Thursday, December 18, 2014

VEX in SoCaL | Ditch Paradise | HomieCam

For our latest rendition of the Homie Cam we bring you to the crusty ditches of Southern California.  For a week Issac Miller, Zack Martin & I scoured through neighborhoods and business parks in search of the most perfect accidentally created street tranny spots and by jove there were tons.  These are some lifestyle shots I took from my iphone (sorry i'm lame) 

This ditch was located in a business park.  Apparently some skaters had built a legit roll-up at one point but the Vista FD locc dogs put this one together out of anything they could find.  Made it extra gnarly!

Another business park ditch, this one was pretty unbelievable.  Basically a mega ramp to manny pad.  Issac attempted this 180 but couldn't hold on.  Can't win em all.

Issac was glad to be out of the frigid temps in Denver

Sweet wallie DIY flat bar, this thing was pretty awkward but still sick.

Pala pool with seasoned pala pool vet Alex Steadman & photographer Classic Chris.  It's always an epic sesh everytime this thing gets lit up.  Issac & Zack shut it down.

This ditch was located behind some random neighborhood.  Endless possibilites, it included the wallie flat bar and bank to wall as well!

Not included in the Homie Cam but Andrew puked his guts out before the FD premiere.  After acquiring a free keg from Booze Bros, Andrew downed a "Grandaddy IPA" faster than I think any human should.  As I struggled to finish my beer I was in awe of Andrew.  Until I walked outside and saw that he spewed all over the parking lot.

Big thanks to VEX Brand & TGE Distribution for making this Homie Cam possible.  Cheers to all shops & homies we met along the journey!

- McKeen

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Andrew Broussard in Mega Case

We have a gnarly set of slams from Proto owner Andrew Broussard for this latest Trendkill bail video.  Andrew was out at Woodward West a few weeks back and got a chance to session the Mega.  Although many would consider Andrew a seasoned vet when it comes to these ramps, he decided to hit the 70 footer.  A gap that only few have dared to blast over.  Unfortunately he came up short…several times. 

- McKeen

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nate Gendron 2014

Nate has been filming for this video for quite some time, I've been on four or five trips with him over the past couple of months to film clips for it, and we have become super good friends over this past year.  Nate is a super rad dude and he eats a lot of shit pretty much every time he rides.  I hope you guys all enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed hanging out with Nate and doing what we all love doing, exploring and documenting our obscure travels through and interpretation of modern architecture.  

much love,  -Parrish 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Scootering Not Scootering: come along if you'd like,

I don’t intend to prove anything through these writings, or change anyones mind.  I especially do not intend to create any scientific or literal statements about scootering, or about the “scene”, which should be taken as fact.  I am merely proposing some observations and some ideas which have buzzed around my head.  As a writer, and an interested human, I am inclined to explore different aspects of my experiences, and scootering is central to my life.  If you are bothered by proclamations of subjective beauty, if you are displeased by offerings of peace, harmony, gratitude, and acceptance, if you really dislike hippies and poetry and Phish and the Dead, or if you really just don’t give a shit about my philosophies on scootering, you should probably not read the rest of this.  I really just intend to explore my love of scootering and what it makes me think about, as well as possibly make you think about scootering in a different way as well.  I think Wentz describes Loren Eiseley's style very well here, which is one that has been influencing me greatly lately and I think it is a good way to start.

“For Loren Eiseley, writing itself becomes a form of contemplation. Contemplation is a kind of human activity in which the mind, spirit and body are directed in solitude toward some other. Scholars and critics have not yet taken the full measure of contemplation as an art that is related to the purpose of all scholarly activity – to see things as they really are... Using narrative, parable and exposition, Eiseley has the uncanny ability to make us feel that we are accompanying him on a journey into the very heart of the universe. Whether he is explicating history or commenting on the ideas of a philosopher, a scientist or a theologian, he takes us with him on a personal visit."

( If you wish to read any of Eiseley’s writings, this website has a few of his books for free )

I think a lot of people don’t like to think about riding scooters in the same way me and some of my friends do.  I think a lot of people think scootering is great because it gets them away from the complications of life, and lets them just live in the moment.  I enjoy that the same as anyone else, but I think everyone has different systematic, subconscious approaches to how they do things, and mine, as well as a lot of other rider’s, thinks about riding outside of riding and let the perceptual changes that occur on our scooter to vibrate through the rest of our life and our impact on the outside world.  I think as that happens you also open a door to allow things outside of scootering to impact your scootering.  Whether it be music, poetry, skateboarding, nature, the city, your carpet, drugs, painting, religion, food, sex, philosophy, whatever, things can influence your scootering outside of scootering and thats when I think people diverge from the general recreational aspect of scootering.  I respect that not everyone wants to talk about scootering as much as I do, and not everyone wants their scootering to be art, but I think everyone is, whether they know it or not, expressing themselves and their life through scootering and making a kind of art.  You are channeling what has happened before in your life through into this moment every time you draw upon a past experience; which is always when you are doing a trick.  You’re constantly building upon old skills and learns, and applying them to your current surroundings and riding environment. What happened the morning you landed that new trick, what song you listened to, what you talked about in english class, that trick didn’t stand alone in that sequence of events, and that is the constant flow of your life. The sequence of events in scootering continues through your life as much as anything else does. If you can apply scootering's rules elsewhere, you may find great growth.

Scootering involves a lot of falling, commitment, and dedication, especially if you’re filming a video part.  All the aspects of scootering are great and fun and enjoyable, but I urge you to do something:  try to scooter without scootering.  Of course you’ll still be scootering, but I think if you apply the same logistics and reason to other aspects of your life as you do to scootering, it can help you in a lot of ways.  The idea of constant failure through falling, or patience through a video part, or maybe the responsibility of representing a company you’ve admired since you were young; these are things that a lot of average aspects of life don’t really teach you, and don’t really demand such commitment.  I don’t think scootering is serious, every day riding and filming is filled with laughs and buffoonery, enjoyment and bliss, but at the same time it takes a lot of hard work to get to a place where you can show up to a gnarly street spot nine times out of ten and get a good clip on it or have fun and shred at the worst or gnarliest skatepark.  Its not easy to get to the point where you can have fun and love your life riding a tiny curb in a shovelled out driveway when its 20 degrees outside.  It isn’t easy to get to the point where you can push down a city street and grind or hop over anything you see.  All of these activities are in practice just having fun, but really take a lot of practice, dedication, and pain that most activities today don’t. Don't just waste this ever so strange and dangerous addiction you have, let it rule you, let it teach you. Let scootering become a catalyst for change inside of yourself.  

  With all this intermingling of life and scootering, we have the opportunity to think about our surroundings very differently, and this is something many people have contemplated over the years. We see all these stairs, rails, transitions, and ledges as pathways for enjoyment. This secondary use of an object is very much transformational of your thinking. Once you see one thing (ie a handrail) in such a different light, maybe you will shift the way you view the rest of the world similarly. Maybe you will be able to make use of the way modern industrial, consumeristic society is set up in the same way you take a rail and push through it the whole of your past and future in different aspects of life. Maybe you can make scootering a way of communicating with yourself and with the world. You can learn so much about yourself. Every time you fall, what makes you get back up? What else can you apply that drive to get back up to? For me, the conversation doesn't stop there. Scootering has been a gateway for me to love all kinds of art. I never enjoyed painting, literature, poetry, sculpture, film, as much as I did after I observed the possibility of a counterculture being expressed through those means. I experienced the idea of that counterculture through skateboarding, scootering, and snowboarding. There is a normal way to do these things, and that is fine, but then there are people who break the rules and create new realms of wonder and joy and expression through scootering.

The power of an artistic culture is strong, and the necessity of art in our society is great. The real reason I wrote this is because I think more people need to understand the true impact scootering has the potential to make on society. We are in a very young state and every rider can make a change to the scene. Scootering is such a powerful art form that most people don't even think of it as art. There is very little outside gratitude from scootering especially, other than the pure personal love. Of course one gets respect from others, but this is short lived and stimulates the ego for a short time. There are few appraisals of riders as being extremely influential and artistic, but just a lot of "rads" and "gnars" getting thrown around. I think the more value and contemplation we apply to scootering, the more we can get from it. The more art grows, the more chance it has of changing the way a person views the world. We need people to change their viewpoints because right now everyone thinks its okay to take all the resources on our planet and use them however we see fit with no foresight on the effects that may have on other life and major ecosystems. And even though we do so much land-raping to sustain a high standard of living, most of our people live in horrid conditions in spite of the few who live in lavish, surreal paradises. We support this with our dollar, you vote in this society by buying because corporations buy out the government. This, like your expressing yourself through riding, is something you can't change whether you like to believe it or not. We need to change a lot of things in this society, and changing the way people view the world is the first step. We CAN do that through scootering and if you don't think so then thats fine with me but you aren't gonna stop anyone. Much love to all who are lost, all who are scared, all who are fighting, and just all in general. Thanks for giving my thoughts your time, the train gets off here so don't forget what you came with.


"Art is a collaboration between the infinite universal power and the artist, and the less the artist does the better"

- Larry Carlson
(You can check out Larry Carlson's work and website, and maybe even support him here)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Reece Jones interview

Last thursday Reece Jones droped a heavy video part, this homeless looking wonder filmed the hole damn thing barefoot so i had to ask him a few questions to see if he was sane.

So i just watched your barefoot video n i have some conserns about some stuff...

Whens the last time u got a tetnus shot?

I have no idea

Have you ever heard of that African dude in Olympics got sponsored by nike n just carried his shoes during the race, Would you just wear them around your neck if u got sponsored?

That is awesome haha I haven't heard of that guy but it sounds like the hella grip dude who rides without grip tape? I'd use the laces as a belt and let the shoes dangle from there

I'm guessing you dont heel drag eh?
This one time there was a wax mark on the bottom of my foot after doing a hurricane so I guess I do

Ever put out tip jar while trying a trick so people think your homeless?
My friends actually joke about me looking homeless I wish I thought of that

What did your parents think about this idea?
They didn't really know much about it until I showed them the video but like most people their first thought was "you're stupid"

There must be a barefoot horror story to be shared?
Nothing too crazy just a few cuts and sore feet when something took a while

Don't wanna be rude if the no shoe thing is serious but if that's what a barefoot video is like what can we expect from your with shoes on?
Well of course there are tricks I wouldn't dare to try barefoot haha. My next part (with shoes) will be in the fam hungry full length so look out for that!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

VEX Brand X Unfair Scooters Tour Video & shots from Zak Frazer

For our latest edit we present to you the tour from down under,  we started from Brisbane, camped out in countryside, and then slowly made our way back down to the streets of Sydney.  

Zak was taking pictures the majority of this trip and decided to share some of his shots for the blog, thanks for the content Zak! Here's some words he wrote to go along with his photos.

Spent about 12 days traveling down the Australian coast in the Unfair bus, many late nights and memories where made on the trip; from the sheer amount of pies and sausage rolls we ate to the chick getting hit by an electric scooter to Luke Maffesoni throwing the biggest 180 whip I have ever seen. You can never really know what to expect on a road trip, it's always a surprise, we set out with no plan and jammed as much into each day as we could and I had my camera the whole way.

- Zak Frazer

If you head over to the facebook page you have a chance to win a pair of the new VEX shoes!  They're giving away 5 pairs of kicks in honor of releasing the tour video and all you have to do is share the youtube link from the Trendkill Facebook to be a part of the VEX mania. Good luck!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Yara Haynes for Anaquda

Yara quickly hops the 145 Street Subway Gap in fucking midday.  Boy is trying to get arrested.
Photo: Mankong

 We apologize for the lateness of this edit, it should have been released well over a month ago but due to my laptop being stolen we had to start the project over again.  With the laptop set back, Yara went even harder for this video.  By the time I my new computer he had almost another part filmed in just a month.  We couldn't even fit all the footage in, so look out for a throwaway part in the future haha.

Anaquda has been making solid additions to their team! We like seeing underdog companies breach the surface.  Keep on the lookout for these guys. Check the Anaquda Facebook & instagram (@officialanaquda) for more updates!

- McKeen

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Headbanger with Tyler Wheeland

It's been awhile since our last update! Sorry to keep you lurkers hanging.  For those who haven't heard, my laptop was stolen from my apartment about a month ago so it's taken me awhile to recover…anyway I'm back in action so keep your eyes peeled for more content.

This is a bail Tyler sent us of the gnarliest inside 5050 rail attempt we've ever seen!! Just goes to show that you get tossed anytime, no matter how close you are to landing something.

- McKeen

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Copenhagen Flicks from Conor Davidson

This year's Copenhagen trip was by far one of the most surreal scooter adventures that I've ever been on.  Thanks to Blaqe, Conor Davidson, Hep Greg, Steve Fales, Logan Fuller, Jon Archer, & I flew out to Denmark for 10 days of shredding, drinking, and eating kebab.  Although I took about a thousand pictures on my phone, Conor came through with his camera to take some real dope shots of what went down.   These are some of our favorites, words by the Conor!

- McKeen

Beach Tader - Greg gets up everywhere. While we enjoyed the water, he made sure to mark his 
territory...with shells.

Christiana Boat - Some cool model sailboats outside Christiania. This was the first places we 
were introduced to in Copenhagen. Here we enjoyed our first beers and got to meet some of 
Johan’s friends who hung out with us for the entirety of the trip (shouts to Phillip Haj).

Wonderland - This bowl, Wonderland, is found in Christiania. Here we met up with Madis Kukk, Helmeri, and the Phoenix dudes, drank beers and continued until 5am. Good start, rad finish.

Big Tuborg - It’s either Carlsberg or Tuborg in Denmark. I was even told Corona’s are for girls, by a Danish chick. I love Denmark, but to be honest, American beers are king. 

Chili Dog - The most phallic version of a hot dog can be found in Denmark. A slippery 7/11 beef link with creme filling mmmmmmmm. 
Dock Hubbas - Steve's scooter went off the dock at this spot.  The woman in the wheelchair offered her cane to help pull it out but it was way too short, still a nice gesture. She was the first one clapping when Steve emerged out of the freezing Baltic grime.

City Skatepark - This was some small skatepark that we went to because everybody seemed to 
be burnt. But it turned out to be one hell of a sesh, producing countless clips. Emi, the local, tore 
it up too. Look forward to seeing clips of him in the video. 

Crew Luggage - While we waited for Johan to clean up his apartment and our hostel reservation 
to begin, we waited with our luggage at the skatepark nearby. We also said our goodbyes to JD, 
who we’d meet up with later in Helsingor. 

Greg Icepick - One crusty ass icepick from the Tader man himself. 
Wood Boat - A replica of Noah’s ark.

Hostel Spa - This is the hostel we stayed at in downtown Copenhagen. It was nice. 

Johan Barspin - Johan said he’d been wanting to do this barspin for awhile. It could have been 
the American (and a hint of Australian) spirit that got him to do it. Or maybe he’s just a fucking 
psycho. Either way, he threw down. 

Neighborhood Watch - We got caught up at this spot for a lot longer than we expected.   By the end we made a buncha new friends and one enemy who tried to throw a rock at us cause he didn't understand english.
Conor Hop - As Jon near killed himself filming a trick, I enjoyed this bump to kind of spot. Thanks Johan for the flick.

Kebabish - When in Cali, you eat Burritos. When in Denmark, you eat Kebabs. The first couple 
days we were getting sick of them. By the last, we craved. 
Helsingor Guest House - This is one of the three guest houses at Henrik’s Helsingor Summer 
House (mansion). This is where we stayed on the last weekend of the trip. We were welcomed 
with a kiddie pool full of liquor and Heinekens. I am still contemplating whether it was real. 

Kiddie Pool - This is the kiddie pool...definitely not real. 

Logan Check - If there was an MVP of the trip, it would have to be Logan. He won 3rd place at
the first comp and tied for first, with Koda, at the second. He then proceeded to blow most of his
winnings on beer and 7/11 chicken sticks, for the crew, in the spirit of having an epic time...boss!

Matt Hop Pyramid - What is this doing here? Nobody knows, but it had to get blasted! Matt with a full charge hop through the trees.

Matt Hop Table - While the crew sits on, Matt hops over. Tables, the best.

Nansengade - Oh you Scandinavian architects you…

Ferry Sweden - Took a ferry to Sweden. Rode around frantically for 2 hours. Left. 

Sweden Spot - This was the spot we rode in Sweden. It proved to be a solid hour of
entertainment and totally worth the international ferry ride. 

Amsterdam Trolley - I got to stop in Amsterdam for a night on my way back home. I thought it 
was going to be an awesome time, but to be honest it was kind of depressing. You realize how 
much more fun it is to experience new places with close friends. It was fun just walking around, 
but nothing like the time I had in Denmark.

Check out the rest of Conor's photos here!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Trendkill | The Homie Cam #1

I finally got myself an old VX2100 setup thanks to Jordan Jasa.  This is a montage I threw together from some of the trips I've been on since January.  Most of this footage has already been released but these are my angles and shitty recordings of them.  There'll be more of these to come and hopefully they'll improve with time haah. The home boys depicted are Enzo Commeau, Tyler Bonner, Jessee Ikedah, Michael Goumaz, Cory Vanlew, Elliot Arnold, Zig Short, & Andy Koke.  

- McKeen

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Philly Files | Leftovers | Coon Tee's back on sale

We wrap up the Philly Files saga with our last dump of unused & raw footage.  I scourged my computer clean of everything Philly.  Hope you guys enjoy.  

R.I.P. Fish House

Most of you already know but the Fish House has disbanded.  The Coon and her family have long since been evicted.  Logan, Greg, and I have moved to separate locations along the east coast.  It's a bummer but there's no need to pout, we will continue on, uniting all crews of all ages to make more full lengths...and a bowl jam here n there.

The Coons are back

In other news, the Coon Tee's are back! and we have a limited run of XXL for all you fat skinny kids out there.  Shirts will also be available at Fin Scooter in Helsinki & Supreme Scooters in the U.K.  Aussie and other Europeans will soon follow!  Head over to the bigcartel to cop a shirt if you're in the U.S. We'll make another post when the other Coon Tee's have made it overseas. 

- McKeen