It’s been a while since we updated anything here. Some of us just plain blew it on some video gathering and generally things are just plain busy. But hey… all the under the hood stuff on here is coming along and soon we will have some more for your eyes to see at our online outpost.
On the travel front; we will be in Los Angeles next month for a 4 day skating weekend. Hopefully we will get to skate with some of you out there and hit some of the new and old parks and some pooling around as well. We are certainly looking forward to getting out of the rain, wind, and occasional freezing temperatures around here.
We have been skating as well. Some indoor action lately and we might have some stuff about that later too.
We have a lot of things in play and when we get done with them you will be the first to know.
So get out and skate as often as you can. We will too.
We have new round stickers for you to stick on things. You can stick them on skateboards, windows, signs, skateparks, cars, or even nipples (send photos of these please)!
You can get them in the sticker section of our store, Gravity Sports, or from the Oh My Back crew if we happen to see you and have stickers.
This year marks our third January since we started this thing. A lot has happened and we have had good fun! The first post we did that had anything to do with anything was this one in January of 2011.
Since then we have been on a bunch of skate trips, made stickers (new ones soon!), shirts, hoodies, and generally made a nuisance of ourselves in several states and at least one other country. We also got featured as the site of the week on Skate Daily. Thanks to Bryce Kanights for that, very much.
This year we had a larger than 2 people crew and Marginal Way, Judkins, and Southpark had a role. Southpark being a revisit to the place we took the first photo from the post three years ago. Many personal firsts were had and a big thanks to Hector for taking the photo and bringing the torch this year.
We are three years older and have some bumps and bruises and repairs to prove it with no intentions of stopping. People who “used to skate” probably never really did in the first place.
So here’s to a great 2014 with more skating and more fun! We have some beginnings of trips planned and hopefully we will see you out there skating.
UPDATE: More photos….
At long last we’ve got a very limited quantity of pullover hoodies for your grubby little mits!
You can grab them up in one of three ways. Online in our store, Gravity Sports in Renton, Washington, or get them out of the trunk of my car while I still have them when you see me. They are $40 + $10 shipping when you order them on line (only in the USA for these. Sorry everyone else. This may change later).
We also have a small quantity of XL size shirts with the same logo up for sale. If you hurry they may arrive by your favorite holiday. Or get them with the money your grandma sent after the holidays.
Skateboarding can be rewarding in so many ways. Since day one I started building things to skate. The wood across the grass to get a longer run, the janky quarter pipe that fit on the sidewalk, the bigger quarter pipe that could be disassembled and reassembled in the flat driveway next door and put away because the parents wanted it out of sight, the jump ramp that fit perfectly in the mini pickup and on and on. These days the DIY spirit of skateboarding is alive and well and there are projects all over the world. We have a great one in Seattle called Marginal Way which I have had the great fortune to put money into as well as work. Sunday was a work day and though I came unprepared I did my bit… The park is coming along great. Keep up with it on Facebook or the website.
Oh… and by the way. If you skate a DIY spot and show up when it’s being worked on and don’t put in some work or at the very least drop off a six pack then don’t bother skating it. Be part of the community of skateboarding or quit and ride BMX or start jogging.
If you don’t have a DIY spot or a place to skate then what are you waiting for? Build and destroy! There are plenty of how to’s on the internet. Go do it!
By the way… new hoodies up in a few as I’m building that part now but had to ramble a little bit…
Today began with some errands. Dropped off some things at my sons place and then went to the Lake City Toy Show to drop of a DVD for OMB collection kink Andy and walked away with a really cool FunCo Frankenstein for my girlfriend. Then drove over to Marginal Way for some skating since it was raining at my house when I left. By the time I got to Marginal Way the sun was shining and other than some kids with their parents who seemed to do nothing but get in my way I had a good time skating the park when I could. The sunny view from the park was pretty damn good too.
So far so good.
Another errand I needed to do was to go up to Ballard and hit Sonic Boom for some record sleeves (It’s hard to go to the record store and just get sleeves) and Arcane Comics to grab what was in the pull bin for us.
While only buying sleeves *wink* I also scored a re-issue of (I’m) Stranded by The Saints, the new Red Fang album Whales and Leeches, the new Gary Numan album Splinter, and last but not certainly not least I got a 7″ from Olympia’s own Survival Knife which is also rad. Check all of these out because you should.
So…. figuring that because I was in the neighborhood and the weather had turned to fantastic winter sunshine I would skate the Ballard Skatepark. As I walked up there from Sonic Boom I sent fellow OMB crew member Mikhel to see if he was down to take a few turns. When I got to the park Mikhel was already there! I was Stoked. Got some grinds in all the right spots despite the glare and it was also great that some great person had fixed the knuckles in the coping.
Ever since we met Mikhel it has been like we’ve known him forever and he has done a great job with a lot of the new shirt designs and has fit right in with the crew. Great to skate with a great friend on what turned out to be a near perfect day.
Unfortunately Lou Reed passed away and so even though his song “Perfect Day” is quite fitting it’s a shame that he isn’t with us any more. Thanks for all the great music Lou.
A big thank you to SkateDaily for making us their site of the week. If you came from over there to have a look… Thanks for checking us out! If you haven’t seen SkateDaily yet you should really go and have a look. There is so much new skate related information updated on a daily basis over at SkateDaily it is really a great site.
So it’s October and what’s better than beer and skating? Nothing; that’s what. We loaded up the wagon and went over the hills to our little sham Bavarian hamlet of Leavenworth to skate and drink some beer. M–e and Tony took some photos of the park that we had to ourselves for nearly 4 hours along with a twelve pack… Then we had some grub and hit the road. Fun park in a great picturesque location!
Here’s the video from the trip that we took before the rain came… Yeah we know it’s gone away again but…
With the inevitable plunge into dankness on it’s way in the Pacific Northwest we decided to get some last minute fun in before retreating to skating under bridges, and covered ramps and some indoor spots. We headed East over the Cascades to what promised to be a dry couple of days while Western Washington got drenched.
Mikhel, Ramadan, M–e, Brian, Andy, and Tony hit the road in the OMBmobile and met up with Matt to skate three parks on the first day. Yakima, Prosser and Richland, Washington were on the menu.
It was great to get some to parks they had never skated and to see Ramadan back from the lacerated kidney (he’s professional so don’t try doing that to yourself at home) and Brian get giant progress in his bowl skating by going for it. Super good.
We crashed with our fabulous hosts Matt and Toni so we were refreshed for day two.
Day two we got over to Walla Walla which has got two new sections since we last visited and we had probably the most fun of the whole trip there. We followed up the rest of the late morning early afternoon in Pendleton, Oregon before heading to Echo (raining), and Hermiston (also raining). Once again everyone was having a great time before the rain.
A long drive back to Seattle but a trip well worth it. We will be heading East again for sure.
The video will be done soon so for now enjoy the photos: