I'm a simple man. My wants and desires are kept to a minimum. I don't need much to be happy.
But, I feel that my life would be complete if I owned this zine by Neil Blender...
Just one zine - how could that hurt? ...And maybe, one of his drawings. ...And a really nice Cuisinart would be excellent, ...and perhaps a subscription to that pajama-gram service that's advertised on NPR. I'm getting ahead of myself here.
"Here comes another year. Fantastic. Alcohol sales skyrocket." I nearly shit myself when I read that. Utter brilliance, that could only have been scribed by Blender.
But in all seriousness, enough of this shit. Bring on 1985.
I'll admit it. Neil Blender is my hero. I went over to Rich Jacob's house to hangout and talk about the 80's Skate Zine show he was going to do at Needles + Pens. His zine collection was mind-blowing... (that was his Neil Blender zine)
GSD, whatever, he invented the boneless.
Chris Johanson's zine Karma Boarder.
Thank God, Joe's ramp got revamped. That shit was getting stale.
Back to the future. All this reading about ye olde skateboarding of yester-yore reminded me that - Hey wait a minute, I've got to get back to 2008 to attended the secret order of old men over 30 with ramps in their garage meeting!
Mat O'Brien, Artist, Wall-Jammer.
Eli Forbyn, Book Publisher, Grocery Co-op Member VS. Mat O'Brien, Tea Drinker, Horticulturalist
Jocko Weyland, who made this zine went on to publish The Answer is Never. You should read it.
So, then we had this party with old skate zines all over the walls. Toad took time out of his busy film schedule at VBS.TV, to attend.
People seemed to enjoy it.
Mofo and Bryce Kanights
Andy Shoup got into groove of things and banged out a new issue of his old zine Connoisseurs of Concrete, which could quite possibly be the best title for a skate zine ever.
Mofo diggin' the set-up
Kate and Elfling
Art enthusiasts and a blurry Thomas Campbell piece in the corner
Mofo and Rich Jacobs signing off. ...And that's where I leave you as well my friends. But not without some last minute urging. Please read on...
What are you guys doing in two weeks? I curated a radical show in London and you should seriously go! Get a plane ticket, take a boat, or swim! Londoners - skate, bike, walk, or ride the tube here : Opening February 29th, Needles + Pens'Hope Springs Eternal @ 96 Gillespie in London, England
A San Francisco group show featuring: Monica Canilao, Bill Daniel, Chris Duncan, Mat O'Brien, The Polaroid Kidd, Kyle Ranson, Sara Thustra, Paul Urich, ....and me.Hope Springs Eternal will showcase ink drawings, paintings (solo and collaborative), prints, photographs, and a site-specific installation. In addition, the exhibition will be accompanied by a zine (released in a limited-edition of 200) hand-assembled by the artists.For more info:http://www.96gillespie.com http://www.needles-pens.com***London internet pals get in touch, let's meet up! Show us something rad in your city that we might not otherwise be exposed to.... Kyle Ranson, Paul Urich, Andrew Scott (me ...der), and Breezy Culbertson will be in attendance for the show. Any press/coverage of the show would be awesome too! Drop me a line here: email@example.com
See you there? Hope so. - Andrew PS - I'll be in Europe for 3 weeks so expect some exotic Euro-Blogs (woo woo)...
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