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N&P: Dirty Skate Mags of Yester Yore

Written by Andrew Scott   
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 03:28
The Shopkeep travels down memory lane visiting Blender and a zine he made!
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.


(Left to Right) Dave King, creator of the CRASS logo (...no big deal), Mike Coleman, Man back, and Andy Mueller




Mofo diggin' the set-up


Gun Rack


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


Monica Canilao & Kyle Ranson Collaboration

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: info@needles-pens.com See you there? Hope so. - Andrew PS - I'll be in Europe for 3 weeks so expect some exotic Euro-Blogs (woo woo)... {moscomment}


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.

Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.

FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners

Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.

Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.

NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.

Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding

"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle

Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.

Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.

Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.

The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.

The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.

Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.

John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.

High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels

"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.

Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.

Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.

"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".

"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.

Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.

Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.