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?
I managed to make it down for the last bit of the BIG 3 on Sunday morning where it seemed to be more of a junk swap meet then a car swap meet, but with free entry and a whole stadium parking lot to walk around it is still worth it. There were low riders, muscle cars, rat rods and motorcycles to check out along with some being for sale, which I was stoked to see and take photos of only to find out when I got home my memory card locked up and only captured the last half of photos. Here are a few that I managed to put together when my card decided to actually work.
Dresden came down to visit and get tattooed this past weekend, he also left Chris and Shaun with a rad gift. If you want your own wood carving or anything else you can email Dresden at JustinRobison85@gmail.com and be sure to follow him on Instagram – @DRESDENTHEBARBARIAN
I have really been interested in photography lately, especially since I have had the opportunity to be around the shop and pick up tips from Ben Grillo, just being able to look at photos and soak up anything I can that will eventually help me take better photos. With that being said you can probably imagine how stoked I am whenever my daily task involves shooting photos because I am not a professional and don’t ever want to be, it’s just fun! As you can imagine when I heard we were shooting photos in Oceanside I was excited, but when a short mexican guy walked in the door holding two 440 page books titled Godspeed, excited became an understatement. I had no idea he was the one photographing that day, I have been seeing Cisero’s work around for quite awhile probably even before I knew the name and I could not wait to see what he had in store for Chris, Danny G, and myself. These are some photos from through out the day that I shot, of course they don’t do justice compared to what Cisero will have with his finished products but they will have to do until then. Enjoy!
Made the trip up to Hollywood last night for the opening of GodSpeed4506 latest show that included some great photos from Cisero and many other talented photographers. Unfortunately you won’t be able to recreate same presence that is felt on opening night with a great group of people and the streets lined with bikes, but you will be able to check out all the photos on display until March 1st. Be sure to check it out and support the good times.
Cicero deGuzman Jr. better known as GodSpeed45/06 came down and spent the day with us while he is here visiting So Cal and preparing for his upcoming photo show Monday in Hollywood. We were lucky enough to receive a gift from Cicero, his 440 page photo book of full bleed black and white photos. This book is packed with photos of riding, building, workspaces and more of some of the best in the business. Support rad people doing rad things by visiting his site HERE and purchasing a copy of GodSpeed for yourself right HERE.
While I was in Long Beach for Agenda last weekend I stopped by Suicide Machine Company which happens to right down the road a few miles. Shaun(@suicidemachinecompany) and Aaron(@unnameduserdta) are two brothers with nice taste and an addiction to anything fast, together they make up Suicide Machine Company. From bikes to cars these guys have it covered and get it done right.
We are proud to introduce our first Death Squad girl, we would like to welcome the gorgeous Danika to the family. Don’t let her pretty face fool you, this girl knows her shit from cars to bikes. Stay tuned for more of Danika and make sure to catch her at events with us this year! Photo Credits to my good friend and tattoo comrade Ben Grillo.
Took a nice ride from San Diego up the coast to Long Beach on Saturday morning for the final day of Agenda this year. Really bummed that my GoPro died before the riding even got fun, but oh well next time. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Agenda, it has become one of the premier shows for skate and street wear brands. From up and coming brands to established companies along with many others I have never even heard of but are still present with their own following.
Even though wee were not showing at this years Agenda, it was still fun to cruise around the show and check it out. We were able to get a feel for the show and take it all in along with meeting new people and seeing old faces again.
You can read what Transworld had to say about the video below and check out the full length video HERE.
“San Diego’s SK858 crew just dropped their full-length video DTP. It’s a VX1000 montage filmed by Ryan Alvarado featuring Jimmy Cao, Brian Gille, Spencer Prati, Brandon Lefever, Nick Suarez, Stephen Lawyer, Jake Chough, Nolan Lively, Alex Caceras, Lenny Vargas, Billy Antonio, John Lupfer, Robert Lozares, and more. After a lesson about the heralded VX, get into a Disturbing The Peace state of mind and take a trip through downtown with the locals.”
The guys over at Ghetto Choppers are at it again with their latest FXR. This thing is so clean you really have to see it for yourself in person. 1988 FXR with one original owner, all updated to 92 and later components, 95″ motor, 42 mil. Makuni carb, late model transmission and starter plus much more!
$10,995 and it is yours!
While I am posting music- for the true grinders – a leak of what secrets the new MACHETAZO (SPAIN) album will hold…
The Melvins “Houdini” album, released in 1993, is still a fucking megalithic opus!
If you aint’ knowing…
Went to see my friend Pac Man in Venice Beach the other day. He’s been working on some signs for Power Tattoo. Incredibly nice guy and incredibly talented. If you have an appreciation for hand painted signs like I do you have to check him
Finally broke down and bought a helmet so I can go in the skatepark during normal hours. Although there are a few too many kids on scooters I really can’t complain about this park, it’s 5 minutes from my house, entirely concrete, free, and usually the crowds don’t stay long. I planned to have more photos but today was a slow day as you can see in the photo, maybe I’ll have better night on Wednesday for skate night.