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N&P: Dirty Skate Mags of Yester Yore

Written by Andrew Scott   
Wednesday, 13 February 2008 04:28
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}


Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...

Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.

Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.

Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?

Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.

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

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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.