California born skateboarder Mikey Taylor grew up during a time when the past time wasn’t looked at with as much regard and positive attention as it is today. Having come full circle in his journey, the newfound part business owner of Saint Archer Brewery (San Diego, California) explains his involvement with the project and how a lifetime of riding has now led him to this new chapter. From fatherhood to entrepreneurship, the poetic spokesman paints a philosophical picture about how endeavors like skateboarding, beer, and even family are ultimately “bigger than just us.”
Meet Brandon Holstein a purveyor of California’s fine motorcycle scene and check out the following piece to learn about his custom entry into the fifth annual Born Free gathering happening June, 29th. The short follows Holstein in his own California shop, Brawny Built, as he describes the history, details, and passion that go into completing an ambitious project like this. FTW. Forever. Two. Wheels.
California’s Odd Future group teamed up with legendary skateboard shoe brand Vans (Vans Syndicate) for a special “Wolf Gang” edition of the Old Skool shoe. The collaboration was a nobrainier for the brand considering how loyal the popular group has been to their core skateboarding footwear. The series includes 4 color ways (black, royal, tan, red) of the shoe with Odd Future embroidery featured on the tongue and rear of the shoes and gum soles.
While young skateboarding prodigies aren’t necessarily anything new, Expedition Skateboards just struck oil with their latest 15yearold recruits. Meet the Brunner Twins hailing from Southern California. We won’t say much except for prepare to have your pupils dilate as you bare witness to two of the most stylish and gnarly teenagers you’ve probably ever seen hit the board. They’re too young to go pro, but man can they rip like (if not better) than their adult counterparts!
Although California’s infamous Death Valley is legendary for its less than welcoming name and reputation, there are in fact some beautifully redeeming qualities to the area. Take Sunchaser Picture’s video of his stay for example, it captures a timelapse of the valley that depicts the truly allencompassing beauty of its land and sky.
Rapper Lil Wayne continues to dedicate himself to skateboarding. This time around he and some professional homies (Greg Lutzka, Tyler Hendley, Yo Yo and Christiona Sereika) hit California’s Orange County to capture some nighttime thrills. Weezy and company laid it down, hitting everything from grass gaps to rails and even a ditch! Props to this. With all the negative publicity surrounding Lil Wayne, it’s great to see him have fun doing something he truly enjoys.
Los Angelesbased surf/skate label Matix just released a look into its 2013 Summer collection viawhat elsea surf and skate video. The piece features some casual surfing and shredding in what looks like Venice Beach, California. Okay we get it, staying true to their roots via the help of surf ambassadors Turkey Stopnik and JJ Wessels and some homies that skate real solid. We can dig the homegrown effort.
Californiabased snowboard company, Signal Snowboards, likes to think outside of the box for their Every Third Thursday series. The premise of the ritual, aside from team building, is to truly push the limits of what can be done with a board. This week’s episode linked Signal with 3D print company, GROWit. Watch as the creative bug bit and the crew did their thing. A few adjustments later and they had themselves a workingl ride. One can only wonder what this could mean as a real means of production…
The folks over at BuzzFeed Food have a pretty indepth article about a 45yearold Cannabis baker from Los Angeles, California. The former nonprofit worker turned to baking as soon as her daughter became old enough to allow her some time to focus on the craft. The article highlights the interesting ins and outs of the burgeoningyetstill clandestine industry. With plenty of pictures to show, but tons of red tape to cross, it’s interesting to note what the mommy baker mentions her motivations are and how detailed the process gets. Check out the full article here.
The cultural connoisseurs over at Thrash Lab recently dove into the burgeoning scene of food trucks in Los Angeles, California. Although it’s been burgeoning for a few years now, no one’s really pried into the work and effort that goes into owning or running a food truck business. The following minidoc highlights a couple of very different trucks and the inspiration behind them alleverything from green trucks that run on ethanol and serve organic foods to trucks that specialize in fried soul food!