Monday, November 29, 2010

I got my hands on a copy of Never Summer's new snowboard flick Made in America. I'll be viewing it and writing a little piece on it in the coming days. Also, coming sooner rather than later, will be First and Last's with none other than shred legend Heikki Sorsa. As well as, as many of the Toy Machine crew as I can get my grubby little hands on. Stay tuned...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

gone goldfishin'

The past few nights I've been watching the old Girl and Chocolate videos (Goldfish, Las Nueve Vidas de Paco, Mouse and The Chocolate Tour). It's been quite a while since I've watched them and silly me, I must've forgotten how incredible they are. I remember being in the ninth grade and reading in Thrasher that Mike Carroll and Rick Howard (and pretty much every other pro I idolized at the time) were leaving the Rocco camp to start a new company. I was so bummed out, I wanted Plan B to stay the same forever...(Questionable and Virtual Reality were and still are my favorite videos of all time [Blind Video Days comes in third]...both had the biggest impact on me during that period of my life.) I distinctively remember mentally freaking out because for some reason, I never got around to skating an actual Mike Carroll Plan B deck. I had every other Plan B pro's deck besides a Carroll. I
didn't want a Girl Mike Carroll, I wanted a Plan B one, and it was too late. I remember my friend Josh ordered a Girl Mike Carroll (it had a black/grey/white graphic of a film strip with a man smoking a cigar on it) and I didn't talk to him for a few days because he was supporting Girl and not Plan B. My boycott didn't last very long though. I think I realized how incredible it was that a group of friends came together to start something of their own, and to run things the way they felt was "the right way.", how could I hate on a crew like Girl/Chocolate?! I ended up ordering a Girl Jovantae Turner deck shortly down the road and from that point on I was a full blown fan of Girl. I wore my original copy of Goldfish out. That era in skateboarding was incredible. The skating, the board graphics, the shoes, the clothes, the music,'s all untouchable. Some people say
history repeats itself...and in some cases I agree, it does. But with skateboarding it's not going can't. Certain things only happen once and I feel lucky to have been around during this era to experience it. I think that's the main reason I attempt to collect old skateboards. They give me something physical to hold on to, something I can actually go along with the memories I have from that time in my life.

Friday, November 5, 2010

First and Last: Brendan Keenan


first pet… Chinchilla

first car… 89 Toyota Tacoma

first trick you learned… Board slide

first shredder you looked up to… My bro, Jeff keenan

first contest you won… Canadian Half pipe Nationals, forget the year

first person to call when you win the lottery… No one, keeping that shit to myself.

first skate park / mountain you rode… Lake Louis, AB

first set up (snowboard / skateboard)…. Rossignol with Burton low back bindings

first concert… Iron Maiden

first thing you do in the morning… pick up my phone and look at the time

first big purchase… 08 skidoo 800xp snowmobile

first sponsor… 686

first job… dish pig for Spaghetti Factory


last thing you ate… Blueberry muffin

last person you called… Evan Chandler-Soanes

last text you sent… My GF

last thing you do before going to bed… Brush my teeth

last time you said "last time"… After my three day Halloween celebration

last concert… Bumbershoot Festival in Seattle

last mountain / skate park you rode… Mt. Seymour

last movie you watched… Sleepy Hallow

last close call… Getting sucked out to sea surfing in Westport Washington

last big purchase… 05 Toyota Tacoma TRD

last thing that surprised you… Winning a free play for the Lottery

last regret… Drinking three days in a row for Halloween