August 2009


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Amanda Curtis Presents Steve Olson Art Show

Sponsored by Converse  & Freedom Fighter Skateboards

When I received a call from my good friend Amanda asking if I knew of any nice gallery space that might be available for a Steve Olson art show. I messaged her back and said ” Steve Olson! You mean gnarly as Hell Steve Olson!?” She replied “Yep!” So I made some calls and emails and within minutes I had had a space that I thought would fit perfectly. Amanda & I met up the next day and after a bike ride to gallery and a coffee, she had a space. Her & Josh from Sleep Giant Gallery met eye to eye on everything and was able to work everything out on such short notice, which was amazing!

This show is looking to be off the wall and it’s all going down September 11th 2009. Yes folks I did say Sept. 11th, and with knowing how Steve normally using his mediums to say just what’s on his mind. This show and date will make for an interesting/amazing time!!

Here’s some deets, can’t wait to see you all there!!!!!!

“My Art gives contemporary art a juvenile delinquent phase. Its self-made style icons gleefully trashed conventions of beauty and society while pickpocketing from the coolest underground styles and beliefs of the previous centuries…” Steve Olson

Steve Olson, a pro skateboarder in the 70s and 80s and prominent figure in the L.A. and San Francisco Punk Rock scene, creates Post Modern work that weaves narrative themes of capitalism, pop culture, social decay, and modern banality with the energy and fun of the early Punk scene. Steve Olson’s work confronts and undermines the way society constructs and imposes a traditional hierarchy of cultural values and meanings by critiquing contemporary society and our relationship with it. The artwork explores power and the way economic and social forces exert that power by shaping the identities of individuals and culture. Questioning the nature and extent of our freedom his art challenges our acquiescence to authority and conventional thought.

Bold imagery, layered texture, deconstructed material and a playful relationship between art, language and meaning gives this thoughtful work a dimension beyond it’s visual impact.

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Come one come all – This Saturday it’s going down!!! Come check US! and the event out. As well, Cheap decks!! One day only! Don’t miss out!

Markham skateboard park
Markham Centennial Community Center (Behind Markville Mall )

8600 McCowan Rd.

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$20 to enter
Registration 8 am – 11 pm

AGE GROUPS
13 & Under Start at 10 am
14 -17 Start at 12 pm
Men’s Open Start at 2 pm
Best Trick Starts at 5 pm
Closing ceremony Starts at 7 pm

Judging
Each age group will be judged out of a score of 10 points
1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.

Qualifying
Each skater gets two 1 minute runs
The judges then will combine the two scores for a total of one score.
The skaters with the highest scores will advance to the finals
10 to 15 skaters will advance to the finals from the original roster of each age group.

Finals
The remaining finalists will get two 1 minute runs
The judges will combine the two scores for a total of one score.
The winners of each age group will be the skaters with the highest scores from their final runs.
Each age group will have 1st, 2nd, 3rd placing.

Prizes
1st place for Men’s Open
A round trip to Vancouver to be entered into the semi- qualifying of the DAMN AM series and spending money.
Tons of prizes to be won !!!

Best Trick

On the 10 set ( stairs,ledge,rail )
$250.00 sponsored by
PUSH.CA

This will be a open format
The best trick that goes down with in a 30 minute period will be the winner .

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( These decks are screen printed and 10 colors )

It’s finally here! My good friend Mike, who also writes under the name Spazz approached me about working on a collabo between us and his newly formed Farrah Skateboards. Which is an all girls sk8 company. Geared towards getting more ladies into skating. I dug the concept and after he killed it in the Disposable Art Show we’ve been kicking around ideas. This is what we came up with and yes’ this deck does have a nose. Get at me!! because these babies are super limited.

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My good friend Brad from TLG asked me awhile ago to be part of the Ridin $ Riches Skate Comp on Aug 29th, and once I saw just what was involved I said “how can we help?”. First place in the Men’s comp is a round trip the Van City to be entered in the Damn Am Contest. As well a ton of prize and cash giveaways. You don’t wanna miss this one! Freedom Fighter will be hanging out. So make sure to swing by our both and see what’s good’ We’ll have some new gear and some oldies but goodies.