Monday, April 27, 2009

working on it April 2009

Here is a new section of my blog called "Working on it" I will post things that I am currently working... trying to get better at etc.

Todays "W.O.I." is a ramp trick called a..... ummm well I don't know what it is called but it's like a cab with a 5.0 stall in the middle. Right now I can spin land on the coping and then ride it out but I don't have the 5.0 pivot. I keep dropping my front wheels to the deck to catch my balance, loosing all my style points. It's all about style.... I'm working on it!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

MY skate playlist

Music is!
Music and skateboarding go hand and hand! When I think back to my high school skate years I have many fond memories of the music, my music of the time. Here is a memory playlist of of a few.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers: "Knock Me down

Public Enemy: "Fight the power" (and all the other songs on "It takes a nation of millions to hold us back"

Front 242: "Headhunter"

Nitzer ebb: "Warsaw Ghetto"

Sex Pistols: "Pretty Vacant" (This is a Letterman performance from recent years. I was actually stoked by this vid! They ROCKED this performance. John Lydon has never gotten the credit he deserves, his vocals are amazing! Here he sounds a little more Public Image Limited as opposed to Sex Pistols but I still love it. This performance also features the [only] REAL bassist of the Sex Pistols Glen Matlock. Don't forget Steve "Ya get major chords, that's all" Jones and was Paul Cook actually there? Thanks to the limited camera work we will never know! An excellent vid. Old guys still can ROCK!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

It's the BEST time of year!

Mama and baby on board!

Ready to skate!

I'll do it myself!

Little help please.

Photo by Big "B"

Photo by "D"

We all got out for some fun in the not so hot sun the other day. Sometimes I wish It would stay this temperture all year long. It's in the 70's but it is supposed to get hotter soon, YIKES! Turn on the sprinklers lets hit the slip N slide naked! ...or not.

Rifle Action [Skate] Park

At about Mile Marker 94 on I-70 You'll see a town called "Rifle" [Note: must always be pronounced in a hick accent]. The story goes that way back in the day when these.. ehem "parts" were being mapped, the map dude lost his rifle. He scribbled on the new map the approximate location where he thought he would start looking for the lost gun. When he turned in the maps to the U.S.P.I.C.O.M. (United States people in charge of maps) he forgot to erase his note and well, the town of "rifle" was born.

Rifle Action Park must have happened in much the same fashion. Somebody lost their Concrete and they thought "We better find it quick or it is going to set up" "This requires our immediate ACTION". When they found the lost Crete it was getting hard so they just finished it and called it a skatepark. Really, its not that bad, better then many on the western slope. This park was done by that one guy[Tim Alltec] that did Montrose and a few others. Its an ok park but the crete still gets a bit wavy in places. Once you have skated a Team Pain park you are spoiled for life. The Rifle park flow seems to cause lots of cross traffic. Add a few bikers to the mix and you are starring in a game of frogger. We showed up at at 3pm. Lucky for us the locals must have had loads of homework that day, we had the whole place to our selves! I skated the kidney bowl for the majority of our stay. It is very close to the dimensions of MC's project, however this kidney has some fairly steep walls in the deep end, much like a real swimming pool. The stairs are far less menacing than most and comes complete with a few size 11 vans foot prints. Although the metal coping ruins the illusion, it is set EZ and bestowed me with several shallow 50/50's and a few sketchy lien to tail air's. We had fun and left with insignificant sun burns. Thanks to my wonderful wife for her endless grace and patience!

In the shadow

Things have been busy. Work, play, family... but mostly family and play. Work is definitely NOT a priority for me, work is only a temporary thing until I figure out how to support the family without doing it!

I have been blog-delinquent lately. Many apologies to my faithful readers... you know who you are... "yes you, the one guy way at the back. Ah but I digress.

Here is a triptych titled "In the shadow". The youngest is always in the shadow, it's a good thing. The shadow keeps the sun out of your eyes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Because I like it that much.

I am a big fan of Trent Reznor... um maybe a better term would be "student". The guy is hyper creative, original, driven, ideaistic and he is not afraid to get a little crazy to make a point. NIN is on tour with Jane's Addiction. Add that to the list of great shows I missed. Two of my all time favorite bands together on one stage.

For a few weeks I have been really into the NIN song "The beginning of the end". It is featured on the beginning of the Bird house skateboards video called... ehem The Beginning The sequence is awesome. It looks like a Red One shot piece including epic slow-mo of Shaun White, Jean Postec and Mr. H. The seen goes over the top when mother nature arrives in the form of a mini tornado! I.M.H.O. The crew missed an opertunity for skate chaos ala Tony Hawk throwing a 900 through the tornado while the crew flees in terror... all in mega-mo of course! That would have been uber-epic! But it is still a great segment.

Last week my lil brother downloaded a remixable garage band file of NIN's "The Beginning of the end" and did his own little remix. Its sick! [That link is A9's myspace page you will have to select the NIN remix from the play list but first check out some of A9's tunes ;)] I really wanted to do my own remix but I was too scatter brained to search for it so I just built my own version from the ground up. Yes,my own tribute remake of NIN's "The Beginning of the end". All parts programed or recorded by Kvon. No loops baby. Its not perfect but it's fun. Here it is, Have a listen!


Monday, April 6, 2009

Bad Ideas Vol.1

In the pointless search for originality I am starting a section here on ye ol blog called "Bad Ideas". I am sure it has been done somewhere else, probably even better... but these are my bad ideas and no one can take them away from me.

Without further adieu here is Bad Ideas volume one titled: "Camouflage Yard Sale sign"

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Where the heck have you been?

Monitor world

Adam and Cory at F.O.H.

The stage set in the hotel

Yes. I have been gone. Out of town. Last week I was working with my sound reinforcement company over on the eastern slope. Colorado Sprigs, Denver, ETC. These gigs are very consuming and exhausting but thanks to the incredible people that I work with (Cory, Adam, Philip,ETC) we made it through and actually... I had a great time!

This last week was way low on the skate time. The weather was cold, wet and there was way too much snow and ice. :( I did get to visit the Woodward Denver 13' vert ramp again! We will discuss that in a later post. Stay tuned!