Friday, June 29, 2012

news from the frontlines

amazing, the next skatepark is getting closer to being finished (as seen in the new header!). words can't describe how grateful i am for grindline skateparks right now. thank you guys!! making things copacetic!

man vs wheel

got this rad little zine from a homey in little rock. he's in new york right now but just before he hit the road he dropped some in the mail. this is a neat little cuttlery work and fold job, cute kitties and creative writing. even sent a couple of handmade patches, his art makes me smile! thannk you, matthew castellano!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

virginia beach comin' up

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

whipple dip acid roach to crete shred!

news from the frontline

concrete is still pouring despite the sweltering heat. shades have been erected and the deepend is done, just waiting for the flats and oh snap, the tedders will be set in place! great job wrex and crew!! you guys are killing it!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

our old backyard in az!

every time i see a picture of our old ramp..a tear comes to my eye and a lil tug at my heart...miss these days.

keep it shred - black scheckler!

Monday, June 25, 2012

skaters working for public skateparks in BFE!

Grindline Skateparks is back in mississippi to pour the state's third concrete skatepark...and this one is Grindline's second in the state. this oughtta show you what can be done even in a small town in the middle of nowhere, literally beyond fucking egypt! BFE getting it done right!

fuck yeah, grindline is skater owned and operated and everyone on the crew is a skateboarder at heart. with grindline, even though it's all drawn up in a design plan, once you find out who the foreman is, you instantly get an idea of how the park will turn out...gnarly? flowy? who's the foreman? oxford got lil eddie so we got a gnarly park here! lots of people love it, some not so much, it all depends on your personal taste.. no biggie, it's a skatepark in a small town with few skaters...so even though some get bored with it or aren't too stoked on the scene, at least we have a park to roll, right? nothing wrong with that...

and now west point's fortunate to get a unique park to the area and the foreman on this project is mr. grindline himself, mark hubbard! you can read more about the man they call "monk" and how he got started in the industry and how he and the company have progressed over the past 15 years..click here>>>
business transworld's interview with the man himself

so i've been driving my numero uno back and forth at the end of the week since we're only a little over an hour away... so i've been lucky to meet the crew, shoot the shit and get pictures to post!

everything is moving fast with the heat hitting 100 and no shade..concrete has already started firing off...if you've ever been to the south, or even worked in the south outside in one of the hottest months of the year, you know how brutal this gets. most of the crew are from seattle, with mr. grindline himself busting ass right along with the muddawbers in the sultry heat...two more crew members joined up last night, one from louisiana (which we recognized from the kanis jam!) and one from south carolina, making a crew of 7. manual reverto has worked with a couple of the guys before so it's been a bit of a reunion of sorts...here's just a brief glimpse of what has taken place over the past 6 days. nothing can describe the feeling i get when i walk up to this site and see my future lines in the bowl!

last wednesday's view












friday's view...getting closer, forms are done around the bowl and ready for the weekend of tying rebar!




the street area is actually going to be quite different from the plans, one of the advantages to having an all skateboarder crew on the job. this is going to be much more accommodating for flow...there will be a table top twinkie and instead of where the stairs would be, there will be a 3 ft qp with a 6 ft qp at the opposite end of the street area, the hubba has been transformed into a more functional banked feature... needless to say, i'm excited!!






sunday's view! ready for monday's first 7 yards of concrete... shallow first!









fuck yah! concrete's getting sprayed and shit's firing off! wrex got props on his "fuckin' perfect!" finish from mr. grindline! that's right! steady screte'n!


words can't even describe the feeling of seeing this! stoked beyond belief! look at that buttery ass finish!! fuck yeah!!

oh snap!



hahah thanks sue la spanks...

motivational



‎"It's a wheel, Winnie. Everything's a wheel, turning and turning, never stopping. The frogs is part of it, and the bugs, and the fish, and the wood thrush, too. And people. But never the same ones. Always coming in new, always growing and changing, and always moving on. That's the way it's supposed to be. That's the way it is." -tuck everlasting.

diy is awesome for various reasons, for one, you're building something not only for yourself but for those around you.. when you build something, nothing feels better than that moment when your wheels first roll over it, pride sets in and you think "WOW, i helped do this". i know that feeling, it rules. whether it's down the street or in your backyard, diy rules. and only those who have have dug deep, sawed out a line for a lip, screted up a quarter pipe or pushed cream with a trowel know that feeling. even those who have begged and pleaded for support of the monetary fashion, it's all hard work... but whatever your motivation is to get that shit built, don't forget it. it's not for recognition or to get your face in a mag, to be cool or "core" or any of that shallow bullshit... it's to have something different to skate or something for your community because your city does not have a skatepark, it's to give back everything skateboarding has ever given you. i have to say one of the best moments was seeing a little kid from the hood with a beat up skateboard learning to drop in on a spine we helped build at altown. memphis didn't have a park so the locals got to work. but sometimes things fall apart and people fallout, but that's nobody's concern but your own, you want to see something keep going, get your hands dirty and keep your mouth clean, do it right....



my favorite diy project so far is kanis skatepark. i got to go last weekend and see the gap filled and the new dirt for the next addition. every time we go to kanis, there is something new going on, constant constant progression. i got to work with them once and it was the most entertaining build i've been a part of. i hope i get to be a part of that again...soon when this happens...no fences, everyone but the forest fairies are welcome.



someone didn't get the memo!

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