Skateboarding has had a long and lusty love affair with art. If you want to get hippy with it, skateboarding can be construed as analogous to a type of performance art where the skateboarder is the artist, the skateboard is the tool, and the streets are the canvas. All abstract mumbo jumbo aside, skateboarding and art just go together. We celebrate board graphics, have a deep respect for filmers and photographers, and basically can’t function without music. And, many skateboarders are accomplished artists, filmmakers, musicians, graphics designers, illustrators, chefs, and more. Skateboarding and art are so closely aligned culturally that they have essentially morphed into two distinct subcultures of a larger, broader lifestyle. The OuterSpace Project is Greg Mike‘s full embodiment of this concept.
What’s up everyone? Ambush is proud to announce that it will be hosting the first contest at the new Kennesaw Skatepark called March Radness. No mushy flat ground game of skate. This is REAL street/pool style skateboarding for your eyes to see. This is your chance to show Ambush what you got and show the City of Kennesaw why it was such a good idea building this park. Don’t wanna compete? It’s free to watch and come hang out with the Ambush crew. There will be tons of talented locals putting on a awesome show! Big thanks to all the sponsors that help contribute to making this contest happen!
Check out the trailer to see just a glimpse of the action that will be going down!
Rarely in life do you meet someone who is exactly the same on the outside as they are on the inside. It’s not often that you come across an individual who acts the same in front of people as they do when no one is around. Or have your back when shit is on the line. Or live above the fray. It’s rare to find someone who is as good of a friend or better to you than you are to them. And IF you ever find that special person, consider yourself mighty lucky you are able to share 10 years with them.
This month marks Stormy‘s tenth year at Ambush. Throughout that time, Ambush and Stormy have grown together, evolved together and become synonymous with one another. So, how do you reward that kind of extended passion and loyalty? Forget the golden watch, its all about skateboarding, baby.
Hey guys! Welcome back to another installment of Ruby Tuesdays!
As you may have noticed, Spring is here. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and there is pollen on EVERYTHING. I hate pollen.
It’s been making it quite difficult to get motivated to go out and skate, by the time I get out my allergies start to act up. Which sucks, cause it’s getting to be perfect skating weather now, and school is almost out.
Lee brought up a good point earlier, that this is the second best time of the year to skate only because of the pollen. Besides that, the weather is amazing and the days are getting longer.
Granted that not too much skating has been going on for me, we’ve been keeping up with our band, Space Orphan.
We played a show last Friday at the ARTS AGAINST HIERARCHY DIY art show at The Arts Exchange, downtown. It was quite an interesting experience, the Arts Exchange is this super run down, old building tucked away behind some trees off of I-20 East. It was a benefit art show with all proceeds going towards the building of the Atlanta Social Center, with free admission. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when we arrived there. It was a cool vibe, definitely not what I expected though. We hung out for about an hour, checked out some local art, and watched our new friend Josh Loner play an acoustic set in the main hallway for about 20 minutes. The guy has some interesting subject matter in his songs, and he was really nice too. He had a powerful voice, that dude could wail!
Well, Tampa Pro went off this weekend. Although we were only there for 2 full days, we definitely got the full expierence. Free booze at the park, Christian Hosoi rippin’ vert, and your favorite pros from Grant Taylor to Eric Koston rippin’ the street course. One thing I noticed seeing all these pros in person is how much different they look in person compared to when you see them in videos. Some of those guys its like “damn Ben Raybourn is like 4 feet tall” or “whoa Luan Olivera’s style is way better in person than it is in videos”. Some of these guys are giants! Just dumb stuff like that. Seeing pros skate is awesome. They do the hardest tricks effortlessly every try. I must say it is amazing to have been able to see all that.
Do orphanages still exist? Do down-and-out parents still discard their children in to massive bastard compounds filled with wicked orderlies torturing unsuspecting outcasts? Well, if those awful places do exist, and those said children grew up to belt out indie, stoner, singer/songwriter, jam rock tunes, I think we can all agree that those orphanages would be pretty cool.
What I am getting at is Space Orphan can wail. If you missed them play this weekend, you blew it. But, judging by the set they played last Saturday, you’ll be able to catch the trio soon.
If you want to pigeon hole the band, Space Orphan is a three-piece indie group with a slight tendency to veer into singer/songwriter’s lane or go off the overpass into a deep, stoner rock ravine. They don’t have a bass player, so Ruben (vocals/guitar) and Vince (guitar/vocals) switch from back and forth from rhythm to lead throughout their songs. Their bass-less sound also makes for some interesting time keeping from Tyler (drums/vocals) without taking texture away from their music. Basically, if Deer Tick knocked up Hawkwind, their illegitimate baby would be Space Orphan.
Clothing makes a statement. No matter if you wear skinny jeans and Toms, baggy gangster threads, or dress in all black, the clothes you wear say something about you. Everyone tries to claim that it doesn’t, but even the most forward thinkers have their uniform.
The emphasis of the new Ambush Premium Apparel line was to make a statement as well. We wanted to break away from the usual centered corpo logo hit and branch out into more cutting edge designs. We added some edgier pieces like the Roll One tee, paid homage to our resident skateboarding legend with the Stormy Knows tee, and made an attempt at quality cut and sew with the Echo 3/4 sleeve henley.
But, my favorite segment of the new line is the artist series. We enlisted talented local artists to create designs that displayed their skills. Each shirt has a unique feel based on the style of the artist. Charles Chatov of Only You Tattoo, B-Mac of Danger Press, and Stewart Hohman of Oh Man Illustrations all came up with their own creations. And, Damian Bradley of JackOfArtTrades.com, the winner of our 15th Anniversary T-Shirt Design contest, showcased his talents with his “Soviet” graphic.
Josh Butler is family. Ever need a friend, Josh is there to oblige. Looking for a good time, Josh is your man. Need someone to talk to, Josh will listen. Josh has all of the characteristics you would want in a brother, friend, team rider, son, and even your daughter’s boyfriend. So, when Josh desperately needs your help, you better give it your all.
For those of you that don’t know, Josh Butler was shot in the abdomen during a robbery last year. He has made a full recovery, but his medical bills are devastating. And although Josh would never ask for our help, we know how truly deserving and thankful for the help he would be.
The Josh Butler Benefit Game of Skate raised over $2,000 for the Josh Butler Medical Fund. And, it was a super good time. Special thanks to all of you that came out to support. Your participation went a long way towards helping Josh get his life back to normal.
This past weekend was real good. Josh Butler benefit was a great time. Thanks for everyone that came out and helped! Much respect even though we did see a couple pressure flips, completely stopped tricks, and some clowns not liking the judges calls. Well, at least we know now who didn’t read the last blog!
Let’s not forget that this was the official weekend of Halloween. So you know some weird s#!t was going down. The Spot: Sampson street. Never fails. Buddin had his first Sampson street experience. He definitely seemed like he enjoyed it.
Sunday was a dreadful day. With the sucky weather and Zeke‘s smelly ass socks stinking the whole house up. Everyone just kinda hung out played some COD and slept to recover from the previous night. That’s it for now here some pictures to enjoy.
On 4/20 the Supra team pleasured the Dirty South their arrival in Atlanta. I hear they were throwing hammers down the Big 5 before they headed up here for a meet and greet. A huge crowd showed up and started to shred the ramps as they waited for the team to arrive. Tyler Lee and I got the grill going and kept hot dogs on deck.
When the vans arrived it was Neen Williams, Boo Johnson, Keelan Dadd, Spencer Hamilton, Kevin Romar, Pat Rumney, and Nick Tucker. It didn’t take long for the kids to start a line and the team began writing their name over and over and over again.
After everyone got their collectable ebay items to sell when they are over the hill, the team just chilled with crowd for a few hours. Some dudes killed the ramps, some shredded the mic. If you didn’t make it you are probably going to regret it for the rest of your life, but good thing Max got it all on film for you.