Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Grosso and the Devil

I can remember almost every skateboard I ever had even as far back as the one I was given at two years old (it lasted me a while). As a young lad growing up in a struggling construction family, I gladly settled for the cheap Variflex boards from Gemco (later became Target). I was happy as long as I had a skateboard, even in the days that I was heavy into bmx my board was never far. My pop even ran over a board with the ol' station wagon and proceeded to repair it with some wood screws and some scrap metal. That board weighed about 3 times as much after that repair, but dear old dad said, "good as new!". When Richie, one of the "big kids" across the street, offered me a new Santa Cruz deck for ten bucks, I knew I couldn't pass it up. Looking at the graphic I knew mom wouldn't go for it, so I had to convince her of the deal without her actually seeing the merchandise. It was a go! Finally, my first "real/professional" skateboard, and with a scary demon graphic! As soon as I got that board home, mom made me sand paper out the eyes of the demon, she intended a lot more, but I got her to compromise on that, it was the part that made her the most nervous. I will never forget that board, I skated it for years, and I hope to one day find another one of those decks, maybe two, one to skate, and one for the wall. My friend Elaina invited me to come skate up in Costa Mesa one day and we went and skated with Grosso, Hassan and some other rippers, that put the icing on the cake many years later. Ah… memories.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


This video is getting a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Such a beautiful message.

Last Minutes with ODEN from phos pictures on Vimeo.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Horse Feathers

If you're going to pit Horse Feathers against Horse Feathers, I'm going to have to declare a win for Horse feathers. Though I do like Horse Feathers, I still have to say that Horse Feathers will always be my favorite. Seriously though, check out Horse Feathers.

We want Machotaildrop!

Finally, a movie about skateboarding for the new generation, and done right! Yes we grew up with Search For Animal Chin, Gleaming the Cube, and Thrashin', but we want the updated version, we want to see it on the big screen, and we want it now! This movie looks freakin' awesome, and I know I'm not the only one who's getting really impatient with seeing it hit a local theater. The preview features, great acting, amazing set design, and genius costuming. The film itself seems to have a Wes Anderson influence, and appears to be well filmed, edited, and scripted, this movie has amazing potential. Please don't keep us waiting long!

More from the master of pinup.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Los Derelictos Social Club

A little something I wrote a while back to clear up a few questions about who we are and what we're about.

Who are we?
Los Derelictos

We are a group of tight knit friends who have many common interests; skateboarding, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, music, cinema, art, fire, explosions, beer, etc. The concept of a "club", and I use that term lightly, formed with the intent to unite and organize our efforts to be unorganized, disruptive, ridiculous, and yet completely genuine in the way we interact with our fellow man. We are derelicts, no excuses, but we are true to each other, and to what we believe in.

What began years back as a group of 4 friends getting together to ride bikes and drink a few dozen beers has progressed and will continue to progress into much much more. We like to build and we like to destroy, and we are people of action, not words. We associate with like minds, and welcome those who are genuine in their nature to redefine the always sincere definition of Los Derelictos. "


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Welcome to the world of madness! This is the genius work of Mr. Neil Mclean, a gentleman, and a friend. His free time is spent creating a show in his garage (the dungeon) with characters he creates using found objects, household items, and just plain junk in the eyes of most ordinary thinkers. It's amazing, to say the least, each character is a work of art, though he may be too modest to call them such. Even outside the context of the show, they each have incredible personality and charm, the kind you would expect when carefully created by this mad puppeteer. Some of these little guys can move, some are only animated through the process of stop-motion animation. Neil flipped the switch on my favorite of the characters and he danced across the floor like an awkward Fred Astaire, it was wonderful. Thank you, Neil, for inviting me to be a part of the Dungeon.

Check out more of what's going on with Neil here. Or stop in Lou's Records and pick up a copy of one of his DVDs.

Whiskey Teeth

Do you realize how much better your mornings could be?
Start your day off right.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pin 'er down

"Hey babe, can you fix the antenna?"

Gil Elvgren 1914-1980
The man was awesome, and his ladies were gorgeous.


Friday, February 5, 2010

Inside this man's mind

A look into Dungeon, coming soon.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Man the helm!

Good shoppe, nice folks, come by.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lani Imre

Such amazing talent, I fell in love with "Lilly"(the first painting) in Dec '08 while visiting the 111 Minna Gallery in SF. Lani gives these paintings a soul, and it's clearly seen in the eyes of her subjects. I can't even begin to comprehend how one can capture such beauty and give it such vibrant life. Everything went silent as I let Lilly look right through me in a busy gallery showing. I only got to shake Lani's hand and say hello, but I feel like I got a proper introduction in seeing her amazing talent. Learn more about Lani Imre here.