This weeks Frazetta Friday comes to us all the way from Brazil, thanks to our friend Geraldo Targino. Geraldo is a really talented painter and airbrush artist that was nice enough to send this helmet over to us. Unfortunately I don’t think any photos would be do this thing justice. The green flake that fades into the artwork could not be nicer and along with his attention to detail in the painting. Check out Geraldo’s website by clicking HERE.
Chris has been talking about opening an art gallery for quite awhile now, but it is just recently that the idea has became a reality. The Throne Room is Oceanside’s newest art gallery located right off Coast Highway across the street from Captain Fin. Many things go into opening a new space no matter what is going inside of it, of course you have all the boring legal stuff and dealing with the city to open a new business, but you also have to paint, rearrange and add things to make it your own all while trying to meet the deadline of a grand opening party. The day that I stopped by to check it out I was lucky enough to catch PacMan laying out the logo on the front window and getting ready to paint it. I have a huge respect for anyone that is helping to preserve an almost lost art yet alone when they are extremely talented at it, so I had to stick around and watch the process. It was really ironic that he was doing this by hand all while directly out front of the shop was a sign crew installing a new vinyl sign for another shop inside the same complex. Take a look at the photos below and watch PacMan transform the blank glass into the very first piece of art at the new gallery. Also, be sure and keep an eye out for the exact date of the grand opening show at The Throne Room, Krampus – The devil of Christmas.
NAME: Bobby Worrest
HOMEOTWN: Germantown, MD
CURRENT LOCATION: Long Beach, CA
FAVORITE BEER: Budweiser
BLONDE OR BRUNETTES: Whatever floats my way.
CURRENT RIDE: 99 fxdx 92 fxr
CURRENT FAVORITE VIDEO CLIP: Brad Comer going pro clip.
WARM UP FLIP TRICK: Kick flip and it alway is shitty.
FAVORITE SPOT TO SKATE: Pulaski Park
BEST STATE YOU HAVE RIDDEN THROUGH: California, because you can white line cars.
WORST STATE YOU’VE RIDDEN THROUH: West Texas because it is just hell and west virginia because of their laws.
Bobby is finally back on the west coast for a little while after several skate trips to the east coast and back to back cross country trips on his bike. I met up with him while he was down in Oside for a few days to catch up with the nomadic warrior himself and take a little drive south to meet up with some of his buddies and skate a ditch. It was my first time to this spot but it was super fun and even though it is directly across from a police station we didn’t get one harassment. We were joined by some heavy hitters such as Mike Anderson, Dan Drehobl, Peter Hewitt and more. Check out these photos from the day and stop by later this week for a full interview on Bobby.
Checked in with Jesse from Union Leatherworks to see how he has been doing since a fire wiped out his entire garage/work space a few months ago. He is slowly getting everything set up again in the garage and finally able to start moving out of his set up in his room.
Jason Jessee is a true definition of the Pheonix. With an explosive emergence back on to the skate scene this year he has totally defied limitations and boundries. So good to see this man back skating again
Another installment. Happy Friday Fuckers
A couple weeks back we attended the benefit to help Jimi Damone. Jimi is a talented artist, craftsman, skateboarder, and all around nice guy. Jimi was severely disfigured in accident while working in his woodshop. Corey Duffel spearhead the Benefit at the Berrics to raise money for Jimi’s astronomical medical bills. Corey did an amazing job of getting some amazing artists to donate art to a silent auction. I picked up this original Mike Giant piece and I myself donated something which sold. Jimi was around skating and laughing with everyone. I thought it was amazing how upbeat and seemly unaffected Jimi was considering he just lost all his fingers on one hand. The struggle for Jimi is not over so if there is anything you can do to help this young man out please do!
AS THE ARTICLE READS;
WASHINGTON—On Wednesday, the day after government workers vacated federal buildings in downtown here, professional skateboarder Darren Harper got on Facebook and broadcast a message to his crew: “One positive thing about the gov’t shutdown—spots at gov’t buildings are now skateable!”
Where most people see ornate, neo-Classical federal buildings and sweeping stone plazas in this city, skaters see something else: opportunity, in the form of sturdy railings, low stone benches, ramps—ideal “obstacles” for skateboarding stunts. And now, after years of ducking the national park police that patrol these plazas, this week’s closure of public buildings and easing of surveillance offered skaters hope of revisiting their favorite spots. It was, said one, “on.”
Skateboarder Bobby Worrest performs a switch kickflip at Freedom Plaza in Washington. Jonathan Mehring for The Wall Street Journal
Washington’s Best-Known Skateboarder
It’s not that the skaters aren’t sensitive to the capital’s pain. Some work for the government, or their families do. But after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, a security crackdown pushed skaters out of the Capitol area and eventually into a skate park created for them outside the federal district. And for decades, a federal ordinance has barred the sport on national park property, including trails.
“D.C. has some of the best spots architecturally for skating but also the tightest security,” says Jonathan Mehring , a freelance photographer who lived and skated in the district in the early 2000s. “It’s like torture for a skateboarder to be there.”
In recent days, that torture has been easing up, with so many plazas empty and with the National Park Service furloughing all but essential personnel. Those left, says a park service spokesman, are focusing on safety and property. Late Thursday afternoon, a half-dozen skaters glided up to Freedom Plaza, a scarred city block of red granite and pale marble on 13th and Pennsylvania, to test the waters.
Nicknamed “Pulaski” by the skaters after the equestrian statue of Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski overlooking it, the Soviet-style square is particularly tempting because the smooth architecture lends itself to skateboard tricks. The plaza is raised above street level, with broad steps and low walls on every side; it has long, low stone barriers, ramps that lead to nowhere and, for the truly acrobatic, oversize saucer-shaped metal planters to launch from.
Greasy black serpentine wheel marks, long linear gouges and hacked-off stone corners attest to decades of use by skaters and BMX bicyclists. They blame each other, and the city’s hulking maintenance trucks, for chipping the marble.
If caught by the police, skaters could have their boards impounded and be given a ticket for a $50 fine. Frustrated officers have chased the skaters on motorcycles, ambushed them by arriving en masse from different directions, tackled and handcuffed them.
Some in Thursday’s group have been skating here for years. A furloughed researcher with the National Institutes of Health pushed across the square, a lighted cigarette dangling from his lips. Rachel Davis , meanwhile, the only female skater there, pushed across the west side of the plaza. One skater performed a “tail slide” along a slick granite ledge, while another skated alongside, filming. A YouTube search on the terms “Pulaski skateboard DC” turns up more than 1,300 videos.
As the sunset illuminated the Capitol in the distance, more skaters trickled onto the plaza, calling out as Jimmy Pelletier rode up on his motorized bicycle. At 41, Mr. Pelletier has been skating here since the 1980s, and runs a charity, D.C. Wheels, that gives free skateboards and gear to underprivileged kids. Nearly two decades ago, he got a ticket for public skateboarding and refused to pay the fine or report to court. Consequently, “I haven’t had a driver’s license since 1996,” he says. “I’m not gonna let them win.”
Professional skateboarder Bobby Worrest was practicing a switch kickflip, rising high into the air, when a National Park Service policeman rode up on his motorcycle and stopped 5 feet away. Most of the others skated for cover among nearby landmarks, disappearing beyond the potted palms of the Willard hotel, slipping between parked cars in front of the National Theatre and making for the hedges at Pershing Park. A few, mesmerized by Mr. Worrest’s tricks, didn’t have time to run.
The two men sized each other up. Mr. Worrest wore a trucker cap backward, a black T-shirt and baggy black pants. The officer wore a crisp blue uniform and his helmet low across his eyes. Both had heavily tattooed forearms. “You a pro boarder?” the officer asked. “Yeah,” Mr. Worrest replied. “Don’t ride that thing here, man,” the officer said.
Mr. Worrest called it the most chill experience he had ever had with the police. By dusk, there were three dozen skaters on the plaza.
Friday morning, a crew of professional skaters from Canada to California, sponsored by an athletic shoe company, was flipping off the walls and planters, gaining speed across an inscription from Frederick Douglass : “It is our national center. It belongs to us….” A videographer filmed them.
Mr. Harper, the skater who posted his encouragements on Facebook, and who is just back on his board after a foot injury, applauded and greeted them. The traveling professionals all knew him, but “my approach is different,” he said. He stands for “the underdogs, that come from nothing.” Mr. Harper, 31, grew up in one of D.C.’s toughest neighborhoods and credits skateboarding with keeping him “out of the ‘hood.” He has won competitions and started his own skateboard and T-shirt lines.
Flashy and athletic, he speaks regularly to D.C. school kids, showing them there is another way to live well besides dealing drugs. “We skate the court buildings a lot, we skate Archives and the Welfare” Mr. Harper says, meaning the National Archives and the Health and Human Services headquarters.
So what would happen, he is asked, if the shutdown causes the police to stop chasing the skateboarders altogether? Mr. Harper smiled broadly, then shook his head. “That thrill is always good,” he said.
I met up with Tyler and some of his crew at local Oceanside skate park MLK Wednesday night, as I pulled in I noticed Bradley pulling his bike inside the park. As I got closer he started doing a burn out and Tyler came ripping around the bowl airing over him. After a few tries it was time to get the hell out of there before the local 5-0 showed up, so we headed back to Tyler’s apartment to meet up with the rest of RAD Racing, but only after we stopped at the local liquor store to pick up a 24 pack to help with the interview. Let me just say that if you aren’t familiar with these guys you need to be! Check out their movie trailer HERE and support some people getting awesome.
1. Tell me about yourself
My name is Tyler and I’m 22 years old from South Oceanside, born and raised. I love skateboarding and playing the guitar, listening to punk rock, hanging with my boys, partying and running from the cops on my bike!
2. What about RAD RACING, whats the story behind that?
I guess it officially began around Halloween of 2011, Chris (the one who had the idea for RAD racing) and I met, it was the same day I found this spot to jump my bike that was 50/60 feet. Chris filmed it and the minute we did that, we thought this could turn into something one day and have just been filming and tearing up the town since then. Chris basically had this idea of just our lifestyle, riding to grab breakfast or on our way to work, just riding our bikes to the limit without anything really being planned.I was already doing this, but meeting Chris and him having an idea is what really turned RAD into something more then his lifelong idea of his favorite saying, RAD racing, just getting rad. The main crew is Chris and Myself, Conrad, Max Wilson, Andy, Gavin, Bradley, Brandon.
3. Does RAD stand for anything or you guys just like getting rad so it stuck?
It originally started out just as a phrase that has been around Chris’s head since he was a kid, just getting rad, everything you are doing, make it rad. People sort of started making their own meaning though and lately we have been sticking with RACE AND DESTROY, it just kind of fit us and pays homage to our skate backgrounds, skate and destroy.
4. How long have you been skating for?
Life, no seriously for as long as i can remember I’ve always had a board.
5. Riding Harley’s?
It’s been about three years, my ex girlfriend’s dad let me ride his after I helped him rebuild the motor one weekend and that was it. I came home, put my dirt bike and truck up for sale then bought a bike and haven’t looked back.
6. Who holds the wheelie record in the RAD crew?
Andy for sure, but it’s been a couple months since he has been on a bike. He is building an FXR right now and claiming 1st through 4th gear wheelies, but we will have to wait and see.
7. Where is your favorite spot to skate?
That is a tough question because there are just so many places, especially DIY spots, but if I have to pick a park my go to is MLK.
8. RAD has been doing some events and shows lately, hows that been going, when is the next one?
It’s been good, we’ve only done one official show where we went there with a stunt show in mind, everything else has been just hanging out and sitting at the booth. That doesn’t stop us though, usually everyone says not to do any wheelies or mess around but after sitting for to long we usually always end up causing some trouble wherever we go. Our next official show though will be around Halloween, we’re trying to work something out with Black Pool skateboards, but nothing is for sure yet, we will announce it when we have it locked down.
9. I was at the last show when one of your guys ate shit against the wall, tell me about that, who it was, how they are doing now.
Oh yeah that was Beau, he was just going way to fast when he set his wheelie down, the slick pavement was hard enough to ride on, plus with all the loose gravel it got pretty sketchy. He’s good now, some broken ribs but nothing to serious, he’ll back up and running in no time!
10. I saw the latest trailer for the film, you guys definitely aren’t strangers to the pigs, whats your best story about getting involved with the local cops?
There is to many to list, seriously, we each have thousands of dollars in tickets and fines, the stories are endless. Wait until we release the full movie, we have a a lot more cops scenes and all the raw footage of the after shots you see in the trailer.
11. Where can people find out more about RAD and yourself?
RADRACINGOFFICIAL.COM FACEBOOK or follow us on Instagram @Rad_Racing
Shout out to all my boys and everyone who supports RAD, we’re just doing our thing and having fun, trying to take the same approach to riding as we have grown up with skating, hanging out with friends, having fun and some friendly competition to push each other along the way.
@flight1915 @B_rad_racing @yeeeeeeeeeew @kngsnake @maxwillywilson
Check out this trailer the guys from Rad Racing put together for their first video. They definitely know how to have a good time, from their local streets of South O to cops chasing them down all over North County, can’t wait to see all the other footage they have been stocking up!
BEERS, SLAPPYS, GOOD COMPANY AND A RANDOM WEIRDO.
First of all let me make it clear that I have no clue who this guy is or how he ended up there, but I think everyone at the BBQ thought he knew someone so we all kept our mouths shut as he walked around the entire shop talking nonsense to everyone. After his cane dances and weird talks he stopped to strike a couple poses before he sped off in his car.
Kids these days! Been watching Collin rip around the park for awhile now, finally had my camera handy to shoot some photos of him airing out the bowl. I am pretty bummed that I couldn’t get the lighting at the skatepark figured out so I only was able to get a few shots but I made up for it with a video this time around. Make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom and check out the video.
I haven’t had a lot of time to enjoy riding my motorcycle, sure riding it to events or work is cool but it is just different when you can head out with no destination and no time limit, just having fun. I finally had some free time yesterday to do that so I hooked up with Jake and Miles to hit the back country of San Diego. We headed out towards Ramona to hit some hills and tight turns through the trees, nothing to crazy just got out and enjoyed the day. I will say my highlight of the day was hitting up the dirt road, letting the wheel break loose and do some flat tracking is always a good time.
A couple months ago I went out to Arizona with Danny G for the Waylon Run and he introduced me to his friend and owner/OG member of Foundry Moto, Chris Staab. Chris has an aresenl of bikes, shovels, knuckles, and more, even his old lady rides an FXR nicer then most dudes out there. Chris does stuff right, all his bikes are super clean yet well ridden. These bikes aren’t just for show, shit even this FXR-T has already made it to Brooklyn and back amongst many other trips. Chris not only builds bikes, but he makes stuff for the bikes he rides, I don’t have a whole lot of information on them right now, but check back for another feature on the Foundry Moto FXR side plates that he recently finished along with some other items he has in line for the FXR/DYNA.
I am sure a lot of you have seen Chris’s FXR-T on instagram or at Born Free, for me it was the first time I had seen it in person and got to ride along side of it as Chris spent the weekend with us and showed us around town. I knew that I wanted to shoot this bike before the weekend was over but just couldn’t think of a spot worthy enough for this bike until we got back to Danny G’s house. Danny has a really rad quarterpipe with a mural in his backyard that actually turned out to be the perfect backdrop. The sun was dropping over the Arizona desert and the orange bike looked great against the red, yellow and orange paint on the mural in the background. I am hopinh to get back out there again this September to shoot a few more of his bikes that weren’t able to get pulled out of the garage this trip so stay tuned!
Rose of Death art show held at Power Tattoo Company this past Saturday was a success! Bull Taco made sure no one was hungry with a selection of pork, carne asada, surf n turf or duck tacos all night while the kegs in the back made sure no one was thirsty. I was late to the show, as usual, but I still managed to grab some photos for those of you who did not make it out. This is the first of many shows that Power Tattoo Company will be hosting so make sure you don’t miss the next one it is sure to be even bigger and better!
Skateboarding is something I have done my entire life, it is the only thing that I have always went back to, whether I just get to busy to skate or maybe I didn’t have a board at the time I always find myself going back to skateboarding. Lately I have been trying to make it a point to take time out of my day even if it is only an hour and find a place to skate. Skating is fun to me and it lets me take my mind off everything else.
Poway Skatepark is basically my half way point between Oside (Death Squad Headquarters) and East County (where I live) so I have been making it a point to stop there on my way home each night. This park is one of my favorites mainly because of the snake run and bowl but also because it’s very wide open. Not to mention there is always some local talent crushing the park especially during summer with everyone out of school it takes me back to my younger days and reminds me of what it used to be like hanging out at the park all day.
The last few times I have been there I noticed this guy named Joey who was always there ripping it up, hauling ass through the whole park, blunt sliding rails, hitting big gaps and airing out the bowl with indy’s and backside tail slaps. Joey is a 21 year old local who just recently moved back to Poway from Florida, he explained to me how he has skated his whole life sometimes he skated parks and other times it was just his form of transportation. Like all of us though he has never stopped, he skates because it is fun!
Made my way through Venice and Santa Monica last weekend, I’m not one for big crowds so I can’t say I will be back anytime soon but my younger brother who had never been enjoyed it so it all worked out. Camera in hand hitting the boardwalk I fit right in with every other tourist there.
The Molotov Gallery in downtown San Diego opened its doors for a night with some great people and rad artwork from Sketchy Tank, Dresden the Barbarian and Tallboy. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out here is some of what you missed!
This past weekend I made the choice to leave the perfect San Diego weather and head through the desert to Phoenix. Originally I had planned to leave around 2 in the afternoon but that turned into 6:30 real quick. It actually worked out nice though because by this time the sun was just setting as I made my way down the grade and into the warm desert.Normally a black shield is no problem when it comes to riding the well lit freeways of southern california, but being in a hurry and not thinking everything through like usual I completely forgot about the part after Yuma where there isn’t another light until almost Gila Bend. It was a sketchy ride for the rest of the night.I showed up to Danny G’s house around midnight thinking the guys from Suicide Machine Company would be there waiting.I was wrong though, Aaron and the rest of the guys were still a few hours out of town so we made our way over to LSMC where we waited for them to arrive around 330 am.After they arrived we finally headed back to Danny’s house to crash for a couple hours.After watching the sun come up we only got a few hours of sleep before it was time to get back up and take on the 110+ degree weather in Phoenix.Danny took us over to a local breakfast spot and it was that short ride that made me realize how nice it is being able to split lanes in California, getting caught at each light or stuck behind cars really sucks when you don’t have any AC.We hit up this place called Scramble and got our day started.After breakfast we headed towards Scottsdale to meet up with Chris from Foundry MotoNot bad for an iphone photoNo seriously, splitting lanes is illegal in Arizona.Chris is in the middle of setting up the new Foundry Moto spot.FXR, FXRT, knuckles, shovels, pans he had them all!This knuckle is in my top favorite bikes for sure! Stay tuned for more on this bike I have plans to get out there again once it cools down and shoot this bike right.I’m getting pretty good at stand up rear peg turn around photos.One more with Aaaron in it.5:30 am Sunday morning I was on the road trying to make it home to San Diego before the mid day sun had hit. Every 100-120 miles it was the same thing, refuel my bike and myself. Ride some more and repeat.
This small city of circus tents had enough vendors to occupy most of your morning checking out all the goods. As I mentioned on day 1, there was a LOT of cars there this was less than half.Although the main acts didn’t come on until the evening there was still plenty of bands to occupy the day.The booth next door to us brought out a bunch of “promo girls” to hand out candy or some shit. These promo girls looked more like local strippers to me, Im pretty sure only strippers wear body glitter but I could be wrong…Spent a lot of time wandering around the ship and checking it out.Inside the dome was where all the show cars were at.I cruised around this part of the event with Danny G, got schooled on low riders and Kustoms. We both agreed that even though this Rivi would be considered a Kustom, there was no doubt this thing was bad!If if you aren’t a fan of these type of cars or paint jobs you cant deny the time and pride that goes into everyone of these cars.I had to shove my way through the crowd to get about halfway to the stage before saying fuck it and finding a view from above.Iggy and the stooges was undoubtedly one of the biggest shows of the weekend, the crowd is much bigger then this photo shows.
This year marked Death Squad’s first time at Ink-N-Iron and it was good one! Friday was a pretty slow day, we got the booth set up and watched the rest of the event come together with the arrival of each band or car that was coming into set up.
The fact that this event is on a ship makes it that much more rad, it was cool to have free roam of the ship and be able to walk around it.
They were rolling in and getting lined up all day long on Friday.
These guys flew over quite a bit Friday but they didn’t seem to write anything each pass so I am not sure if they were part of the show or just out having fun.
My current truck project is a 1964 Ford F100, unlike some people though I can’t stick to one make. I came across this Chevy and was really diggin how it was done, just nice and clean daily driver.
My favorite part about the whole weekend is having the legendary Rick Walters stop by our booth and drop some knowledge on anything old school.
Like I said, getting this many cars parked and organized in one spot is a long process!
After the sun set on vendor alley most of the people who were there on Friday night made their way over to the stage to catch some live performances.
One more sunset shot just because I a sucker for a nice sunset.
I was on my way out and caught Chris making this awesome reaper, I’ve seen him do grim reapers before but they still seem to get more rad each time. Check this one out and be sure to follow Chris on instagram(@MASTERSOFDEATH) for more of his work.
Met this rad dude named Wiley who was shredding at Nick’s house last week, he said he wasn’t much of a vert guy but his smooth style made him seem like a mini ramp regular.
Nothing but a good time in between sessions.
This photo really doesn’t do justice but he continues off the extension to the lower part.
This photo would have been so much better without that light tripod in half of the background.
Recently my friend Jesse from Union LeatherWorks lost his workshop due to a house fire. I got the chance to go down there a few months ago to shoot these photos while he set me up with a new wallet and belt. Jesse not only lost his workspace and countless amounts of material and tools but also a lot of priceless family items that have been passed down to him over the years by his family members as he continues to keep on the leather making craft. If you would like to help a hard working guy get back on his feet and continue to keep his dream alive you can click HERE to donate or visit Union’s online store right HERE.
With a small section blocked off as the designated area Kade, Kibbe, and Buddy(with a broken leg) did what they could inside their before busting out into the street for some stand up wheelies only to have the cops come shut it down about 5 minutes later. I managed to grab a few photos in between getting caught up talking to everyone who showed up. Couldn’t believe the turn out, glad to see everyone who rode out and supported these guys!
As I mentioned in the previous post, Fresno was a spur of the moment ride that Bobby suggested, I left San Diego and met Bobby in Long Beach where we took off through LA and met Carl just outside of Ventura. From there it was off to Fresno with near perfect weather and the traffic gone once we got outside of LA.Even at 90 it still gets a little boring on the road for long stretches so I took the time to pass around the GoPro and get some extra footage from a few different angles.Since Fresno is only a few hours outside of LA we were taking our time and found a perfect truck stop at the bottom of the grapevine for some wheelie practice, Carl was throwing them up like nothing and even brought a few truckers out of their rigs to watch.Back on the road chasing the setting sun about an hour outside of Fresno.We hit the streets the next morning in search of a hardware store and came to find out Fresno is a real pain in the ass when it comes to getting places, 3.5 miles feels like 20 miles in Fresno by the time you hit every dead end street and zig zag your way through town.Fresno was fun for 24 hours but it was time to turn around and head back.Not before we stopped by to check out the main reason we came. The Fresno Convention Center is home to the annual tattoo convention that not only Death Squad had a booth at but also our very own Chris Yvon and Nick Massey from Power Tattoo Company were there all weekend.We left the convention a few hours early in hopes of hitting up the truck stop again for some more wheelies but instead we found a perfect dead end road with no one around.I was stoked that I was finally getting my rear end to hook up and popping them up just getting the hang of it.Then Carl puts down my camera and shows Bobby and I how it is done.Those wheelies were fun but it cost me a clutch, note to self learning new stuff is best around home, not 300 miles away. I made the best of it though, toured all the truck stops within walking distance and left our mark
A last minute decision to ride out to the Fresno Tattoo Convention meant that I was going to be able to catch an art show I really did not want to miss. I finally had the opportunity to see some of Dresden’s amazing skills in person and was able to meet him since I missed him the last time he stopped by our place. It always stokes me out when someone is doing cool things but it is even better when you finally meet that person and they are cool as hell, just a down to earth talented artist. Here is a little glimpse of what you missed and if you are not already following Dresden be sure to do so(@dresdenthebarbarian).
Our friend Jeff Holt(@jeffgholt) from HOT BIKE MAG came down to spend the day with us so we called out some of the big guns for a little mayhem at the DS headquarters this past Saturday. Friends from all over came down, Carl(@outlawFXR) came down from Ventura, Kibbe(@kibbetech and Kade(@dashanddaddy) made the ride from Thousand Oaks along with the Suicide Machine(@suicidemachineco @unnameduserdta) boys heading down from Long Beach. These guys put on a hell of a show for us right in front of the shop and even took it to the freeway during traffic for some wheelies. Keep an eye out for the next issue of HOT BIKE for the full story.
James, Mike and Graham did it again! Oil and Water art show presented by Us Versus Them was a complete success so if you didn’t make it then you should be bummed because there was just no way to capture all the cool shit that was there. If the 60 plus artists who created something to hang on display wasn’t enough to keep you entertained then maybe the bikes and cars on display or even the ones that weren’t but just showed up will do the trick for you. There was just something about this show that really stood out to me, everyone was so outgoing and excited you could just feel it, everyone having a good time chit chatting and throwing back beers. Once again well done UVT, can’t wait til next year!
Lets start off with a little about the shop, for anyone that doesn’t know about Grandeur, tell us a little about the shop?
Grandeur is not some store in the mall. It’s not like walking into Active or Sun Diego where you might have a snowboarder telling you what skateboard to ride, everyone that works here actually skates. We are a core skate shop, there isn’t really much more to it.
Grandeur and Death Squad both call Oceanside home, so it only seems right to have a core brand inside one of the local core shops. Aside from that though, what made you decide to bring the brand into your shop?
Chris is the homie, I first met Chris through my old shop in Escondido which was near the shop he was tattooing at. It’s been about 10 years now and Chris has always shown me love so it was a no brainer when it came time to bring the brand into my shop. Not to mention that I just like the brand plus a core brand like DS just fits perfect into our core skate shop.
Favorite place to grab a beer in Oceanside?
Bubs! For sure Bubs is the spot hands down.
You and I have been talking about all the cool shit we have planned for Death Squad in 2013, but what you, what is next for Grandeur?
A fully functional online store and a completely new website is the main focus right now. We are also working working on building up Grandeur as a brand more, we are going to be doing more cut and sew including more sweatshirts and some pants! Might even have a shoe in the works if everything goes as planned.
Until that website is up and running how can people keep up with Grandeur?