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Mazza Mondays: Skate Videos are Poppin’ off this Year

What’s up? Mazza Mondays going down this Monday. I must say its a good year for skate  videos. So far we got Creature CFSU, Transworld Perpetual Motion, The DeathWish Video, Bones New Ground, and Ambig Modern Art. Its great seeing old legends, new rippers, and friends that have made it into the videos.

 

Creature CFSU Free copy came with the May issue of Thrasher. If you like big handrails, giant airs, high speed tranny skating and huge ditches this is the video for you! Definitely a bunch of jaw dropping material in this video! From David Gravette to Ryan Reyes to Al Partannen. This video is sick!

Transworld Perpetual Motion 25. Filmed and edited by Atlantas very own Chris Thiessen, this video is full of clean smooth editing and really great filming. A good variety technical tricks, handrails, gaps, stairs, and tranny. Not to mention a bunch of sick spots in various other parts of the world! Walker Ryan kills it. Jimmy Carlin kills it. And my favorite part, Julian Davidson. He really kills it!

Bones New Ground II. Not much to say about this video. Their team being so big the video is basically just a bunch of skating from a ton of guys that rip! Jaws, Dakota Servold, Moose, The McClung brothers and Ben Raybourn are all seen in this video. Plus, a ton more in the 2 montages.

The DeathWish video one of the newest and as of now think its my official favorite video so far this year. It has a great soundtrack, good classic VX1 filming, and a bunch of true legends. You can tell everyone in this video really pushed it to having a good part. My top 3 parts from this video are gonna have to be Erik Ellington, Moose, and Slash. Jon Dickson turned pro after the premiere in LA, so that should already tell you something about his part.

The newest of the new Ambig Modern Art. This video is free in the July issue of Thrasher. Short but very solid video. Matt Bennett killed it and Clint Walkers part is heavy duty. Also if you watch past the credits into the flow section you will see our very own Trey Abad CATNIP!!! Making the cut. Hell yeah!

Trey “Catnip” Abad Interview

Catnip is a hard character to describe.  He’s like a ninja, a cat, a Jedi, and Donny from the Wild Thornberrys all rolled in to one.  In most cases, he is a man of few words.  Throw him on a skateboard and he’s hell on wheels, charging everything at full speed, taking slams, grinding far and flying high, all with a smile across those crooked ass teeth.  “Who the hells is that little dude!?!?” is a common response from someone seeing him in action for the first time.  A true skate rat, down to skate anything anywhere at anytime, never complaining, with a trick selection as odd and bad ass as himself.


Me: First things first, where the hell did you get that shirt?

Catnip:  My mom took me to a thrift store and I found it for 2 bucks. I think its made by No Boundaries.

Me: Do you think that the shirt has helped you land tricks?  I notice a lot of your gnarlier tricks from your last part the shirt is present.

Catnip: I don’t think so. Might just be a coincidence.

Me: You’re from the same town as Josh. How was it growing up in the middle of no where with that dude?

Catnip: It was really fun.  Especially after I moved right next door to him.  Skate the back side of his house everyday, then at night throw shit at cars.

Me: What did he have at his house?

Catnip: Had an unfinished foundation with rails and boxes and stuff.  His brother made us a quarter pipe. It was sick. It was a 5 footer.  Had a bank too for a while.

Me: Would you say growing up skating with Josh has motivated you to skate harder?

Catnip:  Definitely. When you see someone destroying handrails like him when he was 13 it pushes you.  He’s been super gnarly ever since I’ve known him.

Sequence by: David Morico

Me: But you guys have a completely different trick selection.

Catnip: I dunno. Opposites attract.

Me: What would you say were your influences growing up?

Catnip: The Ruin video “Noveau” influenced me a lot.  The Flip video “Sorry” was a good one. Emerica videos.  Geoff Rowley, Arto, Penny and in the Ruin video everyone killed it.  Creasy killed it making the damn thing.

Me: Speaking of videos, how has life been since SEC 3?

Catnip:  It’s been good, chillin’ skating all the time.

Me: Did you get a good response about your part?

Catnip: Everyone told me they liked it.  Pretty happy with it, my first real video part, the whole process was good. Probably the funnest time of my life.

Me: What trick from your part were you the most psyched on? And what trick was the most torturous to pull?

Catnip: The switch 3 flip in Miami I was most psyched on. It gave me the best feeling rolling away.  I still can’t describe that feeling.  Most torturous was probably the switch backside flip over the bump in Nashville.  Went 3 different times, tried each time for well over an hour, and would just stick tons of em and slip out.  It just would not happen.  Finally 3rd time got it.

Me: I know you went on most of the trips filming for the video, any trip moment that stands out to you?

Catnip: Yea the Miami trip when you were filming night vision.  Walking on that strip exploring the first night we got there.  Just thinking “Damn this is crazy we’re here for a whole week” such excitement, Miami heat.

Me: I remember we had to share that tiny ass room in the worst hotel ever.  How was that to you?

Catnip: The worst sleeping arrangement I’ve ever had in my life.  Straight tile with a sheet to soften it up.  Woke up with the stupidest feelings in my back.

Me: Did it make it hard to skate?

Catnip: No it didn’t, I was just so hyped to skate there I didn’t care.  To excited to be bummed.

Me: How ’bout new years in Miami?

Catnip: Off the chain, wild beach party.  Never seen fireworks on the beach before, just mayhem.  Walk around with beers in your hand cops don’t even care or anything.

Me:  How bout the wrecking crew walking back to the hotel?

Catnip:  Pure destruction, everything in our path.  Zak tore out a phone cord of a pay phone right next to our hotel. Some bum seen it go down I guess he used that phone all the time or something.  Pretty much tried to fight us as we’re going back into the hotel. I don’t know why I said it, but I said “don’t make eye contact”.  He was right next to us and he goes “Don’t make eye contact?  How bout I kick your ass?”.  Thought it was going down then the hotel manager had our back and told him to leave.

Me: How ’bout the taxi ride rock paper scissors?

Catnip:  People on the other side of the road that yelled out for the taxi. They got it but we seen ‘em get it and then we thought we could run across the street and steal it from ‘em.  Both groups were trying to get the taxi, then somehow it came up whoever wins in rock-paper-scissors gets the cab.  So Ben Hayes played one of their dudes.  We won. They still didn’t wanna give it up, but the guy that actually played Ben said “Nah its theirs fair and square”.  We only had enough money to make it across the bridge then had to walk from there.

Me: Atlanta has really came up in the skate world in the past few years.  What do you think makes our scene here so awesome?

Catnip: Its dirty and raw, I really do think that’s why.  Everyone helps out everybody There’s so many rippers of all ages, all types of skating.  We all come together at some point, everyone feeds off each other.

Me: Who from the older generation would you say has really helped keep it going?

Catnip:  Stormy, Jeremiah, Creasy is still doing everything he’s done.  Shawn Coffman.

Me:  Who’s killing it in ATL today?

Catnip:  Zeke, Jack Wishon, Sneedweed, Andrew Edge, Travis Glover, Dan Plunkett, Pat, David, Justin Brock, I could keep goin’ forever.

Me:  What do you think of all the internet content in skateboarding these days?

Catnip: It’s got its ups and downs I guess. I’d rather watch a full length video than just see some little fool around part or something.  If your gonna do it, (film skating) go all out.  I feel like the internet spoils a lot of things.

Me: More so than just skating?

Catnip:  I feel like a lot of things lose their magic when they’re over exposed on the internet.  Anything really, you almost know too much about everything too easily. It takes away a lot of the cool mystery of things.

Me: What about social media (Facebook, Instagram), you use that stuff?

Catnip: No, not at all.  I had an Instagram but I only used it like 3 times. I think its unnecessary, I prefer human face to face interaction.

Sequence: David Morico

Me: Describe to me in 5 words, Matt Mazza.

Catnip: Retardstrength, goofy, Itallian, cereal, and halo.

Me:  How is it being the longest standing couch occupant at Shady Lane?

Catnip:  It’s the best.  Its fun its a good time.  I’d recommend it.  You got Pizza the cat to play with, two dogs now, parties, it’s got it all.  It’s a nice skate house.

Me: What kind of chores do you do at the lane?

Catnip: Sometimes ya’ll pay me to do dishes, vacuum, pick up trash, take the trash out.  Sometimes I even clean Pizza’s litter box, feed Pizza as well.  That’s pretty much it.  I’d say its a pretty fair trade.

Me: Other than the Shady Lane residents,  who else is hooking you up these days?

Catnip: Jeremiah Babb with Bender Hardware, Freddy at Think skateboards, Tyler at Huf shoes, Brian at Ambig Clothing, and Nick Matlin over at Paradise Wheels.

Me: How’d you get so many good hook ups?

Catnip: Just from all my friends helping me out.

Me: Well I guess thats it.  What can we be looking for from you in the near future?

Catnip: Hopefully the FU vs SEC video.  Just trying to go on trips really.  Summer love.

Me: Thanks dude.

Catnip:  Thank you.

Mazza Mondays: Been Slackin’

What up? It’s been a while since the last post. Been real busy with skating and working. Made a fun trip up to Chattanooga a couple weeks back. Made a stop by Comfort skate shop to say what up to the boys. Scoggins greeted us with some pretty sweet homemade beef jerky. Did some skating in downtown Noog. Skyler and Zeke got some pretty cool stuff.

Lately been trying to help Catnip get as much footage as possible. The guys over at Ambig said they would love for him to have some tricks in the new video dropping this summer called “Modern Art” so we’ve been going hard in the streets as many days as possible. Look out for Catnip cause he’s been killing it lately!!

Last Monday, was the LowCard issue #46 release party at El Myr. It featured an ATL article with words from Stormy and photos by Morico. Scott Wagoner killed it bartending that night and putting up with all us drunk a$$#oles.  Thanks Scott! Also big thanks to Freddy Levy from Strangebird for hooking it up with a $100 bar tab for the boys! It was a super fun night!

Now, this past weekend was great! Our favorite boys from Nashville came down for a solid 3 days of skating. Good little SEC x FUCrue collabo sesh. We went to alot of spots and everyone killed it! Always fun when they come into town.

 

Mazza Mondays: SEC3 The Final Chapter Premiere!

First things first: Thank you everybody for coming out to the premiere! It was awesome! We had no clue this many people were going to be there. For everybody that bought a copy, thanks for the support!

Saturday morning started great! Good ol’ Greenville boy Mckenzie Goff woke me with a little treat. After that, straight to the Chik Fil-A BUFFET at the Dwarf House for an awesome breakfast!

Then, we had a sweet sesh at Decatur park with all the boys. Good fun, relaxed enviroment while we are all waiting to head over to the premiere.

Finally, 6:30 rolled around. This is where things started to get rough (a.k.a. good). It was awesome seeing all the people.

As the night continued, more and more debauchery. We headed over to Estoria to end the night! Too bad there was a sucky band playing there making constant noise that just hurt my hears. So, I had to leave. Well, it was actually 3:30 am. So, that’s why I left!

Nothing too crazy happened that night. I think its cause Shady Lane wasn’t involved! It was a great time though! Thank you everyone.

Big thanks to all the companies that helped us out throughout the years! Ambushboardco, FU CRUE, Ambig, Foundation, Bender Hardware, Deck Specks, Think, Lowcard, LOVE skateboards, Organika, RUIN, and Stratosphere.

Here are some pics to enjoy!

 

 

 

FREE CATNIP!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Josh Butler Benefit Game of Skate

Josh Butler is family. Ever need a friend, Josh is there to oblige. Looking for a good time, Josh is your man. Need someone to talk to, Josh will listen. Josh has all of the characteristics you would want in a brother, friend, team rider, son, and even your daughter’s boyfriend. So, when Josh desperately needs your help, you better give it your all.

For those of you that don’t know, Josh Butler was shot in the abdomen during a robbery last year. He has made a full recovery, but his medical bills are devastating. And although Josh would never ask for our help, we know how truly deserving and thankful for the help he would be.

The Josh Butler Benefit Game of Skate raised over $2,000 for the Josh Butler Medical Fund. And, it was a super good time. Special thanks to all of you that came out to support. Your participation went a long way towards helping Josh get his life back to normal.

Beginner Division Results
1st Place: Davonti Simmons
2nd Place: Austin Hester
3rd Place: Adrian Mendoza
4th Place: Alex Rodriguez

Intermediate Division Results
1st Place: Jairo Ruiz
2nd Place: Richie Weathersby
3rd Place: Tyler Turner
4th Place: Matt Conrod

Advanced Division Results
1st Pace: Dustin Hart
2nd Place: Michael Jarrin
3rd Place: Victor Gonzales
4th Place: Cole Keetes

Extra special thanks to all of the event sponsors: Adidas, Alien Workshop, Altamont, Ambig, Anti-Hero, Baker, Chocolate, Circa, Cliche, Converse, Creature, DC, Deathwish, DGK, Element, Emerica, Enjoi, Fallen, Foundation, Girl, Go Pro, Habitat, Independent, Krooked, LRG, Lowcard, Organika, Plan B, Real, Shake Junt, Skull Candy, Slave, Spitfire, Stance, Thunder, Toy Machine, Vans, Zero

Mazza Mondays: Halloweekend

This past weekend was real good. Josh Butler benefit was a great time. Thanks for everyone that came out and helped! Much respect even though we did see a couple pressure flips, completely stopped tricks, and some clowns not liking the judges calls. Well, at least we know now who didn’t read the last blog!

Let’s not forget that this was the official weekend of Halloween. So you know some weird s#!t was going down. The Spot: Sampson street. Never fails. Buddin had his first Sampson street experience. He definitely seemed like he enjoyed it.

Sunday was a dreadful day. With the sucky weather and Zeke‘s smelly ass socks stinking the whole house up. Everyone just kinda hung out played some COD and slept to recover from the previous night. That’s it for now here some pictures to enjoy.

Starting the day off with the man! Stormy!!!

Yoder filming the action, Josh watching the action, and Jeremy judging the action!

Ambig rep Ernesto came out for the support!

Catnip blew it today

Dustin Hart and Zeke Logan

Zeke smells like poop

Layin’ out the advanced rules.

Dustin Hart Nollie inward heelflippin’

Dustin Hart winning first in advanced! Good job, Dustin!

 

Gettin’ weird

 

Go Skateboarding Day 2012

 

Every June 21st, skateboarders around the world celebrate national Go Skateboarding Day. While most skaters try to skate every day they can, Go Skateboarding Day is an excuse for skaters to get together in large numbers and celebrate the one thing that brings them all together, skateboarding.

For our celebration, we were lucky enough to be joined by the Ambig Clothing team, including Matt Bennett, Sean Conover and Clint Walker.  The guys came by the shop to hang out, sign some autographs, and most importantly to skate and have a good time with all the kids.

Big thanks to the Ambig crew for coming out, and thanks to all of you who skated with us.  Celebrate skateboarding everyday.  Check the video below for a recap of the day.

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