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screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-7-41-21-pmHey stoners – Mama Nugs is now on a skate deck! She’s one swell dame, this one – she’ll heal what ails ya and treat you right. New things coming for the @thekarmacup in October – check out thekarmacup.com for more details on the event and Fazooli.com for more cool Mama Nugs stuff! Skate decks available at FAZOOLI.CA on all kinds of custom shapes and sizes. Put that in your pipe n’ shmoke it!

The Party Champions series is also now available on skateboards! Ready to join the Hall of Meat – let’s get ripped and ride off the pier!

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Been anticipating this day – I’ve been asked to be a sponsor for this dope skate jam that’s happening at Beasley on May 14th! This event is being put on to help raise funds for a short film that my friend Nick Bassett is working on called “The Dirt From Our Sneakers”, a true story of the trials and tribulations of growing up in the downtown core of our gritty steel city of Hamilton. It’s gonna be hella dope. I can’t wait to start helping out for this! Don’t miss this event – it’s gonna be tons of fun for all ages, with an after-party at Che Burrito Lounge, where we’re gonna have a crazy burrito eating contest. PUT YO’ QUARTER UP AND GET INVOLVED!PUT-YOUR-QUARTER-UP-SKATE-JAM-POSTER

30_2005painting3Michael Sieben’s illustrations have always been a favourite of mine. He’s been a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher Magazine since 2004, peppering their pages with all forms of awesomeness and hilarity, and partnered with Stacy Lowery to found the super-fantastic Roger Skateboards brand in 2008. Aside from that, he’s one of the founding members behind Camp Fig Gallery, which lasted from 2002-2006 and is one of the founders of Okay Mountain Gallery in Austin, Texas since 2006.

His extensive collection of work has been showcased around the world, including major markets such as London, Japan, Mexico and Peru. As an illustrator and designer, he’s focused mainly on the wonderful world of skateboard subculture, and has worked for huge clients like Adidas, Bueno Skateboards, MySpace Secret Shows, Toy Machine, Upper Playground and Volcom Stone to name just a few.

Recently, Gingko Press and Upper Playground published a book of his artwork entitled There’s Nothing Wrong With You (Hopefully.) I’m dying to get my hands on this one – it’s available at Amazon, as well as on the Gingko Press website, and copies are flying off the shelves, so I better act fast.

To see more of Sieben’s wicked work, check out his website.

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Portugese artist Paulo Arraiano (aka Yup), is a well-known illustrator and magazine Art Director (Slang Magazine, Magnolia Magazine), who has dabbled in several other mediums and has accumulated quite a huge portfolio of work over the years, that includes street art, a clothing line (Palm urban wear), vinyl toys (Speakerdog toy for fellow Infectious artist Ben The Illustrator), CD packaging and iPhone cases, and even a teaching position at the Restart School of Creativity and New Technologies in Lisbon. Whatever medium he chooses, his intuitively distinctive style cascades throughout most of his work, which he amusingly describes as “supafreakyfunny creatures from distant worlds and realities who are invited to be placed in all mediums possible, from digital to walls, clothing, street, toys, skateboards, music, galleries…”. In short, he crosses all platforms and transcends all avenues of articulation with his modes of self-expression.

His art poses many working contradictions – mirroring dualities that exist all around us, such as the one between nature and the urban landscape, as well as the natural vs. the artificial, and he manages to strike a balance between the two. His message is one of exploding positivity, and a celebration of life and evolution. His whole life has been dedicated to the pursuit of artistic expression, having grown up riding skateboards and being influenced by the aggressive, often rebellious spontaneity of urban culture. Juxtapose this with his love of the harmonious fluidity of surfing and Jamaican rhythms, and you have a perfect symbiosis that forms the basis of his creativity. Yup is endlessly pushing towards an evolution of energy, symbiosis, and motion – searching for the ultimate balance between the primitive, simplicity of nature and the complex, artificial, and abstract urban world – to get to the root of all that is.

Yup’s got so many projects and clients under his belt, there’s just not enough hours in the day to talk about them all. Instead, check out more of his stuff on his website.

 

Wow! Can’t believe I’ve gotten to 100 posts already! Time sure flies!

Brooklyn-based artist Anthony Lister and I share a common view – that the “heroes” that are presented through the media, that surround us at every step, are often misguided, and less glamorous than we perceive them to be. As someone who’s worked behind the scenes in television and film for many years, I know this one all too well and can relate to his ennui, but I do love how he interprets this world through his art.

With his art, Lister splashes this message anywhere he can – any way he can, using stickers, markers, and aerosol paint, drawing from his past experiences growing up in Brisbane, Australia, his travels around the world, and his life as a husband and father of two. His subject matter usually revolves around the pop culture icons that have populated his sphere – skateboarding, comic book superheroes, tattoos, television, graffiti, pop culture, advertising, jail birds, the internet and Aussie celebrity gangsters.

He’s also shown his work around the globe in exhibitions both in museums and on the streets, all over Australia, the U.S., the U.K. and Europe. He’s been featured on many art-related websites such as Juxtapoz.com, FecalFace.com and WoosterCollective.com. And something tells me this is just the beginning…

Check out more of his awesome work on his website.

Forget McFly’s hoverboard – we still aren’t quite at that point yet – but if the innovations unveiled at CES 2012 tell us anything, it’s well on it’s way. As if pretending to know how to surf concrete on a long board wasn’t easy enough, two companies have recently created a new generation of electric skateboards. Why get outside and exert any amount of effort if you can zip around town on battery-powered boards?

The Zboard is set to launch on the 1st of March of this year and has two different models to choose from – the Classic and the Pro. The Classic can reach speeds of up to 15 mph and has a range of about 5 miles on its sealed lead acid batteries. The Pro is a little more powerful and has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that allows for up to 17 mph and a range of just over 10 miles to every charge.

Both models offer a very close simulation of riding the real thing – with a highly-intuitive electric motor that’s hands-free, it can accelerate and decelerate based on how the skater shifts their weight on the board. They both also include regenerative braking. Pre-orders are now available (with a $100 deposit), and prices have been set at $500 for the Classic and $800 for the Pro. Check out their website for more details.

Metroboard is another company that has also launched its own line of electric skateboards, which are currently available to consumers online. They’re more customizable than the Zboard, offering different board choices such as standard long boards (36″ and 41″), and the shorter cruiser-style (27″ and 32″). The longer boards have less maneuverability but are far more stable, and the shorter boards tend to give the skater quite a bit more agility. These boards all max out at about 19 mph and are powered by rechargeable lithium batteries.

The only difference with the Metroboard is that speed is controlled by a wireless remote that is very similar to the Nintendo Wii controller and uses Bluetooth technology to communicate with the board, so you kind of lose that feeling of being self-propelled. To prevent runaway boards, the regenerative brakes engage automatically when you drop the remote and the board is more than 10 feet away from it. Metroboards are available for purchase through their website with prices ranging between $500-$545.

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