Monday, December 31, 2012

James Pitonyak...

So, I just came across this video of this kid, I'm blown away by his boardslide fakie to blunt fakie.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Reese Simpson: Small Beating...

So, there's a skate company called Small Beating and one of the dudes they sponsor is none other than old 80's pro Reese Simpson, you can buy his deck here on sale for $39.99...

Skull Skates: BAKU, Muskellunge of Dark Island...

So, Skull Skates has the Muskellunge deck for sale still, BAKU for life.

Friday, December 28, 2012

SRC Bypass on Pheed...

Join me on Pheed...

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"#pheed #pheedme bumming people out since 1986... #isapien1956672 "

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

"The neurological freedom of spiritual awakening gives way to the birth of the astral self." - iSapien1956672 (sfm)

Merry A-Team Christmas...

Hi there,
isapien1956672 wishes you a very Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays via his Instagram:

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"#ipitythefool who don't have a #merrychristmas"
The SRC Bypass Team

Saturday, December 22, 2012

10 Tricks & 2 Cents with PJ Castellano...

Ten Tricks and Two Cents with PJ Castellano at Skatepark of Tampa from Skatepark of Tampa on Vimeo.
PJ's been a local here at SPoT for more than 10 years. He's up next with 10 skateboarding stunts and his two cents on one question in this new 10/Two put together by HiDefJoe. Catch all the 10/Twos at

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Willy, Andrew & Me: A Western Migration...

This is a short trip I took with my buddies Andrew and Willy. This is dedicated to who ever gets out there and does it. Thanks to all the homies that hooked everything up. You know who you are! Sorry If I left you out of this video, there will be some outtakes sometime in the future.

Get out there!

Andrew Mclaughlin
Willy Akers
Aaron Suski
Jesse Dent
Joe Dirt
The roads and valleys of America

Shot & Cut | Steve Marino
Illustration | John O'callaghan

For more info:

I wish I shot some film on this voyage, I believe the next one should.

(the above post is taken straight from vimeo on MARINO's page, I basically reposted this from The Gay Ocean)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

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Saturday, December 15, 2012


So, I just read a story on the Huffington Post, Small Business Section, about a store in India that opened with the brand name Hitler.

You may remember from an earlier post on this blog (or not) about a store in Japan that sold Nazi SS gear as fashion a few years ago.

Full Copy & Paste from that article:

The Huffington Post  |  By  Posted:   |  Updated: 12/10/2012 12:00 pm EST
---[One of the most evil people in history has now become a marketing tool.
Believe it or not, some Indian businesses have begun to embrace Adolf Hitler as a viable brand. Disturbingly, a store named Hitler, which made headlines over the summer, isn’t the only instance of Indian entrepreneurs trying to make an extra buck off the Fuhrer’s legacy, Businessweek reports.
That store has since been torn down, but its popularity among some Indians, one of which told Businessweek that “Hitler [has not done] anything harmful to India,” shows that the business plan wasn't just one man's bad idea.
But India isn’t the only country where Hitler has returned in brand form. Earlier this year, Italian winemaker Lundarelli was found to be marketing bottles labeled "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer!", a Nazi slogan meaning "One people, one empire, one ruler." Other bottles were called "Der Prosecco Vom Führer," and "FÜHRERWEIN," The Atlantic reports.
Before that, in 2010, a Sicilian fashion boutique also faced a backlash after plastering 18-foot high posters of a picture of Hitler dressed in a pink military uniform along with the slogan "Change style. Don't follow your leader."
Exploitation of former dictators for profit isn't specific to India. Earlier this year, a company went ahead with plans to sell children's notebooks featuring Joseph Stalin on the cover, despite facing backlash, according to The St. Petersburg Times.
"I don't see any difference between Stalin and Hitler, as both were mass murderers and committed crimes against humanity," a German doctor told the Los Angeles Times at the time. "I will never buy this for my children and I can't imagine a normal parent wanting his child to use a notebook with this devil on the cover."]---

Thursday, December 13, 2012

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Monday, December 10, 2012

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"Did you enter the #metalcakes #kingdiamond contest yet?"

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Omni Animal Post Coitum Triste...

So, back in the days of MySpace I had this image on my main wall when yo opened up my page... I had totally forgotten about it until my friend's pitbutt started humping one of her guests, then the ROFLcopter started.

If you'd like to have the link to the image for your own use here it is...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Aaron "Fingers" Murray: Wallride, 1987...

So, this wallride pic of Aaron "Fingers" Murray was hanging on my wall in 1987, it's from the "What About Contests?" issue of Transworld Skateboarding Magazine.
This pic is from my personal archives of pages ripped out of skateboard history.

Steve Robert, Ollie North...

So, I used to have this picture of Steve Robert this massive Ollie North, or one-foot, hanging on my wall as a teen.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Old Man Army: Jean Rusen, Over The Light...

Kids That Rip...

So, apparently this is the youngest kid to do a 540 and he also has a skate style that reminded me of a young Danny Way.
Kids That Rip? Yeah, he fucking ripped!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Help Print Shark Bait #47...

So,  Shark Bait is a skateboard 'zine out of Alberquerque, NM and the creator, Brad Hayes, is "just hoping to raise enough money to print the new issue of Shark Bait, buy enough stamps to send them out, and get some stickers made to include with the orders."

You can visit his kickstarter page for more info or just click the widget on the right side column of this blog. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Disney Buys Star Wars...

So, the latest news on the street is that Disney bought Star Wars... Lucasfilm.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crusty Punks...

So, here's my Halloween costume, I made it at work on some scrap printer canvas.

Lurk Hard...

So, Lurk Hard Chicago, Lurk Hard.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

GochTV: The Mallgrabber...

So, here's a great Mall Grab video by GochTV, he sent me a text saying that I inspired him to make this video.
I do make a difference, apparently.

Mallgrabbing is a crime.

It's not a handle.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Reggie Destin R.I.P....

(Reggie pictured center)

So, local skateboarder Reggie Destin (one time owner of Push skateshop) was hit by a drunk driver early Friday (19th) morning at 2am.
He [WAS] in the hospital in critical condition and police caught the driver a few blocks away after he fled the scene.
You can read more about the story at these links:
The Skateboard Mag

REGGIE PASSED AWAY IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF SATURDAY OCTOBER 27TH, he will be missed by all in Chicago and in the skateboard industry.
You can still help his family by donating toward his hospital bills, funeral costs and legal fees here:
100% of all funds donated here will be donated to Reggie's family.

Reggie Destin, skateboarder, hit by drunk driver. Reggie Destin, skateboarder, hit by drunk driver. Reggie Destin, skateboarder, hit by drunk driver. Reggie Destin, skateboarder, hit by drunk driver.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Liver Diet, Steven Erst...

So, if you feel like you have no clue waht's going on in the world right now, well, then you should check out and finally get up to speed on things.
I produce their pins, if you need some made please contact via sfmastrolab (at) gmail

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Johnee Kop, Wall Jam Nose...

So, I had this deck back in 1986 and I miss it. I loved the shape and the graphic, it was a 9¾" x 30" and billed as the "wall jam nose" for well, wallrides.
This one goes down as one of the favorite decks I've owned throughout the years.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Factory 13 Skateboards, 2003 Edition...

So, this is an old Factory 13 skateboard that Danny made for me back in like 2003. (I think)
Anyway, it's old, I showed him the pic and he was shocked.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Thrashin' - Full Movie, 1986...

So, this is the best skate movie of all time!
Ramp Local5.
Note! - Meatloaf does the theme song...

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Skate Rock 1987...

So, Vision Street Wear and the Red Hot Chili Peppers joined forces and gave one helluva skateboarding experience.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"We cannot start over...

"We cannot start over, but we can begin now and start a new ending" - Zig Zigler

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Lance Mountain, Independent Stage V...

So, this is the ad that got me to start riding Independent Trucks. At the time in 1987 I loved how Lance Mountain and Chris Miller skated, for soem reason this ad spoke to me, I had been riding Venture up until this point and I guess during the H-Street era of '89-'90 I did ride Gullwing Trucks. 
This was on my wall from a 1987 Thrasher Magazine.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Chicago Open Streets 2012...

So, here's some footage of a little thing Chicago has been doing for the last couple of years called Open Streets on State Street. They shut down State street for like 5-6 blocks, each block having soemthing cool to do.
I was part of the Chicago Youth Skateboard Project teaching kids to skateboard.

Going Big In The Bay 2012...

So, I really think you should go to this if you live in the Northern Midwest, I am.

City And Colour- Save Your Scissors...

So, I was just introduced to this song last week and I absolutely love the guitar on it.
I hope you enjoy it too.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Sponge - "Plowed..."

Uploaded by  on Feb 27, 2011
So, here's the official music video for the song "Plowed" by the band Sponge.
Twister Version

Gullwing Truck Co. - Chili Bowl 8...

Published on Aug 31, 2012 by 
"San Francisco, CA Aug, 25 2012. Toad & Salmon's Chili Bowl 8 presented by Gullwing Truck Co, went ballistic! Check the intense qualifying & finals footage with Shaun Ross, Keith Baldassare, RJ Baltazar, Connor Getzlaff, Jake Welch and Tyler Martin. Also featuring clips of Chris Russel, Robbie Russo, Raney Beres, Eddie Moreno, Jerry Gurney, Demarcus James, Ben Raybourn, Greyson Fletcher & many more..."
So, here's some footage from last week's Chili Bowl Bash #8, enjoy the gnar!

Adolescents - Adolescents (Full Album)...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Malmo Ultrabowl 2012 Finals...

MRKT Skateshop Skates Spring Canyon...

So, these are some MRKT Skateshop team rider and friends skating the pool at the Spring Canyon skatepark in Fort Collins, CO.
Riders include Kyle KJ, Josh KJ, Xavier Manzanares, Tucker Creveling and Taylor Dehart.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

Welcome Skateboards: Sorcerer Sammy Cole, Monarchs Of Magic...

Published on Aug 13, 2012 by

"Due to the ever increasing ADD (attention deficit disorder) when it comes to watching a full video ([them] too), WELCOME is releasing video parts of "Monarchs of Magic" one by one this year and then tying them all together at the end of the year in a DVD along with footage that fans have submitted throughout the year.
[They] have cast a spell to bring fun back to skating, let the others worry about being one uppers and celebrities."
So, Welcome Skateboards just released this part yesterdei on YouTube, and let me tell you, It's one of the most refreshing American skateboarding parts that I've seen this year.
Usually you see parts like this come from those crazy Japanese skaters. I would love to skate with this dude soemtime. His style KNDA reminds me of a local Chicago skater that goes by the name of Dalba who rides for Hated Skateboards. --------- (Facebook)

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Ektoplazm Metamorphosis 2012...

Ektoplazm needs your help!

We are a team of dedicated electronic music fans on a mission to transform our successful free music blog into a next-level distribution platform for independent labels and artists. We started this crowdfunding campaign to help us realize our vision of a better world for musicians and music lovers everywhere.

What is Ektoplazm?

Ektoplazm is the world’s largest distributor of free and legal psytrance, techno, and downtempo music. The site has served up more than 6.7 million releases (approximately 30–35 million tracks) on a shoestring budget since 2007. Here’s what we offer today:

  • Thousands of DRM-free lossless quality downloads (FLAC or WAV) with sensible, standardized file names, proper ID3 tags, and high-resolution album artwork—the best in the business, free or paid!
  • New releases posted almost every day. This is an incredible level of service, especially considering Ektoplazm is free!
  • Distribution services for independent labels and artists: we receive the raw materials and manually process, convert, tag, package, upload, distribute, and promote your music. Through years of hard work we’ve built the best distribution platform for aspiring new artists and unconventional veterans in the niche market of psychedelic electronic music.

Whether or not you are new to Ektoplazm be sure to check out A Beginner’s Guide To Ektoplazm to hear our story and download some of our all-time greatest hits and favourite albums!

The challenge

Although Ektoplazm has achieved a lot so far, it is currently at a crossroads. The site has grown from a small-time music blog into a sprawling distribution portal visited by hundreds of thousands of international visitors every single year. However, our capacity to share new content and support more artists and labels has been reached; it isn’t possible to post more than we already do because of the amount of time it takes to manually process incoming releases. Hosting so much free music isn’t cheap, either: our infrastructure costs are rising rapidly and we are regularly running into technical limitations serving millions of files every month. The original service was never designed to handle this kind of growth.

In short, for Ektoplazm to grow and improve, both the site itself and the underlying concept need a major overhaul!

Ektoplazm’s many fans agree. Over the past year we’ve received a great deal of feedback from the community. You want us to forge ahead and redevelop Ektoplazm into something even better than it is today. Behind the scenes we have been working hard to come up with a sustainable model for the future of Ektoplazm...

The vision

We envision an electronic music ecosystem supporting independent labels and artists at all stages of their life cycle, from “just starting out” all the way to popular success. Currently, Ektoplazm does a great job launching new acts—but we’d also like to support our success stories as they grow. Our goal is to empower independent labels and artists with powerful tools of distribution, promotion, and fan engagement—and to provide listeners with an excellent source of high-quality, curated content from all across the spectrum of electronic music.

To realize this vision Ektoplazm will be shifting from our current donation-based model to a
 freemium model much like SoundCloud or Bandcamp. However, instead of charging listeners for access we plan to offer “pro” accounts with valuable features for independent labels and artists. Our job will be to create a free service that everyone will love to use—as well as some really awesome “extras” for power users. Along the way we will do our very best to ensure that everything you can get for free from Ektoplazm today continues to be free in the future. After all, we are music lovers, just like you!

With your support, we’d like to transform Ektoplazm into a next-level music distribution platform.

Taking Ektoplazm to the next level...

We are asking for $25,000+ as seed capital for development and programming work, new infrastructure (e.g. dedicated servers), manufacturing and shipping a bunch of cool perks (e.g. limited edition Ektoplazm t-shirts, finally!), and of course to pay for the campaign itself (IndieGoGo takes 4% if we are successful).

We feel that this amount can be stretched to pay for 4-6 months of development work, with our plan being to launch the new site by December 2012. 

With your support we will do the following:
  • Transform Ektoplazm with a completely new look and feel. Ektoplazm’s design is now about 5 years old and it shows. Time for a refresh!
  • Design better release pages with individual track downloads! No longer will you need to download an entire release just to get the tracks you want.
  • Develop profiles for labels and artists. Post your bios, your upcoming gigs, and interact with fans. We want to be your home on the web!
  • Implement true social networking features e.g. music lovers will be able to log in, save favourites, share releases with their friends, comment, rate, make top ten lists, etc.
  • Create a smart system of “crowd curation” that will push the best music to the top of the site without letting the service succumb to spam and gaming.
  • Automate release submissions with a self-serve release uploader and processor, allowing more labels and artists to get involved and have their music heard. Our aim is to keep the cost of this service (if any) as low as possible so that we can continue facilitating thousands of freedownloads per release per month.
  • Purchase more servers to handle the increased load, increased stability, and less downtime. This part is going to cost a lot; currently we’re spending about $300 per month and barely making it work. We’ll need entirely new infrastructure to keep up with growing demand as we move to a more self-serve model of music distribution.
  • Post more free music during redevelopment. We’ve set aside part of our budget so that we can keep the music flowing while we work on the new site.

Our campaign is “all or nothing”. If we don’t meet our funding goal we don’t keep any of the money. Why? Simple. We want to be sure we can deliver on our promises. Twenty five thousand dollars may sound like a lot, but in the development world it’s not very much at all.

We feel that what we’re asking for is the absolute minimum needed to help us accomplish the goals outlined above. However, for Ektoplazm to truly succeed we would like to break this target by a wide margin.  And if we do...


If we beat our funding goal, and complete the necessary development work, we aim to work on a number of extra projects, such as:
  • Streaming radio: no need to download the music; tune in to one of several Ektoplazm radio channels and enjoy some of the finest sounds on the web.
  • Mobile access on your phone or tablet; we want everyone to be able to access the music of Ektoplazm on the go! Imagine being able to stream music or download songs direct to your phone.
  • An expanded musical scope: we’d like to feature many more styles of independent electronic music without descending into multi-genre chaos. Only follow the styles you are personally interested in!
  • Automated music discovery and personal recommendations; Ektoplazm will suggest new music for you based on what you already like.
  • Internationalization/translation: only about a third of Ektoplazm’s visitors browse the site in English. Another third browse in Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and French, and we would like to translate the site to these languages. If you can help us do this, please contact us!
  • Do you have any other great ideas? Get your wish list started in the comments!  We ARE listening!

A message for previous donors

If you’ve already donated to Ektoplazm we want to be sure you don’t miss out on the perks we’re offering during this campaign. Simply make a new contribution and then contact us with your IndieGoGo account name, the date and amount of your previous donation, and the e-mail address associated with your Paypal account.  We’ll manually add up to $200 of your previous donation(s) to your current donation and then give you the perk for the combined total. We’d appreciate if your new donation is at least half of your previous donation since many of these perks cost us money to produce.

For example, if you’ve previously given Ektoplazm a $40 donation and want to claim the $120 perk, just donate an additional $80 and send us the info above.  We’ll match up the donations and send you the $120 perk! (Note: because most previous donations have been in EUR, please convert to USD, which is what we’re using on for this campaign. You can use
 this tool to do so.)

Spread the word and help us out!

Even if you can’t support us monetarily, you can still help us out! Just spread the word:
  1. Share this campaign on Facebook and be sure to like our page:
  2. Tweet in support of @Ektoplazm and follow us for updates:
  3. Circle us on Google+:
  4.  Upvote us on Reddit!
  5. Labels and artists: give us a shout in your next newsletter or promotional blitz!
  6. Tell your music-loving friends all about us. We’ve prepared a beginner’s guide to Ektoplazm to introduce newcomers to the service; please pass it on!

We’re also looking for a few qualified people to join the project and help with the actual redevelopment effort. If you have experience with server configuration and management, object storage, front-end development, database design, etc., please
 contact us and let us know how you’d like to be involved. Similarly, if anyone out there has questions or concerns about the campaign just drop us a line; we’ll be posting a FAQ along the way if needed.

Finally, keep checking this campaign for updates... we plan to continue adding new content as the month unfolds. Expect to hear more about our plans, messages of support from our existing label and artist partners, and a bit more about some of the perks (e.g. t-shirt designs). We might even have some mockups to share before this is over...
Thanks for stopping by!"


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