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Dusting off the VCR: Bloody Chicken Boots at 16

Bloody Chicken Boots Title Screen

 

My first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots

Rarely do I remember the exact moment I watched a skate video for the first time.  That is unless I attended the video premiere, or the video made some sort of immediate impression on me.  The impression doesn’t necessarily have to be good either, it can be bad too.  With that, I do distinctly remember the first time I watched Ambush’s first skate video, Bloody Chicken Boots, and it wasn’t because the video was particularly spectacular.

I remember rolling up to the shop with some friends on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon sometime in 2001.  This was Ambush’s old location, the one with the infamous three stair.  Anyway, I was posted up on the couch, which sat across from on of those antiquated big screen televisions.  You know the type…the old projection ones that have the VCR’s timecode burned into the screen.  Admittedly, I was a little hungover from the prior night’s endeavors.  Still, I had no idea a skate video contained the power to augment my hangover.  Was it was the filming or the odd techno songs that caused my stomach to churn.  Who knows?  What I do know is that my first viewing of Bloody Chicken Boots was nauseating.  This made the viewing permanently burned into my brain, just like the timecode burned into the big screen it played on.

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2017 March Radness Presented by Adidas Skateboarding

March is made for Cinderella stories. Every tournament needs an underdog that comes out of nowhere, surpasses expectations, and makes history with an unlikely victory. We’re not talking about March Madness, we are talking about March Radness.

This year’s Cinderella was our very own Wes Lembo. March Radness was stacked with elite skateboarders from all over the southeast like Jason Salillas, Alec Spinosi, and Jake Wooten as well as local rippers Niko Howard, Troy Cobucci, Nick Hagley, Gage Gum, Tommy Stephan and many more. All pushed their skateboarding to the limits and left it all out there on the skatepark (a few left even more in the parking lot). The Street Division was an epic battle, but the universe was on Wes’ side.

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Fun All the Time

We’re all getting older and there isn’t a damn thing we can do about it.  The passing of time is a hard thing to come to grips with.  It’s something that cannot be escaped or outran…and, apparently, it also flies when you’re having fun.  I’m calling BS on the latter!  In short, I believe, having fun is a vital component to staying young…at heart at least.  Admittedly having fun all the time is easier said than done, but it’s worth a shot.  What’s more fun than skateboarding?  Nothing.  This probably explains why we’re watching our favorite pros skateboarding for longer and longer.  In no particular order, here is a look at some of my favorite “aging” skateboarders.

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Emerica Wino G6 Skate Shoe Video with Dakota Plumley

It’s not too often we see a new design or revamped skate shoe that gets us truly excited.  Emerica holds skateboarding at its core and they have arguably produced some of the most classic skate shoes to date.  Well it looks like they have gone and done it again with the new Wino G6 model.  The Wino has been updated with the G6 impact resistant polyurethane insole and features a double wrapped vulcanized sole, a single piece toe cap, padded tuff collar, and signature triangle tread. A real winner!

Watch Dakota Skate in the New Emerica Wino G6

Take your pick from three different colorways of the Wino G6 from Emerica here.

Emerica Wino G6

Winter Skateboarding in Georgia

It’s not uncommon to hole up inside during winter.  The days are short, cold, and for us in Georgia, the days are actually, well, pretty mild.  As I write this today Tuesday, January 17th 2017, I can’t use the weather as my excuse not to skate.  It’s currently 72° and cloudy in beautiful Kennesaw, GA.  Admittedly, it’s unseasonably warm.  Still, I find myself counting the days until spring.  For your information, spring is 61 days, 14 hours, and 9 minutes away.  Look at the forecast for the next 10 days.  Despite some rain here and there, it’s definitely not too bad, eh?

You’re crazy if you aren’t stoked on this forecast.  Time to move the beanies, sweatshirts, and jackets back to storage?  Maybe not quite yet…because, out of the 61 “winter” days left, more than likely we’ll experience a couple more cold snaps and inclement weather that may render the streets “un-skateable.”  I’m by no means a meteorologist, but I’d guess it’ll be due to negligible amounts of ice or rain.  (Knock on wood!)

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Ambush Game of Skate 23

 

After twenty-three renditions of the same contest, it’s easy to think that things can become a little stale. It’s hard to be inspired when the same group of skaters compete in the contest and the same select few seem to always win. And, although that might have been true in past Games of Skate, GOS #23 was anything but typical.

What jumped out most was how much the girls killed it. The ladies’ progression, style, and skill earned the respect of the guys. The girls were viewed and competed against as equals. Three won at least one game and advanced on to the next round. And, Miana Fishman turned heads by earning second place in the Beginner Division.

All the fresh faces in this years’ contest proved that skateboarding is an ever evolving culture with young guns always pushing it and trying to come up. Outside of skateboarding standard bearer, Niko Howard, the rest of the top spots in each division were won by new names with a different interpretation of how flat ground skating should be done.

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Ambush Skate Team: Milledgeville Video

Ambush Skate Team does Milledgeville

After an hour and a half of riding in the van, and Dakota and Wes trailing behind us in the Mazda (D had to leave early on Sunday. He has a job), we opened the doors at a DIY skate spot in Milledgeville. We were so graciously greeted by a small amount of rain. A lil drip drip. Everyone was hyped to get out of the van and stretch their sea legs that no one minded a little wet pavement. Time went by and redundancy set in as the DIY wasn’t too big and spot searching became more prevalent in everyone’s mind.

There is this chilly spot in a church parking lot by where our good buddy Dave used to live. It’s a concrete car ramp that runs from parking lot to parking lot with a small embankment on either side. It also has parking blocks bolted in the ground at just the right place (You’ll see it in the edit). It was a fun little spot until some dude came up and started asking us questions. He was sketchy, and we thought he was trying to steal our stuff out of the van, so we packed it up and left.

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Ambush x RAW Artists Deck Series

 

What if there was no such thing as a skateboard graphic? Would it matter to you if you and your squad all had the same plain, natural wood deck? If skateboards had no graphics, would they still have a soul? Would they tell the story of your favorite pro? Would they still celebrate your favorite video part, ad campaign, or Instagram account? What would a deck with no graphics say about you and your skateboarding? How would anyone know where you have aligned yourself within the skate industry? Would people be making jokes about how lame “Skater X” is over there with his obviously lame brand board?

Thankfully, we don’t live in that world. We live in a world where art and skateboarding go hand in hand. We live in a world where skateboards tell stories, share in our culture’s rich history, and convey a brand’s message. For better or worse, we live in a world where skateboard graphics speak volumes of who you are, who your favorite skater is, what clique you belong to, and with whom you share common values and attitudes. And, if that’s what it takes to draw out all of these beautiful, funny, disgusting, and thought provoking graphics, I enthusiastically embrace every bit of it.

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Emerica Made Chapter Two Premiere

 

Anticipation had been building up for two to three years with thoughts of what Emerica’s Made Chapter Two would bring. The excitement managed to keep a steady underlying role throughout the years, but broke through in the newest “The Skateboard Mag” issue with Andrew Reynolds on the cover. The issue contained bittersweet spoilers, but overall it provided stoke and insight to what we can expect from the follow up of the video series “Made” by Jon Miner.

 

Shortly after reading the November ’16 issue, I found out that Ambush and Ruin would be premiering the video at The Plaza Theatre in downtown Atlanta. My buddy Andy and I could not have been more excited. As the days went by, more and more information about the video was slowly beginning to get leaked out, and surprises helped bring the stoke level to new heights.

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Nerding Out: Thrasher Magazine Covers over the Years Pt. 1

Bi-weekly, we get together for a marketing meeting.  During these powwows, we lay out our marketing schedule and agenda, and discuss content.  A LOT of times during these meetings we sit around figuratively throwing shit at a wall and hoping some of it sticks.  A few months ago, sitting around the conference table discussing our marketing plans, it hit me.  That little voice in my head said, “Hey, Ben!  I don’t think anyone has ever analyzed every Thrasher Magazine cover.”  And…without thinking, I immediately blurted this out to the group.  Little did I know that this idea would stick and I’d be the one to undertake this endeavor.

Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?  Ever taken a bite so large you instantly regret it?  We’ve all done it, and after nearly asphyxiating, we say, “Never again!  From now on, I’m only taking small bites.,” but…if you’re like me, your eyes are always bigger than your stomach, and after surviving that first enormous bite, all you know to do is settle in for the feast.

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