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Anti-Hero's Beauty and the Beast II premieres Saturday 12/19, 8pm at the Alter Street Arts & Cultural Society, 1702 alter street, be there or be square buddy boy. Underage & edge can shred, but if your 21+, $5 gets you drunk.
plus possible Totally commercial? you didn't hear it from this rumor mill...
This is, by far, the best thing that has ever been posted on this blog. In fact, I'd even say that this is, by far, the best thing that occurred during the year 2009 (yes, even more amazing than Michael Jackson's untimely death). Anyway, here's your favorite Totally team rider, the Confessor, laying waste to Portland, Oregon this past Halloween.
So the Halloween Jam was last week, and it was a ripping good time. Costumes were awesome, beer was flowing, and people were stoked. Yes, there were some scary moments... like when five cops rolled up on bikes, or when some dude thought it would be a good idea to try a front flip off of the office vert wall into the bowl on a dare and landed flat on his face. A conversation with one of the bike cops and they left for Dunkin Donuts, a visit from a fire engine & an ambulance, and the concussed flipper was whisked off and the party continued. Of course during all of this, McRad was SLAYING the joint. I saw their drummer get nailed in the side of the head by a flying board, and after a moment of shaking it off, they picked right back up again like nothing happened. Gnarly.
While McRad was playing, 2, 3, sometimes 4 dudes were dropping in at once and totally going for it. So many rad tricks going down simultaneously, and of course the occasional smash up, but the energy level was absolutely fierce. Can't beat those primal sessions.
Special thanks to Scott Kmiec, Chuck Treece & McRad, and of course Exit and Kinetic for support and help in making the jam possible. Thanks also to Chris Picco, Pauly, Suozzo, and everyone who pitched in to help set things up that day. Can't thank you all enough. ---Patrick
During the last couple weeks, we logged some time in the woods and on the streets in celebration of one fine summer coming to an end. Here are some pics. Enjoy.
This ramp features some pretty cool surroundings (see treehouse with electricity), which makes up for the horrible coping situation ON the ramp itself. Throw in some good transitions, and I'm hurling my old bones as high in the air as I can. Patrick Melon to Fakie photo by Phil Jackson
Kurt Kamrad going frontside down this 9-stair rail...and he didn't crack his head. photo by Zoli
We came to this rail and I wasn't sure if anyone was going to step to it, but James Pitonyak hit a perfect backside lipslide down it on his third attempt. photo by Zoli James Christening some steps with a proper noseblunt slide. photo by Zoli Junky wallride by Patrick photo by Zoli
Totally welcomes Kurt Kamrad to the team. I've watched Kurt go from small fry to big guy over the last four years, and his ability to dial in some of the most tech tricks has always blown me away. He's a talented skateboarder, and an all around cool guy. We're proud to have him in our crew. Welcome aboard, Kurt!
So we went on our first mini-tour a couple of weeks ago, hitting some awesome spots throughout New England and sleeping in tents set up in campgrounds, backyards, bowls, you name it. No showers, no beds, no seats in the van (or windows), and no complaining. The trip took us through Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, & New York (up state). Everywhere we went, the locals were super friendly and they ripped! Vermont breeds total SHREDDERS! I love it there and can't wait to go back! Special thanks to Josh (Chicopee Bowl), Brendan @ Maven Skateshop, and Keegan.
Below are some photos, but first, here's some video:
More photos coming soon.
The van crew: Me (Patrick) Travis Phil James Alex Chuck The Stranger
The car crew: Scott Ryan Dexter Dan
The Crew (minus Dexter & The Stranger) l-r: Phil, Travis, Scott, Patrick, ********, Dan (aka The Cookout) in front, Alex, James, Chuck (back), Ryan
Travis with a sick blunt in Chicopee, MA Frontside Grind in Groton, CT - Me
Rhode Island campground. Setting up tents at 10 pm is not the best way to do it. Our neighbors at the campgrounds were not psyched on us at all. Impromptu campground
Yeah, I skated in the 80's...
Road to Nowhere
Behind Maven Skateshop in Burlington, VT after an evening skating the Burton Bowl. Maven RIPS! Travis & me
F.O.Y. in Providence, Rhode Island is a pretty nifty little skateshop owned and operated by some great old friends of mine- Donny Barley & Grandison Taber. Two of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, and one of the coolest shops you'll ever visit. Their selection is top-shelf, and their shop decks and shirts are SICK. They are also now stocking Totally decks. Click HERE to check out their website/online store. Buy one of their shirts and show them some support. If you're in Rhode Island, hell, if you're in Massachusetts even, make a b-line to Providence and check out their scene. Stop by on a Thursday night and skate in the town square where they pull out ramps and rails and set them up in the ice-rink (no ice in the summer months obviously). Donny says the sessions are fun, and I'm bummed that we missed out on this while we were up there last week. We'll try to get back up there soon!