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:
Sixteen skateparks, family visits and meeting new and old friends for a good time was what it was all about. It was great fun and I hope to do it again really soon. It clocks in at 14 minutes, 17 seconds but you’ll want to hang on for the end and the Dean Lane Fun Day. Thanks so much to our UK corespondent, Scumtash for taking me to so many places and introducing me to so many cool people. Skaters all over the world seem to be instant friends and that’s a damn fine thing.
I hope you see how much fun we are all having!
Well the UK tour is finished. And hopefully soon between not being able to sleep at the right times and work and other things the video will get done. There’s a lot of clips and some of the 16 skateparks got some footage but not all. but mostly it was good fun!
Check out this video for a taste.
Since a new deck was needed to go to the UK with (a one man tour of sorts) and we weren’t quite ready to screen decks (yes that is coming your way in the not so far future) I had to make due with a die cut vinyl stencil that Mikhel made a while back.
Here’s how it went along with some Oh My Back Instagram photos…
- Mask off the edges so you can see the laminates and then paint the deck. In this case I sprayed it black.
- Next apply the stencil and a lot of blue tape and newspaper so you don’t get paint where it’s not wanted. Continue reading ‘Stencil Deck’
Well you could put 7 sweaty men in a small room with windows that don’t really open, a toilet the size of a hamster cage, feed them meat and cake for 4 days and see if the smells produced can get you invaded by a foreign super power searching for chemical weapons.
Thats how we spent some of our time in Hamburg, along with watching the Peter Serofinowicz show and Grosso’s loveletters then practicing static backside boneless.
Oh yeah – we occasionally ventured out to skate some of the the rad shit over there. Killer trip. I’ll let the footage speak for most of it but lets just say as soon as we landed back home we were plotting how to get out there again.
And we met Lester Kasai. And we had to explain to 1 or 2 of the younger members of our group who he was. (“He invented the benihana? OMG!!!”). I took a few pics whilst winding down, there are others taken by Mystery Steve but he’s so mysterious you’ll probably never get to see them.
Andy Caro rules his home park
Go Skateboarding Day is in the bag for 2013 (yeah we know it was a week ago) and the crew jumped in the van to check out the new Port Orchard Skatepark. This park is another brand new Grindline gem that makes living in the Pacific North West even better. We had a great time there and as usual didn’t film enough to make a decent video. It was pretty crowded with bikes, scooters and amazingly there were some skateboarders there too. Spitfire pros, the local Welcome crew, and other PNW rippers were on hand. Thrasher filmers and photographers got some photos of some of us standing around.
After we had our fill of bike/scooter kid dodging we went to Bainbridge Island and had a blast there for the rest of the day. One of Grindline‘s oldest parks. The juxtaposition of new and old were not lost on us and we are a blessed bunch to have all of these spots. We skated with the locals, Welcome crew, and a bunch of Seattle heads were there too.
We don’t really need and excuse to skate but we used GSD to our advantage!