Midget and Ugly

So we have two cats who like eating cheese and donuts. The first one we got was really tiny so we called her Lilliputter which is Dutch for Midget. The other one’s name is Lelijk which is Dutch for Ugly. They often beat each other up but also have a good time together. Here are some pics of them.





Colombian Cartel – Andrew Shusterman

Meet my good friend Andrew Shusterman. He was born and raised in California and his family is Colombian and Eastern European (Russian and Polish). He travels a lot and gets himself in many random situations, that’s probably why we get along so well. He works as Team and Marketing Manager for Flip Skateboards and runs a blog like no other, its called Social Ancient



All photos and captions below are by Andrew while traveling the world from Long Beach to the Philippines to Colombia and more. Enjoy!

I went to the Philippines with Flip back in March 2010. The first spot we skated was a plaza in the middle of Manila where tons of street kids hung out and sold cigarettes and gum. This little nude kid couldn’t have been more than 2 years old.
There used to be a rad DIY skate spot next to this building. One day the management destroyed it and the Huntington Beach youth rebelled with this threatening message. I hope the city did have to pay…
This is Geoff Rowley in the parking lot of an Outback Steakhouse while on tour in California. Some wagers were made and this lucky bastard won the whole fuckin’ pot!
After skating a backyard pool, the resident dog proceeded to violate Andrew Langi’s leg. The day went from switch f/s blunts to unprotected switch f/s humps.
This is a photo of the local AZ taliban. They hate the west, dress to impress and love skating crusty ditches.
Fun at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Humans are basically the worst, most vile creatures on the planet. No respect, no remorse. Let the world know!!
Feast your eyes on the remains of some prime slaughtered Colombian cows. This pile of bones was resting next to the cafe I was eating lunch at in Medellin, Colombia.

Check out more of Andrew’s adventures on his Social Ancient Blog

Banksy!

This week I came across this Banksy artwork on a wall in Park City, Utah.

He’s an amazing artist who constantly breaks all rules, respect for this guy. If you haven’t seen Exit Through the Gift Shop yet, you should definitely check it out.

Coming in hot!

Just got back from an epic snowboard trip in Mammoth. A strong Pacific storm dumped more than 4 foot of snow in a few days. Our cars were covered in snow so it took a while to dig them out. On our way home we saw a vehicle burn down completely within minutes.




Friendly words in the ghetto

Last summer on the Volcom Brand Jeans Tour we ended up in the ghetto of Milwaukee to skate some handrails. I decided to walk around the neighborhood to make some new friends.

A compliment often opens people up to get their photo taken. After some friendly words, I was able to shoot portraits of the local residents, insane face tattoos, an aggressive dog, and a dad with a house arrest ankle monitor.








Tsunami watch in Newport Beach

A powerful 8.9 earthquake shook Japan at 2:46 pm on Friday, the strongest earthquake ever recorded in Japans history. This is the fifth-largest earthquake ever recorded and it caused Tsunami warnings in 50 countries around the world.

Tsunami-related waves were supposed to hit Santa Monica Beach at 8.45am this morning and Newport Beach at 8.49am, according to the National Weather Service.

Emily Hoy and I decided to stop by the Newport River Jetties to see the waves come in. At 8.49 am nothing happened yet, but around 8.52am the first waves started to come in and the water started rising quickly, about 2 feet higher. The current got very strong, especially when all the water got pushed back into the Ocean. Here are a few pics, nothing special.






Wishing our friends and everyone in Japan all the best in the next few days after this disaster.

Shane Cross – Ride On

It has been 4 years since Shane Cross passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident in Australia. In June 2006 I got a chance to travel across Canada with Shane for 10 days. He didn’t have much experience skating demos in front of a large crowd of fans.

Before the first demo, Shane was standing in the back corner of the skatepark and he was nervous to get out there and skate. We talked for a while and I told him to forget about everyone watching and just skate and have a good time. The entire Flip team started skating the demo, Shane landed a bunch of amazing tricks, and while the demo progressed his face lit up with joy . At each demo Shane got more confident and he loved every moment of it.

Today is a sad day and my thoughts are with the Cross family. Ride On Shane, your smile and positive vibes will always be missed.





Flotography Friday with Caswell Berry

Caswell is one of the nicest guys to travel with and an all-round great skateboarder. He drinks 5 liters of Coke a day and smokes more cigarettes than your lungs can handle. Here are a few pics of him skating.

Nollie Crooks in Sagae City, Yamagata, Japan

Backside Lipslide in Yamagata City, Japan

Noseblunt slide in Philadelphia

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