haha.
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