Monday, June 22, 2009

Old Kook Skating... Magazine???

There is something cool about a magazine. When I was younger my mom would take me to the grocery store. I would hit the magazine isle while she shopped. Those were good times. There was a wealth of knowledge in those pages, they made my world bigger, more exciting! I read BMX action, BMX plus and eventually Thrasher and Transworld Skateboarding. Some times I would switch things up with a Hit Parader or Black Belt, the mag for the suburban Ninja! I fantasized about being on the cover of BMX or skateboarding magazines. Enough back story. Recently I did some basement layout work for a fictitious mag called Old Kook Skating. Old Kook Skating mag is based on a website with the same name. There are lots of skate forums out there, I belong to many of them but Old Kook has an innocent purity that puts your finger right on the pulse of what I believe to be the true essence of skateboarding. It's not about being "core" it's about the very act of shoving the earth and its gravitational pull away from you and rolling. Just roll away! I conclude this post with two mock up "covers" for a magazine that lives in my soul! Old Kook Skating dot com!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Kvon Helmet art #1

I have been wanting to do something custom and iconic to my helmet for quite some time now. I dig it when people customize their gear. It helps as identification in pictures and it is a lot of fun! I put together some primitive helmet art the other day. The concept was an electrical tape interpretation of old time football meets classic skate bones. Seems like all my stuff is black and white these days. I didn't really plan it this way it just sort of worked out with the supplies on hand.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Arizona recap #2 Father and son

I got the privilege of riding with many cool skaters last week two of which are the father son team of "Pat" and "Pat" or "pj" as the younger is often referred to. Here are a couple shots from an evening session at Kelcore's ramp.

Arizona trip re-cap #1

We had a blast in Arizona last week. I really dropped the ball as far as taking pictures goes... I didn't even get a picture of my Sister and brother in law. BUMMER! My Brother in law has just purchased a professional welding set up! I don't know much about welding but I know his set up does Mig,Tig and has a really nice feeder! I have always wanted to weld. My b.i.l. offered to let me try it. It looked like a lot of fun. I didn't have the guts to try it, I will someday... after I do more research on "how NOT to destroy the world with a welder". My Sister-in-law is a competing "Body sculptor". She is on a strict diet now because she has a big competition in Chicago this month! It was very good to see them both. I can't wait till next time!

Working on it. #3 060909

A few days ago I reached my next step to invert style. I am grabbing after the wheels cross the coping. This will help me work this trick up to larger transitions and vert. I am also working on the madonna and a trick I call a 3/4 cab pivot. Additionally we are getting used to the new firmware "1.1.0" in our Canon 5d markII(s). 1.1.0. allows full manual control over the video features in the 5d markII. It's a whole new world for us with the 5d markII! We are stoked!

Mulberry brigade from kvon on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Laguna Beach 6-02-09

We had a fun but short visit with my wife's Grand Parents in Ventura,CA last Monday night, I regret that I left the camera in the car and forgot to take any pictures. The next morning we got up, grabbed a continental breakfast and headed out to Orange ,CA. There I met up with Skate Mom icon Claudia H. to skate the Vans Combi bowl. Again... I failed to take pictures at this fun event. Later that afternoon we checked into the Double Tree in Orange. After enjoying our 11th story view we set off to Laguna beach to meet up with My Wife's second cousin.
These parking meters accept credit cards!

My little princess!


My wife's 2nd cousin jazz and Derek


The boys.



Big B.


D said he was "Free Running"

"hey b... The SAND CRAB is gonna get ya!"

Tree boys!

Check out our Mysterious moves!

Chillin in Laguna, wish you were here!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Spring Skate voyage '09 begins!

We have been on the road now for a couple of days, I went to the St. George park to find it over run with scooters, bikes and my personal pet peeve... a dirt pile and trash in the big bowl. It wasn't too bad really, but I didn't have a broom and I don't like to make my family wait in the car. We have Vans LA on tap for tomorrow then a few days of pure Arizona stoke so I decided I could wait. In the mean time I have really enjoyed just rolling around future primitive style. With all the parks these days it is easy to forget the simple roots. Anyway, here is a fun vid with some uber basic skating.
ps: That mellow hill in front of my Dad's house is so smooth! I bombed it on my vert board several times, I hope the H.O.A. doesn't freak out! :)

skate 'em if ya got 'em from kvon on Vimeo.